About

Writer Stuff

I’m a full-time author with some chops:

  • I help other non-fiction authors with their book projects
  • Several of my books have hit #1 in their Amazon category.
  • One of my magazine articles was chosen for a Best Of book published by The Writer magazine.
  • One of my poems is in the 2017-2018 San Diego Poetry Annual
  • I belong to Western Writers of America (I wish I was as famously successful as fellow member Craig Johnson of Longmire).
  • Right now my primary income comes from writing about genealogy & history
  • I’ve been interviewed by the NY Times, Better Homes & Gardens, Kiplinger’s, and bunches of websites. You can also catch one of my podcast interviews over at The Creative Penn.

MARGIE LAYTON
I found your “How to write for Kindle” after midnight last night. I had downloaded books for hours it seemed, trying to find a simple, easy book on how to format and submit a book to Kindle. (I’m very new to this.) With a headache from wondering how so many people could write so much and say so little, I was about to give up and go to bed when I found “the mother lode”! Your Book! How could I have missed it?? Headache forgotten, my eyes could not move fast enough until I finished it. I’m not sure what time that was. Before I sit down today to read (instead of “gulp”) it again I must thank you. My wish is that someday one of my readers will find that excitement and joy of reading in one of my books that I just found in yours. THANK YOU.

BARB MARTENSON
Hi, Nancy. I’m a newbie to writing books and articles, but a veteran 20+ year grant writer. Despite living in England, Switzerland, Cyprus, Egypt and the Wesr Bank, with many personal interests, I seem to have writer’s block on where to start. Suggestions? Or have you addressed this in one of your books? I suppose I could start with a series of “vague memories” – e.g., when I rode bareback and walked across North Dakota’s Ft Seward to Mandan trail, or explored caves in Wisconsin or repelled off cliffs on the St. Croix River. But who would read such things? You’re invited to Minnesota. The beauty of the North Shore is spectacular and we are “western” enough to have lots of Indian and military history here, too. Punkin (my grey tabby) also sends his greetings!

SAMANTHA
Hi Nancy,
I started writing a memoir 9 years ago, I started writing, got tired of writing, then purchased dragon dictate, and used it for a better portion, then moved and finished the end of my book by writing. I have reached a point where I can not get myself to put it all together. I need professional help to put it together. Please let me know your thoughts, and if not too expensive would love to have you help me get it done.

PHILIP LUCAS
Hi Nancy
I came across references to you on an Ancestry email I recieved today. I have been working on my family tree for 21
years since my twin grandsons were born. I started at a local LDS Family history center.And have been plugging away since.
When visiting with my wifes grand mother and listening to her stories of growing up in northwest Ohio in the late nineteenth
Century.The wife commented that she wished we had taken notes or used a tap recorder.to capture some
of the details of those conversations. My tree has become fairly extensive over the years. I have found
some heroes and a few rogues. Just a typical family.Started on the east coast and have been moving
constantly west over time. Although quite a few have lived their whole lives in the same neighborhood.
Just thought I would say hello.

What else can I tell you?

I written 30 books and hundreds of magazine and web articles. I know how to string words together so they 1) make sense; and 2) are beautiful. That’s what we all want, no?
Beyond that . . . .

  • I’m writing a novel – the historical ilk
  • I love research
  • I’m a cat person
  • I wear purple a lot (does that mean I’m old?)
  • I’m an Emily Dickinson fan
  • I adore creative non-fiction
  • Always loved Dylan (Bob and Thomas)
  • I listen to period music when writing
  • I’m currently into lime green things
  • I’m a minimalist
  • I try to take at least one class every few months
  • I grow ideas
  • I write poetry
  • I try to write short stories (frankly, I stink)
  • I’m a terrible editor
  • I write. I write. I write.

If you want to be a freelance writer, check out my resources

I’ve been a fulltime freelancer for 20+ years. Here’s a (not) complete list of projects and clients.

If you want to know about freelancing, I teach two online courses for writers- you can read about them here. I’ve crammed pretty much everything I know about freelancing into these video courses.

Don’t want to take a class? Check out my books OR listen to when I was interviewed by thriller author Joanna Penn.  (Alert: The Book Joanna refers to as the Visual Writer has been renamed Vanquish Writer’s Block)

Although I’ve written about everything except finance (think swords, Elvis, flags, scrapbooking, journaling, technology), my primary niche is history & genealogy.  My advice is to

pick a niche and make a name for yourself.

That’s what I’ve done. I’ve made a career of being an expert writer of online genealogy – if you see the best book about Ancestry.com, chances are I wrote it.

Yeah, I’m also nuts for iphoneography

Ghosty stuff

Travel is a passion, particularly to the out-of-the-way roads of the frontier West. Walking where history happened feels a lot like experiencing it myself.   Right now I’m remembering what it felt like to stand where Coronado stood at Pecos Pueblo 500 years ago.

On my trips I’ve seen and heard strange things. Like ghosts, and flute music, and tepee smoke that wasn’t there. But, those are stories for another time.

Works in progress

  • a novel with four plot lines and two time lines, one of them 1400s
  • a visual-map-photo-essay about my dad
  • poetry about the weird world

Wanna chat about something writerly?  nancy [at] nancyhendrickson [dot] com