Announcing the Author Journey Success Toolkit Series!

The day has finally arrived! The first book in the Author Journey Success Toolkit series, Author Journey Success: 7 Steps to Your Bestselling Book is now available in both eBook and paperback formats! The companion workbook is also available.

Perhaps you have always had a dream of writing a book and becoming a published author. Whatever your dream may be, whether it is to write a novel, a memoir, a self-help book, a training guide, or a children’s book, I’d like to try to help you get there. All you need is drive, commitment and discipline, along with faith, determination and confidence. With all those things, along with a thirst for learning, anything is possible. My wish is for you to use the information in my book as a springboard to your success.

Reviews are greatly appreciated! When posting a review on Amazon, did you know that you can post a review with or without commentary? If you just want to leave a star rating, you can either click on the number of stars to rate a book when you reach the end of the book on Kindle, or you can go to the “Write a Product Review” page from your Amazon Orders page, and then just click the number of stars to rate the book; you will see a green checkmark confirming the submission and at that point, you can exit from the review page. If you would like to leave a written review, continue filling out the information on the review page including the Headline, Written Review comments and then click Submit.

There’s also a special page dedicated to the Author Journey Success Toolkit. Click here to visit the specific toolkit page which will be updated as additional materials, books and videos are available.

Author Journey Success Toolkit Series

Launch News

Author Journey Success 7 Steps to Your Bestselling Book

Over the past several months, I have been on a bit of a hiatus with social media, working hard on my new book series. Proofs have arrived and they are finally ready. Today I will begin the 10 day countdown, as I prepare for the blastoff!

I am happy to announce that June 17, 2021, is the official launch day for book 1 in the new Author Journey Success Toolkit series, Author Journey Success – 7 Steps to Your Bestselling Book as well as the companion workbook, Author Journey Success Workbook – Track Your Writing, Self-Publishing and Book Marketing From Start to Finish!

Topics include:

  • Building a Rock-Solid Foundation and Setting Measurable Goals
  • The Writing Process and Optimizing Your Writing Schedule
  • Getting Started With Pre-Marketing
  • Building a Successful Author Network
  • The Formatting and Editing Process
  • The Publishing Process
  • The Book Launch and Beyond

To learn more about how I got started on my journey, and as a prelude to reading my book, be sure to view the presentation, “Getting Started on Your Author Journey – A Bridge to Success” WWJ Youth Summit, hosted by Jen Lowry and the WWJ Team.

Learn About My Journey and How I Wrote, Formatted, Designed, Self-Published and Launched 9 Books in Five Years While Working Full-Time!

Accomplish Your Writing Goals and Get to the Finish Line
Follow 7 Proven Steps to Become an Authorpreneur
Take Your Writing to the Next Level and Become a Published Author

Anything is Possible…So What Are You Waiting For? Start Your Author Journey NOW!

An Excerpt From My Book…and a Cover Reveal

Why do I write? I just didn’t wake up one morning and decide to write. I’ve always loved to write ever since I was a little girl, but I also loved to do a lot of other things too – I always loved to draw, create things, fix things, tell jokes, listen to music, cook and dance. Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what you should do in your life. So, while I was trying to figure out what to do in life, I saved things. I saved stories I wrote and pictures I drew as a child. I saved all the watercolors and acrylic paintings I created in high school. I wrote in a journal for years and then discarded things I wrote for fear or shame that no one would care what I wrote let alone that I wrote it. When I was a young girl, I watched reruns of the series called “The Walton’s” and envied the oldest child named John-Boy, played by actor Richard Thomas. John-Boy wrote secretly and hid the pages of his book under his mattress. I did the same thing.

Author Journey Success 7 Steps to Your Bestselling Book by Amelia Griggs

When I was in college, I was told I had to pick a major course of study. I had no idea what I wanted to specialize in. At first I picked something that I was least interested in: Accounting. However, there was a silver lining. Majoring in Accounting meant you had to be in the school of business, and one required class was Fortran programming. I learned programming and flowcharting and became fascinated with computers. So, I decided that computers would be my career. I always loved computers, and I still do, but the writing thing was always there. Flash forward 20 years – as an Instructional Designer and eLearning Developer, I wrote educational content and designed and developed online learning over the years, but the author in me was always there. So I decided to take a leap of faith and begin my author journey. Over 10 years ago, in my spare time, I started writing online articles, and then short stories. In 2014, I had 2 short stories published in a real book and then I was hooked. I knew then that it was time to move further along my journey doing what I loved.

