Helen Gallagher

Helen Gallagher
Glenview, Illinois, U.S.
December 31
Helen Gallagher is a freelance writer, author and popular speaker in the U.S. and Canada on technology, writing and publishing. She also writes essays and reviews non-fiction books for Blog Critics Magazine (blogcritics.org), and for New York Journal of Books. Helen is the author of "Blog Power & Social Media Handbook," "Computer Ease," and "Release Your Writing: Book Publishing Your Way." She manages several great blogs including Pajama Marketing for Authors at pajamamarketing.wordpress.com, and is a member of SPAWN.org, ASJA.org and other groups who support the efforts of writers.


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Abandoned America:  The Age of Consequences

Fabulous factories, knitting mills, and thousands of other industrial structures were built in America at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.  It was a time in America when invention, ingenuity and innovation broke new ground year after year.… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2014 2:33PM

Grammarly to the Rescue

Grammarly is an online automatic proofreading service and grammar coach.  It is a big benefit for those not well-versed in good writing, in any profession.  Grammarly has released an interesting survey showing the value of good writing, at a time when good freelance workers are in great dem… Read full post »

JULY 7, 2014 3:47PM

Our Right to Write

Many of us are immigrants, or our parents or grandparents likely wereborn elsewhere and emigrated to America..


Kudos to Carnegie Corporation of New York for recognizing the greatness of American citizens who were once immigrants.  Carnegie has a full-color page in the New YorkRead full post »

JANUARY 17, 2013 1:06PM

Book Review: "Turing's Cathedral"

The multiple tales in Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe take place in America during the days of spies, World War II, the hydrogen bomb, and the century’s most constructive invention: the birth of the computer industry.

A fellow named John Von Neumann and a… Read full post »

Danger! Women Artists at Work, by Debra Mancoff, features more than sixty artists from the early Renaissance to the present day, among them Judith Leyster, Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo and/

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The essays in Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble: Some Things About Women and Notes on Media, offer us two best-selling books that stand the test of time. For those who may be/

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As a long-time follower of Barbara Traynor’s site [secondcareervolunteer.com], I looked forward to this new edition of her Second Career Volunteer: a passionate, pennywise approach to a unique lifestyle book.


In the first edition of Second Career Volunteer, the focus was oftenRead full post »

A New Language for Life: Happy No Matter What! by Louis Koster will surprise you.


A fresh look at finding your authentic self, A New Language for Life: Happy No Matter What!, is predicated on the belief that “each of us has the ability to raise the level

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The universe is flooded with books about books, especially how-to books on getting published. The difference with Publish Like the Pros: A Brief Guide to Quality Self-Publishing is that the author, Michele DeFilippo,/

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JUNE 8, 2012 4:54PM

Book Review: "Writer for Hire"


Kelly James-Enger is a recognized pro in freelance writing and book publishing. In Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success, you'll learn a great deal about her career path from beginner to successful full-time writer. She shares her experiences, both good and bad, as she… Read full post »

Are you familiar with writers’ angst when marketing and promoting your book?

Sell Your Book Like Wildfire: The Writer’s Guide to Marketing and Publicity puts a positive spin on the task of making your book sell. In addition to being an author, Rob Eagar is a marketing consultant… Read full post »

The language of social media has moved beyond 'friends' and 'posts' and 'like' to a time-wasting mess resembling a dorm room during Finals week.

There must be a better way.  With Google’s move into social media with Google+ I think we finaly have a way to manage the mess.

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The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers by Laura Oliver, MFA, offers a fresh way to cover the basics of writing, beyond why we write and how to get/

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Somewhere along the way,
people who love watching cooking shows
stopped getting off the couch,
turning cooking into a spectator sport.

Many people, busy and distracted, reach for fast food and convenience products when just a few ingredients and a little technique can provide satisfying, nutritiou… Read full post »

For many of us, "the old country" conjures up images of our grandparents, who told stories of life in another country before coming to the United States. For some though, the stories remain in our minds and must be written. The pace of life, hardships endured, and thoughts of family, food,Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2011 12:49PM

Book Review: The Future of Looking Back

How will we reminisce when all our bits of data are obsolete?

The Future of Looking Back is a small book that delivers a big message on how to preserve personal values in today’s tech society.

Part 1, Stuff and Sentimentality, considers why we keep things and how to transfer… Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2011 11:04PM

Book Review: The Plot Whisperer

The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master, by Martha Alderson is a lovely writing companion from Adams Media.


Instead of drafting and redrafting your plot, characters, and story, get it right the first time by following the blueprint Alderson hands y… Read full post »


If you appreciate well-worn objects for their simplicity, you’ve got the idea of wabi-sabi. Wabi comes from harmony, simplicity, and being in tune with nature. Sabi means “the bloom of time.” We’ve become a generation of stuff, and the principles of wabi-sabi…

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Street Food: Authentic Snacks from Around the World, by Carla Diamanti, Fabrizio Esposito



From authentic Spanish cuisine in Basque Country to the culinary mosaic of Japan, street food takes on a life of its own around the world. Street Food presents an array of images,… Read full post »

  “When we choose a typeface, what are we really saying?

What impression do we hope to create?”

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts provokes discussion on the fascinating world of fonts. Typefaces are about 560 years old and represent some of the most important and least-appreciated gr/…

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Wild Mind: Living The Writer’s Life, first published in 1990, is reissued for 2011, along with three other beloved titles by Natalie Goldberg, in digital format, published by Open Road. The others in the series are Thunder and Lightning, Long Quiet Highway, and Banana Rose.

 All fo…

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Patricia Fry, Executive Director of the Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network in Southern California, unleashes a stream of proven ideas to help you become a powerhouse author. Fry moves past author marketing 101 with her creative, proven ideas to promote your book.

Fry is a writer’s…

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AUGUST 3, 2011 7:48PM

Share my lust for lists!

If you’re like most of us, you can’t resist peering at a handwritten list on a nearby café table, or glancing at a list your seatmate in 23B is writing. Now imagine this: You’re an author, who happens to work as the curator of manuscripts at the Smithsonian Institution ArchivRead full post »

JULY 6, 2011 9:34AM

Quiet please!

As I write this, at 8:00 a.m., leaf-blowers are making horrendous noise below my balcony. They are moving leaves around the parking lot, in ways a broom could do with much less noise.

So it was with great joy that I spent a few quiet evenings reading In Pursuit ofRead full post »

JUNE 18, 2011 7:13AM

Book Review: Happy Now?

Happy Now? is a humorous novel, despite the concept: following a young wife during the weeks after her husband’s suicide on Valentine's Day.



Much of this entertaining novel involves Claire’s relationship with her family. They are there to help her through the loss of he… Read full post »