Will You Please Help Me by Posting a Review of “The Legend of the Moonstone” on Amazon?

November26

Hello everyone,

I wanted to share with you that my book “THE LEGEND OF THE MOONSTONE” is live in the Kindle Store & is currently enrolled in KDP Select!!!

Book description:

41QdI6sBFSL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_In an age long past… on a planet unknown to mankind a SACRED STONE was created. Nations have been built around it until an audacious ignorant man broke the stone into three pieces and a terrible curse has been unleashed. The legends says who ever unite the stone again would be given control over it’s power.

The Legend of the Moonstone, a vibrant fiction-adventure, tells the legend of the Moonstone, a powerful stone which is part of the ancient Sacred Stone. Professor Stransky is adventurer and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue the Moonstone and defend our planet. In this adventure he and his crew of two very special and extraordinary students are about to fight for their own lives and for the lives of all of humanity against the Upper Souls (evil and destructive creatures, who wanted to become immortal and conquer the universe).

If you think the story is worthy, please pass this post along to anyone who might enjoy it. They can get the eBook at this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00Q3ZWAX6/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/179-3485092-8986200.

And if you will please leave a review for the book, that would be awesome.

If you let me know that you did leave a review, I will put you on the list for a free copy of my next novel when it comes out.

Happy Thanksgiving!!! :) :) :)

Category: Guest posts

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September21

Trimona Foods, Inc./Trimona Bulgarian yogurt

American Made Since 2009
2014 Food Finalist

Atanas Valev

Port Jefferson, New York
An organic, gluten-free yogurt made with whole milk from grass-fed cows. Using the ancient recipe that invented yogurt, its taste is unrivaled.
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Tell us about your business.

23 years ago, Atanas Valev arrived in America, among the many other immigrants pursuing the legendary “American Dream.” All he brought was a suitcase stuffed with some clothes, memorabilia, and two jars of Bulgarian yogurt. These jars carried the starter culture that helped Atanas create the yogurt now sold on shelves of Whole Foods markets and individual health stores. He knew that there was not yet a yogurt on the American market that matched the special taste and healthiness of Bulgarian yogurt. Custom-selected strains of the bacterial culture are what produce the distinctive tangy taste, creamy texture, and aroma of a homemade Bulgarian yogurt. Over the next 18 years, Atanas worked various day jobs to support his family and spent countless nights in his kitchen perfecting the yogurt enjoyed by so many today. Using our original Bulgarian bacterial strain, we can proudly say that no other yogurt on the market provides such a unique blend of taste, history, and health in one spoon.

Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.

My first workspace was my cramped kitchen, cluttered with pots, pans, and a few of my daughter’s Barbie dolls. Official office hours began at around 10 p.m. and ended at around 2 or 3 a.m. The head yogurt-taster was my patient and supportive wife. Our first consumers were our neighbors and friends, to whom we distributed the yogurt in glass mason jars. Then, about 6 years ago, after years of experimenting, organizing, brainstorming, arguing, negotiating, and all the other verbs that come with the big decision of making your entrepreneurial dream into a reality, the new workspace became a co-packing creamery in upstate New York, a growing facility nestled in the beautiful mountains of the Catskills. Teaching them how to make the yogurt and replicate the authentic ancient Bulgarian taste was not easy. It took a couple more years to master and achieve the consistency that the product has today, which is difficult with any homemade product.

What inspires you?

What inspires me to make the yogurt that I make are my returning customers. I have heard some incredible stories about people overcoming critical conditions due to the health benefits of our yogurt. I firmly stand behind the idea of food as medicine. This world has given us a bountiful amount of healthy resources-especially in food-that have lost themselves in the fast-paced world of moneymaking business. I want to be able to bring something real back to today’s busy society. If we have the capability to consume something the way our ancestors did-something that isn’t genetically modified nor stripped of essential nutrients-we should take full advantage of this. By sharing a piece of my culture with everyone (in both meanings of the word: the bacterial yogurt culture and my Bulgarian heritage), I want to give people the original, pure taste of yogurt, and all the health benefits that come with it.

What makes your business stand out?

