Managing an Editorial Project

By Shelley Kenigsberg

12 July 2016 (Tue)
9:30am – 5:30pm

Diamond Room
International Plaza, #34-08
10 Anson Road, Singapore 079903


Course Fee: $320.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $9.25

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This course is available on the SkillsFuture Credit course directory for application by Singaporean participants aged 25 and above.Please e-mail us at so that we can help you register for the workshop ticket before you apply to use your SkillsFuture credits.


Eligible media practitioners, including full-time media freelancers, are subject to up to 90 % grant of the total course fees (excluding GST) with the MDA Talent Assistance (Training) scheme. Please scroll to the end of this page for more information on the application process. Applications by practitioners must reach the Six Degrees portal by 21 June 2016 for it to be evaluated.

As the editorial project manager for the production and scheduling of any publication, it’s the you who needs to ensure it’s published on time, on budget and to the quality that the company requires. You need to be able to plan for many contingencies, ‘wear many hats’ and, sometimes, just as you think you’re ready to ‘send the book to press’, you’ll need to juggle, juggle, juggle. This course will take you through the essential skills that an editorial project manager needs.

Understanding the project

  • Determining scope, goals and objectives
  • Determining the resources needed to achieve those goals requirements
  • Assessing the potential risks and planning for contingencies

Managing the team

  • Putting an effective team together
  • Communicating effectively with each member
  • Setting up communication channels within the team
  • Creating briefs
  • Working with freelancers
  • Negotiating fees

Examining the content

  • Understanding target audience
  • Assessing structure, comprehensiveness and appropriateness of language for the target audience
  • Considering the format/layout requirements (eg, extent of main text, illustrations, margin features)
  • Consider platforms: print and/or digital blend
  • Review multimedia and functionality


  • Estimating time
  • Establishing and maintaining an efficient critical path
  • Scheduling proformas


  • Determining the costs
  • Assessing profitability
  • Planning budgetting contingencies
  • Keeping to budget

About the trainer: Shelley Kenigsberg

Shelley Kenigsberg

Shelley Kenigsberg is a prominent freelance editor, writer and trainer. She runs S K Publishing (working with a range of private and publishing clients) and, since 2009, has presented Editing in Paradise masterclass programs. In 2012, Writing in Paradise began and now, both programs are fun in (as the name suggests) paradisiacal places. This year, Byron Bay, Ibiza, Myanmar and Bali. She is currently involved in training editors, mentoring writers, and editing and writing for trade, corporate, academic and educational, government and private clients.

Shelley is Head of the Macleay Diploma in Book Editing and Publishing and has delivered the course for the past 26 years. She has developed and presented courses for writers centres (Northern Rivers WC, Northern Territory WC, NSW WC, Tasmanian WC, Qld WC); Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators; Societies of Editors, Style Council, Institute of Professional Editors conferences, Distance Education for the Open Learning Conference in Australia; writers festivals in Indonesia (Ubud Writers Festival 2004–16) and language and corporate institutes overseas (Indonesia, Japan and South Africa). Shelley is a founding member of Professional Editors Association (NSW), was President of the NSW Society of Editors from 2001–03, Vice-President in 2004, Chair of the Accreditation Board and active in other national initiatives through the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd).

Shelley is writing her own book. So she understands how to wear a few hats. The author one is, currently, the worst fitting. This will change.

Registration Details


Some of ALAP’s workshops are eligible for the SkillsFuture Credit. Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit to pay the fees for the workshop. Please e-mail us at so that we can help advise you on registering for your workshop ticket on our registration portal before you apply to use your SkillsFuture credits. Participants can disburse their SkillsFuture credits to ALAP 30 days before the course start date.

UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme)

Self-sponsored applicants who are NTUC members enjoy UTAP funding of up to 50% claim on unfunded programme fee capped at $250 per year. Prevailing terms & conditions apply, see UTAP webpage for details.

IMDA Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant

Local (Singaporean/Permanent Resident) media practitioners, including full-time media freelancers, are subject to up to 90% grant of the total course fees (excluding GST) with the IMDA Talent Assistance Specialised Training Grant. In addition, media freelancers could apply for Training Allowance of $7.50 per hour. All applications are subject to approval. Those attending/wishing to attend the approved courses could apply for the grant through the Six Degrees portal at least 21 calendar days before the course date. All grant applications are subject to approval from Six Degrees.

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Cancellation & Substitution

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