Editorial Freelancers Association



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Spring 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.

Registration for webinars closes 1 business day before the webinar takes place. Registration for online courses closes 2 business days before the start date of the course. Please register with the email address at which you wish to receive course messages.

For more information on registration, see the registration form.

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

NEW! QuickBooks Online for Freelancers (Webinar series)    * Register Now! *

E-Editing I: PDF Markup (Online)    * Register Now! *

NEW! What Every Freelancer Needs to Know About Contracts (Webinar)    * Register Now! *

NEW!! Indexing Basics (Online)    * Register Now! *

Successful Self-Publishing From Both Sides (Webinar)    * Register Now! *

Copyediting 101 (Online)    * Register Now! *

NEW! Ebooks 101: Considering the Workflow as an Editor    * Register Now! *

Intro to Editing for the Children's Book Market (Webinar)    * Register Now! *

Grammar Refresher for Editors and Writers: Part 1 (Online)    * Register Now! *

Grammar Refresher Combo: Parts 1 and 2 (Online)    * Register Now! *

NEW! Book Mapping for Developmental Editors (Online)    * Register Now! *

The Mysteries of CMS 16: How to Find What You Need (Online)    * Register Now! *

Grammar Refresher for Editors and Writers: Part 2 (Online)    * Register Now! *


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NEW! QuickBooks Online for Freelancers (Webinar series)

January 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:30-8:00 pm ET
GoToWebinar

This webinar series will introduce users to QuickBooks Online.

Session I—Introduction to QuickBooks Online

  • Product overview and tour of QuickBooks Online
  • Your Internet browsers—Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • Set up your free trial account to take a test drive
  • Intuit App Center overview

Session II—Setting up QuickBooks Online

  • Starting fresh or converting from a desktop program
  • Your chart of accounts—the most important part
  • Your preferences and selections
  • Setting up your banks, credit cards, and PayPal account

Session III—Recording Transaction in Quickbooks Online

  • Money in
  • Money out
  • Journal entries
  • Other transactions
  • Bank feeds and importing transactions

Session IV—Reporting, Taxes and Other Considerations

  • Financial reporting for your business
  • Customer and vendor reporting
  • Payment solutions—Go Payments
  • Payroll—if you need it

Benefits for attendees:

  • Each attendee may submit a question to me by email that relates to their specific QuickBooks situation if they prefer to not ask it during the webinar.
  • Each attendee will receive a PDF copy of the course material for each class session to use as a permanent reference.
  • Each attendee shall be entitled to a 20% discount on any service they receive from Bayview Services Group, Inc. during 2014-2015.

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 $179 — nonmembers $199

One registration for the series of four webinars. Registration for all four webinars closes on January 7.

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E-Editing I: PDF Markup (Online)

Back by Popular Demand!!

January 15 – February 12 (4 lessons, 5 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

Editing today involves products that are more often electronic, and workflows that have moved onto the computer screen. Marking up PDFs is now an essential skill. This seminar will explore ways to use free Adobe Reader software to mark up PDFs of manuscripts and media such as websites, apps, comic books, and presentation slides.

In this hands-on course, you will explore the tools through structured lessons that incorporate video demos and exercises for self-testing. Mark up the page as with pencil on paper, use stamps of proofreader's marks, or use the mark-up tools. Get feedback and troubleshooting help from the instructor and work with the other students to find what works best for you and for your clients. The focus is on marking up edits, not on changing the PDF.

Advanced Acrobatics have been added to this popular course, expanding the content to a full 4 lessons. This includes production-like moves such as sorting comments and mark-up, attaching files, combining objects, comparing documents, adding bookmarks and hyperlinks, finding the word count, and moving pages between PDFs. The full Adobe Acrobat program is required for those aspects. We recommend trying the free trial during the course.

To take this course, you should have a knowledge of:

  • proofreader's marks
  • file creation and management
  • menu options and navigation
  • mousing and keyboard navigation
  • basic word processing functions such as cut, copy, paste, undo, save as, spellcheck, bold, italic, and indenting

You will need:

  • Adobe Reader XI (free)
  • access to YouTube videos
  • email
  • Acrobat Standard or Pro X or XI (free trial version OK, note that version 9 is very different)

Instructor Adrienne Montgomerie has been teaching editors to master editing on-screen for four years. Publishers such as Pearson, McGraw, and HarperCollins are the mainstay of her 17-year-old freelance editing business. For her writing about editing, check Copyediting.com blog and the Right Angels and Polo Bears podcast.


“The instructor impressed me with her deep experience and extensive grasp of the content of the course. She answered all questions quickly and comprehensively. Her presentation was cogent and funny.”

“I learned a lot of tips and techniques that will make my editing and proofing of PDFs easier for writers to review and that will make me more efficient. I would recommend the course to a colleague.”

EFA members $159 — nonmembers $179

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NEW! What Every Freelancer Needs to Know About Contracts (Webinar)

January 21, 3:00-4:15 pm ET
Webinar (GoToWebinar)

If you are a freelancer, dealing with contracts is probably your least favorite part of your job. It doesn't have to be this way.

Join Shake (www.shakelaw.com) and the EFA for a free, live webinar and learn how to ensure that your client contracts address key points—helping you avoid conflicts before they start.

The webinar will be presented by Vinay Jain, Esq., Shake's Chief Legal Officer. Among the topics he'll cover are how to:

  • Help ensure you get paid
  • Keep your project on scope
  • Specify who owns your work
  • Clarify client expectations
  • Deal with contract cancellations
  • Limit your liability
  • Decide whether you should form a company

Instructor Background:

As Chief Legal Officer, Vinay serves as Shake's general counsel, is responsible for the company's legal contracts and content, and leads efforts to educate consumers and small businesses about the law.

Vinay earned his law degree at NYU, where he was the president of InSITE, an entrepreneurial mentorship program. He began his legal career as a transactional attorney at Skadden Arps before founding a social media startup and later serving as legal counsel and head of business development at a digital publishing company, Flavorpill. Before law school, Vinay worked as an environmental advocate in Washington, DC. He holds a graduate degree in journalism from Stanford, a master's degree in political philosophy from Cambridge, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.

There is no charge to EFA members and guests for attending this webinar. Please go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9172514489711207169 to register. DO NOT USE THE REGISTER NOW LINK ON THE EFA SITE.

EFA members $0 — nonmembers $0

This webinar is offered FREE to EFA members and guests. Use ONLY the link in the Description above to register. Seat availability is on a first-come, first-served basis and registration is required.

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NEW!! Indexing Basics (Online)

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

February 4—March 25 (7 lessons, 8 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).

Scheduling note: The instructor will post lectures and assignments on Wednesdays (of the session dates listed), but you are free to access materials and the discussion forum at your convenience. Participants never need to be in front of their computers at a set time.

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $174

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Successful Self-Publishing From Both Sides (Webinar)

February 11, 3:00–5:00 pm ET
Webinar (GoToWebinar)

With so many options available, it can be difficult to navigate your way to self-publishing success. But if you want great results, you need to get real. You cannot just copy what the bestsellers are doing or upload your files and hope for the best—if you want to sell more than the 100-200 copy average where most indie books cap out, you need a plan designed for your type of book and your particular situation. You need to know about the unique opportunities and limitations of the industry that many indie authors don't discover until it's too late. This presentation will dually address how editorial professionals can better attract and serve self-publishing clients and also how they can publish their own digital and print books to boost their freelance business or to launch a writing career.

Instructor Ally E. Machate debuted “Self-Publishing From Both Sides” at the 2013 Communication Central conference. She has given presentations on writing and publishing at the Maryland Writers Conference, the League of Utah Writers Roundup, the Florida Writers Conference, the Bay to Ocean Writing Conference, the Federal Women's Training Program, and more. Until recently Ally also taught writing classes to adults at two local community colleges in their Lifelong Learning programs. Her talks and classes are informed by more than 14 years of experience working in the publishing industry, including acquiring and editing books for Touchstone Fireside, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She has been a freelance editor, writer, and publishing consultant full time since 2004 and has published articles on writing in such varied venues as The Writer magazine and the Writer's Digest Guide to Literary Agents 2009. Ally also ghostauthored nonfiction books including High Style (Chronicle Books, 10/08) and My Prevention Health Organizer (Prevention Books, 6/10). Her latest project, Way of the SEAL, for which she is the credited coauthor, was released from Reader's Digest Books in December 2013. You can find out more about Ally at www.ambitiousenterprises.com and www.allymachate.com.

“Ally's background in traditional publishing allowed her to give attendees a deep look into the publishing business. She encouraged us to think beyond the art of writing to the business of self-publishing. Ally was a lively, energetic speaker who captured my attention and gave me a lot of information to act on.” —Erin Brenner, owner, Right Touch Editing

EFA members $109 — nonmembers $119

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Copyediting 101 (Online)

Back by Popular Demand! This one fills up fast!

