The Authors' Journey

Inspiration for writing a book and growing as an influencer

Denis Waitley's message of hope an inspiration

May 25, 2020—Helen Chang

What do the world's best authors do, even in time of coronavirus? They work on their next book, of course. Bestselling author Denis Waitley has been doing just that... MORE

Why do we
tell stories?

May 13, 2019—Helen Chang

Why do we tell stories? From time immemorial, we as humanity have wanted to share our stories with each other. From elders to youngsters, from warrior to warrior, from... MORE

Jeff Bezos—Book
or Affair?

February 20, 2019—Helen Chang

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man and owner of Amazon, announced his divorce in January. Married for 25 years, he had been having an affair for at least... MORE

Flying Coach with Robert Kiyosaki of Rich Dad, Poor Dad

January 25, 2019—Helen Chang

I was on a recent flight to Phoenix for my niece's graduation. When I walked on the plane, I had a hard time finding seats. I finally found an open middle seat, and as I... MORE

Growing LinkedIn from 3,500 to 35,000 Connections

May 2, 2019—Helen Chang

Would you like to 10x your LinkedIn following? Writing your book for business growth and marketing success is a great way to do that. Here's a story of one... MORE

or Memoir

July 31, 2019—Helen Chang

Here's a bad joke: What's the difference between a summer dress, clean underwear and a funeral gown? Answer: The difference between memoir... MORE

How to write
inspiring TED Talks

February 25, 2019—Helen Chang

Have you dreamed of giving an inspiring TED talk? Have you watched inspiring TED talks and wished you could also speak on stage? I recently had the... MORE

Triple your
speaking fees 

May 23, 2019—Helen Chang

As a speaker, you inspire people. You empower them to make big changes. You give them the tools to transform their lives. Let's face it: you deserve the highest... MORE

5 Effective storytelling tips from TEDx

July 2, 2019—Helen Chang

Last month, I had the honor of attending a TEDx event in Chula Vista. One of the best speakers that day was William Hung, the American Idol... MORE

Wei Ji: Danger and Opportunity

March 18, 2020—Helen Chang

How are you doing? With recent events, I've seen people's reactions range from panic to calm. Understandably, with the global death toll rising, there is... MORE

Tribute to a colleague
and friend

June 20, 2019—Helen Chang

The first time I met Katherine MacKenett (at that time known as Kristine Serio), she expressed such a profound insight about writing, I wrote it down on her resume... MORE

A business book
with a heart

November 14, 2019—Helen Chang

I've had the honor of working with Michael Gerber, author of the E-Myth books for more than a decade now. We've done 8 books so far in the series, including... MORE

One simple habit
of Bill Gates

October 16, 2019—Helen Chang

Bill Gates has one simple habit that you can follow. Bill's executive assistant packs a canvas bag for him every week. This bag does not contain reports, documents... MORE

A woman veterinarian story: From depression to passion

March 13, 2019—Helen Chang

Have you suffered anxiety and depression, but later discovered joy and connection? You want to write a book, but you wonder if anyone will want to hear your story... MORE 

Your personal-story in a book—inspiration from Crazy Rich Asians movie

March 6, 2019—Helen Chang

The blockbuster movie Crazy Rich Asians took audiences by storm, I personally loved it, watching it twice. And producers are already working on the sequel... MORE

Kobe Bryant's
book legacy

February 24, 2020—Helen Chang

The sudden death of Kobe Bryant "Black Mamba" — NBA superstar, business investor, and book publisher — left millions mourning, including me. The helicopter... MORE

[FREE The Reader's Why] Your photo in designing a book cover?

April 30, 2020—Helen Chang

A powerful cover design conveys the book content, while attracting readers. One of our authors, a successful marriage therapist, asked this question about her book... MORE

Soulmate to Book Series

March 12, 2020—Helen Chang

You can also find your soulmate in a book. When Jeff Krahl was looking for his soulmate, he committed to going on three dates every week for six months. He asked everybody... MORE

The Opportunities
You See

March 26, 2020—Helen Chang

One day we will all be gratefull for all the opportunities we are given in every circumstance. The circumstances around us are getting more dire, and we are told, is... MORE

Sometimes You
Just Gotta Laugh

April 10, 2020—Helen Chang

With the mask shortage going on, a lot of people are taking matters in their own hands. Funny photos... I just have to share... They're getting creative with... MORE

Your #1 Way to Your Unique Business book

March 5, 2020—Helen Chang

Your own unique story makes your book different from any other book out there with the same topic. Are you ready to boost your credibility and stand out as an expert?... MORE

Should I write a business book or a memoir book?

