A great start to the new year

It’s an honor and a pleasure to start the new year as a member of NAIWE‘s Board of Experts, especially with Networking as my area of NAIWE expertise. As many of you know, I’m a long-time, even passionate believer in networking, as evidenced by the many professional associations and online communities of colleagues that I belong to, along with the Communication Central “Be a Better Freelancer”® conference that I host every year. Even more important to the concept of networking is that I’m far more than what I call a “checkbook member” – I don’t just pay dues and wait for the membership to do something for me; I’m active and visible in every group I belong to (yes, it’s OK to end a sentence with a preposition).

For organizations such as the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), ACES-The Society for Editing, Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists (GSLABJ), International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Association of Independent Information Professionals, Association for Women in Communications (AWC) and NAIWE, I do everything from write for and edit newsletters to  present webinars, workshops and conference speeches; write booklets; contribute to online conversations; manage and update websites; organize events, etc. That may seem like a lot of work, but I enjoy it (I’m the poster child for extroverts) and it means that I’m constantly learning from, not just sharing knowledge with, colleagues at all levels of professionalism. Even better from a professional success standpoint, it means I become visible and known within these groups, which often leads to being hired or referred for projects. I even make a few bucks from some of these activities in and of themselves.

In addition to the professional advantages of networking, I’ve also made great friends through many of these organizations and found resources that have made my work life easier, more diverse and more interesting.

My point is that networking is a two-way process. You don’t get much, if anything, out of joining an organization or group and waiting for it to do something for you. When you engage in genuine networking, the group benefits you in a number of ways, many of which can be quantified in terms of income and renown. Do keep that in mind as NAIWE makes it possible to do more for ourselves and each other in this new year.

Here’s to a successful, profitable, enjoyable year of writing, editing and networking for all NAIWE members. To coin a version of a popular phrase, may we live well and prosper!

Registration open for freelancing conference

Registration is open for “Be a Better Freelancer”® – Profiting in Publishing,” the 11th annual Communication Central conference, Oct. 28-29, 2016, in Rochester, NY, with a special extra session on Oct. 30.

The conference offers a stellar line-up of speakers – including NAIWE’s Janet Campbell! – and topics of interest to a wide range of colleagues, both new to and established in freelancing in general and editing, proofreading, writing and other areas of the publishing world in particular.

Rooms in the conference hotel are eminently shareable and many colleagues will be looking for roommates. There also may be opportunities to share rides from the DC area to Rochester. To share a ride or room, send a message to conference@communication-central.com.

The hotel is part of a new complex with a Barnes & Noble, several restaurants and shops, and easy access to parks, the Genesee River and the University of Rochester. Partners, spouses and offspring will find plenty to do while participants are conferencing.

For program, speaker and registration info, go to:
http://www.communication-central.com/category/conferences/

Clients’ books are in print!

Books by two of “my” local authors (that is, I did editing and design & layout for one, and editing and proofreading for the other) are in existence! I’m so pleased for them. These are really fun, creative projects.

Jane Austen fans, check out Carolyn Meisel‘s PuzzleBooks for Readers – six books, each based on an Austen novel, with crossword, story and scramble puzzles for each: www.puzzlebookforreaders.com

Those who sew, are sure to enjoy Meredith Drake‘s Song of the Seam Ripper & Other Sewing Poems: www.songoftheseamripper.com (props to Victoria Brzustowicz, www.VictoriaBCreative.com, who created Meredith’s website).

Now to help these authors set up some readings/signings in area bookstores and shops!

Date and speakers set for 2016 conference for freelancers

NAIWE founder and director Janice Campbell is among the speakers who will share their expertise, tips and insights on how to “Be a Better Freelancer”® at the 2016 Communication Central conference, Oct. 28-29 at a new Hilton Garden Inn in Rochester, NY.

Other speakers include Rich Adin, Bevi Chagnon, Kat Friedrich, Carolyn Haley, Daniel Heuman, Pamela Owens Hilliard, Jack Lyon, Ally Machate, Dick Margulis, Adrienne Montgomery and Lori Paximadis. Geoff Hart may present a special workshop on Oct. 30.

