Editorial Freelancers Association

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Upper Hudson

Upper Hudson chapter meets bimonthly, generally on a Thursday. Our meeting dates for 2015-16 are the following: 2015: Nov. 12, Dec/Jan Holiday Dinner date TBA; 2016: Feb. 11, Apr. 14, Jun. 9, Aug. 11, Oct. 13, and Dec. 8. We serve the Hudson Valley and greater Albany area in New York State, Berkshires in Massachusetts, northeast Connecticut, and southern Vermont. Of course, freelancers from beyond those areas are also welcome!

Activities of EFA's Upper Hudson chapter will be posted here. For additional information, contact Teresa Nolan Barensfeld and Terese Platten, chapter coordinators, at chap_upperhudson 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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Previous Meetings

Taming the Home-Office Tiger

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Julie Ulmer, a professional organizer, will speak to us about office organization, paper management and time management/productivity tools. A professional organizer since 2003, Julie’s special knack of helping people manage their possessions, homes, and offices has benefited busy professionals, business owners, retirees, the chronically disorganized, those struggling with ADD, stay-at-home parents, as well as second-home owners. She services the Capital District as well as Columbia and Rensselaer counties of New York and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. She writes a biweekly column for the Chatham Courier and is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, the Institute for Challenging Disorganization and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. Julie’s website is http://www.mindingyourmanor.com/ Time: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Location: Chatham Town Hall, 488 State Route 295, Chatham, NY. Light refreshments, coffee, and tea. EFA members, no charge; nonmembers, $10 suggested donation. Free parking. Handicapped accessible.

Stop Procrastinating, Start Working!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

You're supposed to be working, but what are you really doing? Are distractions consuming your precious time? Don't despair -- relief is on the way. Millie Calesky, a writer's coach, career and life coach, motivational speaker, trainer, and published author will offer tips and tools for combating procrastination. In this program, you'll gain insight into why you procrastinate. You'll learn 10 simple, reliable strategies to break inefficient habits and boost productivity.

Millie Calesky is the author of Break through Your Writing Obstacles: How to Get Started, Stay Motivated, and Finish the Job! Her articles have been published widely, both in print and on the internet. She lives in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, where she has practiced since 1998.

Please note change of starting time and venue: Thursday, September 17, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Location: Chatham Town Hall, 488 State Route 295, Chatham, NY. Light refreshments, coffee, and tea. EFA members, no charge; nonmembers, $10 suggested donation. Free parking. Handicapped accessible.

Next Steps: What Do You Want from the Next Phase of Your Life?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Get ready to be inspired as you find out how to plan for the next phase in your life. Make choices, ranging from changing or expanding your field of work to retiring from a full-time job to committing to using your time creatively. Rita Foley, coauthor of two new books, Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Life & Career by Taking a Break and Revolutionary Retirement: What's Next for You?, will lead our discussion on what it takes to redefine your life.

Membership in EFA is encouraged but not required; $5 to $10 donation from nonmembers.

We'll meet from 4 to 6 pm. Light meal of wraps, veggies, cookies, coffee, and tea. Marisa's Bagel Cafe, 41 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037.

Macros for Editors and Writers

Thursday, March 12, 2015

No, they're not the newest burgers. Macros are invaluable tools for today's editors and writers. A macro is a group of commands that does what computers do best: automate a repetitive task. Macros not only increase your efficiency but also improve the quality of your work.

Teresa Barensfeld, who has been a successful freelancer for 24 years, leads this workshop meeting. You will learn how to use Microsoft Word's macro recorder to create simple macros for editing and writing. You can bring your laptop or share with another person, but a computer will not be necessary to benefit from this meeting. If you would like to ask a question beforehand or have a specific task you would like to create a macro to do, email Rmcbride@taconic.net.

Membership in EFA is encouraged but not required; $5 to $10 donation from nonmembers.

Location: Marisa's Bagel Cafe, 41 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037. Light refreshments, coffee, and tea.

