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In Spite of Barriers, Women Make the Best Leaders

Studies show the ideal leader today is ethical, honest, trustworthy, and fair regarding employee expectations. These traits earn the respect of followers and are closely aligned with women leaders.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women comprise 47% of the U.S. labor force, yet lag substantially behind men when it comes to representing leadership positions. The good news is even though the gender wage gap has declined in most professions, the number of women climbing the ladder to management ranks has increased. But in spite of these achievements, women still face leadership challenges in the workplace.

Read more of this article written by NAIWE member Gail McShan-Elly.

Webinar: Fine-Tuning Your Freelance Finances

We wanted to get to know Jake Poinier (NAIWE's Freelance Expert) better, so last month we sat down with him. Here are some thoughts he shared with us.

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

Far and away, cultivating referral business has been the most beneficial. There's a tendency to think that referrals happen by luck, but I remember seeing a survey stat that only about 1/3 of customers in a service business will refer you without prompting. Sure, doing great work is paramount, but there's a lot of business left on the table if you don't actively let clients know you're interested in having your name passed along, or ask for a testimonial. The rewards are obviously monetary (duh!), but the key is that good/great clients tend to refer good/great clients, so there's also less work involved.


You can join in this conversation and learn steps to help your business become more profitable on May 14, at 7 pm ET, when NAIWE will host a one-hour webinar on pricing, estimating, and safety nets. 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.

June Webinar: Wake Up the Professional Writer Inside You

In June, we will be chatting with Robert Moskowitz, NAIWE's Professionalism Expert, on the very important topic of being professional in your freelance career.

Almost everyone can write. Heck, nearly every high school graduate can cobble together some words and call it writing. Some people can even earn a few bucks as a writer. But if you really want to pursue the writing life, you’ll find you can do it only if you succeed at becoming a professional. Many years ago, I had a dream of writing professionally. I even got a job as a writer. But it was just a job. Two years later, after too many job interviews in which pretty much every 9-to-5-er I met expressed massive regret at having to give up their dream of writing in order to earn a living, I found myself undergoing a three-month epiphany that helped me transform and commit to the writing life. This webinar is informed by that transformation, as well as by my decades of successful professional writing. It will help you determine just how much “fire in the belly” you have around becoming a professional writer, and will help you make the adjustments and develop the attributes you need to get there. We will leave the writing itself for another time and emphasize the professionalism involved in a successful professional writing career.

  • Exercises to help you know yourself better
  • Business lessons for the professional writer
  • Opening the pipeline to your creativity
  • Turning good ideas into finished material
  • How to more fully trust your talent and your know-how

Robert Moskowitz is an award-winning independent professional writer who has written and sold millions of words in just about every format over five decades. He instinctively sees the big pictures, breaks each one down into coherent slices, meaningfully prioritizes and sequences those slices, and then executes the tasks inherent in each slice in very productive ways. Put more simply, Robert knows how to succeed as an independent writer, covering all the bases from soliciting assignments to delivering polished work, from pricing jobs to budgeting and managing personal finances, from organizing a conducive office environment to establishing and following sensible guidelines regarding life, work, and productivity. Having done all this, and having paid attention to how he did it, Robert is now in a position to pass along what he knows to others.

The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members. To register for this webinar, which will be held on June 22 at 3 pm ET, please send an email along with your name and telephone number. An invoice will be sent to you for the amount owed.

April's New & Renewing NAIWE Members

Jody Gilbert (Corydon, IN); Pat Kelly (Philadelphia, PA); Deborah Kevin (Columbia, MD); Mary Manix (Los Angeles, CA); Trudy Nielsen Kimble (Council Bluffs, IA); Laura Scott (Colorado Springs, CO); Michael Thomas (Sault Ste. Marie, MI).

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

NAIWE Conference Announces Session Topics

Many of the conference topics have been announced for the Be a Better Freelancer conference, and here are two of them!

You Oughta be in Visuals: Make Your Social Sizzle to Fire Up Your Freelancing, Walt Jaschek

Most of us are “word people,” but nowadays, it’s more and more important to promote a freelance business through visual media as well as the standard networking, social media (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.), website, press releases and other traditional efforts. Video content is expected to make up 80 percent of all Internet traffic by the end of 2019. Learn how to use video, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, podcasting and similar visual outlets to get the word out about your skills and services. This lively session will get you excited about adding visual elements to your promotional efforts.

Finding and Working with Independent Authors, Dick Margulis

Independent authors might be the best, and fastest-growing group of, clients for many freelancers to work with, especially because many will pay for skills and services in editing, proofreading, design and layout, and publishing. Learn how to build up your freelance business by finding clients in, and structuring effective, profitable working relationships with, this sector of the publishing world.

Registration is open, and NAIWE members receive a huge discount! The non-NAIWE member price is $175 (one-day), $250 (2-day), or $400 (3-day), but the NAIWE member price is $125 (one-day), $200 (2-day), or $275 (3-day)!

Sign up for NAIWE ($99) first for over $100 in conference savings!

Why Should You Join an Association?

If you are serious about building a writing or editing career, you are an ideal member, and we invite you to join NAIWE!

From CMOS Shop Talk

Q. When a word beginning with an uppercase letter, either because it begins the sentence or because it’s a proper noun, is stammered/stuttered, should the second and following instances of the letter also be uppercase? I’m looking at “P-peter,” which looks really strange to me, and I would write it “P-Peter,” but I can’t find any examples in CMOS.

A. “P-Peter” is the logical choice. By capitalizing the second “P,” you are unambiguously signaling repetition of the first letter as such. Additional letters would also be capitalized: “P-P-Peter.” If the word would normally be lowercased, a capital letter still makes sense at the beginning of a sentence—“P-Please, p-please . . .”—though some authors will prefer lowercase. Choose one approach and apply it consistently.

Member Benefit

Your book will have the opportunity to be featured on the NAIWE blog and in the monthly newsletter. This benefit has great PR potential, as you can post the recording of your interview on your own site, and it will be archived on the NAIWE site for as long as you remain a member. Each interview will provide an opportunity for you to share your story with readers or potential clients and network with other members. This is the kind of positive press that can build your career!


"I can't imagine anything more worthwhile than doing what I most love. And they pay me for it."

—Edgar Winter


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