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Spring 2014 Education Catalog

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Advance registration is always required for EFA courses, to which nonmembers as well as members are welcome. Be sure to register early to avoid missing out. For more information, see the registration form.

Copyediting II--Section A

Copyediting II and III--Section A Combo

Copyediting II--Section B

Copyediting II and III--Section B Combo

Copyediting III--Section A

NEW! Intro to Editing for the Children's Book Market

New! Self-Publishing for Editors

Self-Publishing for Editors and EBook Formatting for Beginners COMBO

Copyediting III--Section B

NEW! Secrets of LinkedIn: Inside Tips That Work (Webinar)

NEW! Save Yourself Aggravation, Overwork, and Underpayment: Define That Project Before You Start!

EBook Formatting for Beginners

Developmental Editing for College Textbook Publishers

Developmental Editing of Fiction

NEW! The ABCs of PDFs: Working with Adobe Acrobat Pro X/XI

NEW! Word 2010 for PC: An Intro to Macros

Combo: Word 2010 for PC Macros and the ABCs of PDFs

NEW! The Basics of InDesign for Writers and Editors (Webinar)

Fiction Editing and the Author-Editor Relationship: Two sides of the same coin

E-Editing I: PDF Markup

E-Editing I and II Combo

E-Editing II: Editing in Word

Successful Self-Publishing From Both Sides


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Copyediting II--Section A

Continuation of Copyediting I from the Fall semester with our popular instructor

Mondays, January 6-February 10
Online

This five-week course builds on Copyediting I from Fall 2013, covering grammar—modifiers (placement, absolutes, and compounds); punctuation—hyphens and dashes (interjections and suspensive hyphenation); more grammar—pronouns, parallelism, and complex constructions; capitalization and italics; and abbreviations and trademarks. Each week, participants read about 38 pages, download an e-lecture, and do a copyediting exercise in MS Word due the following week (email it to the instructor for feedback); optional practice exercises also suggested.

Required text: Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook, 3rd edition (though earlier editions are also fine to use) and the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (earlier editions will be very difficult to use since things have moved around so much from the 15th edition).

Recommended materials: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition.

Instructor Kris Fulsaas is a freelance editor and proofreader whose clientele includes Countryman Press, Media Partners, Sasquatch Books, Mountaineers Books, and Seattle Homes & Lifestyles. She is also an instructor in the University of Washington editing certificate program. In her 33 years in publishing, Kris has worked in-house as a book production editor and a magazine production manager.

Scheduling note: The instructor will post lectures and assignments on Mondays (of the session dates listed), but you are free to access materials and the discussion forum at your convenience. Participants never need to be in front of their computers at a set time.

“The course was excellent. I appreciated both the lectures and the assignments. The material was exactly what I needed, but the real value of the course to me is the instructor.”

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $174

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for both Copyediting II and III! Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking both Copyediting II and III, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Copyediting II and III--Section A Combo

NOTE: This is a Combo Class

Mondays, January 6-February 10; February 17-March 24
Online

Please see the descriptions for the individual classes.

EFA members $238 — nonmembers $278

These are the 20% discounted combo prices for Copyediting II and III.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Copyediting II--Section B

Continuation of Copyediting I from the Fall semester with our popular instructor

Wednesdays, January 8-February 12
Online

This five-week course builds on Copyediting I from Fall 2013, covering grammar—modifiers (placement, absolutes, and compounds); punctuation—hyphens and dashes (interjections and suspensive hyphenation); more grammar—pronouns, parallelism, and complex constructions; capitalization and italics; and abbreviations and trademarks. Each week, participants read about 38 pages, download an e-lecture, and do a copyediting exercise in MS Word due the following week (email it to the instructor for feedback); optional practice exercises also suggested.

Required text: Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook, 3rd edition (though earlier editions are also fine to use) and the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (earlier editions will be very difficult to use since things have moved around so much from the 15th edition).

Recommended materials: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition.

