Freelancer Conference: (Re)Invent Your Business

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“Be a Better Freelancer! (Re)Invent Your Business” is the theme for Communication Central’s ninth annual conference for freelancers, September 26–27, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Rochester, N.Y. (There’s also an Editorial Bootcamp on September 28.) The agenda includes two solid days of drilling down on all aspects of launching, managing and expanding a successful freelance writing, editing, proofreading, indexing, graphics or other editorial business.

I’ll be kicking off the festivities with a keynote address on “The Business of Getting Freelance Business”—but I’m equally excited to hear from the other featured presenters:

  • Ally Machate, Greg Ioannou, Dick Margulis, and Jack Lyon will conduct a Self-Publishing Super Summit about finding and working with authors, publishing options, and more.
  • Geoff Hart will discuss software skills, soft skills, and survival skills for greater profitability.
  • Erin Brenner’s session will give the inside scoop on becoming a social media superstar.
  • April Michelle Davis will provide insights on managing documents, systems, and processes for better organization.
  • Daniel Heuman of PerfectIt editing software will be joined by Jack Lyon to discuss tech tools for better, faster editing and proofreading.
  • Amy Schneider will help attendees tackle the challenges of editing fiction.
  • Katharine O’Moore-Klopf and Laura Poole will take on the topic of crafting work-life balance. (Laura will also lead the Editorial Bootcamp session on Sept. 28.)
  • Ben Davis will discuss the ins and outs of working effectively with Microsoft Office, including the latest version of Word.
  • Communication Central owner Ruth E. Thaler-Carter will conduct Freelancing 101 on launching a writing, editing, proofreading, or other editorial freelance business, as well as joining with Laura Poole for a session on promoting and branding your freelancing services.

TO REGISTER: Get all the details—lots of professional discounts for members of editorial-oriented associations—by contacting Ruth at or 585-248-0318 if you have any questions.

NOTE: I also see that the Genesee Brew House is less than a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Given that Genny Cream Ale was my dad’s favorite beer, I’ll be making the pilgrimage if anyone wants to join in. First round is on me!

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  1. says

    Got in on my calendar, Jake. If there’s a way to make it, I’m there!

    And Genny Cream is my dad’s favorite, too. 🙂

  2. says

    Thanks, Lori! It would be great to see you if you can make the trip up.

    And as far as Genny Cream, I guess great dads think alike… 🙂

  3. says

    Can’t wait to meet Jake “Dr. Freelance”!!!

    We did a dinner gathering at the Genesee Brewhouse during last year’s conference, and the food was good, the beer was great but the noise level was off the charts, as the saying goes. Not yet sure where this year’s dinners will be, but will consider going there again … it’s certainly iconically Rochester-ish!

    Anyone interested in attending the conference might want to register ASAP – the early-bird deadline for the best rate is July 31, and part of a film festival coincides with the conference dates, so hotel space may be at a premium!

  4. Claire Brett says

    A very interesting event! If only I could join (wishful thinking). Anyways, people mentioned here look all experts with their crafts (checked out their profile). Hope you won’t mind though if I share this freelancing info graphic I bumped into since we are talking about freelancers here:-)

    I just find it interesting and tells a lot about the life of a freelancer. I would be thrilled if you can share your thoughts on this?

    Thanks a lot!

  5. says

    Looking forward to meeting you and hearing your talk about “The Business of Getting Freelance Business,” Jake. This conference is always a good boost for me.

    I’ll join you and other attendees at the Genesee Brewhouse, which also had great food, as I recall.

  6. says

    Hi Ruth and Jan–thanks for your comments, and sorry for the slow reply. (Just got back from a much-needed vacation.) Will look forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks!