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What Authors Need to Know About SEO


How To Ebook Mixtus Media – Blog  by Marcus dePaula Lately I’ve had people reach out to me saying, “I’ve been told I need to pay someone to help me with SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Can you help me with that? If not, do you have someone you could recommend?” Well I don’t really “do SEO,” but I am happy to help any website get better search rankings for free. It’s not as complicated as you might think: Use a website platform that handles Search Engine Optimization for you automatically (like  Squarespace ) and submit the website domain to Google and Bing for them to crawl and index.Use your website to share a steady and consistent stream of great content that naturally uses keywords in t...
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Quote of the Week – Sept 19

“It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.” ~ Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbs) Original link
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How to move your books from CreateSpace to KDP Print In 3 Easy Steps


Nicholas C. Rossis How to move your books from CreateSpace to KDP Print Moving all your books from Createspace to KDP Print is now as simple as following a five-minute process Amazon refers to as Verify > Link > Move. In my earlier post announcing the news of Createspace merging with KDP Print , I mentioned that Amazon had promised us an easy way of moving all of our books at once. Well, I’m pleased to say that the company has delivered, letting me move all of my books at once in a matter of minutes! So, here is a detailed guide of how to move your books from CreateSpace to KDP Print (luckily, I took screenshots as I was racing through the process). 1. Log Into Createspace When I logged into...
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Kids Not Feeling Well: Stay home or go to school?


School began three weeks ago. Three days in, Lexie complained her throat hurt. No fever but it was clear she had some congestion. The next morning came the familiar debate – do we send her to school because it is only a cold (or perhaps allergies) or do we keep her home? No one likes to have to be at school or work when they don’t feel well. But the reality is that sometimes you do just need to muddle through it. And though colds can hit you hard, I don’t want Lexie to think she needs to stay home whenever she feels bad. And Lexie is the kind that would use any excuse to stay home (or up late at night). So, the next morning, her lymph nodes are swollen. Her throat and stomach hurt. She wasn’...
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Amazon Releases Amazon Advertising


Nicholas C. Rossis As you may remember, I’ve been experiencing computer trouble for the past week, so I’ve been using Electra’s computer. The first time I tried to log in, I was stunned to see a new login screen asking me to specify what kind of Advertising I was interested in: This was the first I realized Amazon has retired three of its ad services and products as well. The move looks like a response to Google’s move earlier this year which saw the search engine giant dropping many of its advertising brands. Despite becoming America’s second $1 trillion company, Amazon’s marketing and advertising division still lag behind its two direct competitors: Google and Facebook Ads. The All-new Ama...
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Is it worth it to offer your book for free?


This post is the fifty-second post in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. You have published your book and want readers and reviews. Many authors choose to offer their book for free. (It is one way to get reviews.) But should you offer your novel that you worked so hard to produce for nothing? Well, that depends… I have heard many authors claim that it is a bad idea to offer our books for free. We are diminishing what we do, they say. We worked hard on our novel so shouldn’t we expect to get paid? Are we setting a precedent for readers who will now expect free books all the time? Are free books deterring them from actually buying...
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Writing Quotes — Tahlia Newland

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Quote of the Week – September 12

“Imagination has no age and dreams are forever.” ~ Walt Disney Original link
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More Free Tools for Authors: Grammar Checkers


Motown Writers Network . . . Michigan Literary Network 4  Indies Unlimited  by Melinda Clayton  / Indies Unlimited has an entire  resource section dedicated to free resources for authors including pictures, music, sound effects, fonts, cover makers, and more. Now I’m back with even more free resources for authors. Instead of free photos and music, these resources are designed to help with grammar and mechanics. Grammarly  is probably one of the most well-known grammar checkers, and it has both free and paid options. I attempted to install the free Microsoft Office ad-in to play around with for this post, but after having issues signing in, I uninstalled it to try again some other day. In the...
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Finding my favorite sandals again…and again


Everyone has a favorite article of clothing – a shirt, a pair of jeans, or even a pair of sandals. Maybe the shirt flatters your eyes, the jeans show off your curves or the sandals are just oh so comfortable. You wear this perfect piece of apparel until it gets a hole or falls apart. Many, many years ago, I bought a pair of black Sketcher sandals. They were cute and comfortable with a 2 ½ inch heel. I pretty much never wear flats, and these sandals were the perfect little heels – not too high or steep to feel uncomfortable when walking long distances. I loved these sandals. I wore them to walk the kids to and from the elementary school. I slipped them on to run to the store or for even longe...
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Think globally, not just locally

Happy Saturday everyone! I’m working on a new project while I plot out the next Waystation Guardians book in my head. I’m joining this century and importing all of our cds to our iTunes accounts. After that’s done, it’s purging the physical discs time. We’ve got around 400 cds, so this is not a quick project. LOL I’ve been processing everything I experienced on my trip to Scotland. When you go to a place that you’ve always wanted to go to….when you make connections to a land and culture that transcends lifetimes and imprints your soul….it takes time to really understand and articulate it all. One thing I’ve come back with is a new sense of the global society we’re all part of. It’s beyond ha...
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The 2018 Author Interview Series Featuring Tom Gould


