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Rochester NY

The Rochester, NY, chapter of the EFA meets irregularly, usually from 7-9 p.m. in the Card Room of the Renaissance apartment building, 2500 East Avenue (zipcode: 14610; entrance on Penfield Road; free and valet parking). Light refreshments are served. Scrabble boards will be available at every meeting! In 2014, we will try to hold meetings every other month. If you have ideas or requests for topics and speakers, let chapter coordinator Ruth E. Thaler-Carter know at chap_rochester AT the-efa.org.

Activities of EFA's Rochester chapter will be posted here. For additional information, contact Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, chapter coordinator, at chap_rochester 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.


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Celebrate spring with fellow freelancers on April 10!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Rochester, NY-area freelancers, current or aspiring: The Rochester chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. Come out and celebrate spring! Bring your unneeded office supplies and equipment for a spring-cleaning swap, too. Open and free to area freelance writers, editors, proofreaders, graphic artists, photographers, web designers, etc. - both current and aspiring. Light refreshments will be provided. The Flower City Grill will be open for those who would like drinks or a real meal. RSVP to chap_rochester AT the-efa.org.

EFA-Rochester to meet on Dec. 12 - change of date!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

CHANGE OF DATE!!! EFA-Rochester (NY) will meet to celebrate the holidays, the approach of a new year and whatever else colleagues want to brag or ask about, from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, *Dec. 12,* at the Renaissance apartment building (2500 East Avenue; entrance on Penfield Road; free and valet parking).

We will share our triumphs, trials and tribulations of this year, and plans and resolutions for next year. Information will be available on how the Affordable Care Act affects freelancers, along with last-minute tax tips. Scrabble boards will be available. A new EFA booklet on using Word and a copy of a new book, "The Business of Editing: Effective and Efficient Ways to Think, Work, and Prosper," by Rich Adin, may be available as giveaways.

The meeting is open to any writers, editors, proofreaders, graphic artists, photographers, indexers, web designers, etc., who are currently freelancing or hope to become freelancers.

Coffee and soft drinks will be provided. Please bring a dish to share.

The meeting is free but RSVPs appreciated. (If you RSVP, please show up!) RSVP to: chap_rochester AT the-efa.org

Rochester chapter to meet on August 29

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Rochester, NY, chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, at the Renaissance apartment building, 2500 East Avenue (14610; entrance on Penfield Road; free parking). Theme: celebrating summer and planning for the fall.

The meeting is free and open to EFA members, guests and freelancers interested in joining EFA, but you must RSVP to ensure sufficient refreshments. Scrabble boards will be at hand!

To attend, RSVP to chapter coordinator Ruth Thaler-Carter at chap_rochester AT the-efa.org.

The chapter will meet again in October and December, and may return to monthly meetings in the new year.

EFA-Rochester to meet on January 16, 2013, for new-year planning

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Rochester, NY, chapter of the EFA will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, to start the new year by brainstorming plans, projects and resolutions for themselves and the chapter. The meeting will be held in the Card Room of the Renaissance apartment building, 2500 East Avenue (entrance on Penfield Road; free and valet parking). The EFA's newest booklets will be featured, along with other EFA resources. Scrabble boards will be on hand as well! The meeting is free, but RSVPs are requested (chap_rochester AT the-efa.org) to ensure sufficient refreshments. If anyone would like more than snacks, the Flour City Diner in the same building, next to the Card Room, will be open for a potluck (one menu option) dinner.

July Meeting to Feature Literary Agent

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Think you have a book in you? Have one ready for publication, but not sure what to do next? Learn all about "Finding and Working with an Agent" from Bill Bowers of Bowers Editorial Services at the next EFA-Rochester meeting, 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 (please note change in day and week from usual chapter meetings), in the Card Room of the Renaissance apartment building (2500 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14610). In addition to representing authors, Bill is one himself: He is coauthor, with wife Eileen, of 50 Hikes in Central New York's Leatherstocking Country (WW Norton, 2010) and editor of Classic Ghost Stories (Lyons Press, 2003). Bring a copy of either to the meeting for Bill and Eileen to sign. Plans include dinner with Bill after the meeting at a nearby restaurant and the possibility of brunch together on Sunday, July 29, at the Flour City Diner (also 2500 East Avenue) as well. The meeting is free; dinner or brunch is on your own. For more information and to RSVP: Ruth@writerruth.com Please note: Attending the meeting is no guarantee that Bill will represent you - but one never knows!

March 2011 meeting to feature word fun

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Join your fellow wordsmiths for an evening of Scrabble, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16! Scrabble Night is a popular event at EFA's headquarters in New York City and has become equally popular in a couple of regional chapters. Let's join in! The meeting is free and open to any freelance writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, graphic artists, photographers and other editorial freelancers in the Rochester, NY, area. RSVPs are required to ensure we have sufficient Scrabble boards and refreshments. RSVP to: chap_rochester@the-efa.org or (585) 248-8464.

EFA-Rochester meeting to feature local author

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Rochester chapter of the EFA will start the new year with a meeting on Wed., Jan. 19, featuring Peter Lovenheim, author of the recent book In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time, and of Portrait of a Burger as a Young Calf. 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Renaissance, 2500 East Ave. Peter is a journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine and other publications. Currently, he teaches writing in the Department of English at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has a degree in journalism from Boston University and in law from Cornell Law School. Peter is also author or co-author of several books for the general reader about mediation and conflict resolution, including Mediate, Don't Litigate: Strategies for Successful Mediation, with Lisa Guerin, and Becoming a Mediator: Your Guide to Career Opportunities, with Emily Doskow. His also selected and edited the material for Reading Between the Lines, with Rabbi David Katz. Recently, Peter was one of only seven Op-Ed contributors to be videotaped for the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the New York Times' Op-Ed page. The meeting is free but RSVPs are appreciated, to ensure sufficient handouts and refreshments. RSVP to: chap_rochester AT the-efa.org or: Ruth@writerruth.com or (585) 248-8464.

Supply Swap and Organizing Tips

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Start the new year off right by bringing your excess or unneeded office supplies and equipment to the first EFA-Rochester meeting of 2010 to trade with or purchase from (at bargain prices) colleagues, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday (note new day of the week), January 21, 2010, in the Card Room of the Renaissance (2500 East Avenue; entrance on Penfield Road, free parking with valet service).

We will also talk about organizing a home office and one's time to be more efficient and effective in the new year. Speaker: Carol McManus, proprietor of Carol G. McManus Consulting, LLC and an experienced professional with expertise in human resources, employee relations, and facilities management and operations. She has worked in mental health and personnel administration, and was a legal administrator for a mid-sized law firm for 10 years.

McManus served as a commissioner of the New York State Workers' Compensation Board for eight years, acting as an appellate court judge in thousands of cases in controversy. She also has served in elective office as a school board member, town board member and deputy supervisor, and county legislator.

McManus consults with small-to-medium-sized companies and public entities in a variety of areas, including organizational practices.

RSVP by January 20 to chapter coordinator Ruth E. Thaler-Carter at (585) 248-8464 or: Email_here

Gearing Up for Tax Filing

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Come to the Nov. 24 meeting of the EFA-Rochester for tips on making the most of this year's deductions and preparing for filing from a representative of H&R Block. The meeting will be held in the Card Room of the Renaissance, 2500 East Avenue (entrance on Penfield Road) from 6:30-8:30 on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Parking is free. Free, but RSVP required to ensure sufficient handouts and refreshments. RSVP to:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Rochester chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) will meet from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25, in the Park Avenue neighborhood, for "Hands-on Twitter Tips," which will build on the general guidelines provided at our June 2009 meeting. Bring your laptop, because presenter and hostess Kat Nagel will walk us through setting up Twitter accounts and profiles, and demonstrate the actual use of this new technology in social networking. This might be EFA-Rochester's first-ever "tweetup"!

To receive location and attend, RSVP to: chap_rochester AT the-efa.org The meeting is free, but you must RSVP - a picnic dinner will be provided, so we need to know how many people will be there!

