10 Essentials for Successful Writing

In this webinar, I share some key elements I’ve learned over the years that will help writers or aspiring understand the big picture. In the future, I’ll be going into a lot more detail on all of these things.

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Before you send that story or book… MS Word manuscript formatting 101

Formatting-a-manuscript-May 2015

Before you send a manuscript to an editor, an agent, or the person who does your layout, there are some things you can do to make sure that everything is as it should be. Many new writers and even some more experienced ones aren’t aware of things like hidden characters, using one space between sentences […]

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Using MS Word Comments and Track Changes for Editing

Track Changes

While editing pieces for the Hot Apple Cider books, I discovered that a lot of people either have never used MS Word Track Changes, or only have a vague idea of how it works. While I definitely don’t know everything about it myself, I think I do know enough to help someone else get started. […]

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Funnel Publishing


A short time ago, I had a free ebook on Kindle. “They Can’t take That Away From Me,” It’s a short story, under my alter ego’s name (J. A. Menzies), and it’s not quite like anything else I’ve written. Closer to thriller than mystery. If you like that sort of thing, please check it out. […]

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Publishing and the ugly baby syndrome


We’ve all been there. The proud parents show off their new baby and your first impression is that it’s really quite ugly. Like me, you’ve probably stuttered a little before forcing out something like, “My! Isn’t that a baby?” Unfortunately, I’ve had a similar experience when some proud authors have shown me their new “babies”—their […]

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Listen to an Interview with me

An interview I did in August was just posted. You can listen to it here. http://selawministries.ca/content/arts-connection-monday-august-11-2014-nj-lindquist-hot-apple-cider-3 I talked about my writing, the new Hot Apple Cider books, and more. By the way, the submissions deadline for Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon is October 20th! http://thatslifecommunications.com/hot-apple-cider-books/hac_books_submissions/

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Why you can learn from me

My Story - Why You Can Learn From Me - PP for Webinar

In this webinar, I share some of the high and low points of my long journey to become a writer as well as an editor, publisher, and speaker. It actually began when I was a toddler and started making up stories. My first published item was a letter to the editor I wrote when I […]

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Organizing to write

Organizing Your Space to Write

Every writer needs a place to keep his or her ideas, and a place to write. In this video, I share a few tips I’ve learned about organizing to write over the years. Download a free 3-page pdf that will help you figure out what to do with your space. Here’s another blog I wrote […]

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Where are you? The importance of setting in first person POV stories


Don’t let your readers get lost! A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that many writers sort of assume that the reader knows who is telling the story, especially if it’s telling a true story. If you haven’t read that post, you might want to read it first. As I said then, assuming your readers […]

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When you want to tell your story

Share your story

A friend of a friend contacted me recently wanting to know how to turn her life story into a book. Since I realized there might be other people with the same question, I decided to post my reply here. In general, there are 4 options: 1. You write out your story so that you can […]

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