Meet EzineArticles’ Expert Author Brenda Avadian in Today’s Author Showcase
Expert Author Brenda Avadian’s career changed dramatically while caring for her father, an Alzheimer’s disease patient. From communication and leadership consultant, to caregiver, spokesperson, advocate, and author, Brenda’s mission is to “bring knowledge, support, and joy to family and professional caregivers through keynotes, workshops, and one-on-one coaching.”
What sets Brenda apart from other Expert Authors is her modest acceptance of praise, even in the light of her success and incredible article writing skills. “Whenever I get to thinking that I am unique and extraordinary, I learn that many of us who are serious about the quality of the information we share with our readers follow a parallel path,” she commented. “I think what makes EzineArticles authors unique is the caliber of training you provide for us to write better quality articles. I give everything to writing…”
In the mid-eighties, as a liberal arts college faculty member, Brenda began writing peer-reviewed articles. “[I] wrote about twenty reviews of textbooks a year,” she stated. “Then I began writing books, and thanks to today’s Internet’s menu of blogging and social media, I write close to 100 articles a year.” What keeps her writing? “[Having] faith that one day, enough people will be touched by my words that my 25+ years of writing will once more rise above the radar,” she said.
Brenda cultivates her inspiration from a variety of methods. Through her own observations, reading articles, watching the news, and reflecting on moving conversations, Brenda gathers article ideas. “When inspired, jot notes,” Brenda remarked. “I need a grease pencil in my shower where much great wisdom originates, then is washed down the drain.” Writing at a computer with two 24-inch screens in front of two windows overlooking the Angeles National Forest in north Los Angeles County, Brenda drafts her ideas and then lets them gestate and mature during her editing process prior to submission.
Discover more of Brenda’s strategies and methods in the following Q&A:
Q: What EzineArticles tool do you find the most beneficial?
A: [Editorial] Guidelines. With many of the automated checks EzineArticles has built in, this has evolved into a premier platform for information sharing and publicity. The guidelines are detailed and meticulous – like the process I follow when writing articles. These guidelines are applicable beyond the EzineArticles platform, to writing each chapter of my next book, [my] blog, and expert writing for other sites.
Q: If you had to start over again, what would you change?
A: When I started there was no Internet and no convenient way to e-share as we have today. I suggest focusing on a few established social share sites like EzineArticles (and no, I’m not being paid to say this). Also, visit blogging websites in your topic area and offer to write an article for a few of them. If you write one article for a different site each month you can cast a pretty wide net.
Q: Anything else you’d like to share?
A: I am an optimist. I keep writing the best articles I am able. Like many authors, I improve with each article (and feel embarrassed while reading earlier works). One day, one or two of these articles will inspire an interview and/or publication in the mainstream media. When this happens, my investment of time and effort will be worth it.
On behalf of the EzineArticles community: Brenda, thank you for sharing your incredible insights and inspiring journey as an Expert Author!
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