Unlocking the Search Ranking Gate with Amazon Keywords

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booksAmazon keywords: they can be the bane of a writer’s existence. By virtue of the word they seem as though mastering them would unlock the secret to getting your book on the first page of an Amazon search. The cold hard truth is that only high sales can boost your book to the top of the list, but without the proper use of keywords you’re doomed. Knowing what keywords to use and how to use them can boost your unknown, low-sale book from search page 1,000 to search page 15. Screwing up your keywords will leave you mired in the deep dark swamp of other books. The best thing you can do to prevent this is to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible before committing to these little nuggets of information.

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Social Media for the Introverted Self-Publisher

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ReadBookYou’ve poured your blood, sweat, and tears into your writing and you’re finally ready to unleash it onto the world. It’s a nerve-wracking experience, offering up your work to the volatile public masses. You never know how someone is going to like what you’ve done, or how mean they’ll be if they give it the thumbs down. On the flip side, receiving those gushing e-mails professing love for everything you set pen to is a true writer’s high.

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DISEASE PLAYLIST

Music plays a big part in my life and as a writer I often find inspiration in what I listen to. When working on a project I try to listen to music that encompass the situation I’m writing about. While sitting at my computer and typing out the fate of my characters I usually listen to non-lyrical tracks that just embody a mood. This helps me avoid distraction. But when I’m chasing the muse away from the office I listen to anything I think might stimulate my imagination.

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The Pros and Cons of Serializing Your Novel

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Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 11.35.46 AMIt might be hard to imagine these days, but long before people gathered around the TV, they gathered around the radio to listen to the latest episode of whatever was popular at the time. Even harder to believe is that long before radio the public clamoured around newsstands to pick up the latest “episode” of serial fiction. In fact, some of the classic literature we still read today was initially serialized. Big names like Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas, and Harriet Beecher Stowe published their novels in serial format.

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Blood, sweat, and tears.

I(heart)It’s no secret that I used to work at Starbucks. I actually enjoyed my experience there and found it was a great and supportive environment. Schedules were flexible and the staff was filled with students and artists. It was a great job for someone who had quit a more lucrative position with the intention of focusing on writing.

What blew me away during my time there was the amount of money people would spend on their specialty coffee drinks. It was normal to see the same people every day, if not several times a day, spending five, six, and seven dollars a drink. Over, and over, and over. And that’s not even to mention the promotions we’d have. The staff dreaded the lines out the door for BOGO offers and half off sales. Customers would often go nuts, spending more than they would in a regular day because they got a deal. It’s no wonder Starbucks stock kept rising!
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