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The Difference Between Education and Experience

POSTED BY prbythebook ON May 15, 2015

By Madison Smith, PR by the Book Intern.

When it comes to being a book worm, I wear the name proudly. I have always had a passion for literature which led me to pursue a degree in English. But when asked what I plan to do with my degree, I can barely hold back a sarcastic reply. In reality, translating a love for books into corporate USA is not very smooth.

Pile of books one opened, copy space

How does someone like me, looking for an outlet to focus my passion for the written word, balance my experience, my ‘blue-collar’ learning versus my formal education? What holds more value in the literary world? The answer is slightly cliché but true nonetheless: both.

The sign of a person that belongs in the literary world is someone that can keep the balance between the two. My education taught me how to write formally and how to exactly cite a source in MLA format. My education taught me details about writing, but it didn’t teach me how to write. My experience taught me to trust my skill and to back up what I have written. It taught me how to notice a great line and how to judge my audience. It taught me to be confident when I say, “I’m a writer.”

Although my English degree helps get my foot in the door for interviews, it is never what gets me the job. At the end of the day, my experience is what earns me the job. In a way, my education was part of my experience; experience in work I had never encountered, styles and uses of language I didn’t know existed. When does someone learn better than when passion is driving their thirst for that knowledge? I can’t think of a time.

I always finish a piece of writing using my skill, because it is the greatest resource I have. Although they are different, my experience and my education both helped me become the writer I am today, and I will never let one outweigh the other because both are valuable, in my book at least.


Madison Smith was our PR Intern this Spring. She is graduating with a degree in English from Texas State University. An internship at PR by the Book teaches students how to translate their education to a job in PR. Interns work closely with a publicist who trains them in client communication, media relations, research and keeping up with industry news. To inquire about our internship program contact Babs Chandrasoma here.

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How to Get Book Reviews (and Why They Matter)

POSTED BY doug ON May 4, 2015
How to Get Book Reviews (and Why They Matter)

by Guest Blogger Amy Edelman, Founder & President of IndieReader, @IndieReader Marketing a book is a bit like making great cookies.  There are certain ingredients that are important to include— all-purpose flour, for instance—and others that might seem optional (chopped beef jerky?).  However, it’s the beef jerky—or in this case, the review—that make the rest of the […]

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How To Build and Engage Your Social Community

POSTED BY prbythebook ON March 20, 2015

by Paxton Kelly, @PaxtonKelly3 Marketing Manager at Greenleaf Book Group, Corrin Foster, explains the importance of having loyal communities on social media in her webinar titled “Building and Engaging Your Social Community.” Foster thinks of a person’s online presence like a wheel, which she calls “The Wheel of Community.” In this webinar, Foster breaks down […]

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Proofreading Tips to Put Your Best Book Forward

POSTED BY prbythebook ON March 2, 2015
Proofreading Tips to Put Your Best Book Forward

by Guest Blogger, Jill Ronsley of Sun Editing & Book Design, @JillRonsley When you have finished writing your manuscript and the editing has been done, it’s time to proofread. Again, when the typesetting is done and before you send the book to the printer or e-book formatter, proofread. Sometimes authors don’t realize that they must re-read at […]

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PR by the Book is Hiring a Digital Media Coordinator!

POSTED BY prbythebook ON February 10, 2015

PR by the Book, LLC is a boutique publicity firm specializing in literary media relations campaigns and social media campaigns. We pride ourselves in offering a lifestyle company culture which includes a flexible schedule, virtual office and co-working options. Key book genres include: politics & religion, business, outdoors, food, children’s, parenting, lifestyle, self-help & fiction. […]

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