Recently I was asked to speak to a group of high schoolers who plan to be English majors or who are interested in writing. I was honored to be asked! I love sharing my story and reassuring young English majors that there IS hope. You can get a job doing something you love!
— TOHS Writing Center (@tohswritecenter) February 16, 2017
These girls are smart, ambitious, curious, and motivated; they reminded me of myself and so many of my classmates during college. It was a small group, so we gathered around a table with their teacher, and I shared with them my publishing journey. They asked questions about college, my experience studying abroad, and my internships. They asked how old I am—and I could tell the fact that I’m 27 (which, thankfully, they saw as young!) gave them hope for how much they can accomplish after college. If nothing else, I’m just grateful to be a positive example of what’s possible for them.
Several of them are interested in writing themselves and getting published. They asked the golden question for so many aspiring authors: How do you get published? I decided that was a conversation that would take longer than the few brief minutes we had that day, so I went back a couple weeks later and we talked more about what it takes to get published. I quickly put together a Google Doc to share with them—and thought it might be helpful to share here as well! Continue Reading