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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)   

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E-Editing I: PDF Markup (Online)   

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

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NEW!! Indexing Basics (Online)   

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Successful Self-Publishing From Both Sides (Webinar)   

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Copyediting 101 (Online)   

NEW! Ebooks 101: Considering the Workflow as an Editor (Webinar Series)   

NEW! The 5 Reasons You Need an Agent (Webinar)   

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

NEW! Proofreading (Online)   

Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction (Online)   

Developmental Editing Combo (Online)   

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

Grammar Refresher Combo: Parts 1 and 2 (Online)   

EBook Formatting for Beginners (Online)   

NEW! Book Mapping for Developmental Editors (Online)   

Ruth's Combo Webinars (Getting Started as a Freelancer, Websites for Freelancers, Basics of Editing and Proofreading (set of 3 Webinars)   

Getting Started as a Freelancer (Webinar)   

NEW! Make More Money as a Freelancer through Marketing (Webinar)   

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

Websites for Freelancers (Webinar)   

NEW! Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction (Online)   

Basics of Editing and Proofreading (Webinar)   

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

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

NEW! Medical Editing and Style: AMA Manual, 10th ed. (Online)   

NEW! Simplify Word with Macros (Online)   


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

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.

Registration is closed for this class.

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

Registration is closed for this class.

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.

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

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.

Registration is closed for this class.

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

Registration is closed for this class.

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

Registration is closed for this class.

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

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

NEW! Ebooks 101: Considering the Workflow as an Editor (Webinar Series)

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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NEW! The 5 Reasons You Need an Agent (Webinar)

How to Find the Best Agent for You and What to Expect

CANCELED

Webinar (GoToWebinar)

Sheree Bykofsky of Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc. presents The 5 Reasons You Need an Agent: How to Find the Best Agent for You and What to Expect.

In this one-hour webinar, Sheree will explain exactly why it is in your best interest to find an agent before trying any other route to getting published. She will explain how to know when you are ready and the best ways to make the most of your agent experience. All of your questions will be answered. Attend this webinar and stack the odds of getting published in your favor.

Sheree Bykofsky founded Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc. in 1991. A longstanding member of the AAR, an early member of the EFA, and the first agent to have a web page, Sheree has represented over a thousand authors in all areas of adult non-fiction as well as literary and commercial fiction. Her non-fiction specialties include popular reference, business, health, psychology, poker, spirituality, self-help, humor, cookbooks, pop culture, biography, women's issues, decorating; crafts, music, and much more. Among the agency's non-fiction clients are Howard Kaylan, Taro Gold, Cy Tymony, Jennifer Basye Sander, Paul Mladjenovic, Mark Ryan, Jane Eldershaw, Bill Walsh, Mike Matusow, Margo Perin, the late Albert Ellis, John Carpenter (first millionaire on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?), Dr. Roberta Temes, Supermodel Roshumba, and Richard Roeper (of Ebert and Roeper). In the area of fiction, the agency's clients include M. Thomas Gammarino, Bruce Holbert, Donna Anders and Leslie Rule. (See "Books Represented by Sheree Bykofsky Associates, Inc." at shereebee.com)

Sheree is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Publishing at New York University and an Adjunct Professor at Rosemont College, and she teaches at conferences around the country.

EFA members $59 — nonmembers $79

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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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NEW! Proofreading (Online)

Wednesdays, March 18—April 22
Online (Sakai)

Even though more often than not editing and proofreading is done electronically, proofreading—looking for errors in copy before it is published—remains vital for high-quality documents. This five-week course covers the finer points of proofreading, including what it is and how it differs from editing; using proofreaders' marks; proofreading methods; working with style sheets; and querying. Participants will read an average of about 25 pages per week and do one hard-copy proofreading exercise per week, which can be scanned as PDFs and emailed for instructor feedback.

Required Textbook: Laura Anderson's McGraw-Hill's Proofreading Handbook, 2e.

Additional suggested reading: Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook, 3e.

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 fulltime 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 $79 — nonmembers $99

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Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction (Online)

March 23—April 20
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 Combo for a discounted price on both Beginning and Intermediate Developmental Editing.

