Aspiring Author offers business advice for writers looking to become commercially successful. It’s the sweet spot where right brain meets left brain, where art meets business, and where craft becomes career.

Our Story

Ever heard that old adage that there’s no such thing as an aspiring writer? That if you write, you are a writer? We totally agree. That’s not what this website is about, or who it’s for. But there is such a thing as an aspiring author: writers who are serious about getting published. Aspiring Author offers you business advice for your entire writing career, skyrocketing you from writer, to aspiring author, to published author.

My name is Natalie Harris-Spencer, and I’m the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Aspiring Author. I have lived and breathed digital content for my entire career, and I’m fascinated by the right-brain-left-brain dynamic: my profession has taught me that it’s quite possible to be logical, pragmatic, and business-minded, while still letting my creative juices run free. I established Aspiring Author to share my business acumen with fellow aspiring authors, and to offer practical advice for writers looking to skyrocket their careers and achieve tangible, published results.

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Natalie Harris-Spencer


Natalie Harris-Spencer is an English writer, editor, blogger, and debut novelist living in America. In her day job, she’s Director of Digital Marketing for a global digital advertising technology leader, with over a decade’s experience creating, project managing, and delivering world-class web content and global digital strategies. Her passion is writing. Her work has appeared in Archipelago, CultureCult, The Dark City, The Satirist, the Stonecoast Review, and more. She was selected by Oyster River Pages as one of their Emerging Fiction Voices, and she is the winner of the 2021 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Stonecoast, and is currently working on preparing her second novel for publication with her literary agent. Natalie enjoys surprise in fiction. And tea. Find her author pages on Amazon and Goodreads.

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Shannon L. Bowring

Contributing Editor

Shannon L. Bowring is a writer and editor based out of mid-coast Maine. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including Raleigh Review, Slush Pile Magazine, Archipelago, Waterwheel Review, The Seventh Wave, and JMWW. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart and a Best of the Net and was selected for Best Small Fictions 2021. One of her stories in her not-yet-published linked collection was chosen as a Finalist for the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance 2021 Maine Literary Awards. In January 2022, Shannon will graduate with her MFA from Stonecoast, where she currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Stonecoast Review. When she’s not writing, Shannon works as a cataloger for her local library. She enjoys reading, baking (and eating), and rewatching favorite shows while snuggling with her nearly-toothless cat. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Darcie Abbene

Contributing Editor

Darcie Abbene is a writer, editor, and teacher in Vermont. She is the Managing and Nonfiction Editor at the Green Mountains Review, an editorial project manager at the School Library Journal, part time faculty at Northern Vermont University and a writing coach and editorial consultant at WriteByNight. Her writing can be found in Tupelo Quarterly, Parhelion literature, Whitefish Review, is forthcoming in Teachers and Writers Magazine and was a 2021 Vermont Writers Award finalist. Darcie writes book reviews for Kirkus Reviews, Split Rock Review, and Necessary Fiction and is working on a collection of lyric essays on her teaching experiences. She is a graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program and holds a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Vermont. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


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