Editorial Freelancers Association



January 17, 2017 - 18:22 PM

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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.

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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.

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

[The registration period for this class has ended.]

Taxes Schmaxes: What You Need to Know Before Filing Your 2016 Tax Return (NEW! WEBINAR)

Proofreading (ONLINE)

Medical Editing 101: An Introduction (NEW! WEBINAR SERIES)

Visualize Your Story: An Instagram Workshop for Writers and Editors (NEW! ONLINE)

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Intermediate (ONLINE)

Editing With Inclusive Language (WEBINAR)

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

Working Directly With Authors as Editors (NEW! WEBINAR)

Mastering InDesign for Editing (New! ONLINE)

Tell Your Story, Build Your Brand: Real Social Media Strategy for Freelancers (NEW! WEBINAR)

Mentoring for Developmental Editors of Fiction (New! ONLINE)

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

Picture Perfect! Making and Editing Infographics and Visuals (NEW! WEBINAR)

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

Tips and Tricks for Working With Microsoft Word Styles (NEW! WEBINAR)

Indexing Basics (Online)

Copyediting: Beginning (ONLINE--2nd Session)

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

WordPress A To Z (WEBINAR Series)

WordPress at 10,000 Feet (FREE WEBINAR)

Enhance Your Website's Effectiveness (WEBINAR)

Copyediting: Intermediate (ONLINE--2nd Session)

Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (ONLINE)

Copyediting: Advanced (ONLINE)

Book Mapping for Developmental Editors (ONLINE)

Beginner Combo Webinars (WEBINARS)

Freelancing 101 (WEBINAR)

Websites for Freelancers (WEBINAR)

Basics of Editing and Proofreading (WEBINAR)

Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (SELF-STUDY ONLINE)

A Primer on Academic Editing (WEBINAR RECORDING)


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

January 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET
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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

Registration is closed for this class.

Taxes Schmaxes: What You Need to Know Before Filing Your 2016 Tax Return (NEW! WEBINAR)

(and Tips for Preparing for 2017)

January 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m. ET
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Content of Webinar

  • I. Important Changes for 2016—Path Act
  • II. Due Date Changes for 2016/2017
  • III. Identity Theft Issues/Changes
  • IV. Prospect for Changes in Tax Laws After 2016
  • V. Tax Issues Related to Freelancers and Self-Employed Individuals
  • VI. Questions and Answers

NOTE: Each attendee may submit a question to me by email (dvenard@bayviewservices.net) that relates to their specific tax situation if they prefer to not ask it during the webinar.

Dave Venard brings more than 38 years of experience with income taxes, accounting, and business management to his presentations and to his clients. He is an enrolled agent, admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, as well as a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. He is also a member of Intuit's Trainer and Writer Network and has presented nationwide on behalf of Intuit and QuickBooks. Dave has his BS degree in accounting and a master's degree in human resource management or organizational behavior.

Dave is president of Bayview Services Group, Inc., a professional services firm that specializes in income tax preparation, QuickBooks consulting, and training services. He maintains a client base from Maine to Hawaii.

EFA members $59 — nonmembers $69

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Proofreading (ONLINE)

January 24 to February 14
Online (Sakai)

A proofreader's goal is to ensure that the material he or she is reviewing is 100% correct. This means that the art of proofreading often involves more than catching typos and fixing grammar and punctuation errors—it can also include reviewing numbers for accuracy, checking dates/figures and other fact-checking, looking for inconsistencies, ensuring audience-appropriate spelling and terminology, preparing style sheets or checking against a house style guide and, occasionally, light editing. (Note: Although we'll touch on editing, this course focuses mainly on proofreading.) So, whether you'll be proofreading your own copy, reviewing materials for others in your organization or providing proofreading services to clients, this five-week course will provide you with the tips and tricks you'll need, along with print/online reference resources, handy checklists, tips for working with clients, and ideas for managing project workflow. In addition, a portion of the final session will be customized to respond to the specific needs of course participants. Each week, participants will submit one proofreading exercise for feedback from the instructor.

