Five places to buy stylish, smart, & budget-friendly work-at-home shoes

HypothyroidWriter.com work-at-home shoes blog post Sarah Lentz

How do your feet set the stage?The right shoes can be a critical element of your writing environment (both inner and outer). If they affect our self-perception when we're wearing them to an office (or other workplace away from home), why would they not affect us when we're working at home?Some of my shoes say, "I'm all about the comfort, right now," while others say, "I'm a professional (with excellent taste), and I'm the best at what I do."It might...

5 reasons why this blog is a terrible place to learn how to build your email list

HypothyroidWriter.com email list blog post Sarah Lentz

"Sign up NOW for . . . oh, never mind. Carry on."I know, I know. Email lists are prime real estate if you're an authorpreneur looking to sell more of your books, or if you're an affiliate marketer wanting to earn some serious coin promoting other people's great stuff in your emails. I remember all the emails I got when the Genius Blogger's Toolkit was on sale. I unsubscribed from some lists, just because they emailed me about it every freaking...

5 steps to creating a formatted interior template for your print journal, planner, or workbook

HypothyroidWriter.com blog graphic for journal interior post Sarah Lentz

D.I.Y. Journal / Planner / Workbook DesignHave you ever wanted to design a journal to suit your own particular journaling style -- or that of someone you love? How about a planner for your friend who'd like to combine the things he likes best about the bullet journal with his favorite features from another journal?Or how about a workbook to serve as a companion to the book you just wrote -- something to help your readers apply what you're teaching...

The Hypothyroid Trouble-maker

HypothyroidWriter.com hypothyroid hellion blog post Sarah Lentz

You are nobody's snowflake.Whatever you want to put after the word "hypothyroid" -- trouble-maker, hellion, badass -- you know you can't give up in the push for better thyroid care. There's too much at stake. I don't know how many doctors you've met who've told you something along the lines of the following:[*NOTE: Might be good to have something nearby (preferably not a person) to punch or squeeze while reading this list.]"You don't look sick to me."  "Well, your TSH value is...

From idea to brain dump to outline to writing your first book

HypothyroidWriter.com book outline blog post Sarah Lentz

In the beginning...Every book starts with an idea. Then we take that idea and build on it -- breaking it down into sub-ideas -- often by creating an outline. Often that outline starts out as a list or a mind-map -- a visual brain-dump. From there, we flesh it out. We take the big ideas that sprang from that first idea and expand on them, seeing where each one takes us and making connections as we go. We turn those big ideas into...

What is the point of the Hypothyroid Writer blog?

HypothyroidWriter.com blog purpose post Sarah Lentz

Passion & PurposeI started this blog primarily to help fellow authors with health challenges (including hypothyroidism) and tight budgets to get their books written, polished, published, and sold.And this is still the main driving force for HypothyroidWriter.com.Because I want other writers with low energy and too-much-month-at-the-end-of-the-money to get their words out there, without waiting for someone else to decide it's worth publishing.And I also want to help authors on a shoestring budget to create and publish books to get everything...

Thyroid care and supplements — what has helped and what has NOT

HypothyroidWriter.com thyroid supplement blog post Sarah Lentz

Thyroid Support (or the Lack Thereof)I've been trying different supplements that promise to boost energy levels or support thyroid function. And I've learned a few things so far -- though it takes some time to make a thorough assessment of any supplement.For one thing, the ~$10 "Thyroid Complex" I was taking for a couple weeks -- the one I bought from Vitamin Shoppe (after reading a series of very positive customer reviews) -- has landed on my list of supplements...