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WINNER OF AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY
OF HOME FIRE BOOK III !

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The Writer’s Workout

Writers Are Accountants

By Nancy Ann

Most writers write because they love to do so, yet they also would love it to become a lucrative career.  If you dream about writing for your bread and butter, you must watch and keep track of your expenses.  This is true whether you sell 10 books per year or 10,000 books per year, tidy record keeping will benefit you.

Before you dash out and purchase a $15.00 to $20.00 expense book, be aware that you can easily account for all of your purchases (and earnings!) using an Excel spreadsheet that you can create and design specifically for your needs.  Think about it, had you purchased an expense book from an office supply store, you would have entered that expense in the book itself!

By creating your own worksheet, you have just eliminated one expense.  The idea is to generate as much income from your work with minimal expense.  Sure, $15.00 or $20.00 doesn’t sound like a lot of money, but in my case, that cancels out at least one book sale. 

Once you start tracking your expenses, you’ll see how quickly these things add up.  That’s why I frequent the used office furniture stores, Goodwill, and even hit the back to school sales for my notebooks and pens.  Every penny counts!

You don’t need all of the fancy office supplies to keep records, you need only to keep your records organized. 

Nancy’s Notes

Reading Starts Early

By Nancy Ann

If you are involved with any young children, let those young ones know of your passion for reading and writing.  Even babies are capable of learning the basics.  The first thing anybody needs to know before he or she can read and write is the alphabet.  Flash cards are the perfect tool for teaching it.

A baby does not need to be walking and talking to learn how to identify letters.  A good set of flashcards is one that isn’t “busy” but rather has the letters, capital and small, clearly identified on them.  Sit with the baby on your lap in a quiet place that is void of distractions and go through the alphabet cards slowly, saying the letter clearly while giving him or her a chance to absorb the shape.  If both the capital and small letter are on the same side of the card, point to each stating “Big A, Little A” (for example.)

Go through the entire alphabet two or three times per sitting, even more if it is holding the baby’s interest.  Don’t think that it is a waste of time and that nothing is being accomplished.  Make this a daily routine.  Eventually you’ll be able to set out three cards and ask the baby to point to the “A”, and he will!  If the wee one is already of talking age, have him say the letters as he gets to know them. 

Once the letters are known, the next step is reading!  What a wonderful head start in life to give a child! 

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