What do we do when we discover we enjoy something? We all have things we love to do, and sometimes we find ways to incorporate it into daily life. Maybe you love to cook and secretly wish you could have your own cooking show with a bestselling cookbook, but instead life got in the way, so you cook for your family and stop there. Maybe you love science fiction or mystery suspense, and you have pages and pages of short mysteries you have written and you secretly wish you can write a mystery or science-fiction series; but instead you read thrillers and mystery books and watch detective shows on TV and keep saying “I could have written that!”. Maybe you doodle all the time and absolutely love to draw – and every time you go to a bookstore, you imagine a children’s picture book that you wrote and illustrated.

It’s ok to dream, and it’s ok to imagine. It’s also more than ok to chase your dreams and achieve them. Isn’t that the point of life?

What is your dream? If you’re not living your dream, write it down right now on a piece of paper or index card and look at it everyday. Believe. Learn how to make it happen. Take the first step. Climb all the steps you need to climb to make your dream a reality!

Looking Ahead to a New Beginning

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Happy New Year and Happy New You! 2020 was certainly a year for the history books! Let’s take a deep breath and exhale. 2021 is a year of new journeys, new beginnings, and new ideas. It is a time to experiment with better ways to work, exercise, eat, and learn. It’s ok to feel like a fish out of water sometimes. New situations, odd and awkward as they may be, bring new opportunities to learn.

“When you learn to let go of things, a greater generosity, openness, and breath comes into your life.”
~ John Donohue

I’m looking forward to a happier, healthier year. It’s time to write down some goals. For starters, I’m trying to get organized this month for a busy year. I’m trying to exercise a lot more at home, move to a healthier, plant-based diet and practice mindfulness and deep breathing. It’s so important to practice self-care these days more than ever. In 2020, many of us were on our computers, smartphones and smart TV’s a lot more. I don’t know about you, but I found social media overwhelming. When I looked at my iPhone for one thing, I found myself checking feeds and posts…and then an hour would quickly go by. It’s easy to get swept away in technology. If you are on the computer a large part of the day, remember to stand up and stretch every hour. Did you know when you stare at your computer or smartphone you blink less? Every hour, make a point to look away from the screen and blink 10-20 times. This will help to lubricate your eyes. I recently bought a pair of blue-light-blocking glasses and now I wear them every day on the computer.

What are your plans for 2021? Here’s what’s coming in 2021:

Follow me on my blog here for the latest announcements on current books and new books and videos.

Looking ahead and hoping that this new year brings much happiness, joy and good health to all!

2021 Goals

Coloring and Activity Books Update

The third coloring and activity book, “Candy Canes, Snowflakes and Gingerbread Houses PLUS Coloring and Activity Fun!” is finally here in time for the holidays. This fun coloring and activity book is holiday-themed and includes lots of FUN activities including:

  • Matching Activities
  • Drawing Activities
  • Spot the Difference
  • Seek ‘N Find
  • Mazes (Easy, Medium, and Hard Levels)
  • Color by Number
  • Decorating Activities
  • Counting Activities
  • Snowflakes Dots Games
  • Missing Letters
  • Christmas Crossword
  • Fun Coloring Pages Throughout
  • BONUS Letter to Santa!

This coloring book is inspired by the book “Snowflakes With Sugar” which is part of the Bella and Mia Adventure Book Series. There are lots of candy canes, snowflakes and gingerbread houses throughout this book!

The second coloring and activity book in the Bella and Friends Learning Series, “Counting and Math with Pasta and Meatballs PLUS Coloring and Activity Fun!” is also available on Amazon and helps children learn math with the help of pasta and meatballs!

The Bella and Friends Learning Series is inspired by the books in the Bella and Mia Adventure Series, where the use of rhymes and recipes promote fun activities with parent and child. Now it’s time for more interactive and educational fun with counting and beginner Math using pasta and meatballs! Understanding numbers is important for young math learners as it promotes confidence and encourages flexible thinking.

