Saturday, February 10, 2018

New memoir

 I finally found a way to re-structure my book that seems to work. I have to live with it for a while to be sure. I'm focusing on Part Three, crafting and doing some re-writing. I still haven't decided how to publish it. I was happy with my last publisher but, since I couldn't afford to hire a publicist, my marketing wasn't what it should have been.
This second book is much longer, more serious, and much better written than the first. I thought I might look for a traditional publisher this time, or an agent to help me out. If I self-publish, it will be a ton of work as I am including lots of pictures. I feel pretty good about the amount of time I'm putting in writing; I'm working 2-4 hours on it every day. I've included a temporary book cover here. The working title is Roxie and Alfred: A Story of Courage, Resilience, and Survival

Friday, February 2, 2018


I was recently asked what bloggers can do to attract readers to their blogs. I cameup with the following, based mostly on my experience over the past three or fouryears that I've been blogging. I'm sure there are many more tips that work well. Bloggers need to be creative with the way they market their blog and keep an eye and ear open to ideas from other successful bloggers

One of the best things anyone can do is to post frequently and regularly. I'm not good at that, because I have 5 blogs (which might have been a mistake to begin with, especially after emersing myself in a novel length memoir.) But I try to post interesting material, let people know about it, put links on all the social networking sites, and make comments on other blogs (Very Important!).

I also add pictures and videos, use SEO and tags, join groups, events, blog hops, etc., and interact with other bloggers. Having guest bloggers, doing author and book reviews, and interviews is also helpful. You can pick up new followers from those who follow other authors and bloggers.

I have an on-line friend, Brenda, who is very good at attracting attention to her blog. Among other things, she posts intriguing remarks to pique interest, comes up with clever events and questions for feedback, and writes well. Another excellent blogger is Kelly who spends valuable time on line interacting on a personal level within the social community and supporting other writers and bloggers. This will help to build her platform.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Year's Resolutions

Do you make New Year's Resolutions you intend to keep? If so, how good are you at keeping them? I must admit I'm not very good at it. I'm not good at schedules, budgets, or journaling either.....never have been. But that doesn't mean I don't try from time to time. And this year (2018), I have come up with a few resolutions that I just may be able to keep. They are:

"I resolve to focus on staying healthy as I approach my 88th year while I learn all I can about my craft, so that my work-in-progress, a second memoir, will be the best it can be. If time permits, I will finish it and start a third one, all the while improving the depth of my writing and my ability to remain vulnerable to the world and to myself....."

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas

It’s not too late to pick up something for the
readers on your Christmas list
Books are a great way to say Merry Christmas. Check out this new book by an ex-bed and breakfast owner who spent twenty years opening her home to travelers. It's funny, courageous, and filled with pages of delicious recipes

Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: innkeeper’s Tale
The paperback is available
 locally at Phoenix Bookstore in Essex and in Burlington VT.
And, Barnes and Noble in South Burlington VT
and online at Amazon and B&N

The E-BOOK is available for .99
online at and Barnes and

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Honestly, when writing a long book (60k or more), especially a memoir, I do not see how it can be done in six months, as my publisher suggests.

The amount of time I am trying to cover in my new book brings with it so many  different factors, that  putting it all together in just six months would be next to impossible, For example: the text, the setting, the story, the structure, the style, the research, the crafting to name a few all vary among time periods and various characters.

I am tackling quite a long period of time and I may find that I have to narrow it down. The book is divided into three parts, the first part is set in the early 1900s, the second takes place between 1952-1992, and the third covers evens occurring  from 1992-the present. This is an expanse of ninety-two years.

Although there is a common thread that holds it all together, each part requires separate historic research for that period of time. And this is not fiction; I cannot just make stuff up whenever I come to a roadblock. The story must retain a basic truth, even though I am allowed a little leeway in character development, dialogue, and evolution of events.

One last thing, I cannot use a formula to get me through quickly when it comes to writing about myself and my family and the various events surrounding us. Some of the events occurred so long ago that my memory needs to be constantly jostled. There are few records, no notes, and only my sister and two daughters, who weren't even born until Part Two of the book, to help me recall. It's moving along slowly, but no matter how difficult dredging up old stuff may is, this is what I do.....   I write memoir.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale - by Nancy R. Hinchliff

"For anyone who has ever thought about running a Bed & Breakfast, Operatic Divas and Naked Irishman offers a hilarious birds-eye view behind the Victorian curtains... with mouth-watering recipes woven through-out, the author shows us just how much you can do with a little daring tenacity in the face of a lonely retirement." (Katharine Hollister, editor, Beatdom Books).

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00-4:00 PM

Event Description
Join us as author Nancy Hinchliff is welcomed to the store and will be available to sign copies of her book.
102 Dorset Street

S. Burlington, VT 05403
Store Hours:
Sun 10-9
Mon-Thu 9-9
Fri&Sat 9-10