Difference in success

At an English Major panel, I got advice for success in life-after-graduation. It was a cozy room, stuffed with English nerds. Afterwards, I got to talk with a professional author. One of the first sentences she said was, "I don't agree with what she said during the panel." She pointed towards a CEO in the … Continue reading Difference in success

Recommended books by professionals

During an English major panel that I attended in September, professional writers and editors recommended books. Those books were: Chicago Manuel of Style Elements of Style The War of Art These books are important to the writing and editing field. I've personally used the Chicago Manuel of Style many times before throughout my college career and … Continue reading Recommended books by professionals

Common Query Mistakes

At my new internship, I got to see what was in the bottom drawer: rejected book queries. For over an hour, I read query after query. I discussed them afterwards with the director as well. The rejected queries all had a theme with repeated mistakes. Here's some of the most common mistakes: Misspellings I'm not … Continue reading Common Query Mistakes

Inspiring quotes

Every writer - even I - ends up searching the Internet for some kind of inspiration at some point. We end up at places like Pinterest, scrolling through quote after quote. After a while, those quotes become quite inspiring. Here's some encouraging quotes I've found lately: "A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." … Continue reading Inspiring quotes

Tips for self-publishing

Self publishing can bring a good profit and allows writers to publish anything they want. However, marketing is harder, especially since it's easy to pick out a self-published book over a traditionally published book. Self-published books just look less professional on average. That said, here's some tips to help make self-published books look more professional: … Continue reading Tips for self-publishing

Negative Critiques Destroy

Most times, I believe writing's the thing for me. I'm always a good critic of stories and love telling them no matter what. People's reactions to words are always interesting and compelling. But sometimes that changes. I'll get critiques that say I need to take a writing course cause I can't tell a story at … Continue reading Negative Critiques Destroy