Instructor Kris Fulsaas is a freelance editor and proofreader whose clientele includes Countryman Press, Media Partners, Sasquatch Books, Mountaineers Books, and Seattle Homes & Lifestyles. She is also an instructor in the University of Washington editing certificate program. In her 33 years in publishing, Kris has worked in-house as a book production editor and a magazine production manager.

Scheduling note: The instructor will post lectures and assignments on Wednesdays (of the session dates listed), but you are free to access materials and the discussion forum at your convenience. Participants never need to be in front of their computers at a set time.

“The course was excellent. I appreciated both the lectures and the assignments. The material was exactly what I needed, but the real value of the course to me is the instructor.”

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $174

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for both Copyediting II and III! Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking both Copyediting II and III, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Copyediting II and III--Section B Combo

NOTE: This is a Combo Class

Wednesdays, January 8-February 12; February 19-March 26
Online

Please see the descriptions for the individual classes.

EFA members $238 — nonmembers $278

These are the 20% discounted combo prices for Copyediting II and III.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Copyediting III--Section A

Continuation of Copyediting II from the Winter semester with our popular instructor

Mondays, February 17-March 24
Online

This five-week course builds on Copyediting I from Fall 2013 and Copyediting II from Winter 2014, covering number styles; copyediting quotations and using quotation marks correctly; language copyediting—diction, usage, and bias-free wording; alphabetization; and copyediting nontext elements. Participants read about 30 pages per week, read a downloaded e-lecture, and download a copyediting exercise to do in MS Word that is due the following week (email it to the instructor for feedback); optional practice exercises also suggested.

Required text: Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook, 3rd edition (though earlier editions are also fine to use) and the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (earlier editions will be very difficult to use since things have moved around so much from the 15th edition).

Recommended materials: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition.

Instructor Kris Fulsaas is a freelance editor and proofreader whose clientele includes Countryman Press, Media Partners, Sasquatch Books, Mountaineers Books, and Seattle Homes & Lifestyles. She is also an instructor in the University of Washington editing certificate program. In her 33 years in publishing, Kris has worked in-house as a book production editor and a magazine production manager.

Scheduling note: The instructor will post lectures and assignments on Wednesdays (of the session dates listed), but you are free to access materials and the discussion forum at your convenience. Participants never need to be in front of their computers at a set time.

“Kris was very thorough in her feedback. Her lecture notes and handouts are resources I plan to use over and over again as a reference.”

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $174

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for both Copyediting II and III! Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking both Copyediting II and III, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

Registration is closed for this class.

NEW! Intro to Editing for the Children's Book Market

(WEBINAR)

Rescheduled from Fall: NEW DATE: February 18, 1 pm PST
WEBINAR

Have you always wanted to work with children's books but never quite known how you might fit into the editorial process? In this jam-packed informational session, a children's publishing veteran will lead you through an overview of children's book markets and genres; discuss common freelance editorial roles within the industry; and share some must-have tools and resources for understanding the niche and doing quality work.

Instructor Lisa L. Owens has worked in children's publishing for 20+ years. During her first decade in the business, she held various in-house editorial positions—everything from proofreader to senior editor—while also freelancing on the side. She joined EFA in 2000, and in 2002 turned her part-time freelancing business into a full-time concern. Currently, she divides her time between editing fiction and writing her own books for young readers (both fiction and nonfiction). Lisa's various homes on the web include www.owenseditorialink.com, www.llowens.com, www.llowens.blogspot.com, and @LisaLOwens.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

Registration is closed for this class.

