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WOW! What an Outreach!

Last month, AP Stylebook Expert Mark Allen posted on his NAIWE blog, and it was quickly picked up and mentioned by Grammar Girl and in the June newsletter of the Conscious Style Guide! In addition, Mark Allen's blog post received over 15,000 hits!

How did this happen?

Members of NAIWE receive a free website, which includes a blog on the NAIWE site. Many members choose to post their resume or working credentials and some examples of their work and even create other web pages that cater to their audience. And then they, like Mark Allen, also regularly post on their NAIWE blog.

A key benefit of the NAIWE blog is that each time a NAIWE member posts on their blog, NAIWE reposts the blog entry on its social media outlets, furthering the reach of its members. And that is how this happened!

It pays to be an active NAIWE member posting on your member blog!


April Michelle Davis
Executive Director

July Webinar: Find the Right Source–Finally!

We wanted to get to know Kristen Fischer (NAIWE's Journalism Expert) better, so last month we sat down with her. Here are some of her recommended practices that she shared with us.

What are some of the credentials to look for in a source?

If you’re writing a story about cancer, you’d probably want to talk to an oncologist if you need a professional source. There are certain credentials you may want for different topics; for that cancer article, the oncologist should be an M.D., for example. You may also want to see if that source authored research or wrote a book on the topic. If they are a member of a related trade association, that looks good as well. You want someone currently working in a related role or someone retired who was highly regarded in the field.


Want to know how to quickly find reputable sources? We’ll go through tips and tricks from journalists to find the right sources for stories–in a pinch. This will include experts for quotes, as well as written research for articles.

You can join in this conversation on July 20, at 4 pm eastern, when NAIWE will host a webinar on finding good sources and more! The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members.

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

Self-Publishing Fiction Authors: Let Me Help You Polish Your Manuscript

As a developmental editor I can provide fresh eyes and a reader perspective to uncover issues that might jar readers out of your story. I have completed the Professional Editing Standards Certificate from Queen’s University, Canada, and can help your story shine by:

  • Identifying plot holes and providing ideas for transition scenes to fill them.
  • Pinpointing timeline inconsistencies and suggesting ways to correct them.
  • Improving pacing by recommending adjustments to sentence and paragraph length.
  • Pruning wordiness to improve clarity.
  • Enhancing description and world building, if needed.
  • Creating a style sheet to ensure spelling consistency—especially of character and place names.

A developmental edit happens relatively early in the editing process and combines structural and stylistic editing. I provide both in-manuscript suggestions, using Track Changes and comment boxes, and a detailed report of items that need work, along with the style sheet that can (and should) be shared with subsequent editors or proofreaders.

I also offer a professional Beta Reader service, primarily designed for first-time authors with limited budgets. Feedback from family and friends can only go so far—and often isn’t as honest and complete as you need. I bring my editor’s eye to a read-through of your manuscript and provide a report highlighting areas that need work and detailing what is already working.

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

August Webinar: How to Adjust Headlines for Context

In August, we will be chatting with Dana Sitar, NAIWE's Headline Expert, on the very important topic of making headline adjustments.

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.



Dana Sitar has been writing and editing for digital media since 2011, most recently as a copy editor for fintech and personal finance. She trains journalists, writers, and editors on writing for the web through sessions at the annual ACES editors’ conference, Utah Valley University, online courses, and private trainings. Dana has written about work and writing in digital media for publications including the New York Times, HuffPost, a column for Inc. Magazine, and dozens of writing and content marketing blogs. As a branded content editor for The Penny Hoarder, Dana managed a team of writers, editors, and social media experts to create multimedia branded content to help advertisers reach an audience of 12 million across platforms including social media, email, blog, and video.

The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members. To register for this webinar, which will be held on August 27 at 4 pm eastern, please visit the NAIWE website.

June's New & Renewing NAIWE Members

Kylie Bean (Dumfries, VA); Regina Bennett (St. Louis, MO); Candace Coakley (Winchester, MA); Michael Davis (Peoria, IL); Teresa Gonzalez (Seguin, TX); Michael Goodman (Reading, MI); Avery Green (Belton, TX); Katherine Kirk (Cumbaya, Ecuador); Trish Lockard (Maryville, TN); Stephen Mirto (North Haven, CT); Jack Mulcahy (Ambler, PA); Shirley Rash (Berryville, AR); Thomas Sears (Nashua, NH); Ray See (Pittsburgh, PA); Mary Yerkes (Manassas, VA).

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

From CMOS Shop Talk

Q. I understood that compounds formed with prefixes are normally closed. However, I see a hyphen used on television and in print with all sorts of prefixes—for example, “co-founder” or “non-violent.” Are compounds formed with prefixes still normally closed? Or has spellcheck run amok?

A. Don’t worry, compounds formed with prefixes are still usually closed (see our hyphenation guide, section 4, under CMOS 7.89). But the truth about hyphens is that they tend to make compounds more legible rather than less. The deconstructionists understood this when they used a hyphen to show that the apparently straightforward act of re-membering involves piecing together the fragments of the past. But use hyphens sparingly, and only when they are truly needed. Chicago advises retaining a hyphen to prevent a doubled a or i (“intra-arterial,” “anti-intellectual”) and for certain words that might look odd without one (“pro-life,” “pro-choice”). A hyphen is also required next to a proper noun (“sub-Saharan”) or a numeral (“pre-1950”). In rare cases, a hyphen can distinguish between two meanings of a word (“recreate” vs. “re-create”). And though “cofounder” is frequently hyphenated (“co-founder” is the second-listed of equal variants in Merriam-Webster), “nonviolent” is more likely to appear closed—and neither requires a hyphen in Chicago style.

Why Should You Join an Association?

You are welcome here, even if you are a writer or editor who doesn’t fit neatly into a genre or specialty.

Member Benefit

Discount on Ghostwriting Professional Designation Program

Ghostwriting Professional Designation Program (GPDP) trains writers, journalists, and published authors to be book-industry experts proficient in ghostwriting theory, skill sets, unique tools, and mindset transitions. Introduction to Ghostwriting is the 6-week GPDP prerequisite class to help you decide if professional ghostwriting is a good fit for you. NAIWE members receive 10% off Introduction to Ghostwriting!

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


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—Henry Ward Beecher


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