Next San Francisco Forum
Date: Wednesday, May 29
Working with Independent Authors: Challenges and Rewards
As self-publishing becomes ever more common, freelance editors 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—but also challenging. Come for a brief survey with Barbara Fuller of common problems in working with authors, and learn about some of the surprising rewards you might find. We will discuss difficult scenarios together, as well as strategies for success.
Barbara Fuller has been director of Editcetera on and off since 1994 and has worked in publishing since 1985. Her personal clients have included the Administrative Office of the Courts, Computer Literacy Press, Encyclopaedia Britannica, HarperSanFrancisco, Jossey-Bass Publishers, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses, Sierra Club Books, Sierra magazine, Ten Speed Press, and many independent authors. Barbara has taught writing and editing for UC Davis, UC Berkeley Extension, and private businesses, as well as for Editcetera.
NOTE: This workshop-in-a-forum-meeting is free to BAEF members only, with membership verified at the door. Any non-members will be asked to pay the standard $35 Editcetera course fee via cash or check (sorry, no credit cards).
Date: August or September 2013 - date TBD
Date and topic to be determined—send a suggestion to Jim Norrena, SF Forum Coordinator. Stay tuned.
Parking: On-street parking on Post and neighboring streets is free after 6 p.m. Garage parking is available three blocks away in the Sutter-Stockton Garage, 330 Sutter Street at the corner of Sutter and Stockton.
About the Mechanics' Institute: Located in downtown San Francisco, the Institute houses the oldest library on the West Coast and one of the nation's oldest chess clubs. Organized in 1854 when San Francisco was a remote frontier community, it began as a center for adult technical education. The private Institute, housed in the historic 1910 building at 57 Post Street, maintains a large circulation and reference library.
Next South Bay Forum
Date: Tuesday, April 30
Contracts - Spelling It Out: From SOW to CYA
Freelancers and those who hire or direct freelancers: How do we define the task? Who's responsible for what, and what are the critical dependencies? How do we know what "done" means? What do we fall back on, if something goes wrong? It's essential to have something in writing—but what?
Whether we call them agreements, statements of work, letters of understanding, or some other kind of contractual document, we rely on them to establish the terms of our working relationships, protect us from problems, and accomplish fair and timely payment of bills.
Let's talk about our use of contracts and discuss what has and hasn't worked for us. Let's share pitfalls and if-I-had-only-known experiences. Bring samples to exchange, if you have them (without showing client particulars), and bring your thoughts on best practices, principles, and checklists for creating agreements between contractor and client in our line of work.
Date: July 2013 - date TBD
Date and topic to be determined—send a suggestion to David Couzens, South Bay Forum Coordinator. Stay tuned.