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ACES is offering two half-day and one full-day pre-conference workshops to kick off the national conference on Wednesday, April 29. 

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How to Thrive—Not Just Survive—as a Freelance Editor

Presenter: Suzy Bills

Date: Wednesday, April 29

Time: 9 a.m. - Noon

Cost: $100 for conference attendees/$150 for non-conference attendees

Whether you’re new to freelancing or have been freelancing for years, you likely have questions—and maybe even some anxiety—about the business side of your work. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to navigate essential aspects of your business. For example, you’ll gain an understanding of the various types of business entities and which is best for your situation. You’ll find out how to focus your marketing efforts and price your services to your advantage. You’ll also learn about the importance of using a contract and what to include in it. Additionally, you’ll learn the basics of paying taxes as a freelancer—and that the process isn’t so daunting after all. With the information you learn in this workshop, you’ll be better able to ensure that your business thrives, not just survives.

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Teresa Schmedding

Art & Science of Digital Editing

Presenter: Teresa Scmedding

Date: Wednesday, April 29

Time: 1 - 5 p.m.

Cost: $100 for conference attendees/$150 for non-conference attendees

In this half-day session, we’ll cover: 

  1. Structure of content
  2. Tools to evaluating content
  3. Lessons for writing
  4. The role of emotions
  5. Words that prompt the most engagement on social
  6. Critical elements in display type

*Attendees should bring a laptop or tablet to complete hands-on exercises.

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Mastering Macros: Getting the Most from Visual Basic for Applications and Add-ins

Presenter: Jack Lyon

Date: Wednesday, April 29

Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cost: $175 for conference attendees/$225 for non-conference attendees

If you want to get serious about working with macros, this session is for you. You're already automating some of your work with macros. Now it's time to write your own! We’ll cover arcane, yet powerful topics such as using Microsoft Word's Integrated Development Environment (the fancy, official term for the VBA editor), defining variables, creating a macro library, using built-in dialogs and creating user dialogs, finding and adapting existing macros, and useful commands for working with words. This session will also show you how to use Editor's ToolKit Plus to lighten your workload. Now is your chance to learn what it's all about and how to use its powerful features, including numerous examples of problems in real-world manuscripts.

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