Volunteer Opportunity

EDITING ASSISTANT (VOLUNTEER)

Pencil Tip Publishing was established in 2015. We are a small, independent publisher based in the Vancouver, Canada. Our books focus on genre & cult television, original fiction, and short story collections.

Our first book – The Temporal Logbook – was published in June 2015.

Several of our books have been vehicles to raise funds for various charitable causes such AIDS support, cancer research and mood disorders.

Our Mission: to publish entertaining, informative and quality books pertaining to cult & genre television, short story collections, and original fiction – books that we would want to read.

THE POSITION

The Editing Assistant will be responsible in providing editing assistance to main editing team, proofreading manuscripts and readying them for future publication.

Duties will include:

  • Works closely with the Pencil Tip editing team.
  • Proofread and evaluate manuscripts to detect and mark for correction any grammatical, typographical, or compositional errors; recommend or make changes in style, content or organization.
  • Use comment mark-up and track changes in MS Word.
  • Assess the suitability of the text for its intended readership.
  • Ensure consistency, compliance, and adherence to standards and guidelines.
  • Resolve queries around areas such as style and text inconsistencies.
  • Checks proofs against approved copy, marking errors that appear.
  • Participate in Editorial Board chats.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills:

  • Previous editing experience preferably in editing fiction.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Possess a good command of the English language; speaks and writes English fluently.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management.
  • Works well in a deadline driven, multi-project, team environment.
  • The candidate should be imaginative, enthusiastic, open to new ideas, resourceful.
  • Must be able to meet and adhere to deadlines.
  • Be able to work well with others – team player.
  • Be able to take direction from others.

Technical Knowledge:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (especially Word and Outlook).
  • Familiar with using Dropbox file sharing.
  • Familiar with using Skype chat.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2019

Please note that this is a volunteer position.

To apply to this position please reply to penciltippublishing@shaw.ca and include the subject header “Editorial Assistant”. Please include a copy of your resume along with a cover letter explaining why you feel you would be an ideal candidate for the post.

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Essays Wanted for Sarah Jane Smith Project

Some time ago Pencil Tip had announced a special charity short-story collection devoted to one of Doctor Who’s most popular characters, Sarah Jane Smith.

Our original plan was a collection of short-stories centering on Sarah and taking place  any time after leaving the Doctor in “The Hand of Fear”. The collection currently consists of five stories by writers: Rob Nisbet (The Yohwah Prophecy), Dan Tessier (Exposure), Russell McGee (The Haunting of Chilingham Manor), Tony Jones (In Memoriam) and Kevin Mason (The Fires of Beltane). In addition to the five stories, we can reveal that we are currently in discussion with artist who may contribute an original comic strip.

Essays Wanted

In addition to the original stories, we’d like to include a series of essays concentrating on Sarah Jane. The essay can focus on any subject including covering any aspect of her life, her travels with the Doctor, her writing career, the enduring popularity of the character and/or of the actress who played her (Lis Sladen) – basically anything you’d like to write about. Other possible topics of discussion might be an analysis of her travels, or the cases she’s covered (Who and SJA). Sarah Jane Smith Fashion Icon? Was Sarah really feminist?  A character analysis. An indepth overview of K-9 and Company, or the Sarah Jane Adventures. Maybe you’d like to discuss/review/analyze the Sarah Jane Smith audio’s from Big Finish. The topics up for discussion are totally wide open.

Essay’s should be no more than 2500 words (but please don’t feel confined to this limit if you feel you need more to cover your topic at hand).

If you’re interested in contributing an essay, please get in touch with me to discuss your idea.

The deadline to submit completed essays is: May 5, 2019.

I should also mention that we are also looking for original artwork to include in the special. If you draw, and would like to submit something, we’d also like to hear from you.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

What The Fans Think Update

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Please note effective March 23, we will no longer be accepting story review submissions for our Blake’s 7 or Torchwood editions for our What The Fans Think range of books.  We now have a full complement of reviews, and bonus pieces, for both books which we’ve now begun editing each submission.

Thank you to everyone who expressed interested in both books and volunteering to review episodes from either series.

Please keep tuned to our blog over the next week or two as we will be announcing requests for submissions for another publication which may be of interest to our readers.

What The Fans Think Page Updated

The “What The Fans Think” page has been updated today to indicate the latest status of both the “Blake’s 7” and “Torchwood” projects.  You’ll see that several stories in both volumes have become available and are once again available for review.  If you’d like to review one of these stories, please get in touch with us.  Thanks.

What The Fans Think Status Updated

A quick late night post to advise contributors that both the status of the Blake’s 7 and Torchwood, What The Fans Think projects have been updated to indicate which episode reviews have been:

  1. Submitted to date
  2. Those still outstanding
  3. Those still available to be reviewed

If you’ve previously volunteered to review one of the episodes, or submit a special one off article, please take a moment to check out the updated list.  And, if you’re still interested in reviewing one of the stories still up for review grabs, please let us know.

Cheers.

What The Fans Think: Last Chance to Participate

We’re in the final stretch now with the large majority of stories chosen by reviewers for both our What The Fans Think: Blake’s 7 and Torchwood projects, there are a few episodes from both series still up for grabs.

They are:

Blake’s 7

  1. Orac
  2. Hostage
  3. The Keeper
  4. Dawn of the Gods
  5. Children of Auron
  6. Power

Torchwood

  1. Escape to L.A.
  2. The Middlemen

All that’s involved is spending roughly an hour of your time watching an episode of your fave series and then writing 1000-1750 words of your honest review/thoughts/assessment of the episode. That easy.

Plus, if you’re up for it, we’d love to feature any specially penned essays on any aspect of Blake’s 7 and/or Torchwood. These can be short articles/opinion pieces/etc to spread throughout the publication. Topics could be on things like: “Why didn’t Blake and Avon get along?” or “Was the Federation really that corrupt?” or “What made Servalan such a determined adversary?” or “Are Captain Jack and the Face of Boe the same entity?”, etc. – whatever you’d like to write about. (These ‘bonus’ pieces can be up to 3500 words.)

Contact us at penciltippublishing @ shaw . ca if you’d like to contribute.

Full details on the project, and how to contribute, can be found here.

Chromakey Issue 1 Out Now

We’re really excited to announce that the debut issue of Chromakey has now been released and is available to purchase.

CHROMAKEY
ISSUE ONE/WINTER 2019

LOST IN SPACE: EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
Dan Tessier takes a look at the similarities and differences between the 1960s’ original and the new Netflix series.

THE CONTEMPORARY FUTURE OF ALTERED CARBON
Richard Peevers dives into the world of the popular Netflix series.

THE STARLOST
Bob Furnell goes back to the 1970s and delves in to the making of this Canadian-made sci-fi series.

GARY CONWAY INTERVIEWED
Actor Gary Conway sits down with Steve Eramo to talk about his career and life in this exclusive interview.

REVISITING A VERY BRITISH COUP
Matthew Kresal gets to grips with this highly popular and well-remembered British political thriller.

TUBE TERRORS: GARGOYLES
Remember those made-for-tv horror movies from the 70s and 80s? Arnold T. Blumberg takes a look at the 1972 production Gargoyles.

UFO: KILL STRAKER
Our panel review the episode “Kill Straker” from the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson series, UFO.

FORGOTTEN CLASSICS: COUNTERSTRIKE
In the first of his ongoing series looking at forgotten sci-fi and fantasy series, Andrew Screen examines the BBC’s final black and white filmed series, Counterstrike.

SAPPHIRE & STEEL: LIKE A PIECE OF DARKNESS
Peter Gouldson offers his appreciation of the second adventure which many consider one of the series’ best.

FAILED 1970s GENRE TV PILOTS
Bob Furnell provides the lowdown on the numerous failed American TV series pilots made in the 1970s.

REVIEWS AND MORE

Cover by Steve Ince

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WTFT: Last Push For Reviews

Hi all.  A quick update…

We’ve received first drafts of most of our reviews for both the Blake’s 7 and Torchwood volumes, but we’re still missing reviews for the following episodes:

WHAT THE FANS THINK: BLAKE’S 7

  • 1.3 Cygnus Alpha
  • 1.13: Orac
  • 2.2 Shadow
  • 2.3: Weapon
  • 2.8: Hostage
  • 2.12: The Keeper
  • 3.3: Volcano
  • 3.4: Dawn of the Gods
  • 3.7: Children of Auron
  • 3.10: Ultraworld
  • 4.2: Power

WHAT THE FANS THINK: TORCHWOOD

  • 2.2: Sleeper
  • 4.2: Rendition
  • 4.3: Dead of Night
  • 4.4: Escape to L.A.
  • 4.5: The Categories of Life
  • 4.6: The Middle Men

If you’d like to review one, or more, of the above episodes, please contact us at Pencil Tip Publishing (penciltippublishing @ shaw . ca).

Cheers.

Revised 30 December 2018 2:50 pm PT

WTFT: BLAKE’S 7 UPDATE

A quick update on our Blake’s 7 project… We’ve so far received several completed contributor reviews which we’re in the process of editing. We’re lining up a cover artist as I post this too. The project continues to progress at a nice pace.

We’ve still got a 12 episodes left open for review including:

  • Seek-Locate-Destroy
  • Orac
  • Weapon
  • Pressure Point
  • Hostage
  • The Keeper
  • Powerplay
  • Volcano
  • Dawn of the Gods
  • Children of Auron
  • Ultraworld
  • Power

All that’s involved is spending roughly an hour of your time watching an episode of your fave series and then writing 1000-1750 words of your honest review/thoughts/assessment of the episode. That easy.

Plus, if you’re up for it, we’d love to feature any specially penned essays on any aspect of Blake’s 7. These can be short articles/opinion pieces/etc to spread throughout the publication. Topics could be on things like: “Why didn’t Blake and Avon get along?” or “Was the Federation really that corrupt?” or “What made Servalan such a determined adversary?” etc. – whatever you’d like to write about. (These ‘bonus’ pieces can be up to 3500 words.)

Contact us at penciltippublishing @ shaw . ca if you’d like to contribute.