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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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Fun Genealogy Find With a New Searching Approach

If you can’t tell from my blog posts, one of my hobbies is genealogy. I never really knew I was interested in family history until I started working for a genealogy magazine right after college. Then I started to learn

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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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Get Organized: 3 Tips for Genealogists

Writing the article “9 Habits of Highly Organized Genealogists” for Family Tree Magazine’s September 2014 issue gave me a chance to review the ways I organize my genealogy files. I asked myself: How can I improve my genealogy file organization?

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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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Genealogy Road Trip Tips for Visiting Cemeteries

Earlier this year, I wrote an article on tips for genealogy road trips for Family Tree Magazine’s July/August 2014 issue. I got to talk with staff at top destinations for genealogists around the country, and we gathered great advice from

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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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Tips for Planning a Family History Road Trip

I love to travel, and was excited when I had the opportunity to write an article on summer genealogy road trips for Family Tree Magazine’s July/August 2014 issue. For the article, I interviewed staff at top destinations for genealogists around

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For Mother’s Day: Lessons Learned From My Grandmother

Grandmas are the best. At least my grandma was. She died last year after a brief, unexpected illness. Until the day she died, she was full of spirit and was physically fit enough she could touch the floor with the

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