Spent the weekend at the annual conference of SfEP (Society for Editors and Proofreaders). Met lots of other freelance copy editors and proofreaders and found them a very friendly and professional group of people.
The University of York campus was very confusing, but it turned out to be a great way to meet colleagues as we helped each other find our way!
I attended some excellent talks and workshops on the future and ethics of publishing and on how to use technology to turn out accurate and speedy work. I met the new Vice-Chair of SfEP, Lucy Metzger, and it turned out that, not only does she live in the small town outside Glasgow where I was brought up, but in the same road!
I also met Gerard Hill, the man who devised the fiendishly difficult editing test I had to pass to become a Professional Member of SfEP. We agreed that it had to be difficult to keep standards high, but I would have been mortified if I had failed after 32 years of editing experience!