Anthologies Online              Welcome to the Writing Site with an Emphasis on Anthologies



Writers: Subscribe and send in your brief bio and your best writing sample (up to 1200      words total) to apply to become a featured writer. Find free articles and markets to help you get published.  Readers: Find your favorite authors, anthologies, and other books.

  Editors, send in your calls for manuscripts. Find writers and manuscripts to fill your anthologies.


 This website is best viewed in IE

AO Homepage
Amy Lou Jenkins
Writers Wanted
How to Write
Table of Contents
Contact AO
Writing Magazines
About Contests
Featured Authors
Free reprint articles
Amy Lou Jenkins is the award-winning author of Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting

"If you combined the lyricism of Annie Dillard, the vision of Aldo Leopold, and the gentle but tough-minded optimism of Frank McCourt, you might come close to Amy Lou Jenkins.Tom Bissell author of The Father of All Things 

"Sentence by sentence, a joy to read."   Phillip Lopate, Author of Waterfront

Follow AmyLouToYou on Twitter


Anthologies online participates in various affiliate programs and most links to books and products in articles/anthologies/author or any page offer some referral payment, pay for click or other reimbursement. The payment is generally pennies per click or purchase. Anthologies online also runs paid ads.The Anthologiesonline web site and newsletter are provided on an "as is" basis without any warranties of any kind and disclaim all warranties, including the warranty of merchantability, non-infringement of third parties' rights, and the warranty of fitness for particular purpose. No person or organization makes any warranties about the accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the material, services, software text, graphics and links.  Any communication is generally considered to be nonconfidential. See Privacy Policy.




Five Easy, Pain-free Ways To Boost Your Productivity FAST (and make more money)

Copyright © 2003 by Angela Booth


Commit to following these five strategies for a month, and you'll be more productive --- that's a promise.

Note: although my strategies are geared to writers, they will work for you no matter what your work happens to be.

=> One:
Think --- "Do It Now!" and write one sentence

This means, that as soon as you turn your computer on, you write one sentence on your current project.

After you've written one sentence, you can read your email, play Minesweeper, have a cup of coffee, or do whatever you like.

Writing one sentence first has an amazing effect. It alerts your mind to what you want it to do. You've broken through the initial inertia. You may not get back to work immediately, but you will get back to work, and you'll do it with minimal pressure.

As you're reading your email, you'll think of another sentence, and another one, and before you know it you'll be working happily on your project.

If you're not a writer, then adapt "Do It Now" to your own circumstances. You might call one client, or write a line in your next report, or find a graphic for your new presentation.

=> Two: Never Assume: create a strategy and follow it

Never assume. Always get evidence. Evidence takes time and action to acquire.

We all make assumptions. If a strategy doesn't seem to be working, it's easy to think that it will never work.

In my eight week copywriting course, which helps students to start their own copywriting services business, it's hard to convince students to market their new businesses consistently. Students get the "yes, buts". As in: "Yes, but I don't have any experience…"

If you're assuming, use "commit to 30 days".

=> Three: Commit To 30 Days: form new habits

Follow your strategy for one month. Don't think, just do it. For example, if you're marketing your business, work your plan for at least a month, before you change the plan.

If you're a writer, and are sending out article proposals, send out at least five proposals a week (more is better) for a month *before* you assume it's not working and stop doing it.

It takes 21 days to change a habit. In 30 days, you've got time to develop a whole new habit. Therefore, when you've created a plan, stick to it for 30 days. After 30 days, your new productivity will be a habit. And you will have results and feedback, which will help you to get over your assumptions.

You will be challenged. If you commit to contacting ten companies a day to offer your copywriting services, I guarantee you that you'll get a cold, your computer will die, or something else will happen to interrupt the course that you've set for yourself.

Deal with the interruption, and then start your 30 days again, from the beginning. Remember, don't assume, just commit to the plan, and keep going.

=> Four: Make It Fun

Are you passionate about what you do? Focus on the fun aspects of what you're doing. If you're doing something which has no fun in it at all, like sending out invoices or writing direct mail letters, then give yourself a treat when you complete the chore.

=> Five: Schedule Time Off

When you're running your own home business, work will take over your life if you let it. Keep regular office hours.

If you're moonlighting in your own business until you can go full-time, then take the weekend off. If you work all the time, the quality of your output will degrade sooner or later.

You must have downtime, so schedule it into your plan.

Start today, and try the above productivity strategies for a month. You WILL become more productive.

Digital-e: For writers and creatives. Ebooks, free ezines, Creatives Club. Love to write? Turn your talent into a business!

About the Author

Writer, author and journalist Angela Booth has been writing successfully for print and online venues for 25 years. She also writes for business. On her Web site she conducts workshops and courses for writers.