Holiday Meeting

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Happy holidays! Come join fellow freelancers to brainstorm plans for building your freelance writing, editing, design, indexing or other editorial business in the new year at the December EFA Rochester meeting on Wednesday evening, December 17. The meeting is free; free and valet parking available.

Bring a dish for potluck sharing!

General Meeting

Thursday, June 26, 2008

We will meet in the Card Room of the Renaissance, 2500 East Avenue (entrance on Penfield Road). Topic: ideas for home-office design and wishlists for business supplies or equipment; ideas for upcoming meetings.

General Meeting

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Rochester chapter met to hear invited speaker Karen Deyle, the restaurant critic for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper.

Tax Planning for Freelancers

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Our presenter was Pamm Dodge, representing H&R Block, who borught $25 coupons, as well as a slew of useful tips and sample forms.

Holiday Meeting

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The theme of the meeting was "New Year's Resolutions for Editorial Professionals," with the goal of brainstorming ideas about how to fulfill such resolutions by enhancing business, resources, visibility and skills in the new year.

Swap and Sell

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The first swap-and-sell meeting of the Rochester chapter met in the Card Room of the Renaissance apartment building at 2500 East Avenue.

Networking

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Rochester NY chapter held an informal networking/social meeting in the Card Room of the Renaissance, 2500 East Avenue.

Marketing and Promotions

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Robbi Hess, new owner/publisher of Byline magazine, spoke about the adventure of buying a magazine and becoming a publisher, as well as what Byline is looking for and how it can help writers get published. Chapter coordinator Ruth E. Thaler-Carter provided information on freelance rates of other area publications.

General Meeting

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Meet, Greet and Network

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Rochester chapter members shared and critiqued each others business card, brochure, web-page printout, and other materials in a general networking session.

Websites, Part 2

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Chapter coordinator Ruth E. Thaler-Carter provided a recap of the January meeting and additional details on setting up and managing a website — why, how, what, who, etc. Participants brought printouts of their own websites for critiques and discussion.

Effective Websites

Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Rochester chapter started the new year at a new location — the Learning Center of the Brighton Memorial Library (2300 Elmwood Avenue) — with a session on effective websites for writers, editors and other editorial professionals. Topics included hosting companies and options, design concerns, updating and management, keywords and search optimization, and more.

Holiday Meeting, and New Publishing Opportunity

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The invited speaker for the December meeting was Robbi Hess, new owner of Byline magazine, but she was unable to join us due to a family emergency. Instead, participants enjoyed potluck refreshments and an evening of networking, and discussed goals for the new year. Almost everyone at the meeting expressed a desire to learn and do more about their websites in 2007 — either launch one, update and enhance one, or make one better. Based on that discussion, the January meeting (see above) will focus on just those issues.

General Meeting

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

At its October monthly meeting, the Rochester chapter discussed a new meeting location for 2007, heard a report on the successful Communication Central conference, shared resources for end-of-year planning, and discussed potential chapter activities in 2007.

Grantwriting Tips

Friday, September 15, 2006

Pamm Dodge of the Upstate New York Grantwriters Association shared tips on becoming a grantwriter with members and guests of the Rochester chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association at the chapter's September meeting.

The Professional Benefit of Blogging

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Is blogging worth your while? Members of the Rochester, NY, chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association tossed the idea around at their August meeting and agreed that blogging can lead to paying work, and can be a worthwhile professional tool even if it doesn't generate any income. Advantages include a having forum for ideas and perspectives that otherwise might not get heard, a way to polish writing and thinking skills, and a basis for convincing clients that your words are indeed worth their while on a paying basis. Disadvantages include lack of editing, which can mean embarrassingly sloppy writing being seen by the world at large; too much freedom of expression, when expressing political or other opinions could make some clients not hire a blogger; and the risk of having blog content stolen, published without the author's knowledge, or plagiarized.

How to Make Money from Your Summer Vacation

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Admit it. You've always wanted a legitimate way to write off that trip or vacation as a business expense. At the July 18 meeting of the Rochester chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), Carol Sauka, writer, speaker, spokesperson and moderator, provided tips on planning and organizing out-of-town and overseas jaunts that qualify as legitimate business expense for writers, editors and other editorial freelancers.

Breaking Out of Writer's Block & Overcoming Procrastination

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Informal networking

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Rochester-area writers, editors and other editorial professionals enjoyed an informal get-acquainted session at the May meeting of EFA-Rochester. A highlight of the evening was the opportunity to swap and critique business cards and other promotional items.

The Magic of a Bestselling Book Proposal

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Got a book idea burning a hole in your brain? At the April meeting of the Rochester chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), Randi Minetor enthralled her audience with the tale of how she sold her book in no time flat to the first publisher who received her proposal!

Randi Minetor's first book, Breadwinner Wives and the Men They Marry, sold to the first publisher who received it in less than seven days. In it, she profiled couples where the wives make more money than the husbands. At the time of her EFA-Rochester presentation, Minetor was working on a series of nine books about the Passport To Your National Parks' program for Globe Pequot Press, one of the leading travel publishers, and she had only written a single chapter of the first book when the publisher bought it, just three weeks after it arrived in the slush pile. "Both of these deals were made on the strength of the nonfiction book proposal, a magical document that demonstrates my understanding that writing is an art, but publishing is a business," Minetor said. She shared the format, style and content that make a book proposal sing.

When she isn't writing successful book proposals (and books!), Minetor is the president of Minetor & Company, Inc., a public relations and marketing firm that specializes in communications solutions for small high-technology companies and select nonprofit organizations. She served as executive director of the High Falls Film Festival for several years. As of February 2006, she is represented by Regina Ryan Publishing Enterprises, Inc.

Tips on editing for law firms

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

As the home of the former Lawyers Co-op and HQ of legal-publishing giant Thomson West, Rochester is a major player in legal publishing, and that means opportunities for editors and proofreaders. The March 2006 meeting of EFA-Rochester featured tips on entering that niche from legal editor Carol Calamia. In recognition of Rochester's long ties with legal publishing, Calamia educated participants on what it takes to succeed in editing for a law firm. For 20 years, she was the copy editor at Nixon Peabody LLP (and its predecessor firm, Nixon Hargrave), as well as creating presentations for attorneys. She also writes a series of clever, easy-to-digest tips on grammar and usage for the law firm. Recently promoted to CLE administrator, Calamia has a depth of skill, knowledge, and experience that is hard to match.

General Meeting

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Topics included: EFA membership benefits, upcoming national education programs, member news, and planning for future chapter meetings and special events.

Editing Skills and Opportunities

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Independent writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, and other editorial professionals got the lowdown on essential skills and local opportunities in editing at the January 2006 meeting of EFA's Rochester chapter from chapter coordinator Ruth E. Thaler-Carter.

Holiday cheer and networking

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Independent writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, and other editorial professionals enjoyed an informal evening of networking over holiday refreshments at the December 2005 meeting of EFA's Rochester chapter. Participants swapped ideas for meeting topics and presenters in the new year, shared useful resources, and announced recent successes and new projects.

End-of-Year Tax Planning

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Independent Rochester-area writers, editors, proofreaders and other editorial professionals found out about end-of-year tax planning at the next meeting of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) of Rochester.

Show and Tell

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

It was time for "Show and Tell"! Members of EFA-Rochester and their guests got critiques of and compliments on their business cards, brochures and website home pages, for a better sense of what works in promoting freelance editorial services.

General Meeting

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Chapter coordinator Ruth E. Thaler-Carter provided a report on the national EFA annual meeting and election earlier in the month, including details of the 2005 national EFA conference on October 8 in New York City. She also provided tips on improving proofreading and editing skills.

Academic Publishing

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

The EFA Rochester chapter found out what it takes to work in academic publishing from Suzanne Guiod, editorial director of the University of Rochester Press. Suzanne Guiod has been with the UR Press since October 2004. She has worked as a publisher with Arcadia Publishing in Portsmouth, NH; managing editor of the Encyclopedia of New England Culture, a freelance editor, assistant to a literary agent, a production editor, and more.

