Freelance Writer and Editor Conference Registration Open

Make Your Own Luck

The 13th annual Be a Better Freelancer® conference, will be held September 21–22, 2018, in Rochester, NY. There’s also an option for adding an additional workshop on September 23. For details, go to program, speakers and registration.

This outstanding freelancer conference is organized by our own Ruth Thaler Carter of Communication Central, and it features some of the most interesting freelance speakers, writers, and editors. It’s a great place to go for networking, updates on the latest software and methods, and plenty of good marketing advice.

Download the 2018 Communcation Central conference brochure (PDF)—you’re going to love this!


Writer’s Conferences and Events

There are always writing contests, conferences, and other events for aspiring writers. Here are a few interesting events that have recently arrived in NAIWE’s inbox.

Malice Domestic conference 2018

Malice Domestic Conference

Malice Domestic™ is an annual fan convention in the metropolitan DC area that celebrates the traditional mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie. The genre is loosely identified as mysteries which contain no explicit sex, or excessive gore, or violence.

Be sure to register for Malice Domestic 30 before midnight on 12.31.17 in order to be eligible to nominate your favorite books and stories for the 2017 Agatha Awards! Everyone who is either a Registered Attendee/Author or a Friend of Malice 30 will receive an Agatha Nomination Ballot via email in January 2018.

Virginia Festival of the Book

Virginia Festival of the Book 2018The 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book will feature more than 300 authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals that span all genres. The Festival is a signature program of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) and the Virginia Center for the Book. It brings readers and writers together for a five-day program of mostly free events including author readings, book signings, panel discussions, programs for children, and more. The 24th annual Festival will be held March 21-25, 2018, in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia.

Jackson Hole Writers Conference

At the Jackson Hole Writers’ Conference, writers “with a passion for words and stories have been coming to Wyoming and to Grand Teton National Park’s backyard for the Jackson Hole Writers Conference for almost three decades. Our distinguished speakers, editors and agents join a resident faculty which includes award-winning fiction writers, like Nina McConigley and Susan Marsh at Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. You’ll find agents and editors who are young and hungry for new voices, new stories. We promise three days of engaging dialogue, collaboration and the opportunity for all of us to raise the stakes on our work.”

Conference Registration: $375
Accompanying Teen Writer: $160
Regular Manuscript Submissions: (Three 15-minute critiques): $50
Extended Critiques: $125
Day Passes Available For Conference: $150 June 28, $175 June 29, $200 June 30

San Francisco Writers Conference

San Francisco Writers Conference The 15th San Francisco Writers Conference is on President’s Day Weekend — February 15-18, 2018. This Celebration of Craft, Commerce and Community is for all writers. Attendees will join with 100+ presenters and fellow writers from across the country and around the world. Our goal is to help writers become published authors as we help them become better at the craft and business of writing. Come learn with us.

Writing and Illustrating for Kids 2018 (wik’18)

The Southern Breeze Chapter (Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida panhandle) of SCBWI announces WIK’18, noting that it offers “something for everyone, including Two Terrific Editors, Four Awesome Agents, & an Early Bird Discount, as well as critiques, intensives, one-on-one slots, mentorships, and quickfire portfolio reviews.”

Don’t wait until it is too late — We want to see you in Birmingham in March! $25 Off – Early Bird Registration.

 The Disquiet Prize

Disquiet, an International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal announces that “Submissions are now open for The Disquiet Prize for writing in any genre. Three winners will be published on (fiction), (non-fiction) or The Common (poetry). One grand prize winner will receive a full scholarship, accommodations, and travel stipend to attend the eighth annual DISQUIET International Literary Program in Lisbon taking place July 1-13, 2018. Runners-up and other outstanding entrants will also be considered for financial aid. Deadline: January 31, 2018. Reading fee: $15.
Read the contest guidelines or apply at Submittable.

Ventura County Writers Club 17th Annual Poetry Contest

Ventura County Writers Club Poetry ContestAll genres and subjects of poetry are welcome. The organizer writes, “Our not for profit organization was established in 1933. We have about 100-125 members who write in all genres. We offer writing opportunities, publishing opportunities, speakers and workshop critique groups. Contest winners are eligible to be published in our beautiful hardbound anthology, newsletter and website. Please consider entering! You may contact our poetry chair with questions or go to our website.”

“Authors Helping Healthcare” Interview Series Begins

Writers’ Interview Series

February marks the launch of the Authors Helping Healthcare interview series. Part conversation, part writers’ workshop, Authors Helping Healthcare is designed for communicators working in healthcare, although will be of interest to anyone in healthcare who appreciates quality writing, fiction and new insights.

