Category: #WritersLife

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 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… Read more →

Is this too personal to share?

If you were around in the 70s, you may remember the Sangria craze. Fruit, red wine, spritzer . . . you know, every  Mexican joint served it – usually in a pitcher with a bunch of fruit in the bottom. Well, that craze faded until recently – or at least it did for me. One night my pal Fred and… Read more →

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From July 2015 through the end of December I became the primary caregiver/support for my dear friend who suffered a massive stroke. During that time my work suffered and I became more run down than I’ve ever been before. For someone like me who is a high producer, those five months were a challenge. Coming into January I had an epiphany about… Read more →

Nancy Hendrickson Site Audit

Have I Made Mistakes? Check.

I used to write a lot for a history magazine. In fact, pay from the magazine and the website constituted the bulk of my income at the time. One assignment was to write about an old-fashioned country store. I did the research, wrote the article, it was published. Done. But then  a reader contacted the magazine, telling them that I… Read more →

Write Your Way to Understanding

If you think you know what you think about something, write about it. You may be surprised at what you discover. I thought I knew what I thought about my desk (pretty much nothing) until I wrote about three objects that inhabit my desktop. Not only was I surprised at how the three were connected, I discovered deep, deep feelings… Read more →

Today Oct 9 – Grab 18 Great Books for $.99 each

Sometimes, self-publishing seems completely overwhelming. There’s so much to learn and not enough time to do it. What if you could learn it all and get a ton of cheap self-publishing resources all in a single day? March to a Bestseller 3 is a one-day sale on books for authors, but it’s so much more. Eighteen bestselling masters of marketing,… Read more →

writers and their goals

The Season of Your Life

I was listening to a podcast about goals earlier in the week. One of the points made was that when we make goals we need to take into account “the season of our life”. That means wanting to get into the Olympics as a downhill skier aren’t realistic if, at age 45, you just took up the sport. As writers, age isn’t a… Read more →


You probably know about NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) that comes around every November. During the month, participants do their best to write a 50,000 word novel. As a non-novelist (at least for now) I’ve never been tempted to do NANO, but my friend, Jessica Macbeth (author of the Faeries Oracle) invited me to join her at Camp NANOWRIMO in… Read more →