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A Kick Start to 2021 Goals

This past year has had its fair share of ups and downs.

Despite the challenges we have all faced, we have so much to be grateful for. We encourage you to look forward to all that is to come in 2021. Take some time to plan, prepare, and strategize around the one thing you really want to accomplish. Your one thing will be the catalyst to reaching the rest of your goals in the new year.

Here are four easy steps to help you define your one thing for 2021.

  1. What is the one thing that you want more than anything else?
  2. What will it mean to you to achieve your one thing?
  3. How will you feel when you accomplish your one thing?
  4. How will it positively affect those around you when you achieve your one thing?

Once you have your one thing, spend time daily visualizing it, writing it down, and accomplishing something that will get you closer to that goal.


April Michelle Davis, Executive Director

January Webinar: How to Be Effective in a Team Environment

We wanted to get to know Stephen Colwell (NAIWE's Branding and Marketing Expert) better, so last month we sat down with him. Here are some thoughts he shared with us.

When a freelancer is working in a team environment, i.e., with authors and publishers, and trying to meet the deadlines of both, what suggestions do you have?

As freelancers, too often we give in to our natural desire to please others. Our very human impulse is to leap into action and dive into a project, often at the hair-on-fire whims of our clients. And too often, we end-up over committing ourselves, rushing the work, and delivering sub-optimal results, all at a cost that takes a toll. Instead of operating under an Idea>>Action mindset, a simple shift to an Idea>>Plan>>Action mindset can make a world of difference. It's the Plan part that often gets overlooked or lacks a thorough process. At its most fundamental level, planning is about achieving clarity and alignment with the stakeholders charged with deciding, then reaffirming a complete, shared understanding before work begins. By adopting a plan-first approach and guiding clients through a well thought-out process, clients are more likely to see us as professionals who know our craft and who care deeply about the outcome. In turn, they’re more willing to accept and engage. By deploying the right planning exercise upfront, then affirming alignment before jumping in, you’ll be better positioned to meet or exceed expectations while preserving your sanity. Bottom line: by resisting the very normal impulse to quickly agree and move into action, I’ve found it’s best to pause and guide clients toward a plan-first mindset. That way, you’ve got a better shot at saving yourself from the fire drills and project fatigue that besets so many creators.


As freelancers, we often find ourselves thrust into team environments that are unfamiliar, confusing, and chaotic. Assignments often lack clear definition, details are scarce, feedback is vague, and deadlines are moving targets. Stephen Colwell will share the foundational methods and processes today’s top-performing teams are using to empower each other, eliminate waste, and accelerate progress . . . without all the overwhelm, chaos, and fatigue.

You can join in this conversation on January 26, at 2 pm eastern, when NAIWE will host a webinar on working with a team and more! The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members.

To register for this webinar, please visit the NAIWE website.

On-Demand Training: How to Complete Your Projects, Especially the Ones that Have Been Bugging You

Guest: NAIWE’s Productivity Expert Meggin McIntosh

Here’s what you can expect to learn in this class:

  • The #1 reason too many of your projects remain uncompleted
  • The belief that is preventing you from ever getting some of your projects into the pipeline — so of course they never get completed
  • 5 tools you must have to get your projects completed
  • The best secret for giving yourself peace of mind — even if it gives you a jolt of overwhelm first
  • How to get started so you have meaningful projects completed in a reasonable timeframe
  • 5 questions to ask and answer to know whether you are actually going to make any progress on your projects — or if you are woefully resigned to continue to live a life of frustration, unfulfilled possibilities, and lost opportunities

As “The Ph.D. of Productivity, ”™ Meggin McIntosh is a coach, author, and workshop leader in the area of productivity. She supports bright people who want to live with consciousness, clarity, and conviction, thereby keeping their emphasis on excellence. Meggin was formerly a university professor and a classroom teacher.

No Snobbishness Allowed

Some (but not all) editors tend to turn into “writing snobs” at times.

Guilty as charged.

Being an editor of scientific papers, I am very much in tune to mistakes in scientific writing. Last week, for my own benefit, I was reading a published scientific paper in a well-respected journal and found myself turning into a snob in a major way. The paper contained typos, missing articles, and incorrect subject-verb agreement, to say the least, and I said out loud while reading, “This was published in [this well-known journal]? I can’t believe it!” I shook my head as I read the sentences which were poorly written (though not all of them were) and at the end, when I read the name of the person who “provided editorial assistance” according to the authors, I think I laughed.

To read the rest of this article, please visit NAIWE member Suzelle Fiedler's blog.

February Webinar: The Top 21 Questions for 2021

In February, we will be chatting with Kajli Prince, NAIWE's Tax Expert, on the very important topic of small business loans, deductions, and taxes.

2020 was a year full of dramatic stimulus efforts intended to relieve huge financial stresses felt by most Americans. It seems that everyone is hopeful for 2021, but huge questions still loom large as to what happens next, especially with a new administration on the horizon. Kajli Prince will share the 21 questions he is asked most frequently about what to expect in 2021. The topics range from small business loans (and loan forgiveness), to retirement contributions/distributions/deductions, child & dependent care expenses, working virtually, etc. These 21 answers are intended to enlighten viewers as well as provoke further Q&A.


Kajli Prince has over 20 years of experience in small business tax preparation; he is the office manager of H&R Block's Sudley Manor Office in Manassas, Virginia. As a self-published author, Prince holds a special appreciation for NAIWE and its members. One of his passions is sharing relevant information with people and showing them how best to use it for their benefit. Prince is a small business owner of 25 years, and his specialties include emerging currencies (e.g., virtual/crypto currencies), information technology, intellectual property, and business administration.

The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members. To register for this webinar, which will be held on February 25 at 7 pm eastern, please visit the NAIWE website.

December's New & Renewing NAIWE Members

David Barrett (Huntington Beach, CA); Crystal Brothers (Yardley, PA); Kari Carlisle (Peoria, AZ); Allyson Carson (El Reno, OK); Julianne Cochran (Blackstone, VA); Mark Dancer (Colorado Springs, CO); Beverly Flanagan (Danvers, MA); Deborah Hampton (Belleville, MI); Angela Harris (Charlotte, NC); Joan Kirschner (Canton, MA); Molly McCowan (Fort Collins, CO); Rhonda Morrison (Asheville, NC); Colleen Olle (Belmont, CA); Jeffrey Payne (Henrico, VA); Leah Rubin (Tucson, AZ); Ginny Ruths; Danielle Rymer (Lacey, WA); Anne Selden; Michelle Spinelli (Selden, NY); Odile Sullivan-Tarazi (Redwood City, CA).

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

From CMOS Shop Talk

Q. Hello: When using headline-style capitalization (CMOS 8.159), does a participial preposition (CMOS 5.175) appear in lowercase or uppercase? Thanks very much.

Chicago lowercases all prepositions in titles, including words that aren’t always prepositions. For example, we’d write The World according to Garp. Most so-called participial prepositions (verb forms that can also function as prepositions)—according (to), assuming, barring, concerning, considering, during, notwithstanding, owing (to), provided, regarding, respecting, and speaking (of), among others—rarely appear in titles of works. And the ones that occur most often (like “according to,” “considering,” and “during”) normally function as prepositions, which makes the job of an editor following Chicago style a little easier. (A title like “Teachers According More Time to Students,” in which “According” functions as a verb and is therefore capitalized, would be hard to find.) Note that other styles capitalize prepositions based on length alone. AP and APA, for example, capitalize words of more than three letters, including prepositions; Chicago and MLA lowercase all prepositions regardless of length.


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