Through Authors Helping Healthcare, respected authors talk about their books and work, plus offer a dose of advice and inspiration to communicators and writers working in hospitals and healthcare.

About the Authors

Carol Cassella, M.D.

Kicking off the series is novelist Carol Cassella, M.D. Dr. Cassella is a practicing physician and the national bestselling author of three novels, Gemini (2014), Healer (2010) and Oxygen (2008), each published by Simon & Schuster and translated into multiple foreign languages. All of her novels draw from her personal experience as a physician, her role as a mother, and her interest in medical ethics and the complexities of contemporary healthcare. Read the interview.

Lisa See

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. She was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in fall 2003. Read the interview.

Coming Soon

Mary Beth Keane is author of The Walking People and Fever. In 2015, Ms. Keane was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fiction.

“Although the type of journalistic writing practiced in healthcare and fiction writing are quite different — one presents facts and the other an artistic interpretation of facts — there is so much knowledge writers can gain from these successful authors,” says Maren Dale, a healthcare consultant and copywriter who manages the program. “In the interviews, authors talk about their path to success and offer inspiration.

They discuss the topics they tackle in their books and offer fresh insights. Plus, authors reveal advice and useful tips that writers in healthcare can use to improve their skills.”

For More Information

To access the latest Authors Helping Healthcare interviews:

Go to LinkedIn. Select “Posts” from the drop-down menu in the Search window. Next, type in “Authors Helping Healthcare” for the latest interviews, or

Visit Maren Dale’s profile page on LinkedIn to see posts. Interviews are conducted by Maren Dale of M.J. Dale Communications, LLC. Contact Maren Dale at for more information about Authors Helping Healthcare.

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. 

November Teleclass: How Do You Do It All? Balancing Family Life and Home Business in the Real World

Mary Jo TateJoin us Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. EDT for an
hour-long member teleclass with NAIWE Expert Mary Jo Tate:
How Do You Do It All? Balancing Family Life and Home
Business in the Real World. We hope you’ll join us!

Having a home business provides a wonderful opportunity for freedom, flexibility, and fulfillment; but it can also create frustration, exhaustion, and chaos. You may be paralyzed by an overwhelming to-do list and become trapped in a crisis-management approach to life. As a single homeschooling mom with four sons and a home business, Mary Jo Tate knows just how hard the challenges can be! She shares powerful strategies to help you move past the juggling act and find balance so you, your family, and your business can flourish.

Mary Jo Tate, an international editor and book coach for 30 years, specializes in helping entrepreneurs, speakers, and other experts author a book whether or not they can write. She also teaches moms how to balance family life and home business and how to find peace in the space between the ideal and reality. Mary Jo is the author of How Do You Do It All? Proven Strategies for Balancing Family Life and Home Business in the Real World, Get Started as a Freelance Editor, Critical Companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald; and Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms. Visit her blog at for a free e-book, From Frazzled to Focused: 7 Planning Tools for Busy Moms.

Instructions for Joining 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!
Download the handout to print or follow along below.
 How Do You Do It All?

Balancing Family Life and Home Business in the Real World

by Mary Jo Tate, author of How Do You Do It All?

The Challenges of “Doing It All”

  1. Grow, Know, and Go
  2. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
  3. Stop Struggling with Juggling
  4. Balance Is Not a Myth
  5. Three Kinds of Circumstances
  6. Find Peace in the Space between the Ideal and Reality
  7. Life Management, Not Time Management
  8. Setting Goals
  9. Seven Essential Planning Tools

The How Do You Do It All home study course includes:

  • 7 hours of audio
  • transcripts of every class session
  • customizable planning forms
  • bonuses on finding clients and using testimonials to market your business

Use coupon code 7tools20 for a $20 discount at


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

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

photo Barbara McNichol (glass)You’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
Member Link to call-in information and slide show download.
* Members please note the phone number for the conference call has changed.

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 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.

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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 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.

“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, 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.
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
NOTE: NAIWE members can be featured on The Freelance Life sharing ideas, success stories, book chats and more.  Contact if you’d like to get on the list.
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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 (
and Well-Fed Self-Publisher ( 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:


Peter Bowerman, a veteran commercial writer, is the self-published author of the three
award-winning Well-Fed Writer titles (, 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.

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

Teleclass Details

Members will find call-in information for the classes in the member area of the 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.