February 18 – March 25 (5 lessons, 6 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

In this online course, you will learn the basic concepts and skills of nonfiction copy editing, relying on the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Find out how to assess manuscripts, prep them for editing, work effectively on screen, make smart choices, format references, use style guides and style sheets, choose words effectively, correct grammar, keep the author's voice, query, fact check, and much more. Get a solid foundation of skills for your editing career!

Required materials include: Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., and Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook. A suggested reference is Carol Fisher Saller's Subversive Copyeditor.

Instructor Laura Poole is the founder of Archer Editorial Services, specializing in copyediting scholarly nonfiction books and providing editorial training and consulting. Laura is also the trainer for Copyediting/Proofreading Bootcamp, an intensive course for those wishing to break into publishing as an editor or proofreader. For more about Laura, visit her at http://www.archereditorial.com.

EFA members $179 — nonmembers $199

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NEW! Ebooks 101: Considering the Workflow as an Editor

Introductory level

March 2, 9, 16, and 23; 4:00–5:00 pm ET
Webinar Series (GoToWebinar)

This series of 4 webinars will introduce editors (and ebook authors) to the world of ebooks from a workflow perspective. Below is the course outline:

Week 1: ebooks: What, where, how, who (and why?)

  • What is an ebook? Is it really a mini web page?
  • Where do you read an ebook? Devices, apps, browsers
  • How do you read an ebook? Nighttime, sepia; big font, little font; any way you want
  • Why are ebooks taking over the world? Are they?
  • Where are they sold? How does a self-published author get a book on retailers' shelves?
  • Who makes ebooks? Bespoke developers, meat grinders, automatons

Week 2: Inside an ebook: What does an editor need to know?

  • Crack open an ebook: What are the similarities and differences between ebooks and web pages?
  • Do all devices and apps and browsers access the code and content in the same way?
  • ePUB vs Mobi; ePUB2 vs ePUB3; multitouch books; books in browsers
  • What's the most efficient workflow to get from manuscript to ebook? What tools and knowledge are needed?

Week 3: Editorial, production, and design planning

  • Frontmatter: What elements can be moved from the front- to the backmatter?
  • Tables: Why should complicated tabular material be reconfigured for ebook use?
  • Images: Is it possible to keep images with their captions?
  • Backmatter: How can indexes, glossaries, citations, and hyperlinks work together? What can be added to backmatter for digital editions?
  • Metadata/Accessibility: How does metadata help book discovery, and how can accessibility be enhanced?
  • Design: How can each book be immediately identifiable despite the sameness of device presentation?
  • Self-publishers: How should editors talk to (and train) folks who have never made a book before (hint: it's 90% patience)?
  • eBook-only publication: What if there won't be any print edition?

Week 4: Edit and proofread an ebook

  • Why should all editing be completed before a book is digitized?
  • Where to proof: Is it better to QA on an app, a device, or anywhere the book will be read?
  • Proofreading guidelines: What are ebook-specific problems to look for? What is different from proofing the print edition?
  • Submitting corrections: How should an editor give the ebook developer corrections? Why giving a page number doesn't work.

Instructor Kevin Callahan is proprietor of BNGO Books, a New York City–based digital publishing consultancy and print + digital design studio. Kevin adapts print editions to their reflowable, fixed-layout, or multitouch counterparts and develops straight-to-e publications for all platforms. He trains staff at large publishing houses and small presses, as well as self-published authors, in print-to-digital workflow; he emphasizes the value of early editorial, design, and production planning. He recently spoke at The InDesign Conference 2014 in Seattle and is part of the vibrant #eprdctn Twitter community (tweeting as @ BNGOBooks). You can view his website at www.BNGObooks.com.

EFA members $159 — nonmembers $179

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Intro to Editing for the Children's Book Market (Webinar)

Back by popular demand!

March 12, 2:00–3:30 pm ET
Webinar (GoToWebinar)

Have you always wanted to work with children's books but never quite known how you might fit into the editorial process? In this jam-packed informational session, a children's publishing veteran will lead you through an overview of children's book markets and genres; discuss common freelance editorial roles within the industry; and share some must-have tools and resources for understanding the niche and doing quality work.

