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Are You Ready to Learn History in a Whole New Way?

16 Jan


Last year I started a series of books to help teens and pre-teens learn more about history and have more fun at the same time. Then I had the pleasure of having an intern named Molly Force, work with me last summer and create her own book. It went a step further. She created 30 unique stories about past and present icons who emulate positive values and, serendipitously, have commonalities with one another. So, for example, there is Anne Hathaway, who became a Jew similar to Anne Frank. Hathaway similarly is very compassionate as was Frank.

It’s been very eye-opening to see the many and unique commonalities between two seemingly different icons, one from the past, the other from the present. It just shows you that life is filled with strange and interesting quirky connections between people. Who knows? You might find once you read one or all of these books, you too will have some unique connections with those we write about. So here’s a list of the current books:

Shakespeare to Steven King -

Marie Antoinette to Madonna -

Sleeping Beauty to Beyonce -

Princess Grace to Princess Kate –


What are People Saying About the Mashups?

This encourages one to consider the world in a more profound and historical manner. – Dan Kaplan

Mash-tastic - J. Linson

Not surprised this one is on the bestsellers list. It was a great read. - P. Benson, Top 1000 Reviewer

About the Mashups

The mashup has existed for ages though the term only became fashionable in the past decade. Its recent, renewed popularity in the entertainment and technology industries proves blending the tried-and-true with innovation is a successful means to communicate with the masses. Literature is no exception. Take Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. Need we say more?

Author Melissa G. Wilson has breathed new life into the art form with Masters Mashup. Her books dive into and dissect the uncanny parallel lives, for example, in the book Shakespeare to Steven King, of the King of Sonnets and the King of Horror and proposes fascinating mashups using several of their own masterpieces.

What do William Shakespeare and Stephen King, born hundreds of years apart, have in common? You may be surprised.

Discover shared themes, interesting influences, eerie connections and key turning points in their careers. Looking for a juicy scandal? You get that, too. Wilson discusses several controversial incidents, debauchery and the dark matters each master wrestled with.

This is the exciting introduction into the Mashup series.. I have written fifteen books, including Networlding, which held a #10 Amazon spot for an entire year. Through my organization, Networlding Publishing,  I provide a comprehensive service for thought leaders who want to create breakthrough books, self-published or published traditionally. This site represents my passion to help pre-teens and teens get better starts in life. To this end, ALL the proceeds from the Mashup Series goes to paid internships and programs that support this effort.


This encourages one to consider the world in a more profound and historical manner. – Dan Kaplan

Mash-tastic - J. Linson

Not surprised this one is on the bestsellers list. It was a great read. - P. Benson, Top 1000 Reviewer

Beyond the Broken Book Review

31 Jan

Beyond the Broken by Sharisse Kimbro


Sharisse Kimbro leaves no hardship unrecognized in her beautifully written book, Beyond the Broken. When five outwardly successful friends come together in the aftermath of a tragic event, they discover inwardly they are all emotionally distraught, overwhelmed, and damaged. After neglecting their friendships for sometime, it was apparent to each that strong relationships are the keys to a happy, healthy, and full life.


The vulnerability of each woman is very relatable and I found myself identifying very strongly with qualities of each. Kimbro’s ability to supercede race issues to appeal to all women equally makes this story a work of art. Eloquently and gracefully, Kimbro writes of difficult topics such as suicide, domestic abuse, affairs, and abortions, showing that life is not black and white and struggles people go through are very real.


Not only is it important to take the time to discuss pain and hardships, but to take the time to learn to let go of them. Beyond the Broken is not only a fictional story to get lost in and enjoy, but a revelation; a call to action for any reader who may be feeling lost and not knowing where to turn. As Kimbro’s unique tale points out, there is always hope, and always help.


Kimbro’s flawless writing style, attention to detail, and elegant language make reading this book very gratifying. The rich description of the San Fransisco Bay Area made me feel as if I’d been there forever, even though I’ve never visited. I could picture the Chicago scene that I’ve come to know so well through the portrayal of the city streets, skyscrapers, and the lakefront Kimbro so expertly depicted.


I so enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to anyone. After finishing Beyond the Broken, it left me wanting more. You can get the book on Amazon in hard copy, paperback, or kindle here: . Happy Reading!


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The 50 Leading Influential Authors of Self Publishing

26 Nov

In this digital age it is becoming more popular than ever for authors to self publish their books. This can be a challenge, however, because self publishing can be confusing to authors who have never done it before.

The truth is, self publishing can be easier than you think. Countless skilled authors with New York Times bestsellers have produced self published books. Many of these authors want to help you self publish your books too!

