Editorial Freelancers Association

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Northern California

We believe that the EFA represents a professional standard for freelance editors. We also believe there is a need to strengthen the connections among editors and those who use their diverse services in the Northern California area. Thus, our meetings are always open to anyone interested in publishing industry careers or learning what an editor can do for them. Likewise, we make efforts to partner with related organizations and have a presence at local publishing- and writing-related events. NorCal EFA holds its regularly scheduled meetings on the first Thursday of the month from 7-8:30 pm in Sacramento. We also meet in Davis for selected events. During holiday weeks the schedule may vary, so please check the website for updates.

Activities of EFA's NorCal chapter will be posted here. For additional information, contact Susan Herman, chapter coordinator, at chap_norcal AT the-efa.org. You must be an EFA member to join an EFA chapter. Chapter events are open to all members, guests of members, and freelancers interested in joining EFA.

Next Meeting

YouTube: The How and Why

Thursday, September 7, 2017 (7:00 pm)

September's meeting is about basic skills and tricks for using YouTube. Content creation across media platforms is an important skill for freelancers. There are many reasons you may want to make YouTube videos: to help clients tell their "brand story," to generate leads for your own business, or to create another income stream in addition to your main business.

Our guest speaker, Scott Hardy, will help us answer questions such as:

• How do you get a YouTube account?

• What are the different setting options for security, commenting, spam, and the like?

• What hardware do you need besides a laptop to make a YouTube video? External microphone? Camera? Lighting equipment? What if you are just making screen capture videos?

• How do you create screen animations such as arrows, circles, etc. to highlight material you want the viewer to look at?

• Where can you put search terms that will help people find your video?

• What happens when someone subscribes to your YouTube channel?

• Is it a good idea to share other people’s content on your channel? How do you do it?

• How do you promote your videos so people see them?

• How do you make money from ads on YouTube?

Scott's bio:

Scott Hardy works for Intel as a Component Design Automation Engineer. He has also been a guitar and vocal performer, product photographer, blade smith, and computer and radar technician on F14 Tomcat aircraft.

Meeting is at Capsity coworking offices, 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA.

Previous Meetings

Coffee and Shop Talk

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pop by Selland's for bakery goodies ad coffee. We can talk shop...or not! How's your business doing? Read any good books lately? Summer travel recommendations and horror stories?

Meet at Selland's Market Cafe, 5340 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95819

Goal Setting for Your Business

Thursday, June 29, 2017

This free workshop is for small business owners of many stripes--not just publishing professionals. It's sponsored by Capital Region Small Business Development Center. Facilitators are from a local firm called JumpStart NOW. It's about formulating your vision & mission for your business, and aligning your goals accordingly.

RSVP to Susan Herman so we can plan to say hi and maybe go out afterward to discuss (Gunther's Ice Cream is conveniently nearby). susanherman@edit2yourcredit.com

Then go here to register: http://www.jumpstart-now.com/workshops/

Meet at Capsity coworking offices, 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA.

Let's Present a Workshop

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Do you want to be a thought leader on writing, editing, design, or other publishing industry-related topics?

And more importantly, do you want a (possibly revenue-generating) way to identify and pre-qualify potential clients for your freelance services?

A good way to show thought leadership--in addition to creating and sharing great content on social media--is to present a workshop or talk. In your workshop you introduce others to your services in a soft-sell way. You teach them a baseline set of skills and/or processes and educate them about the steps they should take and questions they should be asking to reach their goals.

This will be a brainstorming, resource-sharing session where we team up with the goal to provide one or more publishing-related workshops for our local community.

Come prepared to talk about:

1. The audience you most want to reach with your services 2. Where you're already connecting with them 3. What you want them to learn or be able to do 4. The areas where you have the most expertise 5. How you can share your expertise interactively 6. How much $$$ you'd need to earn (either directly or as a result of business referrals) to make a workshop worth it for you

A few of us have already done speaking gigs at conferences and for local writing groups. I'm thinking we can leverage this experience and work together to generate new referral channels and income streams. Let's try it!

Showcasing Your Work with a Portfolio

Thursday, April 6, 2017

This month we'll talk about building your portfolio. NorCal EFA chapter member Jessica Beifuss will lead the discussion.

If what you have now is a binder of old articles you've written, it's time to upgrade!

What are some options for creating an online portfolio to showcase your work?

Should you showcase everything or prune your collection a bit? Let's talk about the types of samples you need to target your ideal client.

We'll also cover:

Advantages of online & hard copy portfolios

What makes a good work sample

Permission and copyright issues

Creating samples from scratch

Meet at Capsity coworking offices: 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA

Newsletters: Are They For You?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

This month we are talking about newsletters. Our speaker will be Margaret Andrews.

Margaret Andrews is an ex-software developer turned author, freelance writer, blogging consultant, speaker and humorist. She’s the author of "Adventures in Blogville: A Creative Writing Guide for Teens" (2014) and "Sticky Readers: How to Attract a Loyal Blog Audience by Writing More Better" (2011). Margaret writes tutorials and develops online courses for bloggers on her Sticky Readers site, and has an award-winning humor blog called Nanny Goats in Panties. She is also the Chair of Communications/IT at Boldly Me, a nonprofit organization that helps people improve mental health.

Do you use a newsletter to generate leads for your business, or otherwise engage your audience? Discussion will touch on questions like:

Are newsletters still relevant or just a waste of time? How is a newsletter similar and different from a blog post? How do you create an email list? MailChimp vs Emma and other newsletter clients Topics to include in a newsletter Length, format, and frequency How to extend your branding via a newsletter

We will meet at Capsity coworking offices, 2572 21st Street Sacramento, CA 95818

Branding Yourself

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Our theme for February is branding.