New! Self-Publishing for Editors

Good preparation for editors interested in learning about ebook formatting and design

Tuesday, February 18-March 11
Online, 4 weeks

Are you interested in working with self-publishing authors? Self-publishing authors are, in essence, publishers, which means that they need to educate themselves about the steps in the publishing process. The publishing landscape is changing fast, and for editors interested in working with self-publishing authors, it's important to stay abreast of these changes. Editors often know more than they think about what's involved in getting a book from manuscript to market. And what they don't know, they can learn, by exploring topics in self-publishing:

Course Topics

  • Trends in self-publishing (industry success stories, players and organizations)
  • Best resources for industry information
  • Financing your book (crowdfunding)
  • Editing (crowdsourced and professional editing)
  • Editing levels and workflow for self-publishing authors
  • The editor's role – how much or how little will you be involved?
  • Interior design, cover design, marketing, sales and distribution

Course assignments will be hands-on with an emphasis on tools that you can use in your editing business. This course is good preparation for editors interested in learning about ebook formatting and design.

Course Prerequisites

  • Some familiarity with ebooks and an interest in the self-publishing process
  • A sense of humor and a tolerance for lots of great interaction and hands-on exploration

About the Instructor

Carla Douglas is a writer and editor, co-author of seven books with Corina Koch MacLeod. They will soon release an eighth: You've Got Style: A Self-Publishing Author's Guide to Ebook Style (March 2014). She has also published some short fiction. Carla began editing research papers at a psychiatric clinic, and continues to edit academic work as well as education and literacy resources, online courseware, and fiction and nonfiction ebooks. She follows the self-publishing industry and writes about it and editors' tips for writers at the Beyond Paper Editing (http://beyondpaperediting.blogspot.ca/) blog.

EFA members $139 — nonmembers $164

DISCOUNT AVAILABLE: Combine with Ebook Formatting For Beginners for a 20% discount! Choose Self-Publishing for Editors and EBook Formatting for Beginners COMBO for the discount.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Self-Publishing for Editors and EBook Formatting for Beginners COMBO

NOTE: This is a Combo Class

February 18 - April 8
Online

Please see the descriptions for the individual classes.

EFA members $222 — nonmembers $262

These are the 20% discounted combo prices for Self-Publishing for Editors and EBook Formatting for Beginners.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Copyediting III--Section B

Continuation of Copyediting II from the Winter semester with our popular instructor

Wednesdays, February 19-March 26
Online

This five-week course builds on Copyediting I from Fall 2013 and Copyediting II from Winter 2014, covering number styles; copyediting quotations and using quotation marks correctly; language copyediting—diction, usage, and bias-free wording; alphabetization; and copyediting nontext elements. Participants read about 30 pages per week, read a downloaded e-lecture, and download a copyediting exercise to do in MS Word that is due the following week (email it to the instructor for feedback); optional practice exercises also suggested.

Required text: Amy Einsohn's The Copyeditor's Handbook, 3rd edition (though earlier editions are also fine to use) and the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (earlier editions will be very difficult to use since things have moved around so much from the 15th edition).

Recommended materials: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition.

Instructor Kris Fulsaas is a freelance editor and proofreader whose clientele includes Countryman Press, Media Partners, Sasquatch Books, Mountaineers Books, and Seattle Homes & Lifestyles. She is also an instructor in the University of Washington editing certificate program. In her 33 years in publishing, Kris has worked in-house as a book production editor and a magazine production manager.

Scheduling note: The instructor will post lectures and assignments on Wednesdays (of the session dates listed), but you are free to access materials and the discussion forum at your convenience. Participants never need to be in front of their computers at a set time.

“Kris was very thorough in her feedback. Her lecture notes and handouts are resources I plan to use over and over again as a reference.”

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $174

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for both Copyediting II and III! Pricing note: To receive the discounted price for taking both Copyediting II and III, be sure to select the combo option on the registration form.

Registration is closed for this class.

NEW! Secrets of LinkedIn: Inside Tips That Work (Webinar)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 12 noon EST
WEBINAR

With the right teacher you'll easily learn the most successful strategies on LinkedIn—in no time. And in plain English. Here's how. . .

Leverage today's most valuable online business networking site LinkedIn in this Webinar. Reach 250+ million users.

You'll learn how to locate and connect with new prospects, potential strategic partners and even top-notch employees and consultants—right from your computer. This Webinar will show you how.

WHY THIS WEBINAR, AND NOT OTHERS?

