An American Editor

October 2, 2019

On the Basics — Where’s Ruth?

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Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, Owner, An American Editor

Well you may ask. It’s been a wild and crazy few weeks lately, highlighted by an unexpectedly heavy flow of editing work (not that I’m complaining) and an utterly wonderful combination business/personal trip overseas. More about that in a future post.

Occupying the majority of my mind and attention even throughout these events has been this year’s Be a Better Freelancer® conference, Gateway to Success, to be held in St. Louis, MO, for the first time, as well as in conjunction with one of my professional organizations, the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors, also for the first time. This is the 14th year in a row that I’ve organized this event, and it promises to be another good one, with both familiar and new faces among presenters (and attendees). It’s less than two weeks away (October 11–13, 2019), but you still have time to register and participate, and we’d love to see a few more people join in. We even have someone coming all the way from England, thanks to meeting me at the Society for Editors and Proofreaders conference there just a couple of weeks ago! Now that’s the kind of spontaneous business decision that I like to see colleagues make.

We understand that cost is a factor, but it’s also a factor in hosting such an event. I’d love to offer free registration, but the venue wouldn’t reciprocate! And that cost for attendees is an investment in your business, as well as a tax deduction. Not only is this conference a valuable learning experience, but there’s something special about meeting colleagues in person that  online resources, while useful and important, simply can’t match. And keep in mind that AAE subscribers can use the NAIWE/Communication Central rate for registration.

For all about the conference, go to or Colleagues have learned and gotten work from each other as a result of attending, and have made long-standing friendships as well. You won’t regret dropping everything to be there.


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