Holiday Dinner

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Our sixth annual Holiday Dinner will be held at Yiannis at Chatham House, 29 Hudson Ave., Chatham, NY 12037, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, December 11. Feel free to bring a guest. For more information, contact Terese Platten, editplatten@fairpoint.net. RSVP to her by December 8. For freelancers in the Upper Hudson region, this is our office party!


E-Book Design and Digital Workflow

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Marisa's Bagel Cafe, 41 Main Street, Chatham, NY

Writers and editors, keep up to date with the latest in technological advances in book production. Lauren Manoy will present an introduction to e-book design and digital production workflow. Learn about design considerations specific to ebooks. Get an overview of processes to prepare a book for Kindle vs. EPUB.

Manoy is a professional freelancer with a BA in graphic design for digital publishing and twelve years of experience in editorial, design, and production roles.

We'll meet from 4 to 6 pm. Light meal of wraps, veggies, cookies, coffee, and tea.

O Happy Day -- I'm a Freelancer!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Marisa's Bagel Cafe,41 Main St., Chatham, NY

Join us in sharing tips on how to make the freelance life more productive, lucrative, and fun. We'll start out with a panel of four of us and continue in conversation.

We'll meet from 4 to 6 pm. Light meal of wraps, veggies, cookies, coffee, and tea.

Fiction Editing: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Where: Marisa's Bagel Cafe, 41 Main Street, Chatham, NY

Carolyn Haley, long-time content editor and EFA member, will talk about fiction editing and "the writer-editor relationship--two sides of the same coin." Because she writes fiction herself, she knows the creative process from both sides and understands how editing can help or hinder.

Carolyn will be offering a three-hour EFA course on Fiction Editing in Chatham on May 1, 2014.

We'll meet from 4 to 6 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Holiday Dinner

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Where: Yiannis Restaurant, 29 Hudson Ave., Chatham, NY

Our fifth annual Holiday Dinner will be held at Yiannis Restaurant, Chatham House, 29 Hudson Ave., Chatham, NY at 6:30 pm. This time we'll bring in the New Year. Come and enjoy the festivities and a delicious meal. Feel free to bring a guest. $26.50/dinner. RSVP by January 6 to Rebecca McBride (see email address above).

Self-publishing from a Writer's Point of View

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 4 to 6 p.m. Marisa's Bagel Cafe, 41 Main St., Chatham, NY

Debby Mayer, published author, blogger, and journalist, will speak about her journey to self-publishing in today’s world. Former publications director for Poets and Writers, Inc., senior editor for The Independent, and editorial director at Bard College, Mayer is currently contributing editor for The Columbia Paper. Her current, self-published book is a memoir entitled Riptides and Solaces Unforeseen. Earlier books were published by Putnam’s and Penguin.

Topics for discussion will include the benefits of self-publishing, online publishing versus bricks and mortar self-publishers, the role of editor, and platforms for marketing and sales of your self-published book.

Refreshments. RSVP if possible.

It's Spring--Time to Loosen Up!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Where: Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037

Just as spring loosens up the earth and sky, we freelancers who spend our days at a computer can learn some simple ways to loosen up ourselves. With massage therapist Brin Quell as our guide, we will learn how to release the physical tension that builds up from sitting for hours in front of a computer. She will also teach some basic qigong exercises for building energy and opening up the flow in the body. Dress casually and bring your exercise ball if you have one. This will be a relaxed and fun session!

Brin is a licensed massage therapist working in Chatham.

Websites for Freelancers

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Where: Marisa's Bagel Cafe, 41 Main St., Chatham, NY

Suzanne Trevellyan of Trevellyan.biz in Chatham will give us the scoop on what to find out before creating a website that works for freelancers. Bring questions related to your business!

Live at the Chatham Bookstore

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Where: Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St., Chatham, NY 12037

We will meet at the Chatham Bookstore, a wonderful independent bookstore in the Village of Chatham, NY. The store has new owners, Nicole Furnee and Thomas Chulak, who will discuss their reasons for buying the store in January 2012, their vision, and the changes they're making to adapt to a changing publishing/bookselling world. There will be time for questions, discussion, and suggestions. If you haven't heard yet, they are holding exciting author events "live at the Chatham Bookstore."

Getting from Here to There: How a Story Becomes a Book

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Where: Marisa's Bagel Cafe, 41 Main Street, Chatham, NY

What is involved in writing, editing, and publishing a book? What roles do the author, editor, and designer play? Is an agent necessary? Learn all this and more in an interactive discussion with award-winning author Nancy Castaldo. Using examples from her own experience as a photographer and author of several nonfiction books, Nancy Castaldo will lead us through each step from story idea to published book.

Tips & Tricks of the Trade

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Where: Marisa's Bagel Cafe, 41 Main Street, Chatham, NY

Do you know ways to make life easier with Microsoft Word? Do you have firsthand experience using time-tracker programs or project management software? Do you possess a quiver of editing or writing efficiency tricks?

Bring your discoveries and hints to share with other participants. All attending will take away at least one helpful tip in their goody bag. Bring your laptop or look on with another freelancer.

Holiday Dinner in Chatham, NY

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Our third annual Holiday Dinner will be held at The Blue Plate restaurant in Chatham, NY at 6:30 pm. Come and enjoy the festivities and a delicious meal. $25/dinner. RSVP by December 10 to Rebecca McBride (see email address above).

Changing Landscape of Publishing

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Is there a place for wordsmiths in our technology-driven culture? Join us in a frank discussion of this topic and more with Susan Novotny, owner of the Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, NY, and co-owner of the Troy Book Makers, the print-on-demand publishing service for authors.

How is the ever-changing landscape of publishing affecting bookstores, libraries, publishers, writers, editors, and readers? How is publishing being changed by self-publishing, e-books, digital printing, and changes in the world of newspapers, magazines, and other media?

How to Add a Little Comfort to Your Editorial Day

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Where: Lipperas' Chatham House, 29 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. If you write, edit, proofread, type, and comb your brain all day while sitting in front of a computer, chances are you will benefit from learning some simple ways to add a little comfort to your day. With Brin Quell as our guide, we'll discover how to release the physical tension that builds up from sitting for hours in front of a computer. Brin will teach strategies for coping with stiff hips and tight shoulders, tired eyes and tense jaws, and all of them are easy to incorporate into your daily routine. If you have a gymnastic ball, bring it with you. Dress casually -- this will be a relaxed and fun session! Brin Quell has been practicing massage therapy for 19 years. She also offers a one-hour workshop, "Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster," to individuals in person or over the phone. The workshop is beneficial for people facing surgery, other medical treatments, or chronic health issues. Brin is a member of an area writing group and has written a handbook on creative dramatics and recorded a two-CD volume of short stories, The Green Couch. She has also been a print and public radio reporter.

Tax Tips for Editorial Freelancers

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

By popular demand, this meeting will be about taxes for freelancers, especially editorial types like us who work out of our homes. Even if you hire a tax preparer or accountant to do your taxes, it’s good idea to know about tax issues relevant to freelancers, so you can be better prepared at that once-a-year tax prep appointment. If you don’t know the right questions to ask your accountants, they can’t give you the right answers.

Mike Bucci and Therese Wolfe of Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci, CPAs, P.C., will give a presentation and take questions about taxes and money management for editorial freelancers.

When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 16. Where: Marisa's Bagel Cafe, 41 Main Street, Chatham, NY 12037 (fully handicapped accessible; free parking). Light refreshments will be served. Who: Freelance editors, writers, proofreaders, researchers, desktop publishers, translators, and indexers. Fee: There is no charge for EFA members; $5 for nonmembers.

Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci, CPAs, founded in 1946, is one of the Hudson Valley's oldest and most respected public accounting firms. With headquarters in Hudson, NY, and offices in Catskill and Valatie, the firm serves organizations and individuals from many industries and many walks of life. In 2007, Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci, CPAs, P.C. was ranked the number one tax preparer in The Business Review for the fourth year in a row. For more information or to contact the firm, go to http://www.pkhbcpa.com/

Holiday Dinner

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Miss having a holiday office party? Join us for our second annual holiday dinner!

