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!

A Guide for the Freelance Indexer: Book Chat with April Michelle Davis

A Guide for the Freelance Indexer by April Michelle Davis, NAIWE Expert
Have you considered becoming an indexer or adding indexing to your list of freelance skills? NAIWE Social Media Marketing Expert April Michelle Davis has just written a guide on this highly specialized and much needed professional skill, and she joined us for a Book Chat on The Freelance Life on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. EST. We discussed April’s new book, the business of freelance indexing, book marketing, and the process of becoming a successful freelance editor and indexer.

Here is the recording for the show:

A Guide for the Freelance Indexer

Here is a look at what will you learn in this helpful guide:

  • Writing and organizing the index
  • Setting up an index entry
  • Editing the index
  • Dealing with content
  • Working with electronic tools
  • Professional standards and best practices for your freelance business

A Guide for the Freelance Indexer is based on many years of study, indexing, and teaching. Author April Michelle Davis holds a master’s of professional studies degree in publishing from George Washington University as well as certificates in editing, book publishing, and professional editing. She has also completed the “Basic Indexing” course at the USDA Graduate School and “Indexing: Theory and Application” at the University of California, Berkeley. A member of the American Society for Indexing, April is chair-elect for the Mid-South Atlantic chapter of ASI.

A Guide for the Freelance Indexer is not only an important book for anyone embarking on an indexing career, or considering such a move, but also for editors and writers who work with indexers or need to evaluate the quality of an index.

NAIWE members: If you would like to schedule a Book Chat or Success Story interview, please contact us at support@NAIWE.com.

 

Technologically Advanced Publishing Report- Member Teleclass

TAP-conference-image-2013NAIWE members are invited to join us January 16, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. EDT for a report on the recent Technologically Advanced Publishing Conference (TAP 2013) topics and speakers. NAIWE was a media sponsor for this conference, and director Janice Campbell, and scholarship winner, Carol Topp, NAIWE’s Accounting for Freelancers Expert, attended.

In a wide-ranging conversation, Janice and Carol will share what they learned about the newest frontiers of digital publishing, including

  • Book writing tips and techniques
  • Insider tips for making it as a content publisher
  • Design essentials for digital publishing
  • Copyright principles
  • Creating synergy and keeping your brand consistent across your blog and social media
  • A look at Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and iBooks
  • And more . . .

You’ll come away with a better understanding of where the publishing world is moving, and how to choose your path to publication.

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!

7 Writing Problems You Can Fix: Member Teleclass with Barbara McNichol

Barbara McNichol- Editorial Expert for the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE)How’s your manuscript? Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) or have you been working on your book for many months? If you’re serious about the book you’re writing, you know that your rough draft will need more work when you’re finished.

To complement this month’s celebration of NaNoWriMo, we’ve invited NAIWE Editorial Expert Barbara McNichol to speak on 7 Writing Problems that Editors Constantly “Fix” to Make Your Book Sale-able. Barbara will discuss editing techniques—for both fiction and nonfiction writing—that will give you ways to immediately improve your prose. Even when you step up your productivity with the NaNoWriMo schedule, you can have an eye on quality as you go.

Barbara is a freelance editor who works with authors, speakers, and entrepreneurs to add power to their pen through the written word. She am author of Word Trippers: The Ultimate Source for Choosing the Perfect Word When It Really Matters – a reference guide for writers everywhere in searchable Kindle format. Word Trippers by Barbara McNichol

This members-only teleclass will be held on Thursday, 11/17/11 at 03:30 PM EST. **UPDATED DATE**

Members will find the call-in information in the Members-Only section of the NAIWE website. Just log in at the top of any page of the site and go to the Library. Click on “Expert Teleclasses,” and you’ll find the information you need.

Remember, our expert teleclasses are always free for membersNon-members will find additional information about the teleclasses on the Member Teleclass page.

You may visit Barbara at her member website, barbaramcnichol.naiwe.com, or at Barbara McNichol Editorial.

Member Teleclass: How to Create an Audio Book

Authors: have you wondered what it takes to create a high-quality audiobook or trailer?

