The NYC chapter serves members in New York City and the surrounding area. Events will be held in Manhattan; with sufficient interest events may be held in other locales. If you would like to join Emily Albarillo, the chapter coordinator, and other EFA members in organizing chapter events, please e-mail Emily (see below).
Activities of EFA's NYC chapter will be posted here. For additional information, contact Emily Albarillo, chapter coordinator, at. 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.
Introduction to PerfectIt
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
We'll have a fantastic opportunity to learn the basics of PerfectIt from Daniel Heuman. PerfectIt is an add-in for Microsoft Word that helps editors improve consistency within a document in a way that takes you far beyond what Word's spell-checker can do.
I recommend you bring your own laptop to this meeting with PerfectIt already installed so you can follow along--although we'll be using a projector, so even if you don't have a laptop you can watch.
Please note that PerfectIt only works with Windows computers. It is available for a free 30-day trial from the Intelligent Editing website: http://www.intelligentediting.com.
Taking Control of Microsoft Word 2010 with Hilary Powers
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Our own Hilary Powers -- on a rare birding visit to NYC -- will spend an evening with us talking about ways to get Word 2010 to do what you want instead of what it figures you ought to want. Come learn how to banish the program's worst headaches and make the most of its useful features, and find out if you can cure what you hate worst about it. Bring a list of your pet peeves, and chances are, you'll go home with a way to make it do -- or stop doing -- whatever-it-is you want from it! The presentation focuses on Word 2010, but the philosophy and Word-whacking mind-set apply to most other versions as well.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Deadbeat Clients: How to Avoid Them and How to Collect from Them
with Katerina I. Duarte, Esq.
One of the biggest problems faced by freelancers is how to deal with clients who do not pay the invoices we send them. The easiest solution is to not have deadbeat clients in the first place. How do we avoid getting them? When do we need to have a contract? What should we put into our contracts? What are the warning signs that a client may be a deadbeat? If we are stuck with having worked for a deadbeat, how do we collect? How and when can we use small claims courts or civil courts? When do we have to turn to an attorney? What steps can we take without the help of an attorney? These are the questions we will deal with at this meeting.
This is a joint meeting with the New York City Chapter of the American Society for Indexing
Long Island Lunch Meeting
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Lunch, networking, and a discussion of EFA Long Island chapter potential at a nice diner in Hauppage.
eBooks: Getting Up to Speed with David Ream
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The presentation will cover eBook standards, rich content types they can contain, some of the tools used with eBooks, indexes and eBooks, legacy vs. new publications and other current issues. Mr. Ream will endeavor to answer any and all questions.
The Making of Trade Science Books
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A panel of accomplished professionals will discuss trade science books in today's market, and what opportunities await today's science writers. Hear what is new and what is next from the viewpoints of both the publisher and the author.
Two publishing experts who head up Scientific American, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, will discuss the strategies and trends that drive success in today's science book market. They will be joined by two of the imprint's authors, each representing different arenas of the science book world (one being a journalist, and the other, a scientist). These authors will share their experiences not only in developing their works but also in promoting and publicizing them.
This is a joint Science Writers in New York (SWINY)/EFA meeting.
Grab Your Reader!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
You're invited to an evening of hands-on writing and editing experiments, inspired by 10 Top Chef-inspired "quick-fire challenges" for writers and flavored with additional local SWINY/EFA seasonings.
This is a joint Science Writers in New York (SWINY)/EFA meeting.
Time: Thursday, April 11 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Location: EFA meeting room, 71 W. 23rd Street, 4th floor
Brooklyn coffee meeting
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
A casual coffee get-together at Cheryl's Global Soul in Brooklyn
2013 Goals and Aspirations
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I'm excited to announce our first chapter meeting of 2013! What are your dreams, goals, and aspirations for 2013? What about goals for the NYC chapter? Let's do a little chapter brainstorming and planning, and also take some time to talk about our personal goals as freelancers.
