An American Editor

July 15, 2013

A September Meetup: Make Your Plans Now

On September 27-28, 2013, I will be in Rochester, NY, attending (and presenting* at) this year’s Communication Central conference, “Be a Better Freelancer: Marketing Magic and More for Your Business.” Ruth Thaler-Carter, owner of Communication Central and today’s guest columnist, talks about the conference.

There are two important points for readers of An American Editor:

  1. A special discount has been arranged for An American Editor readers. By registering for the conference by July 31, 2013, using this special link, An American Editor Registration, you can save at least $50.
  2. Early registration will not only save you money, but it will give you an advance opportunity to reserve a seat for my two-part, 4- hour session on The Business of Freelancing. This will be an opportunity for you to ask your questions and get in-person responses from your colleagues and me.

Now, about the conference — here’s Ruth:


Coming to Rochester:
An Opportunity to Learn from and Network
with Colleagues Up Close and In Person

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, owner, Communication Central

In this increasingly electronic world, opportunities to meet, learn from, and network with colleagues in person are still valuable — and may even be more useful than some of the online interactions we all depend on so much these days.

That’s one of the factors behind Communication Central, an annual conference I created a few years ago as an opportunity for colleagues to get together in person to make their freelance writing, editing, proofreading and other communications businesses more effective and successful by learning from each other. As I’ve been putting finishing touches on this year’s speakers and topics, I’ve been thinking about why it’s worthwhile for colleagues to come to this event.

First, the conference offers a variety of topics that most, if not all, of us find useful or challenging. This year’s event includes sessions on:

  • using Acrobat, because clients increasingly ask for Acrobat-related services;
  • several aspects of marketing, including creativity, which can be a lot of fun; learning the secrets of success; and branding, which not enough of us think about as a way of distinguishing our freelance businesses from the herd (especially the Internet herd);
  • juggling work and family, which is a constant challenge;
  • creating and using macros, which can save a lot of time and make our work more efficient;
  • self-publishing, which offers both writers and editors some exciting opportunities, if we could only figure out how to take advantage of them;
  • social media, which only gets more important as time goes on; and
  • the business of freelancing, from the unique “tough love” perspectives of An American Editor, Rich Adin, as only he can relay important points.

Conference speakers are among the gems of our profession as freelance editors, proofreaders, writers and more – people with solid credentials and impressive expertise: brand marketer Chuck Ingersoll; publisher and blogger extraordinaire Yvonne DiVita; macro magician Jack Lyon; self-publishing pro Ally Machate; Copyediting newsletter editor Erin Brenner; National Association of Independent Writers and Editors leader Janice Campbell; creativity guru Ellen Koronet; editing expert Geoff Hart; Editorial Bootcamp owner Laura Poole; and, of course, Rich Adin — the American Editor himself. Those who are new to the event will add fresh perspectives, while those who have presented at previous conferences have new insights, topics, and experiences to share. Their generosity in sharing their expertise is amazing — and all are great examples of how we must constantly look for new ways of doing business as freelancers.

Second, there’s that personal interaction. Sure, you could get some of the basic information about any of these topics online. You can get immediate answers to urgent questions through e-mail discussion lists, LinkedIn and Facebook groups, professional associations, etc. But you can only get the personal touch from an in-person event. And you can only go in-depth on some of these topics when the expert is right at-hand to ask about details or demonstrate important points.

Most of us freelancers have few opportunities to get out of our garrets and into situations where we can meet and mingle with each other. Beyond the content and the personal touch of attending a conference like this, there’s also a wonderful sense of camaraderie among participants, some of whom have become good friends over the years, and some of whom have established working relationships as a result of meeting in person at one event or another. (Even in this increasingly digital age, some people still prefer to hire or subcontract to people they’ve actually met.)

Finally, as an incentive to attend, there is a special deal for this year’s conference just for An American Editor readers. This is especially appropriate, as Rich is both our keynote speaker and also will present a special two-part, four-hour session on the business of freelancing. The special discount is available only until July 31, so don’t delay! To take advantage of this offer, go to this special link:

An American Editor Registration

The conference will be at a Staybridge Suites hotel, with rooms that are sharable. The hotel is on the Genesee River, across from the University of Rochester, with a bridge to the campus for exercise and a dock for one of the local riverboats. The Rochester area offers plenty of activities for spouses/partners and kids who might want to tag along.

More information about the conference itself is available at Communication Central’s conference website.

For your special registration rate as a subscriber to An American Editor, go to An American Editor Registration.


As you can see, this year’s conference will be exciting; I know I am looking forward to it and am already planning on which sessions to attend. I encourage you to take advantage of the early registration special and join me, Ruth, and the other conference speakers in Rochester.

Remember that the An American Editor registration discount is only available via the links above and that it expires on July 31, after which the link will no longer work and the pricing will no longer be available.

*Disclaimer: I will be an attendee and presenter at the conference. I have no financial interest in Communication Central or the conference. In exchange for my presentation at the conference, I will receive reimbursement for my actual expenses, but no other compensation.


  1. The heading for Ruth’s article highlights the difficulty of using initial caps consistently and elegantly: “An Opportunity to Learn from and Network with Colleagues Up Close and In Person”.

    There may be a reason that “to”, “from”, “and” and “with” are lower case while “An”, “Up” and “In” are capped. Perhaps “An” got promoted as the start of a heading even though it follows a colon. Perhaps “Up” and “In” got an upgrade because they were travelling with “Close” and “Person”.

    And perhaps there a logic that escapes me? Possibly, but it still looks a mess to me which is why I prefer sentence case, i.e. cap only the first word and proper nouns.


    Comment by Jim Hart — July 15, 2013 @ 5:31 am | Reply

  2. “An” starts a new phrase. “Up” and “In,” which I usually would lc, are capped because they’re partnered with “Close” and “Person.” But you could come to the conference and argue it out with colleagues up close, in person and onsite!

    By the way, the hotel rates for this year’s Communication Central conference will be a tad lower than currently listed in the registration form. The hotel contact person will be sending me revised rates sometime today (I’m counting the minutes!), at which point I’ll post a new registration form to the special link for blog readers. And the hotel rooms are very sharable, for those looking to save a few bucks.

    Thank you for this opportunity to let colleagues know about the conference, Rich – I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones in September!


    Comment by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter — July 15, 2013 @ 11:39 am | Reply

    • Ruth, I’d love to attend but I’m a long way from Rochester. No doubt I would find as many opinions on capped prepositions as there are on serial commas and other such editorial delights. Hope it goes well.


      Comment by Jim Hart — July 15, 2013 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

  3. I’m having a problem with the link. When I click on it, it says the page cannot be found. Can you help?


    Comment by Editing By Sue — July 15, 2013 @ 10:51 pm | Reply

    • Interesting. I just tried it and as you say, you get a “Not found” error. I tried the link before posting the article and it worked. I have sent a priority e-mail to Ruth to fix the problem. As soon as it is fixed, either I or Ruth will let everyone know.


      Comment by americaneditor — July 16, 2013 @ 4:30 am | Reply

      • Oh, I see — I was about to email you about where the link was. I’ll check back. Thanks.


        Comment by Jan Arzooman — July 16, 2013 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

        • Jan and everyone — the link at Communication Central has been fixed. Please go ahead and try it. If you have a problem, let us know.


          Comment by americaneditor — July 16, 2013 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

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