Our Bulgarian yogurt is unlike any other yogurt on the market. Why? It’s quite simple. Yogurt was invented in Bulgaria. The live culture essential to the yogurt-making process is actually named after the country itself. Bulgarian microbiologist Dr. Stamen Grigorov discovered and coined it “Lactobacillus Bulgaricus.” Trimona Bulgarian yogurt provides an unmatched combination of health benefits. Sure, our yogurt is not the only organic and gluten-free yogurt. What sets it apart are the steps we take to ensure that everyone can healthily enjoy it. For example, both of my children are lactose intolerant; they have safely been consuming our yogurt for years. It’s low in lactose and contains the safe A2-beta casein, which comes from the Jersey and Guernsey cows we use. Also, our yogurt is neither strained nor fat-free. We keep the whey and the good fats because they are rich in essential minerals and vitamins missed out on when choosing a low-fat or non-fat yogurt.

What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?

Cliché as it may be-don’t give up on your dream. There’s a reason this saying has become a cliché and that’s because it works. Believe in your product every step of the way. Remember your mission and the very thing that drives you to do what you do. Realize that a lot more rests in your hands, which is both terrifying and empowering. Channel that fear into fuel and creative energy. Know that you are not alone. Connect with others who have already been down this exciting entrepreneurial path or even those who are just starting. You can learn from everyone and from some pretty unexpected places. Measure success in the satisfaction of your returning customers rather than how fat your wallet can become. Some of the most beautiful aspects of entrepreneurship are the authenticity and creativity that surpass the superficiality of the mainstream. And most importantly, never forget to have fun. Loving what you do is what molds the novel, quality product that can’t be created anywhere else.

What does American Made mean to you?

Coming to this country all those years ago, it’s hard to even think of myself as an immigrant. Not only did this country embrace me with open arms, it gave me a place to dream, to create, and to bring a piece of my culture to sew on to the American quilt of diversity. To me, living out this “American Dream” is exactly what “American Made” means. I have experienced the very core of the melting pot that is the innovative American spirit. An American Made product transcends the simplistic definition of anything produced in America. To be American Made is to embody the very ideals of the creativity, innovation, and freedom with which this country was founded.

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Category: Writing Center

Day of Forgiveness…

March2

Only Bulgarians Celebrate the Day of Forgiveness…

ссToday is the Day of Forgiveness in Bulgaria the last Sunday before the Great Lent starts. Forgiveness is an easy thing when you have not done anything wrong but a very serious business when you might have done — intentionally or not — things that might have hurt others.

Bulgarians observe Sunday a self-styled traditional ‘Forgiveness Day‘ on which everyone asks everyone tl,xlo forgive his or her misdeeds over the passed year.

The holiday is observed on a Sunday, exactly seven weeks before Easter, and is also called Sirni Zagovezni. That name refers to the fact that one is allowed to eat milk products, the day being located within the Easter Fast. Sirni Zagovezni is also considered a preparation for the Great Lent.

kukeriIn some parts of the country the forgiveness day is also associated with the manifestly pagan kukeri dance, in which men dressed like demons try to chase evil spirits away.

The most typical tradition connected to that day is starting the feast fires. Right from the very dawn, a Koukeri band starts its walk around everybody’s home. By means of various symbolic and ritual-magic actions, they are wishing health, land fertility and prosperity to the hosts.
kukeri1 At Shrove Sunday, the spirit gets purged by the forgiveness given and asked for, the body gets stronger if the person manages to jump over the fire, and the nature sends away evil forces by the ringing of the Koukeri bells. The dance of those masked men brings blessing and land fertility. A Kouker young woman (also called “bride”) starts ploughing the field and calls fertility, health and good luck to come into people’s houses…

There is a delightful Bulgarian tradition on this Day of Forgiveness to play a game in which the children try to catch a hard-boiled egg suspended on a string from a rod while using mouths only and no hands. It was one of those dear childhood memories that brought unrestrained laughter into my family.

Now I am at New York, USA, 5805,53 miles away from my beloved Bulgaria, my lovely parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and my amazing sister, but that won’t stop me of celebrate this day with my husband and friends. :)

Hope you all, will find this tradition interesting and you all, will forgive your friends and family too, for everything they have been wrong during 2013. Any thoughts on this great Bulgarian tradition are welcome… :)

*** For more information on Sirni Zagovezni or the Day of Forgiveness you can read this amazing article – HERE!

Category: Moral

Chestita Baba Marta or Happy Baba Marta!

