Editorial Freelancers Association



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General Meetings

Next Meeting

Annual Meeting 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 (5:30 pm)

The next Annual Meeting will be held on June 17, 2015. Check back here for details to come.

Previous Meetings

Annual Meeting 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Join us for the Annual Meeting, reading of the election results, networking, buffet supper, and general good times.

Wednesday, June 18, 5:30 pm

4th Floor, 71 West 23rd Street, New York City

RSVP to the EFA office.

Annual Meeting 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Open to All EFA Members!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 5:30 to 8:30 pm (Eastern)
Room 401, 71 West 23rd Street, New York City

R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, June 12, to: office AT the-efa.org

If you haven't done it before, or even if you have, here's your chance to meet EFA friends and colleagues face to face. Email and conference calls are better than passenger pigeons and smoke signals, but nothing beats personal contact.
Networking starts at 5:30, the meeting starts at 6:00 sharp, and a delicious buffet supper will take center stage about 7:00.

At the meeting, the results of this year's election will be read.

Annual Meeting, Election Results, and Party

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Open to All EFA Members!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 (5:30 pm EST)
Room 401, 71 West 23rd Street, New York City

R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, June 13, to: office AT the-efa.org

If you haven't done it before, or even if you have, here's your chance to meet EFA friends and colleagues face to face. Email and conference calls are better than passenger pigeons and smoke signals, but nothing beats personal contact.
Networking starts at 5:30, the meeting starts at 6:00 sharp, and a delicious buffet supper will take center stage about 7:00.
At the meeting, the results of this year's election will be read.

Taxes for Freelancers: A Tax Teleconference

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tax time is almost upon us. But help is on the way. Join your freelance colleagues from the EFA and other writers' groups on Thursday, January 19, 2012, for a national teleconference on taxes featuring tax authority Julian Block. The call will start at 8:00 p.m. eastern time and run for about 90 minutes.

In this teleconference, you'll learn how to sidestep tax pitfalls and get answers to common freelancer tax questions. Attorney and author Julian Block will join us again this year as our speaker. Mr. Block is a leading tax professional who specializes in freelance tax issues. He's the author of the chapter on taxes and deductions in The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing and he writes a regular column for the National Association of Science Writers ScienceWriters magazine. He's also the author of Tax Tips for Writers: Savvy Ways to Trim Taxes to the Legal Minimum, available at his website, www.julianblocktaxexpert.com. For his complimentary PDF with articles on tax tips for taxophobes, email him at julianblock@yahoo.com.

To register:
The tax teleconference is free to full members. For all others there is a $10.00 fee. Payment instructions will be emailed to you within two business days of your registration. Payment by check or credit card must be received no later than 4 p.m. Eastern on January 18, 2012.

All participants will incur their own regular long-distance charges during this call.

Click here if you are an EFA full member.
Click here to register if you are a guest member or not a member.

Be sure to include all information where requested on the forms.

Annual Meeting, Election, and Party

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

If you haven't done it before, or even if you have, here's your chance to meet EFA friends and colleagues face to face. Email and conference calls are better than passenger pigeons and smoke signals, but nothing beats personal contact. Come to the EFA's annual meeting on June 15. Networking starts at 5:30, the meeting starts at 6:00 sharp, and a delicious buffet supper will take center stage about 7:00. The meeting will be at Room 401, 71 West 23rd Street, New York City, at which time the results of this year's election --the first conducted electronically-- will be read.

Taxes for Freelancers: A Tax Teleconference

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tax time was rapidly approaching. EFA freelance colleagues met on Thursday, February 10, 2011, for a national teleconference on taxes with tax authority Julian Block.

Members learned how to sidestep tax pitfalls and got answers to common freelancer tax questions. Attorney and author Julian Block joined us again this year as our speaker. Mr. Block specializes in freelance tax issues. He is the author of the chapter on taxes and deductions in The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing and writes a regular column for the National Association of Science Writers ScienceWriters magazine. He is also the author of Tax Tips for Writers: Savvy Ways to Trim Taxes to the Legal Minimum, available at his website, www.julianblocktaxexpert.com. For his complimentary PDF with articles on tax tips for taxophobes, email him at julianblock@yahoo.com.

