What I love about Sooner Not Later is that I get to work with people who are passionate about impacting the world through the things they love. One of those people is Shayla Eaton.
Shayla started Curiouser Editing—an editing, copywriting, and consulting service for writers, authors, and small businesses—two years ago. What makes Curiouser Editing unique is that Shayla has found a way to throw her own personality and passion into her work. When you visit her site, it’s not what you (or at least, I) would expect of an editor. There aren’t any black and white lessons on the usage of commas or the need to quit your excessive use of run-on sentences. Instead the beauty of her site makes you nostalgic for your favorite book. She takes something that is a struggle for me and turns it into art.
And that’s why I am thrilled to introduce you to her in this week’s featured interview.
Shayla, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where are you from? What are your passions?
I live in Yukon, Oklahoma. I’m in love with books and the ocean. When the two come together, it’s a dream. I’m passionate about learning new things, reading to my heart’s content, and helping authors succeed and grow.
Curiouser Editing is my passion. I devote every day to it. I’ve always said that entrepreneurs don’t have a 9–5 job—they have a 24/7 job. I started Curiouser Editing for three reasons: I loved editing and writing; I wanted to work with authors; and I couldn’t resist the idea of working in my pajamas.
You started out on this journey two years ago this month. What has been your proudest moment?
Landing my first client. It will always be special to me. I actually screamed and jumped up and down after hanging up the phone—at least, I hope I had hung up the phone in time.
That’s awesome! I love it! What stumbling blocks have you encountered?
Lack of confidence, fear of failure, and bad clients—three things the entrepreneur knows all too well. I think the biggest setback was losing my biggest client (they shut down the company). I didn’t know how I would make it without that money. It turns out: that was the best thing that could’ve happened to me. Curiouser Editing had a 33% increase in profit in one quarter after that. Hiring a brand marketer had a large part in that as well. So my advice? We all have stumbling blocks—the key is to jump over the obstacle and keep running the track.
Do you have any “haters” or negative voices in your life? How do you handle those situations?
I strongly dislike negativity—that sounds negative, doesn’t it?—so I try to keep out negative influences in my life so I can stay positive. When people say pessimistic things, it’s really a heart problem. My response? Positivity. Even when people are negative about your dreams, be kind to them; it’s only because they’re upset that they didn’t pursue their own dreams. Not everyone will love your dream. But in the end, does that really matter? What matters is that you love it.
I’m a bit of an inspirational quote junkie. What is your favorite quote?
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
In honor or the year 2015, if you could hop into the Delorean and go back in time (or to the future), when/where would you go and what would you do?
The 1970s. I was born in the wrong era. I was supposed to be a kid in the ’60s (Wonder Years) and a teenager in the ’70s (That ’70s Show). We have to go back!
Where can we find out more about you and this incredible adventure that you are on?
If you want to see pictures of books and coffee and grammar errors, I suggest Instagram, where I pretend like I know how to use hashtags. For help on your book or the publishing process, join Curiouser Author Network on Facebook. For all other things Curiouser Editing, go to my website.
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
I’m only allowed to choose three? 1. Publish my book to help writers overcome writer’s block and write their own novels in six months; 2. Visit Italy again; and 3. Own a two-story private library compiled of all the books I’ve collected, and never let anyone inside. My goal is to be like Willy Wonka so everyone thinks I’m bonkers. It shall be my greatest achievement!
That is amazing and no, you don’t have to stick to three. What else you got?
I started a Word Cloud Classics collection, so my goal is to finish the entire collection. I have another goal of owning a first edition copy of Alice in Wonderland—signed. (Because, go big or go home, am I right?)
The best thing I have ever done for my dream is…..
Ask myself, “If I could do anything for the rest of my life, what would it be?” When I knew the answer was editing, I poured my soul into it because I knew I wouldn’t be happy until I saw my dream become a reality.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the Sooner Not Later community?
You won’t be happy either until you do what you love. Speaking of doing what you love: can we talk about your bucket list and how amazing it is? You inspire me to add more and more to my own never-ending bucket list.
Check out Shayla’s fun and creative guide, The Curiouser Crusade, to help you overcome writer’s block and write a novel within 6 months.