So, I’ve been away for a while.
I would say life has been busy, but honestly, life has just been tough.
It’s hard being a grown-up.
But I’m editing professionally now; have been for a couple years. I’ve worked for a lot of different companies since then. Big names like Facebook, IBM, Kia. And smaller names like DaVinci Labs and Hawkins Point Partners (a nutritional supplement provider and life sciences consulting firm, respectively).
I’ve gained a lot of experience in a short period of time — on top of editing, I’ve learned everything from digital design to web building to email marketing.
I even started my own business: Bernard’s Editorial Services.
I’m still editing business-y stuff — mostly blog posts, lots of interesting health and wellness stuff — but I’ve started working with authors a lot more lately, too. I’ve been in contact with 4 lovely authors recently, and I am genuinely so excited to share their books with you.
It’s honestly still hard for me to believe that I get to work behind the scenes of the publishing process. It’s been an absolute dream. 💭 Seriously, my 11-year-old library-volunteer self would have FREAKED if she knew this was her future.
My only complaint is… and I never thought I’d be saying this, but my workload is too low. Mama’s gotta pay some bills! So, I’ve started being more active on social media. Prove my worth, as it is. 😉
I post on Facebook regularly, Instagram every so often, and Twitter all the freakin’ time. Come follow me! My favorite Twitter thing going on right now is @Submittable’s #Rejection100. It’s one of the best challenges I’ve ever come across, and I highly recommend all writers out there to give it a shot. I am!
It’s January 31st, 2020, and I’ve submitted 3 of my completed short stories to 4 different publishers. Bring on those rejections. 😎 This challenge essentially works as encouragement to get your work out there! To aim for 100 rejections in the year 2020.
Rejection is a part of writing, and without it, you can’t succeed.
I always think about J.K. Rowling. Her Harry Potter series was rejected 12 times before someone decided it was worth publishing. Imagine a world where J.K. Rowling never submitted her manuscript. Imagine a world without Harry Potter!
There are tons of other authors who’ve had their now-famous books rejected over and over again. You can’t be a writer without being rejected. And if you are, praise be to you!
All I’m saying is, if you want to be an author, you’ve got to submit your work. That’s all there is to it. So, go on, get submitting! Let me know in the comments what you’ve submitted this year!
Alright, well, I’ll wrap up now. I just wanted to stop in and say hi. Hope everyone’s doing well!