Take Joanna Penn, for instance. Her blog, The Creative Penn, has been voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers for three consecutive years, and was one of the Top 10 Blogs for Self-Publishers in 2012. Penn, a self published author, has made many mistakes along the way during her experiences in publishing and writing. She has also published no less than six very successful books. On her blog she offers free advice, and gives you the ability to sign up for classes where she’ll teach you what to do, and what not to do, in order to successfully self publish your book! Check out her blog at

Many other blogs are out there with excellent tips about self publishing as well. To see more blogs about self publishing visit The Future of Ink, Digital Publishing for Online Entrepreneurs. Here, you can see The Top 10 Self Publishing Blogs of 2012.

To help you find more information and books about self publishing, I searched Using the tools provided by Amazon I put together a list of 50 leading authors with books about self publishing. Their books were published recently and had good customer reviews. Some of the people on this list you’ll recognize from The Top 10 Self Publishing Blogs of 2012 article.

Here’s the list my research generated:


The 50 Leading Influential Authors of Self Publishing


Jana Deleon

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Tina Folsom

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Colleen Gleason

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Jane Graves

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Liliana Hart

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Debra Holland

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Dorien Kelly

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Theresa Ragan

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Denise Grover  Swank

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Jasinda Wilder

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

William Germano

Getting It Published 2nd Edition

Amy Einsohn

The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications

Cynthia Reeser

How to Publish a Kindle Book with Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

Lisa Rusczyk

50 Things to Know to Self-Publish a Book on Amazon: A Step-By-Step guide to Publish and Promote an eBook

Shelley Hitz

Self Publishing Books 101: Helping You Get Published and Noticed!

Dr. Treat Preston

Author Blueprint: Can Writing Best-Selling Books Be a Feasible Career Path?

Mark Levine

The Fine Print of Self-Publishing

Chris McMullen

How to Self-Publish a Book on Writing, Editing, Designing, Publishing, and Marketing

Marilyn Ross

The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book (Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Everything)

Catherine Ryan Howard

Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing (Second Edition)

Arielle Eckstut

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully

Aaron Shepard

Aiming at Amazon: The NEW Business of Self Publishing, or How to Publish Your Books with Print on Demand and Online Book Marketing on

Barry Eisler

Be the Monkey – Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialog Between Authors Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath

J.A. Konrath

Be the Monkey – Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialog Between Authors Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath

Kevin Sivils

301 Frequently Asked Questions About Self-Publishing: Answers to Common Questions About Self-Publishing, Print-on-Demand, Book Marketing, Using CreateSpace and More

Shane Lee

The Self-Publishing Playbook: Discover How 12 Successful Authors Hit It Big Publishing Their Books Independently

Dr. Leland Benton

How to Write A Kindle Book in Hours – It’s about Quality Not Quantity (Publishing and Ebooks)

Kayla Fioravanti

How to Self-Publish: The Author-preneur’s Guide to Publishing

Heather Hart

Book Marketing 101: Marketing Your Book on a Shoestring Budget

Gwen Richardson

Write It Right: The Guide to Self-Publishing Your Best Book

Guy Kawasaki

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book

Elisbaet Holm

Marketing Strategies for Self-Published Books: Everything you need to know about local, online and nationwide marketing strategies as well as self-employment taxes.

Betsy B. Lee

A Basic Guide to Writing, Selling, and Promoting Children’s Books : Plus Information about Self-publishing

C. Pinheiro

The Step-by-Step Guide to Self-Publishing for Profit!

Michael N. Marcus

Become a Real Self-Publisher: Don’t be a Victim of a Vanity Press.

John Locke

How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months!

Ariane de Bonvoisin

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Writing A Book

David Gaughran

Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should (Volume 1)

Anna Crosbie

How to Publish Your Own Book: Everything You Need to Know About the Self-publishing Process

Craig Lock

The Art (and Craft) of Self Publishing

Julie-Ann Harper

Do It Yourself – Self-Publishing: 10 Reasons to Self-Publish & the TRUTH about Vanity Publishing

Denise George

Making the Choice: Self-Publishing Books versus Traditional Book Publishing

Nina Amir

How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time

Debbie Elicksen

Self-Publishing 101

Kehinde Adesina

The Beginners’ Guide to Writing, Self-Publishing and Marketing a Book

Taiwo Adesina

The Beginners’ Guide to Writing, Self-Publishing and Marketing a Book

R. Briski

How To Successfully Self-Publish Your Book For Less Than $20.00: 13 simple steps to successful self-publishing.

Steve Scott

How to Write a Nonfiction eBook in 21 Days – That Readers LOVE!

