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- NEW: 80 Common Layout Errors to Flag When Proofreading Book Interiors
- NEW: Author and Editor Together: Building the Best Manuscript
- NEW: Building Successful Freelancer-Client Relationships
- NEW: Choosing an Editor: What You Need to Know
- NEW: Language Bias: An Editor's Guide to Biased Language
- NEW: Three Types of Editors: Developmental Editors, Copyeditors, and Substantive Editors
- A Freelance Editor's Guide to Book Production
- A Guide for the Freelance Indexer
- Building a Freelance Client Base
- Copyright and Permissions: What Every Writer and Editor Should Know
- Freelancing 101: Launching Your Editorial Business
- Freelancing 101: What You Need to Know to Run a Successful Business
- Freelancing as a Business: 7 Steps to Take Before Launch Day
- Grammatical Gleanings
- How to Prepare Your Manuscript in Word
- It's All About the Niche
- Making Word 2010 Work for You
- Making Word Work for You
- Post, Share, and Tweet Your Way to the Top
- Résumés for Freelancers
- Should Freelance Editors Charge By the Hour or By the Project?
- Social Media: The New Revolution in Communication
- Textbook Development as an Art and a Science
- The Art of Editing for the Corporate Market
NEW: 80 Common Layout Errors to Flag When Proofreading Book Interiors
Lynette M. Smith
This book provides guidance on the types of layout errors commonly encountered in the interior layout of a book before it is published and gives some idea as to techniques the layout professional may employ to remedy the errors.
NEW: Author and Editor Together: Building the Best Manuscript
This booklet is about the author-editor partnership and the role it plays in creating the best possible manuscript. It focuses on the partnership between the freelance editor and his or her client, the author who seeks out an editor and pays that person directly for services rendered.
NEW: Building Successful Freelancer-Client Relationships
Today's publishing landscape offers more opportunities than ever for freelancers and clients to work together. Major publishers, university presses, and small presses regularly hire freelancers to support every aspect of the publishing process. Many writers seek editorial services to develop their projects prior to submitting to an agent. Self-publishing authors avail themselves of expertise-for-hire at various points in the creative process, from research and fact-checking to project management, editing, proofreading, indexing, and book design. Freelancers might be called in on a short-term basis or engaged for longer-term projects. Whatever the scenario, a good-faith relationship between freelancer and client enhances both the editorial process and finished product. This booklet describes how to build that trust.
NEW: Choosing an Editor: What You Need to Know
April M. Davis
Good editing should be invisible. Editing helps authors convey what they intend to and helps authors look more credible by eliminating errors that would produce doubts in the minds of the readers. Although editors and authors work together toward the same goal--a perfect manuscript--the relationship between them is sometimes adversarial. Writers are working for themselves and will create what they consider to be perfect manuscripts. Editors are working for publishers and readers--even if paid by the author--to produce error-free manuscripts that are clear in terms of grammar, spelling, and flow. This booklet describes some of the services that editors can offer to their clients.
NEW: Language Bias: An Editor's Guide to Biased Language
Emily Mahan and Sandra Distelhorst
This booklet offers a guide to language bias, or language that reflects or perpetuates "demeaning attitudes and biased assumptions about people." There are both practical and ethical reasons for avoiding biased language. The use of biased language has a rhetorical effect: it may alienate or offend readers, and decrease your credibility with them.
NEW: Three Types of Editors: Developmental Editors, Copyeditors, and Substantive Editors
There are many types of editors. With all the different kinds of editing that exist and all the various words to classify varieties of editing and editors, it can be difficult to know exactly what certain terms mean. It is definitely challenging for authors in need of editing services to determine what differing sorts of editors do or what varied categories of editing entail. Even for editors, it can be difficult sometimes to distinguish exactly what various editors do. This booklet examines three distinct kinds of editors, specifically copyeditors (also written as "copy editors"), developmental editors, and substantive editors.