Honing Your Editing & Proofreading Skills

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

In addition to tips on"Honing Your Editing & Proofreading Skills," the February 2005 meeting featured an update on plans for a fall 2005 national EFA conference.

Tax Planning

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Rochester-area writers, editors and other editorial professionals garnered important tips on improving their year-end tax planning when the Rochester chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) brought Anthony G. Sandonato, CPA, to its December 2004 meeting. Sandonato is a tax manager with Mengel, Metzger, Barr and Co. LLP in Rochester who specializes in tax planning and compliance for individuals, corporations, estates/trusts and exempt organizations. He is licensed in New York State as both an attorney and a CPA.

Share techniques for "Overcoming Writer's (and Working) Block

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Whether one's primary editorial activity is writing, editing, proofreading, copy editing or websites, and whether it's called writer's block or procrastination, every editorial professional faces the occasional internal barrier to getting their work done. In a lively session on "Overcoming Writer's (and Working) Block," participants shared their tips, methods and incentives for overcoming writer?s block and reducing procrastination.

Share Your Favorite Articles? Where Should You Pitch Them?

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Members brought drafts and ideas for unsold articles to this brainstorming session, and generated suggestions for market possibilities for each other. The 2005 Writer's Market was available as a resource.

Why, When, and How to Produce a Website

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Tech writer/editor Katherine "Kat" Nagel, owner of MasterWork Consulting, discussed the basics of "Why, When and How to Produce a Website." Nagel is a Web developer for a number of Rochester-area organizations and colleagues. In an overview approach to this important promotional resource for editorial freelancers, she reviewed design basics, program/application options, work-sample formats, hosting services and other essentials to creating websites.

Tax Issues

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

David G. Young, CPA, is a partner with the firm of Young & Company CPAs, LLP. Young & Company's web site address is www.YandC-CPAs.com. Mr. Young spoke to us about tax issues and provide tax tips and other information, such as the benefits of incorporating.

Intellectual Property

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Attorney William R. Alexander is an attorney with the Rochester firm of Remington Gifford Williams & Colicchio and concentrates in the area of intellectual property. He spoke to the group about intellectual property issues, particularly matters pertaining to copyright law, that are of interest to writers.

Having an Agent

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Robert H. Lieberman of Ithaca is an agent, a writer, and a filmmaker. He spoke to us about the benefits of having an agent as well as entertain questions about writing fiction. He also will sign copies of his latest book, The Last Boy, which has been optioned for the screen.

Research Resources and Techniques

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Contracts

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Attendees were asked to bring sample contracts along for discussion.

How to Get Writing Work Online

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

During the meeting, attendees were asked to share their strategies, tips, and helpful hints for finding and securing writing work at websites. In addition to talking about which websites, job lists, and newsgroups are useful, and which should be avoided, attendees will be asked to describe their successes at securing online work and to share sample cover letters, resumes, and supporting documentation to help fellow writers in attendance.

A Day in the Life of a Project

Thursday, November 7, 2002

Attendees were asked to share their strategies, tips, and helpful hints for managing the day-to-day aspects of a writing-related project or assignment. Questions such as how to begin a project, how to organize information, and what electronic tools are most helpful will be addressed and discussed.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Celebrate spring (finally) with freelance colleagues on April 10

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

It’s been a rough, much-too-long winter. Let’s celebrate spring together on Thursday, April 10 (it should surely be here by then!) with tips on finding work and a spring-cleaning supply swap!

We’ll talk about writing rates at local publications, including two new ones, and ways to find projects outside the Rochester area. Bring your unneeded office supplies and equipment to swap with colleagues. You never know which of your space-wasting objects might be useful to someone else.

6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10, in the Card Room of the Renaissance apartment building (2500 East Avenue, entrance on Penfield Road; free and valet parking)

RSVP (chap_rochester AT the-efa.org) so there will be sufficient refreshments. The Flower City Grill will be open if you’d like more than a light snack. A Scrabble board will be available!

The meeting is free and open to any writers, editors, proofreaders, graphic artists, photographers, indexers, web designers, etc., who are currently freelancing or hope to become freelancers.

 

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