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Student Achievements

Conservatory students are “doers” not just “learners.” They actually write books, launch business ventures, and make real money. Here are some of the major milestones our students have celebrated:

March 2024

  • Haley received a regional honorable mention from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
  • Hope submitted for her manuscript assessment
  • Sarina submitted for her manuscript assessment
  • Ruth finaled in The Writer’s Sanctuary Storyteller’s Contest
  • Hannah F’s childcare business hit the milestone of making a minimum of 1.6k a month
  • Abigail finished drafting her novella at 38k words
  • Lydia got her first order from a stranger and got a five star review
  • Calissa finished drafting a novel 
  • Abi Lyn Voss and Julia Naus won Aurora Awards
  • Ruth Nguyen got runner-up in two categories for the Aurora Awards
  • Hadassah finished her first full edit of her novel
  • Bailey submitted her manuscript for her assessment and submitted her short story for line edits
  • Savanna finished drafting her short story at 6.8k words
  • Hope did her first-ever speaking event at a library
  • Olivia “Livy” G Blooms, Rachel (Elizabeth) Sullivan, Valari Westeren, Abi Lyn Voss, and Hope Jian (Daugherty) moved on to Round Two in the short story/novella category of the Realm Awards
  • Faith Blum submitted her book, Be Still, My Soul, to the Christy Awards
  • Anna finished her first-ever Story Magicians class and got her first student testimonial
  • Ava finished drafting her novel at 73.6k words
  • Amanda got her first unknown customer
  • Lydia got her first unknown customer/order
  • Hollis finished drafting her short story at 4.7k words

February 2024

  • Hollis finished drafting her short story at 4.7k words
  • Bethany C. had her first 1k month in both net and gross profit
  • Jules finished drafting her first conservatory novella at 41k words
  • Kellyn Roth got accepted to teach a workshop at a writer’s conference
  • Juliet submitted her short story for line edits
  • Ryan E. submitted her short story for line edits
  • Zach submitted his short story for line edits
  • Lydianne launched her audiobook narration business
  • Calissa submitted her short story for line edits
  • Clive finished his first science club and made $350
  • Karissa launched her business
  • A’riana finished drafting her second author novel at 50k words
  • Joseph finished drafting his new short story at 6k words
  • Annika finished drafting her second author novel at 64k words
  • Elena won a scholastic award with the first chapter from her manuscript
  • Kayla finished drafting her novel
  • Lydia finished drafting her short story
  • Sophia finished drafting her novel at 86.5k words
  • Julia D. officially launched her sourdough-baking business
  • Shannae finished drafting her short story at 5k words
  • Anna H. finished drafting her novel at 71.5k words
  • Rachel Su. finished drafting her second novel at 55k words
  • Madelyn finished drafting her first conservatory novella at 41k words
  • Jael finished drafting her novel at 61k words
  • Abby finished drafting her novel

January 2024

  • Ruth N. is being published in an anthology through another publisher
  • Rebecca finished drafting her short story at 2k words
  • Luke finished drafting his first conservatory novel at 79k words
  • Hannah F. finished drafting her short storyat 6.8k words
  •  Julia D. sold her first loaf of bread with her sourdough baking business
  • Elisabeth finished drafting her second author project at 63.5k words
  • Bethany finished drafting her novel at 50k words
  • Faith was hired as Publishing Consultant and Assistant for Goodwill Media Services
  • Naomi Sowell was hired as Social Media, Sales, and Executive Assistant for Goodwill Media Services
  • Anna P. broke 5k with her teaching business
  • Anna H. got her first customer and hosted her first Story Magicians meeting
  • Abi Lyn submitted a manuscript to Donald Maas and he responded twice
  • Christopher launched his creative writing coaching business, Quality Quill Coaching
  • Glory Lynn H finished drafting her novel at 67k words
  • Karissa finished drafting her first Conservatory novel
  • Alycia got a full time dream job as a ghostwriter/executive assistant for a teen motivation coach
  • Ruth finished drafting her short story at 6.5k words
  • Madigan did her first interview article for the local news
  • Lydia finished drafting her novel
  • Katie finished drafting her novella at 30k words
  • Bailey finished drafting her third short story at 6.5k words
  • Lillianna Joy finished drafting her short story at 6k words
  • Jenny Chasteen, Hope Jian (Dougherty), and Abi Lyn Voss were featured in the local news/newspaper
  • Johanna hit 100k views with her stock photography business
  • Abigail had her first housecleaning client
  • Elena received her first ever novel edit letter for a manuscript
  • Sydney finished drafting her short story at 5k words
  • Annika finished drafting her short story at 2.7k words
  • Annika received her first ever novel edit letter for a manuscript
  • Rayna launched her dog walking and pet sitting business, Once Upon A Wag: Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, and got her first two paying customers

