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Writer’s Life is Hectic

Writer’s Life is Hectic

At least this writer’s life is!

In the last month I’ve had two book deadlines to meet and a third book contract to finalize. I plan on taking a couple weeks off in July just to catch my breath.

Just wondering – is your writing life just as hectic or are you able to go at a pace that’s more sane?

[Writer’s Life] Finding Inspiration

[Writer’s Life] Finding Inspiration

inspiration for writers 1People often ask “where do you find your ideas?”

Well, they’re everywhere.

  • the girl sitting on the steps, smoking, looking dejected
  • the guy skateboarding down the middle of the street
  • the cat on the roof next door
  • the song that won’t leave your head
  • the whiff of rosemary
  • the taste of risotto
  • the neighbor’s argument
  • the woman who crowds you in the grocery line
  • the age spots on her hands
  • a hookup
  • the bald spot he tries to hide
  • the dog who drags the owner
  • the bank robbery headline
  • the horror show on Netflix
  • the short story by Poe
  • your friend’s grief
  • an unexpected gift
  • the smile
  • the rose petals
  • a first date
  • the doctor’s appointment
  • the waiting room

Go. Write.

 

[Writer’s Life] My Morning Routine

[Writer’s Life] My Morning Routine

Readers have told me they love hearing about different author routines so here’s mine.

I’m usually up by 6, sometimes 5. I flip on the coffee pot, which I prepped the night before. I get dressed while two cups of my absolute favorite blend: New Mexico Pinon is brewing. Next, I plop down with cup #1 and skim through emails on my iPad. Then I start curating articles for my two Flipboard magazines my Facebook Writer’s Life page, and three Twitter accounts (links below).

Once I’m done curating I spend about 15 minutes catching up on the news (still on my iPad) and answering any urgent emails. Since I live on the West Coast and deal with clients who are three hours ahead of me in the East, I often get have-to emails early in my morning.I also check my calendar because there are days I go blank on the fact that I have a meeting later that day!

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Get More Writerly Stuff for Free

Get More Writerly Stuff for Free

Did you know that I curate the best writing articles into my Facebook page and also into my Flipboard magazine, Writer’s Life? If you love reading about writers, the writing process, marketing your work . . . just about everything to do with being a writer, there’s much to be found in either place. (love to see you at both)

You can read the Flipboard magazine on any device by using the free Flipboard app. Or, click on the link in the right sidebar to read the articles online.There’s so much to learn . . . so dig in!

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The Value of a Niche

The Value of a Niche

Although I’ve written about topics ranging from Elvis to aliens, my basic niche is genealogy. My book the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com is currently ranking at a little over 5,000 in all of Amazon books and is #1 in Genealogy. Other than great sales, is there an advantage of being well-known in your niche?

Absolutely. Here’s why – and this is coming from an author (me) who loves writing about every topic under the sun – if  you specialize and are known for a specific genre you’ll have (unexpected) opportunities.

  • I was invited to be a speaker at a genre-specific event in Santa Barbara, California. All expenses paid plus I can sell my books.
  • I’m invited to give local courses on genealogy as a paid speaker.
  • I’ve been asked to do family research for an hourly fee.
  • And most recently I’ve been approached by a software company to write a genealogy-specific companion book.

Why have these opportunities come to me? Because I’m well-known in my field – thanks to my many books and magazine articles.

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