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Writer, Editor Awareness

Many people dream about being writers, and writers' work can be found all around us. A writer wrote the text on each website you visited today. A writer wrote the magazine you glanced at. A writer wrote the book you made some progress in. A writer wrote the book of recipes you used for cooking dinner. And a writer wrote the text for the television show you watched before bed.

Though editors are not seen and are often forgotten about, the editors' work can also be found all around us. Everything that a writer wrote in the paragraph above was, or should have been, reviewed by an editor before being published.

While the writer-editor relationship can be adversarial, both the writer and the editor are working to best communicate a message to the audience. Though the two may rarely communicate directly with one another, NAIWE helps both the writer and the editor (along with other publishing professionals) to obtain their common goal and be more successful through connections made from having a NAIWE membership.

April Webinar: Going Deeper: How to Ask Better Questions

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

What types of questions add to the story?

Personally, I approach every story as if another outlet is covering it, because that’s likely happening. I’m always on the lookout for a different quote or a different angle to explore in addition to that main news. For me, questions that add to a story go beyond the who-what-when-where-why. Depending on the story, the type of story (say, feature versus exclusive breaking news), and the audience, questions that add to the story always dig a little deeper. And you have to do so in a way that doesn’t cause the source to clam up, so you have to build that objectivity and trust, and avoid being accusatory. That’s why I often go beyond the “why do” to “why don’t” types of questions. That prompts the source to give you more information and really explain it in a way that gives the reader the whole picture. I believe that by being aware of the different kinds of questions we can ask, it will give reporters an edge.


Journalists have to guide an interview, and how they do it can make or break a story. In this webinar, we’ll explore different tactics for asking questions that receive more detailed responses and produce better sound bites. Come prepared with one example of a great question you’ve asked in the past, and one that you thought was great yet fell flat.

You can join in this conversation on April 14, at 10 am eastern, when NAIWE will host a webinar on asking better interview questions and more! The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members.

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

On-Demand Training: Creating Approach-Oriented Goals to Increase Our Accomplishments

Guest: NAIWE’s Writing Goals Expert Rochelle Melander

Here’s what you can expect to learn in this class:

  • How to set and achieve writing goals that work
  • A key step you must take before setting a goal
  • The elements of successful writing goals
  • Tools specifically designed to help writers meet their goals
  • Inspiring stories from famous writers
  • 6 ways to write at least 15 minutes a day when you have no time to write

Duration: 56 minutes

Rochelle Melander is an author, book coach, and teacher who has helped thousands of people design a writing life, create great books, and connect with their readers. She is the author of 10 books, including the National Novel Writing Month guide—Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It). Rochelle teaches entrepreneurs and professionals how to overcome writer’s block, write more, turn their ideas into books, navigate the publishing world, and use speaking and social media to reach their readers. She is also the founder of Dream Keepers, a writing workshop for children and teens in Milwaukee and leads workshops for teachers who work with reluctant writers. She interviews authors and publishing professionals on her blog, at the Write Now! Mastermind class, and in her podcast, Business Boosting Books.

What Time Is It? Tool Time!

Every editor, like every worker, needs tools. The tools may belong to the person (like mine do) or to their institution.

I became a freelance editor (and an editor, period) two years ago. Since then, I have acquired a number of tools for my work.

One is my laptop computer, which I obtained at the end of June and which I got because I simply could not do my editing on the five-year-old desktop which my husband and I share. There had to be a machine that was dedicated to work. The desktop equals fun (which includes music for my workouts).

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

April Bonus Webinar: The Five Principles of Creating Clarity

In April, we will be chatting with ProWritingAid, NAIWE's Benefit Partner, on the very important topic of creativity in each sentence.

As writers, we often spend too much time focusing on what our ideas are instead of how to communicate those ideas most effectively. If we don’t sharpen our sentences with our readers in mind, then our ideas will get lost and our writing will be less engaging.

In this actionable presentation, a representative of ProWritingAid will walk you through five key ways to improve the craft of your writing. By the end of the session, you’ll know exactly how to tackle your work to make it more powerful for your readers.



ProWritingAid is the only platform that offers world-class grammar and style checking combined with more in-depth reports to help you strengthen your writing. Our unique combination of suggestions, articles, videos, and quizzes makes writing fun and interactive. There’s a free trial available.

