Editorial Freelancers Association



April 30, 2017 - 1:00 AM

EMPLOYERS

FREELANCERS


Members: Board of Governors nominations due May 4!

Session 1: 2017 Education Catalog

Registrationgo

Advance registration is required for EFA courses, which are open to EFA members and nonmembers. Be sure to register 2 or more days before the start of a program. Earlier registration is recommended to avoid missing out.

Registration for webinars and online courses closes 2 business days before the start date. Note that we cannot accommodate late registrations.

Please register with the email address you will use to receive course messages.

If you are paying for a student other than yourself, have them log in and register with their own EFA account (Member or Guest), and you will have an opportunity to enter your billing information on a subsequent screen.

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.

Please contact education AT the-efa.org with questions before the course start date.

Piggy Bank Promotions: Marketing Your Biz on a Shoestring (NEW! WEBINAR)

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Succeeding as a Magazine Writer: $$$ and More (NEW! ONLINE)

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Publish a High-Quality Book That Sells (NEW! WEBINAR)

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Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo (2nd Session) (ONLINE)

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Copyediting Combo: Beginning and Intermediate (ONLINE--2nd Session)

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WordPress A To Z (WEBINAR Series)

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Book Mapping for Developmental Editors (ONLINE)

Copyediting for Educational Publishers: Who, What, Where, How?

Macros for Editing in Word 365--Intermediate (NEW! 3-Part Webinar Series)

Beginner Combo Webinars (WEBINARS)

Freelancing 101 (WEBINAR)

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (ONLINE)

Navigate Book Publishing Like a Pro (NEW! WEBINAR)

Websites for Freelancers (WEBINAR)

Basics of Editing and Proofreading (WEBINAR)

Copyediting: Intermediate (ONLINE--2nd Session)

Copyediting: Intermediate 2nd session (ONLINE)

S-Corp, LLC, Sole Proprietor? What's the Right Business Entity for Your Freelance Business? (WEBINAR RECORDING)

A Primer on Academic Editing (WEBINAR RECORDING)


Piggy Bank Promotions: Marketing Your Biz on a Shoestring (NEW! WEBINAR)

CANCELED

GoToWebinar

Lots of dollars don't automatically mean good marketing. (Think of all the TV commercials you hate!) If you think as a small business owner you can't gain great recognition, think again. What are the options? How do you determine what works best for you? Are you utilizing everything you can? These and other questions lead to a good overview on truly attracting attention...without busting your biz budget.

Wendy Meyeroff, president of WM Medical Communications, Inc., was the host of the weekly "Piggy Bank Promotions," BlogTalkRadio show for about four years, and created/chaired "Don't Forget Radio!" at one of the national journalism conferences. She's been a health writer/marketing strategist in the U.S. and beyond for over 20 years.

EFA members $59 — nonmembers $69

Registration is closed for this class.

Succeeding as a Magazine Writer: $$$ and More (NEW! ONLINE)

CANCELED

Sakai

Whether it's print or online, whether you're seeking to earn real money, gain publicity, or get your words out for fun, there are skills that can help YOUR articles get attention over others'. This is not about how to write. (No grammar or spelling tests!) It's about the business side of this industry, like how to properly target your audience, understand certain contract verbiage and even recycle your work.

Wendy Meyeroff, president of WM Medical Communications, Inc. started as a reporter/editor for health professionals and—with 20+ years experience—is nationally/internationally renowned for health writing and marketing strategies for clients in the U.S. and beyond.

EFA members $169 — nonmembers $189

Registration is closed for this class.

Publish a High-Quality Book That Sells (NEW! WEBINAR)

CANCELED

GoToWebinar

Publishing a book takes more than just good writing. You also need market savvy, professionalism, and drive. In this webinar, veteran editor and award-winning author Katherine Pickett offers the inside scoop on how you can improve your market savvy and craft a more marketable manuscript. You'll get practical advice on how to research your competition, define your target market, and solidify your marketing hook. You will also explore the stages of book production, meet the publishing professionals you will be working with, and understand your role in the process. Plus, find out how you can save time and money throughout the book publishing endeavor.

Katherine Pickett is the owner of POP Editorial Services, LLC (http://www.POPediting.net), and the author of the award-winning book Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro. Through POP she offers copyediting, proofreading, and developmental editing to authors and publishers across the country. She is an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and past president of the Montgomery County chapter of the Maryland Writers' Association. As a speaker and workshop leader, Katherine has been educating writers and indie publishers about the book publishing industry since 2010. You can find her blog at http://www.thePOPnewsletter.com.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

Registration is closed for this class.

Developmental Editing of Fiction Combo (2nd Session) (ONLINE)

Beginning and Intermediate Developmental Editing of Fiction

March 27 to May 21
Online (Sakai)

See individual course descriptions: Beginning Developmental Editing of Fiction, 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 $286 — nonmembers $318

Price reflects a 20% discount.

