Especially in a setting like a college class full of writers, it can be extremely difficult to feel like your words are needed. So why you? What makes you unique?
It is tempting to look at the other writers in your life and see only their successes. You see that one has a book contract, others are working the job you’d only dreamed of, others have drastically increased their platforms—and then you look at yourself and wonder what you’ve done with your life.
One weekend at the Maranatha Christian Writer’s Conference strained me more than any cross-country race. Several “hills” emerged.
Working on a pub board for IlluminateYA and as a submissions intern at Hartline Literary, I’ve received dozens of “applicants” for both companies. Each proposal, like a person, carries its distinct personality. And like all tightly run companies, we can accept a mere fraction of the personalities which burst into our inboxes.
Writers sometimes struggle with knowing how to communicate openly online while still holding themselves to professional standards. Follow these tips to impress your potential employer, favorite author, and anyone else you might meet online.