Editorial Freelancers Association



April 17, 2014 - 8:53 AM

EMPLOYERS

FREELANCERS


What's New: EFA chapters are sprouting up all over! Check the list for one near you.

Northern California

We believe that the EFA represents a professional standard for freelance editors. We believe there is a need to strengthen the connections among editors and those who use their diverse services in the Northern California area. NorCal EFA holds its regularly scheduled meetings on the first Thursday of the month from 7-8:30 pm at ThinkHouse Collective at 1617 18th Street in downtown Sacramento. We also meet in West Davis the fourth Monday of the month from 7-8:30 pm at 2417 Oakenshield Rd. During holiday weeks the schedule may vary, so please check the website for updates.

Activities of EFA's NorCal chapter will be posted here. For additional information, contact Susan Herman, chapter coordinator, at chap_norcal AT the-efa.org. You must be an EFA member to join an EFA chapter. Chapter events are open to all members, guests of members, and freelancers interested in joining EFA.


Next Meeting

Acquisitions Editing

Monday, April 28, 2014 (7:00 pm)

This month we're learning about the job function of an acquisitions editor, the different levels of what an acquiring editor can do, and how to connect with people who fill this role in the publishing industry. EFA members from Under the Gum Tree, a local independent literary arts magazine, will lead the discussion. You'll learn the fundamentals of acquisitions editing and get a snapshot of what the submission review process looks like. You'll leave with pointers on finding a good fit for your (or your clients') work.

For location info and to RSVP, please go to: http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/events/173319522/

Previous Meetings

Troubleshooting Your Clients

Thursday, April 3, 2014

How do you decide whether a prospective client is someone you'd like to work with? And how can you make that decision in as little time as possible, to avoid the time-wasting back-and-forth of negotiation? Once you are in the middle of a project that isn't going well, how do you cut your losses and move on? Bring your case studies and harness the power of collective experience to solve your tricky client issues.

Shop Talk in Davis

Monday, March 24, 2014

We'll meet in Davis and talk shop. Topics may include: What are the benefits of EFA membership? What projects are you working on now and how did you find them? Got a case study we can crunch on and help you solve (uncommunicative client, unclear scope of work, tax issue)? Want to be a sponsor or participate in an area bookfest? Bring your questions and answers, and snacks, if you like. Wine provided. RSVP and get location info at our Meetup.com page: http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/

1st Meeting in Davis! Hanging Out Your Editor Shingle

Monday, February 24, 2014

What are the essential tools and skills you need to get started as a professional editor? Come ready to share your knowledge and experience, and learn about the resources EFA can offer. We can also discuss needs & topics specific to the Davis area and whether to make the Davis group a quarterly, bimonthly, or monthly meetup. We will meet at the Davis Food Co-op community room--feel free to bring munchies to share. Sadly, wine is not allowed, but other beverages will be available.

The next meeting in Sacramento will be March 6, 7pm at ThinkHouse Collective.

What is a Writing Coach?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Do you envision yourself coaching writers, rather than simply editing their output? We're kicking off 2014 with a guest speaker, Kate Asche, who will introduce us to a career niche you may want to consider: Writing Coach. A writing coach supports writers as they transform their personal writing practices, set and progress toward exciting project goals, or increase their skills for drafting stronger work on their own.

Kate Asche, M.A., is a writer, teacher, and literary community builder. A trained facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) Method, she has taught creative writing in a variety of academic and community settings. She teaches workshops in Sacramento and provides manuscript coaching to writing groups and individuals. Learn more about Kate at www.kateasche.com.

We'll begin with light refreshment and brief introductions. Kate will discuss different forms coaching can take, how she developed her niche as a writing coach, and how that service complements her other professional offerings. There will be time for questions and answers and informal networking after Kate's talk, and we will wrap up at 8:30. Admission is $5 for EFA members and $10 for nonmembers. Cash will be accepted at the door. Please RSVP on our Meetup site: http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/.

Holiday Party

Monday, December 9, 2013

Bring a guest and join us for wine, cheese, and a fountain of cascading chocolate. We'll enjoy a festive atmosphere and informal conversation about editing, the business of editing, and your holiday reading plans.

This year's holiday party will be in a member's home in Sacramento. Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/events/150955052/ for location specifics.

Tools of the Trade

Monday, November 25, 2013

What tools do you use in your business? We'll talk about productivity and invoicing software, tools to keep track of business expenses and other tax info, blogging and social networking, sundry gadgets we never imagined using before and now find indispensable--and hey, maybe we'll even touch on some tech (or techniques) that we use for our actual editing.

Scattergories and Shop Talk

Monday, October 28, 2013

Join us at Thinkhouse Collective for an evening of Scattergories and shop talk. Are you new to editing or looking to transition into freelance from another career? Looking for ways to work smarter, find clients, or hire subcontractors? Maybe you found a hilarious typo in your manuscript and you just HAVE to share. That's what we're about on October 28. Scattergories is our simple excuse to play with words and whet the mind for asking questions and sharing stories. We'll punctuate the evening with wine and snacks.

Pricing Your Services

Monday, September 23, 2013

How do you decide how much to charge? Do you charge per word, per page, per hour, per project, or some combination of these? Where do you get information about how others charge clients for editing work? How do you convince author clients that you're not out to fleece them? How do you communicate that your time is worth paying for? Come ask and answer these questions and more, and learn how to price your editorial services in a way that's fair to your clients and fair to you.

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/ We meet at Thinkhouse Collective, 1617 18th Street Sacramento

Scattergories and Shop Talk

Monday, August 26, 2013

Let's play Scattergories and talk about editing: the business of editing, how to get gigs, tools for marketing etc. Guests welcome. Bring a beverage to share and--if you dare--bring your Sacramento Vintage Cooking challenge entry.

Book Swap Soiree

Monday, July 22, 2013

We love to edit, analyze, and critique but gosh darn it, we also love to let loose and READ. Bring a favorite summer read you're willing to swap for someone else's favorite summer read. Bring two, get two. Bring three, get three to take home. You'll be treated to small bites and beer or a choice of nonalcoholic beverages, and much literate chitchat. Come join Sacramento's editors, writers, bloggers, and readers for this fun summer evening.

Scattergories and Shop Talk

Monday, June 24, 2013

Let's play Scattergories and talk about editing. Guests welcome; refreshments served.

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/

Book talk: Let's read local!

Monday, May 20, 2013

For our Book Talk this year we are reading local. Peach Farmer's Daughter, by Davis-based author Brenda Nakamoto, was artfully published right here in Sacramento by boutique publisher Roan Press. (Kate Washington, founder of Roan Press, spoke to EFA NorCal in October 2011 about her company and projects).

So, please pick up a copy of the book, read, enjoy, and analyze, analyze, analyze. If you're writing or editing memoir right now, how does this book inspire you--or teach you what not to do? Are there particular choices or patterns in the book that you find effective or at odds with the story?

We meet at Thinkhouse Collective, 1617 18th Street Sacramento.

Scattergories and Shop Talk

Monday, April 22, 2013

Let's play Scattergories and talk about editing. Guests welcome; refreshments served.

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/

How Volunteering Makes You a Better Businessperson

Monday, March 25, 2013

If you volunteer for an organization or are considering doing so, you won't want to miss this meeting. Come prepared to talk about your experience in volunteering, especially if it has sparked your creativity or helped you to: Find paying clients Feel more connected to your community Change your thinking about a topic or group of people you didn't know much about before

Refreshments will be served. Guests welcome.

http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/ www.thinkhousecollective.com

Scattergories and Shop Talk

Monday, February 25, 2013

This is a time to play with words and talk shop. Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome.

If you don't think you have anything interesting to talk about, consider following up on these excellent points and questions from our January meeting:

Do you need a website to market your services? Copyediting is straightforward, yet also subjective. Discuss. How can I break into speechwriting? How can I "brand" the services I provide my clients? What are the advantages and disadvantages of working with O desk and Elance? What is the difference between an information architect and a content manager? What are the best online and in-person copyediting & substantive editing classes? How do I find more clients that need annual reports written & edited? You should first decide how much you want to get paid. Then go out and find the client who needs your services enough to pay you what you want. Discuss. How do I start my own scholarly journal? What are some great books to read about freelancing and breaking in as an editor?

What's Your Editing Niche?

Monday, January 28, 2013

For January, let's talk about: What's your editing niche? How did you get into that? Are you looking to expand or narrow down your niche?

Also: share your resolutions for 2013--business or otherwise.

Our chapter is now on Meetup.com! Find us here

November NorCal: Let's Play SCATTERGORIES

Monday, November 26, 2012

Join your fellow freelancers for a rousing game of Scattergories at Thinkhouse Collective 1617 18th St. Sacramento and welcome our new chapter coordinator, Susan Herman. Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome. Contact Robin Martin for more information: robin@twosongbirdspress.com

www.thinkhousecollective.com http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EFA-NoCal/?yguid=403201762

NorCal EFA meeting: In the flesh connections

Monday, September 24, 2012

Please join the Nor Cal EFA for our September 24 meeting at Thinkhouse Collective (New address 1617 18th St. Sacramento) as we talk about real in-the-flesh opportunities for writers and editors to find personal and professional connection.