Date: Dec. 15, 2010 Time: 6:30 pm Place: Lipperas' Restaurant at the Chatham House, Chatham, NY RSVP by Dec. 10 to Teresa Barensfeld or to the chapter e-mail above

Prix fixe dinner is $25, tax and tip included. Cash bar. Menu is below; we will order at the restaurant. This will be a social event, since most of us don't get to go to office parties at this time of year! (We'll talk briefly about upcoming meetings, but otherwise it's for fun.)

Please feel free to bring a spouse, date, and friend(s), too!

Lipperas' is a lovely restaurant in a restored, historic building. It is also fully handicapped accessible and has free parking. Hope to see you there!

We're Back! Upper Hudson Networking and Planning Meeting

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Come to Lipperas' Restaurant at the Chatham House, 29 Hudson Ave, Chatham, NY, to meet and reconnect with colleagues and plan future meetings. We will have our own meeting rooms, and refreshments will be served. Lippera's is fully handicapped accessible, and free parking is available. Guests are always welcome; we are charging $5 for nonmembers to defray cost of meeting space and refreshments. EFA members are, of course, free.

Making the Most of Your EFA Membership -- Workshop

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Please note that the date has been changed to Feb. 11 because of inclement weather forecast. Location: Marisa's Bagel Cafe, 41 Main Street, Chatham, NY 12037

By popular demand, this will be a workshop meeting about how to maximize membership in the Editorial Freelancers Association, specifically the online EFA features available to members. Explore the EFA website's members-only sections. Learn how to make the most of your listing in the online Membership Directory. View the EFA resources pages, the list of EFA publications, and the classes offered in the spring 2010 Education Program. Examine other benefits of membership, such as the discussion list, and get tips on using the JobList. If you have a specific question or topic, e-mail it beforehand (to the chapter e-mail above), and we'll try to cover it. If time allows, we could explore non-EFA business-related networking sites, such as LinkedIn.

Attendance is limited to 15 people. Free WiFi -- bring your laptop or share with another person. Please bring your EFA number and password (contact the EFA office if you have forgotten) and make sure they work before attending the meeting. Computer use is not necessary, however, to benefit from the meeting. Guests are welcome as space allows.

There will be time for discussion and networking. Light refreshments will be available.

Upper Hudson Holiday Dinner

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Miss having a holiday office party? Here's the freelance version: EFA Upper Hudson Chapter is hosting a holiday dinner party for area freelancers at Lipperas' Restaurant in Chatham, NY. Prix fixe $20 per person, cash bar; spouse/date/guests welcome. For more information, contact chapter coordinator Teresa Barensfeld at the e-mail above or through the EFA discussion list. RSVP by Dec. 8.

E-Market Yourself: Making the Web Work for You and Your Freelance Business

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The inaugural meeting of the Upper Hudson Valley Chapter was a great success! There were 25 people attending. Our speakers, Joanna Ezinga (Ezinga Fitness) and Cathy Light (Blue Light by Design), gave us a sampler of the many ways of using the Internet for marketing our businesses, including social media like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; blogs; websites; and e-newsletters. I think everyone learned something new and useful (I know I did). We enjoyed the historic location, Lipperas' Restaurant, in a restored railroad hotel, as well as the the good collegial company and tasty refreshments.

What's Going On With That Google Settlement?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Paul Rapp, an intellectual property lawyer and writer, spoke about intellectual property issues for writers and editors, including permissions, fair use, and the Google settlement. We had a lively discussion, touching on a variety of copyright concerns.

Rapp teaches art and entertainment law at the Albany Law School and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and writes for the Albany weekly, Metroland. You may have heard him public radio WAMC's Copyright Forum as well. Rapp also goes by the name F. Lee Harvey Blotto, when he's the drummer with the Albany rock band Blotto.

Is the newspaper as we know it still alive and well?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Parry Teasdale, former editor-in-chief of the Independent newspaper, an award-winning, thriving regional paper that recently succumbed to the economic downturn (of its parent company), was our featured speaker. He talked about starting a newspaper, which appeared in print on April 16, and he led a lively discussion on future of journalism. See the online version of his newspaper at www.columbiapaper.com.

