Allbooks Review Oct. 2012 Newsletter

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Tip: Five Search Engine Optimization Tips~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~By Karen Cioffi

If you’re new to the writing game, you may not be aware of some of the
essential steps needed to get in the game – – steps that will make your
name, and brand visible. Visibility is a biggie if you want to increase
traffic to your site and move forward in your writing career.
Why is it important to become familiar with SEO blog tips?
Simply put, the answer is to generate visibility.
So, what are some tips to help you get started in the right direction?
Well, the very first and most obvious tip is to have a Web site or blog
site. Once you have one set up, it’s your job to post content to it on a
regular basis, no less than once a week, two or three times a week is
better though.
So, here is the strategy (SEO) that allows the search engines, such as
Google, to find your site and content and to categorize and index your
content. This in turn makes it available to online searchers.

Five SEO Blog Tips:

1. Use a keyword in your article title. Try one of the free keyword search
tools to find an effective keyword. I use http://googlekeywordtool.com/
A keyword, according to Compendium.com, is “any word or phrase a searcher
might use to describe or identify a desired resource on the Internet.”

2. Use that keyword in your article’s subheadings, and be sure to bold or
italicize your subheadings.
So, what are those other tips? How do you make those keywords work for
you? And what the devil is a long – tail keyword? See the rest of the
article on my Sharing with Writers blog:
http://sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com/2012/02/increase – traffic – to –
your – site – five – seo.html

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FEATURE:
Motivation
Excerpt from Write Like the Wind vol. 1, by Aaron Paul Lazar, pub. August 2012

What motivates you to write? Is it a yearning to connect with humankind? To share your cherished visions with readers? To breach that lonely cold gap stretching between souls? Do you hope to reach into someone’s heart, and really, truly make a difference?
Or do you simply write for yourself? Do you need to control a parallel universe that performs at your command, whose heroes are vivid and alive in your brain, and whose villains bow to your will? Is your own life so out of control that this writing thing, this whirling, compelling, demanding art form, does wonders as a coping strategy?

Maybe you don’t care if your books ever get published: you just need to satisfy that inner drive to write. It itches until you scratch it, lures you like a lover, and enslaves you like a drug. And it’s very unforgiving. If you don’t get your daily fix, you get grumpy. Supremely grumpy.

Some write to purge demons from a childhood trauma, or to escape painful reality. Others create romantic relationships that fill emptiness in their own lives, or invent critters to help heal the ache after losing a beloved pet. Some imagine bizarre aliens in a world so unlike ours that tantalizing characters and stories are born into new galaxies. And there are those who create scenes with characters strangely like their dear departed grandparents.

Writing can be comforting, thrilling, romantic, and scary.

But under no circumstances should you write simply to sell a book. That kind of motivation will only disappoint you, and writing for money is often a surefire way to guarantee disappointment. If you do, you may be selling your writer’s soul.

Instead, write from your heart. Write to soothe your spirit. Write to instill order in a chaotic world. Write to entertain, to create twisted plots that electrify or shock.

Let’s say you’ve written already your heart out. You’ve pumped out a few great books. Suddenly you go dry. What motivates you now?

Look around you. The world is crammed with topics. Watch your favorite movies. Dissect them, list the ideas that stir your imagination, and make an inventory of your favorite themes (see Write Like the Wind, volume 3, “Plotting – Comfort Movies”). Is it unrequited love? Time travel? Gentle giants falsely accused? Delicious twists that shock and surprise? Spunky lady cops who save the day? Heroic animals? Fantastical fairies? Gritty city secrets?

Keep your ears open. Listen to news stories. The often unfathomable, sometimes horrific accounts will stir your creative juices. Imagine a twist on them. Then twist it again and change its literary color or scent. Don’t worry if it’s been done before, because just about everything has been done before in one fashion or another. Just put your mark on it and write it with passion.

Tune in to real life dramas at work, church, or school. Think about your friend whose wife died from a rare complication of a cardiac virus, your cousin who suffers from depression, your daughter whose college boyfriend from Albania is suddenly deported. Real life is fertile and rich, full of angst, splendor, terror, and adventure. It offers a mosaic of ideas, and waits for you to pluck your new favorites to mix and match into a dynamic storyline.

Last of all: read, particularly from your genre. Read incessantly. Read in the grocery store line. Read at the doctors. Read at the Laundromat. Read while you wait for the kids after soccer practice. Read before you go to sleep at night. It’s not only the best way to charge up your imagination, but sitting at the virtual feet of the masters of the craft is the best way to learn to write.

