Oh, I am so easily pleased. The Society for Editors and Proofreaders have just issued new logos to reflect their new membership structure. I, for example, used to be an associate, but am now an entry-level member. Mostly because I’ve been so busy editing, I’ve not had a chance to do any of their marvellous training and start working up the virtual ladder.
What I like about the association is that I have to work my way up, through editing specific training that they provide – such as proofreading and copy-editing – but also by having clients confirming (in writing) that they are satisfied with the standard of service I provide. I have to do so many editing ‘hours’ too, and also sit (and pass) a test.
I joined the association for two reasons: firstly, to improve my craft, and secondly to instill confidence in potential clients. I like to offer the best work I can, and in order to maintain that level, I believe it is important to always be learning and improving.