Professional Networks

Connecting with peers in my industry has been essential in my growth as an editor. I remember the first editorial conference that I attended and how shy I was to ask questions, because I was intimidated by all the other attendees from magazines that seemed bigger and more important than the magazine I edit. Surely they knew so much more than I did, and if I asked too many questions, maybe they would sniff me out as not worthy of the title of editor.

Now, a number of years later, I realize that as a professional, I am always learning and growing, and my ability to keep learning is directly related to asking questions and surrounding myself with interesting and smart people. Since the publishing industry is changing so quickly, we are all learners, and anyone who claims to have all the potential publishing platforms, workflows and issues figured out is more suspect than the person who humbly asks questions.

So tonight I am giving a shout out to the Evangelical Press Association and my peers at the annual convention in Nashville. I wasn’t able to attend the convention this year, but I did follow tonight’s convention opening on twitter (#EPA2013). I will continue to network with other editors in my local area, around the country and world, as I am aware of how much there always is to learn in my industry (and any profession).

When Michelangelo was 87 years old, he was reported to say, “Ancora imparo” – I’m still learning. By continuing to ask questions, seeking out networks of professional peers, and being willing to admit what I don’t know, I hope that I will continue learning for decades to come.

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