Our Advice series is the easiest of all of our current series to submit to. Unlike many of our other books, you do not need to have been invited to join this book; if you stumble across this page out of the blue, feel free to submit a quote. Additionally, very little time is required of you--perhaps a minute or two to think of your bit of advice, and another minute to submit it here. Two minutes of your time, and you're well on your way to being a published author!
The College Freshman's Book of Advice will be composed of about 500 short bits of advice for the incoming college freshman--all contributed by those who have gone through that particular year (or most of it) themselves. The hope is to publish the book in late June, 2017. The submission deadline for this book is Sunday, August 27th.
What kind of advice are we looking for?
Anything! As long as it has to do with surviving (and thriving) freshman year, that is. For further reference, we intend to divide the book into the following chapters/themes:
1. On Academics: Share your advice on succeeding academically! What tactics do you use to study? What is helpful, and what is not helpful? What is different from high school? What is the same? What is the best way to approach a professor?
2. On Finding Your Interests/Major: What if someone has no idea what they want to study--how do they figure that out? Or what if someone thought they knew, only to find that that particular area of study wasn't for them within their first couple weeks in college? How should one deal with the stress of not knowing what their future career will be?
3. Inspiration: Share a few inspirational words to help someone get through the tough times of their first year at college!
4. On Living Alone: Did you discover any life hacks through the course of your freshman year that you wish you would have known going into it? How should one get along with one's roommate? Should one choose to have a roommate, if it's an option? When is the best day of the week to get your laundry done?
5. On Social Life: In this chapter, we are looking for advice for how to lead a balance social life in college. Should one join a fraternity or sorority right away, or sort of feel it out for a semester of two? Where is the best place to meet new friends? How often should one try to get off-campus? How many trips home is too many trips home. Share your social wisdom!
6. On Getting Active: What types of clubs/student organizations should one join? How many should one join? Why?
Feel free to submit to any and all of the above categories. If you have a piece of advice that you feel does not belong in any of the aforementioned categories, however, go ahead and submit it as well, and we'll find a proper home for it!
If you decide to submit, please keep the following submission guidelines in mind:
-Your quote should aim to answer the following question: What advice would you give to your freshman self? Perhaps you'd want to tell him/her to take it easy on the doughnuts; perhaps you've discovered the perfect ratio of time spent studying vs. socializing vs. sleeping; or perhaps you simply want to give a few inspirational words of encouragement. Whatever you think would help an incoming freshman, just let us know, and we'll take care of the rest!
-We will accept a maximum of 5 quotes from any one person. You may submit a total of six quotes (attached in one document, and/or using the provided boxes), and if one or more of your quotes have been accepted you will be notified via email soon after the submission deadline has passed.
-We do not accept quotes with a strong political bend.
-We do not accept quotes with an excess of profanity, sexual content, or violence.
-If submitting via attachment, do not include documents of over 30 pages in length. Microsoft Word is greatly preferred. We will not open any documents under formats we do not recognize..
-The maximum word count per quote is 200 words. There is no minimum word count.
-The writing must be completely your work, and not simply taken (or plagiarized) from the Public Domain or from the work of another author.
-By submitting your work for publishing consideration, you acknowledge that you've read and agreed to our copyright policy.
-Be patient: Please do not email us to check on the status of your submission. If you received an automatic confirmation email after making your submission, you can rest assured that we received it. When the submissions have been chosen for each new book, we will notify the chosen authors via email.
-Your quote(s) can be funny, serious, ironic, witty, sad, or anywhere in between, so long as the quote(s) in some way helps out the incoming college freshman!
We are always looking for new contributors, so don't be shy. We'll be looking forward to your submission!
For inspiration, please find below some good example submissions:
"I learned my most important college lesson the hard way: Don't yell at your roommate in the first month. When moving in to such a new environment, there is an inevitable period of adjustment--for both you and your roommate. So take it easy. Work together on discovering the best living situation. If you're yelling at your roommate within the first month, you simply haven't tried hard enough. Plus, you're making for a very award eight months ahead!"
"You're only in college for four years. In those four years, the most prevalent predicament will be "What should I do right now--study, socialize, or sleep? Don't always favor the third option!"
"The greatest thing I did in my freshman year was make friends with my engineering professor. If I hadn't, I don't think that year of intense study would have been 1/10th the fun!"
When you're ready, submit below!
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