Editorial Freelancers Association



August 31, 2015 - 13:45 PM

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Fall 2015 Education Catalog

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Advance registration is always required for EFA courses, to which nonmembers as well as members are welcome. Be sure to register early to avoid missing out.

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* For information on how EFA's online courses and webinars are conducted, see the Education Program page.

Copyediting: Beginner Level   

Copyediting Combo: Beginner and Intermediate (Online)   

Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo 1 (Online)   

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Beginning (Online)   

NEW! Developmental Editing of Nonfiction: Beginning (Online)   

Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo 3 (Online)   

Developmental Editing of Nonfiction Combo 1 (Online)   

Indexing Basics (Online)   

WordPress at 10,000 Feet (Webinar)   

The WordPress Webinar Series A To Z   

NEW! The Art of Proofreading (Online)   

Building Your WordPress Site: Beyond the Bare Essentials (Webinar)   

NEW! How to Write a Winning Book Proposal (Webinar)   

NEW! Your Business Your Brand Creatively: A Marketing System for Creative Professionals (Online)   

Blogger Heaven (Webinar)   

Book Mapping for Developmental Editors (Online)   

NEW! Using Evernote to Manage Your Freelance Business (Webinar)   

NEW! Fiction Writing (Online)   

The Pricing (and Estimating) Is Right! (Webinar)   

Plugins: Apps That Make WordPress Sizzle (Webinar)   

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Intermediate (Online)   

NEW! Developmental Editing of Nonfiction: Intermediate (Online)   

Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo 2 (Online)   

Copyediting: Intermediate Level (Online)   

NEW! Using Evernote to Manage Your Freelance Business (Webinar)   

NEW! 9 Critical Steps to Successful Self-Publishing   

NEW! Your Business Your Brand Creatively (YB2C) (Webinar)   

NEW! Editing With Inclusive Language (Webinar)   

Ruth's Combo Webinars (Freelancing 101, Websites for Freelancers, Basics of Editing and Proofreading (set of 3 Webinars)   

Freelancing 101 (Webinar)   

Simplify Word with Macros (Online)   

NEW! Your Business Your Brand Creatively (YB2C) (Webinar)   

NEW! Using the Law of Attraction to Write & Get Published (Webinar)   

NEW! Developmental Editing for Fiction: Advanced (Online)   

Websites for Freelancers (Webinar)   

Get Your Finances in Order: 2015 Tax Update for Freelancers (WEBINAR)   

Basics of Editing and Proofreading (Webinar)   


Scroll down for details on any of these classes and to register for open classes.

Copyediting: Beginner Level

Wednesday, September 9—October 7 (5 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

This online course is an introduction to Copyediting. It is assumed that participants know basic grammar and punctuation and are familiar with Microsoft Word. Students will learn the basic concepts and skills of copy editing, using Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook.

The course will cover the following basics:

Week One

  • What copy editing is and what it isn't
  • Books you should have
  • Marking copy

Week Two

  • Levels of copy editing
  • Prepping for editing
  • Track Changes

Week Three

  • What to look for when copy editing, e.g. spelling, capitalization, grammar, punctuation and numbers

Week Four

  • Basics of Querying and Style Guides

Week Five

  • Basics of grammar

Required texts:

  • Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook
  • Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

Instructor Sue Toth has dedicated most of her professional life to honoring the English language through both editing and teaching. She has worked as a writer and editor for a weekly newspaper group, an online news media outlet and technical journals. She began a full-time freelance career in 2011. Her specialty is working with self-published authors, editing many genres of fiction, including romance, erotica, paranormal, fantasy, science fiction and mystery. She has also worked on nonfiction business and health books and graduate theses. Sue also teaches writing skills and English Composition to community college students.

When Sue isn't working, she enjoys reading (imagine that!), hanging with her three teenage children, watching the New York Mets and New York Jets, and 80s rock music.

EFA members $99 — nonmembers $109

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Copyediting Combo: Beginner and Intermediate (Online)

September 9—November 11
Online (Sakai)

See the individual descriptions for Copyediting: Beginner Level and Copyediting: Intermediate Level.

EFA members $182 — nonmembers $206

DISCOUNT of 20% for those who sign up for both levels of Copyediting.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo 1 (Online)

Beginning and Intermediate Developmental Editing of Fiction

September 14—November 8 (8 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

See individual course descriptions: Beginning Developmental Editing of Fiction and Intermediate Developmental Editing of Fiction


“Jennifer's feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don't get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”

EFA members $238 — nonmembers $271

Price reflects a 20% discount.

» Register now!

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Beginning (Online)

September 14—October 11 (4 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction is an online class for editors interested in working with novelists to develop their work. If you have some experience with editing but haven't worked with fiction, then this is the class for you. We'll cover the basics of developmental editing (what it is and isn't), the specifics of developmental editing in fiction (for example, the specific problems and judgments calls you run into with fiction), and working effectively with novelists.

NOTE: The course has been revised to focus on the craft of developmental editing rather than the business of developmental editing. It includes bonus material on finding clients, but that is not the focus of the class.

Week 1. Overview of developmental editor functions—what DE is and isn't. Qualities and characteristics of a good DE. Assignment: Constructing diplomatic queries.

Week 2. Developing your DE eye. We'll cover specific problems and judgment calls particular to fiction and get into the meat of the work that helps a writer go from good to great, focusing on problems such as info-dumping, starting the novel in the wrong place, head-hopping, and more. Assignment: Balancing big-picture problems with sentence-level errors.

Week 3: Identifying structural problems. In this week we'll look at issues that can develop when something is wrong with the overall narrative arc, including problems with conflict and motivation. Assignment: Provide a developmental edit on a sample chapter.

Week 4. Working effectively with novelists—how to be a DE and not an unwelcome coauthor. Assignment: Create a revision letter for a project that outlines your suggestions for how a writer should tackle a needed rewrite.

Bonus material. Finding clients. We'll cover how to identify your most likely areas of opportunity and how to connect with potential clients.

Instructor Jennifer Lawler is the author or coauthor of more than 30 books, including a number of novels under various pen names. A former college English teacher—try not to hold that against her—she now works as a freelance writer and book development editor. She has worked as an acquisitions editor for a romance imprint and was once a literary agent. In her spare time, she teaches copyediting for the University of California–San Diego, even though she unfortunately lives nowhere near San Diego. She earned her PhD in medieval English literature from the University of Kansas and a black belt in Taekwondo at approximately the same time. She has not quite decided which has been more useful.


“This was a good beginner course with good insights and examples—and great feedback.”