June 3, 2019—Helen Chang

Prospective authors often tell me, "I think I have two books -- one about my life and one about my business. I don't know if I should write a business or a memoir book... MORE

Seven places to put your photo on a book

May 19, 2020—Helen Chang

Writing your own book is a stellar way to build your name, brand and business. It's also a great way to raise your visibility. This includes sharing your face in your book... MORE

[INSPIRING VIDEOS] Turn Protests into a Book

June 29, 2020—Helen Chang

Writing allows your voice to be heard across the world. Over the years, our company has naturally attracted a wide diversity of authors, who I'm happy to say, look... MORE

[INSPIRING VIDEOS] Books as catalyst for social change

July 18, 2020—Helen Chang

Your book can make a difference to the lives of the people reading it. Your book can be a catalyst for social change. Most people I talked to want to write a book for credibility... MORE

[STORY] Hamilton -
The Origin Story

July 22, 2020—Helen Chang

Lin-Manuel Miranda - Hamilton now on Disney Plus. A musical inspired by the book, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. I've been thinking about subscribing to the... MORE

James Patterson's Chameleon

August 25, 2020—Helen Chang

Just as a chameleon changes colors, an excellent ghostwriter has the ability to change voices. When meeting with new clients we are often asked, "How do you... MORE

How to become
a famous author
and speaker

September 29, 2020—Helen Chang

If you're a speaker, you can be an author. The key message in your talk is often the same one you'll use in your book. You're a speaker who needs a book. You need a... MORE

How to become Amazon books bestseller? 

November 17, 2020—Helen Chang

Amazon is the big, bad, wrestling contender of the book publishing world. Should you publish your book on Amazon? What does it take? And can you become a... MORE

88 things I'm grateful
for this 2021

November 23, 2020—Helen Chang

We can always find something to be grateful for no matter what circumstance we have in life. For many, this has been a year of great change and loss... MORE

A powerful way to tell your personal-story

December 1, 2020—Helen Chang

Your Expert Origin Story™ creates that emotional connection with your readers. For Sarah Ruggera's birthday, she received a cake in the shape of her... MORE

Top 5 book trends
during covid 

June 8,, 2020—Helen Chang

Pastime reading during this pandemic. Two weeks ago, I had a yearning for a McDonald's Big Mac. As a quasi-vegan, I haven't eaten beef for years. But I... MORE

Netflix features
ABM Author

December 3, 2020—Helen Chang

Both your spoken and written words can create an impact to the lives of your audience. Super excited. One of our authors, Nate Howard, got featured on a... MORE

Tony Robbins' morning ritual secret

December 17, 2020—Helen Chang

If you want to be successful, read books that successful people read. Tony Robbins, one of the world's leading success trainers, is known for his... MORE

Bitcoin for book services

February 16, 2021—Helen Chang

Bitcoin investor Elon Musk and I think alike. We both believe in Bitcoin, and we both accept payments from customers in the cryptocurrency. The founder of... MORE

Top 7 predictions for
book trends 2021

February 24, 2021—Helen Chang

People's reading habits increased in the past year making, book reading one of the most popular quarantine activities. One of the biggest winners in 2020 was... MORE

Fuel for Storytellers

June 27, 2021—Helen Chang

Your life challenges are fuel to your stories. The first time my sister and I visited a famous beach city in California, we got lost. I pulled the car over to ask a... MORE

Emerging from
my recent winter

July 21, 2021—Helen Chang

Has life returned to normal for you? Now that lockdown is over in many parts of the world, many people including myself feel their spirits lifted. If you... MORE

5 Keys to writing memoirs like a novel

August 3, 2021—Helen Chang

Writing memoirs is like telling your story to inspire others. Russ Robert had a half-written manuscript and a lifetime of memories to share. He came to... MORE

Write a faith-based book

August 29, 2021—Helen Chang

No matter what your faith, your spirituality can infuse the topics of your secular book. Do you want to writer an expert book that also shares your... MORE

The Pixar Pitch formula for storytelling

September 6, 2021—Helen Chang

Every great story shares a personal journey. Did you love the movies The Incredibles, Toy Story or Finding Nemo? These are some of the highest-... MORE

