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Working with Indie Authors


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"Learn to create positive ongoing working relationships, use your time efficiently, and be an asset to the indie authors who hire you." —Tanya Gold, instructor

Important Information About Our Self-Paced Courses

Self-paced courses are undertaken by the student at their own pace. No instructor feedback is given, although models are provided in the lessons. All self-paced courses include at least one live Q&A session, held via Zoom. Students will have 365 days to access the course material. To extend access by 3 to 12 months from the initial access end date, email the education coordinator. More information about how our classes are conducted is available here.

After placing your order, your course will be added to your personal course library on our education site. That site has different login information from the main EFA site. Please check your email for information on how to access the course.

There are more and more opportunities for editors to work directly with authors, both those who are self-publishing and those who are looking to work with a publisher. Different authors will have different ranges of experience and understanding of the industry. Understanding where they are coming from and what they need can help you make a good initial impression and create lasting collaborations.

With an author-centric approach, this workshop-style course gives you context by showing you where you are in the industry, helps you develop a marketing strategy to target the indie authors you want to work with, and guides you through developing tools that allow you to communicate effectively with prospective clients, pitch your services, and ensure your clients are on the same page as you. You’ll come away from the course with an understanding of what indie authors need from you, new ideas for business practices and marketing, and templates you can use to make your work even more efficient.

The course is made up of short instructional videos and assignments. It is self-study, self-paced, and illustrated with toy dinosaurs.

1: Understand Your Market 

  • A Very Short History of Indie Publishing
  • The Choice Indie Authors Are Making
  • Where Editors Fit in
  • Get to Know Some Indies

2: Connect with Authors 

  • Define Your Dream Client
  • Show Your Dream Client How Much You Rock
  • Reach out to Potential Clients
  • Have Potential Clients Reach out to You
  • What All This Means Right Now

3: Make the Most of Queries 

  • Understand a Project’s Needs
  • Determine Compatibility
  • Price Your Services
  • Pitch Your Services

4: When the Author Becomes a Client 

  • Put Agreements in Writing
  • Give Effective Feedback
  • Foster Ongoing Relationships

This course is open to students at all levels.

Tanya Gold (they/them) is a book editor, writing coach, translator, and literary omnivore. They have been in publishing for about 20 years, and have worked on all kinds of cool books. These days, they work on fiction, memoir, graphic novels, interactive stories, and poetry. They also offer coaching and courses for editors. It has been suggested that they read too much for their own good. This might be true.

Information and Policies
Our class information page has detailed information on registration, accessibility, duration of access to course materials, and refunds. All participants in EFA courses must abide by our anti-harassment policy.

Office Closed Monday April 8.

The EFA Offices will be closed Monday, April 8, 2024. We will reopen on Tuesday, April 9. Job postings, discussion list subscriptions, and other customer service requests may not be responded to until then.

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