Diploma of Publishing

I’ve been thinking about this for some time and now that I have more time available to me I feel I should just bite the bullet and do it! As a result, I have read all the documentation and applied for the paperwork to be posted out to me as I have decided to go for a Diploma in Publishing. The course has been developed against the Australian Standards for Editing Practice and will give me the necessary qualifications to become an Editor, Book Editor, Copy Editor, Proofreader, Publishing Assistant, Script Editor, Sub-Editor, Freelance Editor and Proofreader.

Due to my location, I will do the course by correspondence which means I can pick the days and hours I want to study. I will have three years to complete the course, with a further two years for deferment if needed (which I am hoping not to use).

Some of the areas I will study include:

  • … the roles of the publisher, editor, copyeditor, proofreader, and author
  • … liaising with editors and authors and building relationships within the industry
  • … correcting editorial and linguistic errors (punctuation, grammar, spelling, etc.)
  • … checking proofs and marking up text using proof marks
  • … using style manuals and references
  • … marking up tables, indexes and illustrations
  • … on-screen editing and electronic mark up
  • … the publishing process
  • … establishing and running a freelance business from home.


Upon completion I will receive a Diploma of Publishing (Professional Book Editing, Proofreading & Publishing) and I will also receive a Statement of Attainment from the Diploma of Editing (Publishing) with 13 units of competency (which means I would have already covered that many units in the Higher Diploma, if I wish to go for that at a later stage).

As I have set up a small press, I feel receiving the diploma is the next step to making the business work. It will also mean I will be qualified to be an editor of future anthologies published by Kayelle Press. And it will mean I’ll be able to edit my own stories, which will improve the quality of my work. I am very excited about the future as I see the diploma as a positive step in the right direction.

I truly cannot wait to start studying!

Guest Post for New Age of Publishing

Alan Baxter has been posting guest posts on the subject of “New Age of Publishing”. He kindly asked if I would write a contribution, which has now been posted on his blog – New Age of Publishing Guest Post 6 – Karen Lee Field. Go check it out and while you’re there check out the other posts in the series, they are quite interesting (especially the one written by Chuck McKenzie).

100 Stories for Queensland

Over recent weeks, Queensland in Australia has been tortured by freak storms and heavy flooding. The destruction is reported to be affecting three quarters of the state. At present, there are 16 confirmed deaths, but this figure is expected to rise. Some towns have been devastated beyond recognition. Thousands of homes have suffered damage from total or partial emersion in the tidal waters and consequent mud, many will have to be knocked down and rebuilt. Over a million lives have been affected by the floods, not only due to flooding, but also due to the loss of power, no public transport, being cut off from the outside world due to major roads being under water, contaminated water, lack of goods (such as food) and many other things we generally take for granted.

100 Stories for Queensland is an anthology, written by writers from around the world who have donated stories to help raise money for the affected people in Queensland. The two people behind this venture are Jodi Cleghorn and Trevor Belshaw, however, from what I’ve heard, many talented people have stepped up and offered their services in getting the anthology off the ground as soon as possible.

A call has been put out for flash fiction, from 500 to 1,000 words in length. All proceeds will be donated to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal.

I decided that I would write a story for submission late on Friday night when an idea suddenly popped into my head. I completed the story on the same night and put it aside for a bit over 24 hours. Today, I spent a couple of hours going over the story several times, tweaking, improving, adjusting, and now I think it’s ready for submission. I will leave it for a couple of hours, at which time I’ll read it again to be sure it’s as good as I can get it, and then I’ll submit.

Whether or not my story is accepted is not the point here. The point is I heard a call and answered. I want to help. I hope you’ll want to help too.

If you are on Facebook and want to follow the progress of this charity event, go to 100 Stories for Queensland’s Facebook Page (no longer exists).

Land of Miu Facebook Page

The difference between a Facebook Profile and a Facebook Page is simple; a Page can be accessed by anyone, even if they are not your “friend”, whereas a Profile can only be seen by friends (unless you have opted to change your privacy setting, which isn’t recommended due to identity theft). More importantly, the Page is accessible by search engines, such as Google, which gives your Page more SEO juice and we all know that web presence is important.

A Page doesn’t put that unseen barrier up. You know the one where a request for friendship is put through and the person waits and waits and waits, not knowing if the request was received or ignored or maybe the other person is really busy or never visits Facebook. With a Page, the individual visits the page and clicks on “Like” if they would to be kept informed about the product, service or whatever. When they no longer want or need the information they can return to the Page and click on “Unlike”. It’s so easy and simple.

Yesterday, I decided to set up a Page for my young readers books – the books set in the Land of Miu, including Book 1 “Cat’s Eyes”. I figure it’s a great way for me to share information on the books, the world and the characters – information that may not be divulged in the actual books. And in doing so, it might even generate enough interest so that potential readers want to rush out and buy themselves a copy. 😀

Feel free to check out the Page by clicking the link below.

A New Routine Means More Writing Time

Presently, I admit that I haven’t accepted my new job and my new life. Deep down, my mind thinks what’s happening right now is an interlude which will soon be over, at which time I’ll return to travelling and exhaustion. I know that isn’t the case and I guess acceptance will come as my confidence grows and time passes.

Now that I’ve completed the first week of “solo” work, I find myself thinking about how I want to arrange my new routine. The first week was upside down and inside out as we tried to work out what fits in where. Nothing seemed to work out well, I found myself to be unproductive and unsatisfied with what I ended up doing. G felt much the same.

Over the weekend I’ve found myself pondering how I want to structure my days. The questions I’ve been asking myself are: What worked in the last week? What didn’t work? And, what do I want to achieve in any given week? The answer to the last question is the one that really matters. I want to write on a daily basis (at least during the week). I want to continue reading on a regular basis. I want to enjoy life outdoors as much as possible, especially while the weather is good, as this is something I’ve missed out on over the last two years.

Without a doubt, I am a morning person, so I’ve decided to set my alarm for 7am. I can get up at any time I want as I don’t start work until between 2pm and 3.30pm, however, I don’t want to waste my day or my life sleeping in. Waking up at 7am will be good for me (especially as I used to get up at 5am). I’ll take my morning cup of tea into the computer room and will write for as long as the mood takes me. Some mornings I’ll have to force myself to write and I’ll be easily distracted (those days I probably won’t write much), other mornings the time will slip by unnoticed as the words fly onto the page. At first, I think it will be difficult for me to get into the rhythm of writing again as it’s something I haven’t done for a long time. I look forward to feeling my mind unwinding and the words flowing.

If I can write between 7 and 9, I’ll be happy, because that will allow several hours to do other things, such as take the dog for a walk, do chores around the house, go to the shops (which alone will be a novelty for me) or to the library, and a million other things that come to mind – things most people take for granted.

Luckily for me, I prefer to read in the afternoon or at night. It’s highly unlikely I’ll be able to fit in any reading time in those morning hours prior to going to work and I work the afternoon shift, so all my reading will need to be done in the evening. Once I know what I’m doing at work, my brain will not feel so taxed and I’ll have the energy to read so that won’t be a problem. I certainly won’t read as much as I did when I was travelling (which is the only down side now that I’m working close to home) but that shouldn’t matter. I’ll still read and I hope to continue to read all genres, all age groups and all lengths of stories (short and novel length). I’ve developed a thirst for a good book and I’ve got a long list of books to get through too so there’s no way I’m going to allow reading to take a back burner.

The new routine will start tomorrow!