Short list for bloggers

Short list for bloggers

Short list for bloggers

A short list of things you can do today to keep your blog posts relevant As a blogger in today’s social media driven environment, I am finding that traffic is fickle at best. Our sites need to be a little more “shouty” and grab attention in a more interesting way in order to compete with the barrage of sites that are getting all the eyes. Most blogs have a sort of “focus”. That’s not my site, however, I say with a chuckle. I try to be inventive and keep things different so readers don’t get bored. I do apologize when

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The Top 5 Marketing Tips for Your Book

The Top 5 Marketing Tips for Your Book

Self-published authors know that the biggest row to hoe ahead of them is marketing their book. The writing is hard, the editing is harder, but the marketing of that book is certainly the hardest of them all when it comes to this self-publishing journey. I know. I have been there. But I also have a few tips for you to maybe give you food for thought. First, some people might just want to know what marketing your book MEANS. In my honest opinion, it’s just telling folks about your book. It’s getting the word out. Secondly, some people want to

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Mystery Books and Authors I Love

Mystery Books and Authors I Love

Welcome to my book list. Here are some books I love by authors I enjoy reading. Jan Burke— Irene Kelly Mysteries including Goodnight Irene and Dear Irene Patricia Cornwell–Kay Scarpetta Mysteries including Postmortem and Cause of Death Cleo Coyle — Coffeehouse Mysteries including On What Grounds? and A Brew to a Kill Janet Evanovich–Stephanie Plum Mysteries including One for the Money and Two for the Dough Anne George–Southern Sisters Mysteries including Murder on a Girls Night Out and Murder on a Bad Hair Day Sue Grafton–Kinsey Milhorne Mysteries (also known as The Alphabet Mysteries) including A is for Alibi and

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What a writer goes through

What a writer goes through

Ever wondered what a writer goes through? This is going to be a BSP sort of post, and yet, not. And it is a loooong post, just so you know. I hope you understand. Every author has moments of terror and then there are moments of utter thrilldom. I am a little on the fence about either one. I mean I have been semi-successful with my work. I have followers, fans of the podcast, and social media likers. When I check my Alexa ranking I am rocking the writing world, out-ranking some of my friends. And apparently, folks are interested

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Free writing exercise: Why is this so hard?

Free Writing: oh, how cool it is. I don’t have to edit. I don’t have to stress over what comes out of my fingertips at all. Of course I still do edit myself. it’s become a second skin now. I realize I have been writing professionally for seven years, and I am overwhelmed sometimes how hard it still is. I am NOT easy on myself – not like I used to be. Writing used to be a lot of fun. Sometimes I long for days where I can write situated anywhere on anything at any time. I just cannot do

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