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Summer 2014 in San Francisco

Working with Independent Authors: Challenges and Rewards


Monday, May 12; 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


$50 for enrollments paid on or before May 9;

$60 after May 9

Class Limit 13
Instructor Barbara Fuller
Location Mechanics’ Institute, 4th Floor Conference Room
57 Post Street, San Francisco
(see Mechanics’ Institute)

As self-publishing becomes ever more common, freelancers are finding themselves with a new source of work: editing directly for authors, without the publisher in the middle. This work arrangement can be rewarding—the most satisfying work of all, according to some—but it can also be challenging.

Editcetera director Barbara Fuller begins this workshop with a brief survey of common issues of concern to editors working directly with authors. She also discusses some of the unexpected rewards that many editors find in this type of work. Throughout the program, she suggests ways to minimize wasted time and aggravation and maximize success.

For part of the evening, workshop participants discuss scenarios and develop strategies for working successfully with problematic projects. If you have had a difficult situation with an author and would like to discuss it, submit details to Barbara at Editcetera after you register but before the workshop takes place. Please keep the discussion generic: Do not include the names of specific authors or titles in your scenario. You may present your situation anonymously for discussion if you choose or come to gather ideas even if you don’t have a personal experience to share.

Note: This workshop is intended to help editors improve work relations and avoid trouble when editing directly for authors. It does not provide information to help you guide authors through the self-publishing process.

Barbara Fuller has worked in publishing since 1985. As director of Editcetera, she has helped connect freelance publishing professionals with hundreds of clients. Her personal clients have included the Administrative Office of the Courts, Computer Literacy Press, Encyclopaedia Britannica, HarperSanFrancisco, Jossey-Bass Publishers, Sierra Club Books, Sierra magazine, Ten Speed Press, and many independent authors. She has taught writing and editing for UC Davis, UC Berkeley Extension, and private businesses, as well as for Editcetera, and is the author of How to Start a Home-Based Editorial Services Business (Globe Pequot Press, 2013).

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