Monday, 13 November 2017

Print Book is ready for How to Write for Success: Best Writing Advice I Received


Print Book is ready for How to Write for Success: Best Writing Advice I received
Create Space still has to make slight changes to the Book's Cover, and it will be printed on demand.
In case you missed it here is the Book Description.

In 'How to Write for Success: Best Writing Advice I Received.' the author shares with new and aspiring authors her knowledge gained over the years. The book begins with her trials, errors, and successes, and moves on to the essentials of writing a book to which readers will gravitate. She covers plotting, writing dialogue and narrative, building your story world, choosing a book title, writing the blurb, what an author should do before and after publishing, choosing categories, creating an author brand, book marketing, and most of all how to get sales and reviews. It does not end there. She shows how you can achieve recognition in an author's world and become successful. You can become a best-selling author. You can become an award-winning author. The author emphasizes it is up to each individual to apply what they have learned in the book to achieve their dreams and goals. There is a segment on frequently asked questions with answers, that no aspiring author would want to miss. Seasoned authors can also learn something from this book. Be proud to be an Author.

Remember, the Kindle Version is still on pre-order at the reduced price of 0.99 cents until 1st December 2017 when it will be published.
If you pre-order, Amazon will automatically send the book to your device on 1st December. Take the opportunity to save $2,00 and pre-order Now.
The print version is available immediately.

Here is the Amazon Universal Link to order your copies.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Ask Me Anything Event - Questions and Answers


SYED ALI RAIHAN
Where can I get your new book?


BRENDA MOHAMMED
Hi Syed, You can get my new book, 'How to Write For Success' at any Amazon store.
Here is the Amazon Universal Link.
It is on pre-order at a reduced price of 0.99 cents until 1st December 2017. Pre-order a copy and save $2.00.
I hope that my book will be of great help to all of you who attended this AMA Event.

FLOU RAH MEI DEE
Does your family support your career as a writer?
BRENDA MOHAMMED
Yes, Flou. My family supports my career as a writer. They have always supported me in whatever I do. They supported my banking career and my insurance career. They know that I excel in everything I do.

POORVI TIWARI
What genres have you written?

BRENDA MOHAMMED
Poorvi, I have written fiction, non-fiction, a children's book, and my latest book is on writing and marketing.
Here is a list of my eighteen books:
I am Cancer Free: A Memoir was the Winner in the Category Non-Fiction in the McGrath House Indie Book Awards 2016. The book also earned a five-star review and five-star seal in February 2017 from Readers Favorite.
My Life as a Banker: A Life Worth Living placed second in the Category Bio/Memoirs in Metamorph's Publishing Summer Indie Book Awards 2016.
Revenge of Zeeka: Horror Trilogy received a five-star review and five-star seal from Readers Favorite on 14th September 2016.
Retirement is Fun: A new Chapter was a nominee in Metamorph's Publishing Summer Indie Book Awards 2016.
Zeeka Chronicles: Revenge of Zeeka - Five spine-chilling stories – Book won third place Best Science Fiction in SIBA Awards 2017.
Memoirs of Dr. A. M. Khan - [2014] – Journey of an Educator.
Stories People Love (2014) - Four exciting short stories of crime, adventure, and love.
Adventures of Squeaky Doo (2014) – Travel Memoirs of a Teddy Bear.
Your Time Is Now: A Time to be Born and a Time to Die (2014) – Powerful words of wisdom connect to events in the author’s life. The book includes Inspirational poems.
Heart-Warming Tales (2014) – Five Tales of Crime, Love, and Unhappy Marriages.
Travel Memoirs with Pictures: Exploring the world. [2014]- a Pictorial memoir of the author’s travels.
Revenge of Zeeka: Zeeka and the Zombies [Book 1] [2016] – First book in a spine-chilling series.
Zeeka’s Child [Revenge of Zeeka Book 2] [2016] – Mystery surrounds Zeeka’s Child.
Zeeka Returns [Revenge of Zeeka Book 3] [2016] – Zeeka decides his fate.
Zeeka’s Ghost [Revenge of Zeeka Book 4] [2016] – Zeeka’s Ghost haunts Steven.
Resurrection: [Revenge of Zeeka Book 5] [2017] – Sudden appearance of a stranger, bothers Steven.
She Cried for Me: Autobiography of a stray dog [2017] who found a loving home.
How to Write for Success: Best Writing Advice I Received [2017] – A Handbook for new and aspiring authors.
You can find all my eighteen books at Amazon Universal Link.


CHRISTA
What's your favourite style of writing?
BRENDA MOHAMMED
Christa, I write both narrative and dialogue. Read my book, 'How to write for success: Best Writing Advice I received.'
It is on pre-order at Amazon for only 0.99 cents until publication date of 1st December 2017. Incidentally, 1st December is my birthday.
Here is my Amazon Universal Link or get it at Amazon US - https://www.amazon.com/How-Write-Success-Writing-Received-ebook/dp/B076Z3882D

NICZ
What was one of your favorite books when you were a young adult?
BRENDA MOHAMMED
Nic Z, I had many favorite books when growing up. We all liked Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Grimms Fairy Tales, etc.
Then as I grew older Nancy Drew books appealed to me. In High School, a friend gave me "The Power of Positive Thinking," by Norman Vincent Peale. That book influenced my life in a great way.
I was successful in my Banking Career; I retired as a Commercial Area Credit Manager at an early age. After my Retirement, I took an Insurance job and was also successful. I qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table six years in a row. The Association granted me Life Membership. I started my writing career in 2013 and so far I can say I have been achieving my goals.

FAYE
How do you know if your writing is good enough or appealing enough to outside audiences?

BRENDA MOHAMMED
Faye, that is easy to determine.
The honest reviews tell a lot.
I learn from reviews if I omitted something or if I should improve my writing.
I have also revised each book a few times using new software.

TAS_R@AMA
What inspired you to write?

BRENDA MOHAMMED
Tas_R@Ama I was inspired to write for many reasons. I wrote about this in the introduction to my latest book - my eighteenth, How to Write for Success. I wrote my first book, I am Cancer Free in 2013. At that time, I was just writing for pleasure. In fact, it was not for pleasure because the book was about my bout with cancer. I wanted to relate my experience with that dreaded disease so that others in similar circumstances could learn from it. After that, I wrote five more memoirs.
They are 'My Life as a Banker: A Life worth Living, Retirement is Fun: When one door closes another opens, Travel Memoirs: Exploring the World, Your Time is Now, and Journey of an Educator [which was my father's memoirs.] Those were all non-fiction.
I tried my hand at Fiction because of something that my brother said to me in one of his letters prior to his death.
He wrote in reference to my book, ‘My Life as a Banker: A Life worth Living,”
“Your book makes very pleasant reading, and your literary expression is superb and easy to follow. You have an excellent talent, and I think you should follow up on a leisurely basis with perhaps publishing a book of short stories. With fiction, you will have greater opportunity to use your imagination and your undoubted descriptive ability. You used the word “fantasize” to create a situation. This is an outstanding quality, which you should continue to use because it is imagination, which disposes of everything, coming from within. It creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.”

I took my brother’s advice and wrote a science fiction series - Revenge of Zeeka.

The series scored a double with Readers Favorite. I had compiled the first three books into a trilogy called Revenge of Zeeka: Horror Trilogy. I submitted the trilogy to Readers Favorite for a free review. The book received a five-star review and five-star seal in September 2016. The following year I added two more books to the series and compiled the five books into one book called Zeeka Chronicles. I sent it to Readers Favorite and it received a five-star review and five-star seal. A fan nominated the book for the Metamorph Publishing Summer Indies Book Awards. It won Best Science Fiction third place in September 2017.

FRANCIE MCWILLIAMS- JEFFERS
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
BRENDA MOHAMMED

Francie McWilliams-Jeffers, not all of my books required research. My memoirs were my life experiences and I wrote those from memory. My siblings say that I have an excellent memory. I compiled my father's memoirs from his diaries, notes, and scrap documents. That one took me more than a year to do because his handwriting was terrible. There were no computers in his day. With the science fiction series, I did research for futuristic weapons, robots, zombies, and medical technology. It took me 15 months to write the series. When you read my book, "How to write for success,' you will see how I plot my books before writing.

AYUSHI BHASIN
How many hours a day do you write?
BRENDA MOHAMMED
Ayushi Bhasin that is a good question. I write anytime that my husband is not around, I get up at 6.00 am and do my writing. He gets up at 8.00 am so I have two full hours alone. When he leaves to go on errands, I have more free time so I write. At night while he is watching TV, I write. I like to be alone and free from distractions when writing.

