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Sat., Oct. 25: Benefitting from self-publishing, EFA LI branch

EFA_logo_100Long Island branch meets in Port Jefferson

If you’re an editorial freelancer on Long Island (or nearby), please join us for the October meeting of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Long Island branch.

You do not have to be a member of the EFA to attend this meeting, although I think joining is beneficial for those trying to make a go of freelancing.

I have asked my scheduled speaker from the last meeting to return, as we had a small turnout and he did not give his full presentation.

Topic: Self-Publishing’s Here to Stay—Benefitting From It

Our guest speaker is Stephen Tiano of Tiano Book Design (http://www.tianobookdesign.com/), a book designer, page compositor, and layout artist. His topic is about the impact of the growth of self-publishing on book design, freelancing, and freelancers’ rates.

Among other aspects of this topic, Steve says he’ll discuss strategies for dealing with self-publishers who have a tendency to want us to price our freelance services in line with their DIY mentality. That is to say, cheap …

I expect there will be some back and forth about negotiating rates and demonstrating our value to self-publishers.

Meeting info:

Time: 4:30-6 pm
Location: Panera Bread, 4959 Nesconset Hwy, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776. We’ll be in the private meeting room.

Contact: Jan Arzooman at chap_longisland AT the-efa.org.

Please let me know if you are coming! 

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Upcoming publishing and editorial events

Brooklyn Book Festival & more

I announced yesterday (well, actually, I’ve already announced it on Twitter and Facebook) that the Long Island branch of the Editorial Freelancers Association is meeting in Port Jefferson tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 20, 1-3 pm at Panera Bread, 4959 Nesconset Hwy, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776, in the private meeting room).

Other upcoming events of interest include the 2014 Brooklyn Book Festival, at which I’ll be manning the EFA information booth on Sunday, and the Communication Central Conference, which I’m attending in Rochester next weekend. I’ve already written about the CCC, a conference I have attended twice before and love coming back to.

I really like working from home, but I need to get out frequently and connect with other people—hence these meetings, festivals and conferences. It inspires me, it gives me support when times are slow and I feel negative, and it allows me to give some support, too. Plus, I usually learn something new, and I get to make new connections or reconnect with folks I haven’t seen in a while.

Hope to see you at one of the upcoming events.

 

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Freelancing on Long Island

Editorial Freelancers Association

Long Island branch meets this Saturday, Sept. 20

If you’re an editorial freelancer on Long Island (or Queens or elsewhere; we’re not that picky), please join us for the September meeting of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Long Island branch.

I’ve recently agreed to step in as coordinator, and I’m in the process of planning future meetings (so anyone with an interesting specialty who wants to present, please let me know). You do not have to be a member of the EFA to attend this meeting, although I think joining is beneficial for those trying to make a go of freelancing.

The topic:

Self-Publishing’s Here to Stay—Benefitting From It

Our guest speaker is Stephen Tiano of Tiano Book Design (http://www.tianobookdesign.com/), a book designer, page compositor, and layout artist. His topic is about the impact of the growth of self-publishing on book design, freelancing, and freelancers’ rates.

Among other aspects of this topic, Steve says he’ll discuss strategies for dealing with self-publishers who have a tendency to want us to price our freelance services in line with their DIY mentality. That is to say, cheap …

I expect there will be some back and forth about negotiating rates and demonstrating our value to self-publishers.

Meeting info:

Time: 1-3 pm
Location: Panera Bread, 4959 Nesconset Hwy, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776. We’ll be in the private meeting room.
Contact: Jan Arzooman at chap_longisland AT the-efa.org. Please let me know if you are coming!

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Sides forming in the Amazon-Hachette dispute

Anti-Amazon ad

On Sunday, a full-page ad will appear in The New York Times, paid for by a group of best-selling authors and signed by 900 other authors, calling on Amazon “in the strongest possible terms to stop harming the livelihood of the authors on whom it has built its business.”

This ad is “the latest salvo in a battle over terms which has seen Amazon delay delivery and remove the possibility of pre-orders on a swathe of books by Hachette authors, including JK Rowling and James Patterson,” The Guardian reported on Friday, Aug. 8. “The online leviathan Amazon says it is attempting to ‘lower ebook prices'; publishing conglomerate Hachette argues that it is seeking ‘terms that value appropriately for the years ahead the author’s unique role in creating books, and the publisher’s role in editing, marketing, and distributing them.’ Read More

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Improving your editing skills

Editorial Bootcamp: Copyediting Intensive

For beginning editors and those wanting to brush up on skills

For both new editors and those who have been editing for years, an intense, one-day training session on editing non-fiction will be held after the Communication Central conference in Rochester, NY, on Sunday, September 28, from 9 am to 3 pm.

The Copyediting Intensive is led by Laura Poole, senior editor at Archer Editorial Services and co-founder of Editorial Bootcamp. The Bootcamp is associated with but separate from Communication Central, and registrants for both events are offered discounts. Registration is on the last page of the Communication Central registration form. Read More

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“Out of our garrets”

As I approach my first anniversary of becoming a full-time freelancer, I am excited to once again be attending the Communication Central conference, Sept. 26-27, 2014, in Rochester, NY. This gathering is something I look forward to because of how beneficial it’s been to me. Each time I’ve gone, I’ve learned something new about being a writer and editor.

I’ve also gotten to know Communication Central organizer Ruth Ruth T-C_Jan 2014E. Thaler-Carter over the last few years, and one of the reasons I keep going back to this conference is Ruth’s warm and helpful attitude to other editors and writers. (So helpful that she’s extended the early-bird conference rates just for readers of this blog! See below*) Read More

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“Reinvent Your Business”—2014 Communication Central Conference

Communication Central cropped logoFor experienced freelance editors (and those just starting their business)

The Communication Central “Build Your Business” conference is a small but very helpful conference for editorial freelancers, and I recommend it to anyone trying to build their business or improve the way they do business. The conference is Sept. 26-27 in Rochester, NY, and the theme is “Be a Better Freelancer! (Re)Invent Your Business.”

[See my interview with conference organizer Ruth E. Thaler-Carter here. Note: She's extended early-bird prices for the conference to August 10 for readers of this blog!] Read More

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Variety of services at Arzooman Editorial

Example_of_copyedited_manuscriptWhat I edit

I don’t know how many copyeditors work in just one genre (I suspect very few), but as far as my business (Arzooman Editorial Services) is concerned, I work in a variety of styles and genres.

I’m currently editing a non-fiction book about fighting diabetes, but the last book I worked on was fiction, a thriller about a serial killer. Read More

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Aug. 1-3, NYC: Writer’s Digest Conference

The craft and business of being a writer

Writers Digest conference logoThe Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, taking place in New York City in a few weeks, is for literary writers of all experience levels, published, unpublished, or self-published. According to the event’s website, the conference program is “designed to give (writers) a balanced education in both the craft and the business of being a writer, in an encouraging and inspiring environment.” Read More

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Infusion of Creativity—WordCamp Asheville

logo for WordCamp

WordCamp logo

Discovering WordCamp

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending my very first WordCamp, held in Asheville, NC. Three months ago, I didn’t know what WordCamp was. I have a friend who’s a Website designer. Since I dabble into the design and function of my Website and sometimes run into issues trying to make something happen in HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) or CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), I often turn to her. She’s given me lots of great advice. But she knows I want to learn this myself, and sometimes I fear I’m bothering her with something the most basic of WordPress.org bloggers should already know. Read More