Business of Editorial Freelancing, Spring 2015

By popular demand! This five-part webinar will focus on freelance business building, including (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Finding and getting clients
  • Creating and marketing a niche
  • Setting rates and negotiating
  • Resumes, LinkedIn, and your website
  • Marketing, networking, social media
  • Building your business in a slow time
  • Client communication
  • Feedback
  • Your professional presence (branding, website, etc.)
  • Work tips and good practices
  • Tax tips

Details
When: 5 Tuesdays, April  21, 28, May 5, 12, and 19
Time: 12:30 to 1:45 pm EDT
How: Via GoToMeeting (invitation will be issued before class)
Cost: $200 per person

All students will have access to detailed handouts, full MP3 recordings, and video clips from the class, so you do not have to attend “live” as it is broadcast (in fact, many of our students only listen to recordings). In fact, you can join the class at any time just by registering in the form below.

If you have already attended one our live events or webinar, you can save $50 off tuition; contact us for a coupon code before registering.

  • Price: $200.00

Spring 2015 Online Events

I am excited to announce two online events for bootcamp training in Spring 2015!

Copyediting 101 

This five-week asynchronous webinar is offered through the EFA. Sign up soon–this popular class usually sells out quickly. Begins February 18.

Description: In this online course, you will learn the basic concepts and skills of nonfiction copy editing, relying on the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Find out how to assess manuscripts, prep them for editing, work effectively on screen, make smart choices, format references, use style guides and style sheets, choose words effectively, correct grammar, keep the author’s voice, query, fact check, and much more. Get a solid foundation of skills for your editing career!

Required materials include: Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., and Einsohn’s The Copyeditor’s Handbook. A suggested reference is Carol Fisher Saller’s Subversive Copyeditor.

Advanced Copyediting webinar

This five-week webinar, hosted through GoToMeeting, begins February 23 and runs through March 23, meeting at 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm EST every Monday. All sessions are recorded, and MP3s are made available to registered students.

Description: This webinar will cover in detail (with interactive exercises) nonfiction copyediting skills for notes, references, figures and tables, front- and backmatter, and other elements.

Cost: $200 per person (via Paypal or check). Register right here!

Have you taken a class with me before? Contact me for a coupon code to get $50 off tuition for this webinar!

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Spring 2015 Events: Austin and Pittsburgh

I am very pleased to announced that two full-day live workshops on copyediting are scheduled for Spring 2015!

Early bird registration now open! Please see the event pages for details and registration. Space is limited, so register early!

Austin, TX: Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9 am to 5 pm

Pittsburgh, PA: Sunday, March 29, 2015, 8 am to 4 pm

The materials of my classic one-day training have been updated to keep pace with the rapidly changing publishing industry. You get all the great value I offer through a hands-on training seminar about nonfiction copy editing and freelance business building. I cover how to get started, how to go about editing, tips and tricks, skills, work practices, freelance business practices, and more.

The seminars cover the following topics (among others):

  • Overview of the publishing process, style and reference guides, software optimization, customization
  • Spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, fact checking, queries, author voice, style markup, style sheets, online tools, topic specialties.
  • Work practices: tips and tricks, time management, communication, dealing with problems.
  • Business practices: Getting and keeping clients, resumes, sample edits, rates and billing, follow-up options, networking, professionalism, and deadlines.

 

Check our Testimonials page to learn about what others have experience at our bootcamp.

Please register on the event pages.

 

Editorial Bootcamp and Communication Central

The Editorial Bootcamp will be offering a Copyediting Intensive workshop on Sunday, September 28, 2014, 9 am to 3 pm, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown hotel in Rochester, NY! This will be an intensive seminar focusing on the fundamentals of copyediting with some advanced topics as well!

The Copyediting Intensive immediately follows the 2014 Communication Central conference, “Be a Better Freelancer: (Re)Inventing Your Business” in the same location, September 26 and 27. Register for both events for discounts. (I’ll be co-presenting talks on “Creating Balance” and “Powering Up Your Presentations” at the conference.) This is a wonderful conference for building a freelance business, please consider attending.

Cost for bootcamp: $250 per person; $200 for conference attendees.

The registration form for this event is available here. (The bootcamp regsitration is on the last page.)