Keep the Work Coming!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Area freelancers and consultants were asked to come with ideas and suggestions about finding and keeping steady freelance work in good times and bad. We had a lively discussion, and time was set aside for networking. Festive refreshments were served, and in the holiday spirit of giving, there was a drawing for not one but three door prizes! Some ideas for future meetings were also shared, which the steering committee is working on implementing.

The Price Is Right!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Our featured speaker was Laurie Lewis, who came all the way from NYC to address our group. She gave a condensed version of her popular class on pricing for freelance writers, editors, copyeditors, proofreaders, and others. Laurie immediately engaged the group, then went over her top ten tips of pricing. Everyone from newbies to seasoned pros learned something valuable about running our businesses. Laurie's book, What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants, was available to purchase at the meeting. There were about thirty people attending the meeting, a great turnout for us.

Digital Printing

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Area freelancers and consultants were invited to a session on digital printing, postponed due to inclement weather from December. Eric Wilska of The Bookloft, the independent bookstore in Great Barrington, MA, spoke about digital printing (electronic publishing) and how it will affect writers, editors, booksellers, and publishers. Along with Susan Novotny of The Bookhouse of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, Mr. Wilska started The Troy Book Makers, the first print-on-demand service in the region.


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Millie Calesky, personal and professional coach, trainer, and writer, spoke about the challenge of self-motivation as a writer and editor, and how to move your project forward.

Ins & Outs of Textbook Publishing

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Marion Waldman from Content Concepts presented an overview of textbook publishing with an emphasis on the editorial process--acquiring new products, developing a manuscript, working with new or inexperienced authors, revising existing products, creating a series, remaining on schedule, preparing a manuscript for production, and troubleshooting.

Breaking into New Markets

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

About twenty area freelancers and consultants explored effective ways for editorial freelancers to break into new markets.

Tax Preparation for Freelancers

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Area freelancers and consultants met for the quarterly meeting of the Albany area chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association. The group explored tax issues and planning for freelance editorial professionals.

Organizing a Home Office

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

The group explored effective ways for editorial freelancers to organize home offices and computer files. Materials from the EFA national meeting on office organization and ideas from our members were discussed.

Copyright Law for Writers and Editors

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Bill Westwood, a full-time medical illustrator in Albany who has spoken frequently on the issues of artists-- rights/copyright, marketing, and pricing, discussed copyright issues with the group. Bill is a regular participant on the the "Copyright Forum," one of WAMC's Vox-Pop's call-in programs. Many interesting copyright topics were raised at the meeting.

Freelance Marketing and Promotion: How Do We Do It?

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

After a short presentation by Dan Kittay of Kittay New Media, participants will describe their methods of promoting their freelance businesses and exchange ideas for building a client base. This will be an open discussion, allowing an opportunity for sharing what has worked and what hasn't.

Freelance Editing: Pricing and Marketing

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Teresa Barensfeld, owner of Prof-Edit, will speak about pricing, marketing, and building a client base. An open discussion will follow, allowing an opportunity for sharing experiences.

Financial Planner Gives Tips for Self-Employed

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Financial planner Kathleen Godfrey will speak about financial planning for the self-employed at the January 31, 2006, meeting of the Capital Region (NY) chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association. Owner of an independent financial planning firm for 11 years, Ms. Godfrey will provide tax and retirement planning tips for those who work as freelancers part-time or full-time. There will be time for questions and discussion. Light refreshments will be provided.

Organizational Meeting

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

About 20 persons attended the Oct. 18 organizational meeting arranged by Richard Chady, Rebecca McBride, and Lara Stelmaszyk. There was a good cross-section of writers, editors and indexers. Participants ranged from those curious about freelancing and the EFA to a few long-time members. After each participant described his or her experience, interests and expectations, there were these developments: Dan Kittay of Kittay New Media volunteered to start a listserv so that we can keep in touch and discuss items of mutual interest. There was general support for having programs on practical skills, such as copy editing and computer skills. Dick, Rebecca and Lara will put together the next program, set January 31st.


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