Robert Hartley: January’s Featured Member

Robert Hartley is the NAIWE Featured Member for January 2016.For the beginning of the new year, we wanted to feature a member whose personal story is as interesting as his writing. Robert Hartley has been a NAIWE member since January 2012. During his membership he has continued to write steadily, publishing novels and memoirs, as well as blogging and maintaining a social media presence. Doing, in other words, all the things recommended by experts for writing success.

The No-Excuses Writer

Robert Hartley, author of Mossback Dragon and other works.I call him the “no excuses” writer. When we selected him to be the featured member for January, we asked that he share a bit about his writing journey. The resulting article, Beyond the Words, turned out to be a fascinating mini-memoir that not only introduces this versatile wordsmith and artist, but with a kick of humor, manages to blow up just about any excuse for not writing. Don’t miss it!

If you are hoping to get a writing career jump-started in the new year and feel that you are facing insurmountable obstacles, read Robert’s mini-memoir. Maybe even print it out and post it on the wall next to your writing space. It can be a reminder that steady movement — a few words a day, if that is all you can manage — can short-circuit just about any obstacle. Even death, so far.

Since 2009, Robert has written, designed, formatted, and published seven books, which are available in both print and Kindle formats. You can read more about them at his NAIWE member site, RobertHartley.NAIWE.com, as well as at MossbackDragon.com, and purchase copies at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

November Teleclass: How Do You Do It All? Balancing Family Life and Home Business in the Real World

Mary Jo TateJoin us Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EDT for an
hour-long member teleclass with NAIWE Expert Mary Jo Tate:
How Do You Do It All? Balancing Family Life and Home
Business in the Real World. We hope you’ll join us!

Having a home business provides a wonderful opportunity for freedom, flexibility, and fulfillment; but it can also create frustration, exhaustion, and chaos. You may be paralyzed by an overwhelming to-do list and become trapped in a crisis-management approach to life. As a single homeschooling mom with four sons and a home business, Mary Jo Tate knows just how hard the challenges can be! She shares powerful strategies to help you move past the juggling act and find balance so you, your family, and your business can flourish.

Mary Jo Tate, an international editor and book coach for 30 years, specializes in helping entrepreneurs, speakers, and other experts author a book whether or not they can write. She also teaches moms how to balance family life and home business and how to find peace in the space between the ideal and reality. Mary Jo is the author of How Do You Do It All? Proven Strategies for Balancing Family Life and Home Business in the Real World, Get Started as a Freelance Editor, Critical Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald; and Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms. Visit her blog at http://www.FlourishAtHome.com for a free e-book, From Frazzled to Focused: 7 Planning Tools for Busy Moms.

Instructions for Joining the Teleclass

Members will find call-in information for teleclasses in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($12 each for non-members).

If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for the teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so by visiting the Teleclass Registration page. We hope you’ll join us!
*OUTLINE FOR TODAYS SEMINAR*
Download the handout to print or follow along below.
 How Do You Do It All?

Balancing Family Life and Home Business in the Real World

by Mary Jo Tate, author of How Do You Do It All?

www.HowDoYouDoItAll.com

The Challenges of “Doing It All”

  1. Grow, Know, and Go
  2. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
  3. Stop Struggling with Juggling
  4. Balance Is Not a Myth
  5. Three Kinds of Circumstances
  6. Find Peace in the Space between the Ideal and Reality
  7. Life Management, Not Time Management
  8. Setting Goals
  9. Seven Essential Planning Tools

The How Do You Do It All home study course includes:

  • 7 hours of audio
  • transcripts of every class session
  • customizable planning forms
  • bonuses on finding clients and using testimonials to market your business

Use coupon code 7tools20 for a $20 discount at

www.HowDoYouDoItAll.com

 

Member April Michelle Davis on IndieGoGo

April Michelle Davis, NAIWE Social Media Marketing ExpertNAIWE member April Michelle Davis has opened a crowdfunding campaign to support the publishing costs of her latest book, A Princess in Disguise. Originally written almost 20 years ago, A Princess in Disguise is a coming-of-age story about a princess being forced to marry a complete stranger whom her father has chosen. She is on a mental journey, which she decides to turn into a physical odyssey as well. She is searching for who she is, who she wants to become, and for her absent mother.

Like many young girls, April Michelle wanted to be a princess when she was growing up. While watching TV shows and movies, she noticed that the princesses often had no mothers present. April Michelle wrote this book to answer the question of where the mothers are and show the struggles that princesses can face.

April Michelle wrote this book in the height of her fascination with princesses. Since then, she has become a queen, married a king, and bore a prince. This book was her first literary love, and now she is ready to share it with the world. Davis is the coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Social Media Marketing Expert for the National Association for Independent Writers and Editors and a lifetime member of the American Copy Editors Society.

Beginning this month, April Michelle and Iguana Books (her publisher) are running a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the book publishing costs. Awards for donating to the campaign include a signed print of the book’s cover art, a ebook version of the book, and a signed copy of the limited-edition printing of the book.

Visit the IndieGoGo campaign for A Princess in Disguise to contribute to April Michelle’s campaign or to learn more about the book and read an excerpt.

Shel Horowitz: Multiple Streams of Income for Writers

NAIWE Expert Shel Horowitz will be joining us Wednesday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m. EDT for an hour-long member teleclass on how to leverage your knowledge and skills to create a diversified income. We hope you’ll join us!

Shel Horowitz: Writer, speaker, NAIWE Expert

Shel Horowitz: Writer, speaker, NAIWE Expert

With eight nonfiction books under his belt, including the long-running bestseller Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green and award-winners Grassroots Marketing for Authors and Publishers and Grassroots Marketing: Getting Noticed in a Noisy World, you’d think Shel Horowitz might be one of those people who makes a living selling books.

But actually, book sales are only small pieces of a diversified income, all of it involving the same analytical and communication skills he uses to write his books.

This call will explore several income streams writers can pursue. Examples will include some or all of (depending on how the call evolves):

  • Speaking
  • Consulting on the publishing process
  • Consulting on your field of expertise (in Shel’s case, profitability and marketing for green/socially conscious businesses as well as authors and publishers–and with companies that want to turn hunger, poverty, war, and catastrophic climate change into sufficiency, peace, and planetary balance)
  • Commercial writing for business: marketing and informational copywriting, correspondence, company histories, executive biographies, speeches, social media feeds, etc.
  • Commercial writing for individuals (from resumes to thank-you notes to social media profiles)
  • Foreign and subsidiary rights sales
  • Product sales other than books
  • Ads on your website
  • Teaching and training
  • Event organizing and facilitation
  • Article, blog, and newsletter writing
  • Radio and TV work as on-air personality, pundit, analyst, etc.

So here’s the good news: you can be a writer and make a living, even if the obvious ways aren’t working for you. Shel started his writing and consulting business back in 1981 as a typing service, “to hold me over until my freelance magazine and newspaper career took off.” The business kept evolving and is now an international copywriting, consulting, and speaking enterprise with clients on five continents. (He hasn’t typed a term paper in 25 years, and hasn’t had an outside employer since 1981.)

Join us for the teleclass

Members will find call-in information for teleclasses in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($12 each for non-members).

If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for the teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so by visiting the Teleclass Registration page. We hope you’ll join us!

Bring your questions and concerns, and be ready to boost your career with your very own blog!

Words Matter Week 2015 Starts Today

Help stamp out slop and drivel! The seventh annual celebration of Words Matter Week, sponsored by NAIWE, begins today. We’ve provided blogging prompts and suggestions for many other activities at WordsMatterWeek.com, and you are invited to share in the fun. If you participate, we’d love to know what you do, so please leave a comment on the Words Matter Week site and let us know.

Words Matter Week 2015, March 1-7; sponsored by NAIWE.com

Writing Techniques to Save Time and Money in the Editing Process, December 10th Teleclass with Barbara McNichol

photo Barbara McNichol (glass)You’re invited to join us for a NAIWE Member Teleclass

Writing Techniques to Save Time and Money
in the Editing Process
Join NAIWE’s Editorial Expert
 Barbara McNichol hosted by Janice Campbell
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 3:00pm EDT
Member Link to call-in information and slide show download.
* Members please note the phone number for the conference call has changed.

We hope you’ll join us for this opportunity to hear from one of our NAIWE experts.
*Barbara also has a special PDF Giveaway offer for those joining the teleclass.

Writing Techniques to Save Time and Money in the Editing Process

How can you employ techniques editors use in everything you write—whether it’s for your book chapters, promo materials, or business emails?

