The Twitter Team needs your help! We are looking for new members who enjoy social networking. Team members rotate so that one person tweets for a month at a time, with a goal of tweeting at least twenty times a month. The month's tweeter also runs the Freelance Friday chat on the fourth Friday of the month, and the team helps with promotion. It's all designed to be fun with respect for all our busy schedules. If you are interested, please contact efatweeters AT gmail.com, so that we can send you our tweeting guidelines.
Join EFA's Twitter team for Freelance Friday, a monthly opportunity to meet with other freelancers across the globe in an energetic exchange of questions, answers, and insights into all things freelance.
The Twitter team hosts the discussions for an hour. Each month a different topic is the focus. Sometimes a guest specialist in the topic is on board. And we've been known to kick back and just enjoy a virtual party on occasion. After the hosted portion of the chat, you can keep discussing tips, pitfalls, the merits of working at home versus renting an office, your favorite tools, unsolved problems . . . anything you'd like to discuss about the freelance life.
To participate, just log in to Twitter at 3 p.m. Eastern on the date shown below for the next meeting and search for the hashtag #efachat to pull up the conversation. It's open to EFA members and nonmembers alike.
If you have specific questions you would like addressed, please e-mail them in advance to Twitter AT the-efa.org and we will try to work them into the discussion.
If you are not already following the EFA on Twitter, we encourage you to connect with us. Our handle is @EFAFreelancers. Once you follow us, Tweet that you are an #EFAMember so we can follow you and add you to our members list.
Transcripts of the hosted portion of #EFAChat are available in PDF form below for you to download or link to. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the transcripts. If you do not have it, please click here to download it.
If you have a topic idea for a future #EFAChat, questions about #EFAChat, or questions about EFA on Twitter, feel free to e-mail them to Twitter AT the-efa.org.
Chat with guest Lauren Hougen, Tor Books
Friday, August 28, 2015
Our next Freelance Friday tweet chat will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Our guest will be Lauren Hougen, a Tor Books copyeditor, freelance editor, and writer. We'll be discussing the differences between in-house publishing and freelancing, work balance, working with difficult authors, and going back to your own writing after editing other people's words all day. Come join us! We editors have many hats—share some of yours this Friday.
Ethics for Editorial Freelancers
Friday, July 31, 2015
Freelancer Professional Development
Friday, June 26, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Working with Subcontractors
Friday, April 24, 2015
Finding the Balance
Friday, March 27, 2015
Keeping Business Steady
Friday, February 27, 2015
Closing the Books for 2014
Friday, January 23, 2015
Managing Busy Schedules
Friday, December 19, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
To Generalize or to Specialize
Friday, October 24, 2014
The Art of Negotiation
Friday, September 26, 2014
Diversity Issues in Editing: Q&A with Nisi Shawl
Friday, August 22, 2014
The Learning Curve, Part 2: Making Your Website Work for You
Friday, July 25, 2014
Time Management for Freelancers with John Pettigrew
Friday, June 27, 2014
The Learning Curve
Friday, May 23, 2014
Marketing Your Education
Friday, April 25, 2014
Our Freelance Friday tweet chat will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. ET. The topic will be "Marketing Your Education."
Clients can have very narrow ideas about the scope of a degree, particularly in the liberal arts. There are overarching skills learned in seemingly non-related disciplines which are marketable for editors. How have our freelancers successfully (or unsuccessfully) marketed their education to clients? Or is it a non-issue because clients are more interested in experience? Join us to chat about the importance and impact of formal education for editors.
Marketing Your Education
Friday, April 25, 2014
The Social Editorial Freelancer
Friday, March 28, 2014
Finding and Managing ESL Clients
Friday, February 21, 2014
Tax Strategies for Freelancers
Friday, January 17, 2014
Pros and Cons of Being a Genre-Specific Freelancer
Friday, September 27, 2013
Working with Indie Authors
Friday, June 28, 2013
Time Management and Other Best Practices for Freelancers
Friday, April 26, 2013
The Business End of Freelancing
Friday, March 22, 2013
Finding New Clients
Friday, January 25, 2013
Friday, 25 January, is this month's Freelance Friday #EFAchat on Twitter. We'll be discussing the methods members use to find new clients or projects. Please join us from 2:00 to 3:00 pm Eastern to share with us how you go about finding new clients.
For past Freelance Friday chats, we've recommended using TweetChat as an easier way (than Twitter itself) to participate. To use TweetChat, go to www.tweetchat.com, click on the "Sign In" button in the top right corner of the page, and then click the "Authorize app" button on the page that follows. You'll then be taken back to TweetChat, where you can type our hashtag "EFAChat" in the box at the top of the TweetChat page, just after the # sign, to follow the chat.
TweetChat lets you monitor and chat about one hashtag without the distraction of any other Tweets. TweetChat also automatically refreshes the page so that once our chat starts, you'll see all the comments and questions from other EFA chat participants. If you'd like to ask or answer a question, just type it into the box under "Message to #EFAChat" near the top of the page. TweetChat will automatically append the hashtag to your Tweet so you don't have to remember to type it yourself.
The Benefits of Attending Conferences, Classes, and Seminars
Friday, November 30, 2012
The Scary Side of Editorial Freelancing
Friday, October 26, 2012
The Freelance Life
Friday, September 28, 2012
September 28 is Freelance Friday! Please stop by our Twitter chat from 3 to 4 pm Eastern time at hashtag #EFAChat. Our topic is the freelance life: merits/pitfalls, clients, projects, your favorite tools, working from home—anything you’d like to discuss about freelancing.
How to Effectively Raise Your Rates
Friday, July 27, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Portfolio Options for Editorial Freelancers
Friday, May 25, 2012
Fact AND Fiction
Friday, April 27, 2012
April 27 is Freelance Friday! From 3-4 EST let's get together on Twitter for another #EFAChat. This month's topic: Fact AND Fiction. Whether you edit (or write) nonfiction or fiction or both, let's talk!
Luck o' the Freelancer
Friday, March 23, 2012
Loving the Freelancing Life
Friday, February 24, 2012
Tax Issue for Freelancers
Friday, January 27, 2012
Avoiding the Feast-or-Famine Cycle: Tips for a Balanced Workload Part 2
Friday, October 28, 2011
Ergonomics and the Editorial Freelancer
Friday, September 23, 2011
Client Relations: How to Find and Keep the Good Ones
Friday, August 26, 2011
Marketing tips for a balanced workload
Friday, July 22, 2011
The Freelancing Life
Friday, June 24, 2011
Scheduling Work and Play
Wednesday, December 31, 1969
We'll talk about how we can avoid being overwhelmed when the work starts to flow more than usual. Is there a way to get everything done without losing your mind? This chat will offer some great tips for managing everything from large projects to long vacations.