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Managing an editorial project

By Shelley Kenigsberg

16 October 2015 (Fri)
9.30am - 5.30pm

SIlver Room
International Plaza, #34-08
10 Anson Road, Singapore 079903

Course Fee: $320.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $9.25

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As the Editorial Project manager for the production and scheduling of any publication, it’s the you who needs to ensure it’s published on time, on budget and to the quality that the company requires. You need to be able to plan for many contingencies, ‘wear many hats’ and, sometimes, just as you think you’re ready to ‘send the book to press’, you’ll need to juggle, juggle, juggle. This course will take you through the essential skills that an editorial project manager needs.


Understanding the project

  • Determining scope, goals and objectives
  • Determining the resources needed to achieve those goals requirements
  • Assessing the potential risks and planning for contingencies

Managing the team

  • Putting an effective team together
  • Communicating effectively with each member
  • Setting up communication channels within the team
  • Creating briefs
  • Working with freelancers
  • Negotiating fees

Examining the content

  • Understanding target audience
  • Assessing structure, comprehensiveness and appropriateness of language for the target audience
  • Considering the format/layout requirements (eg, extent of main text, illustrations, margin features)
  • Consider platforms: print and/or digital blend
  • Review multimedia and functionality


  • Estimating time
  • Establishing and maintaining an efficient critical path
  • Scheduling proformas


  • Determining the costs
  • Assessing profitability
  • Planning budgetting contingencies
  • Keeping to budget

About the Trainer: Shelley Kenigsberg

Shelley Kenigsberg

Shelley Kenigsberg is a prominent freelance editor, writer and trainer. She runs S K Publishing (working with a range of private and publishing clients) and, since 2009, has presented Editing in Paradise masterclass programs. In 2012, Writing in Paradise began and now, both programs are fun in (as the name suggests) paradisiacal places. This year, Byron Bay, Ibiza, Myanmar and Bali. She is currently involved in training editors, mentoring writers, and editing and writing for trade, corporate, academic and educational, government and private clients.

Shelley is Head of the Macleay Diploma in Book Editing and Publishing and has delivered the course for the past 26 years. She has developed and presented courses for writers centres (Northern Rivers WC, Northern Territory WC, NSW WC, Tasmanian WC, Qld WC); Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators; Societies of Editors, Style Council, Institute of Professional Editors conferences, Distance Education for the Open Learning Conference in Australia; writers festivals in Indonesia (Ubud Writers Festival 2004–16) and language and corporate institutes overseas (Indonesia, Japan and South Africa). Shelley is a founding member of Professional Editors Association (NSW), was President of the NSW Society of Editors from 2001–03, Vice-President in 2004, Chair of the Accreditation Board and active in other national initiatives through the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

Shelley is writing her own book. So she understands how to wear a few hats. The author one is, currently, the worst fitting. This will change.

Registration Details

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Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 15 – 30 pax

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.