“Jennifer's feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don't get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $169

See Developmental Editing Combos for discounted price on more than one course in Developmental Editing of Fiction.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

NEW! Developmental Editing of Nonfiction: Beginning (Online)

September 14—October 11 (4 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

Beginning Developmental Editing of Nonfiction is an online class for editors interested in working with writers to develop their work. If you have some experience with editing but haven't done much in the way of developmental editing, then this is the class for you. We'll cover the basics of developmental editing (what it is and isn't), the specifics of developmental editing in action, how to edit for the reader and the client, and more. We'll focus on short-length pieces in this course, but the concepts are broadly applicable to book-length work as well. (Book-length manuscripts are the focus of Intermediate Developmental Editing of Nonfiction.)

Note: This class does not cover the basics of getting started as a freelance editor, but the instructor is always willing to discuss this with students in Forum conversations.

Week 1. Overview of developmental editor functions—what a DE is and isn't. This week, we'll focus on the understanding the qualities and characteristics of a good DE and developing a professional author-editor relationship. We'll also discuss dealing with plagiarism and related issues. Assignment: Constructing diplomatic queries.

Week 2. Developing your DE eye. We'll cover specific problems common to nonfiction manuscripts, such as disorganization, lack of coherence, insufficient support for points, and uneven tone. Assignment: Balancing big-picture problems with sentence-level errors.

Week 3: Audience expectations. We'll review various types of nonfiction with the purpose of identifying the audience, understanding audience expectations, and identifying areas where the text does not meet the audience's needs. Assignment: Perform a developmental edit on a short piece in order to ensure it meets audience expectations.

Week 4. Understanding the purpose. This week, we'll discuss how to understand an editor's assignment letter (and determine whether the author meet the stipulations), including a review of various types of assignment letters. Assignment: Determine if a specific document achieves its intended purpose by comparing it with its assignment letter and making specific developmental suggestions.

Instructor Jennifer Lawler is the author or coauthor of more than 30 books, including a number of novels under various pen names. A former college English teacher—try not to hold that against her—she now works as a freelance writer and book development editor. She has worked as an acquisitions editor for a romance imprint and was once a literary agent. In her spare time, she teaches copyediting for the University of California–San Diego, even though she unfortunately lives nowhere near San Diego. She earned her PhD in medieval English literature from the University of Kansas and a black belt in Taekwondo at approximately the same time. She has not quite decided which has been more useful.


“This was a good beginner course with good insights and examples—and great feedback.”

“Jennifer's feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don't get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $169

See Developmental Editing Combos for discounted price on more than one course in Developmental Editing of Nonfiction.

» Register now!

Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo 3 (Online)

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Developmental Editing of Fiction

September 14—December 13 (12 weeks; no class week of Thanksgiving)
Online (Sakai)

See individual course descriptions: Beginning Developmental Editing of Fiction, Intermediate Developmental Editing of Fiction, and Advanced Developmental Editing of Fiction


“Jennifer's feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don't get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”

EFA members $358 — nonmembers $406

Price reflects a 20% discount.

» Register now!

Developmental Editing of Nonfiction Combo 1 (Online)

Beginning and Intermediate Developmental Editing of Nonfiction

September 14—November 8 (8 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

See individual course descriptions: Beginning Developmental Editing of Nonfiction and Intermediate Developmental Editing of Nonfiction


“Jennifer's feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don't get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”

EFA members $238 — nonmembers $271

Price reflects a 20% discount.

» Register now!

Indexing Basics (Online)

Taught by EFA's Author of A Guide for the Freelance Indexer

September 17—October 29 (7 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

Have you thought about learning to index books? Do you index books but would like a refresher course? In this class, we will review the fundamentals and theory of indexing. Once those items are understood, we will put our new-found knowledge into practice by indexing a portion of a book.

Required text: We advise students to purchase the instructor's booklet in advance, A Freelancer's Guide to Indexing, available at http://the-efa.org/res/booklets.php.

Instructor April Michelle Davis is the chapter coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and she is the chair-elect for the Mid- & South-Atlantic chapter of the American Society for Indexing. Prior to starting her company Editorial Inspirations in 2001, April Michelle Davis worked as an assistant editor at the National Society of Professional Engineers and a program assistant for the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Various degrees include a master of professional studies degree in publishing (2007) from George Washington University and a bachelor of arts degree in English (2001) from Messiah College. In addition, she holds the following certificates: Editing (University of Virginia, 2003), book publishing (University of Virginia, 2003), and professional editing (EEI Communications, 2004).

“The assignments were a good way to actually learn how to index. Testing out the three index software programs was instructive as well.”
“I learned a lot. The instructor was very clear and thorough.”

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $164

» Register now!

WordPress at 10,000 Feet (Webinar)

Monday, September 21, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
GoToWebinar

This overview is for the real beginner of WordPress to learn about its main features. Covered topics will include:

  • The famous 5-minute WordPress installation
  • A tour to the key features of a WordPress site admin
  • Creating first pages and posts with images and videos
  • Understanding the nature of a blog
  • Introduction to themes and plugins
  • How to get a domain name and web hosting service

This webinar is a must if you are just getting started or have tried WordPress (or wordpress.com) and are not sure how it works.

Each webinar is presented live by veteran web design instructor Bud Kraus. A 45-minute presentation will be followed by 15 minutes of Q & A. All webinars are recorded so if you miss one or need to review instructions this is ideal. For additional information, see http://www.joyofwp.com/wpatoz-efa. E-mail any questions to Bud Kraus at bud@joyofwp.com.

Attendees can request to have a WordPress site set up to practice learning WP.

Bud Kraus is a web design instructor and consultant. He's a promoter and practitioner of best practices through the use of web design standards. Over the past 10 years, Bud has taught the fundamentals of web design to thousands from around the world. He has done this through his online web design training service, Joy of Code, and in his classes at Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and 3rd Ward. Bud has worked in many capacities from webmaster to online communications producer to site re-development advisor. Throughout, his role has always been to educate students and clients on why doing things the right way matters.

EFA members $59 — nonmembers $79

This webinar is one of four webinars that make up The WordPress Webinar Series A to Z. Register for the series to receive a 20% discount off the individual webinar price.

» Register now!

The WordPress Webinar Series A To Z

(SERIES OF 4 WEBINARS)

Four Mondays, September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
GoToWebinar

Thinking of learning WordPress? The EFA and New York City web design instructor Bud Kraus have the solution for you! Get started with WordPress and master its power as a web site–making tool. Select this series of 4 webinars that covers WordPress from top to bottom, including these topics:

  • WordPress at 10,000 Feet, September 21, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
  • Building Your WordPress Site: Beyond the Bare Essentials, September 28, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
  • Blogger Heaven, October 5, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
  • Plugins: The Apps That Make WordPress Sizzle, October 12, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT

See the individual course listings for a description of each.

