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.

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


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 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!

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, 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

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 whenever you post it.



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!

Benefit Chat with Bowker Manuscript Submissions

Bowker Manuscript Submissions (BMS) offers a valuable benefit for writers.We’re looking forward to talking with Charlie Friscia and Natalie Piccotti of Bowker Manuscript Submissions (BMS) at 3:30 p.m. EDT on The Freelance Life, Wednesday, 3 August 2011. Bowker is our newest benefit partner, and we are looking forward to learning more about them and all they can do for writers.

Being a member of NAIWE means that you have discounted access to BMS services. It’s an online tool that connects authors with publishers to streamline the publishing process like never before.

Currently, Bowker Manuscript Submissions has over 300 publishers actively using the site, searching for good work to publish. BMS has also partnered with the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), which
means that there are over 3000 publishers with access to your manuscript proposal, and BMS is working to expand its reach to even more publishers to give you a better chance of getting published!
Later: Natalie and Charlie had some great information, plus a few tips for writers and editors. Enjoy!
Here’s the recording:

Taxes and the Freelance Writer or Editor

Congress was busy with tax changes in 2010. Do any affect you as a writer?

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

Carol Topp, CPA

Author and NAIWE’s tax expert Carol Topp, CPA will discuss the important tax legislation that Congress passed in 2010 and how it affects writers and other freelancers.

This members-only program will air on February 2, 2010 at 3:30 EST

She will cover:

  • Important tax changes from several new bills that passed Congress in 2010 including “ObamaCare,” the small business bills and the extension of the Bush tax credits.
  • All employees and self employed freelancers get a 2% raise in 2011. Carol will explain how.
  • A new 1099MISC reporting requirement that affects freelancers.
  • What tax breaks exist for writers.
  • Tips to make taxes and record keeping simpler.

Carol Topp, CPA makes unclear topics clear as she shares her tax and business knowledge with writers, authors and micro business owners. Her website is or and her upcoming book is Information in a Nutshell: Business Tips and Taxes for Writers.

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!

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 * (an asterisk, followed by 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.

Productivity Workshop with Meggin McIntosh

Meggin McIntosh, NAIWE's Productivity ExpertThe member teleclass for December will be with our new Productivity Expert, Meggin McIntosh. She’ll talk about how to make 2011 your best year yet by finding your balance and learning productivity strategies that will make a huge difference in your freelance life.

Join us for:

“I Just Want to Be Whelmed: Creating a Vibrant and Productive Work Life”

  • Do you feel like you might come apart at the seams?
  • Are you wondering what may happen if you do?
  • Is there anything in there?

Being a freelancer means that there is always something to do. It can be overwhelming, to say the least! And, at the same time, you chose the freelance life because you like the challenge and don’t want to be underwhelmed by others and their performance. So, is it possible just to be “whelmed?” Actually, yes it is.

In this engaging, practical, and energizing workshop, led by Meggin McIntosh (AKA “The Ph.D of Productivity”™) we will talk about how to determine what your “whelm” looks and feels like as well as how to move ever closer to the state of “whelm” instead of the alternatives. You will learn tools, techniques, and strategies to apply – in conjunction with your new awareness.

Here is what you can count on if you participate: Your vibrancy, energy, and productivity will expand within your professional (and yes, even your personal) life. Don’t miss this workshop!

Here’s the link to the downloadable handout. The handout is hosted on Meggin’s site, and it’s free. Her download service is provided by her shopping cart, so you’ll see a shopping-cart form asking for basic contact information. Fill it in and click “Submit,” and you’ll be taken to the download page. It’s a great handout with multiple pages, and you can use it for note-taking during the class.

Members will receive call-in information for the class via a member mailing. Be sure that you’ve whitelisted * (an asterisk, followed by 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!

Tom Copeland of Bullworthy: Member Success Story on The Freelance Life

Tom Copeland of Bullworthy & member of NAIWEAre you thinking of making the leap into full-time freelancing?

Do you struggle with the connection between your creative work and the necessity for being a competent entrepreneur?

Join us for The Freelance Life on Wednesday, December 8, at 3:30 p.m. EST as we interview Tom Copeland of Bullworthy on how he’s gone from zero to “more than enough to survive” while doing something he loves. Tom will share the Top Five Things You Need To Do in Order to Make It as a Freelance Writer or Editor, and he’d love to answer any questions you’d like to ask. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Tom is a freelance writer, Web developer, and founder of Bullworthy, an online content management firm for small business. Tom’s work has been published on, The Business Insider, The Working Writer’s Coach, and more. You can read more about him and his work at his member website,

Here’s the recording of Tom’s interview: