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.
Registration is now open for the 2019 EFA Conference, taking place August 21–23 at the Swissôtel Chicago! The conference gathers freelance editors, writers, indexers, translators, and other editorial professionals to network with colleagues and develop professionally—a rare opportunity for those who work as solo entrepreneurs. Session topics will include skills development, the business of freelancing, working with clients, as well as out-of-the-box ideas. To register with a substantial EFA member discount, grab the members-only voucher code from the Member Benefits Information page. Register by May 20 for the best pricing, and see you in Chicago!
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, and Sensitivity Reads: What You Need to Know to Offer This Service, presented by Lourdes Venard, 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! In the essential Sensitivity Reads webinar, Venard discusses how an editor should approach a sensitivity read, what issues it should include, how it differs from developmental and line editing, and how you can become recognized as a sensitivity reader. For full information about Sensitivity Reads, click here. To access these member bonuses, 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 ebulletin, What’s New at the EFA. Both are for 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, 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.
Discounts from Affiliates
American Association of University Women Work Smart Online
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Better World Club Discount
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.
Discount on 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.
Discount on Campfire writing software
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.
Discount on Club Ed Courses
EFA members receive a 25% discount on developmental editing courses with Jennifer Lawler at Club Ed. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim your discount.
Discount on The Copyeditor’s Handbook and The Copyeditor’s Workbook
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.
Editors Canada Conference Discount
EFA members receive the Editors Canada member rate on their 40th anniversary conference, June 7-9, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim your discount.
Discount on Editors Canada Webinars
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.
Discount on The Hot Sheet
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.
HotelStorm is a hotel discount site offering exclusive savings to EFA members. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim your discount.
Discount on Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) professional development
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.
Discount on JSTOR Academic Books and Journals
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.
Discount on PEN America membership
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.
Discount on SfEP Conference
10% discount for EFA members on registration for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) conference, held September 14-16 at Aston University in Birmingham, England. Registration begins March 18. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim your discount.
Discount on Office Space
EFA members are entitled to a 30% discount on coworking through Upflex for the first six months of membership. Click this link to EFA’s Member Benefits Information Page for instructions on how to claim your discount.