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Erasing the Boundaries

NAIWE is a worldwide association encompassing professionals with a variety of skills. While the name of our organization in 2007 when it was founded included just evaluators (National Association of Independent Writing Evaluators), it was changed in 2009 to include both writers and editors.

However, based on our 2020 member survey, our scope of professionals has broadened, increasing our reach and resources for one another!

A majority (78%) of our survey respondents offer copyediting services, with many offering proofreading (61%) or line editing (58%). We also have a significant amount of people who offer writing (48%), developmental/substantive editing (44%), rewriting (44%), structural editing (37%), stylistic editing (36%), manuscript evaluation (36%), website text editing (34%), and newsletter editing (34%).

Based on this survey, we revised our member search feature on the NAIWE website to be more reflective of our members. We broke out the list into years of experience, skills, and genres. (Previously, skills and genres were combined, which wasn't so bad when our skills were not as diverse.) We also added style guides and a directory of states (in case you are looking for someone in a particular area of the country).

What does this mean for NAIWE members? NAIWE members need to log in and update their years of experience, skills, genre, and location. Otherwise, they won't show up in a more specialized directory search!

What does this mean for non-members? Now is the time to join! March 20 is the first day of spring, and on this day new member signing up for automatic renewal can receive $30 off their first year with coupon code "spring."

March Webinar: Beyond the Rate Sheet: Pricing Yourself for Freelance Success

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.

Are there standards to setting the fee structure?

Setting a freelance fee structure is a taste of the Wild West. The simplest calculation is to know your hourly rate and accurately assess how long the tasks will take, but there are countless factors that can influence what you charge. It’s also important to consider fee structure from the client’s perspective; what makes sense for one might not appeal to another. If a client wants a firm project estimate, you shouldn’t suggest an hourly rate or per-word rate, and vice versa.


As a freelancer, pricing and estimating your services properly is the foundation of your long-term financial prosperity and day-to-day psychological well-being. In this webinar, Jake “Dr. Freelance” Poinier offers a strategic, value-focused approach to setting your fee structure, taking into account the numerous factors that can’t be found on an industry rate sheet or association survey. Topics include formulating your basic pricing, creating persuasive estimates, dealing with challenging negotiations, raising your prices, and much more.

You can join in this conversation on March 30, at 3 pm eastern, when NAIWE will host a webinar on pricing and estimating your projects! 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: Wake Up the Professional Writer Inside You

Guest: NAIWE’s Professionalism Expert Robert Moskowitz

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-to5-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.

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

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


This was my first time doing two major editing projects at once. One was a government document of over 120 pages. The other was a research manuscript in the social sciences. Can you say “Crunch!”?

I learned the importance of triage when it comes to editing, and I made good use of my planning skills.

And I worked and worked…but managed not to burn the midnight oil and to get a good night’s sleep every night.

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

April Webinar: Going Deeper: How to Ask Better Questions

In April, we will be chatting with Kristen Fischer, NAIWE's Journalism Expert, on the very important topic of interviewing experts.

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 open 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.


Kristen Fischer is a copywriter and journalist living at the Jersey Shore. She worked as a reporter and copyeditor for Gannett before launching her full-time freelance business in 2005. Her work has been published in Parents, New Jersey Monthly, Prevention, Woman’s Day, SheKnows, and Healthline.

The cost for NAIWE members is $10 and $30 for non-members. To register for this webinar, which will be held on April 14 at 9 am eastern, please visit the NAIWE website.

February's New & Renewing NAIWE Members

May Amantha May (Dripping Springs, TX); Michelle Anderson (Buffalo, NY); Carol D. Beck (Wendell, NC); Jeff Bongard (Snohomish, WA); Angel Butts (Westbrook, ME); Karen Chassie (Basking Ridge, NJ); Laurie Cohen (Silver Spring, MD); Gary Corcoran (Charlestown, RI); Timothy Eloe (Otis Orchards, WA); Suzelle Fiedler (Frederick, MD); Mallory Herrmann (Overland Park, KS); Ann Karazeris (Plymouth, MN); Lisa LaPaglia (Parker, CO); Lois Marshall (Kittery, ME); Linda Maxie (Critz, VA); Marshall Murdaugh (Henrico, VA); Kitty O'Rourke (Chicago, IL); Aleta Powell (Vienna, VA); Liza Rassner (Surprise, AZ); Susan Rippy (Tyler, TX); Mark Stinnett (Colorado Springs, CO); Fawzia Tung (Mesa, AZ); Cindy Vallar (Keller, TX).

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

From CMOS Shop Talk

Q. What is the proper spacing BETWEEN paragraphs? Is it the “space” connected with the font size?

A. In documents published in print, there is usually no extra space between paragraphs. So the space between the last line of one paragraph and the beginning of the next is exactly the same as the space between any two lines of text within a paragraph. For single-spacing this is typically a couple of points more than the font size. New paragraphs are identified by a first-line indent alone

In documents published online, where space isn’t limited by page size and paper costs, the more common approach (and the typical default in HTML) is to allow the equivalent of a blank line (or a bit less than that) between paragraphs but no first-line indent. If you’re preparing a manuscript for publication or for a class paper, paragraph indents are still the norm; if you use them, then you can set extra space between paragraphs to zero. For more on this topic, see our Shop Talk post on paragraphing in manuscripts; if you’re a student, be sure to check out our paper-formatting Tip Sheets.


"When we accept tough jobs as a challenge to our ability and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen."

—Arland Gilbert

Member Benefit

Quick-Start Guide

You’ll want to start with Make the Most of Your Membership: A Quick-Start Guide to NAIWE. This handy guide provides a brief overview of the benefits you receive, along with step-by-step instructions for accessing them. By referencing this guide, you’ll be off and running in no time!

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

Why Should You Join an Association?

NAIWE is the association that truly believes in the power of working independently, setting your own hours, working with people you enjoy, being there for family, and having time for friends, travel, and great books.


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