Welcome to The Cool Girls Guide!

A guide to helping girls and women become successful by showcasing books and more by women for women.

As women, we hold many roles: friend, mom, leader, entrepreneur, writer, creative, diva, geek.  Books that offer guidance and support can help tap into the joy and success of these roles greatly.

I created this guide to find the best books and more, by women for women, regularly.

Over the past 25 years, I’ve mentored over 100  young women helping them get better starts in their lives. This mentoring support  has helped these young women feel less alone, provide a clearer path to success for them, and have more fun on their journey.

The Cool Girls Guide is my philanthropic initiative. Here, upwards of half of all of the revenues I receive, I use to continue to mentor more young women giving them better starts in their lives.

Won’t you join me on this journey?



Melissa G Wilson

Twenty years ago, I started my business after graduating law school,  as a referral service for trade businesses–like Angie’s list. I kept that focus–promoting trade services locally in Chicago to companies large and small all over the Chicagoland area. After about four years and ten employees, I changed direction.

I moved out of my office space as it was too expensive and back into my home. I had two small sons and it was the last thing I really wanted to do but that’s the way it goes when you are an entrepreneur. I did not go under but had tallied up more than $50,000 worth of debt. I also had debt from undergraduate, graduate school and law school. Also, at that time banks did not help fund women businesses and so I had funded everything for my business on 18% credit cards. Really!

I went back home to try to dig my way out of my debt. I started helping entrepreneurial companies grow and taught entrepreneurship to disadvantaged women and men through a government program. I fell in love with helping others.

After several years of training and coaching entrepreneurs, I decided I would start to write books to help them even more. At least now I was using those years I spent getting my masters degree in English! My parents breathed a sigh of relief!

For the last eighteen years, I have authored and co-authored 17 books, the first one, The Chicago Entrepreneurs Sourcebook, helped support thousands of entrepreneurs in Chicago. Then I started writing books on networking, another passion. I haven’t looked back as I continued to grow my influential network to make the greatest difference. possible for others. My seventh book, Networlding, was #10 on Amazon for a full year (in Chicago) over all categories.

I look forward to showcasing the best of books and more for women by women here. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have at melissa @ networlding.com.

Here’s What I Know for Sure

What matters most are those little ones we just can’t help reaching out to and supporting in any and all ways possible. These two below, Grace and Lexy, are at the heart of my heart. I pray daily that I can be a good role model for their lives.

They will become part of my regular blogging, one called “Wednesdays with Grace,” a series I’ll be turning into a book, and the second one, “Lessons from Lexy.”

We are all teachers at one point or another. You set an example whether you intend to or not.

Therefore, live your life thoughtfully–full of caring and love. It’s a powerful combination.