Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

My love for books started when I was a child. And little did I know, it would all lead to something big–I would chose books and storytelling to be my life’s passion and work. Life wasn’t always perfect in the books I read but at least things always worked out. As a child with a…

Dear English Major

Recently,  I was asked what advice I could provide for prospective graduating English majors. If you pick up a brochure from a university in Connecticut, you may see that I am the first name listed there. Though I wanted to be helpful, this subject always brings up mixed feelings for me. This subject brings on a…

Advice For Writers or What I Wish Writers Knew

I have been asked a few times what my personal advice is to writers. I’m sure a lot of this will be redundant to writers who have been writing for some time, but, that’s probably because it’s good advice. Here goes: Create a platform online, on social media, and in your community. To be brutality honest,…

Scholarship Matters

Getting scholarships to fund your education is a lot harder than everyone lets on! When your time comes to start looking, scholarships are what people will tell you to go out and get. What they forget to mention is that getting a scholarship is a lot like winning a pageant and exactly like winning a…

Why you Should NaNoWriMo This November

NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) is a quirky 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that initiates a monthlong writing challenge in a fun way! Yes, you read that right: write a novel in 30 days! It’s not impossible and what do you have to lose?   Taking the NaNoWriMo challenge means that a writer has pledged, along…

Money Matters: How Much Should a Proofreader/Editor get Paid?

It was awkward the first time someone asked me how much I charged for my services. In the beginning, it hadn’t occurred to me that this question would even come up and as a result, I completely lowballed myself. I ended up practically doing the job for free. There’s going to be a disparity between what…

Because Haters Are Going to Hate: How to Deal With Negative Online Reviews

It happened. You checked your e-mail and got the alert that someone recently posted a review about your book, only to find out someone had nothing positive to say. You’re hurt, maybe even ready to flip your computer screen because you worked hard-even gave a lot of yourself- crafting your project and someone virtually word-slapped you…