Our speaker will be Bridget Geist. Bridget works with individuals, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits as an engagement consultant, trainer, and coach. She uses social media channels and graphic design to help business owners build rapport and communicate the value they offer to their clients.

Her talk and Q & A will cover topics such as:

Why does your business need a brand? What’s the difference between a personal brand and a business brand, or are they one and the same? What are the elements of a brand (visual and other)? How do you choose a brand narrative that clearly communicates the value you offer? Where do you find the tools for creating your brand?

We will meet at Capsity coworking offices, 2572 21st Street Sacramento, CA 95818

Generating Passive Income

Thursday, November 3, 2016

One of these days you'll get to the point where you don't have time to make more money. That is, you've scheduled all the hours you possibly can in which to perform your freelance service for clients.

Let's be honest: you still want or need more money. Sure, you can raise your fees (but that is the subject of a whole other EFA meeting). But have you thought about converting your services into a product you can sell? What might that look like for you?

Location: Capsity coworking offices, Sacramento CA

Your Cross-Platform Presence

Thursday, October 6, 2016

This month's theme is Your Cross-Platform Presence. As such, we will focus on this question: How and where do you interact with "your people"?

Do you have a blog? Are you a regular face at poetry nights or conferences? Ever tried podcasting, Twitter, Periscope? As freelancers, we have multiple channels available to us for getting our names out there. Which ones do you use and why?

Location: Capsity coworking offices, Sacramento CA

Planning for Spring 2017

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Let's get some meetings on the calendar for spring. If you have topic ideas, leads for good speakers, and/or other resources to share with experienced and aspiring freelancers in the publishing world, you are invited to this planning sesh. If you can't make it to this meeting but would like to contribute, please message me (Susan Herman)! You won't be left out.

Location: Capsity coworking offices, Sacramento CA

Writing in and for a Community

Thursday, September 1, 2016

This month the focus is on writing. I've asked EFA member Victor Patton, a longtime newspaper journalist, to join us and chat about his writing career to date. We may have another designated writer too--stay tuned for updates. If you've been a writer at some point during your own career path (freelancer or not) you are more than welcome to contribute to the conversation.

Here are some things to start thinking about:

1. How has your writing career evolved over time?

2. How is your writing related to the community(ies) where you live/circulate? This could be your local community or the [business, law enforcement, artistic, deaf, parenting, whatever] community that you write about.

3. What is most satisfying and most frustrating about writing for or about your community?

4. Who are you pleased, or not so pleased, to have met as a result of your writing?

5. Are there specific outcomes or events you can point to that occurred as a (in)direct result of something you wrote/published?

6. What's next for you, career-wise or personally?

7. What advice do you have for others in our professional circle who want to write?

Happy Hour/Sweet Tooth, Just Because

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pop by Selland's for small bites and drinks. We can talk shop...or not! Bakery treats and coffee also available. Here's a link to the happy hour menu: http://www.sellands.com/our-menu/happy-hour-menu

Let's Read Local: Remedies for Hunger, by Anara Guard

Thursday, June 2, 2016

This June we'll read and discuss a book of short stories by Anara Guard called Remedies for Hunger. "This collection of short stories focuses on moments in life when something turns: a choice is made, a promise kept or broken." (from back cover copy)

Pay attention to editorial details and choices as you read, so we can talk not only about the book itself, but the broader lessons it can teach us as professionals in the publishing industry.

I've heard Anara speak at TrueStory here in Sacramento and her true stories are fantastic. I expect her fiction is good too--we'll see! Buy the book from Barnes & Noble or directly from New Wind Publishing.

Happy reading!

Meet at Capsity Coworking Offices, 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA

Teaching Workshops

Thursday, May 5, 2016

As independent freelancers, we are often looking for ways to supplement our income and expand our working network, and one of the most common ways of doing this is by teaching. What type of teaching opportunities are available to us as freelancers? What are the professional and logistical requirements to get started? And how would an endeavor like this affect our freelance business? This month Janna Marlies Maron will join us to discuss these questions and her various teaching experiences, both privately and at the college level.

Janna is an author, editor, publisher, and writing instructor who has been a professional freelance editor for the past ten-plus years. In addition to her freelance business, she has also worked for a local publishing company, as an adjunct college professor, and as a local business owner here in Sacramento. She publishes the quarterly literary arts magazine, Under the Gum Tree; she is the managing director for the quarterly reading series TrueStory; and she recently launched a new podcast called More to the Story. Find out more about Janna at jannamarlies.com & underthegumtree.com.

Meet at Capsity Coworking Offices: 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA

Host the EFA table at Local Author Book Festival

Sunday, April 10, 2016

EFA will host a table at the Local Author Book Festival at the Sacramento Central Library branch downtown. Come to browse and buy books from Northern California-area authors, both traditionally- and self-published. Contact Chapter Coordinator Susan Herman to volunteer for a one-hour shift at the EFA table. This is a great opportunity to meet aspiring writers and educate them about how editing makes their work shine.

For more information about the festival, see this link: http://www.saclibrary.org/About-Us/News/2016/March/Local-Authors-to-converge-at-Library-Author-Festiv

Freelancing in the Government and Nonprofit World

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Join EFA on April 7 as we explore what it's like to work with nonprofit and government clients compared to the private sector. They all have different cultures and pay scales. What's attractive to one freelancer may be a deal breaker for you.

Our experts are Cynthia Sommer, Jean Wiley, and EFA NorCal chapter member Susan Reid. They will lead an open-format discussion, with plenty of time for questions and story sharing.

