Carol Topp Wins TAP! 2013 Scholarship from NAIWE

Carol Topp, CPA: Taxes and the Freelance Writer or Editor

Carol Topp, CPA

We’re delighted to recognize Carol Topp, CPA, the NAIWE Accounting for Freelancers Expert, as the winner of the TAP! 2013 Scholarship. She’ll be joining us at the Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference in Orlando, Florida, just three weeks from now, and will be a guest at dinner with NAIWE Director, Janice Campbell.

There are still a few spots left at this conference, and we’d love to see you there (NAIWE members are invited to join us for dinner). You can register at www.TAP2013.com. If you are in publishing or work with those who are, you’ll leave this conference with information that can help you make 2013 your best year ever. We hope you can come!

TAP! 2013 Conference Scholarship Opportunity

TAP 2013 Conference: Orlando, Florida in JanuaryAs a media sponsor of the Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference (TAP! 2013), NAIWE has been presented with a scholarship valued at up to $745 for one of our members.

If you can make it to Florida in January, please apply! Simply send an e-mail containing the following information to support@NAIWE.com by December 15, 2012.

  • Name
  • Profession/Business
  • NAIWE Member Site URL
  • A brief statement of why you would like to come
  • Statement of commitment to come if your application is chosen

Don’t miss joining NAIWE at TAP! 2013!

In addition to the keynote by Guy Kawasaki, conference sessions will include:
Sessions will include:
  • Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur: How to write, publish, and market your books as a self-publisher
  • How to Start and Finish Writing Your Book
  • Apple iBooks Author Fast Start
  • The Road to Kindle – A Successful Author’s Journey
  • Copyright Still Means Something for Digital Publishers
  • Copyright FAQ
  • User-Generated Content is Great (and Full of Legal Problems)
  • From Book to Business
  • Sink or Swim? Navigating Today’s Turbulent Waters as a Content Creator
  • Digital or Die: The Case for Captivating UX & Design to Bring Your Content to Life
  • Writing for the Web: How to Compel Your Audience to Action
  • Hypersyndication: How to Deliver Your Content to Multiple Platforms
  • Establishing Your Digital Publishing Identity Across Multiple Social Media Platforms
  • Creating a Video Trailer for your eBook or App Using Adobe Photoshop
  • Creating ePUB files with Adobe InDesign
  • Getting Started with Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) Single Edition
  • ePUB, PDF, or DPS: Which Format to Choose?
  • Design & Digital Publishing Essentials
  • iOS 6 for Designers and Developers
  • User Interfaces Don’t Have to Suck — The Mobile User Experience
  • Finding Your Audience Tribes in a Hyper-Social Digital World
  • How To Use Compelling Photographs To Attract More Eyeballs
  • Creating Videos People Want to Watch
  • The Power of Podcasting

TAP! 2013 – Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference: Member Discount

Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference

We are excited to announce that NAIWE members have been offered a special discount to the TAP! 2013 – Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference.


January 8 -11, 2013 | Orlando, FL


The National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (www.NAIWE.com) has partnered with the International Association of Electronic Publishers (www.IAEPUB.org) to offer another opportunity to build your career and redefine your mission as an independent writer or editor. TAP! 2013 is a cutting-edge training conference pushing new limits in digital content creation, publishing, marketing and monetization.

The who’s who in this new emerging space will share case studies, talk tech and help you bring your digital publishing project to life. Get ready for 4 days of sessions that covers both strategy and vision as well as practical tools and techniques from contentcreation to final distribution.

Guy Kawasaki's new book, APE: Author, Publisher, EntrepreneurEvery attendee receives a free copy of Guy Kawasaki’s new book APE: Author-Publisher-Entrepreneur and you’ll see Guy speak at the opening keynote!

Early bird pricing on all conference packages runs until December 7. 
TAP! 2013 has offered an additional special discount for NAIWE Members. Log into the member area and go to the Member Benefit and Discount Links page linked from the “Library” to get the code you need to receive an additional $150 off any package you choose.

Getting Started as a Freelance Writer with Ruth Thaler-Carter, NAIWE Expert

NAIWE’s Newest Expert: Ruth Thaler-Carter to be October Teleclass Speaker

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

NAIWE members, you’re invited to join us October 17 at 3:30 p.m. EDT for an informative and engaging hour with freelance writer Ruth Thaler-Carter.

She writes:

“You need more than writing skills and a computer to be a successful freelancer. You also need business sense, knowledge of the market, and a firm grasp of the tricks of the trade. I’ll share tips garnered from my 25-plus years of experience in this tough but highly rewarding arena, working from my booklet, Get Paid to Write! Getting Started as a Freelance Writer. The main focus will be on freelance writing, but I’ll also touch on freelance editing, proofreading and other editorial areas as time permits.”
[NOTE: The recording has been posted in the Members-Only area of the webite; you may access it by logging in with your member name and password.]

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!

Great Books Week 2012 Celebrates Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Ready to celebrate Great Books Week 2012, October 7-13? This year we are honoring Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. If you’ve never read it, we invite you to join us in reading this masterwork (one of my top ten favorite books). You can find the text online at Gutenberg.org, or purchase the excellent unabridged translation by Julie Rose, with introduction by Adam Gopnik. If you write about Victor Hugo or Great Books Week, please feel free to leave a brief note and link to your post in the comments below.

Great Books Week 2012 honors Les Misérables by Victor Hugo - Portrait {{PD-1923}} – published before 1923 and public domain in the US.