You can take one or more individual webinars or this entire series, which is offered here at a 20% discount off the individual webinar prices.

Each webinar is presented live by veteran web design instructor Bud Kraus. A 45-minute presentation will be followed by 15 minutes of Q & A. All webinars are recorded so if you miss one or need to review instructions this is ideal. For additional information, see http://www.joyofwp.com/wpatoz-efa. E-mail any questions to Bud Kraus at bud@joyofwp.com.

The starting time for each webinar is 3 PM EDT.

Attendees can request to have a WordPress site set up to practice learning WP.

Bud Kraus is a web design instructor and consultant. He is a promoter and practitioner of best practices through the use of web design standards. Over the past 10 years, Bud has taught the fundamentals of web design to thousands from around the world. He has done this through his online web design training service, Joy of Code, and in his classes at Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and 3rd Ward. Bud has worked in many capacities from webmaster to online communications producer to site re-development advisor. Throughout, his role has always been to educate students and clients on why doing things the right way matters.

EFA members $188 — nonmembers $253

Choose the Webinar Series for a 20% discount off the individual price of the WordPress webinars.

» Register now!

NEW! The Art of Proofreading (Online)

Tuesdays, September 22-October 20 (5 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

A proofreader's goal is to ensure that the material he or she is reviewing is 100% correct. This means that the art of proofreading often involves more than catching typos and fixing grammar and punctuation errors—it can also include reviewing numbers for accuracy, checking dates/figures and other fact-checking, looking for inconsistencies, ensuring audience-appropriate spelling and terminology, preparing style sheets or checking against a house style guide and, occasionally, light editing. (Note: Although we'll touch on editing, this course focuses mainly on proofreading.) So, whether you'll be proofreading your own copy, reviewing materials for others in your organization or providing proofreading services to clients, this five-week course will provide you with the tips and tricks you'll need, along with print/online reference resources, handy checklists, tips for working with clients, and ideas for managing project workflow. In addition, a portion of the final session will be customized to respond to the specific needs of course participants. Each week, participants will submit one proofreading exercise for feedback from the instructor.

To take this course, you will need:

  • Adobe Acrobat Standard or Pro, or the free Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Access to at least one print or online dictionary, e.g., Merriam-Webster (free at m-w.com)

You should be comfortable with:

  • File creation and management in Acrobat

Suggested reading:

  • The Copyeditor's Handbook by Amy Einsohn
  • McGraw-Hill's Proofreading Handbook by Laura Anderson
  • The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders by K.D. Sullivan and Merilee Eggleston
  • Mark My Words: Instruction and Practice in Proofreading, by Peggy Smith

Instructor's note: You don't need to read all of these books (and some of them could be challenging to find). However, they're all excellent resources, especially if proofreading is your main career focus.

Instructor Sharon McInnis, the owner of ProofingQueen®, has been providing proofreading and fact-checking services to a wide range of clients for over 15 years. Recognized by clients as expert and tenacious proofreaders, Sharon and her colleagues have reviewed thousands of files from three-word billboards, two-page flyers and single-page ads to 40-page consumer magazines to 100-page annual reports and 5,000-page environmental studies.

EFA members $119 — nonmembers $129

» Register now!

Building Your WordPress Site: Beyond the Bare Essentials (Webinar)

Monday, September 28, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
GoToWebinar

Go beyond the bare essentials and learn how to build out your site. This webinar covers:

  • What to look for when choosing a theme
  • Exploring themes, key features, menus, customization, templates, and more
  • Adding pages and managing them in your site
  • Creating links to pages on your site and to other sites

Attendees can request to have a WordPress site set up to practice learning WP.

Each webinar is presented live by veteran web design instructor Bud Kraus. A 45-minute presentation will be followed by 15 minutes of Q & A. All webinars are recorded so if you miss one or need to review instructions this is ideal. For additional information, see http://www.joyofwp.com/wpatoz-efa. E-mail any questions to Bud Kraus at bud@joyofwp.com.

Bud Kraus is a web design instructor and consultant. He's a promoter and practitioner of best practices through the use of web design standards. Over the past 10 years, Bud has taught the fundamentals of web design to thousands from around the world. He has done this through his online web design training service, Joy of Code, and in his classes at Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and 3rd Ward. Bud has worked in many capacities from webmaster to online communications producer to site re-development advisor. Throughout, his role has always been to educate students and clients on why doing things the right way matters.

EFA members $59 — nonmembers $79

This webinar is one of four webinars that make up The WordPress Webinar Series A to Z. Register for the series to receive a 20% discount off the individual webinar price.

» Register now!

NEW! How to Write a Winning Book Proposal (Webinar)

Wednesday, September 30, 2-3:30 pm ET
GoToWebinar

It has long been the case that nonfiction writers, instead of penning a complete manuscript, could sell their ideas based solely on well-developed book proposals. An extended marketing pitch, the book proposal is a unique document that any writer of nonfiction must master. Learn how editors and agents evaluate potential acquisitions and what your proposal must contain to get the coveted attention of these publishing professionals. This webinar will teach you what goes into a contract-winning book proposal, where to find important information, and how to evaluate your own material to ensure you're presenting your project—and yourself—in the best possible light. This presentation will teach you:

  • What kind of information agents and publishers expect to see in your proposal and how to properly organize it for best effect.
  • How agents and publishers evaluate book proposals when considering acquisitions and what you can do to improve your chances of getting a book deal.
  • Why writing a book proposal will boost your book's success even if you decide to self-publish (and top warning signs that your proposal can help bring to light).

Ally E. Machate is an award-winning editor, writer, and publishing consultant. She is a winner of the 2013 Small Business Book Awards. See more about Ally at http://www.thewritersally.com.

EFA members $119 — nonmembers $129

» Register now!

NEW! Your Business Your Brand Creatively: A Marketing System for Creative Professionals (Online)

Thursdays, October 1–29 (5 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

In this online course, you will learn a marketing system for creative professionals. The course will cover the following:

Week 1: Build Your Brand

Every brand needs a great brand story. This week's lesson will teach you how to generate a step-by-step action plan for determining your core business values, developing your brand promise to your customers and clients, and developing your brand look and feel.

Week 2: Identify Your Clients and Customers

Learn exactly who your customers are and how to connect with them. This week's lesson will teach you how to identify each customer type, refine your market niche, and target your marketing and sales activities to your customers' needs, wants, desires, motivations, and values.