As a marketing director in corporate, nonprofit and higher ed sectors, Cynthia Sommer MBA, represents the client side. She has hired freelance designers, writers and editors for Sacramento-area organizations and companies, most recently at UC Davis.

Jean Wiley is the owner of Wiley Design Communications. Her clients include nonprofits Sierra Health Foundation, the Health Quality Institute (HQI) and the American Cancer Society, and several private-sector clients such as Hank Fisher Properties.

Susan Reid is a copywriter and editor. She has partnered with Cynthia and Jean Wiley over the years, working with PRIDE Industries, Sierra Health Foundation and HQI. She also brings experience writing for collaboratives (government/nonprofit) and the private sector.

Meeting is at Capsity coworking offices, 2572 21st Street Sacramento.

Let's Talk Taxes

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Our guest (via Skype) will be Gary Lundgren, Enrolled Agent and tax expert. Gary is a former officer for the Minnesota Department of Revenue. His specialty is working with individuals and businesses to resolve federal and state tax debt issues--but with us he'll discuss PROACTIVE ways to manage our taxes so we never have to worry about those debt issues!

Gary is also a volunteer business counselor through SCORE, a nonprofit sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. He counsels and advises new business owners through their start up and growth stages.

Bring your questions about Schedule C, 1099-MISC, software, and how to stay on top of your business expenses and self-employment quarterly payments! Refreshments also welcome.

Location: Capsity Coworking Offices, 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA

Meeting is free but non-EFA members may wish to consider contributing $5-10 to help cover meeting costs.

Business Plans: Do You Have One? Do You Need One?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Eric Anderton will be our guest on February 4. In addition to his career and entrepreneurial business background, he brings 20 years' experience in public speaking, small group facilitation, and one-on-one mentoring to share with our group. He'll speak to us about Building a One Page Business Plan, and will focus on helping us answer questions like:

What is the purpose of my business?

What is the "personality" of my business?

What is my plan?

Where are my profit opportunities?

What is my top priority?

Who is my business plan for?

How often should I revisit/revise my business plan?

Bring a snack or beverage, if you wish, and bring your questions.

Meeting is at Capsity coworking offices, 2572 21st, Sacramento, CA RSVP on our Meetup page: www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/events/222377339/

Pro Tips for Your Business & Office Supply Exchange

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Are you launching your writing/editing business in 2016? Or expanding it in an exciting new direction? Come learn and share your best tips about what works (and what hasn't worked) in your business.

Not sure where to start the conversation? Bring a conversation piece you're ready to swap for someone else's. These can be office supplies (e.g. an excess of folders you bought when a little overexcited about that BOGO deal), gently used office art/knicknacks (who doesn't love those bubbling fountains from the '90s?), or books (but preferably not an out-of-date style guide--those aren't good for business).

Ask or share your knowledge about:

Best web hosting services, Wordpress add-ins, Twitter widgets

Resume/portfolio formats

Identifying and landing good clients

Your favorite writing tools (even the pen and paper kind)

Classes or tutorials that give the best value for $$$

Time management strategies

Other secrets to success

Meeting is at Capsity coworking offices, 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA.

Holiday Networking: Writers Who Wine

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Writers Who Wine is an open group that meets periodically to drink wine and to "whine" about their craft. Sure there's a little bitching & moaning, but people are MOSTLY there to celebrate, ask for tips, share tips, learn about writing workshops, and shamelessly self-promote. Attendees include local literati, newbies, recent college grads, freelancers, magazine and newspaper writers, novelists, poets, and people who just want inspiration to write more often in their personal journal.

Meeting is at Revolution Wines, 2831 S Street in Sacramento. Hope to see you there!

What the Heck is Hybrid Publishing?

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Guest speaker Amy Rogers will join us to tell the story of how she started Science Thrillers Media, her publishing company. We discussed Amy's book, Reversion, in June for Let's Read Local. Order books and learn more about Science Thrillers Media here: http://www.sciencethrillersmedia.com/

Some topics Amy will discuss include:

1. Why she decided to start Science Thrillers Media

2. How she vets authors and counsels them about their publishing options

3. Which editorial and production jobs she does herself and which ones she hires out

4. How she finds editors and other service providers

5. What value a boutique press offers to authors that they would not get from a Big Five publisher

6. Her definition of hybrid publishing

Please note: to cover the speaker's honorarium there is a suggested contribution of $10/person. This is optional. You may pay online or bring cash to the meeting. I will have a cash box but no change.

Meet at Capsity coworking offices, 2572 21st, Sacramento, CA RSVP and pay online: http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/events/222377297/

Libel, Copyright, Permissions, and Other Scary Things

Thursday, October 1, 2015

In honor of October and Halloween our Scary Things edition focuses on legal issues in publishing.

Our speaker for October is Susan Spann, Fair Oaks-based fiction author and publishing attorney. Susan will be talking to us about legal issues in publishing...but feel free to read her Shinobi mysteries too, and immerse yourself in her vision of Japan in the 1500s.

Susan will tailor her talk to the needs of freelance editors specifically. She'll address how to keep yourself out of trouble, and how to recognize potential legal issues with client documents. She will also share some language that can be inserted into contracts to help protect the editor against claims of defamation and libel.

Check out Susan's website http://www.susanspann.com/

Or follow her on Twitter: @SusanSpann

Meet at Capsity coworking offices, 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA

Collaborating with Colleagues

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The job is right up your alley. The deadline seems reasonable. But what if you're all booked up? You can't take on even one piddly blog post or newsletter article. You really want that client's business but you can't shift around your other commitments to accommodate it. It's a nice problem to have. So how to avoid walking away from the potential income?