To take this course, you will need:

  • Adobe Acrobat Standard or Pro, or the free Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Access to at least one print or online dictionary, e.g., Merriam-Webster (free at m-w.com)

You should be comfortable with:

  • File creation and management in Acrobat

Suggested reading:

  • The Copyeditor's Handbook by Amy Einsohn
  • McGraw-Hill's Proofreading Handbook by Laura Anderson
  • The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders by K.D. Sullivan and Merilee Eggleston
  • Mark My Words: Instruction and Practice in Proofreading, by Peggy Smith

Instructor's note: You don't need to read all of these books (and some of them could be challenging to find). However, they're all excellent resources, especially if proofreading is your main career focus.

Instructor Sharon McInnis, the owner of ProofingQueen, has been providing proofreading and fact-checking services to a wide range of clients for over 15 years. Recognized by clients as expert and tenacious proofreaders, Sharon and her colleagues have reviewed thousands of files from three-word billboards, two-page flyers and single-page ads to 40-page consumer magazines to 100-page annual reports and 5,000-page environmental studies.

“Thoroughness of content was excellent; worth the price of the course all by itself in my opinion. Clarity was very good.”
“Content exceeded my expectations. The range of subjects from basic definitions to examples of how the instructor interacts with her clients in real life were invaluable.”

EFA members $129 — nonmembers $149

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Medical Editing 101: An Introduction (NEW! WEBINAR SERIES)

February 1, 8, 15; 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET
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This 3-part webinar series introduces experienced editors to the world of medical editing.

LEVEL: Advanced

Week 1: Overview of Medical Editing

What is medical editing? Basically, it's the same type of editing most of us do, only the work is focused specifically on health-, science-, and medical-related content. Fellow EFA members Katharine O'Moore-Klopf and Julie Munden, who specialize in medical editing, will introduce you to this niche type of editing most often referred to as medical/technical editing. What skills does one need to edit medical/technical copy? How does it differ from nonmedical/nontechnical copy editing? Where can one learn more about this skillset? Who employs freelance medical editors? These questions (along with many others) will be explored in this 3-week webinar series.

Week 2: Editing Journal Articles and Working With ESL Authors

The publish-or-perish mandate has spread around the world, making it highly likely that editors in the scholarly and technical arenas will edit for authors who are ESL (English as a second language) authors, also called non-native English speakers. This is rewarding but intense work requiring special preparation. You must know the writing and cultural issues to watch for and how to deal with them. In addition, you must know how to build solid working relationships with these authors to keep them coming back with more projects. In this session for experienced editors new to working with ESL authors, veteran medical editor Katharine O'Moore-Klopf will share her editing tips and her relationship-building secrets with you. You will also be given access to a handout with plenty of links to articles, blog posts, and books on working with these authors. This webinar covers much of the material that Katharine addressed in her presentation at the national EFA conference in 2016, so if you weren't able to attend the conference, this is your second chance.

Week 3: Editing Promotional & Nonpromotional Medical Materials

Within the world of medical editing there exists another niche-type of editing that is called promotional/nonpromotional medical editing. Everyone has seen or read the ads for a new drug with its long list of side effects, some of them alarming, along with the familiar prompt to "talk with your doctor." Those ads are called pharmaceutical consumer health care advertisements, otherwise known as promotional material, which encounter a multistep, internal, and rigorous journey through a process called promotional review before they are ultimately submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration for final approval and dissemination to the public. These ads are an example of only one of the several hundred pieces that accompany a drug's promotion, which also includes marketing, education, and sales training material. And all of them require a certain medical "eye" that only a medical editor can apply. In this webinar, you will learn from seasoned medical editor Julie Munden about the different types of promotional and nonpromotional medical materials that exist, how to edit these materials, what to look for and correct so that these materials will pass the scrutiny applied by the in-house pharma Medical, Regulatory, & Legal reviewers (otherwise known as MRL, LMR, PRC, RC, MAC, & MAP, to name a few), and how to hone and advance your medical editing skills with the changing health care landscape.

