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Many authors and writers participate in the National Novel Writing Month during the month of November. Writers refer to this as NaNoWriMo.
From the 1st-30th, aspiring authors write to their hearts content and until their fingers and nails bleed all over their keyboards. The point of NaNoWriMo is to write as many words as you can during the month of November. Of course, you can set a goal of 10,000 words, 30,000 words, 80,000 words, or 110,000 words. It’s up to you.
Instead of waiting until the last minute to participate, why not get a head start on this year’s NaNoWriMo?
Fact: The word count for 2012 was 3,291,503,762.
Planning and preparing now for NaNoWriMo will give you time to research and outline your book, develop characters, create chapter titles, and write a synopsis.
Some writers do not use outlines, but they are your friend. An outline will keep you and your book on track. You’ll be able to see if you’re staying on theme or not.
Also, when you develop your characters, you’ll get to know your characters better. In fact, they’ll change before your eyes. You may discover you don’t know who they are and will have to redevelop them.
Will you self-publish your book, or try traditional publishing? The latter involves querying literary agents and or publishers.
Tip #1: Approach literary agents and publishers that publish in your genre. Don’t waste your time querying a literary agent who’s not interested in sci-fi and fantasy. Also, ask your writer friends for referrals.
Tip #2: Take advantage of writers groups where you’ll receive a fair and professional critique of your writing.
Use this time to get ready for NaNoWriMo. This way you won’t stress out when it’s November.
Breakdown of NaNoWriMo
I wish everyone a joyous holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2013.
I’d like to thank everyone who visits Savvy Writing Careers.com and comments on the blog posts. I’d also like to thank everyone who registered to receive updates.
Writing is my passion. I’m excited about upcoming book and screenwriting projects and look forward to developing even more projects in the future.
See you in 2013!
All my best,
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Writers, forget about Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you need to keep up with SEO changes!
Keeping up with SEO Changes
Below is an infographic from Fuzz One Media and it explains the new face of SEO. Review it and see what changes you may have to make to your author or writer website. Take it one step at a time so you don’t become overwhelmed. The bottom line is to produce well written and informative content that attracts readers who’ll eventually turn into fans and customers.
If you’re worried that you won’t understand SEO, don’t give up. Simply find the keywords that work for your website and incorporate them in your content writing. This includes blog posts and web pages.
SEO Best Practices
Make sure you practice ethical SEO. This means no cloaking links or stuffing content with keywords. The latter doesn’t make for good writing, and Google still frowns upon this.
Your writing should be flow and be natural. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t use keywords in your blog posts. Write from your heart and you’ll attract readers.
If you’re worried that your website isn’t optimized enough, you could hire someone to take care of your SEO. Just make sure you hire someone who knows what they’re doing. Or you could pick up a book or two from the library and do it yourself.
Let’s face it; SEO isn’t going away. It’s evolving and will continue to do so throughout the years. Do your best to stay on top of the changes. Don’t get caught up in the, “Am I doing this right or wrong?” You are a writer! Your number one priority should be to provide valuable content that readers can use to solve whatever problem they may have.
If you have an author website, your number one priority should be to keep readers informed of your up and coming books, book signings, and webinars. Remember, you can provide readers with sample chapters and or blog posts written by the main character(s).
Don’t fear SEO, even though others make it out to be some big scary monster. It’s more like the chore you have to do every day but don’t want to do it.