Do you refer? Do you subcontract? How do you collaborate with other professionals and leverage your network?

At September's meeting we will discuss the business, marketing, ethics, and legal sides of referring and subcontracting. At least, we'll get to as many of these topics as possible.

A good place to start reading about this is Richard Adin's blog, An American Editor. https://americaneditor.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/the-business-of-editing-subcontracting/#comment-21018

Feel free to bring a beverage or snack to share.

Local Author event at Avid Reader Davis

Friday, August 21, 2015

Local author Val Brelinski will be at Avid Reader in Davis for a reading, discussion, and signing of her debut novel, The Girl Who Slept With God, on August 21st from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Any interested EFA members are welcome to come and enjoy the author event, get their book signed, and chat with EFA member attendees after the event.

The Avid Reader is at 617 2nd Street, Davis, CA. Please RSVP on our Meetup page so we know to look for you: http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/events/224309534/

Midsummer Picnic

Monday, July 20, 2015

Please note this is the third Monday of July and not the fourth Monday per our usual schedule for the Davis group.

Join us for an evening of light discussion and dinner, at the beautiful Village Homes gazebo in Davis. Bring your own picnic and, if you wish, an item to share. EFA will provide a few refreshments, cold cucumber water, and sparkling wine. Come prepared to talk about your summer reading or projects, or load up your tablet with photos and brag about your vacation. Friends and family welcome.

Parking is available on Portage Bay East off Russell Blvd, Davis, CA.

Let's Read Local: Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy

Monday, June 22, 2015

The author did a reading at Avid Reader, and Citizens Creek looks like a fascinating historical fiction. The book tells the story of Cow Tom, a freed slave who becomes the leader of a Native American tribe, and his granddaughter, Rose.

Meet us at Village Homes Community Room, 2417 Oakenshield Rd, Davis, CA.

Let's Read Local: Reversion by Amy Rogers

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Becca Litman will lead the discussion, where we look at a book from the POV of publishing professionals. Specifically, we will discuss which editorial decisions worked and didn't work and why.

Sacramento author Amy Rogers writes a regular science column for Inside Arden, and is an active member of California Writers Club, Sacramento branch. I chatted with her at the Local Author Book Festival April 12 and decided to purchase a Kindle version of her book, Reversion (it's $5.99).

We will meet at Capsity: 2572 21st, Sacramento, CA. Feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share for this fun literary evening.

RSVP on our Meetup page or by email to chapter coordinator Susan Herman.

Co-working and the Creative Class

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Come "meet" our new meeting place, Capsity, and learn about this coworking community. As a freelancer in the publishing industry, do you see yourself as part of the creative class? What does that even mean? We'll be joined by one or more self-proclaimed creative professionals who make Capsity their office and--more than that--their community hub.

We will also plan for next month's Let's Read Local event. Feel free to bring a beverage or snack to share.

Location: 2572 21st St, Sacramento, CA 95818

Local Author Book Festival

Sunday, April 12, 2015

For April we will have an informal gathering at the Local Author Book Festival, a free event sponsored by the Sacramento Library. This will be a great way to preview what's available for our annual Let's Read Local night in June. After the festival we can walk to a coffee shop and discuss our finds!

Join the Sacramento Public Library and a wide variety of Sacramento-area authors at the Local Author Book Festival. Lineup includes Maryellen Burns, Maceo Montoya and Gayle Pitman. Visitors will be able to: ~Buy books from the people who wrote them ~See author presentations ~Learn about publishing options at the Library

Location: Central Library, 828 I St. Sacramento

Show and Tell: Tools and Apps

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Have a great spreadsheet or program for tracking business expenses or miles? A browser extension that allows you to push your blog posts to social media effortlessly? Time tracker app or invoicing tool? Bring your laptop or other device and prepare to show and tell about your favorite productivity apps or other tools that keep your business organized and running smoothly. We will have the use of a projector and cables that should work for Mac or PC laptops.

Meet at 1812 J Street, Suite 21.

Developmental Editing

Monday, February 23, 2015

We'll kick off this meeting with wine & snacks (feel free to bring something to share), and any news that people who attended San Francisco Writers Conference would like to share. Then Susan will share a little bit about her path into developmental editing and the different forms this type of editing can take, depending on the genre and client. How is developmental editing like and unlike copyediting? When is it coaching or critiquing, versus editing per se?

Susan got started as a DE at the American Psychological Association in Washington DC in 2004. She has eleven years' experience working with academics and clinicians in the area of mental health. She edits scholarly and professional nonfiction, as well as books for general audiences in the self-help, memoir, spirituality, history, biography, and popular science genres. Her favorite clients are helping professionals such as teachers, clergy, nurses, and firefighters.

Paths to Freelancing

Thursday, February 5, 2015

How would you describe your career path? Straight and narrow or full of curves and rocks? Are you craning your neck to see what's around the next corner? This meeting will be an informal one. We will chat about narrowing or broadening our niche and what we'd like to learn next. Come with questions and problems; leave inspired.

We are sad that our "home" in Sacramento, ThinkHouse Collective, is closing! In March we'll have a new regular meeting place, but for February, please meet at the Coffee Garden, 2904 Franklin Blvd. and plan on buying a hot beverage in case we're out on the patio.

Bookseller's POV

Monday, January 26, 2015

Meet us at Avid Reader, 617 2nd Street, Davis, CA. We'll hear a local independent bookseller's perspective on the changes in the publishing industry and how those changes have affected book selling.

Your Tax Questions Answered

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Our guest on December 4 will be Chuck Hurtt, CPA. He is experienced at working with freelancers on their tax issues.

