The sun is hot
I love the sun
The sun is warm
Because the sun is warm.
The above is my first masterpiece, written at the age of six. I am not making this up. I think my mother still has the original, signed copy somewhere, but I managed to memorize it so I didn’t have to ask her to dictate it to me over the phone.
I’ve come a long way since my poem; I don’t need to write on lined paper anymore, and I can also do cursive.
More important than that, however, is that I know how to write and I know how to help others reach their writing potential, and then some.
The Unfortunate Truth about Writing Quality
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: In the blogging and online magazine world today, writing quality doesn’t matter much. Most of the writing you will see both there and in the self-publishing world is pretty average, if that. In fact, even content isn’t the be-all and end-all these days. Why?
Online gatekeepers (and even some in the print sector) have become so used to mediocrity that many of them don’t know the difference between good enough and remarkable anymore. This means you could probably publish online, and for sure you could self-publish. All you need is a bit of luck and some savvy marketing hacks. You don’t need me.
If your only goal is getting a byline and you have no interest in in the writing craft, this website is not for you. Instead, look into some of the top blogging, marketing, and self-publishing websites. I myself read them and I respect them, and I am confident they will help you meet your goals. Send me a message at the very bottom of this page, or shoot me an email, and I’ll give you a list of great websites.
Why You Care about Bulletproofing Your Writing
If you’re still with me, it means that you want to create something lasting with your writing: for yourself, for your family, for your little corner of the universe, or for posterity.
But desire is not enough. Average will not get you a contract with a major publishing house or periodical. If you want to create something artisanal, you must add certain ingredients to the mix: Knowledge of the writing craft. Commitment to the writing life. The nuts and bolts of basic grammar.
We’ll work together to make sure you write, polish, and publish beyond your wildest dreams. You’ll go beyond mediocre, and into that heady place where the winning few stand.
You have what it takes to go the distance.
A Bit about Me
I love words, and I love to read. And it kills me when sincere, intelligent people who want so badly to get words on paper and ultimately publish them end up shooting themselves in the foot because of reparable bloopers that cause professional editors and agents to grind their teeth, write them a rejection letter, push the Delete button, or all of the above.
That’s why I started Bulletproof Writing; I want to help you make your own personal mark on the world with your writing. I come with thirty years of experience as a book and journal editor. I’ve edited just about all types of fiction and non-fiction. And I have an active freelance editing business, so I’m in the trenches daily.
Here at Bulletproof Writing, I take your writing goals seriously because you take your writing goals seriously. You want people to read what you write — and like what they read. You yearn to be thought of as a professional. You dream about being published.
You need an edge that will raise your writing to the top of an agent’s or editor’s inbox. You want your pitches, cover letters, query letters, and actual prose to stand out and be noticed. I get that.
I look forward to helping you reach your goals, and I’d love to hear from you. Tell me what you struggle with most in your writing. I want to style my blogs around your needs. You can send me a message in the box below, or you can leave a comment in the Comments section at the very bottom of this page.
I look forward to working with you!