Jerry explains the essential principles—in language that you'll understand. He teaches successful methodologies—what works and what doesn't—so that you'll leave with strategies you can put to work right away. The Q&A section is one of the key parts of any CONNECTED CULTURE Webinar, so prepare your questions about LinkedIn and social media and ask away. We'll be using Twitter and the Adobe Connect chat function to allow questions.

YOUR GUIDE: JERRY ALLOCCA

Author of CONNECTED CULTURE, a book that has rapidly become one of the go-to resources in internet marketing, Jerry leads CORE Interactive Marketing, his own thriving practice. As a 15-year expert in the interactive world, he's not only a proponent of LinkedIn but a fully operating participant—and his enthusiasm for interactivity will rub off on you. Jerry has used his LinkedIn network to meet other business professionals, establish strategic alliances, grow his business and get new speaking engagements.

[NOTE: View this YouTube Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se1mu6Pi8aU]

WEBINAR OUTLINE

  • Step 1 – Your Profile Means Profits!
  • Step 2 – Connect with People You Know—and those you DON'T know yet!
  • Step 3 – Find Strategic Partners and Key Influencers
  • Step 4 – Select the Best Groups to Join
  • Step 5 – Become a Group Leader and Build a Loyal Following
  • BONUS – The Secret Step will be revealed in the Webinar. This is the strategy that Jerry has used for himself with great results, and he will share it with you.

About the Instructor

Jerry Allocca is the founder of CORE Interactive, author of CONNECTED CULTURE (http://connectedculturebook.com) and an award-winning digital marketer. He has over a decade of experience and knows how to drive a ton of quality traffic to your website. He also teaches digital marketing at Hofstra University Continuing Education. Probably the best thing about Jerry is that he is down to earth and speaks in plain English.


His presentation was great, and I learned a ton of stuff, even though I thought I was somewhat social media savvy. But there are a lot of marketing tips and hints that I never knew.
—Lourdes Venard, Long Island EFA Chapter Coordinator

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

Registration is closed for this class.

NEW! Save Yourself Aggravation, Overwork, and Underpayment: Define That Project Before You Start!

Webinar

Thursday, March 6, 7:00-8:00 PM ET
Adobe Connect Webinar

The bane of many freelancers' existence is the project that looks straightforward and easily manageable, and turns into a nightmare of changing client requirements, added material, unending revisions, and more. Responding to such changes in project scope often ends up with the freelancer making far less on the project than expected.

Find out how to head off such problems in this practical webinar on "managing by definition." Presenter Ruth E. Thaler-Carter has many years of experience in dealing with managing project creep and scope for the benefit of the freelancer.

EFA members $39 — nonmembers $49

Registration is closed for this class.

EBook Formatting for Beginners

eBooks are here to stay. Learn the fundamentals of formatting ebooks!

Tuesday, March 18-April 8
Online, 4 weeks

Do you work with self-publishing authors? Are you interested in offering ebook formatting services as part of your editing business? As an editor, you probably know more than you think about getting manuscripts into publishable form. With a bit of additional knowledge, you can also learn the basics of ebook formatting beginning with the tool you already use: Microsoft Word.

Course Topics

  • Ebook formatting principles
  • Creating clean source documents using free clean-up tools (Word add-ins) and special features in Word
  • Identifying and addressing common ebook formatting problems
  • Establishing an ebook production workflow
  • Using Word Styles to style an ebook
  • Using templates for ebook formatting
  • Exploring inexpensive and open-source tools for advanced ebook building (Jutoh and Sigil)

Course assignments will be hands-on with an emphasis on tools that you can use in your editing business. This course is a good starting point for editors interested in ebook formatting and design.

Course Prerequisites

  • Self-Publishing for Editors, a course offered through the Editorial Freelancers Association (recommended, but not required)
  • A familiarity with ebooks and the self-publishing process
  • A copy of Microsoft Word. Course instructions are written for Word 2010, but the instructor will happily steer users of earlier versions of Word to resources that can help them
  • A sense of humor and a tolerance for lots of great interaction and hands-on exploration

This course doesn't require knowledge of XML, CSS or HTML.

