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The Writing of the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org

I’m excited to announce that the book I’ve been working on for the past few months, the Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org, is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com and ShopFamilyTree.com. Writing this book has been an amazing process. FamilySearch.org has

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How to Know It’s Time for a Career Change

Two years ago I made a big career change: I gave up my full-time job with benefits to become a full-time freelance writer and editor. As I’ve talked with my friends throughout the past couple of years, many of them

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What I Do as a Freelance Writer and Editor

“So, you’re a freelancer, but what do you really do?” When I first started my full-time freelance writing and editing gig two years ago today, I got this question a lot, especially from family and friends and even from business

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6 Practical Tips to Improve Your First Draft

As an editor, I’ve seen writing that runs the gamut from copy in a really rough state to writing that’s quite polished with few errors. No matter what you’re writing—a book, a marketing brochures, or an email blast—a rougher work

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Writing is Easy. Why Do I Need to Hire Someone?

Writing is a basic skill we learn in school, so many times businesses think all writing should be done in-house. Writing is easy, isn’t it? Well, not all writing is easy. And not all writing is top-quality or delivers the

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Best Blogs for Freelance Writing Newbies

When I first started freelancing I turned to blogs of men and women who had “been there, done that” to get advice on starting my freelance business. Today, I continue to read many of these blogs to stay inspired and

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Tools of the Trade: 5 Essential Tools This Freelancer Can’t Live Without

When I began to do freelance writing and editing full-time, I thought all I’d need was my laptop and an Internet connection to do my work efficiently. The longer I have freelanced, the more tools I’ve discovered to help me

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