Registration is closed for this class.

Copyediting Combo: Beginning and Intermediate (ONLINE--2nd Session)

April 12-July 19
Online (Sakai)

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

EFA members $238 — nonmembers $270

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

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

WordPress A To Z (WEBINAR Series)

April 13, 27, May 4, 11, 3-4:15 pm ET (First Webinar is Free)
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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&endash;making tool.

In four 75-minute webinars, the following topics will be demonstrated:

  1. WordPress at 10,000 Feet -April 13, 2017 (Sign up separately for this FREE webinar)
  2. Building Your WordPress Site: Beyond the Bare Essentials - April 27, 2017
  3. All About Blogging - May 4, 2017
  4. Plugins: The Apps That Make WordPress Sizzle - May 11, 2017

All webinars begin at 3 pm EST and are completed in 1 hour.

The first webinar on October 18 is FREE! See the directions on the WordPress at 10,000 Feet description to sign up for the Free Webinar. Pay only for 3 webinars in this 4-webinar series at a special cost of $96.

Each webinar is presented live by veteran web design instructor Bud Kraus. A 50 minute presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of Q & A.

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

All webinars are recorded so you can review what was covered at your convenience.

For additional details see http://joyofwp.com/wpatoz-efa or contact Bud at bud@joyofwp.com.

Bud Kraus teaches WordPress, HTML, and CSS online and in New York City classrooms. He also consults and works on client WordPress web sites.

“The instructor was excellent. His knowledge of the subject and enthusiasm created a very positive learning environment.’

EFA members $117 — nonmembers $125

Registration is closed for this class.

Book Mapping for Developmental Editors (ONLINE)

May 3 to May 24 (4 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.


"The instructor's 'extra' material on business development was valuable, thorough, and worth the entire price of the class. It would make a great class in and of itself. I have already recommended this class on that basis alone."

"Heidi's manner is very encouraging and positive. She thinks about things in a systematic, problem-solving manner, which is what I needed to understand more about developmental editing and book mapping."

"Heidi delivers manuscript mapping and more with the engaged heart of "your favorite teacher" yet has the eagle eye and insight of a skilled editor. She created a stimulating environment for beginners through experienced editors. Loved the forum chats."

EFA members $99 — nonmembers $109

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Copyediting for Educational Publishers: Who, What, Where, How?

May 9, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
GoToWebinar

This webinar will provide an overview of copy editing within the educational publishing industry. It will also give an understanding of typical roles and responsibilities, tools to help enhance your job search, and a list of the best companies to apply to.

Jamaal D. Pittman has over 10 years of professional copy editing experience, particularly in the educational publishing industry. He holds a degree in mathematics from Morehouse College. He has served as head judge for the Robinson Prize, presented annually by the American Copy Editors Society, for the past two years. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

» Register now!

Macros for Editing in Word 365--Intermediate (NEW! 3-Part Webinar Series)

May 11, 18, 25; 12-1 p.m. ET
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Macros can help you tame Word and automate many editing functions for faster, more precise copyediting. This webinar will give you a kick start to using macros in Word 365: recording and cutting & pasting. You'll gain an understanding of macros and learn how to customize them and use wildcards.

Included are written lessons and video demonstrations. Both Mac and PC versions of Word 365 will be covered.

Instructor Adrienne Montgomerie is an experienced instructor, editor, computer support tech, and course designer. What's more she's a blast and will bring humor to macros! Visit her website Right Angels and Polo Bears at blog.catchthesun.net.

“I know I'm in a profession I love when I'm so excited about some aspect of it that this is all I can talk about over pre-dinner cocktails with friends. (And yes, they pretended to be as excited, well, at least for a few minutes). Why am I so thrilled? This class! I've been intimidated to use wildcards and macros since the first day I learned those words.after Adrienne's lessons, I attempted the Polo Bear macro, and much to my happiness, after typing in my own troublesome words, bam! It worked on a client's project. Then I wrote my own little macro to do some file clean up. It worked, too. Yippee! And then, oh my gosh, I tried that little trick of replacing "xx" in autocorrect with an oft typed author query. That one alone must have saved me half an hour today.”

EFA members $159 — nonmembers $179

» Register now!

Beginner Combo Webinars (WEBINARS)

Freelancing 101, Websites for Freelancers, Basics of Editing and Proofreading

A special combo price for those wanting to take the three webinars.

EFA members $94 — nonmembers $108

20% discount to those who take the 3 beginner webinars

» Register now!

Freelancing 101 (WEBINAR)

(Beginner)

May 17, 7:00-8:00 pm ET
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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"; author/publisher of "Get Paid to Write! Getting Started as a Freelance Writer"; and creator and host of the annual Communication Central conference. She writes about and presents on freelancing for the Society for Technical Communication (STC), American Copy Editors Society (ACES), Writers and Books, Association of Independent Information Professionals, An American Editor blog, and more.

