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Michelle Lowery

Running for board seat at-large

(self-nominated) 

About your work: I'm a digital content editor. I edit web content for quality and optimize it to rank in search, and to earn traffic and conversions.

How you have contributed to ACES: Spoke at ACES2018; pitched for ACES2019, ACES2020. Contribute to Scholarship Fund by attending Spelling Bee. Reviewed more than 400 Copyediting.com blog posts. Volunteered for training committee. Gave a webinar in July 2019.

Why you feel you are the best candidate for this position: I'm part of ACES's largest demographic (freelancers). I can represent their interests and help ACES support them. I strive to assist colleagues, whether it's through editing exchanges or answering SEO questions. My first ACES (2017) changed my life. I'd like the opportunity to give back and help others succeed.

What you envision for ACES during your tenure: I'd like to help ensure conference topics keep pace with the membership and the various editing career paths and technologies. I'd like to help ACES maintain members' confidence. Recent events in the RWA serve as an important lesson in how a large and growing organization must treat its members.

What is one thing about ACES that you would like to improve, and what ideas do you have on how to improve it? I would like to see ACES provide more professional support for freelance editors, now the largest group in the organization's membership. There's usually a small handful of conference sessions about freelance topics such as marketing, raising rates, firing clients, turning down projects, etc. I'd like to also pursue sessions and webinars about the business of running a freelance business, including self-employment taxes, bookkeeping, retirement planning, sole proprietor vs. LLC vs. S Corp, insurance, and more. I'd like to help seek out experts in these areas to provide this training, and possibly negotiate discounted member rates for such services.