Hello from your new Networds editor and Freelance 101: Seminar Preview

dlyhxoeueaep8eyI’m going to make this post do double duty because that’s how we freelancers operate, making content accomplish as many goals as possible.

First, I’d like to thank former Networds editor Kara Kuryllowicz for her work on this blog and for her introduction as she passes the editorship along to me. Yes, I’m your new Networds editor. This blog has been a longstanding part of PWAC’s online presence (hi, long-ago editor Paul Lima!), and I plan to maintain it as a solid companion to PWAC Toronto Chapter’s website, with posts about our events and issues relevant to the writing community.

The thought of community brings me to my second purpose for this post: to boost our upcoming seminar Freelance Writing 101: Starting Out Right on Wednesday, October 25 at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre at Spadina and Bloor. If you haven’t registered, please do here

If you know anybody who’s considering or building a freelance career, please let them know about our seminar, either by passing along this post, retweeting our Twitter updates www.twitter.com/pwactoronto or pointing them to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/PWACTorontoChapter. Haven’t been to an event in a while? We’d love to see you.

Beyond promoting it, I’m also a panellist at this seminar, so it would be great to meet you at this event, our first of the 2017-18 season. Sharing the panel is PWAC Toronto Chapter president Karen Luttrell (www.luttrellcommunications.com) and accountant Sunny Widerman (http://www.personaltaxadvisors.ca), a specialist in freelancer taxes.

Together, we’ll tell you exactly what our seminar title suggests. I’ll discuss the different types of freelancing, niches and business development. Karen will review her top marketing strategies to earn more and get repeat clients, and Sunny will talk about the all-important money side, from HST registration to tax deductions (thank goodness for accountants who focus on finances so we can focus on writing!). We’re also planning a Q&A session afterwards, moderated by our fantastic social convenor Carolyn Camilleri, so bring your questions. And veteran freelancers, bring your tips – we’d love to get a good conversation going with input from the crowd.

After the seminar, we’ll head to a nearby pub for Cheers with Peers. Please join us for a great opportunity to connect with other writers.

To operate like a good feature writer and circle back to the start, I’d also like to invite you to write for this blog. As your editor, I heartily invite fellow PWAC members to contribute on topics of interest to freelancers and writers in general. Yet another person to thank for the success of this blog over the years is our excellent proofreader, PWAC Toronto board member Jaclyn Law. But since we would also like to give her a break from time to time, we are also looking for more excellent proofreaders to add to our roster, so let us know if that’s you. Please contact me at sue@codeword.ca if you’d like to pitch in.