Editorial Freelancers Association

July 31, 2014 - 7:25 AM



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July 31, 2014

July 8, 2014: Upcoming Industry Events

EFA will be at the following great industry events. Stop by our booth to meet EFA members and find out how EFA can help you grow your business, if you're a freelancer, and connect you with the professional editorial service providers you need, if you have a writing project in the works.

Romance Writers of America Annual Conference, San Antonio, July 25.

Writer's Digest Annual Conference, New York City, August 1-3.

Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference, Los Angeles, August 15-17.

Brooklyn Book Festival, New York City, September 21.

American Medical Writers Association Annual Conference, Memphis, October 8-11.

Thank you to all the EFA volunteers who organize and staff these booths!


June 18, 2014: Election Results Are In

2014-2015 Board of Governors

Co-Executive Directors: William P. Keenan Jr., JP Partland
Treasurer: Catherine Masetti
Secretary: Karen Williams
Members at Large:
Lindsey Alexander
Amy Fass
Christina Frey
Sarah Grey
Andrew R. Huston
Robin Martin
Pamela Hilliard Owens

June 18, 2014: June-July events

Did you know . . .

We'll be discussing matters of style in Boston on June 18,

gathering in Houston on the 26th, and

sharpening our social media skills in New York on July 17.

We hope to see you around!

May 27, 2014: BEA and uPubU

Going to BookExpo America or the new uPublishU for self-publishers? Stop by our booths to say hello or find out more about how the EFA connects publishers and self-publishers with the editorial service providers they need.

Thursday, May 29 - Saturday, May 31
Javits Center, 11th Avenue and 34th Street, New York City
Booth 2548

Saturday, May 31
Javits Center, 11th Avenue and 34th Street, New York City
Booth 28

For more information: BookExpo home page

See what Publishers Weekly said about EFA when they called us "the book publishing industry's most powerful secret weapon" in BookExpo Show Daily.

April 28, 2014: Making Word 2010 Work for You

This is the book everyone has been waiting for: it tames Microsoft Word, showing you how to work with ribbons, Track Changes, macros, and other features to ensure that your document is created and edited well. If you edit or write onscreen, you need this book.

For more information and to order Making Word 2010 Work for You by Hilary Powers and our other publications on essential topics for writers and editors, see our Booklets page.

April 1, 2014: How to get involved with your local chapter

EFA has 20 local chapters, and counting. Among the newest ones are Philadelphia, Long Island, and South Florida, and Pittsburgh is in formation now. Chapters host speakers, networking events, and parties and organize EFA booths for local book festivals and conferences, among many other activities. Most of these events are open to members and nonmembers alike.

See the Chapters page for more information. Links to all of the individual chapters are on the left there. Links to upcoming chapter events are to the right here, under Regional Meetings.

Don't see a chapter near you? We are always open to hearing from EFA members who want to start chapters. Details are on the Chapters page.

March 25, 2014: Health Insurance News

Open enrollment for 2014 health coverage ends March 31st

For anyone who wants coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and hasn't enrolled yet, open enrollment for coverage this year ends on March 31st. If you enroll by then, your coverage will begin April 1st. If you don't, you won't be able to have your coverage start until next year; open enrollment for that begins on November 15th.

However, there are extensions through April for some people. This includes people with transitional coverage via a Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan (see https://www.healthcare.gov/what-if-i-have-pcip-coverage/#13958577950511&74|noscroll ). The Brian Lehrer Show on New York Public Radio (WNYC) had a segment today that went into detail about who else can get an extension, what other options exist, and how it can depend on what state you live in; the segment can be played back at http://www.wnyc.org/story/aca-deadline-coming/.

If you need help enrolling, please see https://www.healthcare.gov/blog/open-enrollment-is-almost-over-we-re-ready-to-help/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/blog/quick-steps-to-getcovered/. See www.healthcare.gov for additional information.

For a table on who qualifies for lower-cost insurance based on income level, see https://www.healthcare.gov/how-can-i-save-money-on-marketplace-coverage/#13958647234761&74|noscroll.

