SEO and time saving tips for authors.

Hello everyone. I hope you had a relaxing weekend. For my Monday Marketing post today, I thought I’d offer some tips on something that can really save time for other bloggers and website owners who might be promoting your work, and hopefully improve SEO rankings on blog posts and website articles.

I found out years ago about the importance of naming your photos. I have blogged about this many times but it still happens a lot and it’s a simple thing to change. When people send me photos to appear on my blog, or social media feeds, they sometimes send them titled image001 image201 Book cover 4, picture in Spain etc! When Google search for content, they are always looking for something original, not only should you add your own content to posts to make them stand out and fly up the rankings, but the titles that you give your photos are so important. Not only do they register as the name of the photo and not another image001 or book cover 4, but they stand as an original image that you have given a name to. For example, I have called this photo, Lizzie Chantree author photo:

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This means that if I send this picture to someone to use on their website, they don’t have to spend hours trawling through photos to try and find the one I have sent them that they saved to their blog posts file, or other author files ages ago. They can simply search for photos with my name and all of the picture I have sent them will appear. If I am searching for a book cover an author has sent me earlier in the month that I have saved to an author file, I can easily spot the book’s name, but there might be over 100 book covers 1,2,3,4,5,6 etc. Simply naming your photos when you save them to your computer saves bloggers, website owners and anyone sharing your work a lot of time and energy and it also helps Google to recognise it. This means that they might be more likely to keep photos that aren’t clogging up their computers and confusing them with the same names and perhaps when they are uploading someone else’s photos to a blog post, they might think of you again as you are so easy to work with and provided professional content, that they can simply search for and find. Have an amazing week everyone!

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Introducing Angela Wren.

Today’s guest is author Angela Wren. Angela is a really supportive fellow author who is always happy to offer advice and who writes fabulous novels. I ask my introducing guests to send me a photo that shows their personality, so I really enjoy seeing what they send across.

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Meet Angela.

Having followed a career in Project and Business Change Management, I escaped to work as an Actor and Director ata localtheatre.  I’ve been involved with theatre since I was 6 years old.  Getting rid of the job meant I could work in theatre more meaningfully and begin my journey towards publication.  I’ve always loved stories and I am an avid reader.  Writing my own stories seemed a natural progression to me and I began working towards this goal in 2005.

My novels are set in the Cévennes in south-central France.  It’s a rugged upland area, sparsely populated, with spectacular scenery and tiny villages and towns with a fascinating history.  I write cosy crime and my investigator is Jacques Forêt.  A steely and determined ex-cop who won’t give up until he gets the culprit.  I also write short stories, comic flash-fiction and have drafted two one-act plays that have been recorded for local radio.

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Blurb for Montbel:

A clear-cut case?

A re-examination of a closed police case brings investigator, Jacques Forêt, up against an old adversary. After the murder of a key witness, Jacques finds himself, and his team, being pursued.

When a vital piece of evidence throws a completely different light on Jacques’ case, his adversary becomes more aggressive, and Investigating Magistrate Pelletier threatens to sequester all of Jacques papers and shut down the investigation.

Can Jacques find all the answers before Pelletier steps in?

 

Social media links:

Amazon : AngelaWren

Website : www.angelawren.co.uk

Blog : www.jamesetmoi.blogspot.com

Facebook : Angela Wren

Goodreads : Angela Wren

Contact an author: Angela Wren

Introducing author Paula Williams.

INTRODUCING…..  PAULA WILLIAMS

Paula Williams has been writing for as long as she can remember.  As a child she churned out plays and pageants, which she would then bully her unfortunate younger brothers into appearing in, something they still claim to be traumatised by to this day!

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For the last ten years she’s had a very successful career writing short stories and serials for magazines.  But her great love is crime fiction, both writing it and reading it.  She has done so since the age of 12 when her mother first introduced her to Agatha Christie.  She lives in Somerset, (UK), where her debut crime novel, Murder Served Cold, (the first in the Much Winchmoor Mystery series) is set.  In fact, the village of Much Winchmoor bears an uncanny resemblance to the village she lives in – although none of her neighbours are ruthless murderers… as far as she knows!

 

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BOOK LINK:

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SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/paula.williams.author.

Twitter @paulawilliams44

Blog   paulawilliamswriter.wordpress.com

Website www.paulawilliamswriter.co.uk

Check out Paula’s blog at paulawilliamswriter.wordpress.com

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Introducing… Sarahlyn Bruck

Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Sarahlyn Bruck, who writes contemporary women’s fiction and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of DESIGNER YOU, published by Crooked Cat Books on August 31, 2018. She has an MA in English from Cal State Los Angeles and teaches writing and literature as an associate professor at a local community college. She also coaches writers for Author Accelerator.
DESIGNER YOU is Sarahlyn’s debut novel, and she is hard at work on her next book.
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SARAHLYN BRUCK

 

Author of Designer You
Crooked Cat Books, August 31, 2018

Book buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DH6B38H

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Introducing… Heidi Catherine.

