My Top 5 iOS Apps and Why None of them Have to Do With Writing

My Top 5 iOS Apps and Why None of them Have to Do With Writing

Yes, you read the headline correctly.My top iOS apps have nothing to do with the craft of writing; in other words, you won’t find a word processing tool here.  But they have everything to do with running a writing business. These are the five apps that have made my writing (business) life easier. I use them every day, many times a day. 1. Flipboard: Not only do I use Flipboard to keep up on the news, it’s my primary source…

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[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…

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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…

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Image Prompt: a house

Image Prompt: a house

Welcome to the first in my new series of image prompts. Here’s the deal. Use this image as a writing prompt a writing problem-solver a poetry prompt a get-my-brain-moving prompt How I used this image prompt My problem: I have to write a chapter that I don’t want to write. I am SO unmotivated.

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…

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