What is S.E.O? Search Engine Optimization. Like all web analytic studies, when I first learned about S.E.O I was blown away. To be honest, I'm not following my own advice here. I'm not investing the time and money in plugging S.E.O. because I don't have it. But if you're an author who loves the marketing … Continue reading Why every author must learn S.E.O?
I've worked on three book covers this year, "Ten Reminders for the Single Christian Woman," "Cinders of Castlerea" and "Under a Scottish Sky." The last book cover still remains to be done. I've noticed many publishers now work with authors when it comes to book covers for long forms of work, like novellas and novels. … Continue reading 5 Questions to ask your book designer
Last week I tweeted about a TED talk from an author. I absolutely loved the message. Occasionally, I do listen to TED talks for different reasons, inspiration, motivation, learning, fillers when I'm standing in a queue, struggling with writer's block, burnout, etc. And I thought why not share them with you. I'm sure there are … Continue reading 5 Powerful TED Talks for Authors
For all my spec fic fans, Joseon Fringe is set to be out in the summer of 2017. This book does celebrate Asian diversity and I'm absolutely blown away by the pedigree of some of my co-authors. I've seen the proofs and can't believe I'm going to share my story with these awesome writers. The … Continue reading Joseon Fringe! Coming Soon
As you know from my FB posts, my short story will be published in Fun Dead Publication's "Night in New Orleans" anthology. New Orleans and ravens are both well known in folklore. Set for release on April 1st 2017, its all based in the spooky New Orleans, featuring some amazing authors including, Richard Pastor, Jonathan Shipley, … Continue reading The Making of “A Raven’s Call”
I received plenty of compliments on my physical book cover. I must say it took quite a bit of trial and error, and I mean more errors than I would like, to get it to look the way it does. I used Createspace's Cover creator, which is a free service provided by Createspace. The cover creator … Continue reading How to create a print book cover using Createspace?
After my first official author shoot, I must say its not easy. According to me, you need three qualities to photograph well. 1. Good Looks 2. Good Looks and 3. Good Looks. I don't have any of those qualities, so I was quite nervous when I spoke to my photographer Tejaswini Manerikar. She wasn't worried, though. … Continue reading Fantastic Author Photos -How to?
I wouldn't consider myself a successful writer as far as short stories go, but I have to admit that all of my publications so far have been shorts or novellas(about eight of them). This year after a gigantic creative push, I've managed to publish three different shorts and while there's no formula for stories, I … Continue reading Three Tips – Getting your short story published!
As you know, I sold four short stories out of the ten I submitted last year. Letters from Bidbid, Joseon Fringe and two others which I will let you know once we're closer to pub date. Either way, I think formatting was instrumental in selling those stories. Initially, it felt like a huge time suck … Continue reading Why you should Format your Short Story Manuscript?
Source: Dharma Productions I watched this movie in December, much after the buzz settled. It was not on the top of my list. I hadn't watched a movie for a while after the loss of my father. But then I was tired of seeing Christmas joy on TV and turned to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, … Continue reading Four Writing lessons I learned from ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’