Julie Munden is a medical editor with over 20 years of diverse experience in the pharmaceutical sales & marketing and medical communications industries. She has been a freelancer for 14 years. Julie's more recent experience includes editing pharmaceutical sales & marketing training material, including product and company websites, eLearning and interactive media, and medical journal articles for medical communications agencies, also known as MedComms. She specializes in critically reviewing promotional & nonpromotional pharmaceutical deliverables that involves fact-checking, annotating, highlighting references, reference binder management, and uploading these deliverables into clients' electronic management systems, such as VEEVA Vault, Zinc, and Aprimo. Julie's in-house pharmaceutical industry experience includes work for Aventis Pharmaceuticals and Wyeth (now Pfizer) as an editor and copywriter in the Sales & Marketing/Promotion & Review Divisions. Her current client base includes boutique and international MedComms who partner with Merck, Genentech, Amgen, Astellas, Johnson & Johnson, and Bristol-Meyers Squibb, to name a few.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf, owner of KOK Edit, is a board-certified editor in the life sciences (ELS) and a self-employed medical editor specializing in editing manuscripts by non-native English speakers. Her editing has helped researchers in more than 20 nations get published in more than 50 different medical journals. She was the first freelancer ever to receive the Robinson Prize from the American Copy Editors Society. She is also creator and curator of the Copyeditors' Knowledge Base and a columnist for Copyediting newsletter. In addition, she handles Twitter and Facebook accounts for both the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and the Council of Science Editors.

EFA members $177 — nonmembers $205

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Visualize Your Story: An Instagram Workshop for Writers and Editors (NEW! ONLINE)

February 6 to March 3 (4 weeks)
Sakai

Instagram is home to 400 million people, including writers, editors, publishers, reviewers, and readers. This online course is designed to help you feel confident about sharing your process, philosophy, and personality on Instagram.

The instructor will introduce you to Instagram basics, recommended hashtags for writers and editors, and outline steps you can take to connect with potential clients. If you've been intrigued about using Instagram to market your work, but feel intimidated about using such a visual platform, this course will help you take the next steps you need to visually tell a story about your journey as a writer or editor.

Writer and editor Heidi Fiedler has worked on more than 300 books for clients ranging from Target to Barnes & Noble. She does the deep thinking that's needed to turn an idea into a book that has the power to spark our curiosity and make us all feel a little less alone. The books she creates are quirky, playful, highly visual, and often philosophical. After working in publishing for over ten years, she's excited to see her own picture books and chapter books making their way into the world. Learn more about Heidi and the work she does at http://www.helloheidifiedler.com.

EFA members $129 — nonmembers $139

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Developmental Editing of Fiction: Intermediate (ONLINE)

February 13 to March 12 (4 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

Intermediate Developmental Editing of Fiction is an online class for editors interested in working with novelists to develop their work. This class is meant for editors who have done some fiction editing and are interested in honing their skills further. It is not intended for beginning editors. We'll cover the more in-depth concerns of developmental editing, diving deeper into issues like perspective, subtext, and voice. We'll cover issues that crop up often: intensive developmental editing, editing experienced authors, and working with manuscripts that need a combination of developmental editing and copyediting.

Week 1. Review of DE functions and exploration of voice and subtext. We'll start with a brief review of the skills a good DE possesses and how to convey information through diplomatic queries and clear revision letters, then go right into an exploration of how to help an author develop her voice. We'll also get into more esoteric questions—how can we help authors use subtlety and subtext to convey information, action, and emotion? What the author leaves out can be as telling as what she puts in. Assignment: Performing a DE that solves plot problems without rewriting the author's voice.

Week 2. Going deep. In this week, we'll discuss how to solve problems that result from the author's unwillingness or inability to go beyond the surface. For example, how to edit a writer who thinks—her heart hammered—is an effective way to communicate fear. We'll dig deep into perspective and world-building (both of which can create show-don't-tell problems). Assignment: Perform a DE that helps the author go deeper into perspective.

Week 3: Scene by scene. In this week, we'll step back and look at how everything hangs together (or doesn't) in a novel, dealing with the interplay of motivation, conflict, character development, and narrative arc. We'll discuss what to do when a piece shows promise but has multiple problems, all of which negatively affect the work. We'll cover how (and when) to provide an intensive developmental edit and what it means to prioritize edits. Assignment: Perform an intensive DE on a sample chapter.

Week 4. Working with the experienced novelist. In this week, we'll discuss how to help an author who doesn't make obvious beginner errors develop her writing. And we'll cover what to do when an author needs a developmental edit and a copyedit rolled into one. Assignment: Do a DE on a sample chapter that does not have obvious errors but still has room to go from good to great.

