Today we have another installment for my advice series celebrating the launch of 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids: The Ultimate Guide.

Today’s guest: One of my absolute dearest friends, Michelle McLean, author of Homework Helpers: Essays and Term Papers 

Michelle has an insatiable love for reading and was one of those crazy types that loved school. She earned a BS in History and a MA in English and has a knack for simplifying complicated and overly techincal material. She brings her straightforward style to her guide books on writing in an effort to help students navigate the often confusing world of Language Arts. In addition to her non-fiction, Michelle writes young adult novels under the pen name MacKenna Marquis and children’s picture books under the name Michelle Raynor. If she’s not editing, writing, or chasing her kids around, she can most often be found in a corner with her nose in a book, or quietly working on her next project. Michelle resides in Pennsylvania with her family and assorted quirky pets. She is represented by Krista Goering of The Krista Goering Literary Agency.

Take it away Michelle:

Don’t compare yourself to others. Most of the misery in my life has come from comparing myself to someone else. It took a very long time to learn that I was a pretty cool person, all on my own.

Everyone’s journey through life is different and no good ever comes from comparing yourself to someone else. Everyone has their own trials, their own talents, their own limitations, their own hopes and dreams. You are your own wonderful, unique YOU and no one else can do the things that you do or be the person you will be, quite like you will.


Oh Man! Comparisons…yeah, I need this advice too!

Want to share your own advice for kids? Leave it in the comments or snatch the jpg and do your own post. I’ll be doing giveaways on Fridays throughout the month, giving various book swag prizes. So leave a comment and let me know if you do your own post!

For more great advice for kids, be sure to check out 101 Success Secrets for Kids – featuring advice from me and hundreds of kids about school, friends, family and life. The book features tip sheets, quizzes, and fun crafts all designed to help kids embrace life and live to their potential. Available from Prufrock Press, Amazon and booksellers everywhere.

Come back later this week for more launch party fun!

And don’t forget about my exclusive FB contest! Post your advice on my FB Author Page and I’ll be randomly drawing names to win bookmarks, book swag, signed copies of my books, other YA arcs and more. FUN FUN FUN!!!


5 thoughts on “Advice from the Writing How-To Author Herself, Michelle McLean

  1. Excellent advice, Michelle, and so true. Everyone is cool in their own way and being your own individual is the only way to be.

    I love this series, Christine. So many nuggets of wisdom. =o)

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