A terrible death to die.
A terrible death to die.
A terrible death to be talked to death.
A terrible death to die!
I learned that when I was eight or nine, at the only scout camp I ever went to. I only made it to Webelo. But I remember that chant. We were all supposed to yell it out whenever someone said they had an announcement. I still yell it in my head every single time anyone ever says that, ever. There must have been a lot of announcements at that camp.
That said, I have two announcements to make. (Go ahead and chant. I'll wait.)
I have made live two new websites bearing my name. The first is www.brentwescott.com. I am officially my own URL. Go ahead and Google me. I might not be first on the list yet, but I'm there somewhere.
www.brentwescott.com is my author website. It's true. I am an author. I've even written a novel. The title is Trendy Poseurs Go Home. It began as my Master's thesis in grad school and has evolved into what I can only call a coming of age masterpiece. The book jacket will certainly mention Catcher in the Rye, perhaps Nick Hornby, definitely the word "genius." Check out the first few pages on the website and let me know what you think. And if your best friend is an agent looking for the next YA phenomenon, forward all this on over. Thanks.
www.wescottwritingservices.com is my editor website. It's true. I enjoy editing. I've pretty much done it for a living since I began teaching, but I decided that I'd also like to help those who actually want to become better writers. You know, when I spend time marking a paper full of grammatical errors, making revision comments in the margins, it might be nice to know that my expertise will be taken seriously instead of the usual half-hearted attempts at doing the minimum possible to pass the course.
The intricacies of language have captivated me. My fascination piqued as I studied foreign languages (German, Portuguese, Spanish) and realized I was learning English grammar because I had to ascertain how the other language worked. Now I take pride in knowing things like what the Oxford comma is and why some people like it and some don't. And I ain't talking about the Vampire Weekend song.
|There it is. Can you spot the Oxford comma?|
So whether it's a blog post that needs proofreading, a college application essay that needs tweaking, or a short story that needs improving, I'm open for business at www.wescottwritingservices.com. I have the card with my name on it to prove it.
There you have it. My summer work. In July I'm attending the Write to Market Conference in San Francisco. See if I can stoke any interest in Trendy Poseurs Go Home and my editing capabilities.