About the Instructor

Corina Koch MacLeod is an editor at Beyond Paper Editing (http://beyondpaperediting.weebly.com/) and co-author of seven books and a soon-to-be-released eighth book, You've Got Style: A Self-Publishing Author's Guide to Ebook Style (March 2014). She has edited everything from a pre-operation picture book for children scheduled for surgery to a distance education course in green industries for teachers. Since co-authoring her first ebook, she has discovered a variety of simple ebook formatting methods that she believes are well within the grasp of most editors. She writes about self-publishing and ebook production at the Beyond Paper Editing (http://beyondpaperediting.blogspot.ca/) blog.


Fantastic course! Corina was thorough, but always clear. She was also timely, engaging, and kind. I would highly recommend the course.

This was the best online class I have ever taken. The material was presented in a clear, user-friendly manner, with detailed instructions and many helpful links for additional learning opportunities. I would highly recommend this course to colleagues.

EFA members $139 — nonmembers $164

DISCOUNT AVAILABLE: Combine this course with Self-Publishing for Editors to get a 20% discount. Choose Self-Publishing for Editors and EBook Formatting for Beginners COMBO for the discount.

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

Developmental Editing for College Textbook Publishers

(EFA Office, New York)

Saturday, March 29, 9:30 am-4:30 pm (1-hour lunch on own)
EFA Office, 71 West 23rd Street, NYC

Developmental editing for college textbooks (a.k.a. DE work) is vastly different from what the rest of the publishing industry thinks of as editing. While substantive (a.k.a. line) editing is usually part of the assignment, college textbook DEs are called upon for a wide variety of other tasks: competition comparison, review analysis, length and schedule monitoring, design evaluation, art program assembly, and more.

This all-day course will use hands-on exercises with actual published college textbooks to guide you through the process of accepting and successfully fulfilling a DE project, addressing such issues as:

  • Scoping out the author and project
  • Formulating a realistic project estimate
  • Nuts and bolts: competition, reviews, schedule, manuscript delivery, art program, length, design, and shepherding the book through production
  • Meeting client reporting requirements
  • Maintaining positive author relationships
  • Knowing when to ask for help

Elsa Peterson has more than 20 years of experience in college publishing as a freelance developmental editor, permissions editor, and picture researcher. She is the author of the EFA book Copyright and Permissions: What Every Writer and Editor Should Know and of numerous articles about the business and craft of editing. Her most recent in-house position was as a senior developmental editor for psychology with McGraw-Hill Higher Education. As a freelance developmental editor, she has worked with hundreds of wonderful authors and assisted in bringing scores of successful titles to fruition.

EFA members $149 — nonmembers $174

Registration is closed for this class.

Developmental Editing of Fiction

New!

April 14 – May 5, 2014
Online

Developmental Editing of Fiction is a new online class for editors interested in working with novelists and short story writers to develop their work. If you have some experience with editing but haven't worked with fiction, then this is the class for you. We'll cover the basics of developmental editing (what it is and isn't), the specifics of developmental editing in fiction (for example, the specific problems and judgment calls you run into with fiction), working with novelists, and finding clients.

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 $179 — nonmembers $199

Sorry, this class has been completely booked.

NEW! The ABCs of PDFs: Working with Adobe Acrobat Pro X/XI

Live in NYC

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:30 am-12:00 noon
EFA Office, 71 West 23rd Street, NYC

This session will be a hands-on tech-learning workshop focused on creating and editing PDFs using Adobe Acrobat X/XI Pro, the most widely used portable document format (PDF) software. Using their own PC or Mac laptop, participants will work in small groups with others at the same skill level; ie, beginners will work on basic orientation to the toolbars and tool panels/panes used to create PDFs from various source documents; intermediate users will work on learning next-level skills, such as editing PDFs once they are created; and advanced users will work on trouble-shooting and solving PDF challenges.