Week 3: Maximize Your Message

Learn the six steps to help you to create a framework for effective content marketing. Learn the hows and whys of creating a social conversation, connecting with your prospects and customers, and reaching different audiences to build your "tribe."

Week 4: Master Your Marketing

Learn how to develop business goals, set up marketing campaigns, generate related marketing tasks and activities, deliver on products and services, and allocate resources. This week's lesson will teach you how to get all of your marketing efforts working together to achieve your annual, quarterly, and monthly goals.

Week 5: Shape Your Social Media

Learn how to develop a solid, content-driven social media strategy based on your customers needs and prospecting goals. This week's lesson will teach you how to develop your social media profiles, grow your networks, maximize your social media engagement, and efficiently and effectively grow your social media presence.

After a 35+-year career in education (Pre-K–14), collaborative sales, and sales management and marketing, Pamela Hilliard Owens, the instructor for this webinar, started her own freelance writing and editing business in July of 2008. Her company, Writing It Right for You knows that "It Matters How You Say It"! In 2011, in partnership with her husband, she set up her independent publishing company, Detroit Ink Publishing, to offer her author-clients a variety of ghostwriting, editing, book publishing, and book marketing services. In 2013, she added a third company to the Writing It Right For You Companies, Your Business Your Brand Creatively, offering branding and marketing services, consulting, and online training for creative professionals.

Pam works with individuals and businesses throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and nine other countries on a variety of business writing, editing, marketing, and publishing projects.

She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Psychology and a Master's Degree in English/Language Arts and Curriculum Development. She also has a Reading Specialist Certification from the State of Michigan and several business licenses.

In conjunction with her full-time executive assistant and an experienced graphic artist, Pam is also able to offer her clients web and blog design services, a variety of graphic artist services, and social media and content creation services.

Websites:

Blogger Heaven (Webinar)

Monday, October 5, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
GoToWebinar

Learn all the components of a blog to make it work best for you, including:

  • Working with widgets
  • Using categories and tags
  • Managing comments
  • Adding a feature image
  • Using blog formatting

This webinar reviews one of the most essential elements of a good WordPress site—the blog!

Attendees can request to have a WordPress site set up to practice learning WP.

Each webinar is presented live by veteran web design instructor Bud Kraus. A 45-minute presentation will be followed by 15 minutes of Q & A. All webinars are recorded so if you miss one or need to review instructions this is ideal. For additional information, see http://www.joyofwp.com/wpatoz-efa. E-mail any questions to Bud Kraus at bud@joyofwp.com.

Bud Kraus is a web design instructor and consultant. He's a promoter and practitioner of best practices through the use of web design standards. Over the past 10 years, Bud has taught the fundamentals of web design to thousands from around the world. He has done this through his online web design training service, Joy of Code, and in his classes at Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and 3rd Ward. Bud has worked in many capacities from webmaster to online communications producer to site re-development advisor. Throughout, his role has always been to educate students and clients on why doing things the right way matters.

EFA members $59 — nonmembers $79

This webinar is one of four webinars that make up The WordPress Webinar Series A to Z. Register for the series to receive a 20% discount off the individual webinar price.

» Register now!

Book Mapping for Developmental Editors (Online)

October 5—30
Online (Sakai)

The creative process can get messy for writers—and editors. It can be challenging to edit a book that's filled with emotional and logistical gaps in logic, dropped storylines, and underdeveloped characters. A book map is an overview of a book that helps editors analyze a manuscript, chapter by chapter and scene by scene. It's a powerful way to get the distance you need to see a book the way a reader will and edit a book at any stage of the creative process. In this class, you'll learn how to:

  • create a book map for picture books, chapter books, middle-grade, YA, and adult novels
  • diagnose and solve problems regarding plot, character development, theme, and more
  • use the book mapping process throughout the development of the book

This class is for any editor who is new to editing fiction or is struggling to analyze a manuscript during the developmental stage.

The class will take roughly 2 hours of your time most weeks, but during the third and fourth week, you may wish to spend many more hours practicing the book mapping technique on a full manuscript.

You will be asked to find a fiction manuscript you can work on during the class. It can be an old manuscript you worked on for a client, your own work, something that's in progress, or even a published book if needed, just something that you can dig into and try the techniques with.

Your instructor Heidi Fiedler has mended books, sold books, bought books, created, packaged, and devoured books. With over ten years' experience in publishing, she has written and edited more than 300 books for clients ranging from Target to Barnes & Noble. Her credits include 180 nonfiction books in partnership with Time for Kids, 90 picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels, plus a wide variety of activity books, and arts and crafts books. You can learn more about her work and the services she offers at www.helloheidifiedler.com.

EFA members $119 — nonmembers $129

» Register now!

NEW! Using Evernote to Manage Your Freelance Business (Webinar)

Tuesday, October 6, 1-2 pm ET
GoToWebinar

In this webinar, you will learn how to use Evernote to manage your entire freelance business, including research, organization, access, reminders, tasks, clients, projects, and documents of all kinds.

After a 35+-year career in education (Pre-K–14), collaborative sales, and sales management and marketing, Pamela Hilliard Owens, the instructor for this webinar, started her own freelance writing and editing business in July of 2008. Her company, Writing It Right for You knows that "It Matters How You Say It"! In 2011, in partnership with her husband, she set up her independent publishing company, Detroit Ink Publishing, to offer her author-clients a variety of ghostwriting, editing, book publishing, and book marketing services. In 2013, she added a third company to the Writing It Right For You Companies, Your Business Your Brand Creatively, offering branding and marketing services, consulting, and online training for creative professionals.

Pam works with individuals and businesses throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and nine other countries on a variety of business writing, editing, marketing, and publishing projects.

She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Psychology and a Master's Degree in English/Language Arts and Curriculum Development. She also has a Reading Specialist Certification from the State of Michigan and several business licenses.

In conjunction with her full-time executive assistant and an experienced graphic artist, Pam is also able to offer her clients web and blog design services, a variety of graphic artist services, and social media and content creation services.

Websites:

NEW! Fiction Writing (Online)

Tuesdays, October 6–November 16 (6 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

This course is designed to help both beginning and experienced writers of fiction focus on the various elements of fiction and on practical tips, methods, and strategies for writing fiction. This will be accomplished through lectures, readings, collaborative group discussions, assignments, and reflections. During the class, participants can start or complete their own works of fiction. They may choose to share their work with the class, but this is not required. Also, class participants will share their thoughts and experiences as well as usable ideas for those interested in writing fiction, including short stories and novels. Elements of fiction to be analyzed in terms of fiction writing include plot, character, point of view, setting, description, dialogue, tone, narration, and theme as well as writing and revision techniques. Class participants should leave the class with an improved understanding of how to write fiction.