This Copyediting Intensive will cover fundamentals and advanced topics of nonfiction copyediting.

  • Reference and style guides
  • Author’s voice
  • Querying
  • Software
  • Style sheets
  • Notes and references
  • Tables and figures
  • Front- and backmatter
  • And more!

June-July 2014 webinar: Fundamentals of Copyediting

Fundamentals of Copyediting, a five-session webinar covering nonfiction copyediting basics, will begin on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, and meet once a week until July 23, 2014 (five Wednesdays). Class meets 12 noon to 1:15 EDT each time. All sessions are recorded and sent to students (MP3 audio, handout files, and video clips where appropriate). Topics:

  • What copyediting is and isn’t
  • Reference and style guides
  • Software
  • Style sheets
  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Numbers
  • Punctuation
  • Fact checking
  • Querying
  • Editorial tests
  • Résumés
  • and more

Attendees will get pre-class reading and exercises, in-class demonstrations, student handbook, homework assessments, and résumé review. Classes will be recorded and available to registered attendees later (you do not have to attend “live” as it is happening). Students may also join the Editorial Bootcamp LinkedIn group, if they are not already members.

Details:
Begins: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12 noon Eastern
Ends: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 (5 sessions)
Exception: Class that would normally be on 7/16 will be on 7/15 instead
1 hour, 15 minutes per session (estimated)
System: GoToMeeting (www.gotomeeting.com)
Attendees: 15 (max)
Cost: $200 per person (through PayPal or check)

You can register here. After registration, you will get a confirmation email, and then the first class handout and GoToMeeting invitation before the first class.

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Bootcamp: Raleigh, NC, May 17, 2014

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Editorial Bootcamp

We are very pleased to announced our classic Copyediting Bootcamp, a full-day live seminar, scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Raleigh, NC.

The materials have been updated to keep pace with the rapidly changing publishing industry. You still get all the great value we offer through a hands-on training seminar about nonfiction copy editing. We cover how to get started, how to go about editing, tips and tricks, skills, work practices, business practices, and more.

The seminar covers the following topics (among others):

  • Overview of the publishing process, style and reference guides, software optimization, customization
  • Spelling, punctuation, grammar, style, fact checking, queries, author voice, style markup, style sheets, online tools, topic specialties.
  • Some advanced topics like notes, references, tables, and figures.
  • Work practices: tips and tricks, time management, communication, dealing with problems.
  • Business practices: Getting and keeping clients, resumes, sample edits, rates and billing, follow-up options, networking, professionalism, and deadlines.

Details:
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 9 am to 5 pm
Crabtree Chiropractic Center meeting room, 4517 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC 27612
Cost: $250 per person (check or Paypal)

Check our Testimonials page to learn about what others have experience at our bootcamp.

For those who want to travel from out of town, there are two hotels very close to the event venue, and I will happily provide details for you.

You may register right here if you like. Please note: You will receive details for mailing in a check or a Paypal invoice once you have registered! Thank you!

Editorial Bootcamp in San Diego, 3/15/14!

We are pleased to announce that the Editorial Bootcamp is coming to San Diego on March 15, 2014, for a full-day event! Sponsored and hosted by the San Diego Professional Editors Network, this event will cover core copyediting concepts and work and business practices!

Details: Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9 am to 5 pm

Hera Hub Sorrento Mesa
9710 Scranton Rd
San Diego, CA 92121

Registration is open to the public, but space is limited! Register here at Eventbrite. 

 

Just entering the editing field? Well established, but looking for a skill upgrade and professional development? Get whipped into shape at SD/PEN’s Editorial Bootcamp! You’ll go home with new muscle in:

  • The publishing process
  • Copyediting and proofreading skills
  • Work flow, time management, and ergonomics
  • Resume writing, getting clients, setting rates, negotiating, billing, and taxes
Plus, you’ll get:
  • Access to a private LinkedIn group for bootcamp alumni, where you can share what you know and learn from others
  • A 200-page manual filled with more information and resources
  • Catered lunch

NOTE: No need to bring a ticket.

We cannot offer refunds, but if you can’t attend at the last minute, you may send someone in your place–just let us know who.

We cannot accept registrations at the door due to the time necessary to print materials for registrants.