Writing A Successful Admission Essay

Gaining entrance in any college is continuing to get harder as more and more candidates are applying for a limited number of seats. So, Straight A’s and perfect SAT scores are not enough to get accepted into any of the competitive colleges anymore. Procuring outstanding marks in O and A levels are not sufficient to be eligible to get admission. The question arises, how can one develop or improve the chance of being admitted in the college or university of their own choice?

One of the answers is that the admission essay has to convince the admission officer that a student is not only smart, but special as well. It may appear to be just three hundred worthless words of writing, but the admission essay of a college application can be a strong reason for the candidate’s acceptance or rejection. The way a student writes that admission essay depicts the admission committee why he/she is different from everybody else. It’s not necessary for the essay to have a strong scientific topic, it could be anything. For example, my favorite teacher, story about my dog, best day in my life. The key to acquire admission is not the topic, but the way the essay is being written. It should capture the reader’s attention and demonstrate that the student is exceptional.

Some of the mistakes applicants make while writing the essays are:

• Instructions:

Not following the instruction on the application. The notes on the top or on bottom of the forms are most important and require your attention.

• Clarity:

Not indicating clearly what it is that the student want to study. For some colleges with specific undergraduate schools, a candidate must indicate which program of study he/she intends to pursue.

• Thoughtful:

Be attentive and thoughtful. Rushing and not paying attention to the look of admission essay is the equivalent of not being thoughtful of your reader’s experience.

• Repetition:

Another mistake is repeating the same idea over and over in the essay just by changing the words. Be versatile with the ideas you generate through writing.

• Blunder:

Writing the same essay for different colleges but forgetting to change the name. Make sure that you do not make such a mistake.

Writing a perfect admission essay is a very important step for your future academic years. So you must make sure that you do not make the above mentioned mistakes and write an essay which is impressive.

You Want to be a Successful Writer: Make Your Writing Pay

How many books have you read about “understanding the magazine market”, “writing a book proposal” or “how to make your articles sell”? It isn’t easy for unpublished authors to break into the market. Even trying to get an agent to represent you is difficult.

You know you can write, though. You know there is a market for what you have to say.

There is an avenue, however, that is virtually untapped by many writers and it is open to EVERYONE who wants to see their works in print. You can finally take control over your own writing destiny. The best part is that you don’t have to share the profits from your works with anyone else. You keep it all.

It’s self-publishing, but on a whole different scale.

Millions of people will have access to your authored pieces. Will publishers come looking for you? It’s a definite possibility. Will you have more credibility in the publishing world? Oh, yes. You will also have solid proof of your ability to reach your target audience, too.

Before I tell you how successful you can be, let me tell you the caveats.

First, it takes some time and effort. If you are a serious writer, you already know what that is all about, though. Second, you will be writing more than you otherwise would. In fact, you will very likely be writing every day for the next couple of months. At least that is what I found myself doing. If you love to write as much as I do, though, it will not be an issue at all.

Last, it will most likely become your favorite thing to do. (Read: Prepare to become obsessed with your success) I am absolutely serious when I say that you will enjoy it so much you won’t want to do anything else. My kids can’t drag me away from the computer some days. I just love what I’m doing. I have spoken with many other people, just like you and me, who have done this and they have had the same reaction. It’s just plain fun.

So, those are the pitfalls.

Now, I can tell you the good news. You have a myriad of ways to earn money with your writing. For less than $1 per day, you can reach hundreds of thousands of potential readers “buyers” of your works. You can also sell your material in a variety of ways. In addition to this, there are a variety of other ways to make money that don’t even have anything to do with writing.

Ok, enough of that. You can read more of the details if you’re interested. For now, let’s focus on how you can accomplish this.

If you’re like me, you have probably been writing for awhile. I have two books, both of which have been rejected by big-name publishers. I can handle rejection pretty well, so that’s not a real problem for me. What bothered me was that I knew I had good material and no way to reach my intended audience. Sound familiar? You have probably been there, too.

Why should I be limited in what I can do just because someone else doesn’t see things the same way I do?

My answer? Find another way to reach my audience. That’s exactly what I have done, too. I created a web site dedicated to one of my books. I intend to do the same for the other book, too.

I am living my dream of being published. Not only am I reaching my target audience, but I am also having numerous articles published on other sites. I have been contacted by two other sites to write for them as well. A third site asked (and I agreed) to provide advice to the members of its site on the very subject I wrote about. I am an instant expert.

Less than $1 per day and I am published, in demand and am starting to receive checks from my site.

It is a work in progress. My book, which will soon be available on the site, is being turned into an e-book. Guess who gets to keep all the profits? Yes, that would be me.

Just think about it. It might work for you. I just know that as writer, it is extremely hard to get your name out there for the right people to see it. This gives you one more opportunity to make a name for yourself.

Ten Tips for a Successful Public Reading

Whether you are reading poetry at an open mic or reading the first few pages of your new book at a signing, it is very important to have good presentation skills. Below are the top ten tips all authors should master:

1. Eye contact.

You are not expected to memorize your work, but it’s very important to look up from time to time during your reading. Find someone in each section of the audience, smile and then look back at your book or paper. Each time you look up, find someone in another section.

2. Volume.

Imagine going to an event and not being able to understand the speaker because they were too quiet or wanting to put your fingers in your ears because they were too loud. Make sure there will be a microphone for you to use. Practice at home so your voice will carry in the event there is no microphone or if it is broken.

3. Speed.

It’s important to regulate the speed of your reading so you are not talking too quickly or too slowly. Practice until you have can maintain a steady rate of talking.

4. Tone.

It is important to make sure you do not have a dull, monotone pitch to your voice as you read. Make it lively and use intonations as applicable based on the tone of your book or poems. If what you are reading is cheerful, sad or angry that should be reflected in the tone of your voice.

5. Body Langauge.

Try and stay in one position, not rocking back and forth or swaying from side to side. The audience should be listening to you, not watching to see if you’re going to fall over.

6. Water.

Make sure there is a table or podium near you so you can keep a bottle of water on it. Take a sip when you feel yourself starting to get a little dry. Some Chapstick or lip balm is also recommended to prevent dry chapped lips.

7. Introduction

Before you start each poem give a brief statement about what inspired it. If you are reading from yoru novel, a few sentences about what inspired you to write the book will suffice. You may also talk about any published books and other writing activities you are involved in.

8. Invite friends and acquaintances!

Nothing makes a reading easier than a few familiar faces in the crowd! Have them sit near the back, so you can use them as “eye contacts” during your reading.

9. Practice, practice, practice! Whether it’s in front of your mirror, friends, famly or your neighborhood writers group, practice reading your work aloud. In fact, I strongly recommend taking yourself with a video recorder. When you play it back, you can see whether you need to work on volume, speed, tone, body language, eye contact, etc.

10. Relax! These people are here because they are interested in your work. Pick the best poems or your favorite part of the book to read, take a deep breath, and enjoy the moment. Whatever doesn’t go quite right, evaluate it and make sure to do better next time!