December 2023

  • Colin Horst finished drafting his novel at 87k words
  • Megan finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 90k words
  • Julia finished drafting her novella at 28k words
  • Elena submitted the first chapter to The Scholastic Awards
  • Ally finished drafting her short story at 5.5k words
  • Cristiana finished drafting her novel 
  • Hollis finished drafting her second Conservatory novel at 70k words
  • Ruth Nguyen moved on to the Aurora Contest final in the Adult AND Fantasy categories with The Weaver and The Witch
  • Abi Lyn Voss moved on to the Aurora Contest final in the YA category with Memory Man
  • Julia Naus moved on to the Aurora Contest final in the Horror/Supernatural/Paranormal category with To Defy Death
  • Valari is officially in the 25k club having made over 25k with her proofreading business
  • Rhianna finished the first draft at 52k words
  • Ella finished the first draft of her second author novel
  • Kira finished the first draft of her short story at 7k words
  • Nicole launched her business and made her first sales
  • Salvatore finished drafting his second author project at 63k words
  • Jenny has made over 25k since 2021 with her LifeStoryBook business
  • HannahGrace finished drafting
  • Allie hit 5k in sales with her gluten free baked goods business
  • Ryan received her first ever professional edit letter
  • Lydia finished drafting her second Conservatory novel at 55k words
  • Anna Rose Johnson signed her third book contract
  • Marielle doubled her income from her first year of business with her graphic design business
  • Marielle was payed by her first Instagram client/first client with no previous connections
  • Eden made $383 at her first vendor event in 6 hours
  • Eden submitted her manuscript to her editor

November 2023

  • Annika Crum moved on to the second round of the Aurora contest in the Fantasy category with her novel Quiet Voices
  • Coralie Terry moved on to the second round of the Aurora contest in the Fantasy category with her novel Shards and Shadows
  • Cassie Porath moved on to the second round of the Aurora contest in the Fantasy category with her novel The Assassin and The Rogue
  • Ruth Nguyen moved on to the second round of the Aurora contest in the Fantasy category with her novel The Weaver and The Witch
  • Julia Naus moved on to the second round of the Aurora contest in the Horror/Paranormal/Supernatural category with her novel To Defy Death
  • Abi Lyn Voss moved on to the second category of the Aurora contest in the Young Adult Category with her novel The Memory Man
  • Ruth Nguyen moved on to the second round of the Aurora contest in the Young Adult category with her novel Where Dragons Meet The Clouds
  • Sarah Pagel moved on to the second round of the Aurora contest in the Middle Grade category with her novel The Glass War
  • Ruth Nguyen moved on to the second round of the Aurora contest in the Adult category with her novel The Weaver and the Witch
  • Elena submitted her manuscript to her editor
  • Shelby got her first client for her cleaning business
  • Bethany C.’s gross income for November was nearly double October’s
  • Allie finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 51.5k words
  • Liesl finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 53k words
  • Alycia did her first speaking event
  • Cheyenne finished drafting her first Conservatory novel  at 54k words
  • Rachel E won a novel contest—The One Year Adventure Novel Student Novel contest
  • Annika submitted for her manuscript assessment
  • Sydney finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 147k words
  • Anna Rose Johnson finished drafting the extended version of her novella at 40k words
  • Eden finished drafting her short story at 7k words
  • Hannah finished drafting at 22.5k words
  • Leisl Brunner launched her business and already got one student
  • Hope Jian finished drafting at 82k words
  • Joseph Brink finished draft 5 of Locked Away By Dark
  • Katie R. is getting published by Havok
  • Anna H. launched her storytelling workshop/mentorship business, Story Magicians Mentoring
  • Jessica N. launched her ACT Test Prep business
  • Naomi Sowell’s first podcast interview was released
  • Anna G. made over $1.5k at her first ever Christmas Vendor event
  • Beckie finished drafting at 45k words
  • Juliet finished drafting her short story at 7.5k words
  • Cameron finished drafting his year three novel at 72k words
  • Cristiana finished drafting her short story 4.5k words
  • Jason received his edit letter/manuscript assessment
  • Annika received her edit letter/manuscript assessment

