April 24, 2014
April 24, 2014: Twitter Chat This Friday!
Our Freelance Friday tweet chat will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. ET. The topic will be Marketing Your Education.
Clients can have very narrow ideas about the scope of a degree, particularly in the liberal arts. There are overarching skills learned in seemingly non-related disciplines which are marketable for editors. How have our freelancers successfully (or unsuccessfully) marketed their education to clients? Or is it a non-issue because clients are more interested in experience? Join us to chat about the importance and impact of formal education for editors.
For information on how to join the chat and more on EFA's Twitter program, see the Twitter 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 NewsOpen 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 CareFor 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
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
Stop by our booths at these terrific professional conferences:
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
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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