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Be a Better Freelancer Conference Has Something for You!

Are you an experienced professional looking to sharpen your skills? Are you a new freelancer wanting to build your self-confidence? The 2019 Be a Better Freelancer conference has something for you!

We have a great lineup filled with experienced professionals ready to share their expertise
and some of the speakers are even on our Board of Experts! Sessions have been posted, so you can begin selecting yours!

NAIWE members receive a significant discount (over 30%) off conference registration
more than covering the cost of membership! Just log in before you register to receive the member rate.

Webinar: Wake Up the Professional Writer Inside You

We wanted to get to know Robert Moskowitz (NAIWE's Professionalism Expert) better, so last month we sat down with him. Here are some thoughts he shared with us.

What has been your most rewarding professionalism technique, and how was it rewarding?

My most rewarding professionalism technique has been working strategically and tactically to increase my pay. I do this by calculating how much I need to earn from my work, by seeking out high-priced jobs, by avoiding low-priced jobs, by ratcheting up my rates with established clients, and—perhaps most important—by delivering work that is worthy of the rates I seek. This has been rewarding both psychologically (I feel good about myself and my work) and monetarily. I have been able to support a family, send my kids to school, and generally live well.


You can join in this conversation and learn steps to improve your professionalism skills on June 22, at 3 pm ET, when NAIWE will host a one-hour webinar on improving your business professionalism, putting the finishing touches on your writing, and trusting your talent. The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members.

To register for this webinar, please send an email along with your name and telephone number. An invoice will be sent to you for the amount owed.

July Webinar: What’s New in AP Style for 2019

In July, we will be chatting with Mark Allen, NAIWE's AP Stylebook Expert, on the very important topic of this year's updates to the AP style guide.

The Associated Press Stylebook, the essential guide to style and usage for news, PR, marketing, and corporate communication, is now updated for 2019 with its most substantive changes in years. NAIWE AP Stylebook Expert Mark Allen will discuss the important changes complete with humor and handouts.


Mark Allen is an editor, writer, and teacher focused on helping people communicate with clarity and honesty. He has trained hundreds of editors and writers on a variety of topics, including the latest and most important elements in the Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style. Mark has led conversations about copyediting and writing at conferences and workshops in Detroit, St. Louis, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland, Columbus, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York City, and York, England. He was the first freelancer elected to the executive board of ACES: The Society for Editing, and Mark currently teaches advanced copyediting for UC San Diego Extension’s copyediting certificate program.

The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members. To register for this webinar, which will be held on July 24 at 7 pm ET, please send an email with your name and telephone number. An invoice will be sent to you for the amount owed.

May's New & Renewing NAIWE Members

Kathryn Barnsley (Shiloh, IL); Julene Bartelmann (Lowell, IN); Amanda Berthault (Montgomery, IL); Bebe Dodd (Cordova, TN); Sue Hatfield-Green (Palm Coast, FL); Hyrum Huskey (Las Vegas, NV); Kerry Kirk (Fairfax, VA); Rose Lipscomb (Chelsea, AL); Carol Ann Mejdrich (San Diego, CA); Sharon Salonen (Seattle, WA); Brittnee Strachan (Colorado Springs, CO); Cassie Tuttle (Pittsburgh, PA).

Be sure to post on your NAIWE website, and we will link to it when you renew!

From CMOS Shop Talk

Q. I know that the CMOS preference is not to hyphenate “noun + gerund” compounds, but in the case of “decision-making,” which appears with the hyphen in many dictionaries, would CMOS call for a hyphen? Thank you in advance!

A. Here’s what our hyphenation table says, under “noun + gerund”: “Noun form usually open; adjective form hyphenated before a noun. Some permanent compounds hyphenated or closed (see 7.82).”

If you follow the link to paragraph 7.82, you will see that a permanent compound is a compound that’s listed in the dictionary in any form—open, hyphenated, or closed. In Merriam-Webster, our dictionary of choice, the hyphenated compound noun “decision-making” appears as such, so it’s always hyphenated. (Most adjective forms, on the other hand, can be left open after a noun, even if they are listed in the dictionary with a hyphen.)

In CMOS 16 (published in 2010), “decision-making” was not yet listed in Merriam-Webster. But M-W added it in time for CMOS 17 (published in 2017). So whereas CMOS 16 shows the noun form “decision making” in its table, CMOS 17 has “decision-making.”

We hope this helps with your decision-making efforts! (As a preceding modifier, “decision-making” would be hyphenated even according to CMOS 16.)

Member Benefit

If you have published a book, you can send autographed copies to NAIWE headquarters. When new members sign up to support a member, they will receive a copy of a member’s book, along with a request that they post a review online. This is a great way to build your book’s audience and reviews!


"Pay no attention to critics. No one ever erected a statue to a critic."

—Werner Ehrhart

Why Should You Join an Association?

If you want a recognized home on the internet to connect with readers, clients, agents, and publishers, you are an ideal member, and we invite you to join NAIWE!


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