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Be a Better Freelancer Conference Goes Virtual!

We will offer a virtual version of this year's conference, showcasing our speakers and their material!

COVID-19 has presented us with this new opportunity, and we want to make it available to all of you. Please take advantage by planning to attend our first virtual Be a Better Freelancer conference!

We appreciate your understanding as it was a difficult decision to cancel the in-person 2020 Be a Better Freelancer conference. Yet out of concern for the safety of the speakers and attendees, and their families, especially anyone who would have to travel by plane or train to participate, it was the most prudent choice we could make during these uncertain times. Your safety is our utmost concern!

Thank you for your understanding and your support!

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

Many thanks to our sponsor!

August Webinar: How to Adjust Headlines for Context

We wanted to get to know Dana Sitar (NAIWE's Headline Expert) better, so last month we sat down with her. Here are some thoughts she shared with us.

How often are headlines changed?

This depends on the publication, the content, and the publication’s goals. When I’ve written for sites that rely heavily on advertising to attract traffic, we frequently tested and changed out headlines to give an article new life without rewriting. On sites that rely on search traffic, headlines were often more stagnant.


A single headline is not sufficient for most content in digital publishing. Readers access your content in a variety of contexts, and the headline that’s effective in one context is often less effective in another. This training shows you how to craft headlines that catch readers’ attention across platforms, including websites, social media, email and search.

You can join in this conversation on August 27, at 4 pm eastern, when NAIWE will host a webinar on writing effective headlines and more! The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members.

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

What Is a Lie That You Tell Yourself?

This question was, I believe, a recent writing prompt from NAIWE.

One of the lies that I tell myself the most often is, “YOU’RE STUPID.”

I tell myself this when I cannot figure out my phone, when I can’t figure out something on the computer, when I inadvertently do something that hurts someone … the list goes on and on.

I know that I am not stupid. I have a master’s degree in biochemistry. I can read and write well. I can balance my checkbook.

I do stupid things once in a while. Everybody does. Right?

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

September Webinar: Pushing Past Publish

In September, we will be chatting with Tina Glasneck, NAIWE's Book Promotions Expert, on the very important topic of marketing to find readers.

Are you struggling with what you can do to make your books a success? Are you overwhelmed with what you need to do to get eyes on your latest book-baby? Join USA Today bestselling author Tina Glasneck as she gives practical advice on what you can apply to your writing career to find readers and gain success. This webinar will dig into the basics and provide practical tips that you can implement right away to start you on your successful author journey.



Tina Glasneck is a USA Today bestselling author of fantasy and crime fiction. Since 2012, she has created author events, has held online book fairs, and continues to assist authors on their journey. She frequently teaches on the topics of book promotion, author newsletters, as well as the business of publishing. Tina has published more than 20 books in the fantasy, crime fiction, and mystery genres. She persists in her vision and author goals to create a world of wonder through her fantastical tales.

The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members. To register for this webinar, which will be held on September 24 at 8 pm eastern, please visit the NAIWE website.

July's New & Renewing NAIWE Members

Michael Aasted (San Marcos, CA); Nicole Beckley (Kansas City, MO); Ellyn Bell (Clatskanie, OR); Stephania Biddings (Miami Gardens, FL); Debra Butler (McLean, VA); Judy Hagey (Urbandale, IA); Jacqueline Nash (Doylestown, PA); Penelope Perkins (Sacramento, CA); Jennifer Rogers (Andover, MN); Chasidy Sisk (New Castle, DE); Kayla Stone (Lakewood, OH); Stephanie Sykes (Los Gatos, CA; Lynn Whitmore (Brookhaven, GA).

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

From CMOS Shop Talk

Q. CMOS omits periods after any designator for United States organizations of any kind—e.g., US Army, US Navy, US Department of State. This format directly contradicts all official U.S. government writing guidelines. What prompted CMOS to make such a change?

A. CMOS dropped the periods in “US”—first as an option (15th ed., 2003) and then as a preference (16th ed., 2010)—in order to move toward what we think is a more logical, streamlined approach to abbreviations. According to this logic, periods are omitted from abbreviations in all caps (like “US” or “NASA”) but not from abbreviations that end in a lowercase letter (like “a.m.” and “p.m.” or “etc.” or “Dr.”). These principles are outlined in CMOS 10.4.

There are exceptions to the lowercase rule—for example, periods are never used in “kg” and “Kbps” and “mph” and many other units of measure (see CMOS 10.49).

In preferring “US” to “U.S.,” it is true that CMOS not only breaks with tradition but also contravenes the recommendations in the GPO Style Manual (the guide for the US Government Publishing Office). But to follow GPO style, you must learn a different set of rules—according to which, for example, “C.P.A.” (certified public accountant) takes periods but “CPI” (consumer price index) does not. Nor does CMOS align with the journalistic recommendations of the Associated Press, according to which “U.S.” and “U.K.” take periods (except in headlines) but “EU” and “AP” do not.

Each style has its own logic and its own set of traditions, tailored to specific types of writing and specific audiences, and Chicago is no different in being different from the others.

Member Benefit

Discount on Grammarly

Confusing and sloppy writing damages your company’s credibility and frustrates your customers. Grammarly helps you write clear messages every time. NAIWE members receive over a $75 savings annually!

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

Why Should You Join an Association?

You’ll learn from our unique focus on building an online presence with multiple streams of writing income.


"Winners compare their achievements with their goals, while losers compare their achievements with those of other people."

—Nido Qubein


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