M.G. Edwards

Biography

Michael (MG) Edwards is founder and chief executive of investment firm Brilliance Equity (BE) registered as a limited-liability company in Delaware (www.brillianceequity.com). BE invests in equities, bonds, exchange-traded funds, mutual funds, and initial public offerings worldwide.

A former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, Michael served as Consular Officer in South Korea, Political-Military Officer in Paraguay, and Political-Economic Officer in Zambia before leaving the U.S. Government in 2011 to found BE. Prior to the State Department, he worked for The Boeing Company and Deloitte. He holds a master’s degree in China Studies and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Washington and four bachelor’s degrees from the University of Idaho.

Michael is the author of six books. His travel memoir “Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill” was a finalist for the 2012 Book of the Year Award and 2012 Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series, including “Alexander the Salamander,” “Ellie the Elephant,” “Zoe the Zebra,” and a 3-in-1 book collection featuring all three stories. His book “Real Dreams” is a collection of 15 short stories.

Michael lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He previously lived in Austria, Korea, Paraguay, Zambia, Thailand, and Singapore and has visited more than 60 countries around the world. He shares his experiences with readers on his website, www.mgedwards.com.

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World Adventurers for Kids Books 1-3
Series: World Adventurers for Kids, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,090. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / General
A collection of the first three picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: "Alexander the Salamander," "Ellie the Elephant," and "Zoe the Zebra." The series features illustrated adventure stories told in a way that children ages four to eight will find entertaining and educational. Filled with illustrated photos and moral tales, they will take children around the world.
Zoe the Zebra
Series: World Adventurers for Kids, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / Africa
The third book in the World Adventurers for Kids Series, “Zoe the Zebra” is an illustrated picture book that teaches children about bullying. A young zebra named Zoe who lives in the African bush joins forces with her friends Emma the Impala, Barry the Baboon, and other animals to protect their friend Wally the Warthog from a pack of bullying hyenas. Can they help him and stop the bullying?
Ellie the Elephant (Photo Edition)
Series: World Adventurers for Kids, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,990. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / General
Book two in the World Adventurers for Kids Series, “Ellie the Elephant” is an illustrated picture book that encourages children to follow their dreams. A young elephant named Ellie living in Thailand dreams of joining the elephant polo team and playing in the Elephant Cup polo tournament, but her parents want her to work in the rice fields. Will she realize her dream of playing elephant polo?
Ellie the Elephant (Illustrated Edition)
Series: World Adventurers for Kids, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,990. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / General
Book two in the World Adventurers for Kids Series, “Ellie the Elephant” is an illustrated picture book that encourages children to follow their dreams. A young elephant named Ellie living in Thailand dreams of joining the elephant polo team and playing in the Elephant Cup polo tournament, but her parents want her to work in the rice fields. Will she realize her dream of playing elephant polo?
Kilimanjaro: One Man's Quest to Go Over the Hill
Series: World Adventurers Series, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,020. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Mountaineering, Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
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Kilimanjaro: One Man's Quest to Go Over the Hill chronicles the author's attempt to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. At forty years old and on the verge of a midlife crisis, he tried to change his life by climbing a mountain. This book is for climbers and hikers interested in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and for anyone who feels over the hill and needs to make a life change.
Alexander the Salamander
Series: World Adventurers for Kids, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,640. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals
The first book in the World Adventurers for Kids Series, “Alexander the Salamander” is an illustrated children’s story about a salamander named Alexander living in the Amazon who joins his friends Airey the Butterfly and Terry the Tarantula on an unforgettable jungle adventure. Set in the Amazon region of Brazil, the story teaches children the importance of listening to authority figures.

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  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on May 11, 2012

    This is a gem of a book for the price (free!). It's a good read for aspiring authors who are just starting to self-publish and need some guidance getting started in the seemingly chaotic, unorganized, and ever-expanding galaxy of the self-publishing industry. As founder of Smashwords.com, Mark Coker leans heavily on Smashwords’ self-publishing platform to help the reader understand what it takes to publish and distribute an e-book(s) successfully. The book complements his other free companion pieces, the “Smashwords Book Marketing Guide” and “Smashwords Style Guide.” The three books together are great primers for using Smashwords and leveraging it as a distribution and marketing tool. Coker’s book offers 28 secrets to publishing a successful e-book. Some “secrets” are common sense, and the book doesn’t go into great deal on how to take advantage of them. The biggest “secret” to success is to write a great book that resonates with readers, but Coker doesn’t explain how to do it. That’s up to you. He does, however, generally point writers in the right direction, getting them to think about the different elements of self-publishing success. For example, he suggests writers think beyond the price to generate sales. Should a book be priced at $0.99 or $9.99? It depends on the writer’s objective. Price is just one aspect of book sales an author should consider. Coker does not offer as many specifics in this book as he did in his marketing and style guides, but I appreciate the holistic view of self-publishing he offers. Experienced self-published authors may have a few “duh” moments when something strikes them as common sense. Nevertheless, it’s worthwhile for any writer to read this book and learn from one of the masters of the self-publishing industry. I give Coker’s book five stars and highly recommend it to all writers, including those interested in traditional publishing who might be persuaded to self-publish after reading the book. If nothing else, the price point -- free -- should be an incentive.