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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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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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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Writing To Speaking: Join Me at North Carolina Central University!

Writing To Speaking: Join Me at North Carolina Central University!

Happy Tuesday, family!

I know my mantra is "Look Better In Writing," but I might need to adopt another mantra: "Look Better in Speaking." Okay, never mind. That was corny.

Let's try again.

I'm excited to share that God is calling me to do more than write. He's opening doors for me to speak. This Friday, I'll be a guest speaker at the Mid-Eastern HBCU Global Impact Conference 2017. That's pretty major! Please keep me in your prayers as I travel safely to the South and fulfill whatever mission God has for me!

By the way...

If you would like to invite me to speak at your school, workshop, or event, you can email me at nailah@nharv.com. (Please feel free to peruse my WORK WITH ME page for pictures and speaking engagement details.)

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My "How To Write Your First Book" eBook Is Released Today

It's never too late to celebrate, right?!

Today is March 14th a.k.a. 3.14 <-- which is the symbol in math to represent a constant...

Okay, sorry. Too much nerd.

Anyway, I hope you guys had a great Pi Day. Mine was pretty awesome. You know why? Because I took my nerd to the next level and released another book. YAY! How To Write Your First Book: Helping Aspiring Authors Overcome the Book-Writing Hurdle is now available for purchase. No more excuses, people. It's time to get those books written. Let me help you!

You can get your copy of my eBook by CLICKING HERE.

Happy Writing!

Nailah

One Thing I Learned From Dr. Seuss

One Thing I Learned From Dr. Seuss

For those who don't know, today is March 2nd, and it is author extraordinaire Dr. Seuss' birthday. America celebrates Uncle Seuss' birthday with #ReadAcrossAmerica. During this "holiday," a lot of (primary) educators encourage students to read. I would like to take today a step further and encourage you guys (my readers) to write. Why? Because if there's one thing I've learned from Dr. Seuss, it's to value your own voice.

No one has a story like yours, so you should share your unique story with the world. <-- Those are my words. 

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