Shelby Spear used to read Guideposts stories to her children. “One day mommy will have a story published in this magazine,” Shelby told her kids.
That was 16 years ago.
In July, Shelby Spear’s article, Inked With Love, appeared in Guideposts magazine.
Shelby, who writes at ShelbySpear.com, became a student of the Write Brilliant Academy in 2015 (formerly Writers Boot Camp). Before she joined the Academy, she was sharing spiritual devotions on a personal blog, writing for her parish newsletter, and dabbling in writing a book.
Shelby submitted a story to Guideposts back in 2010 which was rejected. “I read it again recently and realized how much Write Brilliant Academy taught me. My writing was awful.”
“I learned so much that almost every aspect of my writing changed,” she says.
“Learning to zoom my prose, snuff the fluff, cut out the adverbs, apply word magic, and craft proper story structure fall on the short list of lessons implemented.
I also realized I was writing to an audience of everyone which really meant no one.
Through the Academy, my confidence skyrocketed and within four months I was getting multiple articles published on several on-line sites. For pay even!”
One of the big game changers for Shelby was the instruction to create a consistent brand for a platform across all social media channels and personal blog using her full name.
She logged into her GoDaddy account during the live training and purchased shelbyspear.com. She then set up her Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts named “shelspear’.
All her platforms have grown.
By focusing her attention on Twitter, she’s seen her followers grow by 4,400%. That’s not a typo.
How do you increase your traffic by 1000%?
Shelby recommends the following Write Brilliant Academy Best Practices:
As for your writing, Shelby advises:
“Get off the fence yesterday.
If you have a burning desire to share your story, believe in yourself and do it. God wanted me to pursue my writing career and finish a book years ago and I kept hedging because of a lack of confidence.
When the email for Write Brilliant Academy landed in my inbox two years ago, an unexpected peace washed over me and within ten minutes I had a registration confirmation.
The Write Brilliant Academy has far surpassed my expectations and wildest dreams. Don’t. Give. Up.”
To learn more about the Write Brilliant Academy, take our free mini-course at JumpstartMyWriting.com today.
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