Innovator Spotlight: Sara Shelton
Every week, we take some time to focus on someone in the metro Atlanta area that is doing amazing work that matters. Today, we’re talking with writer and editor Sara Shelton.
So what kind of writing do you do?
I do everything from articles and websites to curriculum and blogs. I also edit manuscripts, help people outline their books, and ghostwrite for them from time to time. Basically, I help people tell their stories and put words to their ideas.
What are you excited about right now?
Besides the Justin Timberlake concert I have tickets to in May of course, I’m really excited about a couple of trips I have planned this summer for work. One to NYC (the greatest city in the world) for some research and inspiration and the other to a writer’s conference in North Carolina solely for women (#girlpower). But mostly Justin Timberlake….
What’s something that you’ve accomplished in the past year that you are proud of?
Last year I ghostwrote my first book. It was an amazing experience to help these people finally tell a story that was so important and personal to them. I also wrote a couple of projects for Barnes & Noble corporate this year. And for an English major nerd who loves literature, it was basically a dream job!
What’s your vision for what’s next? Where are you headed?
I really hope to help more people create and craft their stories. I love being a part of projects from start to finish and seeing people so excited to hold a book they’re really proud of in their hands. I want to keep working with people to outline and write and edit their manuscripts. And maybe I’ll even work on a book of my own in the future!
In the last 90 days, have you experienced a new resource that taught you something new?
Oh man, I am always looking for new resources to inspire and challenge me or teach me something new. Right now I’m really into memoirs and the best one I’ve read recently is called Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. It’s about his childhood growing up during apartheid in South Africa, and I just love it because it’s both so smart and moving, but also really hilarious at the same time.
Do you have a recently released project or upcoming project that you’d like people to check out?
I started my own personal blog this year to keep me in the habit of writing for myself. You can check that out at www.sara-laurence.com.
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