See You Next Year!

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!

Top 10 SEO Tools That Are Helpful for Authors

Nicholas C. Rossis

SEO tools for authors | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

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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Your Success Stories: Shilah Ferr

About:

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.

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The Problems with Publishing

A must-read!

Nicholas C. Rossis

Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch recently shared a must-read post about today’s state of publishing, aptly titled Trainwreck, Fall Edition.

As she explains, she tried in June to order a copy of a book she liked for her sister. However, she wouldn’t get the book until September. Understandably, her reaction was: How odd. The book had released in February, so she should have been able to get her hands on a copy quickly. But she couldn’t.

Then she remembered that the same thing had happened with a couple of other books she had ordered for her sister back in May. They were backlist for an author her sister hadn’t tried and it took six weeks for her to get the books, with the shipment getting delayed more than once.

Putting two and two together, Kristine realized the ugly truth: traditional publishing is headed for a trainwreck.

The trainwreck

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