Marketing workshop in Indianapolis area on Oct. 26

Established and aspiring freelance writers, editors, proofreaders and more face a daunting environment these days in finding not just projects, but projects that pay well. To help colleagues cope, I’m presenting a workshop on “Marketing for the New Paradigm” for the Indiana chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA) from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at the Renaissance North Hotel in Carmel, IN. NAIWE members are welcome to attend.

Attendance is free, but RSVPs are required and participants will be responsible for their meals – a buffet lunch will be provided at $15/person or people may order from the menu (gluten-free options are available). To attend, RSVP to Denise Buschmann at by October 24.

The world of publishing, and thus the world of editorial freelancing, is changing rapidly and constantly. Succeeding in a freelance communications business requires responding promptly and effectively to such paradigm changes. To succeed and thrive, freelancers must understand the changing marketplace and learn how to promote themselves effectively in it.

Copies of my “Get Paid to Write! Getting Started as a Freelance Writer” booklet will be available at the workshop at $10/copy, a 50% discount from the usual price.


Deadline for best conference rate is almost at hand

Just a reminder that August 30 is the deadline for the best registration rate
for “Be a Better Freelancer – Marketing Magic and More for Your Business,” the
2013 conference of Communication Central, Sept. 27-28 in Rochester, NY, with a
separate Editorial Bootcamp on Sept. 29 at the same location. This should be an
unusually international gathering – so far, participants have signed up from
Canada, Spain and Egypt, as well as several U.S. states!

There’s a discount for NAIWE members.

There’s also a $50 discount on the Editorial Bootcamp’s Copyediting Intensive for conference participants.

You also can save a few dollars a night on your hotel reservation – there’s a
$107/night rate if you pay in advance, rather on departure, but beware: It is
nonrefundable. There may be opportunities to share hotel rooms as well.

For program, speaker and registration information, go to:


2013 conference for freelancers – registration open, discount for NAIWE members

The annual Communication Central conference is back in Rochester, NY, this year, coming up September 27-28, 2013, at the Staybridge Suites hotel, with a great line-up of noted colleagues, including NAIWE president Janice Campbell and other familiar and new names. This year’s conference theme is “Be a Better Freelancer: Marketing Magic and More for Your Business.” This event is a unique opportunity to pick up on tips and insights essential to a successful freelance writing, editing, proofreading or related business. For those seeking intensive hands-on help with with editing work, there is also an Editorial Bootcamp, on September 29, at the same place (separate registration fee).

NAIWE members are eligible for the colleague’s discount on registration!

Hotel rooms are eminently sharable – even a studio unit has both bed and sleep sofa, with a divider for privacy. If you would like to share a room, please free to contact me and I’ll put you in contact with other participants who would like to do so.

If you book your hotel room by phone, be sure to use the direct number in the registration form; dial zero when you hear the voice-mail prompts.

Current info is here: 2013-C-C-Conf-program. More details about speakers and sessions will be at the conference website throughout the coming week:

Looking forward to seeing everyone. Please pass the word!


Only a few weeks until conference for freelancers!

The 2012 Communication Central conference is only a few weeks away: October 12-13 in Baltimore! Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn from and meet colleagues with a wealth of information about using editorial tools and crafting a successful freelance business. Details are at:

And don’t forget that NAIWE members get a colleagues’ discount on registration!

2012 C-C Conf Registration Form


3 Communication Central workshops in Chicago on May 23

Communication Central will present three workshops in the Chicago area on May 23 when owner Ruth E. Thaler-Carter – an NAIWE member – and colleague Judith Shenouda are in town to present a session at the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Tech Summit. Workshop topics are Websites that Work for You (Thaler-Carter), Career Success in 12 Easy Steps (Shenouda) and Getting Started as a Freelancer (both). Cost is $50/person/workshop, with a 10% discount for NAIWE members and participants in past Communication Central events. Registration may be made with check or by PayPal.

To register for any or all of the workshops:


Early bird deadline approaching for 2012 conference for freelancers!

The deadline for the best rate to attend “Be a Better Freelancer: Resources for a Successful Editorial Business,” the 7th annual Build Your Business conference of Communication Central (, October 12-13, 2012, at the Marriott Suites in the Harbor East area of Baltimore, MD, is fast approaching. You have until August 30 to register at the best rate!

2012 C-C Conf Registration Form3

Speakers include NAIWE founder/executive director Janice Campbell, and NAIWE members are entitled to a colleagues’ discount on registration. Session and speaker details are available at:

This unique conference for freelance writers, editors, proofreaders, etc., is aimed at launching, building up and enhancing your business success.

Conference attendees get a discount on registration for an offering of the Editorial Bootcamp on October 14 at the same location.


Recent articles of value to colleagues

Colleagues might enjoy – and benefit from – some of my recent published work:

A column on ethics for freelance journalists in Quill, the magazine of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ): (go to p. 32)

My latest marketing column at ImproMed, “Think Like Your Clients to Make Marketing More Effective,” which is aimed at veterinarians but is appropriate to independent writers and editors as well:

A column for the SPJ blog on getting started in freelancing:


Why attend a conference?

Every time I turn around, I see or hear from colleagues who are having trouble succeeding in their freelance businesses, yet only a couple of dozen have signed up to attend an event designed to help freelancers make their businesses (yes, writing and editing is a business!) do better. Granted, this event isn’t free, but it has to generate enough income to cover its costs, including travel and accommodations for speakers.

Details are are:

See you there!


Early-bird deadline extended for Communication Central conference

To accommodate colleagues awaiting project payments, the early-bird deadline for registration for “Editorial Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century,” the sixth annual Build Your Business conference of Communication Central, has been extended to August 31. Details are at:

This event is a unique opportunity to meet and learn from colleagues from the U.S., UK and Canada with amazing insights into what it takes to succeed as a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, graphic artist, indexer, etc.!