Editorial Freelancers Association

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Through its Lulu.com storefront, EFA has a variety of specialized booklets available on topics of interest to editorial freelancers and will continue to offer more.

  • A Freelance Editor's Guide to Book Production
  • A Guide for the Freelance Indexer
  • Copyright and Permissions: What every Writer and Editor Should Know
  • Freelancing 101: Launching Your Editorial Business
  • Grammatical Gleanings
  • Making Word 2010 Work for You
  • Making Word Work for You
  • Résumés for Freelancers
  • Social Media: The New Revolution in Communication
  • Textbook Development as an Art and a Science
  • The Art of Editing for the Corporate Market

Current Titles

A Freelance Editor's Guide to Book Production

ISBN: 978-1-880407-27-1

Rachel Hockett

Veteran book producer Rachel Hockett details the process of taking a book from raw manuscript to printer-ready files in this updated and revised edition of the popular EFA guide. Topics include creating the schedule, estimating the costs, hiring the freelancers and suppliers, preparing the text, creating the front matter and index, reviewing the proofs, invoicing, and working with the author and publisher.

$8.75, 36 pages, saddle-stitched
$4.75, pdf download
$3.99, ePub

A Guide for the Freelance Indexer

ISBN: 978-1-880407-21-9

April Michelle Davis

A Guide for the Freelance Indexer has been many years in the making when you take into account that April Michelle Davis, prior to teaching the "Introduction to Indexing" course through the Editorial Freelancers Association, earned a master's of professional studies degree in publishing from George Washington University as well as certificates in editing, book publishing, and professional editing. She also completed the "Basic Indexing" course at the USDA Graduate School and "Indexing: Theory and Application" at the University of California, Berkeley. A member of the American Society for Indexing, she is chair-elect for the Mid-South Atlantic chapter of ASI. This is an important book for anyone embarking on an indexing career, or considering such a move.

print $12.75
PDF download $8.75

Copyright and Permissions: What every Writer and Editor Should Know

ISBN: 978-1-880407-23-3

Elsa Peterson

Elsa Peterson has more than twenty years of experience as a freelance permissions editor in addition to having been copyright administrator for European American Music Distributors Corporation. She wrote this book with the aim of covering the essentials of copyright as they relate to writers and editors. It is especially intended for those who work on a freelance basis because they can't rely on a corporate legal department to keep them out of trouble when it comes to copyright. It is also hoped that this book will inform those who are interested in working as freelance permissions editors and those who may be in a position to hire permissions editors. In addition to working with intellectual property, Elsa is also a freelance picture researcher and developmental editor. She holds a BA with highest honors in music from the University of California at Riverside and an MA in music history from Case Western Reserve University.

print $12.25
download $8.99

Freelancing 101: Launching Your Editorial Business

ISBN: 978-1-880407-29-5

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter is a seasoned and successful freelance editor who takes readers through the steps necessary to establishing a successful freelance editing career. Ms. Thaler-Carter has worked for many years both writing and editing in many areas, and she is often the editorial expert people turn to in online blogs and discussions. Her advice has always been greatly valued.

$8.75, 48 pages, saddle-stitched
$4.75, pdf download
$3.99, ePub

Grammatical Gleanings

ISBN: 978-1-880407-26-4

Patricia M. Godfrey

Grammar maven Patricia M. Godfrey offers guidance to "working professional copy editors and any others who share their love of the English language and who delight to explore its byways" in fifteen essays that originally appeared in "The Wizard of Rs," a regular column in the Editorial Freelancers Association newsletter. Discussing issues of grammar and syntax, idiom and semantics, and punctuation and typography, "this brief collection will clarify a few obscure points, warn of imminent linguistic peril, or simply add to the knowledge and relish with which its readers regard the language."

$9.25, 60 pages, perfect bound
$4.99, ebook,pdf download
$3.99, ePub

Making Word 2010 Work for You

ISBN: 13-978-1-880407-35-6

Hilary Powers

Since the success of Hilary Powers' Making Word Work for You, people have been asking when Powers would come out with another Word book, particularly with the advent of the new Word programs using ribbons. This is the book everyone has been waiting for: it tames Microsoft Word. Anyone who is an editor or writer and works onscreen must have this book. Not only does Powers cover such topics as how to work with Track Changes, macros, and other features that ensure your document has been created and edited well, but it also broadens your resources with links to further aids. Hilary Powers has been freelancing since 1994, when she settled on editing as the skill most likely to allow her to emulate Nero Wolfe and avoid leaving home on business.

$20.00 print copy
$12.99 ePub

Making Word Work for You

ISBN: 978-1-880407-22-6

Hilary Powers

Successful freelance editor Hilary Powers explains how to get the most out of Microsoft Word when editing manuscripts on screen. Among the subjects she covers are personalizing the program and the screen to meet your needs and taste, deploying Word's custom features, domesticating Track Changes, creating and using macros and templates, coping with the snares and pitfalls Word users often encounter, and finding useful resources and program add-ins. With this guidance, editors can increase their page-per-hour throughput — and their income.

$15.25, 80 pages, coil-bound
$10.25, pdf download

Résumés for Freelancers

ISBN: 978-1-880407-25-7

Sheila Buff

The highly versatile Sheila Buff, who is chair of the EFA JobList and leads an Affinity Group for new freelancers, illustrates how to transform a traditional résumé into a marketing tool that will reel in freelance jobs. Using actual résumés as examples, she demonstrates how to highlight skills and create an implement that leaves no doubt to a prospective client you're a talented professional committed to self-employment. Aside from discussing some alternatives to using the traditional résumé, Ms. Buff also brings up what other types of documents could be used as accompaniments or alternatives to résumés.

$8.25, 24 pages, saddle-stitched
$4.25, pdf download

Social Media: The New Revolution in Communication

ISBN: 978-1-880407-98-1

Barbara Magalnick

As a freelance editor for over twenty-five years, Barbara Magalnick realizes how important social media is for the freelancer. This introduction to social media offers freelancers, particularly those in the publishing world, all the information they need to get involved in the social media revolution. There is a rundown on the social media scene, how it works, and, most of all, how to get into it and use it successfully to advance a freelance editorial career. Ms. Magalnick also discusses how you can protect yourself online and avoid the typical problems associated with privacy, spammers, scammers, and discussion groups. Full chapters are devoted to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

$13.75, hard copy
$9.75, download

Textbook Development as an Art and a Science

ISBN: 978-1-880407-24-0

Carolyn D. Smith with Jeannine Ciliotta

Seasoned textbook development editor Carolyn D. Smith and freelance writer Jeannine Ciliotta explain the steps that go into developing a textbook, from initial concept to final manuscript, in this classic EFA publication.

$8.25, 28 pages, saddle-stitched
$4.25, pdf download

The Art of Editing for the Corporate Market

ISBN: 978-1-880407-30-1

Mary Johnson

For those who may have thought of entering the world of corporate editing, this is the book that can help you make that transition. Mary Johnson, who has been editing for the corporate market for nearly three decades, takes you beyond the everyday rules of grammar and punctuation to provide insight into the unique editing requirements of business publications. She honed her skills editing for the corporate world at a major high tech firm. This book is a winner!

$8.75, 42 pages, perfect bound
ebook (PDF) $4.75


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