I Was Mentioned in The New York Times

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December 10, 2018 will be another date that I’ll remember forever. This is the day that I was mentioned in one of America’s largest publications, The New York Times. The article is titled, “How to Finally Write Your Nonfiction Book,” and it is written by Kristin Wong, author of Get Money.

This mention is such an honor…I’ve been on cloud 9 since Monday!

I wholeheartedly believe in using whatever resources you have to write and publish a book, no matter if the resources are limited. In the article, I gave a little advice on the online publishing platforms a.k.a. the cost-effective resources needed to self-publish.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/10/smarter-living/how-to-finally-write-your-nonfiction-book.html

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. :)

Blessings,

Nailah

Why Attending Conferences Can Boost Your Writing Business

Why Attending Conferences Can Boost Your Writing Business

This time last month, I was in Atlanta, Georgia for the Young Leaders Conference (YLC) and the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW) Summer Convention. While the conferences served two different purposes--one was to equip me with tools to thrive in ministry, media, and the marketplace and the other was to build camaraderie within my faith--this blog post is not about the conferences. Instead, this blog post is to share how/why attending conferences (in general) can work well for your writing business. 

In a nutshell, attending conferences allows you to meet new people and build your network. They are a great boost to your business because:

1. You Can Strengthen Your Elevator Pitch

Typically, conference attendees ask what your business is about and for you to tell them a little bit about yourself and what do you do? As a business owner, this is your practice to fill out the attendees...see if they're interested in what you have to say. It's like an elevator pitch competition. I have a couple of elevator pitches, and I try them out depending on how the conversation leads. For example, if I meet someone that says they've just written a book and need editing, I massage my pitch and gear it more toward my editing services. While I'm multi-passionate (most business owners are), I choose one thing to talk about and pitch myself according to the need of my conversation buddy. You can still be a copywriter, author, and publisher, even if you tailor your elevator pitch dependent upon the service needed. It may make you a more diverse business owner. Nobody wants to hear 57 titles at one time, people want to hear/know how you can help them specifically.

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Book-Writing Advice for my Spanish-Speaking Readers

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Today is July 27th (07/27), a full-circle day for me. I was re-baptized two years ago on this day (only because I don’t remember my baptism as a baby, and I wanted to be aware of my outward expression of faith), and I'll be taking my first cruise today. We won't get into the "irony" and symbolism of the water...we'll save that for another day! *wink, wink*

Anyway, the cruise destination is MEXICO. And because I want to solidify my mark as an International Author, I'm releasing the Spanish translation of my "How To Write Your First Book: Helping Aspiring Authors Overcome the Book-Writing Hurdle" book today. 

This is only the beginning...things are getting "global" around here! :)

CLICK HERE to purchase the eBook (or click the picture above.)

Nailah

Welcome to the Look Better In Writing Podcast!

The Look Better In Writing (LBIW) podcast is finally here. YAY! It's an audio outlet for all things writing and all things grammar. Think of it as another branch of this website. :)

Now, let me share why this podcast is so important to me...

Since turning 30, my birthday traditions have consisted of:
* A few hours of pure solitude to reflect on God’s goodness
* A new personal & professional challenge, and
* A conquered fear

Well, today, I combined 2 & 3 and started a podcast. YIKES! 😳 I sat on this idea for years now, but fear held me back. And while I’m still uncomfortable with recording my voice, I believe in feeling the fear and doing it anyway.

That being said...

I would love if you guys celebrated my birthday w/ me by taking a quick listen to my #LookBetterInWriting podcast and helping me spread the word.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE: https://soundcloud.com/lookbetterinwriting/episode-1-intro

4 Things Good Writers Do to Edit

4 Things Good Writers Do to Edit

After writing and publishing books for over five years, I feel like I have useful tips and hacks to help new writers have professional-looking work whether they write a book or not. For whatever reason, it's hard for me to outwardly call myself as a "good writer," but I will say that I'm an experienced writer. That being said, I hope you take these tips into consideration because they were created from mistakes and lessons that I've learned along the way.