Required Materials:

  • Novakovich, Josip. Fiction Writer's Workshop. 2nd ed. Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books, 2008. (ISBN-13: 978-1582975368)
  • Steele, Alexander, ed. Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School. New York: Bloomsbury, 2003. (ISBN-13: 978-1582343303)

Recommended Materials:

  • King, Stephen. On Writing. New York: Pocket Books, 2000. (ISBN-13: 978-0743455961)
  • Eric Reeder, the instructor, has over 16 years of experience and is a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. One of his specialty areas is helping writers of fiction and nonfiction improve their manuscripts so that they are ready to publish. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, swimming, going to the beach, and collecting antiques.

    EFA members $179 — nonmembers $199

    » Register now!

    The Pricing (and Estimating) Is Right! (Webinar)

    Wednesday, October 7, 7-8 pm ET
    Webinar (GoToWebinar)

    Strategic pricing of your services isn't just a matter of throwing out a number and praying a client says "yes." In "The Pricing (and Estimating) Is Right!" webinar, instructor Jake Poinier walks you through the critical steps of formulating your price structure and presenting your estimates in the most persuasive manner possible. Topics will include the following (and more!):

    • How to create estimates that provide maximum sales impact and negotiating leverage
    • Why project pricing almost always trumps hourly rates
    • When it's time to raise your rates—and how to do it
    • Avoiding the danger zone with slow-paying and nickel-and-dime clients
    • Overcoming objections—without discounting your fees

    Perhaps it seems as if your prospects and clients always have the upper hand in negotiations, or maybe you're busier than ever but wish you were more profitable given your level of skills and experience. Either way, this webinar will help you understand the practical steps for securing better jobs at higher rates. Note: If you have a specific pricing/estimating topic you'd like to see covered during the session, please email Jake at jake@boomvangcreative.com. Instructor Jake "Dr. Freelance" Poinier is the author of The Science, Art and Voodoo of Freelance Pricing and Getting Paid and Help! My Freelancers Are Driving Me Crazy. As a freelance writer and editor since 1999, Jake's clients have included companies such as AT&T, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, National Speakers Association, Henkel, and UPS. He blogs regularly on freelance topics at http://www.DoctorFreelance.com and has been a member of EFA since 2009.

    Jake was Keynote Speaker at Communication Central 2014. Here's what participants said:

    • “Your presentation was highly entertaining, by the way, and valuable too. Even after years of freelancing, I had something to learn from you and I really appreciated the sailboat analogy.”

    • “What I like best about your approach is summed up in this line ~ 'making decisions...should be based on your business, not on what everybody else is doing or recommending.'”

    Plugins: Apps That Make WordPress Sizzle (Webinar)

    Monday, October 12, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    GoToWebinar

    Learn about plugins that make WP safer, more useful, and engaging for your audience. View demonstrations of:

    • How to find and install any plugin
    • Plugins that do all kinds of things that WP does not do out of the box
    • Social media plugins
    • Plugins that integrate your site with third party vendors who perform a wide range of tasks, such as e-commerce and email propagation

    This webinar reviews one of the most essential elements of a good WordPress site—the blog!

    Attendees can request to have a WordPress site set up to practice learning WP.

    Each webinar is presented live by veteran web design instructor Bud Kraus. A 45-minute presentation will be followed by 15 minutes of Q & A. All webinars are recorded so if you miss one or need to review instructions this is ideal. For additional information, see http://www.joyofwp.com/wpatoz-efa. E-mail any questions to Bud Kraus at bud@joyofwp.com.

    Bud Kraus is a web design instructor and consultant. He's a promoter and practitioner of best practices through the use of web design standards. Over the past 10 years, Bud has taught the fundamentals of web design to thousands from around the world. He has done this through his online web design training service, Joy of Code, and in his classes at Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, and 3rd Ward. Bud has worked in many capacities from webmaster to online communications producer to site re-development advisor. Throughout, his role has always been to educate students and clients on why doing things the right way matters.

    EFA members $59 — nonmembers $79

    This webinar is one of four webinars that make up The WordPress Webinar Series A to Z. Register for the series to receive a 20% discount off the individual webinar price.

    » Register now!

    Developmental Editing of Fiction: Intermediate (Online)

    Monday, October 12—November 8 (4 weeks)
    Online (Sakai)

    Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction is an online class for editors interested in working with novelists to develop their work. This class is meant for editors who have done some fiction editing and are interested in honing their skills further. It is not intended for beginning editors. We'll cover the more in-depth concerns of developmental editing, diving deeper into issues like perspective, subtext, and voice. We'll cover issues that crop up often: intensive developmental editing, editing experienced authors, and working with manuscripts that need a combination of developmental editing and copyediting.

    Week 1. Review of DE functions and exploration of voice and subtext. We'll start with a brief review of the skills a good DE possesses and how to convey information through diplomatic queries and clear revision letters, then go right into an exploration of how to help an author develop her voice. We'll also get into more esoteric questions—how can we help authors use subtlety and subtext to convey information, action, and emotion? What the author leaves out can be as telling as what she puts in. Assignment: Performing a DE that solves plot problems without rewriting the author's voice.

    Week 2. Going deep. In this week, we'll discuss how to solve problems that result from the author's unwillingness or inability to go beyond the surface. For example, how to edit a writer who thinks—her heart hammered—is an effective way to communicate fear. We'll dig deep into perspective and world-building (both of which can create show-don't-tell problems). Assignment: Perform a DE that helps the author go deeper into perspective.

    Week 3: Scene by scene. In this week, we'll step back and look at how everything hangs together (or doesn't) in a novel, dealing with the interplay of motivation, conflict, character development, and narrative arc. We'll discuss what to do when a piece shows promise but has multiple problems, all of which negatively affect the work. We'll cover how (and when) to provide an intensive developmental edit and what it means to prioritize edits. Assignment: Perform an intensive DE on a sample chapter.

    Week 4. Working with the experienced novelist. In this week, we'll discuss how to help an author who doesn't make obvious beginner errors develop her writing. And we'll cover what to do when an author needs a developmental edit and a copyedit rolled into one. Assignment: Do a DE on a sample chapter that does not have obvious errors but still has room to go from good to great.

    Instructor Jennifer Lawler is the author or coauthor of more than 30 books, including a number of novels under various pen names. A former college English teacher—try not to hold that against her—she now works as a freelance writer and book development editor. She has worked as an acquisitions editor for a romance imprint and was once a literary agent. In her spare time, she teaches copyediting for the University of California–San Diego, even though she unfortunately lives nowhere near San Diego. She earned her PhD in medieval English literature from the University of Kansas and a black belt in Taekwondo at approximately the same time. She has not quite decided which has been more useful.


    “Jennifer's feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don't get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”

    EFA members $149 — nonmembers $169

    See Developmental Editing Combos for discounted price on more than one course in Developmental Editing of Fiction.

    » Register now!

    NEW! Developmental Editing of Nonfiction: Intermediate (Online)

    Monday, October 12—November 8 (4 weeks)
    Online (Sakai)

    Intermediate Developmental Editing of Nonfiction is an online class for editors interested in working with nonfiction book authors to develop their work (short-length pieces are the focus of Beginning Developmental Editing for Nonfiction). It is intended for editors who have some editing experience and understand the basics of developmental editing.

    Note: This class does not cover the basics of getting started as a freelance editor, but the instructor is always willing to discuss this with students in Forum conversations.

    Week 1. Developmental editing review and the art of identifying what's wrong. This week, we'll review the basics of what developmental editing is and how it's accomplished with particular attention to nonfiction books. We'll cover the acquisitions process as it pertains to nonfiction books, as this impacts development. Finally, we'll cover how to compare a final manuscript with the expectations of the publisher/client, author, and audience. Assignment: Create an edit plan for a manuscript that doesn't quite meet the publisher's expectations.

    Week 2. Common developmental problems in nonfiction. We'll cover specific problems common to nonfiction manuscripts, such as disorganization, privileging the wrong information and failing to connect the dots for readers. Assignment: Do a developmental edit on a book chapter, taking into consideration the errors discussed in this lesson.

    Week 3: The down and dirty. This week, we'll dig into the nitty gritty of developmental editing for nonfiction, covering areas such as publisher expectations versus author delivery, issues with tone, coding, and more. Assignment: Perform a developmental edit that balances sentence-level concerns with bigger-picture items.

    Week 4. Type by type. This week, we'll discuss the specific editing challenges that arise when working with a variety of nonfiction genres, from prescriptive self-help to cookbooks. Assignment: Write a revision letter for a how-to book or a nonfiction book/manuscript of your choosing.

    Instructor Jennifer Lawler is the author or coauthor of more than 30 books, including a number of novels under various pen names. A former college English teacher—try not to hold that against her—she now works as a freelance writer and book development editor. She has worked as an acquisitions editor for a romance imprint and was once a literary agent. In her spare time, she teaches copyediting for the University of California–San Diego, even though she unfortunately lives nowhere near San Diego. She earned her PhD in medieval English literature from the University of Kansas and a black belt in Taekwondo at approximately the same time. She has not quite decided which has been more useful.


    “Jennifer's feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don't get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”

    EFA members $149 — nonmembers $169

    See Developmental Editing Combos for discounted price on more than one course in Developmental Editing of Nonfiction.

    » Register now!

    Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo 2 (Online)

    Intermediate and Advanced Developmental Editing of Fiction

    October 12—December 13 (8 weeks)
    Online (Sakai)

    See individual course descriptions: Intermediate Developmental Editing of Fiction and Advanced Developmental Editing of Fiction


    “Jennifer's feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don't get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”

    EFA members $238 — nonmembers $271

    Price reflects a 20% discount.

    » Register now!

    Copyediting: Intermediate Level (Online)

    October 14—November 11
    Online (Sakai)

    This 5-week online course in Copyediting assumes that participants have a basic knowledge of copyediting skills and are interested in honing their skills in querying, preserving author voice and style, and advanced grammar points (wordiness, sentence structure, parallelism, common writing flaws). Students will also learn how to be flexible and even "break the rules."

    Required readings will be from the following texts:

    • Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook
    • The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.
    • Carol Saller's The Subversive Copyeditor

    Instructor Lourdes Venard is founder of Comma Sense Editing (http://www.commonsense.net), which provides services to individual authors and businesses. She has 30 years of writing and editing experience, including at major newspapers Newsday, The Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Washington Post. She also teaches copyediting through an online course at the University of California, San Diego, and is active in the American Copy Editors Society, having served as a scholarship judge for 11 years.

    EFA members $129 — nonmembers $149

    » Register now!

    NEW! Using Evernote to Manage Your Freelance Business (Webinar)

    Wednesday, October 14, 7-8 pm ET
    GoToWebinar

    In this webinar, you will learn how to use Evernote to manage your entire freelance business, including research, organization, access, reminders, tasks, clients, projects, and documents of all kinds.

    After a 35+-year career in education (Pre-K–14), collaborative sales, and sales management and marketing, Pamela Hilliard Owens, the instructor for this webinar, started her own freelance writing and editing business in July of 2008. Her company, Writing It Right for You knows that "It Matters How You Say It"! In 2011, in partnership with her husband, she set up her independent publishing company, Detroit Ink Publishing, to offer her author-clients a variety of ghostwriting, editing, book publishing, and book marketing services. In 2013, she added a third company to the Writing It Right For You Companies, Your Business Your Brand Creatively, offering branding and marketing services, consulting, and online training for creative professionals.

    Pam works with individuals and businesses throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and nine other countries on a variety of business writing, editing, marketing, and publishing projects.

    She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Psychology and a Master's Degree in English/Language Arts and Curriculum Development. She also has a Reading Specialist Certification from the State of Michigan and several business licenses.

    In conjunction with her full-time executive assistant and an experienced graphic artist, Pam is also able to offer her clients web and blog design services, a variety of graphic artist services, and social media and content creation services.

    Websites:

    NEW! 9 Critical Steps to Successful Self-Publishing

    Thursday, October 15, 3-4 pm ET
    GoToWebinar

    This course is designed for editors who work with self-published authors, as well as freelancers who are writers, themselves, and will teach you what you need to know to market and promote a self-published book. For editors of other authors' books, this will enable you to offer your clients a value-added skill.

    The course will provide an overview of the different means of publishing a book (the difference between traditional publishing, self-publishing, printing, and vanity presses), and identify the critical steps that need to be taken before the book is released. A Marketing Plan worksheet will be provided to all class participants. This worksheet can be used and reused for your own books or your clients' books.

    Bryna Kranzler is the author of the award-winning historical biography The Accidental Anarchist: From the Diaries of Jacob Marateck (http://amzn.to/AbitA). She is also the author of the forthcoming ebook 9 Critical Steps to Successful Self-Publishing. She has a BA in Writing from Barnard College, an MBA from Yale University School of Organization and Management, and a certificate in Copyediting from the University of California, San Diego. Visit her website at http://www.BrynaKranzler.com.

    EFA members $59 — nonmembers $79

    » Register now!

    NEW! Your Business Your Brand Creatively (YB2C) (Webinar)

    An Introduction to Your 5-Part Freelancing Marketing Plan

    Tuesday, October 20, 1-2 pm ET
    GoToWebinar

    In this webinar, you will learn the 5-step strategy to set yourself up to make your art your creative business:

    • 1. How to set up your creative business structure
    • 2. How to name your creative business
    • 3. How and where to locate your creative business office or workspace
    • 4. How to open your creative business bank account
    • 5. How to set up your creative business website

    After a 35+-year career in education (Pre-K–14), collaborative sales, and sales management and marketing, Pamela Hilliard Owens, the instructor for this webinar, started her own freelance writing and editing business in July of 2008. Her company, Writing It Right for You knows that "It Matters How You Say It"! In 2011, in partnership with her husband, she set up her independent publishing company, Detroit Ink Publishing, to offer her author-clients a variety of ghostwriting, editing, book publishing, and book marketing services. In 2013, she added a third company to the Writing It Right For You Companies, Your Business Your Brand Creatively, offering branding and marketing services, consulting, and online training for creative professionals.

    Pam works with individuals and businesses throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and nine other countries on a variety of business writing, editing, marketing, and publishing projects.

    She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Psychology and a Master's Degree in English/Language Arts and Curriculum Development. She also has a Reading Specialist Certification from the State of Michigan and several business licenses.

    In conjunction with her full-time executive assistant and an experienced graphic artist, Pam is also able to offer her clients web and blog design services, a variety of graphic artist services, and social media and content creation services.

    Websites:

    NEW! Editing With Inclusive Language (Webinar)

    October 22, 2015, 4-5 pm ET
    GoToWebinar

    Editors are an author's first line of defense against political gaffes, insensitive language, and inadvertently exclusive language. How can we help our clients reach a broader audience and avoid losing readers or making embarrassing and offensive errors? Using examples ranging from transgender pronouns to the Israel-Palestine conflict, Sarah Grey will help attendees gain a better sense of what to look for, how to educate themselves about the vocabulary of sensitive topics, and how to communicate with authors about these questions in tactful and constructive ways.

    Sarah Grey is the owner of Grey Editing at http://www.greyediting.com. Sarah edits and coaches ESL students, novelists, professors, judges, activists, rabbis, filmmakers, CEOs, union workers, and diplomats. Sarah is also a writer who often works in the humanities and social sciences.

    EFA members $59 — nonmembers $79

    » Register now!

    Ruth's Combo Webinars (Freelancing 101, Websites for Freelancers, Basics of Editing and Proofreading (set of 3 Webinars)

    For Beginners--Overview of Where to Start

    October 27, November 12, November 23; 7:00-8:30 pm EDT
    GoToWebinar

    See individual listings for more details. This is a combination 3-webinar course offered by Ruth Thaler-Carter.

    EFA members $94 — nonmembers $108

    Combo rate for 3 webinars by Ruth Thaler-Carter

    » Register now!

    Freelancing 101 (Webinar)

    For Beginners

    Tuesday, October 27, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT
    GoToWebinar

    Find out what it takes to jump-start your dream of living the freelance lifestyle: setting up and organizing, finding work, networking, using resources, getting paid, combating isolation, and more from an EFA colleague who's been there and done that, resulting in a successful freelance career for many years. Energize your freelance efforts with practical, upbeat insights into the joys and challenges of freelancing. (Even seasoned freelancers will garner new insights and useful suggestions.)

    Instructor Ruth E. Thaler-Carter is the author of the EFA's "Freelancing 101: Launching Your Editorial Business" and author/publisher of "Get Paid to Write! Getting Started as a Freelance Writer."

    “The instructor had a firm command of the content; I felt that her previous and current experience as an editorial professional in a variety of different media qualified her to speak on the subjects presented. I was happy with the presentation style; Ruth seemed very down to earth and friendly, and I felt that her easygoing delivery made me feel as if I was having a casual and informative conversation with a friend.”

    EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45

    See "Ruth's Webinar Combo" for special pricing on all 3 of her webinars. Select that course for the special discounted rate.

    » Register now!

    Simplify Word with Macros (Online)

    Tuesdays, October 27–December 15 (8 weeks)
    Online (Sakai)

    Do you often perform the same tasks? How much time do you waste doing repetitive tasks at the beginning of each project? At the end? How about just in general throughout the editing process?

    In this course, you will learn how to maximize your time by putting those repetitive tasks in a macro, allowing you to push one button and they all will be done!

    Some of the tasks that can be put into macros to speed up your process are auto formatting documents (font, size, color, margins, spacing between paragraphs, and double or single spacing documents), search and replace, adding comments, deleting comments, exporting comments, and other advanced concepts.

    In addition, you will learn more than one way to create macros so you can do it yourself in whatever way is easiest for you!

    Instructor April Michelle Davis is the owner of Editorial Inspirations, an editorial service at www.editorialinspirations.com. She is a lifetime member of the American Copy Editors Society, the Virginia Chapter Coordinator of EFA, and a past chapter chair for the American Society for Indexing.

    “I appreciate the thought April put into the lessons.”
    “I just wanted to say thank you for your generous feedback outside of Macros class.”

    EFA members $119 — nonmembers $139

    » Register now!

    NEW! Your Business Your Brand Creatively (YB2C) (Webinar)

    An Introduction to Your 5-Part Freelancing Marketing Plan

    Wednesday, October 28, 7-8 pm ET
    GoToWebinar

    In this webinar, you will learn the 5-step strategy to set yourself up to make your art your creative business:

    • 1. How to set up your creative business structure
    • 2. How to name your creative business
    • 3. How and where to locate your creative business office or workspace
    • 4. How to open your creative business bank account
    • 5. How to set up your creative business website

    After a 35+-year career in education (Pre-K–14), collaborative sales, and sales management and marketing, Pamela Hilliard Owens, the instructor for this webinar, started her own freelance writing and editing business in July of 2008. Her company, Writing It Right for You knows that "It Matters How You Say It"! In 2011, in partnership with her husband, she set up her independent publishing company, Detroit Ink Publishing, to offer her author-clients a variety of ghostwriting, editing, book publishing, and book marketing services. In 2013, she added a third company to the Writing It Right For You Companies, Your Business Your Brand Creatively, offering branding and marketing services, consulting, and online training for creative professionals.

    Pam works with individuals and businesses throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and nine other countries on a variety of business writing, editing, marketing, and publishing projects.

    She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Psychology and a Master's Degree in English/Language Arts and Curriculum Development. She also has a Reading Specialist Certification from the State of Michigan and several business licenses.