JOHNATHAN BARKER
If you left on vacation tonight and could only take one book, what book would you choose?
BRENDA MOHAMMED
Jonathan, I was asked that question in one of my author interviews some time ago. I said that if I could only take one book with me it would be my Bible. I would still do that

SHILPA AMLADI
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
BRENDA MOHAMMED
Shilpa Amladi, by literary pilgrimage you mean reading a book and imagining its setting. For bookworms, the only way to bring our experiences with a text into the real world is through a literary pilgrimage. I have had many of those. When I attended the conferences of the Million Dollar Round Table, of which I am a Lifetime Member, every speaker wrote a best-seller. I bought all and read them. Maybe that is why I became a writer after leaving the corporate world.

PENELOPA
What are the most important magazines for writers to subscribe to?
BRENDA MOHAMMED
Penelopa, I have read there are 10 Magazines every writer should read. You can get full details at this link. https://contently.com/strategist/2015/07/23/10-magazines-every-writer-should-read/
I like the Freelancer.


VERA ZELKINA-JOHNSON
Hi Brenda! Do you have social media we can follow, like Facebook, LinkedIn, or twitter?

Regards,
Vera

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BRENDA MOHAMMED
Hi Vera,
Yes. I have social media links. Here they are:
I have five Facebook pages because I am a multi-genre writer.
How to Write for Success.
Brenda's Video Book Trailers
ZeekaStories
Banker turns Writer
Fascinating Memoirs
Twitter
Instagram
LinkedIn
Google Plus
Amazon Universal Link
My Website
My Blog

JOHN BAYRON CALIAO
Where are you from?
BRENDA MOHAMMED
Hi John, I am an award-winning multi-genre writer and former Bank Manager who has written eighteen books to date.
I live in the beautiful Caribbean Island of Trinidad with my husband and am a fan of photography and art.
I donate books to children's hospitals, national libraries, and school libraries.
I am an accomplished traveller.
My travel experiences have translated into a captivating memoir of a travel-inspired non-fiction book, Travel Memoirs with Pictures: Exploring the World.
I won awards for three of my books and another was a nominee for an award.
My Life as a Banker: A Life worth Living won second Best Bio/memoirs in the SIBA Awards by Metamorph's Publishing in 2016.
Retirement is Fun, the sequel to My Life as a Banker was a nominee in the SIBA Awards by Metamorph Publishing in 2016.
I am Cancer Free won the award for Best Non-fiction from Mc Grath House in 2016.

Zeeka Chronicles: Revenge of Zeeka won third Best Science Fiction in SIBA Awards 2017.
I love to interact with my readers and other authors.
Feel free to connect with me through Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Google Plus, and Instagram.



REBEKAH YURONG
What is your writing Kryptonite?

The usual obvious procrastination culprits: the Internet, online shopping, social media. But, I do get down to writing after all of that is taken care of.

HANAHB
Who is a trending author to watch out for nowadays in your eyes?

BRENDA MOHAMMED
My pick is Hannah Howe. Hannah Howe is the author of the Amazon #1 Sam Smith Mystery Series and the Ann's War Mystery Series. Hannah's books are available in print, audiobooks, and eBooks from all major Internet outlets. Please visit https://hannah-howe.com for more details.


Saturday, 4 November 2017

New Author Interview - Susan Faw interviews Brenda Mohammed

Author spotlight caught up with superheroine Brenda Mohammed and her trusty sidekick pooch, cruising in her cancer kicking pink mobile.
Advocate for all things rosy, Brenda is sure to be found at the forefront of any cancer-related crusade.

Without further ado, here’s Brenda!

Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?


Author Brenda Mohammed
First Susan, let me thank you for offering to do this interview. I am a Multi-Genre Author living in Trinidad and Tobago and am a fan of photography and art. When I am not writing I am on Canva.com playing around with graphics. If you visit my author page at Amazon, you will see the seventeen books I wrote and the ones for which I received awards.

Two of my non-fiction books and one fiction book have won awards.

I am Cancer Free’ won the award for Best Non-fiction from McGrath House in 2016.


My Life as a Banker: A Life Worth Living’ was voted second in the category Best Bio/memoirs in the SIBA Awards by Metamorph’s Publishing in 2016.


Zeeka Chronicles: Revenge of Zeeka’ placed third in the category Best Science Fiction in SIBA Awards 2017.

