My blog name dooms me to failure. Well, relative failure. Of course, ‘relative’ depends on what success you hope to make of your blog. Among the many excellent features reblogged by The Story Reading Ape each day, one from Just Publishing
Back to the Future? Memories and technicalities
Technicalities were my first thought for today’s post, but then I realised that memories were involved too. Technicalities with blog posts, Twitter and Facebook Two irritating changes are happening around now, well, irritating to blogging authors who are supposed to
Business of Books – my Pinterest shelf
The business of books is constantly changing. Whenever I see a post I might want to return to, I send it to my Pinterest shelf. I don’t really understand how Pinterest works as a Social Media outlet, but it works
Website performance – is it important?
Website performance seems to be the latest tool to get bloggers in a spin. The Story Reading Ape reblogged an interesting post by Jean at Jean’s Writing asking Do you know the visibility of your website? Naturally, I spent yesterday evening
Two weeks with Yoast
I installed Yoast SEO on this site a fortnight ago, so I thought I’d give you some feedback–but I’d like feedback from you too. What is Yoast? It’s a plugin for WordPress sites that helps you attend to your Search Engine
Fan page or Book page – what should your readers see first?
Fan page or a Book page, which should my websites have? I read an interesting article (thanks to the Story Reading Ape who reblogged it) entitled: How to Create a High-Performing Book Sales Page for Your Launch. It gave me
Self-hosted WordPress | Three years on
This is probably one of those posts that is set to tempt fate, but three years after moving to the self-hosted version of WordPress, I am mostly delighted I made the move. You may remember that two years ago I
What do you think of Instagram?
I know I should be active on social media. As an author, the best way to get people to see your books is to be out there, saying hello and mixing with the crowd, rather than spending money spamming people
Rebuilding my Viridian Series follower list
Those of you who signed up to follow the Viridian Series website by newsletter have heard nothing from me for ages, not even about the withdrawal of the Perihelix. That’s because my newsletter system went wrong and lost all my
On reviewing books – and a Clean Sweep update
At the beginning of April, I got a surprise email from Goodreads. No, it wasn’t a comment, or an update, or a new giveaway notice, not even a newsletter. It was an email from Otis and Elizabeth Chandler, the founders of
#atozchallenge Round-up post | World-building wisdom
Wow! It’s over for another year – but then again, it’s not really over, since there are all those new friends I made when visiting – and all those I missed out. Although I feel I did better than some
E is for Earth | #IWSG post remembering Sue Ann Bowling
My world-building A to Z brings me to E for Earth, and also to my #IWSG post for April. Earth is just there, isn’t it? Surely it doesn’t belong in a world-building theme. Well, even contemporary writers have to build
Shelfari is closing … so what?
Shelfari is Amazon’s original reader platform – keep a list of your TBRs, share with others, comment, etc. I don’t know whether Amazon bought it from someone else in the relatively distant past, but they have announced that on 16th
Book Covers – working with Gimp
I hope most of you have admired my book covers. They are mostly down to my wonderful illustrator, Danielle English, with a varying degree of inspirational input from me. I think it was my second or third blog post where
A bit late, since summer’s here, but I had a useful email to remind me that there is a simple way of fending off the hackers of one’s blog. Spring clean. Simply making sure all the add-ons you have are used,