Member Benefits Summary
EFA membership benefits are described below. Click on the link in each section for more detailed information. To read what members have said about the value of membership, visit the member testimonials page.
A powerful marketing tool, directory listings come free with membership. All members are included with minimal information (name, street address, and business-only telephone). Members customize their entries with the information they choose: name, contact information, skills and specialties, brief promotional blurbs, and resume. Potential clients use the directory to find and get in touch with members nationwide. Many members report getting good assignments from clients who hired them after searching the directory for freelancers with the skills and expertise they were seeking. The directory is searchable by skills, specialties, location, name, or keyword.
Members enjoy reduced tuition to EFA courses designed especially for freelancers to build and enhance editorial and entrepreneurial skills. The reduction is generally a 20 percent savings. Courses cover everything from basic copyediting to breaking into the corporate market to setting project rates. Courses, many of which are conducted online, are usually offered in the fall and spring of each year and are open to nonmembers as well as members. The EFA is continually working to partner with other organizations to increase EFA member access to an even broader range of courses and webinars.
Included in the annual membership fee, the Job List postings provide members access to a wide variety of jobs, both freelance and full-time, in-house and at home. Clients from coast to coast and beyond—publishers, individuals, authors, businesses, and nonprofits—use this service (free to them), and many members get most of their work from the EFA’s Job List.
The EFA’s primary online forum is its lively members-only discussion list, where participants exchange ideas and advice with hundreds of other editorial professionals all across the country. Many members tell us the discussion list is one of the most enjoyable and valuable features of membership. The discussion list is free to EFA members and is a separate service from the Job List.
The EFA has regional chapters and networking groups all over the country, and new ones form as interest arises. Meetings and other activities are listed on individual chapter pages. Chapter events are open to all members, guests of members, and freelancers interested in joining the EFA. The EFA also invites members to act as regional liaisons in areas without chapters. Liaisons answer questions about the organization and freelancing in their locale.
The EFA offers freelancers a variety of meetings, social events, and networking opportunities. Meetings may take place at NYC headquarters, at regional chapters across the country, and by nationwide teleconference. They include expert panels, open-mic forums, special guest speakers, and joint meetings with related organizations. On the lighter side, the EFA holds receptions for new members, Scrabble night, and a much-anticipated holiday party.
EFA members are invited to submit proposals to write for our booklets program, which publishes on specialized topics of professional interest to editorial freelancers.
The EFA publishes a bimonthly newsletter, the Freelancer, and a monthly ebulletin, What’s New at the EFA. Both are for members only.
The EFA has a presence on several social media platforms. EFA members are encouraged to engage with the organization and other members on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Facebook and Twitter are great platforms for keeping up with the EFA’s latest news and events and making new connections. While we encourage prospective members to chat with active members on Facebook and Twitter, our LinkedIn group is restricted to EFA members and is not a discussion group. Members of the EFA LinkedIn group can add the EFA’s logo to their LinkedIn profile pages to enhance their marketing and networking.
EFA membership offers access to healthcare discount plans at group rates through Careington and DentalSave. In addition, the application fee for Careington plan subscriptions is waived for EFA members. For more information about each program, see the websites for Careington and DentalSave.
EFA members can register for Editors Canada webinars at a discounted rate. To find out how to register with your member discount, visit the Member Benefits Information page. Note: this partner discount is not available to residents of Canada.
PerfectIt is a Word add-in for PCs that helps you find and correct consistency errors in documents. Among the many types of inconsistencies it finds are those involving hyphenation, spelling, numbers, abbreviations, and lists. For more information or a free trial, visit the Intelligent Editing website. EFA members receive a 15% discount on the PerfectIt Pro Edition. To activate your member discount, visit the Member Benefits Information page.
Shake is a technology platform that gives freelancers the power to create, sign, and send legal agreements seamlessly from any device. As an EFA member, enjoy 25% off of Shake Pro ($7.50/month based on an annual plan), Shake’s premium product for business users. Shake Pro users can upload their own legal templates, customize Shake’s templates, add branding, sync with Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive, and receive automated updates about payment dates and other important provisions found in their contracts. To activate your member discount or to view the webinar “What Every Creative Freelancer Needs to Know About Contracts,” presented by Shake’s Chief Legal Officer on January 21, 2015, visit the Member Benefits Information page.
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HotelStorm is a hotel discount site offering exclusive savings to EFA members. With HotelStorm, members will enjoy savings from 10% up to 55% over other online travel agencies. With 24/7 concierge services and access to thousands of hotels all over the world, HotelStorm is a great option for business and personal travel. To activate your member discount, visit the Member Benefits Information page.
EFA members can now join and use ZipCar with significant savings: no application fee, half off the annual membership fee, and discounted rates on rentals. Available in an expanding number of locations across North America and the United Kingdom—including London, Vancouver, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Chapel Hill, Boston, and Minneapolis. Rent a car for a few hours or a full day, gas and insurance included. To activate your member discount, visit the Member Benefits Information page.
Better World Club is the environmentally friendly alternative to AAA, an auto club providing 24-hour nationwide roadside assistance, travel and insurance services. EFA members receive a 10% discount on the enrollment fee. To activate your member discount, visit the Member Benefits Information page.