The Importance of Linking to Your Book Online

Originally posted on Fireblade Publishers:

Commonly known as backlinks, inbound links or incoming links, amongst others, links to your book purchase pages and author website are more important than most authors realise.

Sure, the majority of us know that the more places potential readers can find our links, the more likely it is we’ll gain new fans. However, did you know that it can increase your author website and book purchase page ranking in Google and other search engines?

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To write a series or not?

Originally posted on Layna Pimentel:

I personally love writing three book series. Where I begin to hesitate, is when it presses beyond three, and here’s my reason why.

Some of my favorite authors have written some long-winded series. Some have managed to capture my attention, and kept the action going, while others seemed to taper off into the abyss. For example, I’m reading a book right now that released a few months ago. Normally, a paperback takes me 24-48 hours of straight reading–I’m at week two with this one.

There’s another series that I absolutely adore, and the final book is about to release. Problem is, the last two installments were boring. What assurance do I have this last one will go out with a bang. There’s no guarantee unfortunately, it’s a risk that all of us readers take.

However, as a writer bursting with a gazillion and one ideas for my Mistress of Forsaken…

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All Hallows Eve

Originally posted on Fireblade Publishers:

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It is a common misconception amongst South Africans that Halloween, in the Southern Hemisphere, should occur on 31 October each year. A Gaelic festival celebrating the end of the harvest season, it falls between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice and is commonly referred to as Samhain, pronounced ‘sow-in’. It is a time to reap the harvest and to prepare for the long winter ahead.

In many homes, places are set for departed family members, as it is believed that the veil between the worlds thins and that fey creatures may walk the night. Here in sunny South Africa, we would be correct in making the date for Halloween 30 April each year. Of course, it has become a tradition to throw parties on the last day of October for so long now, that I doubt it will change.

It is known as the Pagan New Year, but regardless…

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The Darker Side of Blogging: A Spooky Roundup, Part One

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, Samhain, and the Day of the Dead are nearly upon us. What better time to take a look at the darker side of WordPress.com?

Our bloggers cover the spooky spectrum, from horror film reviewers to Wiccans to Halloween crafters to bioarchaeologists (they study bones!). This weekend we’re bringing you a double dose of the heebie-jeebies, with Halloween and witchcraft bloggers today, and other offbeat spooky topics tomorrow.

If you’re a fan of fright or just want to explore something new, get ready for the creepiest holiday season with these eerie entries:

Halloween Howlers

Are costumes and crafts more your speed than monsters and mayhem? There’s no shortage of inspiration on WordPress.com, with tons of bloggers dedicated to getting you and your little ones ready for an epic night of trick or treating.

DIY Halloween

The bloggers behind D.I.Y. Halloween take October 31st very seriously:

Every year…

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The Pearl and the Sage

Originally posted on Fireblade Publishers:

All authors know that stress and melodrama stifle creativity. Read on if you want to increase your creative output and live a happier life.

Once upon a time, a sage shared with me pearls of great wisdom. The sage, as you might wonder, was my mother. The pearl of wisdom is a simple phrase that puts every event in your life into perspective in one neat question.

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Best-selling fantasy author TC Southwell’s latest offering

Originally posted on Fireblade Publishers:

Today we’re pleased to bring you the latest from best-selling fantasy author, TC Southwell, including extracts from her latest book that have never been seen before. Enjoy!

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The archangel Majelin has been imprisoned and tortured in the underworld of Sherinias’ domain for five centuries. Eventually, his light will die and he will fall to the darkness. Whispers of a tar’merin travelling with Kayos have reached Airedene, the Sacred City of Angels, giving Sarmalin hope that her husband might be saved, and she goes to plead with the Demon Lord.

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Dos and Don’ts for Indie Authors

Aneza Lee:

Another FREE Guide!

Originally posted on Fireblade Publishers:

You may be aware of the fact that Fireblade Publishers intends to publish a growing range of DIY guides for indie authors and we’re pleased to remind you that many of them will be free. So, without further ado, we’d like to announce our latest DIY guide, Dos and Don’ts for Indie Authors, which we’ve recently published on Smashwords.

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South of the Border – A Virtual Assistant Mystery

Originally posted on Fireblade Publishers:

Greetings and salutations on this lovely morning. Recently, it has come to our attention that, while in some cases we enjoy an excellent working relationship with overseas authors and agencies, in other cases, some balk at the idea of working with service providers who are not local. By local I refer, in most cases, to working in the same country, and in others I refer to authors who are put off by the idea of using an editor who does not live specifically in their state, or even their local community.

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