“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 "Beginner Webinar Combo" for special pricing on all 3 of her webinars. Select that course for the special discounted rate.

» Register now!

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (ONLINE)

May 22 to June 18 (4 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

In Advanced Developmental Editing of 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.

NOTE: The course is available only to those who have already taken Developmental Editing of Fiction Intermediate.


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

EFA members $179 — nonmembers $199

» Register now!

Navigate Book Publishing Like a Pro (NEW! WEBINAR)

Avoiding the Potholes on the Road to Publication

May 24, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
GoToWebinar

Publishing a book takes more than just good writing. You also need market savvy, professionalism, and drive. In this webinar, veteran editor and award-winning author Katherine Pickett offers the inside scoop on how you can improve your market savvy and craft a more marketable manuscript. You'll get practical advice on how to research your competition, define your target market, and solidify your marketing hook. You will also explore the stages of book production, meet the publishing professionals you will be working with, and understand your role in the process. Plus, find out how you can save time and money throughout the book publishing endeavor.

Katherine Pickett is the owner of POP Editorial Services, LLC (http://www.POPediting.net), and the author of the award-winning book Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro. Through POP she offers copyediting, proofreading, and developmental editing to authors and publishers across the country. She is an active member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and past president of the Montgomery County chapter of the Maryland Writers' Association. As a speaker and workshop leader, Katherine has been educating writers and indie publishers about the book publishing industry since 2010. You can find her blog at http://www.thePOPnewsletter.com.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

» Register now!

Websites for Freelancers (WEBINAR)

(For Beginners)

May 25, 7:00-8:00 pm ET
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. She has written about and presented on this topic for the EFA, STC, Writers and Books, ACES and other professional organizations.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45

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

» Register now!

Basics of Editing and Proofreading (WEBINAR)

(Beginners)

May 30, 7:00-8:00 pm ET
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. Please note that it is NOT a skills course in editing and proofreading.

Presenter Ruth E. Thaler-Carter provides editing and proofreading services to a wide variety of clients, from magazines and newsletters to law, marketing and PR firms; websites; individuals; and businesses large and small. She has presented this class for the EFA, STC, Writers and Books, ACES, and other professional organizations.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $45

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

» Register now!

Copyediting: Intermediate (ONLINE--2nd Session)

June 7 to July 19 (6 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

This 6-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 $149 — nonmembers $169

» Register now!

Copyediting: Intermediate 2nd session (ONLINE)

June 7-July 19 (6 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

This 6-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 $149 — nonmembers $169

» Register now!

S-Corp, LLC, Sole Proprietor? What's the Right Business Entity for Your Freelance Business? (WEBINAR RECORDING)

Available anytime
GoToWebinar RECORDING

Freelancers need to make plenty of complex decisions about how to organize their business. One important decision is whether to operate as a sole proprietor or form a legal entity, such as a limited liability company, to house the new business. Legal entities can shelter personal assets against lawsuits arising from a business, but they also come with additional costs. The goal of this webinar is to provide freelancers with a firm basis for making the right decision in this sometimes confusing and always technical arena.

This webinar will cover the most common business types for freelancers (sole proprietorship, limited liability company, S corporation). We'll discuss the basic structure of each business form, the mechanics of their formation and maintenance (with examples), and the potential costs. The webinar will also address the kinds of legal risks that freelancers face and how forming a business entity can help manage those risks. There will be ample opportunity for questions.

Alex Bennett is a freelance editor and California attorney with over 15 years in the legal field, mostly in corporate law. Before changing careers to focus on editing in 2016, Alex worked in-house at a renewable energy company, where he managed the company's global portfolio of legal entities. He holds a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $49

» Register now!

A Primer on Academic Editing (WEBINAR RECORDING)

Recording--Any time
SAKAI

Many opportunities exist to work with academic writers and publications, but editors who lack multiple advanced degrees sometimes hesitate, wondering if they have anything to offer a scholarly writer. Or they may shy away because they find academic writing exasperating and mystifying. This webinar recording provides insight into the world of academic writing and writers and offers up a few tricks to help editors tackle scholarly work with confidence.

The webinar recording addresses:

  • How is academic writing/editing different from other types of writing/editing?
  • Why do academics write the way they do?
  • What should editors do when working with academic materials?
  • What should editors NOT do?
  • What should you know to get started?
  • Where can you look for academic editing work?

Presenter Tammy Ditmore, of eDitmore Editorial Services, successfully transitioned from editing for daily newspapers to proofreading articles for scholarly journals without spending a minute in grad school. Much of her work in the past two decades has been with academic writers and publishers, including Sage Publications, Baylor University Press, and Pepperdine University. In addition, Tammy's English-professor husband provides her up-close and personal glimpses into the often-mysterious workings of an academic mind. More information about Tammy and her work is available on her website at http://www.editmore.com.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $49

» Register now!

 

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