The ultimate objective for many English majors at Anderson University is to become published writers. Senior English major and writing minor Megan Bishop has already accomplished that goal. Several pieces of Bishop’s work were published in the last few years, and she is prepared to enter the publishing industry after graduation because of this experience.
Bishop first began her ventures into publishing when she learned that Standard Publishing, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, accepted freelance articles. Since high school she has had several poems, anthologies, articles, and a book of poetry published. She interned with Standard Publishing this past summer, where she gained experience in project researching, marketing, archiving, and copy-editing.
In addition to her internship with Standard Publishing, Bishop also worked with the AU Literary Arts Magazine for two semesters — one semester in public relations for the publication and the other as editor. “Working with Literary Arts has given me a scaled down, but fairly accurate portrayal of the collaboration work and length of time that goes into the publishing process,” said Bishop.
English Professor Deborah Miller Fox taught several of Bishop’s writing courses. “Megan is a disciplined student willing to work hard to accomplish her goals,” she said. These characteristics contribute to her opportunities and success. Miller Fox emphasized that it is important for all young writers to take advantage of and seek out opportunities around them, and most importantly to keep writing and reading. These opportunities can be found in on-campus publications, online magazines, or in print.
Another piece of advice from Miller Fox is to realize that all writers will have great pieces rejected. Some will need revision while others simply are not what the publisher is wanting. “Writers that publish are writers who learn to revise and keep their work in circulation. You earn your stripes and prove yourself as a writer by starting with smaller presses and little magazines,” said Miller Fox.
Bishop’s advice for fellow English majors expresses sentiments similar to those of her professor. “Never stop writing. Always make it a habit to be writing, go beyond just writing for classes and assignments. The more you write, the more you learn, and the better prepared you will be when you graduate,” said Bishop.
After graduation Bishop plans to return to her home in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she hopes to find a position within the publishing industry. Her writing classes taught her relevant information about working in the industry and pushed to her to make the most of her time at Anderson University.
— Katie Price is a junior from Kokomo, Ind., majoring in fine arts and minoring in communication arts. Price is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.