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'Chicken Soup' author inspires with personal teen story
KINGMAN - Alyssa Ast has a message she wants to pass along to teen moms struggling to find their place in life.

"If I can connect to some of them and let them know they're not alone, I will have fulfilled my purpose," said Kingman resident Ast, 26. "Anyone can reach their dream. I'm a high-school dropout and a teen mom, so I know that if I can succeed, so can they."

Ast speaks from experience. She was recently published in "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers," where she told her story in "Changing My Fate" of starting out on the bottom rung of life and ending up as a successful freelance writer.



 
Kingman woman's teen pregnancy story ends up in book  
KINGMAN - A Kingman woman's story of her teen pregnancy is included in the latest "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series for new moms. Alyssa Ast was just 17 when she became pregnant with her son, Michael. In her essay, entitled, "So This Is Love," Ast writes about how the tension of being pregnant at such a young age was compounded by several medical problems throughout her pregnancy.



Book Review: The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe
by Dawne Prochilo

Ast did an unbelievable job in compiling all information needed when working or searching online. Whether you're a blogger, web content writer or just searching for keywords, this is the book you'll need to read. Only a few key points topics Ast touches on explains include is how to optimize websites, basic knowledge of keyword density and how to back link. The book is filled with many more topics in an easy to comprehend style.



Interview: Alyssa Ast on Starting a Freelance Writing Career
 Interested in launching a freelance writing career? We asked Alyssa Ast, a freelance writer and journalist, to share her advice on getting started.


Featured Guest: Easy Tips to Properly Optimize Your Website

You’ve published your first book–now what? If you haven’t done so already, you need to create an author website. Author websites help promote your book and aid an effective marketing strategy. Author websites are also important for adding a certain level of professionalism and credibility behind your book as they add legitimacy for a reader. However, a website is only as effective as the amount of time you spend creating it.