Next San Francisco Forum
Date: Monday, December 9
Web Editing and Content Management: A Web Strategist’s Perspective
Few editors today can escape either working with online content directly, or working on a project that will feature a web-based component. And addressing problems and managing content for the web is a valuable skill set that savvy editors can be prepared to offer in today’s competitive market. You don't have to be a web editor to offer clients valuable editorial guidance for managing their online content, but you do have to know what makes editing online unique.
Join us for an in-depth discussion with Nica Lorber, who works with clients to develop sound web content-management practices that, unlike traditional print-based editing, require dynamic solutions based on how online audiences read and sort through volumes of information.
Together, we'll review the most common mistakes related to how content is presented online, as well as identify best-practice solutions for avoiding the pitfalls.
So come meet a web professional and Drupal expert who brings people’s ideas to life and is passionate about making the web work for her clients—even guiding some through a content strategy overhaul. Gain some industry perspective to make yourself even more marketable as the demand for online content management continues to grow.
Nica Lorber is creative director and web strategist at Chapter Three, a San Francisco-based web strategy and design firm focused on using Drupal, a free, open-source content management system (CMS).
Date: February 2014
Specific 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: Monday, November 18
Working with Independent Authors: Challenges and Rewards
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. At our next forum, Editcetera director Barbara Fuller will give a brief survey of common issues of concern to editors working directly with authors and also discuss some of the unexpected rewards that many editors find in this type of work. Throughout the program, she will suggest ways to minimize wasted time and aggravation and maximize success. Participants may suggest situations for discussion.
NOTE: This Editcetera-workshop-in-a-forum is free to BAEF members only. Any non-members will be asked to pay the standard $35 Editcetera course fee via cash or check (payable to Editcetera). Sorry, no credit cards.
Barbara Fuller is director of Editcetera and has worked in publishing since 1985. Her personal clients have included many independent authors, as well as established clients such as Encyclopaedia Britannica, HarperSanFrancisco, Jossey-Bass Publishers, Sierra Club Books, and Ten Speed Press. Barbara has taught writing and editing for UC Davis, UC Berkeley Extension, and private businesses, as well as for Editcetera. She is the author of How to Start a Home-Based Editorial Services Business (Globe Pequot Press. 2013).
Date: January 2014 - date TBD
Date and topic to be determined—send a suggestion to David Couzens, South Bay Forum Coordinator. Stay tuned.