Switzy Thoughts began when Amanda Surowitz got tired of being talked over in a high school English class and wanted a place to share her opinions, gripes, writing, and art. Back then, it was more about griping than writing. But then a crazy thing happened. She posted a review for a book she loved… and the author commented on it. Making contact with an actual published author inspired Amanda to abandon her initial plan to be a graphic designer and pursue a writing career. Her blog then shifted to chronicle the journey from student to professional, and again to share some of the knowledge and experience she’s gained throughout the different stages of her career: a public relations writer, university blog manager, social media manager, and web content specialist.

These days, Amanda is more focused on writing. She regularly contributes articles to South Magazine and her misadventures have appeared as cautionary tales in The Combat Edge. When she’s not revising her manuscript about morally grey characters and their crime-riddled shenanigans, Amanda likes to spend her time visiting local breweries with her husband (and sometimes their dog), mediating disputes between their two cats, supporting independent creators and small businesses, leveling up her baking and cooking skills, and creating art.

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Good Habits to Start for New Small Business Owners

When you’re just starting out, it can be overwhelming. You may be confident in the products or services you sell, and your brand’s image. But success comes over time. Incorporating these habits into your daily business practices will help you achieve better results in the long run. It won’t be long before you’re surpassing the competition and your own expectations!

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After attending Lani Sarem’s lecture “How I navigated the NYT Bestseller List” at AWCon18, I spoke more about what I learned as a guest on Handbook Podcast.

I evolved from a student journalist to a professional with more than a decade of experience as a writer and content manager for blogs, websites, and social media.

My email sparked an episode of The Shared Desk podcast to discuss how useful and relevant blogging is these days. I chime in through the live-stream chat.