SEO tips for your website.

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Welcome to my blog. Today I thought I’d share 3 quick ideas about how you can improve the SEO on your website or blog. SEO is important as in ensures the visibility of your website and helps your content discoverability by search engines. This means that if someone puts a word in the search engine to find a topic, that your page is higher on the list than other peoples pages.

1.  You need SEO to provide clear navigation for the search engines to find your site. Make your articles relevant to your page and don’t veer too far off of subject. Too many terms on one site become confusing and don’t rank your site.

2 .  Write content that will keep visitors on your page and use internal links to interest them enough to stay on your site for longer. If they enjoy one article, they may like another you have written.

3.  Don’t load too many photos onto one page or have too much content. If a page is slow to load, people will rapidly click off of the page and find another website with quick loading times. Always name photos what they are and not pic 1,2,3,5, or 5! The picture for this article is called Lizzie Chantree SEO tips.

 

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Meet Author Rose McClelland.

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I’m thrilled to introduce you to author Rose McClelland, who is published by Crooked Cat.

Rose writes women’s fiction with a splash of romance and comedy. She writes about dating and relationships in a humorous fashion, placing plenty of twists and turns along the way. Perfect for fans of Marian Keyes or Sophie Kinsella.

Rose lives in Belfast but divides her time between the sofa and bubble bath. When she’s not writing, she’s reading. It’s a bit of an addiction actually. That, and the chocolate Freddos. She can often be found on Facebook posting photos and stories about her cat, her cooking or book reviews.

She has written a few short plays and finds it a buzz to see actors performing her words on stage.

Please follow her on Facebook or Twitter – she’d love to hear from you!

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Author Q&A:

  1. What made you decide to be a writer?

I always had my head stuck in a book as a child. I loved our weekly library trips and would have gobbled the books up by the time we had drove home! I remember at the age of ten telling my mum that I’d like to be a writer. But the book that really made me want to write was “Rachel’s Holiday” by Marian Keyes. I loved the style of writing – the raw honesty mixed with humour.

  1. Tell us about your latest book and how long did it take you to write? 

My latest book is called “The Year of No Rules”. It took me between 9 months to a year to write. It’s about a couple and their relationship. Believe it or not, he gives her a list of rules to follow and for a while, she goes along with it. Needless to say, this tests her patience to the max. Throwing the rulebook away, she then takes matters into her own hands and plays the game her way.

  1. Do you want each of your books to stand alone, or become a series? 

My three published books are all stand alone. I am writing my fourth novel at the moment and because of the setting and the characters involved, I can see possibility for a series. This would be great as the characters are firmly lodged in my head.

  1. How did publishing your first book change your writing process?

It made me read even more and think more about what I want from books as a reader.

  1. What excites you most about being an author?

I still love reading and find the best way to relax is by being engrossed in good book. I love the process of tucking myself away and putting pen to paper. It is so much fun watching what the characters will get up to and recording the story as it unfolds.

  1. What is the best money you ever spent as a writer?

A laptop. I used it to write my morning pages and do an online writing course with my friends in Brighton. That was the course that really helped me get started on my first novel.

  1. How do you balance writing and marketing your work?

With great difficulty! I love the writing side of things, however I struggle with the marketing. If I had my way, I’d tuck myself away in an ivory tower and write to my heart’s content. However, there’s not much point in writing a novel if you’re not willing to share the finished product!

  1. Have you become friends with any other authors and has this helped or hindered your writing journey?

Yes, I have be-friended lots of other authors – in particular fellow Crooked Cat authors. It’s a massive help to chat with other authors and motivate each other.

  1. What did you edit out of your current book?

My editor helped me to edit the minor characters by writing a bit more of a back story about them. I had a tendency to just make small parts appear out of nowhere to move the story along.

  1. What is the most difficult part of your writing process?

Becoming overwhelmed by the endless amount of marketing jobs that could be done. That is when I tend to bury my head in the sand!

 

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“The Year of No Rules”

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When Sasha falls in love with Kirk, she can’t believe her luck. He’s gorgeous, charismatic and charming. Within months he’s even discussing the ‘M’ word – marriage.

But there’s one problem – he’s given her a list of rules to sign.

Blindly led by her infatuation (and the fact that she’s been single forever) – she agrees to sign it and abide by them until everything goes horribly wrong.

Picking herself up and boldly moving on as a ‘No Rules’ girl, Sasha goes on a string of disastrous dates, and eventually meets Sam through mutual friends. Not wanting to make the same mistake twice, she keeps him at arm’s length.

