Etta K. Brown received her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University with a major in Dental Hygiene Education and the Masters in Education degree from South Carolina State University with a major in Special Education. The Educational Specialist Degree was conferred at Kent State University with studies in School Administration, and a major in School Psychology.
Through her graduate programs, and internships, the author acquired skills with speech and language, visual-motor training, auditory training, and the teaching of reading and handwriting.
During twenty years of professional experience in the public schools in Ohio, Iowa and California she has worked as a special education teacher, a school social worker and as a school psychologist. At no time, in either of those positions did she feel that she was able to apply any of her acquired knowledge to help children to learn.
Instead, while she didn’t always agree, much was learned about what not to tell parents about their children. She also learned how school systems function, why they function the way that they do, why there were some things that it was not in the best interest of the school district for parents to know and why they should not be told.
Those were long, frustrating years watching children being placed in Special education because that was all that the School District had to offer. On the other hand were the frustrated parents who agonized over what to do about their child’s learning problems and the stigma of being placed in Special Education.
Having recently retired from public education and started a practice as a Licensed Educational Psychologist, the author is now free to discuss Special education and share information believed to be in the best interest of parents without being unprofessional or disloyal to employers.
She continues to reach out to parents and children through her writing. Her current book is a summary of all that she would have told parents during her career had she been permitted to do so.
Ms Brown may be reached at http://www.understanding-learning-disabilities.com
Etta On Writing
Becoming an author, it seems to me, takes more than just writing something on the page and binding it within a cover as some self-publishers seem to have done. An author to me is an individual with something to say, and the ability to say it well in writing. Then added to that definition should be “ something to say that is of interest to and has meaning for someone other than yourself. “ Hopefully, a lot of ”others than yourself”. The sale rack at Barnes & Noble attests to the number of writers who wanted to become authors so they wrote something down and self-published it. A lack of sales would indicate that not many others found it interesting.
The best way to tell if what you have to say is interesting is to make sure that it has meaning for you after you have written it. Or, is it just the venting of an angry person who has lost sight of what he was really angry about. Were you just venting; and having written so much you decided to capitalize by publishing it? Self-publishing companies will let you do just that you know. However, if what you wrote was something that you were passionate about, it is likely that someone else at the same stage of development might be having a similar life experience and find somewhere in your discourse a solution to their problem.
The key to doing this successfully is to edit your own material for content and grammatical errors. This will force you to read your own writing from a reader’s perspective. If the content is not new and exciting from this new perspective, it is not likely to be new and exciting reading to any other reader. Really dynamic insights are still dynamic no matter how many times you read it, even if you wrote it yourself.
So begin by writing what you are frustrated, angry, and passionate about and then reread it. As you reread it, edit out all the anger and frustration, and keep the passion that you felt about how things might be if the ”people who run the world” gave attention to the important things. Those important things that they should give attention to will result in a very interesting, if not comical, farce of a book that will be of interest to others. At least they can have a good laugh at all the things they have thought but didn’t take the time to write down, reread, reedit, reread and then reedit again.
Surprisingly, with all that editing, if your venting has been cathartic, you will have released the anger that muddled your thinking making you believe that someone else would want to read your stuff. If you have received some therapeutic benefit from your venting, you may begin to isolate a few insightful passages that may be worthy of publication. Then edit, and reread it again before publishing. After publishing, be sure to check to see if it winds up on the sale rack at Barnes & Noble and see if it winds up there. If it doesn’t end up there then good for you! If it does may it to the sale rank, purchase one of the other books on the sale rack and try to read it. If you don’t find it something that you can’t put down, you may gain some insights into what is wrong with yours. Then go home, reread and rewrite your book now that you know what not to do.
Be sure to give the book a different title though. Don’t want your new best seller to be associated with the unfortunate fellow who self-published that first angry rant about a subject that no one else cares about.