Link of the Week – Google Keyword Planner

April 3, 2018

Keywords are an important part of discoverability for anyone selling goods on Amazon. In authors’ cases, they help drive readers to books. With all the lovely (yes, that is sarcasm) algorithms Amazon has in place that makes it nearly impossible to get noticed, it is crucial to optimize the SEO for every book authors publish. One way to do that is to plan the best keywords to use for your metadata, book description, and more.

Try Google Keyword Planner to “refine search campaigns and ensure content remains relevant”. Come up with a bunch of words that would describe the main points or theme of your book (or other product you are selling) to plug into the planner and retrieve the keywords that garner the most search relevance.

Sounds like a winner.

https://adwords.google.com/home/tools/keyword-planner/


Hump Day Kick Start – Writing Prompt #27

March 28, 2018

Writing prompts to kick-start your muse.

Now, this could be fun. Who is our gal and what kind of pet does she have? Dog? Cat? Hamster? Ferret? What does the pet say? Does it make demands—more room on the bed, tastier treats, a new toy, more frequent belly rubs? Maybe the pet becomes brutally honest about her hygiene? Could it want to karaoke to a Journey song?  Offer to take her to its weekly Paw Support group meeting? Disclose with a degree of malicious glee it has been plotting to kill her?

Share your ideas and/or post your creations, even if it’s just a line or two. I’d love to hear them.

 


Link of the Week – Best Sellers that Don’t Sell

March 27, 2018

Here’s a bit about best sellers on Amazon in reference to ranking on paid versus category kindle books.  This blog — How To Avoid Best Sellers That Do Not Sell — on K-lytics breaks it down from the buyer’s perspective and the author’s perspective.

http://k-lytics.com/best-sellers/


Hump Day Kick Start – Sharp Dressed Man Edition

March 21, 2018

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

How sketchy can today’s writing prompt get? Who is our couple? Are the dressing or undressing? Could they be government spies getting ready to infiltrate a fancy gala?  What if he was a murderous predator preying on young socialites? Could he be a double agent? Is it business as usual for him and she’s just collateral damage? Did he extract what he wanted from her, leaving her regretful/confused/unsure/angry? Maybe she promised him a big corporate deal/her husband’s stock/a seat at her table on an immortal council after he seduced her and he thinks he’s won, but that’s just what she let him believe.

What’s your take? Tell me a tale or caption the pic. I’d love to hear from you.

 


Link of the Week – Amazon and Money Laundering

March 20, 2018

There seems to be no end to scams and the author is always on the raw end of the deal. Read, or watch the short video, on Fortune.com about a money-laundering scheme using independently published authors’ Amazon accounts.

http://fortune.com/2018/02/22/money-laundering-books-amazon/


Hump Day Kick Start – Writing Prompt #26

March 7, 2018

Writing prompts to kick-start your muse.

What would you do? Step into the twilight zone? How could you not!

Tell about today’s prompt. How could everyone look like him? Where are they going? Why does he need to arm himself? Is there a government takeover? A science experiment gone horribly wrong? Has a pandimensional war broken out and they must save the worlds? Have his friends decided it was time to take him wardrobe shopping? Are they on their way to a Matrix-style costume party?

Share your ideas and/or post your creations, even if it’s just a line or two. I’d love to hear them.


Hump Day Kick Start – Mystery Driver Edition

February 28, 2018

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.

Why so serious?

Who is today’s prompt? What’s going on? Is he be a private investigator or an assassin on a deadly mission? Does he have eyes on his target? Maybe he’s casing his next jewelry heist or stalking his ex.  Has he been assigned to protect an annoyingly beautiful and sexy heiress/princess/scientist/hacker but is contemplating running her bratty, defiant ass over? Could he be steeling himself from the predator-like PTO moms as he sits in the car line waiting to pick up his second-grader from school? Is he your next Uber driver?

What’s your take? Tell me a tale or caption the pic. I’d love to hear from you.