Northern California has a plethora of groups that have to do with writing: California Writers Club, Writers Who Wine, 916 Ink, iStreet Press, THC’s Book Club Pub Crawl, and many more.

Come share what you know and learn something new. 7-8:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome.

Contact Robin robin@twosongbirdspress.com for more information.

Freelancers' Summer Soiree POSTPONED

Monday, July 30, 2012

This soiree has been postponed. Please stay posted for the new date and new venue (Thinkhouse is moving).

Bring your freelancer and indie contractor friends and let's mingle and enjoy a beautiful NorCal evening at the NEW location of Thinkhouse Collective 1617 18th St. Sacramento, CA. Adult beverages, sweet and savory delights will be served.

Editor's POV book discussion: The Hunger Games

Monday, May 21, 2012

This meeting will take place on May 21 (3rd Monday).

We're hosting a book group discussion on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

But rather than look at the story and discuss the literary aspects, relationships between characters, moral and social implications, etc., we will examine the book from a writer/editor point of view.

~ Why is this book so successful? ~ What techniques does the writer use that have created such emotional responses from readers? ~ Does the writer break writing "rules," and if so how does it work for her?

Things like that.

I understand that the book should take you just a few hours to read once you locate a copy.

Spread the word. Invite your friends. We will have wine and treats and be at the beautiful Thinkhouse Collective, as always!

NorCal Chapter Planning Meeting

Monday, March 26, 2012

What do you want to learn and/or share at our May, July, September, and November meetings? Please come with your plans for 2012/2013. Beer and wine will be served. Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: The beautiful Thinkhouse Collective 1726 11th Street Sacramento, CA

Judith Horstman on writing a successful magazine query letter

Monday, January 30, 2012

Writing a winning query letter: A lesson for freelance magazine writers or wannabe magazine writers. Date: Monday, January 30, 2012 Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: Thinkhouse Collective 1726 11th Street Sacramento, CA

Presented by Judith Horstman, an award-winning journalist who writes about health and medicine for doctors as well as the general public. She has been a Washington correspondent, a journalism professor, a Fulbright scholar, and has written and edited in just about any medium including newspapers, newsletters, special health publications, radio, video, the Internet, annual reports and books.

http://www.judithhorstman.com/bio.html www.thinkhousecollective.com www.the-efa.org

NorCal EFA meeting: Generative writing exercises

Monday, November 28, 2011

At this month's NorCal EFA meeting, member Susan Herman will share some generative writing exercises with the attendees, and we will spend some time just writing. If there's time, we'll also discuss the calendar for 2012, including the possibility of holding meetings quarterly or bimonthly.

There is no meeting in December, and our next meeting, in January 2012, will feature Judith Horstman on writing a successful magazine query letter.

All meetings take place on the last Monday of each month, 7 pm, at Thinkhouse Collective, 1726 11th St. Sacramento.

Starting an Indie Press

Monday, October 24, 2011

Kate Washington, co-owner of Roan Press, will speak at the NorCal EFA meeting on October 24, 2011 about starting an Indie Press.

Roan Press has published varied genres, including memoir-- Peach Farmer's Daughter By Brenda Nakamoto; a musical compilation--Visions of Joanna Newsom; and poetry--Crow Song, by Zoe Keithley and Swimming the Mirror: Poems for My Daughter, by Brad Buchanan.

www.roanpress.com

Kate Washington is a freelance writer and editor. She writes about food and travel, primarily in Northern California, for magazines and newspapers, and is a contributing writer for Sactown Magazine. Her work has been published in Sunset, Via, the San Francisco Chronicle, Yoga Journal, Cooking Light, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. She also does developmental and copy editing in a range of fields, from academic tomes to cookbooks. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Stanford University.

We meet at Thinkhouse Collective in Sacramento. 1726 11th St. Sacramento, CA www.thinkhousecollective.com

NorCal EFA Meeting: On hiring subcontractors

Monday, September 26, 2011

Stephanie Chandler http://www.stephaniechandler.com/. Author of 101 Ways to Grow your Business will speak on the business of hiring subcontractors. This will be a great one. Spread the word. Don't miss it.