Life is full of material. Sometimes the hardest part is choosing your themes. Pick a few, and toss them around to coat them with new variations. Make your time traveler a dog, instead of a boy. Put an alien in your tearjerker romance. Create cute little cockroaches instead of bunnies in your children’s book. Or stick to cliché themes, but shake your own writer’s salt on it.

Mix up your hat full of ideas and see what falls out.

It’s all up to you. Now go get ’em, and remember to write like the wind!
Ever wish you could peer into the brain of a published author and learn what tips he’s absorbed? Join award-winning mystery author Aaron Paul Lazar as he shares the cream of the crop from seven years of writing blogs in this fresh and unique offering of advice for fellow scribes.Write Like the Wind, volume 1, is available for 99 cents through Twilight Times Books and on all online book stores.

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Write-Like-the-Wind-ebook/dp/B008UYQF0M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1344557114&sr=1-1&keywords=write+like+the+wind

Allbooks Reviews INTERVIEW:

Please state your name and location. Suzanna E. Nelson, Geneva, Switzerland

Tell us the title and publisher of your book:
The Helpers, published by CreateSpace, March 2011
Paperback price: $15

Tell us about yourself:
I work for the United Nations and I am a published author of two award-winning novels. I have lived and worked in Africa, Europe and United States, and I am a strong advocate of human rights issues like anti human trafficking, protection of war children and child education.
My first novel “Nightmare Along the River Nile” is set in Uganda and Sudan. It is a story about a student who was abducted by the LRA and sold into slavery. It was inspired by actual events that happened to many young boys and girls in northern Uganda in the 1990s. The story was conceived from many interviews conducted with survivors and former child soldiers who managed to escape the LRA.
My second novel “The Helpers” is an international tale of espionage and corruption, and is set in Democratic Republic of Congo, but spans to Europe and United States.

When was the book released?:
The First Edition was released by iUniverse in March 2010
The Second Edition was released by CreateSpace in March 2011

Give us an overview of your book.
American journalist, Jenny Osborne, has just received her first big assignment abroad to report on the war situation between the government and rebels in Congo, but soon after their arrival, she and her photojournalist, John Spencer discover that things are not as they seem.

When Kai, a local schoolgirl, decides to end the psychological and sexual abuse that she and her mother have endured at the hands of Gaston, she seeks out Jenny for help. Kai gives Jenny damaging information that could bring down “The Helpers” – a very powerful underground organization whose members include international businessmen and high priests. Their main aim is to maintain a stronghold on the natural resources of Congo and they will stop at nothing to prevent Jenny from exposing them.
Jenny finds herself on the run, caught in a web of intrigue, espionage, assassinations and corruption spanning from Congo to Europe, and as far reaching as the United States. Her only hope is Lance Lemmand, a veteran French Intelligence Officer in Congo, and his handsome sidekick Pierre-Jean Philippe. But will they find her before it is too late? Or will “The Helpers” silence them once and for all. Find out in the startling conclusion of: The Helpers.

What inspired you to write this book?
I always enjoyed reading spy novels, so after finishing my first novel, it seemed logical to indulge in my dream of writing a spy novel, set in Africa. Democratic Republic of Congo was the logical choice because of its history and vast natural resources.
How is your book different from other books in this genre?
Although the story is fictitious, much of its background was inspired by historical events that happened during colonial times. The reader will learn more about the history of the
country.

Where can people buy your book?

Barnes & Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/helpers-suzanna-e-nelson/1100367847?ean=2940013524972

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1460942809
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1460942809
http://www.amazon.de/dp/1460942809
http://www.amazon.fr/dp/1460942809

Are you working on another book? If so when do you expect it to be published?

I am working on the sequel of ‘The Helpers’ and I hope it will be published in the
first or second quarter of 2013.

If you self published, what advice can you give to fellow writers?

If you write fiction, make sure you get a professional Developmental Editor to evaluate your work, and then give the manuscript to a Content Editor to go over the grammar. I recommend proofreading the book several times before you publish the book, even if it doesn’t guarantee that there will be no typos.

Can you share one of your marketing successes with us?

Most of my marketing success has come the old fashioned way: word of mouth.

How did you find Allbooks Reviews and what are you hoping for in your relationship with us?
I found Allbooks Reviews on the Internet, and I hope to have a long lasting relationship
with them.

Was the low cost a surprise? What other things would you like Allbooks Reviews to offer writers?
The low cost was a surprise because I paid more money to be reviewed by other groups.
The speed by which this book was evaluated was an added bonus.

Thank you for this interview and best of luck with your book.

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