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Developmental Editing Combo (Online)

Beginning and Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction

March 23—May 18
Online (Sakai)

See individual course descriptions: Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction and Intermediate Developmental Editor for 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.

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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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EBook Formatting for Beginners (Online)

Back by Popular Demand!!

April 3–May 1 (4 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

Do you work with self-publishing authors? Are you interested in offering ebook formatting services as part of your editing business? As an editor, you probably know more than you think about getting manuscripts into publishable form. With a bit of additional knowledge, you can also learn the basics of ebook formatting beginning with the tool you already use: Microsoft Word.

Course Topics

  • Common ebook formatting problems
  • Ebook formatting principles
  • Creating clean source documents using clean-up tools (Word add-ins) and special features in Word
  • Applying styles using Word Styles
  • Ebook production workflow
  • Ebook formatting shortcuts (Word templates)
  • Uploading and checking an ebook using Kindle Previewer
  • Troubleshooting conversion problems

Bonus Topics

  • Exploring inexpensive and free open-source tools for building epub and mobi files (Jutoh and Sigil)
  • Ebook cover design resources

Course assignments will be hands-on with an emphasis on tools that you can use in your editing business. This course is a good starting point for editors interested in ebook formatting and design.

Course Text

The Ebook Style Guide: Creating Ebooks that Work for Readers, by C.K. MacLeod

Course Prerequisites

  • A familiarity with ebooks and the self-publishing process
  • A copy of Microsoft Word; course instructions are written for Word 2010, but the instructor will happily steer users of other versions of Word to resources that can help them
  • A sense of humor and a tolerance for lots of great interaction and hands-on exploration

This course doesn't require knowledge of XML, CSS or HTML.

Your instructor Corina MacLeod has taught this course for the EFA in the past, and she dazzles participants with her knowledge. Corina is a copyeditor and proofreader at Beyond Paper Editing (http://www.dontpanicbooks.com/beyondpaperediting/, author of Idea to Ebook: How to Write a Quality Book Fast, and co-author, with Carla Douglas, of eight books and the soon-to-be-released ninth book, You've Got Style: A Self-Publishing Author's Guide to Ebook Style. She writes about self-publishing and ebook production at http://www.dontpanicbooks.com/beyondpaperediting/blog/, and investigates tools for writing smarter at Tech Tools for Writers ( http://www.techtoolsforwriters.com). You can also find her on Twitter: @CKMacLeodwriter and @byondpapr.

EFA members $139 — nonmembers $164

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NEW! Book Mapping for Developmental Editors (Online)

April 6–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.

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

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Ruth's Combo Webinars (Getting Started as a Freelancer, Websites for Freelancers, Basics of Editing and Proofreading (set of 3 Webinars)

For Beginners--Overview of Where to Start

Thursdays, April 9, 16, 23; 7:00-8:00 pm EDT
(WEBINAR)

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

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Getting Started as a Freelancer (Webinar)

For Beginners

Thursday, April 9, 7:00-8:00 pm EDT
(WEBINAR)

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.

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NEW! Make More Money as a Freelancer through Marketing (Webinar)

Friday, April 10, 4:00-5:00 pm ET
Webinar (GoToWebinar)

Discover the secrets to making more money as an editorial freelancer through marketing. Find out how to:

  • Rise above the crowd of freelancers
  • Develop high-impact, low- or no-cost marketing tools
  • Build your network and reputation
  • Get repeat business and referrals, and more

Learn How to Make Marketing Easy

Start marketing your freelance business with ease in days with a few marketing tools that work for freelancers. Learn what these tools are and how to use them effectively. Get:

  • Practical insights and best practices
  • Examples of how these tools have worked for other freelancers
  • Resources for learning more and becoming a mighty marketer

About the Instructor

Lori De Milto, Freelance Writer and Mighty Marketer

Lori De Milto has been helping clients engage, inform, and motivate their audiences through targeted content since 1997. By tapping into the power of marketing, she has had as much work as she wanted—usually more—since shortly after launching her business. Based in Sicklerville, NJ, she focuses on medical marketing communications and is a fellow of the American Medical Writers Association.

De Milto is the author of two books: The Mighty Marketer: Your Guide to Making More Money as a Freelancer (2015) and The Mighty Marketer: Your Guide to Making More Money as a Freelance Medical Writer (2014). Her Mighty Marketer website (http://www.TheMightyMarketer.com) offers free resources, an ezine, and a blog on marketing. De Milto has two degrees in journalism (bachelor's and master's) from Temple University.

She can be reached at themightymarketer@comcast.net.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $49

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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

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Websites for Freelancers (Webinar)

For Beginners--the Basics

Thursday, April 16, 7:00-8:00 pm EDT
(WEBINAR)

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.

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NEW! Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction (Online)

Monday, April 20—May 18
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.


“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 Combo for a discounted price on both Beginning and Intermediate Developmental Editing.

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Basics of Editing and Proofreading (Webinar)

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

Thursday, April 23, 7:00-8:00 pm EST
(WEBINAR)

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.

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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.

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

Got a Book Idea? Join this Webinar!

April 29, 6:00-7:00 pm.m 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

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NEW! Medical Editing and Style: AMA Manual, 10th ed. (Online)

(ONLINE)

Friday, May 4– June 29, 2014 (8 weeks)
(ONLINE)

The purpose of this course is two-fold: (1) to teach the fundamentals of the American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style, 10th ed, the style reference guide that informs medical writing and editing (regulatory, promotional, CME, or journal and textbook projects) and (2) to introduce students to medical editing, fact-checking, and annotating. Whether students eventually work for pharmaceutical companies, publishers, continuing medical education companies, medical communications firms, medical journals, or other entities, they will need a firm command of AMA style. Becoming fluent with AMA style and principles of medical editing is the goal of the course, with a secondary goal of knowing how and where to find answers to style questions in the AMA Manual and other references and apply them correctly and consistently. Content areas will include preferred usage in areas of grammar, punctuation, and capitalization; terminology and abbreviations; numbers and units of measure; typography; tables and graphs; passive vs active voice; and referencing. The medical editing overview will discuss working with authors, CME providers, brand teams, and others and introduce medical writers to preparing documents for various types of submission. There will be practice in editing and revising documents according to AMA style and to promote clarity. Also reviewed will be authorship responsibility, acknowledgments, conflicts of interest, intellectual property, confidentiality, and other legal/ethical considerations of medical writing.

Objectives:

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate use of precise terminology and syntax to improve clarity and simplicity of medical writing for different intended audiences
  • Revise a variety of medical documents to accurately reflect AMA 10/e style and maintain consistency in text, tables and figures, and references
  • Explain the process of obtaining permissions, peer review, and acknowledging contributors
  • Identify the steps in fact-checking and annotating and prepare a document for submission to a journal and to a medical-legal-regulatory review committee

Required texts:

American Medical Association Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (AMA) (Hardcover) by JAMA and Archives Journals. 1032 pages; Publisher: Oxford University Press; 10th edition (March 15, 2007); ISBN: 0195176332. Note that the 10th EDITION is required for this course, and is used by companies who employ medical writers and editors. You may prefer the online version of the manual, which is available by subscription (1 year) at: http://www.amamanualofstyle.com.

Suggested texts:

Lang TA. How to Write, Publish, & Present in the Health Sciences. Philadelphia, PA: American College of Physicians; 2009. ISBN: 978-1-934465-14-1. Available at: http://astore.amazon.com/wwwamwaorg-20/detail/1934465143.

Instructor Jennifer Maybin is a Certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS) and has run her own medical editing and writing company for more than 10 years. Before that she worked for medical communication companies and medical publishers. She is a faculty member of the University of the Sciences' Biomedical Writing graduate program. She edits and writes for medical education companies, medical publishers, and pharmaceutical companies. See more at: http://www.maybinhealthcomm.com.

EFA members $179 — nonmembers $199

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NEW! Simplify Word with Macros (Online)

Wednesday, June 3–July 22
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.

EFA members $119 — nonmembers $139

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