I can’t wait to introduce you to the wonderful lady who is joining me on my introducing page today, author of the Soulweaver series of books, Heidi Catherine. I must also say that this is my favourite author photo so far!

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Hello, my name is Heidi Catherine and I’m the author of The Soulweaver series. When Lizzie Chantree asked me to find a photo of myself that hasn’t appeared anywhere else and tells you something about my personality, I knew exactly which one to dig up. This is me back in 1998 when I was a bit younger and whole lot crazier! I was in Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia, and decided to conquer my fears by jumping off a bridge. Totally normal, right? It may look like I’m smiling in this photo, but that’s actually me gripped with terror. I’ve always liked this photo as conquering fears is something that I think is really important in life. Whether it’s getting up in front of a large group to speak, going to a party where I don’t know anybody or writing a book and sharing it with the world, I’ll give most things a go at least once if I think I can learn something from the experience. My debut novel, The Soulweaver, was published earlier this year and was quickly followed by the second and third books in the series. It’s a fantasy romance about loving the same souls over many lifetimes. Having these books published has been a thrilling ride (far preferable to bungy jumping!). I live in Melbourne with my husband, two sons and two furry daughters and can be found lurking on all the usual social media channels. Please stop past and say hello!
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The Blurb for the first book is:

She’s loved and lost him a hundred times across a thousand years. She can’t bear to lose him again.

Lin’s dreams are haunted by faces of people she’s never met. Unable to shake the feeling she’s lived before, she’s drawn to Reinier—a stranger whose soul is heartbreakingly familiar from a time gone by.

Reinier helps Lin unravel the mystery of her past life as Hannah, a girl who sacrificed herself for her true love, Matthew. As Lin falls hopelessly in love with Reinier, her memories of her life as Hannah sharpen and she finds herself unable to let go of Matthew.

With her heart torn in two, Lin must decide whether she should stand by Reinier’s side or track down Matthew and fight for his love. What she doesn’t know is that her decision will ripple across our troubled planet, affecting far more lives than just her own.

Winner of Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award, The Soulweaver is a story that will change the way you see the world.

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Introducing… Alice castle.

My guest today is a wonderful author and fellow CC author, Alice Castle!
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Before turning to crime, Alice Castle was a UK newspaper journalist for The Daily Express, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Her first book, Hot Chocolate, set in Brussels and London, was a European hit and sold out in two weeks.

Death in Dulwich was published in September 2017 and has been a number one best-seller in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain and Germany. A sequel, The Girl in the Gallery was published in December 2017 to critical acclaim. Calamity in Camberwell, the third book in the London Murder Mystery series, will be published this summer, with Homicide in Herne Hill due to follow in early 2019.  Alice is currently working on the fifth London Murder Mystery adventure. Once again, it will feature Beth Haldane and DI Harry York.

Alice lives in south London and is married with two children, two step-children and two cats.

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Calamity in Camberwell – blurb

Beth Haldane, SE21’s answer to Miss Marple, worries she is losing a kindred spirit when her friend Jen, the only other single mum in the playground, suddenly gets married and moves to Camberwell.

Soon Beth has to face much more pressing fears. Has something gone horribly wrong with Jen’s marriage? What is her husband really up to? Why is her daughter leading Beth’s son astray? And where on earth IS Jen anyway?

As Beth’s friends push her to start dating again, Beth turns to Met Police DI Harry York for help. But will they solve the mystery in time, or will it turn out that in south east London, not everyone gets to live happily ever after?

 

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Alice is also a mummy blogger and book reviewer via her website: https://www.alicecastleauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alicecastleauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDsDiary?lang=en

Links to buy books: http://www.MyBook.to/GirlintheGallery

http://www.myBook.to/1DeathinDulwich,

http://www.myBook.to/HotChocolate

Introducing… Jennifer Wilson.

Today I am chatting to author of Kindred Spirits: Westminster Abbey, Jennifer C.Wilson.

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Introducing myself / my books…

I’m Jennifer C. Wilson, and I’m probably the person I thought least likely to ever be writing ghost stories. Actually, I’m not writing ghost stories. I’m writing stories about ghosts. It’s a critical difference for this coward, believe me! I’m a marine biologist by training, and an environmental consultant by day, which I love, but I also adore my writing life.

My favourite thing in the world is to spend a day wandering around a historical site or building, working out whose footsteps I might be walking in, and what adventures they might have got up to whilst there. Whether it’s a battlefield, castle or terraced house, it’s the people which make places fascinating to me, but it was during a visit to the Tower of London when the notion of using the ghost concept really struck me. Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of mixing and matching their favourite characters from different periods of history, and seeing who does (or doesn’t) get along? Making Richard III and Anne Boleyn friends was fabulous fun to write.

