Author Spotlight
EFA Publications for the Professional Freelancer
Feast and Famine No More: How to Fill Your Editing Schedule and Keep It Full By Blake Atwood
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At some point in your freelance editing career, you will face every freelancer’s fear: a blank schedule. Your inbox is empty. Your former clients may not write another book for years. And... More > you’re at a loss for how to find those elusive would-be clients. You’re not sure when you’ll next be able to pay yourself. You may even begin to wonder if freelancing was the right decision. Famine threatens your livelihood. But there are proven steps you can take to reinvigorate your pipeline. If done with purpose and consistency, you can have clients proactively contacting you for their next editing need, and your schedule will get full and remain that way. But it takes work, so let’s get to it.< Less
Get Those Grants! By Katherine Harper
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Today's nonprofit organizations rely on outside financial support. "Get Those Grants!" provides an informative introduction to prospect research and proposal writing. Author Katherine... More > Harper, a veteran grant writer, explains what types of funders exist, how to find them, the information that matters to them, the process of crafting a successful proposal, and how to locate and work with nonprofit clients. A resources section lists grants-related books, periodicals, databases, and training opportunities, many of them free of charge.< Less
Task-Based Logs By Laurie Lewis
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Most freelancers keep logs so they know how many hours to bill for their work. A good log can provide so much more information! By logging by task and analyzing their logs, freelancers can identify... More > their strengths and weaknesses, assess a project before accepting an assignment to determine if the price and deadline are reasonable, and calculate lucrative project fees. This booklet explains how to keep task-based logs and how to use them to work smarter and earn more money.< Less
Google Docs for Editors By Karin Horler
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Although Microsoft Word has been the editor’s standard tool for decades, some clients have begun to turn away from it. When clients ask for editing to be done in the Google Docs web-based word... More > processing program, freelance editors have many questions. Can you track changes? How do you handle the workflow when the client can change the document at any time? If you convert between Google Docs and Word or other file types, will the formatting be preserved? What about Word macros and add-ins—are there equivalents in Google Docs? Based on the author’s experience and the results of a survey of editors, this booklet discusses the pros and cons of converting files to and from Word, addresses file management and collaboration, reviews built-in features and third-party add-ons that could be useful to editors working in Google Docs, and offers helpful tips and advice for editors working in Google Docs.< Less
eBooks and Editors: What You Need to Know By Kevin Callahan
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Ebooks give everyone the opportunity to read what we publish. • They are accessible to all, regardless of disability. • They are portable and can be read almost anywhere. • They can... More > build on a print edition’s content. Editors play a vital role in creating ebooks by providing well-structured manuscripts, accessible text and images, and ebook–only material. They collaborate in new ways with everyone in book production — designers, photo researchers, typesetters, ebook developers — to produce high-quality print and ebook editions. This booklet describes the different digital formats and how they are produced. More importantly, it lays out how ebooks expand publishing possibilities and how editors can contribute.< Less
Sensitivity Reads: A Guide for Professional Editors By Ebonye Gussine Wilkins & Lourdes Venard
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More and more, authors and publishers are turning to sensitivity readers to make sure their novels or nonfiction pieces accurately and authentically represent a culture or group of people. But what... More > exactly is a sensitivity reader? And what does the job entail? This booklet will answer those and other questions. We’ll explain what a sensitivity reader does, both for fiction and nonfiction. We look at categories or niches you may want to explore; issues you should be targeting as you read; use of language and unintended meanings; how to break a sensitivity read into macro and micro points; and how to position yourself to find such work. In addition to the how-to’s of doing a sensitivity read, we also focus on the business side—fee schedules, contracts, and nondisclosure agreements. This book also provides checklists for when reading fiction or nonfiction, explains current publishing terms you will need to know; and offers additional resources helpful to a sensitivity reader.< Less
Web 1.0: Content and Design Pointers That Produce Profits By Wendy Meyeroff
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First time starting your own business website? Time to update what you posted years ago? Check here for back to basics (still often overlooked!) plus get insights on 21st-century... More > stand-out-from-the-crowd options. Twenty-year custom content and web design reviewer Wendy J. Meyeroff walks you through standards to set for yourself or your developers in eight easy chapters. Web 1.0 is directed to those in editorial fields (e.g., writers, editors, proofreaders, etc.) but any small biz/home office can benefit. Among the topics covered: How many overall links does your site need? Any sublinks? What are the checkpoints for easy online readability? Should you include a blog? And even the pros and cons of using social media to spotlight your site/skills/services and bring readers back to your “office.”< Less
Advanced Features of Word: How to Easily Format Theses and Dissertations By Rochelle Deans
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How to Use Advanced Features of Word to Format Theses and Dissertations take the guessing out of formatting, providing you with a headache free-path to formatting academic documents that are... More > university-compliant and easy to change and unify. Learn how to update styles, create automatic tables of contents, use section breaks effectively, style and update page numbers, apply universal indents, access and understand the format painter, and more.< Less
Contracts Demystified: A Guide for Editors and Authors By Sarah Dubel
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Contracts Demystified: A Guide for Editors and Authors will provide editors insights for consideration when creating custom contracts that not only protect their livelihoods, but also help build... More > successful business relationships with clients. Authors and editors alike will come to know the logic behind the inclusion of certain terms and conditions, and shall be able to negotiate and tailor the provisions with their unique engagements in mind. The structure within includes a list of provisions with a discussion about the logic of each provision preceding sample legal provisions. The contents are most applicable to the arrangements between individual authors and freelancing editors, but the discussion will benefit a wider audience.< Less
A Freelancer's Guide to Difficult Clients By Ann Kellett, PhD.
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Sooner or later, we all encounter them: the bully . . . the one who changes direction midstream . . . the cheapskate . . . and other difficult clients. In this concise guide, the author analyzes... More > freelance editors’ stories and identifies four broad categories of difficult clients: the manipulator, the rule changer, the procrastinator, and the willfully ignorant. Real-world examples of each are presented, as well as how the freelancer resolved the situation and the major lesson learned. Their stories are followed by advice from experts. In her more than 30 years of writing and editing experience, the author has worked with only a couple of difficult clients, and they inspired her to learn more about preventing and resolving these types of situations to ensure that each party in the freelancer-client relationship is successful.< Less