Barbara McNichol shares key tricks of the editing trade that can save authors time and money in the editing phase. Specifically, you’ll learn to:

  • Whack Wordiness
  • Set Your Objectives
  • Pursue a Parallel Path
  • Punctuate and Proofread with Fresh Eyes
  • Match the Word to the Meaning

What do these mean? Well, they translate into writing techniques that editors take to heart when polishing an author’s work. When authors take them to heart, it strengthens the writing from the get-go and streamlines the editing process—a win-win!

Over the past 20 years, Barbara has provided expert editing of more than 300 nonfiction books in the categories of business, spirituality, self-help, how-to, health, relationships, and more. She is the creator of Word Trippers: Your Ultimate Source for Choosing the Perfect Word When It Really Matters–a handy word choice guide to clarify your writing.

*Barbara is offering a *PDF giveaway of her 2nd Edition Word Trippers for those joining the teleclass.

Call-in Information for members and non-members
Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($27 each for non-members).

If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for the teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so by visiting the Teleclass page. We hope you’ll join us!

Bring your questions and concerns, and be ready to boost your career with your very own blog!

Members may enjoy listening to one of her previous classes,  7 Writing Problems that Editors Constantly “Fix” to Make Your Book Sale-able from Nov. 2011.

Contact – www.BarbaraMcNichol.com

Blog –  barbaramcnichol.com/blog/

Twitter – @bookeditor

 

 

 

Your Book’s Business Plan – September Teleclass with Nina Amir

Nina Amir, Blog to Book Expert, NAIWEYou’re invited to join us for a NAIWE Member Teleclass
Your Book’s Business Plan:
Prepping Yourself and Your Book Idea for Success

with NAIWE’s Blog to Book Expert, Nina Amir
hosted by Janice Campbell
September 17, 2014 at 3:00p.m. EDT

The average book today sells only about 250 copies a year, 3,000 in its lifetime. Improve     your odds of becoming a successful author by producing a business plan for your book      before you write a word. As you do, you’ll develop an Author Attitude and learn how to
evaluate your ideas and yourself through the same lens used by an acquisitions editor.

Learn how to determine if your book is not only a great creative idea but also marketable product—a viable business venture—as you go through the Author Training Process. It’s the foundation for creating books that sell—to publishers and to readers! This evaluation tool helps you determine if your idea is ready to go to market—to be shopped to agents, publishers or readers—and if you are ready to become an author.

This is NOT a session on how to write a book proposal (but you’ll learn a lot about it). This IS a session about how to use the parts of a book proposal as a process to train yourself to see both the creative and business aspects of writing and publishing a book and creating a business plan for a book. This session is appropriate for fiction writers and for nonfiction writers.

(Based on Nina Amir’s new book, The Author Training Manual, Writer’s Digest Books, Feb. 2014.)

Session takeaways:

  1. Learn how to discover if your book idea is marketable.
  2. Find out how to decide if you are cut out to write and market a successful book—if you are an attractive publishing partner or savvy indie publisher.
  3. Discover what publishers and readers want.
  4. Learn how to produce a successful book.
  5. Take the nine steps in the “proposal process.”
  6. See through an acquisitions editor’s eyes.
  7. Find out why you shouldn’t write your book as soon as you get the idea.
  8. Learn how to be the business partner a publisher seeks.
  9. Learn to write a book that sells.

Nina Amir, bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, transforms writers into inspired, successful authors, authorpreneurs and blogpreneurs. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she moves her clients from ideas to finished books as well as to careers as authors by helping them combine their passion and purpose so they create products that positively and meaningfully impact the world. A sought-after author, book, blog-to-book, and results coach, some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She writes four blogs, self-published 13 books and founded National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge.

Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($27 each for non-members).

If you’re not a member and you’d like to join in time for the teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so. If you would like to register for the teleclass only, you may do so by visiting the Teleclass page. We hope you’ll join us!

Bring your questions and concerns, and be ready to boost your career with your very own blog!

Members may enjoy listening to one of her previous classes, 20 Blogging Success Secrets, at this link.


Mitchell Peck on Breaking into Hollywood Screenwriting

Mitchell PeckNAIWE members and guests enjoyed hearing Mitchell Peck’s journey from east coast English major to Hollywood producer. He offers practical advice and many great tips for breaking in to Hollywood screenwriting, but the most valuable part of the talk may be the inside look at how the process works.

Listen to the interview here.

Hollywood Embassy Website — www.hollywoodembassy.com

Mitchell Peck’s IMDB Page — http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0669692/
Mitchell’s Bio — http://www.hollywoodembassy.com/bio/
How Hollywood Embassy Began — http://www.hollywoodembassy.com/about/

“Breaking In” to Hollywood as a Screenwriter Outside the System

 Join Janice and Mitchell Peck on The Freelance Life broadcast, Wednesday
May 28, 2014 at 3:30 EST. 
Mitchell will shed some light on the often mysterious/opaque process of breaking in to Hollywood as a screenwriter outside the system by using real-life case studies of nine screenwriters who Mitchell has personally helped get represented by agents, sell their scripts to movie studios, and/or get their scripts produced by major movie studios.
Mitchell Peck

Be part of this broadcast at
The Freelance Life
hosted at TalkShoe.

MITCHELL PECK
Mitchell Peck, founder of Hollywood Embassy, is a Producer of three studio movies (and numerous studio script development deals) — all based on screenplays he developed with first-time, unrepresented writers.  For 20 years in Hollywood as a producer, he’s specialized in working with aspiring writers outside the Hollywood system – developing their scripts, and successfully guiding them into top literary agency representation, studio deals, and produced movies (click here to view Mitchell’s IMDB page)
Mitchell recently decided to open a boutique screenplay consultancy, Hollywood Embassy – to help serious, aspiring screenwriters improve their scripts professionally.
ARTICLE
Please CLICK HERE for a link to the “About” page on Mitchell’s Hollywood Embassy website; if you scroll a quarter of the way down the page, you’ll see a piece written by Mitchell titled, “How Hollywood Embassy Began.”
 
For more information about Producer Mitchell Peck and his boutique screenplay consultancy, please visit HollywoodEmbassy.com.
NOTE: NAIWE members can be featured on The Freelance Life sharing ideas, success stories, book chats and more.  Contact editor@naiwe.com if you’d like to get on the list.
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What’s Wrong with Your Headline? Live Chat Tuesday, March 25, 2014

An Event for NAIWE Members on Tuesday, March 25 at 3 pm EDT (12 pm PDT)

Are Your Headlines Chasing Readers-and Writing Clients-Away?
You take the time to craft perfect prose, edit with an eagle eye, and turn in your writing assignments on time – even if you have to pull an all-nighter to do it.

And then, after all that hard work, your headline just lies there like a wet rug.

The headline of your article, newsletter, or blog post is the one element that will bring in tons of readers – or send them away in search of something shinier. And sadly, it’s all too easy to create a headline that keeps people from reading on to your carefully crafted writing.

That’s the scary news. The awesome news is that veteran freelancers
Carol Tice of Make a Living Writing and Linda Formichelli of The Renegade Writer know what’s wrong with your headlines – and they want to help.

Register for What’s Wrong with Your Headline? (It costs zilch!)

If you want to find out how to take your headlines from “meh’ to “wow”
– and land more writing assignments – I have a valuable offer for you.
On Tuesday, March 25 at 3 pm EDT (12 pm PDT), Carol and Linda will be presenting a NO-COST live call just for my readers:
What’s Wrong with Your Headline?
These two pro writers, who have a combined 35+ years’ experience as full-time print
and online freelancers, will share:
  • The top 12 ways your headline may be chasing readers – and writing clients – away.
  • How sharing too much info in your headline can be worse than not sharing enough.
  • The number one way to know what style of headline to use for each assignment. (Hint: It’s right in front of your face!)
  • Why your headline needs to get readers to qualify themselves.
  • And more!
If you feel your headlines could be getting better results – don’t be embarrassed, that applies to MOST of us – you won’t want to miss this call. Dial in and learn how to bring in more readers, more clients – and more writing assignments.
Register for What’s Wrong with Your Headline? (No cost!)
Register now and sign-in at least 15 minutes before the event.
Carol and Linda will take questions before the event and will be doing a
headline critique party right in the chat forum — so bring your headlines
and we’ll help you tweak ‘em!
I’ll be there as the host – and as a learner. I look forward to seeing you there too!
~Janice Campbell