I donate books to children’s hospitals, national libraries, and school libraries. I love to travel and I wrote a book on my travel memoirs.

How did you get started on your writing journey?



I started writing after I left the corporate world. I retired at an early age from my job as a Manager of a leading bank in the Caribbean and entered the Insurance Industry. I qualified for the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table six years in a row. As a result, I attended the MDRT Conferences in various cities in the United States. At those conferences, I heard from many speakers, who spoke about how they achieved success in life. Every one of them wrote a book. I decided to write a book and to date, I have written seventeen.

Are there any poets or writers who influence you? How so?

When I was attending High School, I read, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” by Norman Vincent Peale. That book influenced my life in many ways.

Let’s talk about your novel! What is it about?

As I said earlier, I wrote eighteen books so I will talk about the first book I wrote.


It is about my bout with cancer. The name of the book is ‘I am Cancer Free: A memoir.’

How is the title significant?

The title is just what it is. After twelve years, I am still cancer free.

Where did inspiration for this come from?

When I decided to write this, I felt that I had a good story to write – a story that will benefit others who may find themselves in a similar position in which I found myself. I did not start writing about my bout with ovarian cancer until eight years after I was afflicted with it. I wanted to be sure that I was indeed cancer free and could convey that message to the world.

Who do you think would like your story and what kind of readership are you aiming for?

Persons who have cancer or have a loved one going through that ordeal are interested in my story.

What is the message you are trying to get across in your book?

Never give up. The doctor in Trinidad gave up on me. My husband, children, and others did not; neither did the doctors at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Centre. I also emphasize the power of prayer.

What is your writing process like?

At first, I had no process. I just sat at the computer and wrote. Later on, after reading several writing courses I learnt to draft a plot before starting my book.

How do you go about editing your story?



I invested in Pro-Writing Aid. This software helps me to fix style and other issues. It searches out elements like repetitiveness, vague wording, sentence length variation, over-dependence on adverbs, passive voice, over-complicated sentence constructions, and much more.

ProWritingAid analyzes my writing and presents its findings in twenty-five different reports. It highlights potential pitfalls in my writing.

I can decide which suggestions work for my content, and the ones to ignore. When I am satisfied with my final draft I send it to my beta readers for further evaluation.

Where did you find your cover artist and what was the process like?

For this first book, I designed my own cover, but I discovered Sharon Brownlie for my fiction series, Zeeka Chronicles: Revenge of Zeeka.
She is a person I can relate too.

How did you go about getting published?

I chose the self-publishing route and published on Amazon Kindle Publishing and Draft2Digital.



What was your self-publishing experience like?

I had no problems. I followed the guidelines and the book was published.

What are the pros and cons of self-publishing?

With self-publishing, you can go in and change your content as often as you wish. I can also choose the price I wish to sell the book. With traditional publishing, authors do not have those privileges. I know of authors who complain that their books are priced too high, readers refuse to buy, and they can do nothing about it. Self-publishing has its stigma. Maybe readers prefer traditionally published books but I have not felt any loss by being self-published.

What were the surprises? Good or bad? If so, what were they?

There were good surprises for ‘I am Cancer Free.’

In September 2016, the book was the Winner in the category non-fiction in McGrath House Indie Book Awards.

In February 2017, it received a five-star review and five-star seal from Readers Favorite.

It has remained in the top 100 on Amazon in the category Medical eBooks > Internal Medicine > Oncology > Chemotherapy. I am surprised that it is still there.

At one time, it was No.10.

Two of my other self-published books received awards from Metamorph Publishing Summer Indie Book Awards, five-star reviews, and five- star seals from Readers Favorite in 2016 and 2017.

How do you go about promoting your book as a self-published author?



I do ads with canva.com and post them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I also write about my books in my blogs. I have a page on my website for all of my books.

Is there something about the whole process you wish someone had told you before? Good or bad?

Yes. I wish that I had taken writing and book marketing courses before I started writing. I have learned from trial and error over the past couple of years.

Do you have any advice for writers who want to self-publish?

Yes. I do. My motto always has been “The sky is the limit. Always reach for the skies.”
That should be every author’s motto.
I am also writing a new book, ‘How to write for Success: Best Writing Advice I received.’
It is now on Pre-order at the reduced price of 0.99 cents until publication on 1st December 2017, my Birthday.


What plans do you have for the future of your writing?