We'll meet at ThinkHouse Collective, 1617 18th St. Sacramento.

Chuck will answer questions such as:

What is the best way to organize an expense spreadsheet?

Is it true that if I don't make it out of the red in three years the IRS stops considering my business expenses as business expenses?

Should I use accrual or cash accounting (and what is the difference)?

Should I get a Taxpayer ID or just use my SSN?

1099s: When do we ask for them? How do we ask for them? When do we send them?

How do we "write off" Pay Pal fees on our taxes? What else can we write off?

What is a Book Coach?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ruth Schwartz is a book coach. She also calls herself a publishing consultant or book midwife. But what does it all mean? Ruth works with authors who have a "finished" manuscript and she takes them all the way through to a finished book, in print and/or ebook formats. She has yet to come across a manuscript that is really final and ready for layout, so she usually offers proofreading and often makes referrals to editors too.

Come learn about Ruth's craft and business model and get your questions ready. We are meeting at ThinkHouse Collective, 1617 18th Street Sacramento.

There will be a $5 charge for the event to help cover expenses.

How and Why to Apply for a State Job

Monday, October 27, 2014

Many of us come to EFA for advice on making the transition out of full time work and into freelancing. But the reality is that many of us combine one-off gigs with part-time, seasonal, or even full-time work with corporate employers, nonprofits, or the state. And sometimes we need to transition out of freelancing for a while to learn new skills or just have a steady paycheck.

We're pleased to have Vicky Lovell (Roy Sablosky's wife) join us to talk about applying for state employment and the benefits of working for the state. The state hiring process is needlessly arcane but it can be navigated.

Vicky is chief of the Performance Monitoring and Research Bureau in the California Department of Social Services. Before joining the state three years ago, she was a researcher at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and at the California Budget Project in Sacramento. She has a Ph.D. in public policy from Portland State University.

Every Artist Insured: Affordable Care Act presentation

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Our guest speaker, Karen Lipney, will present and offer a Q & A session on the Affordable Care Act and Covered California. Karen is an educator with the Actors Fund's “Every Artist Insured” project. She's experienced at addressing the special concerns freelancers may have about getting health care.

There are still options to get health insurance through Covered California for anyone who qualifies for a special enrollment period. Life changes such as job loss, getting married, or simply having trouble with the Covered CA website qualify folks for special enrollments. Additionally, Medi-Cal enrollment continues throughout the entire year.

Karen is traveling from the Bay Area; please be prompt so she can start her presentation at 7pm.

Word Games in Davis

Monday, September 22, 2014

Acquisitions Editing

Thursday, September 4, 2014

This month we're learning about the job function of an acquisitions editor, the different levels of what an acquiring editor can do, and how to connect with people who fill this role in the publishing industry. EFA members from Under the Gum Tree, a local independent literary arts magazine, will lead the discussion. You'll learn the fundamentals of acquisitions editing and get a snapshot of what the submission review process looks like. You'll leave with pointers on finding a good fit for your (or your clients') work.

Own Your Niche: Meeting in Davis

Monday, August 25, 2014

The title of this meeting comes from a book by Stephanie Chandler, a Folsom-based author and entrepreneurship guru. The full title of the book is Own Your Niche: Hype-Free Internet Marketing Tactics to Establish Authority in Your Field and Promote Your Service-Based Business.

To what extent would you say that you own a business? What's the difference between just taking on freelance writing or editing gigs and OWNING your business? And how in the world can you own your niche? What does that even mean?

Meeting is at the Village Homes community room, 2417 Oakenshield Rd, Davis. If you like, bring refreshment to share.

Planning for rest of 2014 and 2015

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This meeting will be at Coffee Garden, 2904 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento, CA.

2014-2015 is taking shape very nicely with career talks, community service, book discussions, and a themed holiday party planned. What I need is your help to execute it all. By taking an active hand in your professional organization you will likely find more gigs! And you are sure to learn a lot and make friends too.

Scattergories and Shop Talk

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Come and dish about your latest achievements and discoveries in editorial freelancing. Ask questions, answer questions. Rack your brain to think of a cocktail, sports figure, or term of endearment starting with the letter K.

Scattergories night is a great opportunity for newbies to join in. If you've been on the membership list for a while but haven't attended a meeting, please come and find out about the benefits of EFA membership or get some tips you can use in your publishing-related independent business.

Meet at Thinkhouse Collective, 1617 18th St in midtown Sacramento. RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/events/192646612/

Potluck Picnic in Davis

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Join us for a potluck at the Village Homes lawn and gazebo in Davis. EFA will provide chicken and a crock pot o' beans (vegetarian) as a main dish to serve about 15 people. If you'd like to bring a protein-based dish, feel free to do so; otherwise, bring your favorite salad, pasta, or other side dish (or dessert) to share. Chips and beer are fine too! EFA will also provide cups and dinnerware, and some wine. Optional challenge: creatively tie in your potluck item to your favorite style manual. This is a +1 event so feel free to bring a friend or date.

Let's Read Local: Did Sid? by Paul Robins

Thursday, June 5, 2014

What are some winning combinations for a good mystery or thriller? Exotic locations and a martini just so? Leading questions cloaked behind a knitting project in progress? Recipes (e.g., A Quiche Before Dying)?

How about some good old NorCal themes: running for exercise and Capitol hijinks? We'll read and discuss the book Did Sid? by Sacramento author Paul Robins, with special focus on our editorial opinions, even though we know it's too late and the deal is done and the glue is dry.

Actually, I got my copy on Kindle for $5.49, but paperback is available too. Happy reading! http://www.paulrobins.com/

Join us at Thinkhouse Collective, 1617 18th St in Sacramento.