Counting and Math with Pasta and Meatballs PLUS Coloring and Activity Fun!” contains a wide range of activities to keep kids busy for hours including:

    • Learning About Different Kinds of Pasta
    • Counting Using Different Kinds of Pasta
    • Counting Using Spaghetti and Meatballs
    • Counting and Matching with Pasta
    • Beginner Math: Adding with Pasta
    • Beginner Math: Subtracting with Pasta
    • Count, Write and Compare Meatballs
    • Practice Addition with Meatballs
    • Practice Subtraction with Meatballs
    • Seek ‘n Find
    • Spot the Difference
    • Fun Coloring Pages Throughout!


In case you missed it, the first coloring and activity book, “ABC Letter Tracing PLUS Coloring and Activity Fun” was released in March, 2020, and had a facelift in 2021 with a new and improved fun cover!

Bella and Friends Learning Series

Podcast Author Interview

Many thanks to my fellow author Jen Lowry who connected me with another fellow author, Ann Harrison-Barnes. Ann runs a podcast called Inspirational Journeys, and she was kind enough to interview me so that I can share my story with the world. You can listen along to the podcast here. Click here or on the image below, which will redirect you to the podcast page, then scroll down and click on the Play button. Please listen to Ann’s overview and her inspirational messages (there may be a view pauses) before she begins the interview at 1:42 in the recording. Thanks for listening!


You can view the full article on Ann’s blog at:

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What is Your Favorite Season?


What is your favorite season? I can’t decide if my favorite is Spring or Fall. When Spring arrives in my neck of the woods, flowers are sprouting and trees are blooming. Everything is beautiful and colorful. I love sunny days especially on Mondays, don’t you? The day just seems to feel better and go better when it’s sunny outside. In honor of the Spring season, I’m happy to announce that my coloring and activity series in the Bella and Friends Learning Series is now available. The first one in the series is alphabet themed and entitled ABC Letter Tracing PLUS Coloring and Activity Fun! It features coloring pages, alphabet tracing pages, a variety of fun activities, and prompts like “How loud can you laugh?” and “How high can you jump?” to inspire lots of interactive fun! Others in the series include Counting and Math With Pasta and Meatballs, and Candy Canes, Snowflakes and Gingerbread Houses. Click here to see the series page.

Whether it’s sunny, cloudy, chilly or warm in your neck of the woods, have a great sunny day anyway, wherever you are!

Book Update for 2020

Leap Year News

The year 2020 will be a special year for all of us. Since 2020 is a leap year, there is a whole extra day in February which offers us an extra 24 hours to devote to anything we like. What will you do with the extra time? Will you…

  • Take a fun day trip?
  • Spend time with family?
  • Read lots of books?
  • Write a book, maybe a memoir?
  • Catch up on sleep?
  • Self-publish a book?
  • Look for a new job?

If something is holding you back, let go of it. There is no time like the present to follow your dreams and make things happen. Make 2020 the year you make your dreams come true. Dream a little…dream a lot! Set your sights on something on January 13, 2020, which is Make Your Dreams Come True Day. Dream a lot and dream big on September 25, 2020 which is World Dream Day!

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If you have an idea about something you want to do in 2020, write it down before it flies right out of your head. I keep journals and notebooks, both paper and electronic all over the house, because you never know when the next big idea will pop up.

Here’s what I’m working on and what to expect in the new year:

Children’s Books

As you know, I write in different genres including fiction and non-fiction; first, let’s start with my children’s books, the Bella and Mia Adventure series. There are three books in the series so far, including Silly Willy Apple Cake, Squishy Wishy Meatballs and Snowflakes With Sugar. Formats include ebook version, paperback and hard cover. These books are close to my heart because each book is based on sweet memories of me watching my mother in the kitchen as a young girl, and learning how to cook. As companions for the children’s book series, I am working on coloring and activity books. More news coming soon!

New Series! My Writing, Self-Publishing and Marketing Journey

Although I love to write and create, my life would not be complete unless I was helping others. My Author Journey Success Toolkit series documents how I managed to write and self-publish six books while working full-time over several years. There will also be links to resources including articles, weekly tips and videos to demonstrate the process. I’m looking forward to helping other aspiring writers fulfill their dream of publishing a book. UPDATE: As of 2022, I have self-published 14 books in various genres, and I’m happy to share the story of my journey with you in my latest book series, “Author Journey Succcess: 7 Steps to Your Bestselling Book“.