I will continue to write when the ideas flow.

What are your social accounts if people want to connect with you?

Facebook

Twitter

LinkedIn

Instagram

Google Plus

Amazon

YouTube


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Ask me Anything on My New Release - How to Write for Success

#AMA Yes. You read that headline right. I am hosting an ASK ME ANYTHING EVENT in November 2017.
Ask your questions in the comments to this post.
I will share with you, the best writing advice I received over the years and much more.

I will share my knowledge on the essentials of writing a good book.

If you want to know the basics of plotting, writing dialogue and narrative, building your story world, choosing a book title, writing the blurb, what an author should do before and after publishing, choosing categories, creating your author brand, marketing, and most of all how to get sales and reviews, please ask all the questions you want to be answered.

You can become a best-selling author.

You can become an award-winning author.

I will give you pointers on how to achieve recognition in an author's world and become successful.

You can ask me anything in relation to How to Write for Success and I will give you answers.

Pre-order my New Release, How to Write for Success: Best Writing Advice I received. at the reduced price of 0.99 cents and save $2.00.
The price increases to $2.99 on publication date.
Here is the Amazon Universal Link

New Release - Video Book Trailer for How to Write for Success.



Author Brenda Mohammed released a new book for new and aspiring authors, How to Write for Success: Best Writing Advice I received on pre-order.
The release date is 1st December 2017. The reduced price while on pre-order is 0.99 cents. Save $2.00 by pre=ordering now.




Book Description:

In 'How to Write for Success: Best Writing Advice I Received,' the author shares with new and aspiring authors, the best writing advice she received over the years and much more.
The book begins with her trials and errors and moves on to the essentials of writing a good book.
It does not end there.
She gives detailed advice on how to market your book, achieve recognition in an author's world and become successful.
Are there any guarantees that the book will help you to pump out massive sales for your books?
The author emphasizes it is up to each individual to apply what they have learned in the book if they expect to gain success.
There is an old saying, 'Many can lead a horse to water but none can make him drink.'
In other words, only consistency, persistence, and hard work pay.
There is a segment on frequently asked questions with answers that every new and aspiring author would not want to miss.


Here are the links on AMAZON US
AMAZON UK
Amazon Canada
or use the Amazon Universal Link

Monday, 23 October 2017

One book ends with Retirement, the other starts with Working at Living.


Here is a new review for My Life as a Banker: A Life Worth Living.

My Life as a Banker: A Life Worth Living"
A Life worth Living] is a wonderful story detailing how the author started at a clerical ...
By Amazon Customer Five Stars
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My Life as a Banker: A Life worth Living is a wonderful story detailing how the author started at a clerical level and rose to a senior position, solely on the basis of her dedication, hard work, and intelligence.
Brenda Mohammad describes how the manual work was transformed to computerization, her working at different branches and working relationship with her colleagues.
Her farewell party from the fellow workers describes how popular she was during her stay with them.
It was interesting to note, as a tradition, the groom used to write a letter to the bride's father to seek permission to marry his daughter.
This is what happened when her husband proposed her.
Description of her marriage is so beautiful and emotional.
Brenda had an extensive travelling of the United States and Europe; I enjoyed her visits to Germany and Holland the most.
Close knitting in her family and how her parents and her siblings took care of each other is worth reading;
It was touching to read how her father talked to all of his children separately before his death.
Brenda's belief in God is remarkable.

This review is for Retirement is Fun.

Retirement is Fun: When one door closes, another opens
An enjoyable account of retirement from an amazing author!
By Kelly on October 16, 2017, Five Stars
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Retirement Is Fun" is an enjoyable account of life after retirement, written by an amazing author, Brenda Mohammed. Ms. Mohammed recounts in great detail her decision to embark on a totally new career, with its ensuing challenges and rewards, after retiring from a successful career in banking.
"Why not?" was her mental approach as she entered the world of insurance, quickly rising to the top of the profession as she continually worked tirelessly to increase her skills and abilities.
"Retirement Is Fun" is not only a testament to her success, but to her absolute enjoyment of life and everything it has to offer. Ms. Mohammed writes about her professional successes, but also of her personal life. The reader gets to know her extended family as they are such an integral part of her life. She enjoys her family, travels often and extensively throughout the world, revels in her grandchildren and is a marvelous example of how much one can achieve in life. Such an enjoyable read!