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Business Takes Time

When I first started working from home I was a newlywed not quite out of college. Time wasn’t an issue and my only motivation was a little extra spending money. Now that I’m a mom, running a new business (not to mention starting a new one) is quite the time juggle. Between homeschool, cleaning (or... Read More

The Writing Habit

“My eyes sting, my hands are shaking, and the coffee is never strong enough. Welcome to my freelance writing reality.” That used to be the bio on my Twitter profile until about a year ago. When I decided to add my titles of Professional Editor and Literary Agent, however, that last sentence had to be... Read More

Finding Balance

Some days are better than others, and this is a day that didn’t meet the “better” mark. One of my at-home projects is to remake one of the bedrooms into a room that is exclusively for homeschool. Right now the room is entirely storage, so it’s a process—to put it lightly. My little Rosebud (nickname,... Read More

Goldilocks and the Three Beginnings. (Where to start your novel.)

One of the hardest decisions you’ll make when starting your novel is deciding where, exactly, to do just that. Where do you start your novel? Start too soon and it becomes a yawn fest for both you and your reader. Start too late and the reader feels like they’re thrusting out of murky water, desperately... Read More

#NaNoWriMo: What does 1,667 words look like?

#NaNoWriMo begins in less than twenty-four hours! Are you ready? My writers should all be receiving a packet over the next couple of days with some daily words of encouragement. Even if you’re not participating, you’ll be well received by a writer as a side-line cheerleader. Usually around the 20K word point. That’s the largest... Read More

Agents and Acquisitions Editors

Do you remember that girl you used to sit by? The one who annoyingly covered her mouth, trying to stifle laughter at all of the teacher’s corny jokes? Yeah, the same book nerd that either had her nose buried in a book or had her head bent, furiously scribbling in her notebook all the time?... Read More

What I Want From a Memoir Pitch

There’s no secret that between creative nonfiction and memoir-writing, the market is cocked and loaded. The only question is which way the barrel is turned. Are you about to shoot off into your dreams or shoot yourself in the foot? What I Want The root of the word memoir is memory. When you pitch or... Read More

Nonfiction Character Building

When you set out to write about a nonfiction character, you set sail on a journey that will not only experience tempestuous winds, but you also have to learn to tame those winds to provide a smooth ride through the ongoing storm. Your reader should not only get to know your character and sense an... Read More

Business from the POV of a Freelancer

When you have a “9 to 5” job, what do you do on days that will be slow? If there is ice on the road or poor visibility from fog, do you just stay snuggled up in bed and not travel to work, because there’s a good chance that no one will be venturing to... Read More

How to Achieve Coherence in Writing

Are you a sequential thinker? Many of us think we are, but when we take a closer look, it becomes apparent that we’re a bit more spatial than we’ve given ourselves credit for. While this may not seem like a very important bit of information to know about ourselves, it can actually come in quite... Read More

About Me
JessicaJessica Schmeidler is a professional editor, ghostwriter, literary agent, and homeschooling mompreneur. While still in college, she began working from home, starting her own business soon thereafter. In 2015 she founded Golden Wheat Literary. If she's not inside reading, writing, or editing, she's outside with her daughter, riding her horses, annoying the chickens, or playing in the garden. Read More
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