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Grooming Tips for the Stay-At-Home-Author (SAHA) by Sarah M. Anderson

Recently, I became a Stay-At-Home-Author (SAHA). My day job experienced a seasonal slow down and I have deadlines, so rather than make up things to ‘do’ at work, I stayed home and wrote the bulk of a book in six weeks.

During those six weeks, I came to formulate a series of grooming and hygiene tips that every SAHA should keep in mind:

  1. Brush your teeth as soon as you are done with breakfast, even if you’re only halfway done with that cup of coffee or tea. If you don’t do it right then, you’ll forget.
  2. Brush your teeth before you leave the house, just in case you forgot to do so after breakfast. If you leave the house, that is. Even the postal employees appreciate fresh breath that does not smell like three days of coffee/tea.
  3. Applying 24-hour deodorant is almost as good as showering, but it does tend to make one’s bangs act wonky, so try to avoid the forehead area.
  4. Shower every other day. Shower more frequently if you did something more strenuous than sitting at a desk, such as grocery shopping, or if your loved ones/pets begin to sniff you at odd times.

Similarly, make-up is vitally important for presenting yourself as a polished, professional author. Here are some tips to keep in mind about wearing make-up when you’re a SAHA:

  1. Under-eye concealer is your friend. Layering different brands on top of each other will give you a perky, didn’t-stay-up-until-one-writing-a-sex-scene look.
  2. Slept-in make-up is better than no make-up. Therefore, it is not necessary to remove your make-up every night, especially if you fall asleep on your computer. You may choose to use one of those make-up-removing wet wipes on your forehead and chin, but leaving the under-eye concealer in place is acceptable, as long as you wash your face every other day in the shower.
  3. Invest in some semi-permanent eyeliner, preferably in a brighter color, such as blue, green or my personal favorite, purple. The new liquid liners stay put! A thick layer of colored eyeliner eliminates the need for eyeshadow and gives you that trendy smokey-eye look at eleven in the morning.
  4. Invest in a really big pair of movie-star-quality sunglasses and a bunch of fun hats. Become known for your hats—that way, if your bangs are wonky from the 24-hr. deodorant and your slept-in makeup has slid off to one side, you can still maintain an aura of ‘put-together’ in the unfortunate event that you must leave the house, such as to retrieve your child from school.

Which leads me to my final list for the SAHA: Clothing. Clothes make the man. Shockingly, this also holds true of authors!

  1. Do not wear your jammies all day long. In the unfortunate event that your child’s school calls because he was projectile vomiting all over the lunchroom, you want to be able to walk into school with your large hat and larger sunglasses but without your skiing polar bear pants. Image is everything here!
  2. Instead of fleece drawstring pants, settle on a ‘uniform’ that mentally gets you into ‘professional author’ mode. Choose something comfortable that you’ll be able to sit in. Or at least choose blue jeans that are easy to unbutton after you accidentally polish off that bag of Doritos during a ‘plotting session.’
  3. Laundry is the bane of productivity, so you can buy a little time by re-wearing your clothing. Jeans can be work for three days—four if you alternate them with another set of jeans. However, be reasonable—if you spill coffee/tea on your jeans, go ahead and put them into the hamper after one more wear.
  4. Tops are trickier. Many moms after school might notice that you’re wearing the exact same top several days in a row. Plus, in the warmer months, you might accidentally break a sweat (see above rules about deodorant and showering). The general rule is wear a fresh top every day the temperature is above 80. However, in the winter, if you’re wearing a coat to pick up your child, you can reasonably wear the same sweater for two days. Three if you rotate a tank top underneath it (but then you have to wash the tank top—your call).

There you have it! By following these handy tips for SAHA, you too can always make sure you’re putting your best authorial foot forward!


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Award-winning author Sarah M. Anderson may live east of the Mississippi River, but her heart lies out west on the Great Plains. With a lifelong love of horses and two history teachers for parents, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves out in South Dakota among the Lakota Sioux. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how their backgrounds and cultures take them someplace they never thought they’d go.

When not helping out at school or walking her rescue dogs, Sarah spends her days having conversations with imaginary cowboys and American Indians, all of which is surprisingly well-tolerated by her wonderful husband and son. You can learn more about Sarah at


  1. I’m not sure I have any tips for her she seems to have them pretty much covered. Lol.
    Maybe she old add in body spray. It works sometimes in a pinch.

  2. Ball caps work as well as big hats! I like the sleek yoga pants as well, because black hides everything and you can in fact wear them to school to pick up the kids.

  3. Such GREAT advice for the new writers! I have found if you practice “fast changing” techniques from jammies to street clothes (to pick the child up from school) you have just included your aerobic exercise for the day 😉

  4. You said nothing about remembering to NOT go out in your house slippers……..Otherwise, good job. Works for old retired people…who are more likely to forget more clothes, shoes etc, because they do not go out to get kids at school…

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