How Long-Tail Keywords Help You Get to the Front of the Pack

If you're doing anything on the internet these days, chances are good that you are well-versed in the importance of keywords. But do you know what long-tail keywords are? And if you're blogging or selling things on the internet, do you know how they can set you apart from the competition?

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Thystle Moran: Vampyre, Sword for Hire, and My Book Best Friend

We all have them -- whether you're a writer or a reader -- that one character that you love and turn to in times of need. Mine just happens to be a brash vampyre with a drinking problem. Her name is Thystle Moran. Whenever I feel down or out of sorts, I turn to writing her stories, and I always feel better. Even if I only have a spare 30 minutes to spend writing in her world, at the end, my world is a little brighter. Let me tell you why.

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Teaser Tuesday: Would It Kill Him to Wish Aeryn Good Luck?

I'm trying something new starting this week: Teaser Tuesday. Each Tuesday, I will post a snippet of one of my books, usually published but also unreleased from time to time. This week, I am posting the beginning of the first chapter of book 1 of my dark fantasy series Into the Darkness (available now).

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How to Squeeze Every Last Drop from Amazon Author Central

You've got your newest title up on Amazon's KDP and CreateSpace, IngramSpark, etc. You even built out your author page through Amazon's Author Central. You're all set to sell your book on Amazon. Nothing else to do, right? Wrong. There's plenty more to do on Author Central than just put up an author page. If you walk away without taking advantage of the other feature, you're actually putting yourself at a disadvantage when it comes to properly reaching buyers.

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Stranger Things: A Satisfying Return to 80s Horror Flicks

If you're a horror fan and you haven't heard about Netflix's newest sensation Stranger Things, you might be living under a rock. I started seeing posts and tweets about Stranger Things a couple of weeks ago, and of course, I saw the feature on Netflix, but I didn't have time to check it out until this past weekend. A few episodes in, and I said the heck with writing and started binge watching episodes. This show is why Stephen King recommended tossing your TV in order to be a better writer.

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What Do You Know About Book Trim Sizes?

If you're scratching your head right now, and you're an indie author who is publishing your own work, be concerned. Knowing about different trim sizes (aka your print book's overall size) is Indie Publishing 101, and not knowing how different sizes affect your print costs can prove to be costly to your bottom line. So, settle in, indie publishers, for a lesson on trim sizes and their effects on your bottom line.

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Why I Ditched Lulu and Never Looked Back

Anyone who knows me well knows that when I hear or see Lulu's name come up in a print-on-demand discussion, my head just about pops off. I've always avoided publicly dissing Lulu as bad form, but since someone recently asked for the full story behind my loathing toward Lulu as a POD, so that he could make an informed decision about them, I decided it's probably time to just speak up already. Hopefully, this might help others make their own decisions about whether or not Lulu is right for them.

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