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.

How to Blog Your Way to a Book Deal: Teleclass with Nina Amir

NAIWE Members, you’re invited to
join us for a member teleclass-
3:30 pm EST on Wednesday August 15, 2012
with NAIWE’s Blog to Book Expert, Nina Amir

Nina Amir, Blog to Book Expert, NAIWESome say the blog-to-book craze reached its height back in 2009, but more bloggers are landing deals and having their books released per month currently than at that time. Agents and acquisition editors continue to troll the Internet looking for blogs to turn into books because they want to find books as close to a “sure thing” as possible. A blog with an established readership and a blogger with a built-in fan base or platform represents a successfully test marketed book idea.

Rather than just blogging and then repurposing your posts into a book, or booking your blog, learn how to write, publish, and promote a book on the Internet using blog technology. Blogging a book is the easiest and quickest way to write a book and promote it at the same time. If you can write, you can blog. That means you can blog your way to creating a successful book—one that attracts readers and publishers. You can produce a manuscript, and promote and publish your work one post at a time in cyberspace. If you attract enough readers, you may also get “discovered” by an agent or publisher.

Learn how you can blog your way to a book deal or to create a blog that attracts readers, agents and publishers. This class also will touch on how to book a blog and why a successful blog ensures a successful self-published book.

This session will outline how writers who blog or blog a book:

  • publish as they write
  • build author platform while they write
  • get noticed by agents and acquisition editors

Session takeaways:

  • Why all aspiring authors should blog
  • What to blog about
  • 10 reasons to blog a book
  • The pros and cons of blogging vs. blogging a book
  • 6 things you need to do before you blog a book
  • 3 things you need for your blog to get discovered
  • The elements a blog needs if it is to become a book


Nina Amir, Inspiration-to-Creation Coach, inspires people to combine their purpose and passion so they Achieve More Inspired Results. She motivates both writers and non-writers to create publishable and published products, to craft careers as authors and to achieve  goals and fulfill their purpose. She blogged her book, How to Blog a Book, Write, Publish and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time (Writer’s Digest Books), in five months. Find out more about her, the products and services she offers and her blogs at www.ninaamir.com. You can sign up for a free book, author or blog-to-book coaching session or receive her FREE 5-Day Published Author Training Series by visiting www.copywrightcommunications.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!

Book Chat: Susan Bowman, Author of Lady Father

Join us on The Freelance Life as we talk with NAIWE member Susan Bowman, author of the memoir, Lady Father. We’ll talk about the book and its unique title and the writing process and how it impacted Susan’s life. We’ll also touch on marketing tips she’s has found helpful, and maybe even a few tips for other writers who are planning to write a memoir.

We interviewed Susan at 3:30 p.m. EDT on The Freelance Life, Wednesday, 7 December 2011. She has a great story, and shared a number of helpful writing and marketing tips. Here’s the recording:

Lady Father by Susan Bowman

Susan writes, “Lady Father” is a narrative account of my journey through the ordination process in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia of the 1980’s and the subsequent years of ordained ministry.  As the first female admitted to the ordination process by the Rt. Rev. C. Charles Vaché, seventh Bishop of Southern Virginia, who was then a strong and vocal opponent of the ordination of women, I was a “reluctant pioneer.” Read more . . .

NAIWE members: Have you recently published a book? The Book Chat is an informal interview about your book, your writing process, and your publishing story. Once it’s complete, you may download it and post it on your website and/or blog for the enjoyment of potential readers. It’s a benefit for members only.

What to Charge by Laurie Lewis: A Finalist in USA Best Books 2011

What to Charge by Laurie Lewis is a USA Best Books 2011 Award Finalist!

We are excited to announce that the outstanding book What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants by our Pricing Expert, Laurie Lewis, is a finalist in the USA Best Books 2011 awards.

What to Charge teaches you how to:

  • Set rates
  • Assess fees dictated by clients
  • Evaluate your pricing experiences
  • Dig for information before quoting a fee
  • Examine the pros and cons of different pricing methods
  • Keep records that will enable you to maximize your profits on future projects
  • Use the only two rules of pricing (and why following them will guarantee you pricing success)
  • Analyze your income retroactively
  • Raise your rates with little effortWhat to Charge by NAIWE Expert Laurie Lewis

We believe it’s a one-of-a-kind book, and we’re proud to offer it in the NAIWE bookstore. If you freelance and you want to boost your bottom line, this book should be on your desk!

Note to Members: Have you or your book won an award? Let us know so that we can share the good news!

What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants

What to Charge by NAIWE Expert Laurie LewisKnowing what to charge is one of the biggest challenges of the freelance life.

Join us at 3:30 p.m. EDT on The Freelance Life as we interview Laurie Lewis, the NAIWE Pricing Expert about her book, What to Charge: Pricing Strategies for Freelancers and Consultants. If you missed the live show, here’s the recording:

You may purchase the book at our new NAIWE Bookstore. If you’re a member, be sure to take advantage of the member discount!

Get a Free e-Book of the 1906 Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th EditionThe University of Chicago Press is celebrating the release of the 16th edition of the venerable, good-humored Chicago Manual of Style by offering the 1906 version as a free e-book for the month of September.

Download the 1906 Chicago Manual of Style.

If you aren’t familiar with the CMOS, it’s The Reference to End All References for writers and editors who love crisp, correct prose and properly executed punctuation. There are many exciting new features in the 16th edition, including expanded coverage of e-publications, including procedures for proofreading web-based and other electronic documents, and much more. It’s one publication that every writer and editor should own.

Read more about the new 16th edition of the CMOS.

Purchase the new 16th edition of the Chicago Manual at a discount from Amazon.