To get the most out of this short (90-minute) workshop, participants whould bring their own PC or Mac laptop with Acrobat X or Acrobat XI already loaded. Acrobat XI can be downloaded for a free one-month trial at: https://www.acrobat.com/free-trial-download.html.

Useful but not necessary: A subscription to Lynda.com tutorials for the day of the workshop. If you are not already a subscriber, you can get a one-month subscription for $25 at: http://www.lynda.com/membership/e?btn=NMHPHero_bluebtn. Membership discounts are frequently available online.

Not useful: We will not be working with PDFs on tablets, iPads, iPhones, or iPods. Acrobat 9 is outdated and will not be covered as major changes to panels and toolbars were made in Acrobat X and XI.

Instructor Barbara Kristaponis is a writer and graphic designer with 10+ years' experience as a designer/writer/editor, including 6 years as a managing medical editor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and 2 years as a senior writer/editor in the development unit at the New York Hall of Science. She also has a background in video, with 8+ years as a New York freelance video camerawoman and editor, as well as being an adjunct professor in video at Borough of Manhattan Community College. For the past 5 years, she has taught a workshop on basic design and typography (The Good Page) at the annual conference for the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and is now teaching an AMWA short workshop on The ABCs of PDFs. She has a BA in sociology with subsequent studies in graphic design at Parsons The New School for Design and the School of Visual Arts. She never sleeps.

EFA members $109 — nonmembers $129

For a combo class and 20% discount, choose "Combo: Word 2010 for PC Macros and the ABCs of PDFs."

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NEW! Word 2010 for PC: An Intro to Macros

Live in NYC

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 am-10:30 am
EFA Office, 71 West 23rd Street, NYC

In this session, you will learn to customize the Quick Access Toolbar in Word 2010 for PC, so Word is easier to work with, and record a short macro so you can handle tedious tasks faster.

This is not a class for beginners in Word nor will we discuss how to do these tasks on a Mac. Working in MS Word 2007/2010 for at least 2 years is recommended.

This workshop does not delve into Word 2007. If you need specific help with Word 2007, see: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/introduction-to-word-2007-HA010228536.aspx?CTT=1 and http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/up-to-speed-with-word-2007-RZ010066490.aspx?CTT=1.

Instructor Melissa Bogen has been in medical publishing since 1987, and a full-time freelance medical editor since 1997. Her specialty is editing scientific, technical, and medical manuscripts and multimedia programs for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. She earned BELS certification in 2001, a core certificate in editing & writing from the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) in 2003, and an AMWA advanced certificate in medical communications in 2008.

Since 2005, Melissa has led workshops on working with Microsoft Word. Melissa has an in-depth knowledge of Word and has been writing macros since her XyWrite days at Pergamon Press/Elsevier.

EFA members $109 — nonmembers $129

For a combo class and 20% discount, choose "Combo: Word 2010 for PC Macros and the ABCs of PDFs."

» Register now!

Combo: Word 2010 for PC Macros and the ABCs of PDFs

NOTE: This is a Combo Class

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00 am-12:00 noon
Live in NYC

Please see the descriptions for the individual classes.

EFA members $174 — nonmembers $206

These are the 20% discounted combo prices for Word 2010 Macros and the ABCs of PDFs.

» Register now!

NEW! The Basics of InDesign for Writers and Editors (Webinar)

Wednesday, April 30, 8:00-9:00 PM EST
Adobe Connect Webinar

This course will present a tour of the basic features of InDesign, the extremely popular and functional publication layout and design application. Vanessa will review the basic InDesign functions, including newsletter and print layout, interactive PDF design, and EPUB and other interactive app creation.

You'll also learn about workspaces and tools; how to set up a document using master pages; and how to format text using styles.

Objectives: If you already have InDesign, you'll be able to tailor a workspace for specific functions and set up master pages and styles for maximum efficiency. If you haven't used InDesign, you'll gain understanding of the application's capabilities, tools and uses, and how to set up a basic layout project.

