From The Life Authorial

How to get your website in front of readers – the “magic” of search engine optimization

Searchengineland.com and Column Five Media have joined forces to come up with this awesome inf0graphic. It is designed to help website owners come up with the right combination of ranking factors to show up at the top of the search engine heap. And along with the infographic, Search Engine Land is providing the *free* “Search Engine Land Guide to SEO”. I have a lot to learn, so I will definitely be taking advantage of this! Click the link above to see the guide in presentation mode (as a series of slides), or you can browse by chapter below. Chapter 1:…

When Life Gets In The Way – Writer’s Block and Creativity

Ever feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish everything you’d planned? Or worse, that there was enough time but you’ve squandered it, frittered away the hours doing God knows what when you could have been – should have been – writing, or reading, or doing anything but watching back-to-back episodes of The X-Files on Netflix? (Guilty as charged.) When I started this blog, I had the best of intentions. I posted something new every week, and I had no problem coming up with the time or energy to maintain the schedule I set for myself. The same went…

The Life Authorial: How to be a great critique partner

The Life Authorial is a series of posts sharing firsthand tips learned on the journey toward publication. Throughout the Roaring ’20s, the Algonquin Hotel in New York City was the daily meeting place for “The Algonquin Round Table”, one of the most famous “critique groups” of all time. Composed of writers and critics, its members traded “wisecracks, wordplay and witticisms“, which were published in newspapers across the country (from Wikipedia). Although they were the founders of The New Yorker magazine, comprised the literary in-crowd of their day, and served as an inspiration to up-and-coming young writers like Ernest Hemingway and…

The Life Authorial: Choosing a pen name

The Life Authorial is a series of posts sharing firsthand tips learned on the journey toward publication. So I chose this photo because: 1) pens, duh; and 2) the Hi-Tecpoint writes so smooothhh (picture me saying that in a James Brown sort of voice), I can easily picture myself using it to sign my name on the crisp new pages of my super-mega-like-whoa bestseller. The first hurdle, of course, is to write the book, but I’ll put the trivial details aside for a moment to talk about what’s really important – the pen name! In deciding whether to use a…

The Life Authorial: Using photos on your blog

The Life Authorial is a series of posts sharing firsthand tips learned on the journey toward publication. So, that girl with the computer? The one stuck in the olden days with the confused look on her face? That’s me, trying to figure out ‘the internet’. Or to put it more specifically, trying to figure out ‘the blogging’. As far as surfing, browsing, researching, and other basics go, I’m as web savvy as the next person. In fact, I actually capital-letters LOVE research. But to create something and put it online? That’s a whole ‘nother ball game. One that involves really hard…

The Life Authorial: How to take a great author photo

The Life Authorial is a series of posts sharing firsthand tips learned on the journey toward publication.    Nervewracking… Anxiety-provoking… Self-esteem depleting… Fun? As they say on Sesame Street, one of these things is not like the other ones. In fact, for many people, having a photo taken is so uncomfortable, it rises almost to the level of a phobia*. But for those of us who aspire to literary greatness, there can be no yielding to our fear of getting out from behind our word processors. After all, as we’ve been told time and time again, image  and online presence…