Can he tame her independent streak? Or will she be able to make Kirk come crawling back?

 

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Book launch tips.

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Happy new week everyone! Today’s Monday Marketing is about book launches. I’m currently working on my own new book launch for Ninja School Mum and thought i’d share some of the tips i’d learnt with you.

1.  Set up a blog tour team three months before your launch date. This is a great way to find people who want to support your launch and keeps them updated on the progress of your plans.

2.  Set up a document with all of the information you will need to send to the launch team. This should include blog posts, Q&A’s, promo information, book cover art, book blurb, author photo etc. Make the document easily accessible, so that the tour hosts can grab the details they need, with minimal fuss or extra work.

3.  Create a page on your blog about the blogs/websites of your tour hosts. Make a page for them on your website and add their site links. This is a great way to say thank you and to let others know about their blogs/websites.

 

If you would like to check out or join my tour team, the link is here:

Ninja School Mum Tour Team.

 

Oh! What a Pavlova.

 

I’m thrilled to be introducing you to a very talented author who has just released her debut novel, Oh! What a Pavlova. Find out more about this delicious novel by Isabella May and grab your copy today!

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Book blurb:

Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

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About the author:

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.

As a Co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).

She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!

Oh! What a Pavlova is her debut novel… and her second novel, The Cocktail Bar, will also be published by Crooked Cat Books in early 2018.

Tell me about your current book.

Several years ago I decided I’d like to pen a novel which offered up a very unique perception of domestic violence, with cake, travel, spirituality and the crazy world of publishing as a backdrop. The seed that became ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’ was planted…
When was the moment you realised you were an author? Was there a Eureka moment?
I’m a bit of a Law of Attraction ‘junkie’, so I spent a lot of time ‘acting as if’ I already was an author… eventually, after much visualisation and a complete turnaround of my self-deprecating thoughts, ‘Pavlova’ was snapped up by Crooked Cat Books. Of course, that was a surreal moment, yet it also felt like the next logical step as I had mentally rehearsed things for quite a few months. It’s a technique I really recommend!
What are common traps for aspiring writers? Did you fall into any writing this book?
Well, I’m quite possibly the worst person to ask because I break many of the Writing Rules. Not intentionally, I guess I just have an innate rebellious streak when it comes to doing things in the prescribed way. We’re told to do this, to avoid that, never to polish our chapters up as we go along… but none of those things work for me. So I would say: learn the rules, but learn them to break them in case they don’t feel right. Never let them stifle your creative streak. Often, being a little maverick is the quickest route to finding your unique voice. In a crowded literary world, that’s an important asset.
Are you a plotter or a pantster?
Ha ha, question three has probably answered question four. I am a complete pantser. Show me a spread sheet and I will run a mile. I’m a scribbler of notes on the back of envelopes in a cafe. I’m a sporadic writer of chapters who then sews them up, somehow making turning them into a quilt. I’m a Pinterest collating nightmare!
What inspires your writing?
Anything and everything. A foodie smell, a taste, an overheard conversation, capturing the essence of a city in a snapshot in time, quirky human characteristics, comedic scenarios, what ifs…
What was the most recent job you had before you became an author? 
I co-founded a really exciting and quite groundbreaking magazine, The Glass House, along with two of my writer friends. I was also Book Club Editor and Chief Proofreader – all of which proved an excellent grounding for my author career, and I shall eternally be grateful for it.
How many hours a day do you write for?
Honestly? Between two and three hours during any week day. The children finish school at 2pm here in Spain and the holidays are so long. Summer vacation is a whopping 11 weeks. I find short sharp bursts of creativity work best for me though. I could spend longer at my desk but I am sure the only thing I’d produce is a lot of waffle.
How do you decide on character names for your stories? 
I try to use names that depict the era and generation of the character in question. Nothing too new age, and if possible, I set out to avoid characters having the same letters at the beginning of their names. If there’s once thing that confuses me quickly as a reader it’s when a chapter introduces a John and a Jim… or a Hannah and a Helen within a couple of pages of each other.
What do you believe is the magic ingredient for a great book cover?
An unforgettable image and font. It’s one of the trickiest things to find, but you will know when you do!
What are you working on next?
My second novel, The Cocktail Bar, will be released with Crooked Cat on February 13th.
Book blurb:  
Rock star, River Jackson is back in his hometown of Glastonbury to open a cocktail bar… and the locals aren’t impressed.

