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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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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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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Why the Black Panther Movie Inspired Me to Write

Why the Black Panther Movie Inspired Me to Write

The Black Panther movie is expected to generate about $200 million this weekend. Aside from the projected monetary success, the critically-acclaimed reviews will put this film in a category of its own. Black Panther is not just another superhero movie. It's a cultural milestone; a movement. Needless to say, I can't help but think about the possibility of this movie not happening.

What if Ryan Coogler--the writer and director of Black Panther--would've quit halfway? Then we wouldn't have had the privilege of experiencing this moment in history. A moment that has unified a group of people with something (seemingly) as simple as attire. What if Coogler would've said it was too much or deemed the production unworthy? Then we wouldn't have had this example of a success story. The success story of a rising director and screenwriter in a well-established town called Hollywood.

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Writing to Speaking: How to Teach Outside of the Classroom

Writing to Speaking: How to Teach Outside of the Classroom

What better way to close out the year 2017 than to blog about the biggest transition of my career. This was the year that I actively transitioned from writing to speaking (hence the title of this blog/video series). I purposely stepped away from the classroom and did not sub like I normally do throughout the year. Instead, I focused on my writing career. No, I did not write and/or publish any new books, but I had a few freelance writing, copywriting, and copy editing projects that held me over till the new year. (Okay, that's the partial truth. My brother and I published a keepsake book for our mom on her 55th birthday, but that's different. That was a passion project...a passion project that made it to Amazon.)

I digress.

This year, I forced myself to get outside of my comfort zone and build my brand, so that my brand could gain exposure and put me in the presence of a wider audience...with more potential clients...and more opportunities to speak. And it did. I am very thankful AND grateful to God for entrusting me to be a part of the journey of aspiring authors, writers, students, and online business owners. It was a pleasure and a learning curve. The biggest learning curve has been encouraging people to share their stories and write their books...and doing so in person.

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Why November Is An Exciting Month For Writers

Why November Is An Exciting Month For Writers

Happy November, writers!

It's the first of the month...wake up, wake up, wake up! (Corny, I know.)

Anyway...

I'm excited because today is not just the first of any month, but it's the first of November...THEE month for writers!

For those who are not familiar, November is "National Novel Writing Month," also known as "NaNoWriMo." This is the month that a lot of writers were/are born. This is the month filled with tons of online writing encouragement and advice from other writers, novelists, etc. This is the month that I got serious about writing my first book, SoKoDiaries: An American Teacher Living in South Korea. (Although I didn't publish my first book until February 2013, it was mostly written in November 2012 while I was overseas in South Korea.) So much literary magic has happened since then!

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