Editorial Freelancers Association

December 21, 2014 - 16:26 PM



Time for winter holiday parties!

What's New

December 21, 2014

December 9, 2014: Holiday Party Season Is Upon Us

Local chapters and EFA HQ are hosting festive get-togethers this month. The Upper Hudson chapter opened the season on December 11. Check your local chapter's page to see if there will be a gathering near you.

All members are welcome at EFA's Annual Winter Holiday Party at HQ in New York City on December 30.

Happy Holidays to one and all!


November 17, 2014: Visit the EFA Booths at These Exciting Industry Events

Chicago Book Expo, December 6.

Digital Book World, New York City, January 13-15.

Thank you to the volunteers who are bringing EFA to these events!

August 29, 2014: Conference for freelancers coming up soon!

"Be a Better Freelancer: (Re)Inventing Your Business," Communication Central's ninth annual conference for freelance writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, graphic artists, webmasters, bloggers, etc., is less than a month away: Sept. 26-27, 2014, in Rochester, NY. EFA members are entitled to a colleagues' discount regardless of when you register, and have until August 31 to take advantage to an extended early-bird registration deadline. Don't miss this opportunity to meet and learn from renowned colleagues - including several EFA members - in an event focusing on a wide range of topics of value to freelancers. There are opportunities to save money by sharing hotel rooms or driving from the NYC and the DC/MD/VA areas, and perhaps other locations. The Editorial Bootcamp will hold a Copyediting Intensive on the day after the conference at the same location, and conference-goers get a $50 discount on registration for that invaluable program. For full details, go to: www.communication-central.com

August 29, 2014: Editorial Bootcamp to offer Copyediting Intensive

Laura Poole of the Editorial Bootcamp will offer a Copyediting Intensive program from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Rochester, NY, in conjunction with this year's Communication Central conference for freelancers. Check it out at www.communication-central.com or www.editorialbootcamp.com to come hone your editing skills!

August 18, 2014: Upcoming Events on Writing and Publishing

So far this year, EFA has been at festivals and conferences for writers, readers, and publishers in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Tucson, New York, San Antonio, and Los Angeles. You can still catch us at:

Brooklyn Book Festival, New York City, September 21.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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