Write Non-Fiction Proposals that Grab an Editor: Learn How with Mary DeMuth

If you want to have your non-fiction book published, you need to know how to effectively construct a book proposal. You can learn bits and pieces from many sources, but the very best place to learn is from someone who has successfully crafted a wide variety of non-fiction and fiction proposals.

Mary DeMuth, NAIWE Expert NAIWE Expert Mary DeMuth is the author of several novels, three books on parenting, a recently published memoir, and countless articles. She mentors budding writers through The Writing Spa, and has written two tutorials, Nonfiction Book Proposals that Grab an Editor or Agent by the Throat (in a good way!) and Write a Powerful Fiction Proposal. These two resources are full of practical advice and annotated samples of proposals that worked.

Nonfiction Book Proposals that Grab an Editor or Agent by the Throat (in a good way!)

Wednesday, May 19, at 3:30 p.m. EST

In this teleclass, you’ll learn:

  1. How to identify and articulate your passion before you write the book
  2. What belongs in The Introduction and About the Book sections
  3. Where to find information for About the Market
  4. What to put in the Comparative Analysis section
  5. How to construct a realistic Marketing Plan
  6. What to say in the About the Author section
  7. How to shape a convincing Conclusion
  8. What to include in Chapter Outlines
  9. What you need to know about the first three chapters that most publishers request

Life in Defiance by Mary DeMuthMary’s latest book is Life in Defiance, the final book in the Defiance, Texas trilogy. You can read more about it at Mary’s online bookstore, where you can purchase the proposal tutorials and signed copies of her books. You’ll also find her books (but not the tutorials) at Amazon.com and other bookstores.

Members will receive call-in information for the class via a member mailing. Be sure that you’ve whitelisted *@naiwe.com and *@naiwemail.com (an asterisk, followed by @naiwe.com and @naiwemail.com) in your e-mail program so that you receive the message.

If you’re not a member and you’d 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.

New Member Benefit- The Vocabula Review

Well spoken is half sung.We’re always seeking to add value to your NAIWE membership, and I know that we’ve done so with the addition of the online journal, The Vocabula Review. If you’re not acquainted with TVR, take a moment to scan the table of contents of the February 2010 issue (at the end of this post). I’m sure you’ll find several items you can’t wait to read!

NAIWE members will be able to register at the TVR website, and they’ll receive a one-year subscription (12 issues) to the journal, plus access to the 120+ issues in the archives. This online resource contains an entertaining and informative mix of articles, essays, columns and tidbits from respected writers, all related to the art and mechanics of words. The regular one-year subscription price is $40, so you can see that this is a truly valuable benefit.

Extra: New members who join NAIWE during Words Matter Week will receive a special bonus: a copy of Silence, Language, & Society: A guide to style and meaning, grace and compassion by Robert Hartwell Fiske and a copy of NAIWE’s “How to Create Credibility as a Freelancer” booklet! It’s the perfect time to join the “professional association with career-building difference.”

Visit the Words Matter Week site to listen to an interview with Robert Hartwell Fiske, the editor and publisher of The Vocabula Review. Enjoy!

The Vocabula Review, February 2010

“It’s My Centennial!” said Tom Swiftly by Richard Lederer

Lost Qualifiers by David Galef

“May I Quote You?” On Compiling a Book of Quotations
by Clark Elder Morrow

Singin’ the “We” Blues by Heidi Huse

Specialty Dictionary
Glossary of Detective-Story Slang by William Denton

The Blind Review: A Literary Breakthrough by Mark Halpern

Life Tales
Bumbling into Bliss: My Life as a Teacher by Jeff Minick

Vocabula Revisited
The Last Words by Christopher Orlet

Two Poems
On Winter Afternoons by Kathleen Goldbach

Shibboleths
Welcome to Country Music by John Kilgore

Bethumped with Words
Schiaparelli: A Renowned Coutourière’s Italian Surname Traced to Its Origins by Bill Casselman

Harrison’s Corner
Nation Out to Lunch by Carey Harrison

The Common Reader
Letters to Rudi by Kevin Mims

Letter of the Law
Boilerplate Special by Adam Freedman

Language Module 29: The Essence of S

Disagreeable English

On Dimwitticisms

Clues to Concise Writing

On the Bookshelf

Gotcha Grammar (TM)

Vocabula Poll

Let’s Talk About ‘Word Trippers’ with Expert Barbara McNichol

Do you have words that always seem to trip you up?

Join us Wednesday, August 12, on The Freelance Life, where we’ll talk with NAIWE Expert Barbara McNichol about problematic words and her book, Word Trippers: The Ultimate Source for Using the Perfect Word When It Really Matters (see it at http://bit.ly/on4pL). You’ll also learn Barbara’s top ten techniques for improving your writing!

 The Freelance Life

Wednesday, 08/12/2009 03:30 PM EDT

Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
Call ID: 38165

The Idea Behind the NAIWE “Tribe”

I was just skimming through Seth Godin’s Tribes again this morning. The idea of creating a tribe is a good one, and the prerequisite is a very specific, unique idea that serves as a guiding principle.

The guiding principle behind the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, for example, is that “writers and editors, both commercial and literary, are worthy of respect, support, and success.” We believe that there shouldn’t be artificial barriers between commercial and literary writers, as those barriers tend to propagate a “starving artist” mentality and even an odd sort of disdain for writers and editors who are successfully (and perhaps spectacularly) making a good living at freelance work. This barrier-oriented mindset ensures that many very good writers and editors will spend their lives under-earning. Many never learn to think in an entrepreneurial way, thus sabotaging their own careers.

One of the greatest barriers to success is mindset, and as long as freelancers have mental reservations about whether financial success is compatible with artistic integrity, writers and editors will struggle. Our goal is to put that question into perspective and make success a reality for our members.