October 2023

  • Zoe published her first flash fiction piece with Havok
  • Anna Rose Johnson earned out her advance on The Star That Always Stays and received her first royalty check
  • Sequoyah Branham released her debut novella, In The Company Of Cows
  • Sydney O. finished drafting her first author novel at 67k words
  • Olivia is officially a marketing intern
  • Anna G. finished drafting her novel at 74.5k words
  • Rebecca finished drafting Underground at 26k words
  • Ruth finished drafting her second author conservatory novel at 50k
  • Niyah launched her candy making business Confectionary Dreams
  • Sequoyah Branham was on two podcasts, The Mighty Books podcast and the True Stories Of Cowgirl Courage podcast
  • Rhianna finished drafting her short story at 5k words
  • Calissa Jane finished drafting her short story at 5k words
  • Juliet house cleaning business has generated over 20k in gross revenue this year
  • Allie has sold over 3.5k in baked goods over the summer
  • Charis finished drafting her short story at 4k words
  • Olivia published a flash fiction piece with Havok
  • Johanna hit over 50k views on her stock photography business, with almost 400 downloads
  • Anna Rose Johnson launched her Patreon
  • Kara finished drafting a novella at 35k words
  • Johanna finished drafting her short story at 5.7k words
  • Anna launched her teaching/creative writing classes business and has made over 2k this semester
  • Caleb made his first dollar off his virtual essay writing class

September 2023

  • Megan finished drafting her short story at 7k words
  • Savanna finished drafting her short story at 6k words
  • Elena finished drafting at 83k words
  • Madigan signed her first book contract
  • Ruth is getting published by Havok
  • Hannah taught her first class and made her first dollar
  • Cheyenne taught her first class for her business
  • Anna Rose Johnson finished her major edit for next contracted book
  • Monica finished drafting her short story at 5k words
  • Kristianne received her first professional edit letter
  • Marielle finished drafting her short story at 6k words
  • Hallie received her first professional edit letter
  • Clive got his first ten customers and made his first dollar as an entrepreneur
  • A’riana finished drafting at 55k words
  • Hannah-Abigail turned in her novel for her first developmental edit
  • Elena sent her novel in for line edits
  • Charis Rae got a manuscript request from cold querying
  • Abi Lyn submitted her short story
  • Sam launched her business and got her first customer
  • Salvatore finished drafting at 70k words

August 2023

  • Ruth is getting published
  • Hannah taught her first class and made her first dollar
  • Cheyenne taught her first class
  • Anna Rose Johnson finished her major edit for her next book to be published in 2024
  • Monica finished drafting her short story at 5k words
  • Kristianne received her first professional edit letter
  • Marielle finished drafting her short story at 6k words
  • Hallie received her first professional edit letter
  • Clive got his first ten customers and made his first dollar as an entrepreneur
  • A’riana finished drafting at 55k words
  • Hannah-Abigail turned in her novel for her first developmental edit
  • Elena sent her novel in for line edits
  • Charis got a manuscript request from cold querying
  • Sam launched her business and got her first customer
  • Salvatore finished drafting at 70k words

