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:

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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. 

How to become a freelance writer with Lauren Gariepy

Laura Gariepy is the founder of Every Day By The Lake, a written content creation company that serves busy business owners. Through her done-for-you program, she collaborates with her clients to create high-quality blog posts, newsletters, and website copy. Laura is a regular contributor to LendingTree and Student Loan Hero. She’s also been featured in CNBC, Acorns, and Fox Business.

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In this episode, Laura Gariepy shares how she saved a year’s worth of expenses, why she decided to pivot away from the FIRE movement, and how she started a new career as a freelance writer. This episode is perfect for anyone who is thinking about lifestyle redesign. Learn how Laura is working around her life instead of living around her work.

In this episode we cover:

  1. How Laura financially prepared to become a freelance writer.
  2. How to come up with the freelance services you offer.
  3. A la carte freelance work vs. creating custom packages.
  4. Ways to build your freelance business without pitching potential clients.
  5. How blogging, vlogging, or podcasting on a regular basis can help to grow your freelance business.

Resources Mentioned

Earn More Writing Course

Build Your Freelance Business Without Cold Pitching

What’s Your Freelancing IQ Quiz

Connect With Laura Gariepy:


Twitter: @everydaylake

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Next Listen To:

Episode 20 – Crafting A Freelance Writing Career with Terri Huggins Hart

Episode 52 – Leveraging Travel To Become a Content Creator With Christopher Mitchell

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?

Freelance Writing with Terri Huggins

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Terri Huggins Hart is a freelance writer by day, a Zumba instructor, and enthused pole dancer. Her work can be found in Redbook, The Frisky, Dance Magazine, Huffington Post, Bridal Guide and more. When she’s not writing, dancing or helping people find joy, Terri can be found volunteering for a cause dear to her heart and finding new ways to aggressively beat down debt.

In this episode, Terri teaches us how to get started in freelance writing. She shows us that not only can freelance writing be a fulfilling career but it can also be a lucrative side gig too!SaveSave

In this episode we cover:

  • What is a freelance writer?
  • The day in the life of a freelance writer (and new mom)
  • The difference between a freelance journalist and freelance writer/blogger
  • Tips for getting started as a freelance writer
    • Start a blog
    • Start pitching editors
    • Never give up – consistency and patience is key
  • What to include in a pitch to an editor
  • Does having a degree in journalism really matter?

Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Terri Huggins Hart


Instagram: @terrificwords

Twitter: @terrificwords

See you back here for episode 21 where we chat about setting financial goals.

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