    In conjunction with her full-time executive assistant and an experienced graphic artist, Pam is also able to offer her clients web and blog design services, a variety of graphic artist services, and social media and content creation services.

    Websites:

    NEW! Using the Law of Attraction to Write & Get Published (Webinar)

    Got a Book Idea? Join this Webinar!

    Wednesday, November 4, 4:00-5:00 pm ET
    GoToWebinar

    If a book idea is rolling around your head like an unruly marble, here's the news—it probably won't just roll away. That desire to write wants to be honored; there is a story in you and it wants to be told, whatever genre it assumes.

    This webinar has a dual focus: I will help you turn that marble into a book, and provide you with the information you need to get published and market your brand as an author. Suitable for anyone who needs encouragement to begin writing or to resume work on an abandoned project, this webinar takes a writer-centered approach to the process. Writing is all about you, from the very first kernel of a thought to being the author of a published book and beyond.

    Learn how to identify your hindrances and work through them to complete a manuscript and find a publisher or agent. The webinar revolves around a core theme—writing is a method of self-actualizing, a way for you to turn you inner realm into a structured narrative for readers to experience. The more you bring yourself into your own heart, the more authentic your work will be and the greater your likelihood of success. This process ties into the Law of Attraction, and it just plain works.

    We'll cover:

    • Write your book
    • Get published
    • Market your work
    • Wrap-up and questions

    About the Instructor

    Struck down by the accuracy of the insight "Tragedy is Comedy Plus Time," Renee Simpson authored her first work, I Can't Swim. Set in New York City in 1984, the book chronicles the life of the Applewhites, an outrageous family that courts danger in highly idiosyncratic ways. Renee holds a degree in British and American Literature summa cum laude from New York University, a Master of Gender Theory and Social Policy with merit from the London School of Economics, and a law degree. A dual citizen of the U.S. and U.K, she currently resides in New York City where she is a freelance articles writer.

    EFA members $59 — nonmembers $69

    » Register now!

    NEW! Developmental Editing for Fiction: Advanced (Online)

    Monday, November 9—December 13 (4 weeks; week off at Thanksgiving)
    Online (Sakai)

    In Advanced Developmental Editing for Fiction, we'll be focusing on doing a complete, actual edit of a full-length fiction manuscript. The instructor will provide a class manuscript for you to work on. If you prefer to use a manuscript of your own (for example, a client's project or a friend's work), that's fine. The class material does not focus on the specifics of the class manuscript (some of the discussion on the forum may do so). In this four-week class, we'll focus on reviewing the principles of developmental editing, making an editorial plan, providing an appropriate critique, and more. But the main thrust of the work will be your editing an actual manuscript and having the instructor guide those edits.

    In this class, feedback regarding your edits will be one-on-one, but everyone is free to share ideas, questions, comments, and concerns on the forum.


    “Jennifer's feedback was wonderful. As a freelancer I don't get feedback often, so this was refreshing.”

    EFA members $149 — nonmembers $169

    See Developmental Editing Combos for discounted price on more than one course in Developmental Editing of Fiction.

    » Register now!

    Websites for Freelancers (Webinar)

    For Beginners--the Basics

    Thursday, November 12, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT
    GoToWebinar

    Being a talented freelance writer, editor, proofreader or other editorial professional is not enough to get clients these days. You also have to get noticed on the World Wide Web, and that means having your own website. Get tips on why writers should have websites, how to get a site started, whether and how to find and use templates, costs, crafting "content" that gets noticed, finding and working with designers, and developing an effective design that will help attract readers and publishers to your work. Examples will include sites that illustrate both what to do and what not to do. Note: This is a general class, not a high-tech offering.

    Presenter Ruth E. Thaler-Carter maintains and updates her own website and has created, revamped or updates/maintains sites for several clients.

    EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45

    See "Ruth's Webinar Combo" for special pricing on all 3 of her webinars. Select that course for the special discounted rate.

    » Register now!

    Get Your Finances in Order: 2015 Tax Update for Freelancers (WEBINAR)

    November 19, 2015, 6:30-8:00 PM Eastern
    GoToWebinar

    In this 4-segment, 90-minute webinar, Dave Vernard will discuss:

    • Important changes to know about in 2015
    • How the Affordable Healthcare Act affects your taxes
    • Tax issues specifically related to freelancers and self-employed individuals
    • Q&A
    BENEFITS FOR ATTENDEES:
    • Each attendee may submit a question to Dave by email that relates to their specific tax situation if they prefer to not ask it during the webinar
    • Attendees that use an iPhone or Android smartphone will receive a free mobile application to assist with tracking their mileage, expenses for their business, as well as medical, charitable, and childcare expenses
    • Each attendee shall be entitled to a 20% discount on any services they receive from Bayview Services Group, Inc. during 2015-2016

    About the Instructor:

    Dave Venard brings more than 37 years of experience with income taxes, accounting and business management to his presentations and to his clients. He is an enrolled agent, admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, as well as a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. He is also a member of the prestigious Intuit Trainer and Writers Network and has presented nationwide on behalf of Intuit and QuickBooks. In addition, he has a master's degree in human resource management and organizational behavior.

    Dave is president of Bayview Services Group, Inc., a professional services firm that specializes in income tax preparation services, income tax representation and resolution services, QuickBooks installation, setup and training services, payroll and payroll tax services and bookkeeping services. He maintains a client base from New York to Hawaii.

    Email questions to Dave at: dvenard@bayviewservices.net.

    EFA members $69 — nonmembers $89

    » Register now!

    Basics of Editing and Proofreading (Webinar)

    For Beginners--What to Consider in Starting Your Editing/Proofreading Business

    Monday, November 23, 7:00-8:30 pm EST
    GoToWebinar

    If you're one of those people with strong skills in grammar and a sharp eye for typographical errors and clunky writing who is interested in working as an editor or proofreader, or if you want to improve your understanding of basic editing and proofreading skills and processes, this class is for you. Topics include necessary skills and characteristics, marks and symbols, important style manuals, editing vs. proofreading, levels of editing, using Microsoft Word and Acrobat/PDFs, and working effectively with clients and colleagues. You will also expand your files of helpful resources, including publications, organizations and more. This practical overview is applicable to both freelance and in-house colleagues.

    Presenter Ruth E. Thaler-Carter provides editing and proofreading services to a wide variety of clients, from magazines and newsletters to law and PR firms, websites, individuals, and businesses large and small.

    EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45

    See "Ruth's Webinar Combo" for special pricing on all 3 of her webinars. Select that course for the special discounted rate.

    » Register now!

     

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