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Thank you for stopping by my blog at ErickaSheppard.com. Here, within this space, I hope to discuss my favorite books, topics, hobbies, and more, if only to provide potential clients with an idea of my writing style. Additionally, I may share excerpts of articles I have had the pleasure of contributing to, or editing. But first, let’s talk a little bit about me.
I love interacting with clients, especially during the phase of initial contact. We learn about one another’s communication skills, taste, and may even encounter a few miscommunications along the way. I have had the unfortunate experience, on rare occasion, of being unable to cater to the needs of every project – you can’t win them all. However, in terms of the vast majority of projects placed within my care, I am able to transform my client’s article, product description, or website copy into something useful and, more importantly, successful.
Story telling is everything. It’s a tool that has been utilized for generations. From making sales, to finding friends, and even traveling the globe – most ventures have a good story – or a good story is in the works. Sometimes we just need a little help telling our stories, or having the polished when they’re on the rough side. In many cases, a business began as someone’s dream. An individuals precious dream they’re working hard to make a reality – it’s an absolute treasure to be part of making it come to fruition.
My process typically begins with a good, strong cup of coffee, similar to the first lines of lyrics in Dolly Parton’s song, 9 to 5: “Tumble outta bed and stumble to the kitchen, Pour myself a cup of ambition”. In essence, the life of a writer and editor is very much like any other working woman on earth. We get up, we work hard, play hard, and stay up too late. When you are trying to make a name for yourself in a sea of entrepreneurs, you quickly learn it’s a dog eat dog world. I rarely think of myself as an entrepreneur, simply because I haven’t discovered anything, or submitted a recent invention to the US patent office. I write, I edit other people’s work, and sometimes I get the chance to collaborate with other creatives such as myself.
As I was growing up, I was the kid chosen last for the baseball team, or not even chosen at all. By the time I was a teenager I’d grown accustomed to being overlooked, and simply quit trying. It wasn’t that I gave up completely, I just quit caring about what other people thought. My personal development took time, but I finally found my footing. When given the chance, I can prove exactly what I’m made of. I’m not perfect, in fact I’m far from it, but I work hard and I strive for perfection. Stick with me, and this may start to get interesting.