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Janice Campbell has been writing and speaking about non-traditional education and entrepreneurial writing since the early 1990s. She is author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum and other works.

Tax Help for Writers

Writers: Prepare Your Taxes Properly

NAIWE’s CPA in residence, Carol Topp, is offering a free webinar Thursday, January 19, 2017. Carol claims she can explain federal income tax in clear English. Come hear her try!
Get the link to the webinar on Carol’s Facebook page

  • Tax deductions
  • Special tax rules for authors and publishers
  • Record keeping tips

This webinar is loaded with examples to make your writing business less taxing.

Here’s the announcement for “Writers: Prepare Your Taxes Properly.”

Join me for a free webinar for writers on Prepare Your Taxes Properly.

Thursday Jan 19, 

6 pm ET.

This webinar will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent to all who register. 

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,, as well as at, and purchase copies at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


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 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, 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

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 —

Mitchell Peck’s IMDB Page —
Mitchell’s Bio —
How Hollywood Embassy Began —

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, 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.

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


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 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!

Introducing April Michelle Davis, NAIWE Social Media Marketing Expert

April Michelle Davis, NAIWE Social Media Marketing ExpertApril Michelle Davis is the founder of Editorial Inspirations. April Michelle draws on social media as a promotional avenue for her editorial services, as well as her classes and speaking engagements. She uses Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other forms of social media as touch points with potential clients. Because of April Michelle’s success in reaching the social media market, her book, A Guide for the Freelance Indexer, was initially promoted solely online.

April Michelle provides exceptional editing, indexing, and proofreading services to both publishers and authors. Each task is approached with a greater understanding of the various aspects of the publishing process. The intent of the author and the publisher is always kept in mind—from the first word to well beyond the end.

Based out of Richmond, Virginia, April Michelle hosts in-person and correspondence courses for editing and indexing. Google “april michelle davis” and you will find that most every result on the first page is about her, or Google “editor indexer” and the first result is April Michelle.

Sign up for April Michelle’s course, Editing 101, at to learn how to use social media to your benefit. You can learn more about April Michelle at her NAIWE site,