Writer’s Block Survey

Professional writers invited to participate in a new survey of writer’s block

Members and friends of NAIWE have been invited to participate in a survey about writer’s block.

You don't need a #2 pencil to take this survey!Dr. C. Dominik Güss, a Psychology professor at the University of North Florida, along with two professional writers and a student, has developed a survey to better understand writer’s block. They would like to learn about professional writers’ experiences with writer’s block.

As a token of appreciation for completing the survey, which has 45 questions and should take between 15 and 30 minutes, you will be eligible for one of 6 Amazon $50 gift cards that will be presented to 6 participants chosen at random from a raffle. You may also request a copy of the results from the survey creators.


You will find more information and a link to the survey at the survey website

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How to Be an Almost-Instant Author: Paulette Ensign on the Freelance Life

How to Be an Almost-Instant Author: Expand Your Reach and Your Bottom Line a Tip at a Time

Paulette Ensign, NAIWE Tips Booklet Expert, on How to Be an Almost-Instant Author

Join us on The Freelance Life for an inspiring one hour idea fest with NAIWE Tips Booklet Expert, Paulette Ensign.

  • 7 November 2012
  • 3:30 p.m. EST

The Freelance Life is hosted at TalkShoe.

Here’s the recording from today’s episode of The Freelance Life. Enjoy!

You have lots of great tips about your expertise to share with the world, information that may seem like basic common sense to you that is nothing short of life changing for other people. 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 people keep telling you that writing a book is a must, leaving you weary just thinking about doing that. After all, you run a small business. Who has time? You may not even feel comfortable writing. You want and need to re-purpose everything you do to make the best use of your time, energy, and resources. Learn how to develop a painless and fun strategy that’s perfect for you, with big results both online and offline.

Paulette Ensign, founder and owner of Tips Products International, will have you popping with ideas as we chat about how she took the tips she shared with her clients and prospects and created a simple product that not only sold over a million copies in several languages and formats, but still sells today, over 20 years later.


Paulette Ensign, Founder and Owner of Tips Products International, had no idea she would sell well over a million copies of her 16-page tips booklet, 110 Ideas for Organizing Your Business Life, when she wrote it in 1991. Or that she would do so in four languages and various formats without spending a penny on advertising. Nothing in her background prepared her for that. Yet her can-do attitude triggered and supported those results. She has made a handsome living and a cross-country move from New York to San Diego by recycling the same 3500 words since 1991.

Paulette has two degrees in music education preparing for her original career teaching string instruments in public elementary schools for more than a decade.

Between teaching strings and developing the wonderful team at www.tipsbooklets.com, Paulette was actively involved in the then-emerging industry of Professional Organizing. She owned an organizing company and was a major contributor of time and talent to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), consistently serving in leadership roles, ultimately as national president.

Paulette added collaborative co-authored tips booklets to the learning tools and services she sells, providing an instant product and an instant marketing tool as a supplement or substitute to a person’s solo-authored booklet.

She now has more than forty years’ experience with small business owners, corporations, and professional associations in numerous industries, worldwide. She and her cat happily live a mile from the beach in San Diego. Of course it doesn’t snow at the beach, keeping them both young at heart.

NOTE: NAIWE members can be featured on The Freelance Life sharing great ideas, success stories, book chats, and more. Contact editor @ naiwe.com if you’d like to get on the list.

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.

The Seven Things Every Author MUST Understand About Publishing

Call in an listen to The Freelance Life!NAIWE Publishing Expert Jerry D. Simmons will be on The Freelance Life online radio show this coming Wednesday. His topic will be:

“The Seven Things Every Author MUST Understand About Publishing”

Recording of Part 1 of this interview:

They include:

(1)              It’s a business,

(2)              Two distinct parts to becoming a successful author,

(3)              Become a student of the marketplace,

(4)              Good story trumps great writing,

[6/2/2010 Note: We didn’t get through all the questions, but we’ll finish on Wednesday, August 4, at 3:30 p.m. EDT.]

(5)              It’s easy to get published, difficult to sell books,

(6)              Perception is critical, every author has choices, and

(7)              There are no guarantees, ever.

Here’s the recording of Part 2 of this interview:

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the program. We hope you can join us!

  • The Freelance Life
  • Wednesday, August 4, 2010
  • 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Phone Number: (724) 444-7444
  • Call ID: 38165

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Write Non-Fiction Proposals that Grab an Editor: Learn How with Mary DeMuth

If you want to have your non-fiction book published, you need to know how to effectively construct a book proposal. You can learn bits and pieces from many sources, but the very best place to learn is from someone who has successfully crafted a wide variety of non-fiction and fiction proposals.

Mary DeMuth, NAIWE Expert NAIWE Expert Mary DeMuth is the author of several novels, three books on parenting, a recently published memoir, and countless articles. She mentors budding writers through The Writing Spa, and has written two tutorials, Nonfiction Book Proposals that Grab an Editor or Agent by the Throat (in a good way!) and Write a Powerful Fiction Proposal. These two resources are full of practical advice and annotated samples of proposals that worked.

Nonfiction Book Proposals that Grab an Editor or Agent by the Throat (in a good way!)

Wednesday, May 19, at 3:30 p.m. EST

In this teleclass, you’ll learn:

  1. How to identify and articulate your passion before you write the book
  2. What belongs in The Introduction and About the Book sections
  3. Where to find information for About the Market
  4. What to put in the Comparative Analysis section
  5. How to construct a realistic Marketing Plan
  6. What to say in the About the Author section
  7. How to shape a convincing Conclusion
  8. What to include in Chapter Outlines
  9. What you need to know about the first three chapters that most publishers request

Life in Defiance by Mary DeMuthMary’s latest book is Life in Defiance, the final book in the Defiance, Texas trilogy. You can read more about it at Mary’s online bookstore, where you can purchase the proposal tutorials and signed copies of her books. You’ll also find her books (but not the tutorials) at Amazon.com and other bookstores.

Members will receive call-in information for the class via a member mailing. Be sure that you’ve whitelisted *@naiwe.com and *@naiwemail.com (an asterisk, followed by @naiwe.com and @naiwemail.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 this single teleclass only, you may do so for $27 by visiting the Teleclass page.