Acquisitions Editing

Monday, April 28, 2014

This month we're learning about the job function of an acquisitions editor, the different levels of what an acquiring editor can do, and how to connect with people who fill this role in the publishing industry. EFA members from Under the Gum Tree, a local independent literary arts magazine, will lead the discussion. You'll learn the fundamentals of acquisitions editing and get a snapshot of what the submission review process looks like. You'll leave with pointers on finding a good fit for your (or your clients') work.

Troubleshooting Your Clients

Thursday, April 3, 2014

How do you decide whether a prospective client is someone you'd like to work with? And how can you make that decision in as little time as possible, to avoid the time-wasting back-and-forth of negotiation? Once you are in the middle of a project that isn't going well, how do you cut your losses and move on? Bring your case studies and harness the power of collective experience to solve your tricky client issues.

Shop Talk in Davis

Monday, March 24, 2014

We'll meet in Davis and talk shop. Topics may include: What are the benefits of EFA membership? What projects are you working on now and how did you find them? Got a case study we can crunch on and help you solve (uncommunicative client, unclear scope of work, tax issue)? Want to be a sponsor or participate in an area bookfest? Bring your questions and answers, and snacks, if you like. Wine provided. RSVP and get location info at our Meetup.com page: http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/

1st Meeting in Davis! Hanging Out Your Editor Shingle

Monday, February 24, 2014

What are the essential tools and skills you need to get started as a professional editor? Come ready to share your knowledge and experience, and learn about the resources EFA can offer. We can also discuss needs & topics specific to the Davis area and whether to make the Davis group a quarterly, bimonthly, or monthly meetup. We will meet at the Davis Food Co-op community room--feel free to bring munchies to share. Sadly, wine is not allowed, but other beverages will be available.

The next meeting in Sacramento will be March 6, 7pm at ThinkHouse Collective.

What is a Writing Coach?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Do you envision yourself coaching writers, rather than simply editing their output? We're kicking off 2014 with a guest speaker, Kate Asche, who will introduce us to a career niche you may want to consider: Writing Coach. A writing coach supports writers as they transform their personal writing practices, set and progress toward exciting project goals, or increase their skills for drafting stronger work on their own.

Kate Asche, M.A., is a writer, teacher, and literary community builder. A trained facilitator in the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) Method, she has taught creative writing in a variety of academic and community settings. She teaches workshops in Sacramento and provides manuscript coaching to writing groups and individuals. Learn more about Kate at www.kateasche.com.

We'll begin with light refreshment and brief introductions. Kate will discuss different forms coaching can take, how she developed her niche as a writing coach, and how that service complements her other professional offerings. There will be time for questions and answers and informal networking after Kate's talk, and we will wrap up at 8:30. Admission is $5 for EFA members and $10 for nonmembers. Cash will be accepted at the door. Please RSVP on our Meetup site: http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/.

Holiday Party

Monday, December 9, 2013

Bring a guest and join us for wine, cheese, and a fountain of cascading chocolate. We'll enjoy a festive atmosphere and informal conversation about editing, the business of editing, and your holiday reading plans.

This year's holiday party will be in a member's home in Sacramento. Please RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/events/150955052/ for location specifics.

Tools of the Trade

Monday, November 25, 2013

What tools do you use in your business? We'll talk about productivity and invoicing software, tools to keep track of business expenses and other tax info, blogging and social networking, sundry gadgets we never imagined using before and now find indispensable--and hey, maybe we'll even touch on some tech (or techniques) that we use for our actual editing.

Scattergories and Shop Talk

Monday, October 28, 2013

Join us at Thinkhouse Collective for an evening of Scattergories and shop talk. Are you new to editing or looking to transition into freelance from another career? Looking for ways to work smarter, find clients, or hire subcontractors? Maybe you found a hilarious typo in your manuscript and you just HAVE to share. That's what we're about on October 28. Scattergories is our simple excuse to play with words and whet the mind for asking questions and sharing stories. We'll punctuate the evening with wine and snacks.

Pricing Your Services

Monday, September 23, 2013

How do you decide how much to charge? Do you charge per word, per page, per hour, per project, or some combination of these? Where do you get information about how others charge clients for editing work? How do you convince author clients that you're not out to fleece them? How do you communicate that your time is worth paying for? Come ask and answer these questions and more, and learn how to price your editorial services in a way that's fair to your clients and fair to you.

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/ We meet at Thinkhouse Collective, 1617 18th Street Sacramento

Scattergories and Shop Talk

Monday, August 26, 2013

Let's play Scattergories and talk about editing: the business of editing, how to get gigs, tools for marketing etc. Guests welcome. Bring a beverage to share and--if you dare--bring your Sacramento Vintage Cooking challenge entry.

Book Swap Soiree

Monday, July 22, 2013

We love to edit, analyze, and critique but gosh darn it, we also love to let loose and READ. Bring a favorite summer read you're willing to swap for someone else's favorite summer read. Bring two, get two. Bring three, get three to take home. You'll be treated to small bites and beer or a choice of nonalcoholic beverages, and much literate chitchat. Come join Sacramento's editors, writers, bloggers, and readers for this fun summer evening.

Scattergories and Shop Talk

Monday, June 24, 2013

Let's play Scattergories and talk about editing. Guests welcome; refreshments served.

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/

Book talk: Let's read local!

Monday, May 20, 2013

For our Book Talk this year we are reading local. Peach Farmer's Daughter, by Davis-based author Brenda Nakamoto, was artfully published right here in Sacramento by boutique publisher Roan Press. (Kate Washington, founder of Roan Press, spoke to EFA NorCal in October 2011 about her company and projects).