August NorCal EFA: Open house/summer soiree

Monday, August 29, 2011

NorCal EFA members and guests are invited to bring friends and their favorite snack/beverage to this freelancers open house. A perfect opportunity to introduce freelancers in all areas to one another, network, and of course, enjoy the Sacramento summer evening on the Thinkhouse patio. Hope to see you there!

www.thinkhousecollective.com

Join the NorCal EFA mailing list/discussion group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EFA-NoCal/?yguid=403201762

July NorCal EFA on Marketing Oneself

Monday, July 25, 2011

The July meeting of NorCal EFA will take place on the last Monday of the month, July 25, at 7 pm at our regular meeting space, the beautiful Thinkhouse Collective in downtown Sacramento.

Kristin Singhasemanon, owner of Satin Web Solutions, and Chris Wilson, owner of Word Design and Get Healthy Copy, will be presenting on the topic of professional marketing strategies to solicit clients for our editorial freelancing businesses.

Join our Yahoo Group to be on the mailing list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EFA-NoCal/?yguid=403201762

www.thinkhousecollective.com www.satinwebsolutions.com www.gethealthycopy.com

June NorCal EFA Meeting

Monday, June 27, 2011

The June meeting of NorCal EFA will take place once again at the beautiful downtown co-working space known as Thinkhouse Collective, 1726 11th St. Sacramento, CA.

This month, we will be discussing the benefits of EFA membership in a special segment of the meeting called: "What the EFA has done for me, it can do for you!"

We will also be hammering out the details of the event/speaker schedule for the rest of 2011.

Of course, we will have camaraderie and beverages. Hope to see you there.

March 28 NorCal EFA at Thinkhouse

Monday, March 28, 2011

The March meeting of the Editorial Freelancers Association will take place at Thinkhouse Collective 1726 11th Street, Sacramento Monday March 28 at 7 pm.

Member John Cronin will be in attendance. He and a friend are starting an online editing business, and he will be there to tell us about it and opportunities it may afford to EFA members.

Our original plan to have JT Long lead a discussion around social media for journalists during this meeting has had to be put on hold again. However, bring your questions and your strategies for reaching out to clients and potential clients via social media and other on-line avenues.

Come prepared to share what has worked for you and where you've been stymied. If we can, we'll have someone there with a bit of expertise on the subject.

We'll also set in motion a plan to bring in some publishing experts to share the latest trends and technologies with those of us who are interested.

See you on Monday Mar. 28.

Stay dry and happy spring!

NorCal EFA February Meeting

Monday, February 28, 2011

Please join us at Thinkhouse Collective on Monday Feb 28, 7 pm, as we discuss what freelance writers/editors need to know when it comes to tax time. Thinkhouse Collective 1726 11th Street Sacramento, CA

Guest speaker: Peter Sander (Granite Bay, CA) is an author, researcher, and consultant in the fields of personal finance, business, and location reference. He has written twenty-four books, including Value Investing for Dummies, What to Do When the Economy Sucks, 101 Things Every American Should Know About Economics, and Cities Ranked & Rated. He is also the author of numerous articles and columns dealing with investment strategies. He has an MBA from Indiana University and has completed Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) education and examination requirements.

Freelancer/Indie Soiree

Monday, December 13, 2010

More fun than a business mixer, each participant of the NorCal EFA chapter is asked to bring another independent business person (who may or may not be an editor), a snack and a beverage for this month's networking meeting.

Think House Collective 1726 11th St Sacramento, CA http://thinkhousecollective.com/

Networking and Social Media

Monday, November 1, 2010

Informal Networking and a presentation/report: How Social Media can Help Journalists, Editors and others publication professionals. @ Think House Collective, Sacramento, CA

Organizational Meeting

Monday, October 11, 2010

This organizational meeting will continue our discussion of chapter goals and structure based on what participants found out since the last meeting. Susan Herman will chair the meeting. An agenda can be found at our yahoo groups site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EFA-NoCal

Organizational Meeting

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Coffee Garden 2904 Franklin Blvd. Sacramento, Ca 95818 http://thecoffeegarden.com/index.html

Our first task as a new chapter will be to establish strategic partnerships with other groups in Northern California in order to best "further a wider understanding of the crucial role of the independent editorial professional in the modern publishing and communications industries, and to enhance the performance and improve the skills of those professionals." (EFA Regional Chapters Mission Statement)

This organizational meeting's agenda will include: Reviewing JT's list and discussing a plan of action to establish partnerships. Establishing a chapter advisory board and/or committee chairs

 

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