Author Spotlight
EFA Publications for the Professional Freelancer
The Editor As Self Publishing Consultant By Linda Nathan
eBook (ePub): $8.99
This book will help you make the most of the author-editor relationship to relate to self-publishing authors and to provide useful tools for their (and your) success. It examines the immense... More > self-publishing industry and how editors can find their niche and offers help in appraising and meeting clients' needs and in being a liaison with agents and publishers. It discusses potential pitfalls, relates a few success and horror stories, and provides marketing tips, online resources, and a chart of Pros and Cons of Traditional v. Self-Publishing.< Less
A Proofreading Companion: Tips, Tools, & Strategies for Polished Writing By Jennifer Karchmer
eBook (ePub): $8.99
While proofreading is a critical step in the editing process, it unfortunately gets short shrift. Sometimes it is skipped entirely, resulting in unprofessional work, which can affect sales and... More > credibility. In this book, Jennifer Karchmer, owner of Over The Shoulder Editorial, imparts personal stories, anecdotes, examples and practical advice to show how important proofreading is to any written product. This book serves as a companion piece for freelance proofreaders and editors alike who want to work more efficiently and effectively. Writers of all genres also will appreciate the self-editing tools presented here. Your purchase of this book benefits the Editorial Freelancer's Association, a nonprofit organization.< Less
An Editorial Freelancer's Guide to Business Entities By Alex Bennett, Esq.
eBook (ePub): $8.99
Like every other small business owner, freelance writers and editors need to think about the legal structure of their businesses. Choosing the right business form can have tax advantages and protect... More > personal assets from litigators. This guide is a concise introduction to legal entities and several related ideas, directed at a typical freelance business with only one owner-employee and no outlandish financing requirements. Its goal is to give freelancers a sound foundation for making better business structuring decisions.< Less
Rev Up Your Referrals: Generating More Word of Mouth Business By Jake Poinier
eBook (ePub): $8.99
Word-of-mouth business serves as a freelancer's virtual sales force. Getting more referrals, however, isn't a passive enterprise. You need to cultivate the appropriate mindset and create the right... More > strategy. That active investment in your business will pay off over the long haul—and the more you do it, the better it gets, much like compound interest at your friendly local financial institution.That's why you're reading this: to take action. And since you're making that commitment, I'm going to make you a deal. Six weeks from now, if you've tried the strategies but you feel like you are still stuck or not getting the results you want, send an email to, and I'll help you personally, one-on-one, with whatever referral issue you're struggling with. I know the Editorial Freelancers Association can't offer a guarantee on purchasing this book, but I'm giving you my personal guarantee right now that this stuff works, as long as you put in the effort.< Less
Are You Worth the Wait? By Susan Hughes
eBook (ePub): $8.99
When I launched my freelance editing business a few years ago, I had no plan, no clear idea about what I was doing. I never realized that a new career was in the works. If I’d known that, I... More > might have run in the opposite direction, having recently retired from a twenty-nine-year teaching career. I had no clue that I would eventually be busy enough to have to schedule my clients in advance. Even further from my mind was the idea that writers would be willing to wait for my services—sometimes as long as six months! This booklet will outline the steps I took in my journey to become a wait-worthy freelance editor. I must warn you that it’s not a quick process. It takes time to reach the point where clients will pay to reserve editing time with you months before you’re available to provide the services they’re looking for. What follows worked for me, and it can work for you as well.< Less
What's Your Style: Customize a Style Guide In Six Easy Steps By Robin Martin
eBook (ePub): $8.99
Maintaining consistent style throughout the course of a project is a crucial element of any editorial work, whether you are copyediting the main body of a manuscript, front and back material, charts... More > and tables, or design elements. Sometimes it is necessary to finesse the rules. It has been said, “Punctuation is there to serve the writing, not the other way around.” And though style is much more than punctuation, this idea, the premise that style should serve substance, is why I have written this booklet. I have found a handful of core best practices that carry over from one project to the next which makes customization of style guides quite simple. I hope you find the six-step approach presented here easy and useful.< Less
Is Self Publishing Right for You? By Emily Buehler
eBook (ePub): $8.99
The Internet has made self-publishing a viable option for authors, enabling them to sell books across the world. And there are many services now available to help self-publishing authors. However,... More > these services are not always necessary. “DIY" self-publishing is a lot of work, but it can be a rewarding endeavor. This booklet provides an overview of the entire process. If you decide that self-publishing is right for your manuscript, you’ll know what you face, and you can consider which parts of the process, if any, you’d like to outsource. Throughout this booklet, I’ll point out places where you might consider using a service or hiring an expert to perform a task. Even if you’d like to leave most of the steps in the process to the experts, it might be better to hire specialists—for example, a copy editor, a book designer, a distributor, a publicist—rather than hiring one company to do it all.< Less
An Author's Guide to Saving Money On Editing By Janell Robisch
eBook (ePub): $8.99
Congratulations, you’ve written a book! Now, according to conventional wisdom, whether you are planning to self-publish your book or submit it for publication through a traditional publisher,... More > you need to have your book edited. The editing process, a series of several steps that includes structural editing, copyediting, and proofreading, will transform your book from a rough draft into a polished work that you can send off into the world and be proud of.< Less
Creating Fiction: A Concise Guide for Writers and Editors By Eric Reeder
eBook (ePub): $8.99
Writing believable and engaging fiction is a challenging task, as is editing fiction, but it can also be extremely rewarding and fulfilling. The purpose of this work, Creating Fiction: A Concise... More > Guide for Writers and Editors, is to provide a concise but detailed overview of the process of creating fiction, both for writers and for editors. The different sections of this booklet are relevant to all types and genres of fictional works, from short stories to novels and from science fiction to romance. Creating fiction should be an enjoyable and exciting process. This booklet is designed to help both beginning and experienced writers of fiction focus on the various elements of fiction and on practical tips, methods, and strategies for writing and editing fiction. In the back of this booklet is a comprehensive bibliography of sources that I used, in addition to my own experience, in writing this; any and all of the sources would be useful to consult during the process of creating fiction.< Less
Language Bias: An Editor's Guide to Biased Language By Emily Mahan and Sandra Distelhorst
eBook (ePub): $5.99
Language bias is language that reflects or perpetuates “demeaning attitudes and biased assumptions about people.” There are both practical and ethical reasons for avoiding biased... More > language. The use of biased language has a rhetorical effect: it may alienate or offend readers, and decrease your credibility with them.< Less