EFA membership benefits are described below, followed by discounts offered to EFA members by our affiliate organizations.
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.
Free Webinar Recordings
The webinars Tech Tools for Writers and Editors, presented by Adrienne Montgomerie, Sensitivity Reads: What You Need to Know to Offer This Service, presented by Lourdes Venard, and Freelancing 101, presented by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, are available to EFA members at no charge. Montgomerie’s excellent presentation covers the software and hardware tools you need for your business in 2018. We’d be surprised if you know about all of them! For full information about Sensitivity Reads, click here, and for Freelancing 101, click here.
In addition, a monthly series of webinars about preserving your business and health in times of crisis is being offered, free of charge, to members. The recordings include general survival tips presented by Ruth E Thaler-Carter, a webinar on preserving your mental health in challenging times presented by Christina M. Frey, and webinars presented by Molly McCowan on strategies for generating income during difficult times, tips on building a resilient client base, setting or resetting your rates, and many more.
To access these member bonuses and find the full list of free webinar recordings, see the Member Benefits Information page.
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 and under Events. 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 other networking opportunities. Meetings may take place at NYC headquarters, at regional chapters across the country, or by webcast. They include expert panels, special guest speakers, the annual business meeting, and joint meetings with related organizations. Periodically, we hold a national professional conference in different locations around the U.S. On the lighter side, the EFA holds networking lunches, Scrabble nights, coffee hours, picnics, holiday parties at the New York headquarters and at many chapters, and more. See Events for details.
The EFA publishes a bimonthly newsletter, the Freelancer, and a monthly e-bulletin, What’s New at the EFA. In addition, the EFA has compiled a list of diversity and contested terms, a list of mental health resources, and a repository of information about keeping your business safe from online scammers. All of these are available to members only.
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 has a presence on several social media platforms. EFA members are encouraged to engage with the organization and other members on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. All are great platforms for keeping up with the EFA’s latest news and events and making new connections.
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.
In addition, EFA members receive discounts on disability, long-term care, and critical illness insurance premiums through Mutual of Omaha.
Discounts from Affiliates
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 15% discount on membership. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim your discount.
EFA members receive 5-15% discounts on disability, long-term care, and critical illness insurance premiums. For more information and instructions on how to claim your discount, click this link to the EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page.
American Association of University Women Work Smart Online
Learn how to negotiate your pay rate. Sign up for AAUW Work Smart Online and join the fight to eliminate the gender pay gap. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim this free program.
Cadman Online Courses
EFA members receive a 25% discount on courses taught by Hilary Cadman’s online Teachable School. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim your discount.
CIEP virtual conference (September 11-14, 2021, online)
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.
Editors Canada also offers this free Career Builder for those seeking guidance on entering the industry.
EFA members receive an affiliate member discount on IPEd courses, webinars, and events. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim your discount.
IPEd Conference 2021: Editing on the Edges (June 28–30, 2021)
EFA members can register at the IPEd member rate for the IPEd 2021 Conference, a savings of up to $130.
Editing on the edges, originally scheduled to be hosted in Tasmania, is now an online event. It offers an array of presentations on topics that include working in academia; building editorial skills; running your editing business; and editing in different genres. To find out how to register with your member discount, visit the Member Benefits Information page.
Tools of the Trade
EFA members get 20% off the purchase of Campfire Pro or Campfire Standard writing software. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim your discount.
EFA members receive a 30% discount on the latest edition of The Copyeditor’s Handbook and the new companion to the bestseller, The Copyeditor’s Workbook. Discount is good for each book or the set when you order online from the UC Press. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim your discount.
Fixional is a software tool that helps editors with copy and line edits by evaluating writing effectiveness, originality, clarity, and consistency. Editors can use Fixional to help flag consistency errors, to help price out manuscript edits, and to create customizable markups if they are repeating the same markup multiple times. Additionally, manuscript summaries can help evaluate submissions, suggest book blurbs, and suggest keywords. EFA members receive a 20% discount on any product. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim your discount.
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 30% discount on the PerfectIt Pro Edition. To activate your member discount, visit the Member Benefits Information page.
EFA members receive a 20% discount on an annual subscription to The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim your discount.
EFA Members and their clients can receive 50% off title setup on IngramSpark (limited to 25 users per account). Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for more information and instructions on how to claim your discount.
JSTOR provides access to more than 10 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines and their JPASS is an easy way to access the world’s leading academic research. You’ll have superior reference materials from a wide range of subjects to ensure the accuracy and quality of your work. EFA members enjoy a 25% discount on annual memberships. To access your member discount, see the Member Benefits Information page.
Perks at Work offers discounts at more than 30,000 merchants to save on laptops and other electronics, office supplies, travel, tickets, restaurants, flowers, and more. You can also view live classes and recorded videos on all types of subjects, from leadership courses to fitness and wellbeing classes. EFA members can register for free for Perks at Work. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim your discount.