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Meet Nailah Harvey of Look Better In Writing in Compton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nailah Harvey.

Nailah, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a Los Angeles-bred millennial writer on a mission to save the world from bad grammar. Just kidding! (But not really). If we’re being technical, I’m a 10x published author and book editor with a knack for words…but boy, did it take a while to get here. I launched my first lifestyle blog in 2010—which led me back to the drawing board a few years later. Like many inexperienced writers, I blogged aimlessly and inconsistently until I found my voice, my niche, and my target market. Interestingly enough, I wasn’t even in America when I reached this light-bulb moment. I was living and teaching English overseas in South Korea. I guess you can say my life changed when I moved to Asia.

Abroad, my purpose was redirected after learning a simple truth: language is a vital resource. My international journey ignited my passion for teaching people the power of linguistic capital. I wrote my first book while living in Asia, which chronicled my adventure as a Black American educator in a foreign country. The writing process for this particular book awakened the creative and entrepreneurial side of me. I paid attention to the steps needed to write my book, tested the method with my other books, and later published a book-writing framework for non-fiction authors with my How To Write Your First Book workbook. I realized, however, in order to write a book or share your words in any capacity, you have to feel somewhat confident in your writing and linguistic skills.

Upon my return to the states, I took inventory of the ways the English language was being used and misused in everyday communication. With a desire to help remove the language barriers that often create blocks between landing jobs, getting accepted into schools, and more, I started a writing guide series entitled “Look Better In Writing” to address the common misconceptions of Standard American English grammar. Look Better In Writing has since evolved into a personal brand highlighting English language competency overall.

After teaching countless lessons, editing books for multiple clients, hosting impactful writing workshops, and gaining recognition by The New York Times, I have secured my position within a niche not often occupied by women of color, and I seek to share with the world my superpower—the ability to tell one’s story with clarity.

Has it been a smooth road?
Absolutely not. I’ve faced rejection, doubt, and depression along the way. As the first of many in my family, there wasn’t (and still isn’t) a blueprint for this life path that I’ve chosen. Nevertheless, I’m committed to making my dreams a reality, and the journey has proven itself to be purposeful rather than smooth.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
N.HARV is the name of my business, and I help aspiring authors put ideas to paper by way of book coaching and book editing. Under the N.HARV umbrella is the “Look Better In Writing” brand where I share resources (e.g., blog posts, podcast episodes, books, etc.) on the importance of grammar and writing. I am proud of my approach to written communication as someone who can easily code-switch between formal and informal settings. My ability to connect with American students in inner cities and non-American students in other countries—as well as corporate professionals and clergymen—sets me apart from others, as I have experience working with colleges (and universities), corporations, conferences, and churches.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I feel like L.A. is a good place for most businesses because of its ethnic diversity, abundant resources, and diverse economy. I recommend that business owners research where their target market is—among other important factors—and then start there. If Los Angeles makes business sense, then welcome to the city of angels!

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