Ellie Devers, voice-over artist.NAIWE’s member teleclass for January will feature voice-over coaches, Frank Piazza and Ellie Devers of AP Voices, talking about what it takes to record an audio book. They’ll share what you need to know in order to get started, including:

• Learn how to pace yourself while reading large volumes of material
• Interpret your own work and effectively communicate it with your own voice
• Tips while recording in the studio
• How to find and select the right voice over talent for your book
• Commercial studio recording.  Hiring talent, engineer, studio, producer
• Home studio recording.  Equipment, recording technique, self producing talent
• Exploring new ways to promote your book with audio : Trailers, Youtube, Personal Websites

Frank Piazza, voice-over expert. Both Frank and Ellie have been in the voice-over business for nearly twenty years. They bring their shared expertise in the fields of commercial advertising and audio production to each client. Together they teach students the basic skills needed to be successful in the voice over industry.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

3:30 p.m. EST

Members will receive call-in information for the class via a member mailing. 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. We hope you’ll join us!

Ellie Devers

Ellie Devers is a professional voice-over actress in New York City and is represented by Innovative Artists. Her voice can be heard on national voice-overs for Maybelline, McDonald’s, Canon, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Tide, Progresso, Tampax, Canadian Club, Jameson’s Whiskey, spokesperson for the Wisdom Channel and fX (On Air Promos), Travel Documentary narrattor.  As a voice-over coach she has guided her students to successful careers by helping them with their voice over technique, script interpretation and relaxation methods.

Frank Piazza

Frank Piazza is the president of APVoices in New York City. He is also an audio engineer, music composer, and producer.  This work can be heard on radio, television, film, and the internet.  As a commercial producer, he has directed numerous television, radio, and corporate productions. His clients include HBO, Comedy Central, Glaxo, Grey Group, and Scholastic Publishers.

Words Matter: Understanding the IRS, Your Tax Return and Your Accountant

Carol Topp, CPA

Carol Topp, CPA

In honor of Words Matter Week, NAIWE’s resident Tax Information Expert, Carol Topp, CPA, will be chatting with us on The Freelance Life. We’ll talk a bit about why words matter in financial areas, and Carol will talk about what writers and editors need to know about the IRS, tax returns, and accounting. Remember, access to Carol for tax information question is one the NAIWE benefits, and this is a great time to get acquainted with her and even ask a few questions if you would like. I hope you’ll join us!

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Time: 3:30 pm EST

Listen online: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/38165 (You can listen live or listen later.)

Listen on the phone (and ask questions, if you like): Phone Number: (724) 444-7444 Call ID: 38165

Understanding the IRS

Does the IRS consider my writing a hobby or a profession?
Net Income. Why don’t they just call  it profit?
EIN, SSN, PIN: What’s with all the acronyms?

Understanding Your Tax Return

Deduction or Credit? What’s the difference?
Tax loopholes. Anything special for writers?

Understanding Your Accountant

LLC, S Corp, C Corp: What’s the difference? What’s best for me?
How to interview a CPA

Teleclass: “Write It Once, Leverage It Many Times” with Paulette Ensign

NAIWE Member Teleclass

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

3:30 pm Eastern

Paulette Ensign, Tips Booklet Expert

Paulette Ensign, Tips Booklet Expert

After writing that 200-page book, having an entire information-product line that comes from just a few thousand words sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it? This is one of those times it really is true. This session shows you how to make it happen.

  • Choose a great topic for you
  • Why start with tips booklet
  • Learn a simple writing formula, word count, organization
  • The power of three that easily becomes six, one at a time
  • Why do different formats
  • Inventory or not
  • Examples all around you
  • Sell parts of the whole – to whom and for how much

Paulette Ensign is the founder, Chief Visionary, and Booklet Queen at Tips Products International, www.tipsbooklets.com. Paulette’s sense of humor and can-do attitude are the backdrop for teaching you to transform your knowledge into tips booklets and other information products for marketing, motivating, and making money. Paulette has personally sold well over a million copies (so far!) of her one tips booklet, “110 Ideas for Organizing Your Business Life,” in four languages and various formats without ever spending a penny on advertising.  You will leave this series with ideas to breathe new life into your business.

Members will receive call-in information for the class via a member mailing. 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 this 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 for $27 by visiting the Teleclass page.