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Happy New Year!

Thanks for visiting my blog. Under this tab, you will find helpful tips on how to improve your writing, how to move your nonprofit to the next level, writing prompts, local news, and profiles of my sponsors.

Today I want to ask you some hard questions to help you move forward in 2023.

  • Why do you want to write a book? What makes your story unique from every other person who has dealt with (insert situation here)? Have you sent inquiry letters to publishers (most do not accept unsolicited completed books) or are you going to use a vanity publishing site (a book that is just that- getting published just to say you wrote a book that costs lots of money for no guaranteed sales)? How much are you willing to invest in getting your story out there?

  • Why do you want to start a nonprofit? What need in your community are you hoping to fix? How hard are you willing to work to raise the funds to carry out your mission in the early years to prove to grantors that you have other sources of funds? Do you have a board of directors committed to not only raising funds but donating their own money?

  • Why do you want to start your own business? Do you have a written business plan and access to start up funds (small business grants are very competitive and should be used to supplement other financing sources)?

  • What is your budget?

None of these goals are impossible, but you have to be willing to pay to make your goals happen. You get the best deal possible and have the best chance at success when you are prepared.

When you are ready, call me at (314)952-7525 for a free consultation. Packages are available for those who need help preparing for the grant writing process or setting up their small business. Go to and click on the SERVICES tab to learn more!

I look forward to helping you make 2023 your most successful year yet!


Stephanie Malench

Founder, Write By Steph

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