Having a copy of the program for this one-hour webinar is not absolutely necessary, but we'll gauge if there's interest in more detailed training sessions. Possible focus for future training could be InDesign newsletters, interactive PDFs, or EPUBs.

About the Instructor

Vanessa McVay is a freelance editor and designer and adjunct online instructor, most recently of Durham, NC, and Lubbock, TX. She worked as a newspaper journalist and designer for many years in the Pacific Northwest and in 2012 received a master's degree in visual communication/multimedia from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

EFA members $49 — nonmembers $59

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Fiction Editing and the Author-Editor Relationship: Two sides of the same coin

Chatham, NY

Thursday, May 1, 3:00-6:00 pm
Yiannis at Chatham House restaurant, 29 Hudson Avenue, Chatham, NY (518) 392-7700)

There's lots of information out there for writers about how to write, and for editors about how to edit. But not much about how to interact with each other. The path to publishing used to be a narrow one with shepherds and gatekeepers in established roles. Nowadays, there are so many options and changing rules that both authors and editors often don't know what to expect from each other, or how to conduct business directly. Certain things remain constant, however, and the editor-author partnership still fuels a book's development to the best it can be. Come learn how both parties can synchronize their abilities and perspectives through simple and realistic, mutual expectations.

Instructor Carolyn Haley is a full-service editor who specializes in novels. She has been editing professionally since 1977 and through her own company, DocuMania, since 2006. She works with both traditional publishers and independent authors to help them successfully connect with their readers, letting the book's vision emerge unhindered in the author's genuine voice. Because she writes fiction herself, she knows the creative process from both sides and understands how editing can help or hinder. She lives in rural Vermont, after spending ten years in the Albany Capital District. When not working with books as an author, editor, reviewer, and teacher, she enjoys outdoor pursuits, such as horseback riding, gardening, paddling, walking, and birding.

EFA members $119 — nonmembers $139

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E-Editing I: PDF Markup

May 6 – May 30, 2014
Online

Editing today involves products that are more often electronic, and workflows that have moved onto the computer screen. Marking up PDFs is now an essential skill. This seminar will explore ways to use free Adobe Reader software to mark up PDFs of manuscripts and media such as websites, apps, comic books, and presentation slides.

In this hands-on course, you will explore the tools through structured lessons that incorporate video demos and exercises for self-testing. Mark up the page as with pencil on paper, use stamps of proofreader's marks, or use the mark-up tools. Get feedback and troubleshooting help from the instructor and work with the other students to find what works best for you and for your clients. The focus is on marking up edits, not on changing the PDF.

Advanced Acrobatics have been added to this popular course, expanding the content to a full 4 lessons. This includes production-like moves such as sorting comments and mark-up, attaching files, combining objects, comparing documents, adding bookmarks and hyperlinks, finding the word count, and moving pages between PDFs. The full Adobe Acrobat program is required for those aspects. We recommend trying the free trial during the course.

To take this course, you should have a knowledge of:

  • proofreader's marks
  • file creation and management
  • menu options and navigation
  • mousing and keyboard navigation
  • basic word processing functions such as cut, copy, paste, undo, save as, spellcheck, bold, italic, and indenting

You will need:

  • Adobe Reader XI (free)
  • access to YouTube videos
  • email
  • tablet such as iPad with Adobe Reader XI
  • Acrobat Standard or Pro X or XI (free trial version OK, note that version 9 is very different)

Instructor Adrienne Montgomerie has been teaching editors to master editing on-screen for four years. Publishers such as Pearson, McGraw, and HarperCollins are the mainstay of her 17-year-old freelance editing business. For her writing about editing, check Copyediting.com blog and the Right Angels and Polo Bears podcast.

EFA members $139 — nonmembers $159

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for E-editing I and II. This popular course has been revised, expanded and split. The second half is E-editing II: Editing in Word. To sign up for both parts at a discounted price, select the combo option.

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E-Editing I and II Combo

NOTE: This is a Combo Class

May 6-June 30, 2014
Online

Please see the descriptions for the individual classes.