A Freelance Editor's Guide to Book Production
Veteran book producer Rachel Hockett details the process of taking a book from raw manuscript to printer-ready files in this updated and revised edition of the popular EFA guide. Topics include creating the schedule, estimating the costs, hiring the freelancers and suppliers, preparing the text, creating the front matter and index, reviewing the proofs, invoicing, and working with the author and publisher.
A Guide for the Freelance Indexer
April Michelle Davis
A Guide for the Freelance Indexer has been many years in the making when you take into account that April Michelle Davis, prior to teaching the "Introduction to Indexing" course through the Editorial Freelancers Association, earned a master's of professional studies degree in publishing from George Washington University as well as certificates in editing, book publishing, and professional editing. She also completed the "Basic Indexing" course at the USDA Graduate School and "Indexing: Theory and Application" at the University of California, Berkeley. A member of the American Society for Indexing, she is chair-elect for the Mid-South Atlantic chapter of ASI. This is an important book for anyone embarking on an indexing career, or considering such a move.
Building a Freelance Client Base
Developing a dependable client base is not magical or mysterious. It requires some skill, effort, and consistency, but you don't have to be a marketing guru or spend your entire day working to get more work. This book shows how you can develop a good client base over time and in these incremental stages: Creation, Maintenance, and Expansion.
Copyright and Permissions: What Every Writer and Editor Should Know
Elsa Peterson has more than twenty years of experience as a freelance permissions editor in addition to having been copyright administrator for European American Music Distributors Corporation. She wrote this book with the aim of covering the essentials of copyright as they relate to writers and editors. It is especially intended for those who work on a freelance basis because they can't rely on a corporate legal department to keep them out of trouble when it comes to copyright. It is also hoped that this book will inform those who are interested in working as freelance permissions editors and those who may be in a position to hire permissions editors. In addition to working with intellectual property, Elsa is also a freelance picture researcher and developmental editor. She holds a BA with highest honors in music from the University of California at Riverside and an MA in music history from Case Western Reserve University.
Freelancing 101: Launching Your Editorial Business
Ruth E. Thaler-Carter
Ruth E. Thaler-Carter is a seasoned and successful freelance editor who takes readers through the steps necessary to establishing a successful freelance editing career. Ms. Thaler-Carter has worked for many years both writing and editing in many areas, and she is often the editorial expert people turn to in online blogs and discussions. Her advice has always been greatly valued.
Freelancing 101: What You Need to Know to Run a Successful Business
If you're like many people who work for someone else, thoughts of becoming your own boss often float through your mind. Visions of going to the gym during the day, or taking a two-hour lunch, or doing laundry at 10:00 a.m. are prevalent . . . but then reality sets in. There are mortgages and car loans to pay, college tuitions to save for, retirement earnings to amass . . . and so the thoughts of becoming a full-time freelance editor or writer fall by the wayside.
Freelancing as a Business: 7 Steps to Take Before Launch Day
A large number of people working in and around publishing earn their living as freelance or contract workers. They choose their projects, set their own schedules, and reap the benefits of their hard work. It sounds like a no-brainer — who wouldn't want that job? — but to be successful you need a solid foundation upon which to build your business. Do you have the foundation you need to become an editorial freelancer?
Patricia M. Godfrey
Grammar maven Patricia M. Godfrey offers guidance to "working professional copy editors and any others who share their love of the English language and who delight to explore its byways" in fifteen essays that originally appeared in "The Wizard of Rs," a regular column in the Editorial Freelancers Association newsletter. Discussing issues of grammar and syntax, idiom and semantics, and punctuation and typography, "this brief collection will clarify a few obscure points, warn of imminent linguistic peril, or simply add to the knowledge and relish with which its readers regard the language."
How to Prepare Your Manuscript in Word
Your book manuscript will pass through multiple hands before it is published. If it is being sent to an agent or publishers, it needs to be keyboarded as simply as possible, so as not to distract potential buyers from its content. Neatness counts, too, if the manuscript is being delivered as contracted or you are self-publishing via a book packager. How well prepared your manuscript is as a document will affect how smoothly it passes into print . . . or perhaps even e-print.
It's All About the Niche
Choosing a life as a freelance editor/writer brings up many questions, and how you answer them can have a major impact on your success as a freelancer. One of the more interesting is the subject of this booklet — will declaring a specialty for yourself likely increase or decrease your freelancing opportunities?
Making Word 2010 Work for You
Since the success of Hilary Powers' Making Word Work for You, people have been asking when Powers would come out with another Word book, particularly with the advent of the new Word programs using ribbons. This is the book everyone has been waiting for: it tames Microsoft Word. Anyone who is an editor or writer and works onscreen must have this book. Not only does Powers cover such topics as how to work with Track Changes, macros, and other features that ensure your document has been created and edited well, but it also broadens your resources with links to further aids. Hilary Powers has been freelancing since 1994, when she settled on editing as the skill most likely to allow her to emulate Nero Wolfe and avoid leaving home on business.
$20.00, print copy
Making Word Work for You
Successful freelance editor Hilary Powers explains how to get the most out of Microsoft Word when editing manuscripts on screen. Among the subjects she covers are personalizing the program and the screen to meet your needs and taste, deploying Word's custom features, domesticating Track Changes, creating and using macros and templates, coping with the snares and pitfalls Word users often encounter, and finding useful resources and program add-ins. With this guidance, editors can increase their page-per-hour throughput — and their income.
Post, Share, and Tweet Your Way to the Top
Regardless of the type of editing you do, you have to go where your potential clients are — online. They're out there, waiting. Through social media marketing you'll maximize exposure and get your name out there, generate leads, improve your search engine ranking, and rise to the top of the freelance editing heap. With this book you will learn to find potential clients, interact with them, and grow your freelance editing business by harnessing the power of social media marketing.
Résumés for Freelancers
The highly versatile Sheila Buff, who is chair of the EFA JobList and leads an Affinity Group for new freelancers, illustrates how to transform a traditional rÃ©sumÃ© into a marketing tool that will reel in freelance jobs. Using actual rÃ©sumÃ©s as examples, she demonstrates how to highlight skills and create an implement that leaves no doubt to a prospective client you're a talented professional committed to self-employment. Aside from discussing some alternatives to using the traditional rÃ©sumÃ©, Ms. Buff also brings up what other types of documents could be used as accompaniments or alternatives to rÃ©sumÃ©s.
Should Freelance Editors Charge By the Hour or By the Project?
A vexing question for many freelance editors is how to charge for one's services — by the hour, or by the project. This booklet discusses the pros and cons of both methods for charging clients to help you determine which method will work best for you.
Social Media: The New Revolution in Communication
As a freelance editor for over twenty-five years, Barbara Magalnick realizes how important social media is for the freelancer. This introduction to social media offers freelancers, particularly those in the publishing world, all the information they need to get involved in the social media revolution. There is a rundown on the social media scene, how it works, and, most of all, how to get into it and use it successfully to advance a freelance editorial career. Ms. Magalnick also discusses how you can protect yourself online and avoid the typical problems associated with privacy, spammers, scammers, and discussion groups. Full chapters are devoted to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Textbook Development as an Art and a Science
Carolyn D. Smith with Jeannine Ciliotta
Seasoned textbook development editor Carolyn D. Smith and freelance writer Jeannine Ciliotta explain the steps that go into developing a textbook, from initial concept to final manuscript, in this classic EFA publication.
The Art of Editing for the Corporate Market
For those who may have thought of entering the world of corporate editing, this is the book that can help you make that transition. Mary Johnson, who has been editing for the corporate market for nearly three decades, takes you beyond the everyday rules of grammar and punctuation to provide insight into the unique editing requirements of business publications. She honed her skills editing for the corporate world at a major high tech firm. This book is a winner!
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