The Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI Ireland) has come a long way since its inception. Founded in 1985 by Pat Carroll, Anna Farmar, Helen Litton and Siobhán Parkinson, the AFEI (Association of Freelance Editors and Indexers), as it was then called, had fifteen members in its first year. During the 1990s, the word ‘Proofreaders’ was added to the Association’s title, and since then it has been known as the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers (AFEPI). The ampersand logo was designed by Brendan Lyons, the husband of one of the members and, with the advent of the internet, a website followed.
Jump forward to 2020 and AFEPI has grown in both size and stature. We have changed our name again – to the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland; AFEPI Ireland, for short – and currently have over 100 members from north and south of the island, all of whom are freelancers with a wide range of editorial expertise beyond the core skills encompassed by the Association’s name. We have working relationships with editing organisations in other countries, the SfEP (UK) and Editors Canada being the most significant, and we are a member of ICRIS (International Committee of Representatives of Indexing Societies), the body that manages international relations between indexing societies around the world.
Today we’re launching our new logo, a twenty-first century take on the old ampersand, and our new website to mark the next chapter in the Association’s development. As the voice of professional editorial freelancers in Ireland, AFEPI Ireland aims to remain relevant to members and clients alike, whatever the future of the publishing industry holds, and this is reflected by our new crisp image and more functional online presence.
The Directory provides a comprehensive listing of our Full Members, which has enhanced search facilities to make it even easier for you to find the right freelancer for your project. Aside from editing, proofreading and indexing, many of our members boast other related skills, such as publishing advice and consultancy services, design, ebook formatting, project management, training, translation, typesetting and writing.
If you’re a freelance editor, proofreader and/or indexer living and working in Ireland and are interested in joining us, you can find out more here.
If you’re considering an editorial career in publishing, you’ll find some useful resources here.
Whether you’re looking for an editor, proofreader or indexer to work on your book, or you’re interested in joining us, we hope you find what you need here. And if you have any questions or need help sourcing the right person for your project, do get in touch and we’ll do what we can to help.