So, please pick up a copy of the book, read, enjoy, and analyze, analyze, analyze. If you're writing or editing memoir right now, how does this book inspire you--or teach you what not to do? Are there particular choices or patterns in the book that you find effective or at odds with the story?

We meet at Thinkhouse Collective, 1617 18th Street Sacramento.

Scattergories and Shop Talk

Monday, April 22, 2013

Let's play Scattergories and talk about editing. Guests welcome; refreshments served.

RSVP at http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/

How Volunteering Makes You a Better Businessperson

Monday, March 25, 2013

If you volunteer for an organization or are considering doing so, you won't want to miss this meeting. Come prepared to talk about your experience in volunteering, especially if it has sparked your creativity or helped you to: Find paying clients Feel more connected to your community Change your thinking about a topic or group of people you didn't know much about before

Refreshments will be served. Guests welcome.

http://www.meetup.com/NorCal-EFA-Chapter/ www.thinkhousecollective.com

Scattergories and Shop Talk

Monday, February 25, 2013

This is a time to play with words and talk shop. Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome.

If you don't think you have anything interesting to talk about, consider following up on these excellent points and questions from our January meeting:

Do you need a website to market your services? Copyediting is straightforward, yet also subjective. Discuss. How can I break into speechwriting? How can I "brand" the services I provide my clients? What are the advantages and disadvantages of working with O desk and Elance? What is the difference between an information architect and a content manager? What are the best online and in-person copyediting & substantive editing classes? How do I find more clients that need annual reports written & edited? You should first decide how much you want to get paid. Then go out and find the client who needs your services enough to pay you what you want. Discuss. How do I start my own scholarly journal? What are some great books to read about freelancing and breaking in as an editor?

What's Your Editing Niche?

Monday, January 28, 2013

For January, let's talk about: What's your editing niche? How did you get into that? Are you looking to expand or narrow down your niche?

Also: share your resolutions for 2013--business or otherwise.

Our chapter is now on Meetup.com! Find us here

November NorCal: Let's Play SCATTERGORIES

Monday, November 26, 2012

Join your fellow freelancers for a rousing game of Scattergories at Thinkhouse Collective 1617 18th St. Sacramento and welcome our new chapter coordinator, Susan Herman. Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome. Contact Robin Martin for more information: robin@twosongbirdspress.com

www.thinkhousecollective.com http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EFA-NoCal/?yguid=403201762

NorCal EFA meeting: In the flesh connections

Monday, September 24, 2012

Please join the Nor Cal EFA for our September 24 meeting at Thinkhouse Collective (New address 1617 18th St. Sacramento) as we talk about real in-the-flesh opportunities for writers and editors to find personal and professional connection.

Northern California has a plethora of groups that have to do with writing: California Writers Club, Writers Who Wine, 916 Ink, iStreet Press, THC’s Book Club Pub Crawl, and many more.

Come share what you know and learn something new. 7-8:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome.

Contact Robin robin@twosongbirdspress.com for more information.

Freelancers' Summer Soiree POSTPONED

Monday, July 30, 2012

This soiree has been postponed. Please stay posted for the new date and new venue (Thinkhouse is moving).

Bring your freelancer and indie contractor friends and let's mingle and enjoy a beautiful NorCal evening at the NEW location of Thinkhouse Collective 1617 18th St. Sacramento, CA. Adult beverages, sweet and savory delights will be served.

Editor's POV book discussion: The Hunger Games

Monday, May 21, 2012

This meeting will take place on May 21 (3rd Monday).

We're hosting a book group discussion on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

But rather than look at the story and discuss the literary aspects, relationships between characters, moral and social implications, etc., we will examine the book from a writer/editor point of view.

~ Why is this book so successful? ~ What techniques does the writer use that have created such emotional responses from readers? ~ Does the writer break writing "rules," and if so how does it work for her?

Things like that.

I understand that the book should take you just a few hours to read once you locate a copy.

Spread the word. Invite your friends. We will have wine and treats and be at the beautiful Thinkhouse Collective, as always!

NorCal Chapter Planning Meeting

Monday, March 26, 2012

What do you want to learn and/or share at our May, July, September, and November meetings? Please come with your plans for 2012/2013. Beer and wine will be served. Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: The beautiful Thinkhouse Collective 1726 11th Street Sacramento, CA

Judith Horstman on writing a successful magazine query letter

Monday, January 30, 2012

Writing a winning query letter: A lesson for freelance magazine writers or wannabe magazine writers. Date: Monday, January 30, 2012 Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: Thinkhouse Collective 1726 11th Street Sacramento, CA

Presented by Judith Horstman, an award-winning journalist who writes about health and medicine for doctors as well as the general public. She has been a Washington correspondent, a journalism professor, a Fulbright scholar, and has written and edited in just about any medium including newspapers, newsletters, special health publications, radio, video, the Internet, annual reports and books.

http://www.judithhorstman.com/bio.html www.thinkhousecollective.com www.the-efa.org

NorCal EFA meeting: Generative writing exercises

Monday, November 28, 2011

At this month's NorCal EFA meeting, member Susan Herman will share some generative writing exercises with the attendees, and we will spend some time just writing. If there's time, we'll also discuss the calendar for 2012, including the possibility of holding meetings quarterly or bimonthly.

There is no meeting in December, and our next meeting, in January 2012, will feature Judith Horstman on writing a successful magazine query letter.

All meetings take place on the last Monday of each month, 7 pm, at Thinkhouse Collective, 1726 11th St. Sacramento.