Instructor Lisa L. Owens has worked in children's publishing for 20+ years. During her first decade in the business, she held various in-house editorial positions—everything from proofreader to senior editor—while also freelancing on the side. She joined EFA in 2000, and in 2002 turned her part-time freelancing business into a full-time concern. Currently, she divides her time between editing fiction and writing her own books for young readers (both fiction and nonfiction). Lisa's various homes on the web include www.owenseditorialink.com, www.llowens.com, www.llowens.blogspot.com, and @LisaLOwens.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

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Grammar Refresher for Editors and Writers: Part 1 (Online)

March 25–April 29 (5 lessons, 6 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

Instructor April Michelle Davis, M.P.S., offers this specialized class designed for those who are in the editing industry (or who want to become freelance editors), as well as for people who write for a living (and who doesn't!). This hands-on, interactive class will provide detailed discussions about parts of speech, clauses, phrases, parallel structure, comparisons, double negatives, modifiers, punctuation, and spelling. Add the course to your resume, strengthen your skills, and learn how to run your editing business like a professional.

Class topics for Part 1 include:

  • Parts of Speech: Introduction, Nouns, Pronouns
  • Parts of Speech: Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions, Prepositions
  • Parts of Speech: Subjects and Verbs
  • Clauses and Phrases
  • Parallel Structure

April 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.

EFA members $179 — nonmembers $199

DISCOUNT: Save big when you sign up for Grammar Parts 1 and 2. To sign up for both parts at a discounted price, select the Grammar Refresher Combo option.

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Grammar Refresher Combo: Parts 1 and 2 (Online)

March 25–June 3 (10 lessons, 11 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

Instructor April Michelle Davis, M.P.S., offers this specialized class designed for those who are in the editing industry (or who want to become freelance editors), as well as for people who write for a living (and who doesn't!). This hands-on, interactive class will provide detailed discussions about parts of speech, clauses, phrases, parallel structure, comparisons, double negatives, modifiers, punctuation, and spelling. Add the course to your resume, strengthen your skills, and learn how to run your editing business like a professional.

April 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.

EFA members $251 — nonmembers $276

DISCOUNT: Special discount price for Parts 1 and 2 of Grammar Refresher. See the individual course listings for details of content.

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NEW! Book Mapping for Developmental Editors (Online)

April 4–May 4 (4 lessons, 5 weeks)
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.

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

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The Mysteries of CMS 16: How to Find What You Need (Online)

Very popular and requested over and over!

April 15 – May 13 (4 lessons, 5 weeks)
Online

This course deals with a basic approach to working with the Chicago Manual as well as an emphasis on many of the new features in this 16th edition. The course, of four weeks' duration, gives an overview of CMS and addresses many of the new features in this 16th edition. In the first week, a diagnostic is posted for you to get some feedback on how closely your editing corresponds to the current CMS. Each week, a lecture is posted, as well as practice material that covers the points taken up in the lecture. Reading assignments are posted for each week. Please note that although the reading assignments may appear to be short, do not be deceived into believing that any reading assignment in CMS is quick work! Working together during these five weeks may well give many of you the confidence and background to work comfortably with CMS 16. For others it may be the beginning of doing so. In either case, I hope that everyone will gain valuable experience here. And don't forget: we all learn from each other.

A freelance writer and editor for over twenty-five years, Barbara Magalnick has written and edited materials in fields as diverse as history, art history, medicine, law, literature, and language. Her publications include English by Television, English Reader, Brush Up Your English, Lawmaking in the United States, and Safe Conduct. She wrote Social Media: The New Revolution in Communication for EFA. Before launching her freelance career, she worked at several major publishing houses. She holds a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and teaches in UC Berkeley's online certificate program for editors. Barbara is a member of The Authors Guild, a trustee of the Carnegie Fund for Authors, and a board member of EFA. She can be found at barbaramagalnick.com, as well as all the usual social media sites.

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $174

» Register now!

Grammar Refresher for Editors and Writers: Part 2 (Online)

April 29—June 3 (5 lessons, 6 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

Instructor April Michelle Davis, M.P.S., offers this specialized class designed for those who are in the editing industry (or who want to become freelance editors), as well as for people who write for a living (and who doesn't!). This hands-on, interactive class will provide detailed discussions about parts of speech, clauses, phrases, parallel structure, comparisons, double negatives, modifiers, punctuation, and spelling. Add the course to your resume, strengthen your skills, and learn how to run your editing business like a professional.

Topics for Part 2 include:

  • Comparisons
  • Double Negatives and Modifiers
  • Punctuation: Apostrophes, Brackets, Commas, Colons, Ellipses
  • Punctuation: Em Dashes, En Dashes, Hyphens, Quotation Marks, Semicolons, Slashes
  • Spelling

April 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.

EFA members $179 — nonmembers $199

DISCOUNT: Save big when you sign up for Grammar Parts 1 and 2. To sign up for both parts at a discounted price, select the Grammar Refresher Combo option.

» Register now!

 

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