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New Website Goes Live!

After over a year of hard work, the new NAIWE website is finally live! It has been a long time in the making, and a much-needed update, but it is finally here, looking more professional and with improvements that will benefit our members and even nonmembers using our website.

On our new website, information is easier to locate, and it has all been updated to reflect the latest in our industry. Plus it now offers easy access to books published by our current Board of Experts to further assist professionals in these specific areas of expertise.

We added a place for professionals seeking a writer or editor to post a job, which will then be sent out to our members, and we also now offer advertising opportunities on our website, in the newsletter, during Words Matter Week, and through social media. All this and more brought to YOU by NAIWE because we strive to give you what you need to succeed.

Thank you to House of Design (a company in our member benefits package) for redesigning the website and to Greg Smith, NAIWE's Agile Writing Expert, for overseeing the process.

December Webinar: Copyright and the Writer: How to Protect Your Work and Why

We wanted to get to know MJ Courchesne (NAIWE's Copyright & Permissions Expert) better, so last month we sat down with her. Here are some thoughts she shared with us.

Can protecting your intellectual property with a copyright be an advantage when it comes to advertising it?

Copyright vests with the creator from the moment of creation, but registering your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office is a useful (and recommended) way to protect your intellectual property from possible infringement that may occur online or in other venues. Although I’d still say it’s rare for someone to be infringed from an advertisement of their work, it’s good to have that protection in place. Registration is certainly not a requirement, but I usually recommend that my clients take the extra step for the peace of mind it offers, especially once that title is out there in the world.


You can join in this conversation on December 16, at 3 pm ET, when NAIWE will host a webinar on copyright and copyright registration, along with some related case studies. 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.

What Are Your MIT’s (Most Important Tasks) for Today?

Sometimes you can be busy all day, but still not know what you actually accomplished, especially if you’re just reacting to external demands.

Whether your too-long to-do list is self-imposed or forced on you by others, you likely won’t reach the end of the list each day. But there is a way to make sure you’ve accomplished something that day that makes a real difference to you.

To ensure you’re moving forward in your goals, even when life fills up your to-do list with demands, it helps to focus on a few important things you want to accomplish each day, and be determined not to let anything else get in the way of those.

Pick 2-5 things to do today to move yourself forward on your goals, so you feel like you’ve done something worthwhile. These are called MIT’s. Your Most Important Tasks for the day.

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

January Webinar: The Villain's Journey

In January, we will be chatting with Greg Smith, NAIWE's Agile Writing Expert, on the very important topic of the villain.

You've probably heard of Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey." This is the time-worn pattern of stories that dates to antiquity. But as every story must have a hero (or protagonist), there must also be a villain (or antagonist). In this hour-long webinar, Greg Smith will review the Hero's Journey, then lay out the Villain's Journeyits similarities and differences. Greg will describe why you need an oppositional character (who is not always villainous) and how a villain becomes a villain. Greg will also describe the pitfalls of creating the "pure evil" villain and how to avoid a weak villain. Tune in and learn how to craft "The Villain's Journey."


Greg Smith is a writing coach, editor, and publisher. He founded the Agile Writer Workshop in 2011 with the mission of finding a method to help beginning writers complete a first draft in 6 months. The Agile Writer Method is based on the writings of experts in mythology, screenwriting, psychology, and project management. His seminars on the Agile Writer Method have informed and delighted thousands of writers, scholars, and university students. Agile Writer authors have written over 50 first draft novels and 10 published novels. Greg is a developmental editor for novelists and memoirists. He also coaches authors through the self-publishing maze. Greg runs the popular Agile Readers Book Club where new writers can get a beta read from a dozen or more readers.

The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members. To register for this webinar, which will be held on January 23 at 8 pm ET, please send an email with your name and telephone number. An invoice will be sent to you for the amount owed.

November's New & Renewing NAIWE Members

Barbara Anderson (Davis, CA); Elizabeth Belasco (Wimberley, TX); Nancy Bersin (North Palm Beach, FL); Lise Brenner; Cheryl Bryan (Smyrna, TN); Julie Conzelmann (Camano Island, WA); Pamela Cosel (Austin, TX); Chrissy Das (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL); Dick Franklin (Livingston, TX); Denise Gibbon (Cary, NC); Carol Hinz (Pflugerville, TX); Robert Kenney (North Kingstown, RI); Elizabeth Mack (Fullerton, CA); Jeannie Michael (Hampton, VA); Russell Santana (Flanders, NY); Amber Starfire (Napa, CA).

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

From CMOS Shop Talk

Q. I have an ongoing disagreement with another scholar that I’m hoping you can help resolve. He suggests that the phrase “early modern” requires hyphenation when used as an adjective (ex.: “early-modern literature”). I would instead say “early modern literature”; is there a right answer here?

A. Your colleague has reason on his side—the hyphen would help readers understand that you’re talking about literature from the early modern period (or, sorry: the early-modern period) rather than modern literature that was early in some other sense of the word. But the latter reading is extremely unlikely, and your colleague’s preference is contrary to established usage. The Oxford English Dictionary includes a subentry under “early” (adj. and n.) for “early modern” as a compound adjective, and none of the cited examples, which date back to 1817, include a hyphen. Verdict: you’re right and he’s wrong.

Why Should You Join an Association?

If you would like to eliminate the “feast or famine” income cycle, you are an ideal member, and we invite you to join NAIWE!

Member Benefit


Because your professional affiliations are part of your résumé, a “Member of NAIWE” badge image is provided so that you can add it to your social media profiles or other websites you own. Then when someone clicks on the link from your page and joins NAIWE, you earn 10% of their initial dues payment. It’s NAIWE’s way of saying, “Thank you for posting your NAIWE affiliation.”

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


"Different is not necessarily better but better is always different."

—Hugh Lendrum


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