Instructor Jennifer Lawler is the author or coauthor of more than 30 books, including a number of novels under various pen names. A former college English teacher—try not to hold that against her—she now works as a freelance writer and book development editor. She has worked as an acquisitions editor for a romance imprint and was once a literary agent. In her spare time, she teaches copyediting for the University of California–San Diego, even though she unfortunately lives nowhere near San Diego. She earned her PhD in medieval English literature from the University of Kansas and a black belt in Taekwondo at approximately the same time. She has not quite decided which has been more useful.


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

EFA members $179 — nonmembers $199

See Developmental Editing Combo for discounted price on beginning and intermediate levels of Developmental Editing of Fiction.

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Editing With Inclusive Language (WEBINAR)

February 16, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
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Editors are an author's first line of defense against political gaffes, insensitive language, and inadvertently exclusive language. How can we help our clients reach a broader audience and avoid losing readers or making embarrassing and offensive errors? Using examples ranging from transgender pronouns to the Israel-Palestine conflict, Sarah Grey will help attendees gain a better sense of what to look for, how to educate themselves about the vocabulary of sensitive topics, and how to communicate with authors about these questions in tactful and constructive ways.

Sarah Grey is the owner of Grey Editing at http://www.greyediting.com. Sarah edits and coaches ESL students, novelists, professors, judges, activists, rabbis, filmmakers, CEOs, union workers, and diplomats. Sarah is also a writer who often works in the humanities and social sciences.

EFA members $59 — nonmembers $79

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

February 16, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET
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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

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Working Directly With Authors as Editors (NEW! WEBINAR)

February 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
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There are more and more opportunities for editors to work directly with authors—those seeking a publisher, those who are self-publishing, academics, bloggers, and more. With such a diverse audience with diverging expectations, it's important to be prepared.

This webinar will give you tips and strategies for setting expectations, establishing good communication, talking about pricing, and giving effective feedback so that you can create a positive working relationship, use your time efficiently, and be an asset to the writers who hire you.

Presenter Tanya Gold (http://www.tanyagold.com/ is an editor and writing coach with over 15 years of experience in publishing. She works with independent authors on fiction, memoir, poetry and technical content. She enjoys helping authors develop their manuscripts, polish their language, improve their writing skills, and navigate the complex world of publishing.

LEVEL: Intermediate

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

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Mastering InDesign for Editing (New! ONLINE)

February 22 to March 15 (4 weeks)
Sakai Online

Participants will work through the Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2017) with expert direction and lessons from Chris Morton.

Beginning InDesign users will learn the program from fundamental features to powerful layout skills. Experienced users will learn about new features.

Participants must have a recent or current version of Adobe InDesign CC installed on their computers (Mac or Windows). A free 30-day trial version of InDesign is available from Adobe at http://www.creative.adobe.com/products/download/indesign?promoid=1K8FDJM5&mv=other

Required book: Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2017) (available on Amazon or at Adobe)

About the Instructor

Newspaper publishing being his family's business since 1873 in the US, Chris Morton has been fooling around with moveable type since grade school. As a display advertising rep for several newspapers and trade magazines, one stint included being a part-time web offset prepress assistant.

He joined the nascent desktop publishing revolution in 1986, engaging in a self-directed study of graphic arts, layout, typography, OCR, production, and ancillary technology. He once was an authorized Aldus PageMaker reseller, with Morton also teaching the subject at a vocational school. He was a member of two electronic publishing expo panels and has addressed the topic at a governmental computer users conference. Que Corporation had him perform a technical edit of its Using CorelDRAW! 5.0 book, which led to him teaching a CorelDRAW! class for CompUSA. Morton has many bylines, including "Software Roundup: Technical Publishing," a September 1990 cover story for CADence magazine.

Morton was a nationally known computer seminar speaker and instructor through the '90s. Since then he has continued to produce any number of user manuals and marketing pieces using Adobe InDesign and a myriad of ancillary graphics tools.

EFA members $129 — nonmembers $149

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Tell Your Story, Build Your Brand: Real Social Media Strategy for Freelancers (NEW! WEBINAR)

February 23, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET
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In your efforts to "get noticed" as you try to grow a social media following, do find you actually just disappear? Although a lot of factors go into the development of our identities, plenty more is derived from personal experience. And we communicate personal experience through story. In "Tell Your Story Build Your Brand: Real Social Media Strategy for Freelancers," you'll learn how to flesh out your narrative brand identity through story and how to effectively display your brand to generate a following that converts! Presenter Nadya Rousseau, a self-declared Mega Hyphenate is a social media and branding strategist, editor, journalist, U.S. Director of digital marketing agency Organizein, creator and host of popular online TV show Nadya's Identity Files, and speaker. Most recently, Nadya developed a branding strategy based on narrative identity to emphasize the importance of story and identity in all that we do. She wears her multiple identities freely and hopes to inspire others to do same!

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $49

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Mentoring for Developmental Editors of Fiction (New! ONLINE)

February 28–March 28
Sakai and email correspondence

LEVEL: Intermediate–Advanced

This opportunity is designed for editors who offer or would like to offer developmental editing services for fiction;mdash;whether for independent authors, publishers, book packagers, or a combination of client types. An experienced mentor will review work you've already completed (a full mansucript line edit plus edit/revision letter) and will offer feedback on your work. If you struggle with developing a cohesive revision plan, aren't sure if your queries are as effective as possible, feel you are spending too much time copyediting and not enough time developing, or would just like to make sure you're employing best practices, you may benefit from this process. Simply sign up for the class, submit your edited mansucript and letter to the instructor by February 28, 2017, and feedback will be returned to you by March 28, 2017. Limited to the first five enrollees.

Instructor Jennifer Lawler is the author or coauthor of more than 30 books, including a number of novels under various pen names. A former college English teacher—try not to hold that against her—she now works as a freelance writer and book development editor. She has worked as an acquisitions editor for a romance imprint and was once a literary agent. In her spare time, she teaches copyediting for the University of California–San Diego, even though she unfortunately lives nowhere near San Diego. She earned her PhD in medieval English literature from the University of Kansas and a black belt in Taekwondo at approximately the same time. She has not quite decided which has been more useful.

EFA members $129 — nonmembers $149

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

February 28-April 4 (6 weeks)
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

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Picture Perfect! Making and Editing Infographics and Visuals (NEW! WEBINAR)

March 2, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET
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Infographics and visuals, when done correctly, improve understanding, recollection, and adoption. Learn how to quickly turn ideas, words, and data into clear, compelling infographics and visuals. See how to efficiently communicate complex content. No design skill or fancy software needed. Discover the secret to making professional graphics using PowerPoint and free online tools. Know how to evaluate and edit graphics to objectively validate if they will be successful or not. Walk away with secrets to immediately improve your materials and their impact.

Mike Parkinson, Microsoft MVP and APMP Fellow, is a graphics and presentation guru, marketing expert, professional educator, and award-winning author. Fortune 500 and small companies, government agencies and educational institutions work with Mike to achieve their goals. His two companies, Billion Dollar Graphics (http://www.BillionDollarGraphics.com) and 24 Hour Company (http://www.24hrco.com) provide training, tools and services to help others achieve their goals using visual communication. Contact him at mike@billiondollargraphics.com and 703-608-9568.

EFA members $59 — nonmembers $69

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

March 14, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET
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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

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Tips and Tricks for Working With Microsoft Word Styles (NEW! WEBINAR)

March 15, 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET
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How well do you know styles in Microsoft Word? We might not be able to turn you into a styles ninja in one webinar, but we'll teach you plenty of ways to work more efficiently with styles. After a quick review of how to apply and create styles, we'll cover tips and tricks for using styles: lists, troubleshooting, TOCs, and other document structures, keyboard shortcuts, managing styles in documents, and more.

Level: The webinar assumes that you are a beginning to intermediate user of styles.

Note: This webinar will focus on using styles in Microsoft Word 2013 for Windows. However, most of what we'll cover applies to earlier versions of Word for Windows and to Word for the Mac.

Mike Pope has been a technical writer and editor in the software industry for over 30 years. He lives in the Seattle area.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

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Indexing Basics (Online)

Taught by EFA's Author of A Guide for the Freelance Indexer

March 23-May 4 (7 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

Have you thought about learning to index books? Do you index books but would like a refresher course? In this class, we will review the fundamentals and theory of indexing. Once those items are understood, we will put our new-found knowledge into practice by indexing a portion of a book.

Required text: We advise students to purchase the instructor's booklet in advance, A Freelancer's Guide to Indexing, available at http://the-efa.org/res/booklets.php#10.

Instructor April Michelle Davis is the chapter coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association, and she has served as chair for the Mid- & South-Atlantic chapter of the American Society for Indexing. Prior to starting her company Editorial Inspirations in 2001, April Michelle Davis worked as an assistant editor at the National Society of Professional Engineers and a program assistant for the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Various degrees include a master of professional studies degree in publishing (2007) from George Washington University and a bachelor of arts degree in English (2001) from Messiah College. In addition, she holds the following certificates: Editing (University of Virginia, 2003), book publishing (University of Virginia, 2003), and professional editing (EEI Communications, 2004).

“The assignments were a good way to actually learn how to index. Testing out the three index software programs was instructive as well.”
“I learned a lot. The instructor was very clear and thorough.”

EFA members $179 — nonmembers $194

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Copyediting: Beginning (ONLINE--2nd Session)

April 12-May 17 (6 weeks)
Online (Sakai)

This 6-week online course is an introduction to Copyediting. Participants should know basic grammar and punctuation and be able to use Microsoft Word, including track changes. (The course does not teach Word skills.) Assignments must be submitted in Word. Students will learn the basic concepts and skills of copy editing, using Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook.

The course will cover the following basics:

  • Week 1
  • Welcome and introduction
  • Levels of editing and types of editors
  • Editorial process
  • Editing checklist
  • Handy keystrokes (for Mac and PC)
  • Week 2
  • Assessing and prepping the manuscript
  • Working with track changes and find and replace
  • Copyediting terms and symbols
  • Week 3
  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Numbers
  • Punctuation
  • Abbreviations and acronyms
  • Week 4
  • Style guides, style sheets
  • Other reference guides
  • Week 5
  • Fact-checking
  • Querying
  • Week 6
  • Editing quoted material
  • Editing figures, tables, and other visual elements
  • Checking table of contents
  • Wrap-up

Required texts:

  • Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook
  • Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

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

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

April 12-June 28
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.

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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

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WordPress at 10,000 Feet (FREE WEBINAR)

April 13, 3-4:15 p.m. ET (FREE 1st Webinar of Series)
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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–making tool.

  • WordPress at 10,000 Feet - April 13, 2017 (FREE)
  • In 3 additional 75-minute webinars, the following topics will be demonstrated:

    1. Building Your WordPress Site: Beyond the Bare Essentials - April 27, 2017
    2. All About Blogging - May 4, 2017
    3. Plugins: The Apps That Make WordPress Sizzle - May 11, 2017

    All webinars begin at 3-4:15 p.m. EST and are completed in 75 minutes.

    The first webinar is FREE! To sign up, Please register for WordPress at 10,000 Feet on Apr 13, 2017 3:00 PM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2620447750368358660 Sign up for the remaining 3 webinars in this 4-webinar series at a special cost of $117 (members)/$125 (nonmembers). Look for WordPress A to Z.

    Each webinar is presented live by veteran web design instructor Bud Kraus.

    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 websites.

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

    EFA members $0 — nonmembers $0

    Please follow the directions above to register for this free class.

    Enhance Your Website's Effectiveness (WEBINAR)

    April 20, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET
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    They say it takes 10 seconds (maybe even less) to lose a potential client's interest. Maintaining client interest is even more critical in the 21st-century...there's so much more competition. Don't assume you've taken the key steps to ensuring your website stands out. Come take this class teaching Web 1.0 (and it's NOT about any imagery/content that's expensive to do)...then go back and compare your site against the class checklist.

    When Wendy Meyeroff, president of WM Medical Communications, Inc., started in journalism, her work with graphic designers made her well aware what could make the 'Net look good and read well. That's why over 20 years ago she was one of the first called upon to develop custom content (and later add the design as well) with clients that have included the NIH, Sears, Janssen Pharmaceutica, CBS, and (an award winner) Erickson Retirement Communities.

    EFA members $59 — nonmembers $69

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    Copyediting: Intermediate (ONLINE--2nd Session)

    April 24-June 28 (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

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    Developmental Editing of Fiction: Advanced (ONLINE)

    April 25 to May 16 (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

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    Copyediting: Advanced (ONLINE)

    April 25 to May 16 (4 weeks)
    Sakai

    This course is intended for the experienced editor who wants to strengthen basic skills and build on them to move toward working with more difficult and dense manuscripts, whether in fiction or nonfiction. Despite our limited time, we will look at both fiction and nonfiction works, keeping in mind that this is advanced copyediting, and should not be confused with developmental editing, or indeed any other type of editing.

    This course deals with a basic approach to working with manuscripts that are in need of more than a simple copyedit. In some cases, the problems may not be many but perhaps more subtle than what a copyeditor with limited experience might be able to identify or have the experience to deal with in a smooth way. Many novice copyeditors often miss what we would expect a more experienced editor to recognize as something in need of a fix and know how to fix it.

    The course, of four weeks in duration, addresses some of the more problematic issues for editors such as getting a feel for knowing the difference between editing for verbosity and recognizing good emphasis. We discuss working with authors and keeping a good relationship between editor and author. Review of parallelism, dangling modifiers, transitions, and other issues such as how to handle dialects in fiction will be discussed. We know that despite fiction having its own rules, so to speak, it is still important to know the rules before breaking them. In nonfiction, it is expected that an editor work at the level of formal Standard English and be able to deal with documentation.

    About the Instructor

    A freelance writer and editor for over twenty-five years, Barbara Magalnick has written and edited materials in fields as diverse as history, art history, medicine, law, literature, and language. Her publications include English by Television, English Reader, Brush Up Your English, Lawmaking in the United States, and Safe Conduct. She wrote Social Media: The New Revolution in Communication for EFA. Before launching her freelance career, she worked at several major publishing houses. She holds a master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and teaches in UC Berkeley's online certificate program for editors. Barbara is a member of The Authors Guild, a trustee of the Carnegie Fund for Authors, and a board member of EFA. She can be found at barbaramagalnick.com, as well as all the usual social media sites.

    Course Materials

    • Chicago Manual of Style. (16th ed.) 2010
    • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed). 2004 copyright or later
    • Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage (DEU) Not required but highly recommended
    • Sin and Syntax. Constance Hale. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2013.
    • The Copyeditor's Handbook. Amy Einsohn (3rd ed.) University of California Press, 2011
    • Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English. (3rd ed.) Patricia T. O'Conner. Riverhead Trade, 2009.

    EFA members $89 — nonmembers $99

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    Websites for Freelancers (WEBINAR)

    (For Beginners)

    May 25, 7:00-8:00 pm ET
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    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.

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    Basics of Editing and Proofreading (WEBINAR)

    (Beginners)

    May 30, 7:00-8:00 pm ET
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    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.

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    Developmental Editing of Nonfiction (SELF-STUDY ONLINE)

    New Self-Study Format with Webinars

    Continuous Enrollment (Enroll at any time and take up to 6 months to complete)
    SAKAI

    Developmental Editing of Nonfiction is a new format—an online self-study class for editors interested in working with writers to develop their nonfiction articles and books. Typically, students have some experience with editing but haven't done much in the way of developmental editing and want an overview of the knowledge and skills involved. The eight lessons in this self-paced class cover the basics of developmental editing (what it is and isn't), the specifics of developmental editing in action, how to edit for the reader and the client, and more. The first half of the class focuses on short-length pieces. The second half focuses on book-length manuscripts. There is no instructor feedback for this course, though each lesson includes an answer key with a sample edit so that you can track your progress. Two recorded webinars are also included in the course materials.

    NOTE: The course focuses on the craft of nonfiction developmental editing rather than the business of developmental editing.

    Instructor Jennifer Lawler is the author or coauthor of more than 30 books, including a number of novels under various pen names. A former college English teacher—try not to hold that against her—she now works as a freelance writer and book development editor. She has worked as an acquisitions editor for a romance imprint and was once a literary agent. In her spare time, she teaches copyediting for the University of California–San Diego, even though she unfortunately lives nowhere near San Diego. She earned her PhD in medieval English literature from the University of Kansas and a black belt in Taekwondo at approximately the same time. She has not quite decided which has been more useful.

    Enroll in this class any time and take up to 6 months to complete the lessons. You may download lessons and resources for later use.

    Please note that refunds cannot be given after you have registered.

    EFA members $179 — nonmembers $199

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    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

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