This post was originally published on the EditorMom blog. It is reposted with permission from the author.
Here is a 3-part tip for those who can’t afford to attend annual conferences of editorial associations and/or who are considering joining one or more associations:
- First, bookmark links to the websites of associations you’re interested in. If you want to know about more associations than just the few you’ve already heard about, check out the association links in the “Networking” section of the Copyeditors’ Knowledge Base (CKB).
- Second, watch those websites for notice of upcoming conferences. During conference time, head to Twitter to find the associations’ Twitter accounts. (Follow the links to those Twitter accounts that appear in the “Networking” section of the CKB.)
- Third, follow those accounts’ tweets that are about the organizations’ conferences. (Most associations include an appropriate hashtag, or topic marker, in their conference tweets. For example, the Society for Scholarly Publishing is using the hashtag #SSP2018 for its tweets about its 2018 conference. You can search Twitter for that hashtag if you know it.)
You’ll get a good sense of what the organizations have to offer you, and you’ll also be engaging in some continuing professional development. Note: You do not have to have a Twitter account of your own to follow those tweets.