2019 Conference Speakers

Here are the speakers for “Gateway to Success,” Communication Central’s 14th annual Be a Better Freelancer® conference, co-sponsored for the first time with the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE). Don't miss out on this opportunity to meet, learn from and interact with renowned colleagues in all aspects of editorial freelancing!

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April Michelle Davis

Writer and editor April Michelle Davis (www.editorialinspirations.com) is an expert in macros, Word and business-organizing resources.

April Michelle Davis is the executive director of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE), chapter coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), and past-chair and website administrator for the Mid- & South-Atlantic chapter of the American Society for Indexing. She has published two books through the EFA, A Guide for the Freelance Indexer and Choosing an Editor: What You Need to Know, and a young-adult novel, A Princess in Disguise.

Davis is a lifetime member of the American Copy Editors Society and a contributing member of the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network.

She has a master of professional studies degree in publishing from George Washington University;  a bachelor of arts degree in English from Messiah College; and certificates in editing (University of Virginia), book publishing (University of Virginia) and professional editing (EEI Communications).

Before starting Editorial Inspirations in 2001, Davis worked as an assistant editor at the National Society of Professional Engineers and a program assistant for the American Prosecutors Research Institute.



Walt Jaschek, a “blissfully freelance writer of memorable copy & content,” was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2018 for his creative contributions to award-winning, often-humorous ad campaigns for national brands. Has generated memorable concepts in every media. He focuses on long-form projects: graphic novels, short films, videos for corporations and more.

Jaschek cracks open brand messaging, tackles taglines, crafts the perfect home page copy, creates great live events, develops concepts for funny commercials, hurls out headlines.

He teaches "Writing for Advertising," "Creative Strategies for Advertising," "Writing for the Media," "SEO for Content Writers" and "Advertising Production – Radio" as an adjunct at Webster University in St. Louis.

Jaschek created AdSaint, an eZine focusing on the St. Louis marketing and community, and served as webmaster, editor and head content writer for four years. He has won Clio, Mercury, Addy awards and more for scripts he wrote for a creative radio boutique agency and has had his work included in textbooks. He wrote videos, speeches, brochures and memos for Southwestern  and managed a multi-million-dollar advertising budget for AT&T; his clients since then have included CBS-TV, NBC-TV, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros, King World, Paramount, Volvo, Las Vegas Tourism, General Motors and Budweiser.


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• Rose Jonas, PhD (www.rosejonas.com/), TV's “Job Doctor,” is a consultant and certified coach who listens, raises critical questions and inspires clients to take action to achieve their life and work goals. She uses her strategic brain and insightful heart to make a difference in people's lives. She’s been a legal secretary, dental assistant, actress, grill cook, theatrical publicist, public relations director. She finished college at age 30 and became “the first lady personnel man” at a manufacturing plant of a Fortune 100 company, eventually advancing to human resources director. Feeling entrepreneurial, she left corporate America and founded the Jonas Company, an organizational consulting firm focusing on governance and leadership development and working with company presidents, executives and professionals to develop career strategies, resolve problems, ease out of hot water and take giant steps in business and in life.

Jonas has a BS in business administration from the University of Missouri, a MA in urban studies from Occidental College, and a PhD in human and organizational behavior from the Fielding Graduate Institute. She has taught graduate HR and organizational classes at several universities and was a graduate Fellow with the Coro Leadership Training Program. She is trained as a Gestalt therapist, a certified co-active coach (Coaches Training Institute) and also a member of the International Coach Federation.

Jonas has made more than 700 TV/radio appearances around the country as a career expert, and has authored several books, including Can I Lie on My Resume? Strategies that Win the Career Game and The Campaign that Couldn’t Be Won. She has written for national magazines and is an occasional newspaper columnist.

As “TV’s Job Doctor,” Jonas’s goal is to use her talents at hearing the heart's song and make a difference in people’s lives, one person at a time. Her extensive experience with group processes gets the agenda moving and focused on achieving objectives.



Roger Leslie (www.RogerLeslie.com, www.ParadisePublishingHouse.com) is a prolific, award-winning author and editor, and owner of Paradise Publishing House. His books, published over the past three decades, encompass multiple genres, from fiction to memoir, spirituality, self-help, business, history and movie reference. As a speaker and writing coach, Leslie has helped thousands of authors realize their dream of writing and publishing success.

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Dick Margulis

Dick Margulis (www.dmargulis.com) focuses on thoughtful editing, appropriate design, expert production and comprehensive project management for publishers of all sizes. He learned to set type at an early age and has been studying and practicing typography ever since.



Meghan Pinson is an editor, writing mentor and consultant who launched My Two Cents Editing in Los Angeles in 2009 who says that “There is as much bliss in freelancing as there is terror, but the beauty of working with individual authors on a project-by-project basis is in the freedom to continually evolve.” She teaches workshops in Missouri and California, and belongs to the Editorial Freelancers Association, Missouri Writers Guild and Reedsy, among other organizations.

Pinson started freelancing as an editor six months after she went on maternity leave, working on scripts, business plans, marketing copy, NaNoWriMo manuscripts, short stories, etc. She ordered 50 books at a time — about copyediting, self-publishing, Microsoft Word, marketing, web design, freelancing, bookkeeping, networking, time management, mentoring — from the library and devoured them. She ordered business cards and handed them out to every indie author at the LA Times Festival of Books. She “crammed the worst part of the learning curve” into the first couple of years and has worked steadily ever since. She hosts events such as Creating a Sustainable Writing Practice, a hybrid creative writing/time management workshop; novel-writing workshops for kids;  and a series of editing workshops for adults. Today, she says, “I’m always researching, honing my skills, pushing myself, refining my processes” — and sharing her insights with colleagues and clients.


Marilyn Schwartz is co-author of the new fourth edition of The Copyeditor’s Handbook with the late Amy Einsohn, and co-authors of the new Copyeditor’s Workbook with Erika Bűky and Einsohn. Of the nearly 50 exercises in the Workbook, 15 are updated versions of those in Einsohn’s previous editions; Schwartz and Bűky created the remaining ones.

After earning a PhD in English in 1976, Schwartz joined the staff of the University of California Press. She became managing editor in 1983 and held that position for 28 years. From 1979–2004, she also taught editorial workshops for UC Berkeley Extension. She was the acquiring editor and production editor for the original Copyeditor’s Handbook, written by her colleague Einsohn (1952–2014).

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Ruth E. Thaler-Carter

Your host, Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, started Communication Central in 2006 to serve and bring together colleagues at all stages of their freelance careers. She is the author/publisher of “Get Paid to Write: Getting Started as a Freelance Writer” and author of the “Freelancing 101: Launching Your Editorial Business” for the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA). She presents webinars and in-person sessions on freelancing, the basics of editing and proofreading, websites for freelancers, and related topics for the EFA, American Copy Editors Society (ACES; she was one of the first ACES freelancers), Association Media & Publishing, Society for Professional Journalists, Writers and Books, and other professional organizations. This coming fall will be her first presentation at the conference of the UK’s Society for Editors and Proofreaders.

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