An American Editor

May 18, 2017

Worth Noting: Be a Better Freelancer 2017 Conference

Special AAE Registration Discount for the 2017 “Be a Better Freelancer®” Conference

Registration is open and AAE subscribers benefit from a special discount for “Better by the Dozen,” Communication Central’s 12th annual “Be a Better Freelancer®” conference, September 15–16, 2017, at the Hilton Garden Inn/College Town in Rochester, NY, with a separate special session on the morning of September 17. Hosted by AAE’s “On the Basics” columnist Ruth Thaler-Carter, this event brings together an outstanding array of presenters and a delightful group of colleagues at various stages of their freelance businesses. The deadline for the special AAE discount is July 1 and hotel rooms are going fast, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity soon!

Confirmed speakers include Karin Cather, Bevi Chagnon, April Michelle Davis, Melissa Hellman, Ally Machate, Dick Margulis, Chris Morton, and myself. The focus of the 2017 conference includes increasing earnings by increasing efficiency; adding in-demand, skilled services to your repertoire; and enhancing your visibility to potential clients, whether you’re an editor, proofreader, writer, indexer, or other editorial freelancer — and whether you are thinking about, new to, or established as a freelancer. Sessions will be skill-centered and concept-oriented. As always, the program will offer great opportunities to network with and get to know colleagues in person.

The Communication Central event has often been the only U.S. conference specifically for freelancers in publishing and editorial work and is consistently the best conference for editors.

Further details are available at Communication Central. To register, go to the Communication Central  Special AAE Offer and use the password C-C2017AAE for session and speaker information, and your special discount on registration. Here’s to seeing many of you there!

September 17, 2010

A Reminder: The Finding Your Niche Conference

Just a reminder for those interested in attending the “Finding Your Niche/Expanding Your Horizons” conference October 1 and 2, 2010, in Rochester, NY (see A Gathering of Freelance Editorial Professionals) that time is running out to register — the conference is 2 weeks from today!

Lots of knowledgable people will be attending — both speakers and conference goers — so it will be a great opportunity to learn what you can do to enhance your freelance career. It will also be an opportunity to speak — one-on-one — to some of the people from whom you have sought advice in other forums. This conference will give you an opportunity to discuss some of your concerns about the future with some of the most successful freelancers around and people who are experts in using the tools of editorial freelancing to get the most bang for the buck.

For example, 3 gurus of Word macros for editors will be available to answer your macro questions. Plus there will be giveaways that are worth coming for in their own right.

Registration information for the conference, which includes a complete schedule, is available here.

If you are on the fence about attending, don’t be — this conference could be the event that opens new opportunities and worlds for you. I look forward to meeting readers of An American Editor at the conference.

(Note: Although I am a speaker at the conference, I have no financial interest in the conference or in the sponsor of the conference, Communication Central, other than that, as a speaker, I will be reimbursed for my expenses.)

August 6, 2010

A Gathering of Freelance Editorial Professionals

Today’s guest article is by Ruth Thaler-Carter. In her article she discusses the forthcoming “Finding Your Niche/Expanding Your Horizons” conference. If after reading her article you are interested in learning more, you can visit Communication Central’s website. Registration information for the conference, which includes a complete schedule,  is available here. Worth noting is that attendees will have an opportunity to discuss some of their concerns about the future, especially about competing and working more efficiently, with some of the most successful freelancers around and who are experts in using the tools of editorial freelancing.


Freelance editors (and writers, proofreaders, graphic artists,
desktop publishers, indexers, designers, etc.) unite! Or at least congregate … 

by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, co-owner of Communication Central 

It’s an increasingly competitive world for editorial professionals these days, as publishing contracts, e-publishing expands, and outsourcing continues to drive down prices in some areas. One reality is that we all need to get ready to cope with the changing face of publishing. Regardless of the kind of editorial work we do, we need to become more familiar with e-books and how to compete globally, rather than locally — even if that globe might only encompass a state or a nation. Not everyone has to function internationally, but we all need to expand our perception of where to market our skills.


What’s a hardworking, skilled, experienced editor supposed to do? 

One thing to consider is getting together with colleagues (and maybe even competitors) to brainstorm ways of fine-tuning, and perhaps enhancing, an editorial career or business. One way of doing so is, if you’ll pardon the self-serving mention, attending a conference like “Finding Your Niche/Expanding Your Horizons,” the fifth annual Build Your Communications Business conference of Communication Central, a business I co-own. 

Freelance editorial professionals tend to be solitary types. There are professional associations we can join, but a lot of editors, writers, and other freelancers use their memberships only to get access to job opportunities or participate in online conversations. If someone joins a national association that doesn’t have a local chapter, the likelihood of meeting other members in person is slim. At an event like “Finding Your Niche/Expanding Your Horizons,” editors (and other colleagues) from all over the country can get together in person, put faces to all those electronic names, and share ideas about how to manage their business lives more effectively. 

In putting together this conference every year, we look at the tools being used by editorial professionals these days and the trends in how we work — and how we can work better and more profitably. Then we find people who can speak to those topics. Sometimes we go the other way around — we know of someone we respect and find a way to include that person in the conference. We aim to combine theory and practice, in a sense, by offering sessions both on ways of doing business and on making the best use of important tools in editorial freelancing. 

I am confident that this year’s program has something for everyone — those thinking about freelancing, just starting out, and/or with substantial experience in the field and their businesses. Here’s an overview of what we will explore at this year’s Communication Central conference: 

Rich Adin (of this blog) on getting the rates you deserve; Michael Brady on building a brand through effective design; Bevi Chagnon on using Word to go to InDesign; Katharine O’Moore-Klopf on profiting from being online; Karl Heinz Kremer on using Acrobat in editing; and Jack Lyon, Hilary Powers and Dan Wilson in an unprecedented “Word Summit.” I’ll present a session on what it takes to start and manage a communications business, and Communication Central co-owner Kat Nagel will offer tips for effective websites. 

And that’s just the formal sessions. Before, during, and after, the networking and friend-making elements of a gathering like this are immeasurably valuable — not to mention a lot of fun! 

If you’re serious about your editorial business, I think you’ll find this conference to be eminently worth attending. 

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