NAIWE members are eligible for the colleague’s discount on registration. Watch this space for more details about session topics, speaker backgrounds and registration! Information also is in the Conferences section of www.communication-central.com.

Award-winning moment!

This was so exciting – I’m a recipient of a 2015 Big Pencil Award from Rochester, NY’s Writers and Books literary center for being “A teacher of adults who has inspired the creation and appreciation of literature” and someone who has “contributed significantly in the advancement, creation, and understanding of literature in the Rochester community.” The award presentation was on November 14 – and I’m still glowing.

RETC-2015 Big Pencil Award

Registration open for 2015 Be a Better Freelancer™ conference – discount for NAIWE members!

Registration is open and NAIWE members are eligible for a colleague’s discount for “Be a Better Freelancer™ – Take it to the 10th!,” the 10th annual Communication Central conference for freelance writers, editors, proofreaders, indexers, abstractors, graphic artists, photographers and any other professionals in the editorial/publishing community. This year’s conference will be held September 25–26, 2015, at the downtown Hyatt Hotel in Rochester, NY, with both new and familiar presenters offering important tips on building a successful freelance business in terms of both skills and concepts.

Accompanying the conference is an Editorial Bootcamp with Laura Poole on September 27 at the same location, offering intensive copyediting training, with a separate registration fee and a discount for conference attendees.

For details of presenters, topics and registration, go to:
http://www.communication-central.com/2015/events/registration-is-open-for-2015-communication-central-conference/

Important info about social media and death

If you (or someone you’re close to) were to die, what would happen to your social media contacts and accounts? The July 3, 2014, NY Times has a useful article on “How to Digitally Avoid Taking It to the Grave.” You should be able to check it out at nytimes.com.

The article includes several tips that I’ve offered in the past, based on what I’ve seen happen to friends and colleagues in similar situations:

Give all your passwords to a trustworthy relative, friend or colleague so they can get access to your accounts, and close them if needed. Some people are OK with leaving things like a Facebook account open after a death, while others find it creepy.

Store the info in a safe deposit box, not on your computer(s).

Include a “digital executor” in your will (you do have a will, right?).

2104 conference for freelancers – discount for NAIWE members!

NAIWE members are eligible for the colleague’s discount on registration for “Be a Better Freelancer! (Re)Invent Your Business,” the ninth annual Communication Central conference for freelancers, Sept. 26–27, 2014, in Rochester, NY, with an Editorial Bootcamp on Sept. 28 at the same location. The early-bird registration deadline for the best rate is July 31.

The conference is a great resource for anyone wondering how to launch or improve a writing or editing business.

Topics include launching your business, macros and other efficiency/productivity tools, working with MS Office, organization tips, a self-publishing roundtable, balancing freelancing and family life, resources, benefiting from social media, and more. Keynote speaker is Jake “Dr. Freelance” Poinier. Other speakers include Erin Brenner, Ally Machate, April Michelle Davis, Daniel Heuman, Katharine O’Moore-Klopf, Dick Margulis, Greg Ioannou, Geoff Hart, Jack Lyon, Laura Poole, Ben Davis, Amy Schneider and Ruth E. Thaler-Carter.

Make your hotel reservations early – the conference coincides with the last weekend of a film festival and space will be at a premium the closer it gets to September.

To register, go to:
http://www.communication-central.com/2014/events/registration-open-for-2014-communication-central-conference/
and click on the link under the image.

Info for the Editorial Bootcamp is included in the conference registration PDF. The Editorial Bootcamp may be taken without attending the conference.

NAIWE members are eligible for a registration discount; conference-goers get a discount for the Editorial Bootcamp.

Questions? Contact Communication Central owner/NAIWE member Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, at conference@communication-central.com or 585-248-0318.

See you there!

Webinar on working with nonprofits

Hi, all. If you’re interested in writing or editing for not-for-profit organizations or charitable agencies, I have a resource for you! I’m presenting a webinar/audioconference for copyediting.com Copyediting.com on “Editing for Nonprofits and Agencies” on July 16. Details at: http://www.copyediting.com/buyproduct/editing-nonprofits-and-agencies