Tricks, Tips, and Tales
Monday, August 6, 2012
Do you have a trick or tip that could make work easier for your colleagues? An idea for finding new business? A work-related tale of woe that others might help you with? A success story that others might learn from? If you can use some help, can help others, or would simply enjoy networking with your colleagues, join us in an informal session and experience face-to-face the encouraging support of other EFA members. Please bring your business cards and suggestions for future chapter meetings. Light refreshments will be served. Time: 7:00 to 8:30 Location: EFA headquarters, 71 West 23rd Street, NYC, fourth floor Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Fitness for Freelancers
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
In December, EFA listmate Carol Holmes started a discussion thread that clearly resonated with many of us: how can we get ourselves to exercise? Based on the outpouring of responses, it’s clearly a question lots of us face. Here’s our chance to find an answer!
On February 28, trainer Doug Ward will lead us in an evening that promises to be dynamic and inspiring. We’ll learn how to
• Get motivated and stay that way • Set fitness goals • Take exercise breaks throughout the workday • Stick to good eating habits
Doug has been a professional fitness trainer for the past thirteen years, with extensive experience working at some of New York’s most exclusive health clubs. By motivating his clients to exercise regularly and follow a sound diet, he has helped countless people reach and surpass their health and fitness goals.
After his presentation, Doug will respond to questions, and then we’ll have time to network, socialize, and munch—healthy snacks, of course!
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 Location: EFA headquarters, 71 West 23rd Street, NYC, fourth floor
Chapter meetings are open to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Social Media as a Marketing Tool
Monday, November 7, 2011
Katharine O’Moore-Klopf, well known to EFA members as an expert source of advice on using Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook as marketing tools, will be sharing her knowledge with us on Monday, November 7, 2011.
Whether you’re a total newbie or already a user, Katharine can teach you how to
• find clients • keep up with industry news • network for project leads • use social media without drowning in it • follow social media etiquette
... and more.
After the presentation and Q&A, we’ll have time to network and socialize.
Picnic in Central Park
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Bring your supper (and we know you never leave home without your business cards) and join us for a relaxing summer evening in Central Park.
Wednesday, July 13, 6 - 8 p.m.
Rain date: Wednesday, July 20, 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: Look for us in the northeast quadrant of the Sheep Meadow (more or less in line with the Mineral Springs cafe building). Nearest park entrances are at 67th and 72nd streets and Central Park West. There is a map at: http://www.centralparknyc.org/maps/index.html?attraction=73554950
We'll be sitting on the grass, so bring something to sit on if you prefer. We will be near restrooms and concessions, as well as fabulous views.
EXTRA: Sign up early to learn about a pre-picnic event! RSVP to chap_nyc AT the-efa.org.
Ilise Benun, the Marketing Mentor
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
How to Create Your Own Marketing Machine: Find Your Market and the Tools to Reach It
Benun, founder of Marketing-Mentor.com, outlined the simple tasks that will keep your pipeline full and your Marketing Machine humming all year long, and answered these questions and more: How to choose a target market? Which marketing tools attract the best and highest paying clients? How much time should you spend on social media? Should you be blogging? Guest blogging? How many networking events should you attend each month? What is the most effective marketing tool to reach prospects outside your geographic area? When is best to email (and do people even read their email anymore)? How often should you update your web site? How to position yourself as an expert to your prospects? Ilise Benun is a national speaker, founder of Marketing Mentor (http://www.marketing-mentor.com/) and, with HOW Magazine, of the Creative Freelancer Conference (http://www.creativefreelancerconference.com). She coaches creative professionals who are serious about growing their business and she is the author of several books for creatives, including The Designer's Guide to Marketing and Pricing and the forthcoming The Creative Professional's Guide to Money: How to Think About It, How to Talk About It and How to Manage It (HOW Books 2011).
Opportunity for networking and socializing after the presentation.
Carol Saller: Digital or Conventional Publishing?
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Our first chapter meeting! Carol Saller, author of The Subversive Copy Editor and editor of The Chicago Manual of Style Online's Q&A, presented the topic "Digital or Conventional Publishing: Author's Choice?"to an engaged group of writers and editors.
After two years of marketing her nonfiction editing book through the University of Chicago Press, Carol Saller decided to publish her new middle-grade novel with namelos, an upstart start-up print-on-demand digital publisher. Happy with both decisions, Carol explained the differences and similarities from first contact through project development, contract negotiation, editing, and production.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
We gathered to share ideas about and gauge interest in this newest EFA chapter in formation.
Location: EFA Office, 71 West 23 St., 4th Floor, Manhattan
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