Business Fables—
Top 3 Pitfalls

October 6, 2021—Helen Chang

Every business lesson can be shared through a business parable. Over the years, we had the honor of working with several authors on their business fable books. Business fables... MORE

Jack Canfield's 9 Book Marketing Secrets

October 11, 2021—Helen Chang

Writing and publishing a book consist of consistent small steps. What does it take to become an international, mega-bestselling author? I recently had the... MORE

The Power of Narrating Your Own Book

October 17, 2021—Helen Chang

An audiobook version of your book can generate a new revenue stream. Do you want to hear your voice on Audible? Our authors sometimes ask, "Should I... MORE

3 Easy Ways to Cut for More Powerful Writing

October 29, 2021—Helen Chang

How do you cut something that you love? One author I worked with felt that way about her manuscript. When she was done writing, she felt so proud. She has... MORE

Top 5 Movies About Entrepreneurs

November 4, 2021—Helen Chang

Maybe your shared story in a book can become a movie one day. Could your story as an entrepreneur or visionary can become a movie? Many box office... MORE

Turn Your Book Into
Social Media Posts 

November 16, 2021—Helen Chang

Your book may contain a collection of inspirational quotes for social media. I'd like to say that your book is your content Bible. You can use it as a source... MORE

[WRITING TIP] 3 Ways to Show Feelings Without Saying Them 

December 1, 2021—Helen Chang

It's important to create a powerful emotional connection with your readers. Books are never just about plain facts. Your readers can Google for that... MORE

3 Secrets to a Bestselling Book Title

January 10, 2022 —Helen Chang

Learn how you can come up with a bestselling book title that your readers will buy. Do you have a book title for your book—even though you haven't... MORE

Do You Name Your Ghostwriter?

January 16, 2022 —Helen Chang

People often ask me, as a ghostwriter, "Do you mind not having your name on the book cover?" "No," I say. "I used to be a business journalist... MORE

Turn Your Podcast
into a Book

January 28, 2022 —Helen Chang

Your podcast can give birth to a bestselling book. I've worked with several influencers, who wanted to turn their podcasts into books. Podcasts... MORE

Books vs. Workbook or Online Course

February 4, 2022 —Helen Chang

Do you want to write a book but you also want an online course? Are you creating a workbook, but you also want to write a book? You want all of it, but you're not sure... MORE

[VIDEO] Your Book Vision for 2022

February 11, 2022 —Helen Chang

Here's a free gift to support you in your book goals this year. Did you or everyone else around find yourselves in bed over the last month? I did. I suffered from... MORE

Publishing Trends
for 2022

February 18, 2022 —Helen Chang

Wherever you are in your book goals, we are here to help you find your unique message for your book. We thought it was over and everyone started... MORE

Will you be scared when your book comes out?

April 7, 2022 —Helen Chang

Sometimes people dream about getting their book out for so long, when it's finally time to hatch, they get scared. That's what happened to one of our authors,... MORE

[VIDEO] Tattoos, piercings and a badass author

April 21, 2022 —Helen Chang

"You just have to plant enough seeds to know that at some point, some good is gonna come out of it." - Leigh Brown... Leigh Brown is a salty, no-nonsense, sales  badass... MORE

Will your book live
30 years?

May 2, 2022 —Helen Chang

Writing your book with evergreen content will enable you to empower and inspire people in the years to come. Will your book last 20, 30, or even 100 years? Will your... MORE

Elon Musk's #1 secret to rocketships

May 11, 2022 —Helen Chang

Elon Musk, the world's richest man, has a secret to building rocket ships. As you probably know, he's the founder of SpaceX and Tesla. And co-founder of PayPal... MORE

[VIDEO] Reverse-engineer your memoir

May 19, 2022 —Helen Chang

How do you write a memoir? Many people who ask me this question are surprised by my answer. Building a memoir can often be like engineering a bridge or scientific... MORE

Should you use a pseudonym?

May 27, 2022 —Helen Chang

People often ask me this, especially when they're writing memoirs. Memoirs, as you know, often share the challenging and traumatic experiences that a person... MORE

Publish with your own book number, ISBN

June 2, 2022 —Helen Chang

Does Amazon own your book? A lot of people get their books published on Amazon which offers an easy, low-cost publishing solution. Here's the catch... MORE

The New normal of speaking

June 10, 2022 —Helen Chang

I had the opportunity to speak at an event in Singapore. Many people know of this place as a futuristic, wealthy and exciting city, as depicted in movies such as... MORE

[FUNNY] Dating Tips Neil Strauss Won't Tell You

June 23, 2022 —Helen Chang

Share what others won't—through writing a book! Pat Chang (no relation to me) is a dating badass. Once, one of his dates found something... MORE

Get published with a NYT publisher?

