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Words Matter Week Set for March 1–7

Words Matter Week, which is in its 12th year, is a national holiday that is celebrated annually the first full week in March by the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors.

Words are the basis for communication, no matter the language spoken. Babies make sounds, which eventually are formed into words. Here at NAIWE, we know the importance of words, and we want to celebrate it!

Join us in promoting Words Matter Week! You have NAIWE’s permission to reproduce this poster on your website, with a link back to the Words Matter Week website, and you may also print and display the poster. Please invite your friends to participate in this year’s event and show your support for Words Matter Week by placing the poster in your newsletter, on your blog, or in your social media. Words really do matter, so let’s spread the reminders!

February Webinar: Red Flags Anonymous: Identifying and Managing Difficult Freelance Clients

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

Can you share some ways to market to potential clients of the caliber that you would like to work with?

My biggest and best resource is referrals, which is obviously a long-term play rather than a quick fix. Even so, you can definitely plant the seeds in clients’ heads that you welcome introductions to their peers who might benefit from your services. Research shows that most people have to be asked; it’s not automatic. Second, and related to referrals, is networking with local businesses. I’m part of a group of business owners that meets once a month and it’s been a great source for projects over the years, since I’m the only writer/editor. Third, cold-calling gets a bad rap, but I’m a fan of simply contacting local businesses that I know could use my services, such as graphic designers/web designers.


You can join in this conversation on February 18, at 7 pm eastern, when NAIWE will host a webinar on client red flags to watch out for, how to decide when it's time to part ways and professional ways to do it, and more! The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members.

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

Be a Better Freelancer Conference Set for October 2–4

Join us on October 2–4, 2020, at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland! Your attendance at this conference adds value to your worth as a freelancer as well as to your fellow colleagues', and to the success and continuance of the conference.

We look forward to staying connected through social media, newsletters, and NAIWE membership. We want to continue building on this new network of opportunities that were discovered through the conference, and we want to help you carry them forward and raise them to new heights in your own work space.

Interested in showcasing your product or service? Conference sponsorships are available!

Many thanks to our first sponsor!

February Webinar: Small Business Tax Tips for 2020—and Beyond

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

What do you feel is one of the most beneficial pieces of tax advice you have given? Why?

Have multiple streams of income. Often, having one stream of income is not sufficient to meet both current and future financial needs. Future needs include retirement, i.e., how much you think you may need to retire and how you plan on getting to that number.


You can join in this conversation on February 27, at 7 pm eastern, when NAIWE will host a webinar on the Qualified Business Income Deduction and other tax tips for small businesses. The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members.

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

How to Write a Novel: Weaknesses and Need

There is a lot of excitement brewing about the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s Mulan, and I have to say, I am one of those folks. I am stoked. Mulan was the first movie I saw in theaters when I was seven years old, back in 1998. It was absolutely amazing, and stayed my favorite movie of all time for years. I sang the songs, pretended to do kung fu, and wished I had an imaginary dragon like Mushu. I didn’t just love her, I wanted to be Mulan. And now, after viewing the trailer for the live-action remake, I am reminded of what I loved so much about the original movie.

There is a reason Mulan is in the official lineup of Disney princesses, despite not having ever been a princess. She’s a soldier, a badass warrior, who held her own against a man like Shan-Yu not because she was an especially good fighter, but because she was cunning and resourceful. Mulan got the conversation started about what it meant to be an “action girl,” a conversation sparked anew by the arrival of movies like Captain Marvel and the imminent Black Widow film. Mulan’s story didn’t center around getting the man of her dreams by being pure of heart and rebelling [nominally] against the societal order, then marrying the handsome prince; she rebelled by putting her life on the line, trained to become a soldier and saved her country. The handsome love interest was not the prize at the end of that journey, but someone who[se] eye she caught incidentally by being herself.

She was the very first “strong female character” that I think really spoke to me, and continued to for years. There is so much to love about her story, but it’s her growth as a character that really stands out. For that reason, it’s her powerful story that I will use for this post on designing your character’s weaknesses and needs.

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

March Webinar: Retirement: Need-To-Know Essentials

In March, we will be chatting with Kajli Prince, NAIWE's Tax Expert, on the very important topic of retirement.

For those of you who are putting funds in traditional or Roth IRAs to fund our retirement, the ages 50, 55, 59 1/2, and 72 have implications for your taxes. There are limitations when it comes to IRAs whether it is a Traditional or a Roth. The various limitations have to do with income, whether or not you participate in your employer's retirement account, your filing status, and your age.


Kajli Prince ("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 March 27 at 7 pm eastern, please visit the NAIWE website.

January's New & Renewing NAIWE Members

Amy Beardsley (Fremont, MI); Kelley Bitter (Hudson, OH); Robert Cohen (Fresh Meadows, NY); Gary Corcoran (Charlestown, RI); Jennifer Della'Zanna (Woodbine, MD); Terry Edlin (Chicago, IL); Karen Engle (Bellingham, WA); Sheryl Holmberg (Utica, MI); Celia Iannelli (Jamesport, NY); Melinda Morris (Kingsland, GA); Diana DeSpain Schramer (Sun Prairie, WI); James Swedenberg (Franklin Square, NY); Sheila Thompson (Maplewood, NJ); Iris Williams (Little Rock, AR).

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

From CMOS Shop Talk

Q. Should numerals and spelled-out numbers be italicized if they’re being referred to as numbers, as in “The number twelve is significant in the Old Testament”? What about a personal name being referred to as a name?

A. In either case, italics are unnecessary. Write “the number twelve” (or “the number 12”; see CMOS 9.3 for Chicago’s alternative rule for spelling out numbers) and, for example, “the name Ruth.”

Italics (or quotation marks) for words or letters used as such are designed to prevent misreading the word or letter as literally part of the grammatical sentence; no such ambiguity is likely with numbers or names. So, for example, the following sentence could be ambiguous without italics or quotation marks:

The word search was starting to bother me.

On the other hand, special treatment may be necessary for names or numbers in certain cases:

Type “Ruth” into the search box, then hit Enter.

Why Should You Join an Association?

You don’t have to be traditionally published before you join. You don’t even have to specialize in just one area–we realize that writers and editors can find many ways to earn a freelance living.

Member Benefit

Discount on The Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style Online is the undisputed authority for style, usage, and grammar in an accessible online format. Completely searchable and easy to use, CMS Online is available to individuals and small user groups, as well as academic, private, and public libraries, through annual, IP-based subscriptions. Subscribers receive full access to the 17th and 16th editions of CMS, as well as access to the online CMS Users Forum.

Log in and visit the Member Area of the NAIWE website to get the discount code for 20% off the book or online subscription!

Visit the NAIWE website to see all of the member benefits.


"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."

—Jim Ryun


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