February 16, 2014: Know Your Member Benefits

Members Only
The Freelancer newsletter has launched a new series detailing how to get the most from the benefits that come with your membership. Check out this month's featured benefit: The EFA JobList.

Planning to attend one of these key professional conferences? Stop by our booth and say hello.
Seattle: Assoc. of Writers and Writing Programs, Feb. 26-Mar. 1, Booth M26
Creative Chicago Expo, Mar. 14-15

October 1, 2013: Health Care Options Under the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act was designed to provide affordable health insurance options to everyone, regardless of income or employment status. In particular, it offers coverage opportunities for individuals and their families, and for some small business owners. Sole proprietors will be treated as individuals; this applies to most of the EFA's members. The Affordable Care Act also offers tax credits that might offset a significant portion of the cost of health-care coverage for some low- and middle-income families. In addition, the law eliminates many limitations on coverage for preventive care and limitations for pre-existing conditions.

On October 1, 2013, a national health-care marketplace went into effect, through which individuals and small businesses can compare rates and gain access to affordable and qualified health-benefit plans from participating health-care providers. Coverage under the program begins on January 1, 2014. For those interested in finding out more about the Affordable Care Act and coverage options available to them, the national health-care website is www.healthcare.gov.

In addition, 16 states and the District of Columbia have set up state or local health-care exchanges with the same competitive coverage options, as well as online and in-person help in navigating and sorting through the costs and options. A list of the state exchanges and their contact information for those residing in those states is available in the Download Center. If you have trouble accessing one of these sites, go to www.healthcare.gov. Pertinent health-care exchange information for people in states that don't have their own exchanges can be found at www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/individual/#13806518398081&74|noscroll.

June 7, 2013: EFA in PW BEA show daily

As a result of our BookExpoAmerica (May 30 - June 1) booth, organized and staffed by EFA volunteers, we were covered by Claire Kirch in the Publishers Weekly Show Daily on opening day. Read the article here.

January 11, 2013: Promote the EFA and Your Business at National and Local Events

Members only:

The Editorial Freelancers Association often participates in events, such as book festivals and trade conferences, that are good opportunities for promoting the organization, meeting potential clients, meeting other EFA members, and having fun!

Check out our new web page, Representing EFA at Events, for details.

October 23, 2012: Revised FAQs page now available

Our just-revised and reorganized FAQs page now lets you easily find general EFA information and answers to questions specific to members. Find out:

* Where can I find information on editing and writing rates?

* Can someone with no publishing background join EFA?

* I am a guest. How do I upgrade to full membership?

* How can I access the EFA discussion list archives?

And much more . . .

October 1, 2012: New members-only feature debuts

Get to know your EFA colleagues with our new Member Spotlight website/newsletter feature!

Every other month (February, April, June, August, October, and December), we will profile one of our members, chosen randomly by specialty from the EFA Directory (participation is voluntary).

See the Member Spotlight link in the righthand menu bar, or click here for the current and past spotlights.

March 15, 2012: EFA on HuffPo

Click below to read "Some Free Advice on Being a Freelancer," featuring an interview with our own Board member Sheila Buff and some kudos for EFA:


October 4, 2011: Download advice on forming an LLC

As small business owners, editorial specialists can be vulnerable to various legal issues. Forming an LLC affords freelancers an added layer of protection beyond sole proprietorship. At the July meeting of the Arizona chapter, Mr. Matthew Thrasher, Of Counsel for Farhang and Medcoff, PLLC, spoke about the process of forming an LLC and how it can save you both money and hassle.

Matthew Thrasher has handled corporate, finance, real estate, and general business matters for clients in a broad array of industries, from publicly traded corporations to local start-ups. He publishes the Arizona Corporate Law Blog, which analyzes state and federal legal developments in the areas of corporate, securities, real estate, and finance.

Download this talk at the Download Center: http://the-efa.org/download/downloads.php


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