July 2023

  • Rachel E. got a book proposal request from one agent and a full manuscript request from another agent
  • Megan Y. did her first basket delivery for her business
  • Madigan T. finished drafting her Y3 novel at 91,259 words
  • Eden B. had her first ever class at a bookstore
  • Abi L. got a manuscript request from an agent
  • Sarah Ab. finished drafting her first conservatory novel at 88,142 words
  • Jenny C. got a full manuscript assessment from an agent
  • Hadassah W. received a manuscript request from a publisher
  • Allie A’s business hit over $1k in sales in less than one month
  • Gabriella B. got a book proposal request from an agent
  • Anna Rose Johnson finished edits and turned them in for her second contracted project
  • Annika C. got a full manuscript request from an agent
  • Kate H. finished drafting her first conservatory project at 57,715 words
  • Megan Y. got her first customer
  • Lydia S. earned her first dollar from her business
  • Annika C.’s cartography business made it into the Realm Maker’s program
  • Zoe A. made over $500 from her vendor booth
  • Rachel E. submitted her novel for a manuscript assessment
  • Charis M. submitted her full manuscript to two agents per their request
  • Lilianna Y. taught her first violin lesson
  • Anna Rose Johnson did her first paid speaking event
  • Olivia B. got a book proposal request from an agent
  • Jenny C. submitted her novel for a manuscript assessment
  • Johanna A. officially launched her stock photography business
  • Juliet A. made over $2.5k in one month with her cleaning business
  • Allie A. officially launched her gluten free baked goods business
  • Kenzie H. finished her first summer reading book club

June 2023

  • Ryan had her second sold out event
  • Marybeth finished drafting at 64k words
  • Valari reached over 100 email subscribers
  • Anna Rose Johnson hired an editor for her first picture book
  • Amanda finished drafting her short story
  • Ryan had a sold out workshop
  • Olivia got interest from a professional agent
  • Sadie bought her first house because of her business
  • Faith got a book proposal request from an agent
  • Zoe Anastasia made 10k dollars from her business this year
  • Ashleigh finished her short story at 12.5k words
  • Avery launched her soap business and got her first customers
  • Kenzie got her first two customers
  • Ruth finished drafting her novel at 115k words

May 2023

  • Jenny submitted her short story for line edits
  • Lillianna finished drafting her second Conservatory novel at 100k words
  • Zack made his first dollar from his podcast
  • Amanda got her first cookie mix client
  • Faith finished drafting her third Conservatory project, a novella at 33k words
  • Kori had her first sign up for her piano camp
  • Naomi landed her second client at $600/month
  • Elisabeth launched her business and got her first customer
  • Eden finished drafting her second Conservatory novel at 70k words
  • Anna got her first order from someone she didn’t know
  • Caroline finished drafting her novel at 50k words
  • Cristiana hit her first $1,ooo in her business
  • Hannah finished drafting her novella at 41k words
  • Annika landed her first client
  • Cara finished drafting her short story at 20k words
  • Lillianna won a Stevie business award
  • Calissa finished drafting her short story at 7k words

April 2023

  • Rachel Sul. submitted her short story for line edits
  • Lauren finished drafting her novella at 31,000 words
  • Cristiana finished drafting her novella at 38,000
  • Kellyn finished drafting her short story for one of the Conservatory Anthologies
  • James ran his first ever free webinar
  • Jenny finished working with her seventh client for her Life Story Books Services
  • Amie finished drafting her short story for one of the Conservatory Anthologies
  • Gabriella landed sixteen clients for her swim lessons
  • Gabriella landed her second customer for her Life Story Book service
  • Ryan sold out on her art workshop
  • Calissa finished drafting her Conservatory novel at 51,229 words
  • Naomi landed her first client with her marketing service
  • Haddassah Waugh finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 144,526 words
  • Hallie made $360 from her first private watercolor class for her watercolor business, Jireh Watercolor
  • Sam finished drafting her first Conservatory novel

March 2023

  • Valari Westeren made $545 from a single client
  • Olivia finished drafting her short story at 5,189 words
  • Anna Rose Johnson announced her second book deal for The Luminous Life of Lucy Landry
  • Rebecca finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 52,321 words
  • Hannah-Abigail finished drafting her short story at 5,939 words
  • Anna made $215 from her first workshop and landed her first client for her cake-decorating business
  • Kenzie finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 75,081 words
  • Alycia landed two clients for her perfectionism coaching service
  • Zach finished drafting his short story at 6,200 words
  • Joseph finished drafting his short story at 8,500 words
  • Eden made $170 and booked a class making $100/hr for her business, Bookish: A Business
  • Alabama finished drafting her novel at 43,306 words
  • Hope finished drafting her novel at 88,000 words

February 2023

  • Lillianna finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 105,000 words
  • Ashleigh Rollins finished drafting her novel at 64,309 words
  • Annika Crum finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 78,680 words
  • Sequoyah finished drafting her short story
  • Cameron finished drafting his short story at 15,000 words
  • Rachel finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 110,139 words
  • Bailey finished drafting her short story at 10,263 words
  • Rachel finished drafting her novel at 94,156 words
  • Gabriella finished drafting her novel at 78,473 words
  • Alabama finished drafting her short story
  • Hallie made $300 teaching a watercolor workshop and $50 in sales
  • Katharine landed her first two clients
  • Kristianne finished drafting her novel at 58,000 words
  • Naomi landed her first client
  • Hannah-Abigail landed her second client with her life story books service for athletes
  • Miranda-Zoya landed her first client and made $45 with her online cooking class

January 2023

  • Hannah made $900 for freelance writing
  • Sydney L. landed her first client with her cleaning service
  • Zoe made $5,000 from her Etsy shop in the last three months
  • Rachel M. landed a new client for her piano teaching business and will be making $500 a month
  • Juliet finished drafting her short story at 9,923 words
  • Kate H. got her first two paying customers for her guitar lessons
  • Valari finished drafting her short story at 9,431 words
  • Shannae finished drafting her short story at 10,429 words
  • Sydney L. launched her cleaning service and landed her first client
  • Cristiana landed her eighth client for her farm & petsitting service
  • Caleb finished drafting his novel at 105,000 words
  • Nicole finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 50,167 words
  • Kimberly finished drafting her novel at 55,972 words
  • Abby S. finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 50,000 words
  • Caroline made $1,000 in 2022 with her house-sitting service
  • Caroline just landed her first client for her tutoring business and made $80 in two hours
  • Valari finished drafting her second Conservatory novel at 81,707 words
  • Anna Rose Johnson received 2023 Michigan Notable Book Award for her novel The Star That Always Stays
  • Natalie J. finished drafting her novel at 90,100 words
  • Jenny landed her ninth client for her life story books service and made $2,500
  • Abi L. finished drafting her novel, Memory Man, at 50,098 words
  • Naomi finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 76,557 words

December 2022

  • Rachel M. finished drafting her short story at 10,610 words
  • Ella finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 100,602 words
  • Rose finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 72,957 words
  • Hannah finished drafting her short story at 8,731 words
  • Hallie finished drafting her novel at 50,105 words
  • Emma launched her pet sitting service and landed two clients
  • Beckie launched her Etsy shop, landed five clients, and sold 11 products
  • Matthew finished drafting his novel at 62,515 words
  • Rebecca just landed her first client
  • Cristiana launched her business, Brown Dog Farm & Pet Care and landed her first client
  • Rachel Su. finished drafting her short story at 8,280 words
  • Rachel M. finished drafting her novel at 79,630 words

November 2022

  • Joseph finished drafting his novel at 115,000 words
  • Elena finished drafting her short story at 6,825 words
  • Anna Rose Johnson finished drafting her short story at around 18,000 words
  • Hallie made $750 at a holiday market and $420 on one order from her watercolor art business
  • Madi finished drafting her short story at 8,381 words
  • Eden made $290 in one sale with her book-themed jewelry business
  • Victoria finished drafting her first Conservatory novel
  • Julia finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 76,028 words
  • Jenny landed another client for her Life Story Books service

October 2022

  • Rachel landed two clients for her piano teaching business

  • David made $571 in one day with his henna body art business

  • Sadie landed two clients for her organization business

  • Sequoyah landed 8 preorders for her business

  • Parker finished drafting his first Conservatory novel at 59,955 words

  • Gabriella finished drafting her novella at 22,072 words

  • Anna finished drafting her novel at 88,543 words

  • Juliet made $2,574 dollars in the month of September and hit $15k total in revenue from this year

  • Charis finished drafting her middle grade novel at 55,228 words

  • Anna Rose Johnson finished drafting her middle grade novelat 43,079 words

September 2022

  • Kristianne landed her sixth client for her social media VA service, hitting her max of three clients this month
  • Coralie finished drafting her novella at 43,403 words
  • Jenny landed another client for her Life Story Book service
  • Julia landed her first customer
  • Eden landed two new clients from her fliers for her cleaning service
  • Makayla finished drafting her first Conservatory novella at 40,539 words
  • Jenny finished drafting her short story at 12,775 words
  • Rhianna finished drafting her short story at 10,832 words
  • Sarah had 7 different clients try to book her on a single day for her pet-sitting service
  • Sam S. attended his first vendor event
  • Faith made $139 at a vendor event
  • Alabama taught her first group music lesson for her business
  • Ryan is collaborating with 3 local organizations for her art clubs service
  • Ashley landed her first tutoring client
  • Hallie made $81 on a new order for her custom watercolor service
  • Sarina launched her life story book service
  • Jadyn finished drafting her short story at 7,436 words
  • Kristianna hit $1,000 in total from her VA service

August 2022

  • Faith finished drafting her second Conservatory novel at 37,609 words
  • Juliet reached $10,000 half way through the year with her house cleaning service
  • Kayleigh finished drafting her novella at 32,098 words
  • Shannae made her first $200 with her business
  • Naomi finished drafting her novella
  • David launched his henna and face painting business and made his first $169
  • Kaylee made $520 with her business
  • Rachel finished drafting her novella at 38,619 words
  • Hannah finished running an intro-to-music camp and landed 5 piano students for this semester
  • Juliet raised her prices for her house cleaning business due to demand
  • Ryan Elizabeth finished running two art clubs and made $1,000+
  • Beckie finished drafting her first novella at 33,665 words
  • Marybeth finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 94,278 words
  • Bailey taught her first Institute for Excellence in Writing class
  • Shannae finished drafting her novella at 31,870 words
  • Eden landed her first cleaning service client
  • Megan landed her first client for her cleaning service
  • Monica finished drafting her first Conservatory novel
  • Hope D. finished drafting her short story at 9,201 words
  • Hope D. completed her 49 Day Marketing Plan
  • Hope J. finished drafting her short story at 10,111 words
  • Eden finished drafting her novel at 61,611 words

July 2022

  • Anna Rose Johnson released her debut novel, The Star That Always Stays
  • Valari completed her 90 day marketing plan
  • Kimberly finished drafting her first Conservatory novel,
  • Jessica finished drafting her first Conservatory novel
  • Bethany M. landed 7 students for her writing coaching service
  • Kayleigh went to her first business networking event
  • Alabama finished drafting her novella at 28, 498 words
  • Hannah-Abigail landed her first customer for her life story book service
  • Hannah-Abigail finished drafting her second Conservatory novel at 71,469 words
  • Hannah finished drafting her novella
  • Caleb launched his custom character art service and landed his first client
  • Valari landed a new client, making $1,400
  • Lilianna finished drafting her novel at 70,474 words
  • Joseph launched his Life Legacy Stories service
  • Kori landed her first client for her piano teaching service with raised prices
  • Alyssa finished running her first summer science class and made $1,000
  • Helen finished drafting her first Conservatory novel
  • Charis finished running 3 summer camps and made $2,655
  • Makayla finished running her first math camp
  • Kellyn Roth released her new novel, A Prayer Unanswered
  • Lexi finished drafting her first Conservatory novel at 53,410 words
  • Zoe Anastasia finished drafting her novella at 25,000 words

I cannot stress enough how much stronger of a storyteller I am after just one year in The Author Conservatory than after four years of attending college for writing.

Bailey Gaines

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