We had the good fortune of connecting with Nailah Harvey, M.A. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nailah, what are you inspired by?
I am inspired by my city. Los Angeles is filled with courageous and resilient residents. With Hollywood being the land of dreams, there’s a sense of pride and ambition attached to the city’s overall culture, and I love it. I LOVE LOS ANGELES!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m a 10x published author, book editor, and book coach with a knack for words. What sets me apart from other authorpreneurs is my book-writing foundation. I wrote my first book while living and teaching overseas in South Korea. It was the first time I felt it was possible to merge my two passions—teaching and writing—with the possibility of creating an international impact. This is what makes me unique. My business is not only based on words, but it’s also rooted in the ideal of linguistic capital. Simply put, I believe the mastery of the English language can be used as currency and cultural capital. With a desire to help remove the language barriers that often create blocks between landing jobs, writing books, and more, I started a brand called “Look Better In Writing” (including a blog, podcast, and workbook) which highlights English language competency overall. Let’s face it, the year 2020 taught us that our first impressions are not always face-to-face, and sometimes our words precede us. Therefore, my goal is to teach writers how to represent themselves well in writing. This excites me. Literacy excites me!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my friend to The Grove first. There, we’d grab a few books from Barnes & Noble and do a little shopping. Afterward, we’d drive to Inglewood to have brunch at Serving Spoon. Throughout the week, we’d hit up a few minority-owned, neighborhood coffee shops for caffeine and conversation, ending with a hike in the Santa Monica mountains. Lastly, my bestie and I would participate in a very L.A. outing and attend a TV show taping and/or a movie screening.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to recognize my alma mater: Cal State University, Dominguez Hills. It was there that I wrote my first grammar book, “Look Better In Writing: A Quick and Easy Guide to Punctuation”—which reignited my passion for literacy. It was also there that I decided to move forward with my writing business while working as a full-time grad student. A lot of academic as well as professional growth took place while I was on campus, and I will forever cherish my years as a Toro.
Other: If you’re a non-fiction author who would like a professional pair of eyes on your manuscript, then sign up for my book editing service at https://www.nharv.com/bookediting