We hope you will open Les Misérables as Hugo desired. It’s a beautiful story.

 Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.    Victor Hugo

This year’s poster is based on an early multi-volume set of Les Misérables overlaid with an 1868 portrait of Victor Hugo by François Chifflart (1825-1901). You’re welcome to download and share it on your blog, website, or social media with a link back to www.GreatBooksWeek.com.

Great Books Week is celebrated annually during the first full week in October. We hope you enjoy it, and will share the love of great books with others.

To love is to act.  Last words in Hugo’s diary, written two weeks before his death. Quoted in Victor Hugo complete writings, Jean-Jacques Pauvert, ed. 1970.

To download the poster image, right-click on it and select “Save image as” to save it to your hard drive. Please remember to include a link to www.GreatBooksWeek.com whenever you post it.


 

 

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!

How to Tweet Tips to Create a Product with Paulette Ensign

Paulette Ensign, NAIWE Tips Booklet Expert

On a special episode of The Freelance Life, NAIWE Expert Paulette Ensign shared how to Tweet Your Tips to Create a New Product While Marketing Your Expertise. You may listen to the recording below.

As a freelancer, you have lots of great business tips to share with the world. And you keep hearing that social media for business is the way to go. Yet there are so many social media tools you’re not sure where to start. Plus you’re running a small home business or a micro business. You want to create products from those tips marketing your business at the same time, on what little time you have. Maybe you’re thinking of a tweet book and don’t know how to do it.

This session shows you how to do that and more, a minute at a time in very short order, a tip at a time, doing double time as you market your freelance business and create a money-making product simultaneously. You’ll develop a social media strategy that is painless, with big results both online and offline.

What you’ll learn in this session not only gives you a way to create a product for your business, it gives you another service to offer your clients and prospects.

Paulette Ensign has successfully been in the tips business for more than twenty years, selling well over a million copies of her tips booklet online and offline. She has clients worldwide who have surpassed her results. You can be the next one!

The Freelance Life is hosted at TalkShoe.

Ghostwriting Teleclass for NAIWE Members

Why learn ghostwriting if you don’t want to be a ghostwriter?

  • Ghostwriters can complete a novel in 12-14 months, concept to final draft.
  • Ghostwriters can complete a nonfiction manuscript, fully edited, in 6-8 months.

They’re not necessarily better writers, they simply have a perspective and skill set different from the ones taught to writers and aspiring authors. NAIWE’s Ghostwriting Expert Claudia Suzanne will talk about the differences between writers and and ghostwriters, including what you need to see your manuscripts the way agents and publishers do.

Join us on Wednesday, 18 January, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. EST to learn more about ghosting and why it might be a good addition to your skills toolbox.

NOTE: The recording of this teleclass can now be found in the member area.


Members will find call-in information in the member area. Just log in at the top of any NAIWE page; click on the “Library” link, and then the “Members-Only Blog” link. We’ll send a reminder via e-mail as well. Be sure that you’ve whitelisted *@naiwe.com (an asterisk, followed by @naiwe.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 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.

Member Teleclass: How to Complete Your Projects . . . Especially the Ones That Have Been Bugging You

Want to know how to knock out those projects that just hang on and on? Join us for this month’s member teleclass, “How to Complete Your Projects . . . Especially the Ones That Have Been Bugging You,” with NAIWE expert Meggin Meggin McIntosh, NAIWE's Productivity ExpertMcIntosh, The Ph.D of Productivity. She’ll delve into her experience to share sharp strategies for finishing even the most challenging projects.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

3:30 p.m. EST

Click this link for Meggin’s very helpful handouts.

We’ll talk about:

  • The #1 reason too many of your projects remain uncompleted.
  • The belief that is preventing you from ever getting some of your projects into the pipeline–so of course they never get completed.
  • The 3 tools you must have to get your projects completed.
  • The best secret for giving yourself peace of mind–even if it gives you a jolt of overwhelm first!
 How to get started so you have meaningful projects completed in a reasonable timeframe.
  • The 5 questions to ask and answer to know whether you are actually going to make any progress on your projects – or if you are woefully resigned to continue to live a life of frustration, unfulfilled possibilities, and lost opportunities.

Members will find call-in information in the member area. Just log in at the top of any NAIWE page; click on the “Library” link, and then the “Members-Only Blog” link. We’ll send a reminder via e-mail as well. Be sure that you’ve whitelisted *@naiwe.com (an asterisk, followed by @naiwe.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 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.

Meggin’s workshop can help you enter the new year with confidence and a clean slate. We hope you’ll join us!

10 Steps to Tech-Savvy with NAIWE and Knowledgewebb

Knowledgewebb is a NAIWE Benefit PartnerWhether you’re a writer, entrepreneur, academic, or top-level editor, you need digital skills in order to succeed.

This webinar will outline 10 steps — and critical websites, social networks and gear — to help you become more tech savvy. You’ll get complete notes as well as a primer on how to manage information overload. Don’t sweat the tech! Dominate it!

This is free webinar and open to the public. Our host for this event is NAIWE’s new benefit partner, Knowledgewebb.

Register for the Webinar

Important note:  You must have pre-registered for this free session and received a confirmation message from Knowledgewebb’s office in order to participate.

Date:    Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Time:    2:00PM – 2:45PM EDT

Learn more about the webinar at the Knowlegewebb site.