Victoria Browne

Victoria Browne

Author


Neville House Publishing

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
At a young age, I realized I was behind in my reading ability, but I assumed it'd just come to me.
I wasn't keeping up in school, so I began getting bored in class, and became the class clown.
I got in with a bad crowd and basically blew off doing any and all schoolwork.
When I was 15, I was disqualified from exams because I did the wrong page. I dropped out of school.
As a 16-year-old out of school, I began work as a hairdresser, then became a certified dental nurse.
I worked my way up in the medical world, then went into sales because I was told I'd be good at it.
I opened my own real estate company, then sold it in 2012. My husband and I moved to the U.S.
The money from selling my company allowed me to focus on my passion for writing novels.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
Harris City Technology Collage - Crystal Palace London
certification
Certification/License
Dental Assisting/Assistant
certification
Certification/License
cMAP Mortgage Advisor
Career

Career

Author

I write stories and novels - I'm a new-aged storyteller.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Writing
Art
Art
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

In the morning, I get up, go downstairs, and start writing a new story, or I'll go back to old stories and work on my rewrites. Or, often I'll be emailing back and forth with my editor, taking her edits and then applying them to my drafts and rewrites. In the afternoon, I try to find inspiration by getting out of the house and doing some people-watching in a local coffee shop. From there, I'll work on my marketing strategy and my social media presence, since all of that work is done online.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Being an author is heavily school-based, but outside of that, you really have to work on your personal discipline. You don't have a boss telling you, "You must work right now," so you have to motivate yourself - passion doesn't always make you self-disciplined enough to sit down and find a routine. You need to know how to pitch to publishers and how to market yourself. Even if you're picked up by a publisher, you'll do some of your own marketing, so you have to be web and social media savvy.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

When you have a learning or attention issue, it's critical to find the right support system, the right help, and the right resources that can help you with your unique way of learning. You'll want to run and hide from your problem while you're in school, but you really need to dig in and work hard, because primary school and high school are where you're going to get the building blocks for becoming an author. Don't be embarrassed to ask for extra help or time.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"Why are you misbehaving? Why are you behind in your studies?"

Challenges I Overcame

Learning Issues