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:

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

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:
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 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 on “Editing for Nonprofits and Agencies” on July 16. Details at:

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: