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January's Resolutions

January is the time of new beginnings and making resolutions, and NAIWE wants to be a part of that! If your resolutions include professional development or marketing your products or services, NAIWE can help you with its new line of classes and marketing services.

Resolutions are often made more as a wish list than as a handful of things to accomplish, and those types of resolutions may not be attainable.

Resolutions should be specific and achieveable, and if they are rather large, then they should be broken down into smaller components with deadlines for each piece.

Here at NAIWE, our 2019 goals include developing a new and improved website to better suit our members' needs, increasing the amount of professional development offerings we have, and further developing ways to market our members' NAIWE websites.

Webinar: Upgrade Your Writing Career

We wanted to get get to know Claudia Suzanne better, so last month we sat down with her. Here are some things she shared about her craft of ghostwriting.

What is one thing that you learned about your craft the hard way, and what benefits have you received from it? Can these benefits be broadened to include marketing?

The one thing I learned about my craft the hard way is how little my personal accomplishments matter. Coming to terms with that and letting it go elevated my standing from freelancer to professional, changing both my and potential clients' perspectives and allowing me to command (not just charge) serious fees for my services. How can that be broadened to include marketing? With that revised stance—which, of course, requires a handful of other mindset transitions and self-perception adjustments—I no longer compete with the vast market of editorial freelancers. I'm in a high-end class of my own.

What has been your most rewarding marketing avenue, and how was it rewarding? Self? Monetary? Clients?

My goal was always to attract clients, not have to seek them, so I developed the Ghostwriting Professional Designation Program theories, psychology, skill sets, knowledge base, and mindset transitions to not only achieve that, but also teach it to other aspiring ghostwriters so they can do the same. As a result, my previous career (I am now retired from active ghostwriting) helping authors fulfill their literary dreams was personally and financially rewarding as well as satisfying for my clients.

What do you associate with marketing?

Everything, from casual emails, LinkedIn responses, myriad web presences, personal and online appearances, and all the myriad things one does every day when one is running their own business. A more succinct answer might be in that comment, in fact: everything changed when I stopped freelancing and started running my own business. It may seem like a subtle change, but it's not as easy as it sounds, and the ROI can be profound.

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You can join in this conversation on January 24, at 3 pm eastern, when NAIWE will host a one-hour overview of ghostwriting. 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.

February Webinar: Write Your Novel in 6 Months

In February, we will be chatting with Greg Smith, NAIWE's Agile Writing Expert, on how to write a novel in just six months.

Greg Smith is a writing coach, editor, and publisher. He founded the Agile Writer Workshop 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.

In this one-hour webinar, we will discuss

  • The Elements of a Great Story
  • How to Write Your Story in Bite-Sized Chunks
  • What Makes a Great Hero
  • Which Characters to Add to Your Story
  • What Are the Major Turning Points in a Great Story
  • How to Deal With Pacing

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 ET, please send an email along with your name and telephone number. An invoice will be sent to you for the amount owed.

December's New & Renewing NAIWE Members

Jan Arnow (Marysville, IN); Kari Carlisle (Peoria, AZ); Mahala Church (Mobile, AL); Robert Cohen (Fresh Meadows, NY); Sara Condrey (Saluda, VA); Jennifer Crosswhite (Yucaipa, CA); Nanette Day (Dripping Springs, TX); Laurie Devine (Phoenix, AZ); Deb Dupree (Memphis, TN); Robert Emery (Tampa, FL); Karen Engle (Bellingham, WA); Rachel Feingold (Silver Spring, MD); Jane Ellen Freund (Sara, FL); Linda Germain (Johnson City, TN); Sheryl Holmberg (Utica, MI); Robert Iulo (New York, NY); Yvonne Kanu (Toronto, ON); Michael Kay (West Orange, NJ); Marilyn Lary (Richland, WA); Michelle Lee (Yakima, WA); Nancee-Laetitia Marin (Grand Terrace, CA); Arthur Midgley (Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ); Barb Morris (Bend, OR); Rhonda Morrison (Asheville, NC); Jacqueline Nash (Doylestown, PA); Julie Neese (Howell, MI); Colleen Olle (Belmont, CA); Faye Roberts (Lake City, FL); Ginny Ruths; Anne Selden; Kim Sheard (London, Great Britain); Odile Sullivan-Tarazi (Redwood City, CA); Diane Treon (Englewood, NJ); Haley Wilson (Fullerton, CA); Amanda Yeager (Lancaster, PA); Chris Zook (San Diego, CA).

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

NAIWE Member News

The first three theme words of this blog – read, think, walk – usually provide the content for what I write. So I did a quick inventory of these areas of my life, and found what I needed mentally filed under “walk.”

It started with, not a concept, but a person. “D.” is a dapper looking elderly gentleman I often pass on the opposite side of my favorite walking street. Usually we smile and wave. Sometimes we cross over and chat a little. Only recently did I learn his name, and some of his story.

To me, one of the most interesting parts of that story was actually a number. He is 97 years old! I would have guessed at least a decade less.

Here are some things about D. that I find notable in addition to his age, and that in my mind contribute to his achievement of that age, and his looking and moving so well.

  • He walks. Every day. He goes at a moderate, steady pace, but for some distance, and every day.
  • He always has a smile on his face.
  • He talks with the people he meets along the way and not only proves to be an interesting conversationalist, but finds them interesting as well.

I’ve worked with and observed quite a few people in their 80’s, 90’s, and beyond, and in my opinion, in addition to whatever genetic and environmental components are involved, most people who hang around longer, and in relatively good physical and mental health, share these traits: they move their bodies regularly to the best of their ability, even if they have to overcome some pain or fatigue to do it; they keep a positive attitude, and sense of humor; and they maintain an interest in life and in other people.

Read more of this article on Diane Fanucchi's blog.

NAIWE members who regularly post on their NAIWE website can fill this spot with their material—just another way to help our members with their career building!

Why Should You Join an Association?

Membership can help you succeed. You can connect with readers, clients, agents, and publishers. You’ll learn how other writers and editors have created multiple streams of writing income and how you can too. You can join even if you’re just getting started and NAIWE will help you begin to build your career strategically.

From CMOS January Q&A

Q. I’m troubled by this sentence: “She combed her hair, brushed her teeth, and was putting on her lipstick when the phone rang.” I think it should be reworded since the list does not have parallel construction. My friend disagrees. Is it correct as is, or is there a simple fix?

A. You are correct. In a series of verb phrases, any auxiliary verb must apply equally to all of the phrases. So that “was”—an auxiliary verb that helps to create the past-progressive tense—is a problem. You can fix it by adding a conjunction to break up the series: “She combed her hair and brushed her teeth and was putting on her lipstick when the phone rang.” CMOS 5.245 covers this issue (minus the lipstick). For more on progressive tenses, see 5.135.


"A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on."



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Member Benefit

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We Asked, You Answered

NAIWE’s Professionalism Expert Robert Moskowitz would like to know what you would like to learn about in the March member newsletter. Please select which topic you would like to learn more about.

Marketing / Getting More Writing Assignments

Building Relationships with Editors, Publishers, Sources, and Collaborators

Specialization vs. General Writing

Setting Up the Effective Writer’s Office

How to Make Your Finished Writing the Best It Can Be

Increasing Your Hourly Earnings

Planning for Retirement from Writing

How to Generate Better Ideas to Write About

Balancing Work, Family, and Personal Life for Greater Satisfaction

How to Become the “Best” Writer in the Room

If you have a suggestion for a topic to be covered in a future newsletter, let us know!

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