Starting an Indie Press

Monday, October 24, 2011

Kate Washington, co-owner of Roan Press, will speak at the NorCal EFA meeting on October 24, 2011 about starting an Indie Press.

Roan Press has published varied genres, including memoir-- Peach Farmer's Daughter By Brenda Nakamoto; a musical compilation--Visions of Joanna Newsom; and poetry--Crow Song, by Zoe Keithley and Swimming the Mirror: Poems for My Daughter, by Brad Buchanan.


Kate Washington is a freelance writer and editor. She writes about food and travel, primarily in Northern California, for magazines and newspapers, and is a contributing writer for Sactown Magazine. Her work has been published in Sunset, Via, the San Francisco Chronicle, Yoga Journal, Cooking Light, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. She also does developmental and copy editing in a range of fields, from academic tomes to cookbooks. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Stanford University.

We meet at Thinkhouse Collective in Sacramento. 1726 11th St. Sacramento, CA www.thinkhousecollective.com

NorCal EFA Meeting: On hiring subcontractors

Monday, September 26, 2011

Stephanie Chandler http://www.stephaniechandler.com/. Author of 101 Ways to Grow your Business will speak on the business of hiring subcontractors. This will be a great one. Spread the word. Don't miss it.

August NorCal EFA: Open house/summer soiree

Monday, August 29, 2011

NorCal EFA members and guests are invited to bring friends and their favorite snack/beverage to this freelancers open house. A perfect opportunity to introduce freelancers in all areas to one another, network, and of course, enjoy the Sacramento summer evening on the Thinkhouse patio. Hope to see you there!


Join the NorCal EFA mailing list/discussion group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EFA-NoCal/?yguid=403201762

July NorCal EFA on Marketing Oneself

Monday, July 25, 2011

The July meeting of NorCal EFA will take place on the last Monday of the month, July 25, at 7 pm at our regular meeting space, the beautiful Thinkhouse Collective in downtown Sacramento.

Kristin Singhasemanon, owner of Satin Web Solutions, and Chris Wilson, owner of Word Design and Get Healthy Copy, will be presenting on the topic of professional marketing strategies to solicit clients for our editorial freelancing businesses.

Join our Yahoo Group to be on the mailing list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EFA-NoCal/?yguid=403201762

www.thinkhousecollective.com www.satinwebsolutions.com www.gethealthycopy.com

June NorCal EFA Meeting

Monday, June 27, 2011

The June meeting of NorCal EFA will take place once again at the beautiful downtown co-working space known as Thinkhouse Collective, 1726 11th St. Sacramento, CA.

This month, we will be discussing the benefits of EFA membership in a special segment of the meeting called: "What the EFA has done for me, it can do for you!"

We will also be hammering out the details of the event/speaker schedule for the rest of 2011.

Of course, we will have camaraderie and beverages. Hope to see you there.

March 28 NorCal EFA at Thinkhouse

Monday, March 28, 2011

The March meeting of the Editorial Freelancers Association will take place at Thinkhouse Collective 1726 11th Street, Sacramento Monday March 28 at 7 pm.

Member John Cronin will be in attendance. He and a friend are starting an online editing business, and he will be there to tell us about it and opportunities it may afford to EFA members.

Our original plan to have JT Long lead a discussion around social media for journalists during this meeting has had to be put on hold again. However, bring your questions and your strategies for reaching out to clients and potential clients via social media and other on-line avenues.

Come prepared to share what has worked for you and where you've been stymied. If we can, we'll have someone there with a bit of expertise on the subject.

We'll also set in motion a plan to bring in some publishing experts to share the latest trends and technologies with those of us who are interested.

See you on Monday Mar. 28.

Stay dry and happy spring!

NorCal EFA February Meeting

Monday, February 28, 2011

Please join us at Thinkhouse Collective on Monday Feb 28, 7 pm, as we discuss what freelance writers/editors need to know when it comes to tax time. Thinkhouse Collective 1726 11th Street Sacramento, CA

Guest speaker: Peter Sander (Granite Bay, CA) is an author, researcher, and consultant in the fields of personal finance, business, and location reference. He has written twenty-four books, including Value Investing for Dummies, What to Do When the Economy Sucks, 101 Things Every American Should Know About Economics, and Cities Ranked & Rated. He is also the author of numerous articles and columns dealing with investment strategies. He has an MBA from Indiana University and has completed Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) education and examination requirements.

Freelancer/Indie Soiree

Monday, December 13, 2010

More fun than a business mixer, each participant of the NorCal EFA chapter is asked to bring another independent business person (who may or may not be an editor), a snack and a beverage for this month's networking meeting.

Think House Collective 1726 11th St Sacramento, CA http://thinkhousecollective.com/

Networking and Social Media

Monday, November 1, 2010

Informal Networking and a presentation/report: How Social Media can Help Journalists, Editors and others publication professionals. @ Think House Collective, Sacramento, CA

Organizational Meeting

Monday, October 11, 2010

This organizational meeting will continue our discussion of chapter goals and structure based on what participants found out since the last meeting. Susan Herman will chair the meeting. An agenda can be found at our yahoo groups site: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EFA-NoCal

Organizational Meeting

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Coffee Garden 2904 Franklin Blvd. Sacramento, Ca 95818 http://thecoffeegarden.com/index.html

Our first task as a new chapter will be to establish strategic partnerships with other groups in Northern California in order to best "further a wider understanding of the crucial role of the independent editorial professional in the modern publishing and communications industries, and to enhance the performance and improve the skills of those professionals." (EFA Regional Chapters Mission Statement)

This organizational meeting's agenda will include: Reviewing JT's list and discussing a plan of action to establish partnerships. Establishing a chapter advisory board and/or committee chairs


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