Technology Books

My first book series was based on years of training and support on Microsoft Office. Working in different industries helped me see first hand what people needed across the globe – bite sized learning and online reference to help them do things quicker in a fast paced world. Now that Office 365 is out, I’m testing out the waters in the latest version of Office. So if you want lots of tech tips, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel where you’ll find dozens of software training videos. To keep up with the pace of the latest version of Office 365, more videos are coming, along with Office 365 quick reference guides. You are also welcome to visit my Easy Learning “techie” website which I’m in the process of revamping and expanding.

What…No Novel Yet?

I starting writing a novel a few years back, but when I decided to pursue self-publishing, I decided to start with some smaller publications first, which were more manageable as I researched and learned the self-publishing process. My novel is out there, waiting for me when I’m ready to return.

In the meantime, look for more articles and posts coming in 2020 including:

  • Book sneak peaks and trailers
  • Cover reveals
  • Author interviews and spotlights

Finally, I want to take this time to express my thanks and gratitude to all my family and friends, as well as aspiring writers, and avid readers as well!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

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Business Profile | Author Interview in Local Newspaper

Whether you are an author, teacher, small business owner, mother, father, student, or just want to make a difference in the world, consider contacting your local newspaper and ask to be interviewed. Newspapers have different rules for full-page stories, but it’s definitely something to consider and can open up new doors, and increase networking in your community.

I will be forever grateful to the Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc., specifically Assistant Editor, Tianna G. Hansen, for interviewing me and writing such a thoughtful article, which has literally changed my life.

Below is an excerpt from the interview. Click here to read the whole interview.

Amelia Griggs: Local Author Uses Her Passion For Writing And Teaching In All Endeavors

For some, writing comes as a natural talent while for others it is something that must be cultivated and studied.

For Amelia Griggs, it has always been a natural passion which has led her to become a successful self-published author from Warrington, Pennsylvania.

“I’ve been writing my whole life, I always loved to write,” says Amelia.

Back when she was growing up, writing and art was thought of as more of a hobby than a career, so when Amelia decided to turn her lifelong passion for writing into something physical, she decided to go the self-publishing route.

“My background is actually in computer science,” she said.

This background led her to create a book series of Microsoft Office Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts, paired with instructional videos on her YouTube channel.

Her newest endeavor is an exciting one: a series of children’s books based on personal memories of cooking and baking with her mother in the kitchen, creating homemade goodies together.

“My mother and I were always making something homemade and that’s what I based these books around, making it fun and exciting for kids using my love for rhyming.”

Amelia also includes a recipe in the back of her books so parents can recreate the homemade recipes with their own children.

It’s interactive and fun, reading about the excitement of her characters Bella and Mia and their adventures.


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For the Love of Writing

Do you love to write?

Are you a storyteller? If so, perhaps you love to write, and you have a secret dream of writing a book someday. You are detailed oriented and you use expression when you describe someone or something. When you tell a story, you are passionate about it. You see the story in your head. You see the characters’ faces, expressions, smiles and tears. You feel their pain, their joy, their failure, and their success.

Do you fit into one of these categories?

  • You like to listen to other people tell stories. Maybe you are intrigued to hear and see characters in a story, and you have your own ideas in your head everyday about new stories you want to write and share about your own characters.
  • You have a wealth of knowledge about a particular subject and you are going to explode if you just don’t write a book about it.
  • You want to share what you know and help the world in some big or small way.
  • You love to draw and write and you dream of writing children’s books and reading to children, and seeing your children’s books in schools, libraries and bookstores.
  • You read a self-help book, and you think, wow, this happened to me, so why don’t I write a book about it?

You can write a book! If I can do it, you can do it too!

For starters, buy a colorful fun notebook or journal or two to have on hand to write ideas as they pop into your head. I like to have a couple journals and notebooks in my office, a small one at bedside and another small one in my purse or car too. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of night and need to write a story idea down right away. Write them down right away!

I’m excited about helping others who want to join me in the writing and self-publishing journey. I wrote about my author journey and created a book series to help other writers. I would love to hear from you and your writing journey as well! If you’re sure how to get started, go to the Contact us and drop me a line.

Happy Writing!