Author Don Massenzio This week’s author interview features author Tom Gould. On a side note, though the initial response was gratifying, I find myself running out of interview subjects by  the end of September. If you haven’t been interviewed, or even if you have and you have a new release coming out, please feel free to contact me to be interviewed at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . I will send you the information and get you scheduled. You can check out the 210 author interviews I’ve conducted thus far on my Author Directory page  HERE . Now, let’s meet Tom Gould. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I try to do a bit of both. I prefer to write for myself first a...
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Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe Volume 1 — Chapter 3


Chapter 3 Ravyn placed the box on the corner of the desk and lit a cigarette. Her fingers twitched with an irresistible urge to peruse the journals. She stretched her arms above her head, pleased to find her shoulder barely twinged. I have to work on the revisions. The box drew her attention. I better put it in the safe. Halfway down the steps the stairwell spun. Beads of sweat formed on her forehead and her stomach lurched. Ravyn sat and leaned against the wall. What the hell? She stood when the feeling passed. In the fruit cellar, she lifted a hinged section of the floor which concealed a large safe. She punched in the code and lifted the door. With the box secured, she returned upstairs. ...
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Hot New Release – “The Liminal Hymns” by Anaïs Chartschenko

**I’ve only read a little from Anaïs Chartschenko (and, yes, I have to copy/paste her name every time), but so far I’m very impressed by her work.  So, when given the opportunity to help promote her newest creation, I jumped on … Continue reading → Original link
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The importance of Book Reviews and how to get them


This post is the fifty-second post in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. One of the best and most inexpensive marketing tools for your novel is a book review. Before shelling out money for a book, many readers like to know ahead of time if it is good. Reviews give those readers an ideal of what others liked or didn’t like about the book. Reviews add a level of credibility to your book. Importance of Book Reviews Years ago before the Internet, many readers bought their books from brick-and-mortar book stores. They would find a book with an interesting cover, read the back blurb, and if it sounded intriguing, they would buy it. Un...
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Recipe of the Month – Taco Casserole


School has begun again, and I figure all parents need an easy meal. If you (or you kids) like tacos, then this casserole is for you. Ingredients 1 lb., lean ground beef 1 can spicy chili beans in sauce, undrained 1 cup thick & chunky salsa 2 cups coarsely broken tortilla chips 3/4 cup sour cream 4 medium green onions, sliced 1 medium tomato, chopped 1 cup shredded cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese whole tortilla chips, shredded lettuce and additional salsa, if desired Directions Heat oven to 350 degrees. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in beans and salsa. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. In an u...
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Dancing With Orange Blossoms, Alternating POV


Writers Envy The last time he visited Barcelona, he was alone. I was dead. My death pierced his heart with a thousand arrows and left behind a void like that of hunger in an empty stomach. He returned to our beloved city knowing he would find pain but hoping the numbness would lift as he remembered me in the neighborhoods of my youth. Instead, he found the city, too, in mourning. The warm glow of Gaudi’s lanterns had turned garish, the music on the Plaça Reial harsh. The city we both loved abandoned him as it reclaimed the memories of its daughter and taunted him with them like the ghostly imaginings of a hopeful heart. The city that belonged to everyone now belonged to everyone but Samuel. ...
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School is back in session!


Last Monday, school began for my kids. As much as I love spending time with Lexie and Jase, I am ready to return to my normal routine. This is Lexie’s last year at the elementary school. The school recently changed how they are doing fifth grade. Each student now has two teachers. They go to one teacher (their primary teacher) for most of the day but in between recess and lunch, they go to another fifth grade teacher. In Lexie’s case the other teacher focuses on reading and English. I think this is to get them ready for next year when they will have 8 teachers in middle school. As always, I sent Lexie with a letter to her teacher. In it I fill her teacher in on Lexie’s eczema, allergies and ...
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I’ve got a guest!

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Happy September everyone! I’m someone who adores the fall. Yes, I’m drinking pumpkin spice coffee already. LOL. Give me days with crisp air, leaves on the ground, and cozy sweaters! I bought myself a sweater while in Scotland that I plan to practically live in for the next six months. To celebrate the coming change, I have a guest today! Please welcome author and friend, Cyn Ley! Hi KateMarie! Thank you for the opportunity of visiting with you today! What genres do you write?  I write multi-genre—short stories mainly, but am venturing into longer works. Paranormal, horror, social satire, humor, scifi light, general fiction, and stuff that’s rather odd. I’m currently working on the second ins...
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4 Useful Tips to Promote a Book on YouTube More Effectively


Nicholas C. Rossis I recently shared 7 Reasons for Using Videos in Your Social Marketing Campaigns. Many commented that it’s hard using YouTube effectively–a statement I agree with, as I’m pretty inexperienced in its use myself. Which is why I hope you find today’s guest post by Edward Parker useful!  4 Useful Tips to Promote a Book on YouTube More Effectively Image: Pixabay Many authors don’t focus enough on using YouTube to promote their books. That is unfortunate, seeing as it is the second largest search engine on the planet, and there are lots of reasons why you should be publishing videos to promote your book on its platform. While promoting a book on YouTube effectively can be tricky,...
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