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ILLUMINATION CHALLENGE 100 — DAY 44

Why I missed my daily post yesterday!

Book cover — Leadership for Women by Ann Rajaram
Author’s Book Cover!

I missed my daily post yesterday, after an unbroken streak of 43 days! But I am still delighted about it — because I published another book!

A big thanks to all my readers for reading my content!

My latest book (third so far!) titled “Leadership for Women” is now available on Amazon! FREE for Kindle Unlimited users and priced at $0.99 for the entire month of June! Book link here, but no obligation to read at all!

Writing this book was fun, and the daily writing challenges helped a lot in validating and shaping the book, as I mentioned in…


Antique Yet Brilliant Marketing Ideas for a Modern World

Banner for bday party — image courtesy author

Did you recently receive any marketing postcards or snail mail with old-fashioned hand-written notes? They stand out like exotic birds of paradise among a sea of typed mailing envelopes. And they evoke so much joy! Even if you suspect it is junk (who sends handwritten cards anymore!) it is just too tempting to ignore.

Marketing Brilliance

I recently realized the power of this method as a marketing and business development opportunity. I sold some of my old textbooks on Amazon and added a 4×6 Thank you card with a note inside. …


ILLUMINATION CHALLENGE 100 — DAY 66

Maverick Methods for Good Writing

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This is my pledge post for a new 30-day challenge reading challenge in response to the wonderful idea suggested by Mary DeVries:

I am already part of the 100-day writing challenge and the AtoZ book review challenge. But this reading challenge was a really unique idea, so I just had to join! Shoutout to Niru for pointing me to this post.

Medium algorithms are wonderful and show me stories of interest with surprising accuracy. Unfortunately, this means that I lose out on the joy of discovery AND the chance to discover and promote new writers. …


ILLUMINATION CHALLENGE 100 — DAY 65

Response to a New Writing Prompt by Medium Creator Hub

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Freedom — So easy to take this privilege for granted! So difficult to reconcile when it is snatched away! Whether it is a locked Twitter account, travel restrictions during Covid19, or the Syrian refugees just looking to stay alive in the place they call ‘home’.

These were just some of my reflections as the Independence Day long weekend looms close. I wrote about it here:

Interestingly, it is also the writing prompt this week from the wonderful editors here on Medium too via ‘Creators Hub’:

Thanks to Niru for routing me to this space — she knows all the latest…


ILLUMINATION CHALLENGE 100 — DAY 64

So Much More Than Money…

Photo by Nayanika Mukherjee on Unsplash

I never considered myself a writer but surprisingly have authored 3 books in the non-fiction genre. If I can do it, anyone can!

Everyone has a book in them, and everyone should publish it.

You do not have to do it just for the money! There are so many other reasons to do it. This post hopes to convince you why…

#1. Set Your Ideas Free!


ILLUMINATION CHALLENGE 100 — DAY 63

Reflections as we approach the 4th of July American Independence Day

Airbnb Deck overlooking the Shenandoah Valley — image courtesy author

Back after a real, true-to-God vacation in the Shenandoah mountains. Part of the reason why I have been missing publishing my daily posts. Spotty network, but a lovely vacation! Good food, good company, and dozens of great books! [Thank you #NetGalley — I was spoilt for choice on what to read!]

Here in the US, folks are expected to travel next week in record numbers for the 4th of July (Independence Day) weekend. This is why we took our vacation a week early — lesser crowds and a better chance of maintaining social distance (as needed) / hygiene/ etc…

This…


ILLUMINATION CHALLENGE 100 — DAY 62

A whole new genre…

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This is my book review of the book ‘Ancient History’ by Sophie Penhaligon. Thanks to NetGalley for the Advanced Review Copy!
#AncientHistory #NetGalley

Lovely book — felt like a blend of the movie ‘National Book of Treasures’ meets Netflix series ‘Emily in Paris’ with bits of ’50 Shades of Grey’ thrown in for good measure!

The story was quite interesting, and fast-paced without going too deep into Egyptian history or technical archaeology. Almost like a Mission Impossible or James Bond movie — exotic backgrounds and locales but nothing overwhelming!

The only reason I gave it 4-stars is that I felt…


ILLUMINATION CHALLENGE 100 — DAY 61

A hilariously honest look at the parallels

Photo by Christian Bowen on Unsplash

Writing a book is like giving birth to a baby in more ways than one! No wonder the number of e-books and self-published books is ballooning like the population on Earth!

I recently did both (baby #1 and book #3), so let me show you the similarities!

#1. The idea pops long before pregnancy!


ILLUMINATION CHALLENGE 100 — DAY 60

The easiest way to Write and Publish Your Book!

Image by author

Have you always wanted to write a novel, but lacked motivation? If you feel lack of knowledge is holding you back, or the sheer number gives you analysis-paralysis, then this post is just for you!

The easiest and fastest way to write a book? First, just get started!

Do not aim to write a bestseller with book #1 — although if you do achieve it, awesome! Consider the first book your practice run since you can always update or even re-publish it again with title and content modifications.

Second, write using the “blog-a-book” method. A full book might feel overwhelming…


ILLUMINATION CHALLENGE 100 — DAY 59

Author bookshelf screenshot from ‘bookshout’ app

This is a review of the book “Alchemy” by Rory Sutherland. It is one of those books whose stories I keep repeating!

The author is famous in advertising circles and has successfully catapulted many brands (big and small) to fame. He has even worked with non-profits to boost their fundraising efforts, so his principles work.

Imagine, if a non-profit can become profitable, what will the book do for you as a writer looking to build a 4-figure income?

How you may ask?

The answer — Read the book! That is where those stories come in!

We are all so used…

Ann Venkataraman

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