As I reflect on my time at Central Penn College and the class I took called Projects in Corporate Communications, I think about how far I have come on this journey. I started school and this class with one objective in mind and that was finishing. Now that I am concluding my final term and looking back at all I’ve accomplished I can’t help but to get a tad misty eyed over the idea that I’m done. I have grown fond of the faculty and staff who have both educated me and turn me into the professional woman that I can proudly say I am. My school wasn’t huge and my major was even smaller so I often sat in the classroom with the same peers four days a week. I learned about their backgrounds, their dreams, and even some of their fears. I have come to respect most of these individuals and feel a certain kind of bitter sweetness in all of us going our separate ways.

I value the things I’ve learned and the connections I’ve made at Central Penn College. I know that career is just beginning to really take off and I’m elated for what lies ahead. I quickly approach graduation and I will be graduating with honors and with an almost 4.0 GPA. I am proud and I am motivated. I have come so far from where I started and who I thought was just a few short years ago. I am looking forward to continue to work on the project I began in Projects of Corporate Communications Class and trying to get published. I look forward to continuing my career as a public speaker and what looks like a promising career in my field.

I don’t question if I will make it but how far I can take it. I’ve experienced so much growth during my time at Central Penn College and I know the blossoming is just beginning. I don’t know where I will end up or what I will be doing in another twenty years. If Central Penn has taught me nothing else though, they’ve taught me that I can only be held back by myself and if you work hard with big enough dreams, anything can happen. I’m ready to see what that anything is.

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The Journey of an Unpublished Author

by amanda on February 27, 2014

When I started on the journey of writing my book, I had lots of ideas but very little insight into what it would require to be a successful and published. I did what most first time authors do and I got a copy of the Writers Market from my school library. I consulted with my mentors and they suggested I look through the publishers and see which ones were looking for the kind of book and genre I’m writing for. That seemed like such a simple concept and it seemed like I could check the index, flip it open to those pages and find them in 15 minutes. For those of you who may be reading this and have experience in writing industry, stop laughing. Seriously, it’s not THAT funny. Ok, for those who don’t know why that is so hysterical allow me to explain. There are literally hundreds of publishers and they are looking for specific genres and topics on books. For instance, one publisher was looking for non-fiction books on ancient Chinese culture and religion and others specifically only want romance novels. I needed to find publishers who wanted “inspirational and overcoming life adversities” memoirs. This is simply a very difficult task but I was learning.

As with all things I do in life, I thought it would be a great opportunity to “go big or go home.” I was going to shoot for the stars and I decided to look for best selling memoirs’ publishers. After I collected a list of the top five publishers, I started to research what it would require to get them to consider my work and I found out another startling truth I didn’t know. Navigating publishers, especially big ones, was going to require an agent. I still needed to pitch my book to someone but it had transferred from the publisher to the agent. I’ve made a lot of connections in my speaking career but I’m still not entirely sure where to start.

I’m not going to lie about it. This process is exhausting. It feels like take two steps forward and one-step back. It feels hard to gain any kind of momentum but I’ve never been a quitter before and I’m not going to start now. One of my advisors said something that resonated with me and I found myself realizing how much truth there was in his statement. He said, “It’s not meant to be easy. If it were easy, every person who considers themselves a writer would be published. Half the struggle is just to weed out the ones who don’t want it enough.” I want it. I want it a lot. It’s one of the big life goals I decided on when I started becoming a professional speaker, and even before then if you count when I was a child and thought I’d write children’s books for a living.  Writing and talking are my forte. My mom and grandmother joked when I was a child that if I could get paid to talk when I grew up someday I would. They still laugh at the irony of how that situation actually played out for me as an adult. I’m not one to give up on my dreams so as I wade through publishers, agents, and edited transcripts I find myself that much more driven. I may not be published or still entirely sure on how to navigate the industry, but you can be rest assured I will figure it out one way or another.

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Class Projects Work Toward Dream Reality

February 15, 2014

When I began this project I had no idea how much I would learn about the publishing industry. I had no idea it was such a niche market and how specifics publishers can be. It’s actually quite amazing and truth be told, it’s also a little daunting. Did you know there are literally hundreds of […]

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My Plan for Project Career Jump-start

January 23, 2014

My project is a little different from what some of my peers are doing, because whereas they are considering career options for our pending graduation, I have already started mine. That being said, when I first started to develop my project with my professor I was at a loss for how to go about what […]

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My LinkedIn: Reasons for You to Take a Look

January 16, 2014

My LinkedIn is something that I value on a higher level than any other social media I have. This doesn’t mean there isn’t merit to my professional business page or the tweets I put out into the twittersphere but LinkedIn offers something unique and different that no other social media can claim. I have a […]

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Corporate Communications Project

January 14, 2014

It is my final term at Central Penn College and we are working on a project that can further our career aspirations. This is something I have been working diligently on trying to accomplish on my own time for the majority of my time in school, so I am excited to have connections that can […]

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BIG THINGS have happened!!

July 27, 2013

It has been far too long since I have written a post but things have just recently started to slow down moderately. I had the wonderful and amazing experience of being featured in Teen Vogue. That amazing experience helped afford me the opportunity to be on the Today Show with the lovely Kathie Lee and […]

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” All Comes Full Circle” (recorded poem I wrote)

July 27, 2013

All Comes Full Circle I recently wrote a poem  about some of my experiences with people who have made me feel bad since the accident about how the crash disfigured my appearance. It is unbelievably hurtful. We all sometimes lose sight of how our words affect others. I try to remind myself that words can’t be […]

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Articles and Interviews

July 27, 2013

http://www.today.com/video/today/51940189 http://ktla.com/2013/01/16/dramatic-evidence-of-dangers-of-distracted-driving/ http://www.teenvogue.com/advice/2013-05/texting-and-driving-teens http://www.harrisburgmagazine.com/December-2012/Amanda-Reconstructed/ http://movinginsider.com/2013/06/18/the-real-life-dangers-of-driving-distracted/ http://distracteddriveraccidents.com/blog/

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Isn’t Life Wonderful?

December 21, 2012

I’m just like everyone else. I have good and bad days. I mean, I understand that we all face obstacles. Believe me when I say that I have definitely met a few of my own, but I was just sitting here thinking about my life. I am so thrilled with how things are going. The […]

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