Editorial Freelancers Association



April 18, 2014 - 21:46 PM

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What's New: EFA chapters are sprouting up all over! Check the list for one near you.

What's New

April 18, 2014

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.

Archives

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.

March 17, 2014: New Classes Starting Late March through June

In-person workshops:
Developmental Editing for College Textbook Publishers, with veteran editor Elsa Peterson
Fiction Editing and the Author-Editor Relationship, with fiction writer and editor Carolyn Haley
The ABCs of PDFs-- how to create and edit them
Word 2010 for PC: An Intro to Macros

Webinar:
The Basics of InDesign for Writers and Editors

For more information and to register, click here.

February 28, 2014: March 15 deadline for April 1 health care coverage

Health Care
For anyone who wants coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and hasn't enrolled yet, enrolling by March 15th will get you coverage that starts on April 1st. Open enrollment for coverage this year ends on March 31st; for coverage beginning next year, it begins on November 15th. See www.healthcare.gov for more information. For other info on key dates click here.

Exhibits
Planning to attend one of these key professional conferences? Stop by our booth and say hello.
Creative Chicago Expo, Mar. 14-15
Tucson Festival of Books, Mar. 15-16, Booth 129, with the Arizona chapter.

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.

Exhibits
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

February 12, 2014: Affordable Care Act Deadline Is 2/15 for 3/1 Coverage; Member Benefit Highlighted

Health Care: For anyone who wants coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and hasn't enrolled yet, enrolling by March 15th will get you coverage that starts on April 1st. Open enrollment for coverage this year ends on March 31st; for coverage beginning next year, it begins on November 15th. See www.healthcare.gov for more information. For other info on key dates click here.

Members: Check out this month's featured benefit: The EFA JobList.

February 5, 2014: Fabulous February Events

Chapter Events
Seattle, Feb. 14: Freelance Friday coffee break.
Tucson, Feb. 18: Scrabble night.

Exhibits
Stop by our booths at these terrific professional conferences:

San Francisco Writers Conference, Feb. 13-16.
Seattle: Assoc. of Writers and Writing Programs, Feb. 26-Mar. 1, Booth M26.

Courses
Wherever you are, see our selection of online and in-person courses and webinars to update and expand your skills and meet EFA colleagues. Several online offerings start this month: Spring Course Catalog.

January 13, 2014: January Events

Boston, January 14: How Freelancers Can Optimize Their Online Presence

Chicago, January 25: Chapter meeting in new location.

Northern California, January 27: What Is a Writing Coach?

Philadelphia, January 28: Happy Hour and brainstorming about starting a Philadelphia chapter. 6 pm to 8 pm.

New York City, January 30: Scrabble.

And have you checked us out on Facebook and Twitter lately? Click on the icons above, right, to join the conversations there or click here for the Freelance Friday TweetChat on January 17.

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:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-m-krebs/freelancing-tips_b_1327095.html

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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