Dave Brickner

The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing

Diana Bocco

How They Did It: 25 bloggers, authors and writers share all their secrets about earning a living and how you can do it too


After viewing all of the tools available to authors it is clear that self publishing has been done by many and can be very rewarding. By taking advantage of this list of books, authors can find just the right combination of experience and ideas to successfully self publish and market their books!

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The Chick-Lit 50: Leading Influential Authors

8 Oct

Social Media has become the norm for sharing opinions, beliefs, and ideas in our society. CEOs, marketing gurus, newscasters, college students, and bored housewives all have jumped on board with the social media frenzy.

Cover of "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, ...

Cover of Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea

We used to determine someone’s influence based on their charitable contributions and how powerful their careers were. Now, influence can be based on how high one’s Klout score is or how many ‘likes’ received on Facebook.

Social media has made a world of difference in corporations. They say word-of-mouth is the best advertising, and social media has allowed millions of people to discuss millions of products in the open for anyone to observe. This allows marketing and public relations professionals the opportunity to address customer concerns and discover if the product they’re selling is really something that consumers want.

It’s easy to see how social media would benefit corporate America, but what about other professions and industries?  Does social media really play an important role? It certainly is a good question.

Take, for instance, the book publishing circuit. Self published writers and publishing companies thrive because of social media. Authors can connect with other authors and publishers to get the word out about their books.

Shakespeare can be considered a very influential author, even without the help of social media. Theatre and movies are bursting with Shakespeare’s writings and quotes and have been for many years. Now, a mock Twitter account with the handle @Wwm_Shakespeare has almost 50,000 followers and a Klout score of 65. Over 400 years later, Shakespeare continues to be influential through the use of social media!

Current authors and their publishers can also connect with fans to hear what readers would like to read and get others interested in things they’ve already written. To showcase this finding, I searched for the most popular books in the Chick-Lit genre. Then I used Twitter and Hootsuite to identify 50 fiction authors from the list with high Klout scores and a mass of followers.


Here’s the list my research generated.

The Chick-Lit 50: Leading Influential Authors

Cecily von Zeigesar Gossip Girl

Candace Bushnell Sex and the City

Judy Blume Tiger Eyes

Jodi Picoult My Sister’s Keeper

Lauren Weisberger The Devil Wears Prada

Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club

Philippa Gregory The Other Boleyn Girl

Ann Brashares Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Cecelia Ahern P.S. I Love You

Meg Cabot Princess Diaries

Janet Evanovich One for the Money

James Patterson Suzanne’s Diary for Nicolas

Chelsea Handler Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea

Sarah Dessen Someone Like You

Jessica Sorensen The Coincidence

Joanne Harris Chocolat

Joyce Carol Oates We Were the Mulvaneys

Joan Swan Phoenix Rising

Lindsey Leavitt Princess For Hire

Paige Edward Dare Me Forever

Tess Thompson Riversong

Liv Morris Drunk & Disorderly

Stephen Kiernan The Curiosity

Brad Taylor Enemy of Mine

Nicole Mcgehee Regret Not A Moment

Nicolas Sparks Dear John

Wendy Cartmell Steps to Heaven

Melissa Walker Unbreak My Heart

Marie Astor This Tangled Thing Called Love

Sara Palacios Love In Translation

Jamie Blair Leap of Faith

Allie Larkin Why Can’t I Be You

Colleen Oakes Ellie in Bloom

Luann Robinson Hull Happily Ever After Right Now

Jason Mott The Returned

Chris Kuhn Muse Unlocked

Glen Hepker A Glimpse of Heaven

Rick Bylina One Promise Too Many

Laura Miller Butterfly Weeds

R.M. James Love’s Second Chance

Tyler Compton The Poisonous Ten

Carlie Sexton Fallen For You

C. Lee McKenzie Sliding on the Edge

Teresa Mummert White Trash Beautiful

Anna Jeffrey The Tycoon

Cara Rosalie Olsen Awakening Foster Kelly

Kathryne Arnold The Fear of Things to Come

Stephanie Zia The Widow’s To Do List

Tobin Elliot Vanishing Hope

Michael Hooper Man of Discovery

Terri Giuliano Long In Leah’s Wake


After viewing this list, it is clear that social media is just as important to the book publishing circuit as the corporate world. The authors in the above list have created a following and developed a strategy to stay connected with fans, publishers, and other authors to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and get their works recognized.

By taking advantage of this list of authors, observing their social media approach, and connecting with them, other self published authors can develop their own social media strategy to have their publications viewed by masses of fans as well. The more people an author can connect with, the easier it will be to have her works known, and hopefully one day being included in a list of influential authors.

–Bailey Allen, Cub Reporter for Networlding and Networlding Publishing
Connect with me on Twitter @BaileyeAllen

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