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! …
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! …
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. …