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 (, 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 Please let me know if you are coming!