Some authors naturally use their real names. Some choose a pen name. There is a number of reasons for that. Are there advantages?Continue reading “A Pen Name? Why Bother?”
Can’t take “no” for an answer. Learning the definition of “faith” is ignoring the odds. Pushing the boulder up hill, every day. Trying scary new things. Writing because I must, not because I can.
These are the reasons why I have three traditionally published novels coming out between 2021 and 2023.
Getting even to this point: That’s the real story.Continue reading “Your Success Stories: Amy L. Bernstein”
Said is a solid and useful dialogue tag. But here are also other examples you can use from time to time:Continue reading “10 Happy “Said” Alternatives”
It is here. Year 2021. 2020 was a very unexpected challenge for the whole world. The COVID 19 crisis swept us and the bad news just keep coming. But we all must hope and see this new beginning as an opportunity to move forward. We, writers, have one advantage. We can write almost everywhere. Here are some ideas to make this year count. Make new steps in your writing career.Continue reading “Writer’s New Year’s Resolutions”
Dear readers, writers, followers, or random visitors. This blog is going to be a bit silent during the next month. Due to several time management and health reasons. We thank you for all the likes, reads, and comments! And we are preparing brand new things for the writing folk for year 2021! Let us all hope it will be a better year. Have nice Christmas and keep writing!
I was born and brought up in Dundee, Scotland, which has a huge literary tradition. In fact, the first lending library in Scotland was established in 1680 and you can still visit the library to this day. Books, reading and libraries were a part of my life from an early age and I first joined the library at the age of three. An early reader, I read voraciously, and cut my reading teeth on all the Enid Blyton Books, especially the Famous Five and Secret Seven. I also read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys; I am sure you can see a pattern forming here. By the age of 10, I was on to adult books and read my way through all the classics and started on Agatha Christy books. P.G. Wodehouse was also a favourite. All of these shaped not only my life, but my future life as a writer. I wrote stories from an early age, writing fan fiction as a child, long before fan fiction was a thing.Continue reading “Your Success Stories: Wendy H. Jones”
As authors, we all have our websites. More often than not, however, they fail to generate much interest. Most of our posts languish unnoticed and unread. Some writers resort to ads to garner traffic. Others prefer organic—i.e. unpaid—traffic, as our marketing budgets tend to be pretty tight.
This is where SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, comes in. In a nutshell, SEO covers anything that encourages search engines to place your website higher on their search engine results pages (SERP). Authors looking to attract organic traffic often have to daily go through the tweaks of SEO-friendly content.
Writing SEO-friendly content
The basis of writing SEO-friendly content is using the right keywords for your audience. By including appropriate, well-researched keywords and keyphrases, you help search engines understand what you’re all about. Consequently, you will rank higher for that kind of audience.
It’s no surprise, then, that a…
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I grew up in northern New Jersey with my brother and sister. We share treasured memories of high school, the Jersey shore, and tons of family time with cousins, all of which became part of April’s Heart! My romance novel is set in high school in the eighties and although a work of fiction, basically follows the skeleton of my life, especially my dysfunctional family!
I have been a teacher for thirty years, so writing, language and vocabulary are definitely in my wheel house. Once I finally got started, writing the story, then editing it, was the easy part. I love the romance genre, and after reading so much of it, I felt like I could do it too! I work full time, but became very immersed in my eighties world, and would write whenever I could.Continue reading “Your Success Stories: Shilah Ferr”
Said is a solid and useful dialogue tag. But here are also other examples you can use from time to time:Continue reading “6 Quiet “Said” Alternatives”