June 30, 2022 —Helen Chang

Would you like to get published by a New York Times bestselling publisher? A top book publisher recently invited our company to collaborate with... MORE

[VIDEO] Interview people for my book

July 5, 2022 —Helen Chang

Sometimes people talk to me about a book idea and they want to interview 10 to as many as 100 people in their subject area to include in the book. The plan is to get... MORE

[STORY] Memoir of a teen runaway...

July 29, 2022 —Helen Chang

Do you want to write a memoir? Some authors want to write their stories of a particular time, place and experience. A memoir gives you a way to tell your... MORE

Are your fans real?

August 1, 2022 —Helen Chang

Are your fans real? As you know, bestselling authors and speakers often have large tribes, who can support successful book launches. A large fan... MORE

[VIDEO] Share your life purpose in a book

August 10, 2022 —Helen Chang

Nate Howard, one of our authors, shot to fame with his appearance on Netflix. He was interviewed on an episode of Song Exploder, featuring rapper Ty Dolla$ign... MORE

5 Tips to Overcoming
Writer's Block

September 7, 2022 —Helen Chang

Someone once asked the famous novelist, Peter De Vries, "Do you write according to a schedule? Or do you write whenever you're inspired?" "I write whenever... MORE

Your book in another language?

August 30, 2022—Helen Chang

How do you turn your book into a global bestseller? One of the keys is to offer it in other languages. Translating your book into other languages is one... MORE

From book to
online course

August 24, 2022 —Helen Chang

So I had the joy of spending time with a star online course producer. Parchelle Tashi runs a video production group that turns authors' books into profitable... MORE

Hawaiian celeb blog

My Big, fat Hawaiian Celebration

September 18, 2022 —Helen Chang

Storytelling can take many forms, and one of my favorite forms is hula dancing. A hula dance can never exist on its own. It always follows a song or chant, which usually... MORE

numbers tell story blog

Numbers tell a story

October 18, 2022 —Helen Chang

We use words in telling a story. But numbers also tell a story. How do you use numbers to tell a story? Numbers are important in many different types of books... MORE

storytelling formula blog

Dating formula for storytelling

October 25, 2022 —Helen Chang

Your book is a longer version of your story. Do you feel awkward when meeting people for the first time? Now that events are back, we have to re-learn how to... MORE

monetize book blog

Top 7 ways to monetize your book

November 1, 2022 —Helen Chang

Your book can provide an additional income stream for you. When I talk to would-be authors, one of the questions they often ask is, "How do I make money... MORE


88 things I'm grateful
for this 2022

November 8, 2022 —Helen Chang

I am grateful for every big and small thing. I am grateful for you. What are you grateful for? The practice of gratitude gives us the space to receive more good.. MORE

Bijan Zayer blog

[STORY] What does your book stand for?

November 16, 2022 —Helen Chang

Let your book be your stand for something you believe in. Imagine yourself in this tough ethical dilemma: Your boss asks you to do something questionable. You... MORE

Turn your book into an online course

[VIDEO] One powerful way to
monetize your book

December 5, 2022 —Helen Chang

Online courses tell your readers how to do it. What's one of the best ways to monetize your book? Online courses. A mentor once told me, "Books are the what... MORE


My hot pink dress!

December 14, 2022 —Helen Chang

I love sharing and bragging about our authors in my talks. Would you like to see me in a hot dress? It's about time! I haven't spoken to an audience—in person—in... MORE

Your second book blog

Your second book?

December 21, 2022 —Helen Chang

A book can catapult your business. A second book can turn your business into an empire. What do you do for your second book? Sometimes the success of the first... MORE

evergreen blog

Did the markets crash your book?

January 5, 2023 —Helen Chang

Writing an evergreen book makes your content timeless. Did the market crash your book? Is this falling market destroying your book content? If your book is about... MORE

book designer

Choose the right
book designer

January 11, 2023—Helen Chang

They say, "First impressions last." The same is true with book covers.
It's important that you choose the right book designer, always. "I already have a... 

book dreams

[STORY] 10 years to write a book?