» A recording of the teleconference is available to EFA members only at the download center.

Teleconference: Social Media Strategies for Freelancers

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Popular social media platforms (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn) to increase your professional visibility and make valuable connections with clients and other colleagues were the subject of this year's second teleconference.

Scheduled guests included social media strategist Greg Pincus of The Happy Accident and freelancing expert Jake Poinier of Dear Dr. Freelance. The call started at 7:00 pm Eastern/4:00 pm Pacific and lasted approximately 90 minutes.

A recording of the teleconference and the handouts of the resources discussed during the meeting are both available to EFA members only at the download center.

Taxes for Freelancers: An EFA Teleconference

Monday, March 22, 2010

It was that time of year again, when April 15 looms and freelancers begin to panic. Help was at hand! EFA members joined on Monday, March 22, for a national teleconference on taxes featuring tax authority Julian Block. The call started at 7:30 p.m. eastern time and ran for about 90 minutes.

Members learned how to sidestep tax pitfalls and got answers to common freelancer tax questions about qualifying for a home office deduction, determining self-employment tax amounts, deducting health insurance premiums, tax-lowering retirement savings options, and other perfectly legal opportunities for freelancers to reduce their taxes.

Attorney and author Julian Block joined us again this year as our speaker. Mr. Block is a leading tax professional and specializes in freelance tax issues. He's the author of the chapter on taxes and deductions in The ASJA Guide to Freelance Writing, and he writes a regular column for the National Association of Science Writers ScienceWriters magazine. He's also the author of Tax Tips for Writers: Savvy Ways to Trim Taxes to the Legal Minimum, available at his website, www.julianblocktaxexpert.com. For his complimentary PDF with articles on tax tips for taxophobes, email him at julianblock@yahoo.com.

» A recording of the teleconference is available to EFA members only at the download center.

Annual Members Meeting

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

If you haven't done it before, or even if you have, here's your chance to meet friends and colleagues face to face. Email and conference calls are better than passenger pigeons and smoke signals, but nothing beats personal contact. Come to the EFA's annual meeting on June 17. Networking starts at 5:30, the meeting starts at 6:00 sharp, and a delicious buffet supper will take center stage about 7:00. The meeting will be at Room 401, 71 West 23rd Street, New York City, at which time the results of this year's election will be read. - - RSVP if you can; it would be helpful but if you forget, COME ANYWAY. RSVP to Judi at 866-929-5400 or office(at)the-efa.org.

Freelance Forecaster Teleconference

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Freelancer Jake Poinier is a jack-of-all-trades editorial service provider. Once a staffer, he yearned for the life he imagined his freelancers were leading. In 1999, he switched sides, ditching the office life for freelancing. In an effort to understand the freelancer-client dynamic better, and improve his bottom line, he created the Freelance Forecast survey - in which many of you participated. Now that results are in, he's sharing that knowledge with the world. You can find it at: http://boomvangcreative.com/. Jake has agreed to speak with EFA members via a teleconference on Tuesday, June 2, 2009. at 6:30pm Eastern Daylight Time. He'll begin with a talk, and then answer questions. If you have questions for Jake, e.mail your queries to him ahead of time. Write the address in your EFA email announcement and put "Freelance Forecast" in the subject line. The number for the conference is in your email announcement. For the 518 area code, it's a local call. The participant access code is 73390. Once again, the meeting is called for Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 6:30pm Eastern Daylight Time. Hear you there! JP and Margaret, co-exec directors

Tax Teleconference

Monday, March 2, 2009

It's that time of year again, when April 15 looms and freelancers begin to panic. Help is at hand! Join your freelance colleagues from Science Writers in New York and the Editorial Freelancers Association on Monday, March 2, for a joint national teleconference on taxes featuring tax authority Julian Block. The call will start at 7:30 p.m. eastern time and run for about an hour.

The teleconference is scheduled for Monday, March 2, starting at 7:30 p.m. eastern and running for about an hour. You can call in at any time after 7:15 p.m.

To access the teleconference at any point, call ### and enter passcode ###. There's no charge except the cost of the call to you at your usual long-distance rate

General Meeting with Meryl Gordon

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Meet celebrated journalist and nonfiction author Meryl Gordon at the February EFA General Meeting. Meryl Gordon, prolific freelance magazine writer and author of Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008), will be the speaker at the EFA's General Meeting on February 17 at our NYC office. The program will begin with refreshments and networking from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. and Gordon will discuss her freelancing and book-research processes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing.

A native of Rochester, NY, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, Gordon began her career as a newspaper reporter for the Cincinnati Post and Rochester Democrat & Chronicle newspapers, and went on to cover economics out of Washington, DC, for the Gannett News Service and USA Today.

Currently the director of magazine writing at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Gordon has been a fulltime magazine journalist for nearly 25 years, including 15 years as a contract writer for New York magazine, with more than 150 major features to her credit in profiles, politics, business and lifestyle. She has profiled influential figures such as Kofi Annan, Mike Bloomberg and John Kerry, and stars such as Nicole Kidman, Susan Sarandon and Maggie Gyllenhaal. She has written major features for the New York Times Magazine, Reader's Digest, Redbook, Gourmet, Elle, Marie Claire, More and Travel & Leisure.

Gordon now lives in New York City with her husband, Walter Shapiro, who is the Washington bureau chief for Salon.com. Additional biographical information is available at merylgordon.com.

Grant Writing Basics for Freelancers

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What constitutes a good grant proposal? How does a freelance writer break into the grant writing industry? What resources are available for writers seeking financial support for their own projects? Susan Shiroma, senior librarian at the Foundation Center, answered these questions and others.

Shiroma has been with the Foundation Center since 1995, and has served as a trainer, manager of the proposal writing seminars, and manager of the Associates Program, where she helped more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations find foundation funding.

Making Your Job Indispensable: Tales from Four "Survivors"

Thursday, June 5, 2008

How can you keep from being downsized? Attendants learned how today's b-to-b editors are going beyond magazine editing to manage a multimedia platform; how enterprising freelance editors and writers are enhancing their multimedia skills; how b-to-b editors can manage their time more efficiently using quantitative analysis; and how publishers can develop in-house training programs for a Web 2.0 world.

Panelists included Sam Friedman, editor-in-chief of Highline Media's National Underwriter magazine; Bill Keenan, a freelance editor of three monthly newsletters: The Customer Communicator, Customer Service Newsletter, and Sales Rep's Advisor; Howard S. Rauch, president of Editorial Solutions, Inc., which focuses on business magazine publishers; and Tom Sawyer, a senior editor at Engineering News-Record, a national online news source and weekly print magazine for the construction industry.

ASBPE is an association of professional editors and writers who work for business magazines and their associated websites. For more information, visit www.asbpe.org

Art and Work: Fiction Writing, Freelancing, and Making a Living

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

EFA member Michael Dahlie will give a brief reading and talk about his novel A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful Living (W.W. Norton, June 2008). Afterwards, he'll discuss the practical matters of approaching agents, talking to editors, and sending work to journals. He'll also talk about the strange distinctions between commerce and art, highbrow and lowbrow publishing, and the problem of keeping art and work separate.

Volunteering: How to Find the Right Opportunity to Give (And Get Back)

Monday, March 10, 2008

EFA members and guests joined author, journalist, and former career counselor Carol Milano for an interactive, hands-on program to help find the right volunteer opportunities. Milano offered pointers to evaluating skills, needs, and passions, and to identifying potential matches and the best ways to approach them.

Working vs. Working Out: Fitness Wherever You Are

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Staying fit is a challenge for sedentary workers, whether you work at home or have an in-house staff job. But it's a challenge you can meet, and speaker Jude Milner, founder of Fitness Therapy (www.fitnesstherapy.org) and author of Fat Free: Amazing All-True Adventures of Supersized Woman, can show you how! The session included a discussion and demonstration of fitness routines that fit into our work lives.

What You Need To Know About Fair Use

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Freelancers often run into the question, How much copyrighted material can I use? Under copyright law, courts apply a fair use test. Attorney Raymond Dowd, author of the Copyright Litigation Handbook, presented an overview of copyright law principles applicable to freelancers, together with visual, musical, and literary examples to show how courts apply the concept of fair use and how freelancers can approach these questions.

Holiday Party

Monday, January 7, 2008

Tax Teleconference

Monday, December 3, 2007

An enrolled agent with the IRS and a certified financial planner, financial adviser Susan Lee specializes in taxes and financial advice for freelancers. The discussion focused on an overview of financial planning needs for freelancers, with an emphasis on cash flow and federal taxes. Related documents are available for download.

Networking to Build Your Freelance Business

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

If you are a freelancer, networking is probably your number one tool for building your business. But are you using it effectively? Are you using it to put your name out in front of potential new clients? To remind existing clients and acquaintances that you're available for their projects and would be grateful for referrals? We all network, sometimes haphazardly, sometimes with a specific objective in mind. Andrea Nierenberg of the Nierenberg Group, a business consulting firm based in New York, specializes in teaching clients to put their networking skills to work in a systematic and purposeful way to build their businesses.

Contracts and Contract Negotiations for Freelancers

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Attorney Ray Dowd of Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller, LLP, and freelance writer/editor Tim Harper of the American Association of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Contracts Committee met with EFA members for an in-depth look at contracts for freelancers. After covering the basics, they discussed the ins and outs of several sample contracts, went brief excerpts submitted in advance, and answered questions.

Holiday Party!

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The annual holiday party, a longstanding EFA tradition and an occasion for celebrating the season with freelance colleagues and their families, was especially well attended this year. As always, it was a potluck buffet supper, and all brought a variety of crowd-pleasing dish—ready to serve—to the table. EFA provided wine and soft drinks. A good time was had by all.

Tax Teleconference

Thursday, December 7, 2006

An enrolled agent with the IRS and a certified financial planner, Susan specializes in taxes and financial advice for freelancers. The discussion focused on an overview of financial planning needs for freelancers, with an emphasis on cash flow and federal taxes.

Writing Them Cold and Stopping Them Dead: Crafting the Perfect Letter of Introduction

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

One of the hardest things a freelancer does is introduce herself. Marketing strategist and EFA member Jennifer McCay discussed how to craft effective letters that net you more clients more easily.

Getting Your Act Together: Organizing Your Office, Your Computer, and Your Time

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Presenters included Lisa Zaslow, Phyllis Silver, and Mary Ginsburg.

Editing for the Web

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Speakers were Alex Koppelman and Heidi MacDonald.

Narrative Nonfiction for Journalists & Authors

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Annual Meeting, Election, and Party Buffet

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Looking Ahead Without Dread

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Susan Feitelberg, author of The Net Worth Workout, spoke about how to develop a personal finance regimen.

Science Writing and Editing for Kids and Books and Magazines

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Sponsored by the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) Science Writers in New York (SWINY). See the May-June 2006 issue of The Freelancer in the Membership section.

The Editor and the Author: How to Start on the Right Foot and Keep It That Way

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Freelancing, Copyright, and the Law

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The speaker was attorney Stephen Weingrad.

Annual Members' Meeting

Friday, June 17, 2005

If you haven't done it before, or even if you have, here's your chance to meet friends and colleagues face to face. Email and conference calls are better than passenger pigeons and smoke signals, but nothing beats personal contact. Come to the EFA's annual meeting on June 17. Networking starts at 5:30, the meeting starts at about 6:00, and deli sandwiches take center stage about 7:00. The meeting will be at Room 401, 71 West 23rd Street, New York City.

 

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