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

Barbara-McNicholYou’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

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

JSTOR Discount is New NAIWE Benefit

NAIWE and JSTOR are pleased to announce a 25% discount on a 1-year JPASS for members

 JPASS: Your personal access plan to a digital library of more than 1,500 academic journals on JSTOR. Access the most influential research and ideas published in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences over centuries—anywhere, anytime.

What is JPASS?

JPASS is a time-based individual “library card” granting access to more than 1,500 journals from the JSTOR archive collection.

What content is in JPASS?

JPASS grants access to JSTOR’s journal archive collection content. Some exceptions apply. A complete title list is available on jpass.jstor.org, and new journals are added monthly.

What is the NAIWE Member Discount?

Members may purchase a JPASS annual access plan for $149 US, a savings of 25% of what others pay. Monthly access, at $19.50 per month, is also available.

How do I get the JPASS discount?

The administrator at your association distributes a custom URL to members and is tasked with securing this as they would a promotional code available to members only. The individual member then completes the transaction by credit card on the JPASS website by using the URL, which acts as a promotional code to expose the 25% discounted price.

Does the URL expire?

Yes, URLs will expire in 6 months. If this exclusive offer is viewed as valuable to the member base, JSTOR can renew the offer. Active members will be able to renew JPASS by getting the current URL from the association administration.

How does this URL work?

When a member clicks on the URL, a pre-programmed parameter adds the discounted price of $149 to the JPASS sales website information. In order to view the $149 price, this specific link must be used.

Teleclass: How to Set Up Your Blog as a Client Sample

How to Set Up Your Blog as a Good Client Sample

Carol Tice, professional blogger.

Join Carol Tice and NAIWE to learn more about how to set up your business blog. Carol is the NAIWE Blogging Expert and makes a living as a professional blogger. Her blog, Make a Living Writing was chosen as one of the Top Ten Blogs for Writers at the well-known Write to Done site, so it’s apparent that she really understands the world of blogging.

Teleclass time and date:  3:00 pm EST on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Some of the topics she will cover:

  • Setting up your blog as a good client sample
  • Guest Posting
  • Getting and Managing Clients
  • Ideas for business blog posts for clients -Got tons of’em!

In her bio, Carol states, “I started Make a Living Writing because I wanted to share what I’ve learned about successful freelancing and help writers support themselves with their craft. This blog is my give-back to the profession that allows me to pay my bills doing something I truly enjoy.” Carol is an engaging speaker with a lot to teach, so don’t miss this!

Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. You’ll find it by logging in on any page of the site, then going to the Library link, then to the Expert Teleclasses link. 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.

How to Self Publish: October Teleclass with Peter Bowerman

Peter Bowerman, Writer, Self-Publisher, NAIWE Expert

Join us for a NAIWE Teleclass!
October 16, 2013, 3:00 p.m. EDT

Instructor: Peter Bowerman with
NAIWE Director Janice Campbell

Don’t miss this compelling one-hour member teleclass with Peter Bowerman, the Well-Fed Writer and Well-Fed Self-Publisher. He’ll be sharing his self-publishing expertise and talking a bit about what has changed since the first edition of The Well-Fed Self-Publisher was published. Peter is a commercial freelance writer who has published over 250 articles and editorials, leads seminars on writing and is a professional coach on both commercial freelancing business start-up and self-publishing.

New article on Peter’s blog:

 

Successful Self-Publishing Demystified
How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living

Landing a publisher is harder than ever. Even when you do, count on anemic royalty
rates, 18+ months to publication, giving up the rights, and still doing most of the
marketing yourself! Meanwhile, self-publishing has become more viable and potentially
lucrative than ever before.

Join Peter Bowerman, veteran commercial freelancer, popular speaker and successful
self-publisher of the multiple-award-winning Well-Fed Writer (www.wellfedwriter.com)
and Well-Fed Self-Publisher (www.wellfedsp.com) titles, as he shares proven strategies
for production, promotion, and enhanced profitability (thanks to multiple income streams
from spin-off businesses!) that have yielded 70,000+ copies of his books in print and a
full-time living since 2001.

The Well-Fed Self-Publisher by Peter BowermanA brand new, updated edition of The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living is now available. This eagerly anticipated how-to guide to making your book a commercial success – minus the big publisher or hefty marketing budget – chronicles Peter’s own successful self-publishing path, where he indeed created a full-time living for more than five years (and counting). For more details, visit: www.wellfedsp.com.

BIO:

Peter Bowerman, a veteran commercial writer, is the self-published author of the three
award-winning Well-Fed Writer titles (www.wellfedwriter.com), how-to “standards” on
lucrative “commercial” freelancing – writing for businesses for $50-125+ an hour. He
chronicled his self-publishing success in the award-winning 2007 release, The Well-Fed
Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living, and its newly released
2014 updated edition. www.wellfedsp.com.

He’s had 300+ articles published, speaks regularly on writing and publishing, and is a
professional coach for commercial freelancing and self-publishing ventures. Check out
his book titling service at www.titletailor.com.

Teleclass Details

Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. You will find it by logging in at the top of any page of the site, then going to the Member Area link (more menus will drop down from here), then to the Member Benefit and Discounts link. NAIWE teleclasses are totally free for members ($27 each for non-members).

If you are not a member and you would like to join in time for this teleclass, you may click on this “Join NAIWE” link to do so.

If you would like to register for this single teleclass only, you may do so for $27 by visiting the Teleclass page.

Develop Your Writer’s Portfolio: A Teleclass with Ruth Thaler-Carter

Ruth Thaler-Carter, NAIWE's "I can write anything" Expert

Learn how you can develop an effective online writing portfolio with NAIWE Expert Ruth Thaler-Carter.

Join us for a NAIWE Teleclass
May 1, 2013, 3:30 p.m. EDT
Instructor: Ruth E. Thaler-Carter joined by
NAIWE Director Janice Campbell

Developing an Effective Writing Portfolio

In the past, a freelance writer’s portfolio was a notebook or binder holding copies of published works, called clips (for “clippings,” as in articles clipped out of the newspaper or magazine where they were published) that writers toted along to in-person interviews. In today’s electronic age, freelance writers often need—or want—to present their work to prospective clients, agents, editors or publishers whom they cannot visit in person. Today’s portfolio has to be more flexible and beyond faxing or mailing a couple of  published articles.

This one-session class will look at ways to develop an effective, modern portfolio that creates opportunities to share your work, both published and in-progress. You’ll gain insight into what a portfolio should contain, as well a ideas for how to present it most effectively. You might even find yourself inspired to spend the afternoon adding things to the Portfolio page of your NAIWE member site!


Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. You’ll find it by logging in on any page of the site, then going to the Library link, then to the Expert Teleclasses link. 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!

March Teleclass with Rochelle Melander-Writing Goals That Work

rochelle smallJoin Janice and Rochelle Melander for a
NAIWE teleclass,
March 20, 2013 at 3:30PM EST.

 

Writing Goals That Work

You’ll learn
+ A key step you must take before even setting a goal.
+ The elements of successful writing goals.
+ Tools specifically designed to help writers meet their goals.
+ Inspiring stories from famous writers.
+ Six ways to write at least fifteen minutes a day when you have NO time to write.

Rochelle Melander is an author, speaker, and certified professional coach. She is the author of ten books, including the National Novel Writing Month guide—Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It) Rochelle teaches professionals how to write good books fast, use writing to transform their lives, navigate the publishing world, and get published! For more tips and a complementary download of the first two chapters of Write-A-Thon, visit her online at www.writenowcoach.com

Rochelle Y. Melander
Author and Writing Coach
Editor, The Word in Season
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Author of the book,
(Writers Digest Books, October 2011)
A 2011 ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist
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rochelle@WriteNowCoach.com

Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the NAIWE.com website. You’ll find it by logging in on any page of the site, then going to the Library link, then to the Expert Teleclasses link. 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!
TAP! at NAB Show: Digital Publishing Workshop Monday, April 8 - Wednesday, April 10 | Las Vegas Convention Center

Join NAIWE at TAP2013!