May is a Taurus; it is the month of emerald and fertility. It is where mothers are honored by their sons and daughters - where poetry meets spring, and devotionals are made to God. For this issue, we have selected 4 uplifting and inspirational reads written by women! One of our book features is from a legendary author who shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother. We've selected two poetry books touching on the themes of fulfillment and living your dreams and comes from a female perspective. We also feature a devotional for women! All of our fabulous selections would make great Mother's Day gifts!
IN THIS ISSUE:
Mother's Day Book Ideas
How to Achieve Your Dreams
How does an unknown author become a Kindle bestseller?
3 Ways to Build Meaningful Connections to Move Your Writing Career Forward
An award-winning author and teacher, Kimberly Dana enjoys teaching writing to middle school students who give her much inspiration and insight into the world of tweendom. She is published by the National Council of Teachers of English and the recipient of several writing honors from Writers Digest and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.
Other affiliations include the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition, where she serves as a judge for the annual eBook competition. Kimberly's most recent books include Cheerage Fearage, Lucy and CeCee's How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School, and the delightful picture book, Pretty Dolls, winner of Best Children's Picture Book of the Year by Reader Views. Kimberly invites her readers to visit her at
The Writer's Edge asked novelist Elisa Lorello to share some of her insight in how her first novel,
Faking It, peaked to number 6 on the Kindle Bestseller list during the last week of January with her second book, Ordinary World, positioning well around number 40.
I wish I could give you a formula for my recent success as an Amazon Kindle bestseller. I've been going back, trying to re-trace my steps, and the best I can say is that all the pieces fell into place at the right time. I can, however, give you the pieces. They're the four Ps of marketing: product, price, place, and promotion.
I believe the cornerstone of marketing today is a relationship built on trust.
That trust can be based on incredible customer focus, which explains why we buy from Amazon so much. But for personal brands like you and I as authors, it is based on connection with people on a personal level. Today, Monica Carter Tagore explains how to build those connections and I can tell you that this is exactly how I have built my platform over the last 4 years.
Social media encourages us to amass the largest followings, but building a smart writing business is not about collecting the most people. It is about connecting with the most.