Lois Melbourne

Lois Melbourne

Chief Story Officer


My Future Story

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Studied marketing & changed schools so I had to design my own degree plan to fit the new school.
Interned & worked in the business side of commercial and film production.
Worked in a tech company helping companies select and learn software.
Co-founded software company. 18 years of selling software, leading people, running a business.
Sold the business, even though I miss the global travel and all my employees.
Started writing books and speaking to help kids find the careers they will love.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Logan Rogersville High School
Bachelor
Interdisciplinary Studies
The University of Texas at Arlington

Career

Chief Story Officer

I speak and write to help kids explore career options.

Career Roadmap

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

Day to Day

Great days include lots of writing time. I write books for 9-14 year olds, and blog posts for 14-25 year olds. I write blogs and articles for parents and educators. I like to do as much writing as possible, sitting outside. My work includes researching a lot of careers. I am getting ready for a book launch, which means I must find ways to promote the book, like radio interviews. Spending time with students to understand their concerns about their future jobs make a day great too.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I taught myself the book publishing world by watching webinars & reading a lot. Promoting books & getting them noticed is unique from other types of business marketing I had used. I go to "meet ups" to chat with other authors & learn tips from them. In my previous job, I learned how to negotiate contracts. I am using those skills to get my books published & marketed now. Writing, editing, & re-writing are my most used skills. Creating & presenting speeches help me get my message known.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Reading as much good writing as you can possibly get your hands on, is invaluable. Good writing takes practice, so writing with all kinds of intent and voice is very important. Learning about marketing is also critical. Writers have to be self-promoters, publishers do very little promotion for you and to get a publisher you have to market yourself. So learn the psychology of marketing and the tools.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Interdisciplinary Studies

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"'When are you going to get a real job?' This was even after we had started hiring employees to work for us. They didn't understand the life of being an entrepreneur."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial