Setting up SEO for Your Blog

Setting up SEO for Your Blog

Let me just come right out and say this: I find the topic of SEO boring. I know that’s not the way to start a blog post. This topic is, however, EXTREMELY important and extremely helpful to bloggers.  In this blog, I want to give a clear, simple explanation of how to work through this as a WordPress Blogger.   I did not intend to write a blog about SEO, but I had to do all this research three months…

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Using Bing Ads to Promote Your Book

Using Bing Ads to Promote Your Book

I’ve been a bit slack on blogging lately as much of my writing time as been taken up with NaNoWriMo, but I wanted to share this information on book promotion. So, how do you promote stuff on the internet? You know… stuff. Stuff like books. There are many different ways to promote your book on the internet. Perhaps the favorite two ways of promoting an idea is to use social media and by writing a blog–both of which offer your…

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Three Questions to Ask Yourself about Your Writing

Three Questions to Ask Yourself about Your Writing

Writing is often so much fun, but it can also be a lot of work. Anyone who writes knows there are times when it is easy to write and times when it is hard. When it is easy, it is nothing but a joy. Personally, I find writing relaxes me. It allows me to settle my brain down a little bit (sometimes my brain gets a little too jumbled) and I can focus on getting thoughts down on paper… or…

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Writing for NaNoWriMo!

Writing for NaNoWriMo!

It’s almost NaNoWriMo time! That sounded better in my head. Now that I say it out loud I… never mind. It makes me think of Mork and Mindy. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. I know. We have a month for everything or a day for everything. Maybe tomorrow will be National Take a Donut to Work Day. In November of every year, NaNoWriMo takes place. It’s a time when people around the world sit down and try to…

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Vanity or Subsidy Publishers?

Vanity or Subsidy Publishers?

In a previous blog, I wrote about The Self-Publishing World.  In that blog, we took a moment to see what Self-Publishing has looked like over the years, especially in comparison with Traditional Publishers.  In this blog, however, we want to explore something that is kind of half-way between a Traditional Publisher and full Self-Publishing. Self-Publishing (or Indie-Publishing) is, simply put, doing it all yourself.  You take care of editing or find an editor.  You take care of cover design or…

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When Do I Launch My Book?

When Do I Launch My Book?

One of the challenges a self-publisher faces is the question, “When is the best day/month to actually publish/launch my book?” The short answer is… on a Tuesday, on the first day of the month, but not in December. Simple? The truth is, there’s no perfect day to launch your book. There are, however, better times to publish. Publishing at the right time of year and, perhaps on the right day of the week, can help your initial sales. Here is…

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Telling People You’ve Written a Book

Telling People You’ve Written a Book

If you’re publishing a book… you need to tell people you’re publishing a book. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. If it does, sit down, take a deep breath and think it through. There are, perhaps at times, reasons to publish under a pseudonym.  In that case, maybe you don’t want to tell people around you that you’ve written that specific book.  Later on I plan on posting about why I specifically chose not to use a pseudonym. …

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How to Set up a Facebook Author Page

How to Set up a Facebook Author Page

This blog is pretty short and simple. This is part of the “How to” when it comes to marketing your book and yourself as an author. Facebook allows you to create something really cool. It’s called an “Author Page”. This is really helpful because this is not just a profile where you share stuff with all your friends, this is a page which tells about you specifically as an author and allows people to “like” and follow your page. NOTE: …

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Six Ways to Receive Feedback Well

Six Ways to Receive Feedback Well

As a follow-up to Five Ways to Tell You Do Not Want Feedback, I wanted to share six great ways to show you do want feedback and to help you make good use of the time with your “Feedbacker”. I’m sure that’s a word. Don’t look it up. I strongly believe that good feedback on my writing is like gold. It’s often rare, but it is so precious. I have valued the feedback from people more than I can express. Sometimes they…

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Five Ways to Tell You Do Not Want Feedback

Five Ways to Tell You Do Not Want Feedback

Feedback is hard to take. Let’s be honest about that. When you pour your heart and soul into your writing, you want it to be absolutely perfect right out of the gate. The idea that someone could find something less than stellar with what you’ve written is upsetting to say the least. Maybe even earth shatteringly horrible. But, feedback is necessary. Your writing may have some serious problems with it and we all know deep down inside that feedback from…

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