January 20, 2023—Helen Chang

It's never too late to fulfill your dream of becoming an expert,
a leader, and most especially, a published author. If it takes ten years to write and... 

color-printing blog

[PUBLISHING] Color-printed books?

February 9, 2023 —Helen Chang

Choosing the best printer is important to support the author's book goals. One inspiring author, who I recently spoke to, asked me about color printing. She’s a business coach whose... MORE

laid-off blog

Laid off employees write books?

February 27, 2023 —Helen Chang

Laid off and writing a book? Could your book help you pivot into your next role? One author I recently spoke to works in a Big Tech company. And as you know, Big Tech companies have laid off... MORE


Your shitty first drafts

March 14, 2023 —Helen Chang

Don't worry about your shitty first drafts. We don't usually do things perfectly the first time. It's only when we look back that we can see where to improve. Is that your experience? The same is true of... MORE

Emotional Connection Tony Robbins blog

Tony Robbins' Speaking Power: Emotional Connection

March 23, 2023 —Helen Chang

The ability to create a strong emotional connection with your audience is one of the key things not only in speaking on stages, but also with writing books. Have you ever watched a professional... MORE

double client leads blog

[STORY] Double your client leads

March 29, 2023 —Helen Chang

Writing a book is a powerful way to double your client leads. It establishes you as a leader in your industry and raises your credibility. What if you have so many client prospects you can raise... MORE

death by powerpoint blog

Tips to avoid "Death by Powerpoint"

April 6, 2023 —Helen Chang

Your presentation slides make or break your speaking on stage. One of the best way to promote your book is through speaking. Now that events are back, you may speak on stages, virtual events... MORE

Neil-Senturia Blog3

[STORY] One book tweak landed a movie deal

April 14, 2023 —Helen Chang

One feedback may give your book the possibility of capturing not only  readers, but also movie makers. If you're reading a crime story, would you rather see it from the observer's, victim's, or criminal's ... MORE


Will AI take my job?

April 27, 2023 —Helen Chang

AI technology is becoming more and more popular in the writing industry. But can AI really replace ghostwriters? Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) take my job? Two clients recently asked me ... MORE


Top 5 Publishing Trends for 2023

May 2, 2023 —Helen Chang

The publishing trends can significantly impact an author's strategy for getting his book done. Learn what's in for 2023. What are the publishing trends for 2023? Let me look into my... MORE

top 5 book cover types

Top 5 Book cover types

May 15, 2023 —Helen Chang

Your book cover design sets the tone of your book at a glance. There are different book cover designs that you can choose from. When we work with authors to create their book cover design... MORE

Iam Tongi blog

Iam Tongi—American Idol—storytelling master

May 24, 2023 —Helen Chang

THe best artists combine storytelling and emotions. The world is alights with the smooth, buttery voice of Iam Tongi, the American Idol 2023. Why? Because he is a master of something all writers strive... MORE

chatgpt book blog

Amazon may ban your ChatGPT book

June 1, 2023 —Helen Chang

Using AI and ChatGPT in writing your book may risk getting your work banned by Amazon. Can you use ChatGPT to write a book? Many Instagram and TikTok posts say... MORE

Joey Ramoz Vertical vids

[VIDEO] Turn your book into vertical videos

June 21, 2023 —Helen Chang

Turn your book into a captivating video and expand your readership through social media. One of the best ways to market a book is through videos. But how do you create videos... MORE

Armando Montelongo Blog

[STORY] A book that's impacting lives
15 years later

July 5, 2023 —Helen Chang

Your book can impact lives in the years to come. How many lives will your book change? Not just in a mental or emotional way, but also in a tangible, practical way. I recently saw an... MORE

Sara Lockwood books to podcast

[VIDEO] Turn your book into a podcast

July 28, 2023 —Helen Chang

Learn how to generate income from your book by turning it into a podcast with these helpful marketing tips. Books offer you many ways to create marketing products and generate more income... MORE

Barbie 2 worlds

Barbie's Two Worlds

September 22, 2023 —Helen Chang

The "Old World" and the "New World" in storytelling. Barbie, one of this summer's biggest hit movies, brings back childhood nostalgia and glam, it also shares a magical tale of two worlds... MORE

AI Theft blog

[VIDEO] Protect your book from AI theft?

September 29, 2023 —Helen Chang

A tool or a thief? Is ChatGPT an innovator or a thief? If you use generative AI, you may call it a game-changing innovator. But if you are a creator, whose work AI has scraped, you might call it a... MORE

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