1. Make Sure the Punctuation is Correct and Proper

Correct grammar is true across the board and is error-free. Proper grammar is suitable and/or appropriate considering the social standard. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it is correct. Knowingly, correct and proper punctuation dresses your words and ensures that readers read what you actually say and not what you mean to say. “In writing, punctuation plays the role of body language. It helps readers hear you the way you want to be heard." –-Russell Baker

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The 4 Different Types of Book Editing

The 4 Different Types of Book Editing

Good morning, writers!

At the top of the year, I said that 2018 is the year of the writer (specifically, the author). It is now the end of April and I still believe that. But you what I realized? I encouraged aspiring authors to write their first book, but I didn’t share the tools to help them/you edit and publish their/your book, as well as write it.

So, today, we’re going to talk about the editing process.

Depending on your need, the editing process may be lengthy because you may need multiple steps instead of one step. And that’s okay!

What are the steps in an editing process? Well, let’s break it down by editing type.

There are 4 different types of book editing. I will list them below:
 

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING

Developmental editing is an in-depth edit of a manuscript. It focuses on the story’s setting, plot, characters, and flow. This editing type is very involved and checks for the fluidity/clarity of the author’s content, tone of voice, etc. Developmental editing also examines whether or not a story is missing something or in need of a few cuts. (Rewrites happen in this editing phase.) Authors, have thick skin when dealing w/ your developmental editor. They’re there to help you develop your story and make it...well, worth reading.

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3 Things I Learned From My Most Recent Book Signing

3 Things I Learned From My Most Recent Book Signing

Hello, writers!

It’s been a few weeks since the overwhelm of my latest book release, Look Better In Writing: A Quick & Easy Guide to Capitalization (Vol.2). Now that I have a fresh mind to level-headedly reminisce about the pros and cons of my book signing on March 3, 2018, I thought it would be a great time to blog.

But first, let me acknowledge and THANK everyone who showed their support via attendance, purchase, donation, encouraging words, etc. I APPRECIATE YOU ALL. 🖤

Okay, let’s move on to the three things I learned from my most recent book signing and how you can learn from them, too.

1 || Always Be Ready to Explain What Your Book Is About

Sometimes, people may be experiencing your book for the first time. Sometimes, your book’s cover does not fully describe what the book is about. Sometimes, people forget your book’s purpose. This is all okay, but as an author, you must be ready to explain what your book is about at any given moment. That being said, Look Better In Writing: A Quick & Easy Guide to Capitalization (Vol.2) is about the most common rules for writing or printing in capital letters. [The first volume of the Look Better In Writing (LBIW) book series is about punctuation marks.] Both books are written to help people strengthen their written communication skills and gain confidence in their writing.

Like Vol.1, this book is condensed into a quick & easy guide. Meaning, I don't define every single capitalization rule in the history of English, because who has the time to read all of that?! Each book chapter represents a common capitalization mistake that I see on/in social media, professional emails, text messages, and anywhere else there’s writing. If you’ve ever gotten confused about capitalizing days of the week, seasons, and proper nouns, then Look Better In Writing: A Quick & Easy Guide to Capitalization (Vol.2) is for you!

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A Quick & Easy Guide to Capitalization (In Writing)

A Quick & Easy Guide to Capitalization (In Writing)

Writers...

Ever drafted an email and got stuck on whether or not you should capitalize a word? Ever wanted to recommend a book online, but didn’t know how to capitalize the book title? If you’ve ever gotten confused about capitalizing days of the week, seasons, and proper nouns, then Look Better In Writing: A Quick & Easy Guide to Capitalization is for you.

Don’t let a basic grammar rule like capitalization hold you back from writing an easy-to-understand text message, social media caption, blog post, college essay, professional email, business proposal, church announcement, or any other form of written communication. The meaning of a word can change by simply capitalizing one letter in that word. That’s pretty powerful! Learn how to hold the power in your hands by learning when, why, and how to capitalize in writing.

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