Seductress Georgina is proving too hot to handle, band mate Angelic Alice is messing with his heart and his head, his mum is a hippie-dippy liability, his school friends have resorted to violence – oh, and his band manager, Lennie AND the media are on his trail.

But River is armed with a magical Mexican elixir which will change the lives of the Three Chosen Ones. Once the Mexican wave of joy takes a hold of the town, he’s glad he didn’t lose his proverbial bottle.

Pity he hasn’t taken better care of the real one…

Do you have any other secret talents? 

I’m a Level 1 Pranic Healer, and about to start my Level 2 course. But actually, this is a gift we all innately possess! I’m an excellent cake and cocktail critic. I also speak four languages, although my two of those need a lot of buffing up!
Does writing invigorate or exhaust you?
It mostly invigorates, unless I am writing a dark scene, in which case it is usually quite cathartic to transfer those ideas and emotions out of my head and onto paper. On the whole though, I look back in wonder at some of the words I have made into sentences, paragraphs and chapters, knowing there just has to be some kind of divine whisper leading the way…

You can follow Isabella May on her website and social media here:

www.isabellamayauthor.com

Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

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Planning a book launch.

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I have begun planning my book launch, which is in Jan next year. It seems so far away, but it will be here before I realise, probably. I’m trying to learn what to do, as i’ve never held a virtual launch before.

So far, I have set up a launch group for anyone who would like to join in with the launch and have designed a tour page, which I have put on this blog for bloggers to sign up to join my tour. It’s been a really interesting to try and find out the best way to approach this. After I had set my launch group up, I read it’s best to set it up 3 months before at the earliest …oops! I did mine a little before that. I have been posting all the tips about book launches I have learnt there to help other authors. I’ve also decided to do shout outs and posts about the bloggers who are supporting my tour across social media by way of a big thank you for their hard work.

If any of you would like to join my tour, or the Facebook tour group, here are the links:

Facebook Tour for Ninja School Mum.

Tour sign up page for Ninja School Mum.

My Twitter page for shout outs for my tour hosts. 

Twitter Marketing.

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Today’s Marketing Post is about Twitter Marketing. I’ve noticed a lot of writers talking about how hard it is to promote their work lately and I have mentioned that supporting each other on Twitter is a good idea. Most writers will support others, but it is only fair to return the favour. Here are 3 tips for Twitter marketing.

  1. Join book groups on Twitter. They often have hashtags and will RT your book tweets with their hashtags in, as long as you do the same for other members of the group. Two of these groups are #RRBC and #ASMSG The members of Rave Reviews Book Club and ASMSG are very pro-active in retweeting book tweets with their hashtags. #RRBC have member of the month, and other prizes to be won for supportive members.
  2. Tweet support. Find some authors and bloggers with the same genre interests as you. Agree to support each other’s work across Twitter with RT’s. This is a tweet support team. You can set up automated tweets with their book links and Twitter handles in them and they can do the same for you. Apps like SocialOomph have free options and can schedule the tweets for you.
  3. Engage in discussion with your followers on Twitter. If you don’t talk to your followers in tweets, they won’t know anything about you other than you are selling books. If your genre is Romance, then tweet about things that would interest people who enjoy this genre. That could be relationships, travel, friendship, interiors, love, family, life goals, or anything related to romance that has a natural connection to your writing.

 

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Fit …a bit!

 

 

My sister has decided that I need to get fit for my book launch. She’s very conveniently forgotten that it’s a VIRTUAL launch online! Yesterday we met before the sun came out and ran for 3k. My sister, who is very fit and runs 10k easily and I, who is not fit and collapses on the floor gasping for water after 30 seconds, actually made it back after the 3K! Ok …I did walk for a lot of it, but I also ran some of it. My dog, Pepper, came with us and kept looking back at me in confusion as to why I was so slow, but I did it! 

My sister arrived for the run looking very sporty, whilst I arrived in a Beanie hat, a jumper, skirt and trainers with grass stains on them from a game of rounders I once had in a field many moons ago. I did manage to get a head start on the run whilst my sister fell about laughing though!

Happy Wednesday everyone. How did your day start today?

 

 

 

Link backs and SEO.

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Welcome to another Monday Marketing post. I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend and are ready for a brand new week?

Today’s topic is link backs and raising the SEO rankings of your blog or website. I recently discovered that a great way to generate more views on your site is to add internal links.

  1. Write an article or post with original content. Google notices if content is the same somewhere else on the web.
  2. Add internal links within your post. This is a great way to create more page views within one article. People often only stay on a page for a few minutes, but may click links to other related topics if highlighted in the post and stay on your website or blog for longer, which in turn will boost your SEO and make your site more visible. I have added links in this post for you to see what I mean. Click the highlighted text and you will be taken to other articles on my blog.
  3. How to add an internal link in WordPress: Highlight the word in your text that you would like to make an internal link, then click the insert link button in your control panel. Open a new tab/webpage in your browser and open a different page on your website that is relevant to the keyword you have highlighted and copy the link. For example: The word marketing in one of my posts, could be part of the current post, but could also lead you to another post i’ve written on the topic, which you might also enjoy. Then paste that link from the browser into the insert link box in the article you are writing. Check the open in another page box to ensure a new window opens with the alternative page, then click, add link. This will make your chosen word into a live internal link.

Pay it forward.

Today is Rave Reviews Book Club’s Pay It Forward day (#PIF). It’s my pleasure to introduce you to an author who is so supportive of others and I’d love to help you discover her work.

D.L Finn

Author D.L. Finn is an independent California local, who encourages everyone to embrace their inner child. She was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area, but in 1990 relocated with her husband, kids, dogs and cats to the Sierra foothills in Nevada City, CA. She immersed herself in reading all types of books, but especially loved romance, horror and fantasy. She always treasured creating her own reality on paper. Finally, being surrounded by towering pines, oaks and cedars, her creativity was cradled until it bloomed. Her creations vary from children’s books, young adult fantasy, adult paranormal romance to an autobiography with poetry. She continues on her adventure with an open invitation to her readers to join her.

Click the book covers to buy your own copy and start reading!

Review for No Fairy Tale:

No Fairy Tale takes a look at the author’s life from childhood to adulthood and the struggles inherent along the way. What makes this memoir unique is that the author chooses to tell it in third person substituting a “princess” for herself throughout the narrative.

I was initially wary of reading this, knowing it would touch on issues of abuse, something I have a hard time reading about. But the narrative is so strong and heartfelt, it’s impossible not to be caught up in the writing. The journey is rewarding, especially seeing how the author grows and is able to find peace, not only in her life, but with those around her.

The second half of the book is devoted to poetry. Reading through these, the mood often conveys what the writer was experiencing in her life at that point. Some are beautiful, others sad and dark. My favorites are Meadow, Valentine Kittens and Get Old.

Well written, No Fairy Tale, has the capability of aiding others in similar situations to rise above circumstance.

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Book blurb for This Second Chance:
D.L. Finn’s first adult fiction, which has just been released!
Newly married Rachael Battaglia finally had it all. The only detail that stained Rachael’s perfect wedding was a gift she received. It was the exact present that her late ex-husband had given her on their wedding day — a snow globe. That marriage was not what she had envisioned, and she endured years of his abuse and charm until one night she escaped with two kids and one on the way.
Now Rachael was headed to Hawaii with an amazing man and her chance at happiness. Unbeknownst to Rachael, she had an Angel on her side, although this Angel might not be able to save Rachael and her family from the evil that surrounded them. This is a tale of love, past relationships, things unseen, and redemption. Will Rachael find her happy ending, or will this evil thing get its way?
More books by D.L.Finn
An Unusual Island by [Finn, D.L.]   Elizabeth's War by [Finn, D.L.]   Things on a Tree by [Finn, D.L.]
You can find D.L. Finn on Twitter: @dlfinnauthor 

Core values.

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During my networking hour on Twitter I often post questions or quotes about business or creativity. A few weeks ago one of the questions was about communicating your core values. This not only relates to business, but to writing too. Does your novel or blog tell others about you as a person and the things that matter to you? Does your book cover represent the story inside and let readers know what they will be reading about?

For a writer, a great way to reach out to readers is through your book cover. A good one can make a great statement, but a bad one can let a good story down. Another way to communicate with readers is through your author profile. A friendly photo and professional background on social media pages projects a message that you have thought about what you do.

I recently changed my author photo as I have a new publisher. My uncle, who is a professional photographer, came round and as usual I was holding a mug of tea. I get that from my Grandad, who drank copious amounts daily and I sit writing most days with a teapot on my desk. My uncle told me to keep hold of the blue mug I had in my hand and from the selection of photos he took, the first one with the tea cup was my favourite!

I hope it communicates to my readers that I’m friendly, I’m smiley and I love tea! The reason I’m smiling in the photo is because my uncle was pulling funny faces at me during the photoshoot and my daughter was standing beside me holding our dog, who got into lots of the photos too.

 

My book covers hopefully all communicate the romance story inside and are approachable and quirky too. Just like me!