The cost for NAIWE members is FREE and $20 for non-members. To register for this webinar, which will be held on April 15 at 2 pm eastern, please visit the NAIWE website.

March's New & Renewing NAIWE Members

Alice Brzovic (Carlsbad, CA); Maria D'Marco (Raytown, MO); Amy Fletcher (Knoxville, TN); Brigid Haragan (Annapolis, MD); Alan Janesch (Lewisburg, PA); James Johnson (Dayton, OH); Latoya Johnson (Santa Rosa Beach, FL); Laura Long (Irvine, CA); Andrea Michels (Littleton, CO); Elsa Peterson (Norwalk, CT); Destiny Salter (Long Valley, NJ); Pamela Sheppard (Los Alamitos, CA); Frank Sherrard (Edinburg, VA); Aime Sund (Lancaster, MA); MyLeah Symore (Hickory Hills, IL); Barbara Van Tine (Tuxedo Park, NY); Michelle Walbaum (Long Valley, NJ).

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

May Webinar: Give Your Writing Business a Strong Start

In May, we will be chatting with Ruth Thaler-Carter, NAIWE's Networking Expert, on the very important topic of building a writing business.

Starting a writing business is exciting and challenging. Get some practical, effective tips from a long-time, award-winning freelance writer/editor in this session. Learn about types of writing that can be the basis of a business; getting experience; finding outlets, audiences, readers and clients; avoiding scams; and more. Whether you want to write and publish books or articles, fiction or nonfiction, this session will get your writing business off to a strong start (and enhance an existing business).


Ruth Thaler-Carter has been a full-time freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and desktop publisher for more than 30 years. She has been published locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally in, and does writing, editing and proofreading for, publications, associations, nonprofits, websites, service firms, and businesses. She sold her first freelance articles when she was still in high school. Renowned as a skilled networker, Ruth is active in about a dozen professional associations, serving as a newsletter editor, webmaster, publication author, speaker/presenter, blogger, program host or planner, and chapter leader. In 2006, Ruth launched the Communication Central “Be a Better Freelancer”® annual conference to help aspiring and established freelancers find greater success and connections with colleagues. Ruth is the owner and editor-in-chief of the An American Editor blog and received the Philip M. Stern Award of Washington (DC) Independent Writers for service to freelancers; the Writers and Books Big Pencil Award for teaching adults and contributions to the literary community; EFfie awards for writing, editing, and newsletters; and the APEX award for feature writing. She was also an IABC/DC Communicator of the Year.

The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members. To register for this webinar, which will be held on May 20 at 7 pm eastern, please visit the NAIWE website.

From CMOS Shop Talk

Q. As a copyeditor, I’m starting to see papers where the authors cite presentations from virtual conferences and meetings. According to CMOS 14.217, the location of the meeting is to be included in the citation. What would you suggest as far as wording and style? (I was thinking maybe “[Virtual]” would work in place of the location.) Thank you in advance!

A. We like your suggestion, which we would style as in the following note:

1. Jaime Smith, “Title of Presentation” (ABCD Annual Conference, April 6, 2021, virtual).

Note that there’s no need to indicate the platform (Zoom etc.); if that’s somehow relevant to the discussion, authors can mention it in the text.

Why Should You Join an Association?

As a professional association, NAIWE is committed to helping you succeed. You’ll receive tools and training to help you grow in your profession, support as you meet professional challenges, and opportunities to develop your marketing skills so that you can create the kind of career you want.


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—Samuel Johnson


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Member Benefit

NAIWE Website

You may have read about how a strong presence on the web can build your writing or service career, but you may not have wanted to spend a lot of time and money creating a website from the ground up. As a member of NAIWE, a professionally-designed website will be available to you. Adding content to your new website is as easy as typing an email, and you will be provided simple how-to instructions to get you started. You can also look at the NAIWE Member Activity Feed to see what other members are doing with their member sites.

Your NAIWE website, with the memorable web address of, includes

  • Homepage where you can introduce your books or services
  • Portfolio pages, for reviews, testimonials, references, and samples (whatever you’d like to include)
  • Professional profile page, including education, experience, publication history, and more
  • The ability to add more pages

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

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