EFA members $222 — nonmembers $242

These are the 20% discounted combo prices for E-Editing I and II.

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E-Editing II: Editing in Word

June 3 – 30, 2014
Online

Editing manuscripts on a computer gives you access to many tools that make work faster and more accurate. This course will take you through Word's Track Changes feature and on to macros and plug-ins with a stop by the many alternative tools including advanced find and replace, wildcards, styles, and customizations that truly make the work fly.

Presented online, this course consists of emailed lessons with video demos and self-check exercises. Get feedback and troubleshooting from the instructor and work with the other students to find what works best for you and for your clients. The focus is on efficient editing, not on language or grammar.

To take this course, you should have a knowledge of:

  • file creation and management
  • menu options and navigation
  • mousing and keyboard navigation
  • basic word processing functions such as cut, copy, paste, undo, save as, spellcheck, bold, italic, and indenting

You will need:

  • Word 2003 or newer (note that the 2008 version for Mac does not support macros)
  • access to YouTube videos
  • email

Recommended:

  • Windows platform for some plug-ins, but the course is slanted toward Mac

Instructor Adrienne Montgomerie has been teaching editors to master editing on-screen for four years. Publishers such as Pearson, McGraw, and HarperCollins are the mainstay of her 17-year-old freelance editing business. For her writing about editing, check Copyediting.com blog and the Right Angels and Polo Bears podcast.

EFA members $139 — nonmembers $159

DISCOUNT: Save 20% when you sign up for both E-editing I and II. This popular course has been revised, expanded and split. The first half is E-editing I: PDF Markup. To sign up for both parts at a discounted price, select the combo option.

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Successful Self-Publishing From Both Sides

Webinar Recording

RECORDING of March 12 webinar

This webinar took place on March 12. Registration is now open for access to the video recording of the webinar. Once you have registered, you will be sent a receipt and confirmation email, followed by an email with the presenter's handouts and a link to the online recording, which will be available until June 30. Please allow two business days for the link email to be sent.

With so many options available, it can be difficult to navigate your way to self-publishing success. But if you want great results, you need to get real. You cannot just copy what the bestsellers are doing or upload your files and hope for the best—if you want to sell more than the 100-200 copy average where most indie books cap out, you need a plan designed for your type of book and your particular situation. You need to know about the unique opportunities and limitations of the industry that many indie authors don't discover until it's too late. This presentation will dually address how editorial professionals can better attract and serve self-publishing clients and also how they can publish their own digital and print books to boost their freelance business or to launch a writing career.

Instructor Ally E. Machate debuted “Self-Publishing From Both Sides” in September at the 2013 Communication Central conference. She has given presentations on writing and publishing at the Maryland Writers Conference, the League of Utah Writers Roundup, the Florida Writers Conference, the Bay to Ocean Writing Conference, the Federal Women's Training Program, and more. Until recently Ally also taught writing classes to adults at two local community colleges in their Lifelong Learning programs. Her talks and classes are informed by more than 14 years of experience working in the publishing industry, including acquiring and editing books for Touchstone Fireside, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. She has been a freelance editor, writer, and publishing consultant full time since 2004 and has published articles on writing in such varied venues as The Writer magazine and the Writer's Digest Guide to Literary Agents 2009. Ally also ghostauthored nonfiction books including High Style (Chronicle Books, 10/08) and My Prevention Health Organizer (Prevention Books, 6/10). Her latest project, Way of the SEAL, for which she is the credited coauthor, was released from Reader's Digest Books in December 2013. You can find out more about Ally at www.ambitiousenterprises.com and www.allymachate.com.

<“Ally's background in traditional publishing allowed her to give attendees a deep look into the publishing business. She encouraged us to think beyond the art of writing to the business of self-publishing. Ally was a lively, energetic speaker who captured my attention and gave me a lot of information to act on.” —Erin Brenner, owner, Right Touch Editing

EFA members $109 — nonmembers $119

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