For the latest Kindred Spirits adventure, we’ve headed back to London after a quick trip north of the border to the Royal Mile, and we’re in Westminster Abbey. Now THAT was a long research day – 9-6 in those walls, soaking up so much of Britain’s history. This time, we have a tantrum of Tudors (I’m really trying to make that catch on as a collective noun…), plus plenty of Plantagenets and a suite of Stuarts. I was scared to tackle it at first, but again, it was such a fun cast to work with.

You can find the Kindred Spirits series on Amazon here, or try my timeslip novella, also featuring Richard III, here. I’ve also recently been involved in a really worthwhile charity anthology, raising money for Newcastle’s Women’s Aid, and my contribution to the anthology (here), was a Kindred Spirits Short, exploring what happens when a certain six women finally meet…

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Book blurb:

On hallowed ground…

With over three thousand burials and memorials, including seventeen monarchs, life for the ghostly community of Westminster Abbey was never going to be a quiet one. Add in some fiery Tudor tempers, and several centuries-old feuds, and things can only go one way: chaotic.

Against the backdrop of England’s most important church, though, it isn’t all tempers and tantrums. Poets’ Corner hosts poetry battles and writing workshops, and close friendships form across the ages.

With the arrival of Mary Queen of Scots, however, battle ensues. Will Queens Mary I and Elizabeth I ever find their common ground, and lasting peace?

The bestselling Kindred Spirits series continues within the ancient walls of Westminster Abbey.

 

Social media links: 

Jennifer C. Wilson – Historical Fiction With Spirit!

https://twitter.com/inkjunkie1984

https://jennifercwilsonwriter.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/jennifercwilsonwriter/

Cover Wars!

Ninja School Mum is currently on Cover Wars. It’s already got quite a few votes and the competition runs until 8am on Sunday. The winner wins a week of promotion for their book, so it’s a great competition for authors. Every person who clicks their vote is seeing all of the lovely covers there.

You can vote once each day via iphone and once via computer or iPad. A big thank you to everyone who has voted so far or is still voting. #TeamNinja

To add you vote for Ninja School Mum click here: Cover Wars

 

Introducing… Rosie Travers.

Today I have author Rosie Travers joining. me on my blog to tell you more about herself and her brand new book release, which is out in August. 

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About Rosie:

I grew up in Southampton on the south coast of England and loved escaping into a good book as soon as I could read. As a teenager I scribbled numerous short stories and novels, none of which I was ever brave enough to show anyone. After working in local government for many years I moved across the Atlantic to Southern California in 2009 when my husband took up a three year dream overseas assignment.  Life as an ex-pat wife wasn’t quite as glamorous and exciting as I first envisaged, so to fend off homesickness and culture shock I began a blog about our life in Los Angeles, which re-ignited my creative juices. When I returned to the UK I undertook a creative writing course, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I write entertaining, heart-warming stories sprinkled with romance and intrigue. My debut novel The Theatre of Dreams will be published on 1 August 2018.

http://myBook.to/theatreofdreams

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Theatre of Dreams Blurb

Musical theatre actress Tara is down on her luck and in desperate need of a job.

When terminally-ill octogenarian Kitty invites her to take over the running of her former dance academy in the old-fashioned resort of Hookes Bay, Tara thinks she’s found her guardian angel.

But it soon becomes very clear Kitty is being far from benevolent.

Too late, Tara realises helping Kitty will signal the end of an already tarnished career, unless she can pull off the performance of a life-time.

 

Contact Info

Website: www.rosietravers@hotmail.com

Twitter @RosieTravers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rosietraversauthor

Writing a speech.

Hello everyone. I’m currently writing a speech for my paperback book launch on Friday and it’s funny how I can write a 80,000 word novel, but a two page speech is a completely different skill. I’ve been reading up on all types of introductions to a gathering and have been bombarded with tips about making my guests laugh, telling them about my past working life, giving insights into my characters and more. Some say use Powerpoint pictures, some advise not. I’m not using Powerpoint, but I will be showing my new book trailer.

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My stomach currently feels like a washing machine on full cycle and the churning doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon. I have a friend who loves standing up in front of an audience and public speaking is her forte, but for me, I quake inside. I managed to attend a library for an author event about my latest work recently and gave a speech and chatted to guests for an hour and a half. It was amazing, but I was nervous beforehand. Luckily the attendees were so friendly that I forgot I was the speaker and I relaxed and had fun. This is great, but thinking about standing in front of people and reading my work to them or giving a speech is something I am going to have to get used to. I’m not a shy person and love talking to people, but when it’s focussed on me and I’m in front of a group, I feel my toes turn to jelly.

Time to get on with writing my speech. I’ll let you know how the event goes and will post pictures here next week. My online ebook launch is on Monday, so I will be celebrating with a post that morning too. Wish me luck! 🙂

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