Book Writing During the pandemic.

Thinking of writing a book during the pandemic? How has the pandemic affected self-published authors? In this episode, we chat with Michelle Jackson and Gertrud Nonterah about the challenges they have face writing books during the pandemic. They candidly share how they have pivoted their focus and what motivates them to continue writing despite the obstacles.

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Michelle Jackson is a blogger, freelance writer, host of Michelle is Money Hungry podcast, and the author of non-fiction and romance books. Based in Colorado, she is passionate about helping driven entrepreneurs sell what they already know online.

Gertrude ‘Gee’ Nonterah is a YouTuber, freelance writer, and the host of The Create & Prosper Podcast. She is also the author of several non-fiction books including Win At Freelance Writing. Subscribe to Gee’s YouTube channel here. She creates videos on freelance writing, blogging, self-publishing, and thriving as a creative entrepreneur.

In this episode we cover:

  • The challenges of writing a book during the pandemic.
  • Why self-publishing?
  • The writing and editing process.
  • Tips for marketing your books.

Writing Books During the Pandemic Tips:

  1. Develop a writing practice.
  2. If possible, write every day.
  3. Create a long-term marketing strategy so you can continue to sell your books.

Resources Mentioned:

Grammarly: A writing tool that checks for grammer, spelling, and punctuation mistakes.

If you want to learn how to make money writing eBooks, check out Michelle’s Make Money with Ebooks Academy. This monthly membership helps future authors get their stories, expertise, and doubts out of their heads so that they can begin publishing their first books.

Next listen to Episode 51 of The Thought Card Podcast – Top Tips For New Authors.

Connect With Michelle Jackson: 


Instagram: @michelleismoneyhungry

Twitter: @MichLovesMoney

Connect With Gertrude Nonterah:



Instagram: @geenonterah

Twitter: @GeeNonterah

Book Writing Updates From Danielle Desir:

Hey there, thanks for checking out the show notes!

For National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo), I am working on my latest book Planning Local Trips During A Pandemic which is available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, and more. Because this book is timely, I have been working around the clock to get it written and into your hands. Yesterday I surpassed 10,000 words so this book will be a short but impactful read.

Planning Local Trips During A Pandemic is a travel planning guide for U.S. travelers planning close-to-home activities and getaways during the pandemic. 

Tips for New Authors

In this episode, I share the behind-the-scenes of my book writing process and the important lessons I’ve learned as a new author. From working with a small publishing house to self-publishing my second book, listen to this honest conversation where I share tips for new authors and some of the strategies that have helped me become a better writer and sell more books.

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What I’ve Learned After Writing Two Books

In this episode we cover:

  1. Overcoming limiting beliefs.
    • If you are a content creator (blogger, podcaster or YouTuber) you have all the skills you need to get started writing your first book. Do not discount all the work you’ve done as a content creator.
  2. Set a realistic date for when you want to start writing.
  3. Create an outline and stick to it.
  4. Get feedback from beta readers who read your first draft.
  5. Get your audience involved in the book writing and pre-selling process.
  6. Hire an editor to proofread your book.
  7. Other helpful tips for aspiring writers.
How to save for travel?

Resources Mentioned:

Iceland: Nature, Nurture & Adventures is my first published book. This Iceland travel guide shares how to plan an affordable, adventurous and culturally enriching trip.

Read more about my Iceland travel guide here.

Affording Travel is my second published book. This book shares the money-saving strategies that I’ve used to travel to over 27 countries and 4 continents. This is the book I wish I had when I thought that I couldn’t afford to travel especially in college.

Read more about the Affording Travel book here.

Want to write your first book but unsure where to start? Download my book planning worksheets to help you brainstorm the 5 essential questions to ask yourself before getting started. Get access to 3 worksheets and a tutorial video.

Make Money With eBooks Self-Study: Learn how to sell your published book and make passive income as a published author with Michelle Jackson. Complete this course at your own pace.

I also recommend listening to this extended interview on The Offbeat Life Podcast to learn how Kay became a self-published author

Listen to this episode where Terri Huggins shares tips for becoming a freelance writer.

What other tips for new authors would you add to this list?