If you missed me last week, it was because I was off turning 40 (literally, my birthday was November 4).

Here is the obligatory “this is what 40 looks like“ photo:

Bonus points to anyone who can tell where I am in the photo (not just the city, but also the location within the city), and DOUBLE BONUS POINTS to anyone who can successfully guess where L and I went for my birthday (not just the city, but also the restaurant and the entertainment).

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I should tell you that I am teaching a brand-new course at HappyWriter next Wednesday. Here are all of the relevant details:

Personal Finance for Writers

HappyWriter online course

November 17, 2021, 12-1 p.m. Eastern

Writing takes time—and time, as is often said, is money. The more you know about how to manage your personal finances, the better prepared you’ll be to build your writing career while working a day job, balance freelancing and fiction writing, and reconcile (pun intended!) the work you do for money and the work you do for love.

Join HappyWriter instructor Nicole Dieker as she discusses personal finance as it applies to the writer’s life, from the perspective of a writer and author who has ten years of freelancing experience and three years of six-figure writing income. Topics to include:

  • How much you can expect to earn at each level of freelancing (entry-level, mid-level, expert-level)
  • How much you can expect to earn from writing fiction, whether you self-publish or go the traditional publication route
  • How to budget when your income is irregular and/or unpredictable
  • How to deal with taxes, business licenses and all of that legal stuff
  • How Nicole increased her freelance income by $20K each year (and how you can use similar data tracking tools to increase your own earnings)

This class is a lunch-and-learn, so feel free to eat while you Zoom! Bring your questions, and be ready to take notes.

If you are interested in taking this class, email me (dieker.nicole at gmail) and I can drop you a link that will get you FREE ACCESS. If you are not interested in taking this class next Wednesday but might be interested in taking the class in the future, I’ll be teaching another session at Hugo House in March.

I’ll share one Bach video in case you’re interested in seeing how my Ricercar a 6 has improved since the last recording, and then you can have a look at everywhere I got published since we last blogged together. ❤️

Where I got published this week (and last week)


Everything you need to know about balance transfer checks

If you want to consolidate and pay off your credit card debt quickly, a balance transfer credit card can help you get the job done.

How to maximize cash back with rotating bonus categories

Earn as much cash back as possible from your rotating category credit cards.

Why I opened 24 credit cards

Thomas applied for his first credit card at 19—and since has opened a total of 24 credit card accounts.

How to get TSA PreCheck using your credit card

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time flyer, TSA PreCheck can shorten your trip through airport security and make your entire travel experience run more smoothly.

Credit Cards Dot Com

Shop small and local: How to score rewards and support local small businesses

Here’s how to improve your small-business shopping strategies, starting on Small Business Saturday and continuing throughout the year.

Guide to The Points Guy app

The Points Guy App promises to be an essential tool for anyone interested in travel rewards.

Haven Life

What widows and divorcees should know about life insurance

You may need to update your life insurance policy after divorce or widowhood. Here’s what you need to know to get started.


Money Talks: The couple who used lessons from 2008 to navigate 2020

Bennie and Krystal Covington have found themselves in a far different place financially than the crash that defined their earlier lives together.

Don’t Write Alone | Catapult

Job Opportunities for Writers: November 12, 2021

We post roundups of writing and literary jobs once a week. Here’s our list for November 12, 2021.

Submission and Pitching Opportunities: November 12, 2021

We post submission roundups once a week. Here’s our list of literary magazines and freelance opportunities for November 12, 2021.

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