March1

babHey! Today’s the 1st of March.

That can only mean one thing: throughout the day everyone in Bulgaria will be happily exchanging martenitsi and wishing each other Happy Baba Marta or in Bulgarian Chestita Baba Marta. I love this tradition. I’ve never seen another holiday in Bulgaria that produces such joy throughout the day. I love it a lot in fact. Last year I gave to my friends and family more then a 100 martenitsi.

However it’s not just the martenitsi that make me like this holiday so much. Before I tell you why I love this holiday and especially the red and white boy and girl Piju and Panda, so cute, let me tell you more about the folklore behind the holiday!

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There are various theories and suggestions (even several legends, involving real historical figures) about the symbolism of these two particular colors – red & white, from which Martenitsa are made. An obvious explanation and perhaps a common belief people share, is that “red” stands for “life/birth” and “white” denotes “anew/on clear grounds”. Combined together, they mean “newborn”, “rebirth”, “a new beginning”; a celebration of Life and Survival. Another popular explanation is that white stands for wisdom and red for good health, which means that anyone giving you a Martenitsa is wishing you both throughout the new year.

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The tradition of the red and white woven strings that we exchange supposedly dates back to the times of Khan Asparuh. For those of you not up on our Bulgarian history, Khan Asparuh is the man who is credited with the establishment of the first Bulgarian empire and the martenitsi. He was a busy man. Rumor has it he tied two strings one red and one white to his falcon after a battle to signal to his wife that he was still alive. The tradition was born from this…

Story of Baba Marta….

bmaaIn folklore, Baba Marta is presented as a sister or a wife of the great long-horned beetle (January) and the small long-horned beetle (February). She is always dissatisfied with them – They are either drunk on wine, or they do other harm . The old woman (bride) becomes angry, hence the weather breaks. According to a widespread story, an old shepherd gave rise to her flock in the mountains last March days, thinking that Baba Marta will bestow on her a good time because she is as old as her. Baba Marta became angry and asked her brother (April) to borrow her a few days. April granted her wish and these days are called “borrowed days”, “zaemnitsi”, “few days” in folk tradition. Martha let the strong snows and blizzards that froze the shepherd and her flock in the mountains. Frozen become a pile of rocks that flowed healing…

You can read more about this special Bulgarian tradition at Wikipedia!

Video!  How to make a basic martenitsa click here!

me b m 1I feel pretty special wearing my first martenitsi! Hope you are staying warm in your homes, and for all our sakes, I hope the weather stays warm! :)

May spring find you sooner than later wherever you are.

Category: Moral

Blog Award – Liebster Award!!!

February17

imagesI am honored and excited to have been nominated for the Liebster Award, an award given out by fellow bloggers to help people discover new blogs. I was nominated by Shakuita Johnson.

The Rules:

  • You must link back to the person who nominated you;
  • Answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you;
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 questions;
  • You cannot nominate the person who nominated you;
  • You must let the people you nominate know they have been nominated.

Here are the questions Shakuita asked me:

fiction1. What is your favorite genre to read? Why?

I think reading anything helps. I read mostly fiction. For me reading fiction fires up one’s imagination and the stories can “take you away from life” for a few moments and letting your mind and imagination wander in a different way. I also enjoy gaining insights into the psychologies of other cultures and times.

2. If you could be anyone in the world for a day, who would it be? Why?

My husband! :)

I think it would do good to anyone to be their spouse for a day! It would give us a better understanding of how to treat and respect them.

It would also help us understand them better.

best friend3. Who is your best friend? Why?

My best friend’s name is Ivo. He’s my best friend because he understands me. I’ve known him for 12 years and he’s like a brother to me. He always listens to what I’m saying and he gives me advice on the things I can’t figure out on my own.

4. What is the best memory you have? Why?

I do have a few selected memories from my childhood. When my mom told me that she was pregnant, for me, it was the best news ever. I had always longed for a sibling. me and Nina

So, the best one is when I first met my sister. I remember Mom sitting up in bed and letting me hold my sister. I felt such an instant bond with her that I didn’t want to go to the kindergarten or to go out and play whit the other kids. It was amazing to hold my sister and play with her when she was a little, now I can’t imagine the world without having her like my sister.

5. If you could change on moment in your life what would it be?

That’s a tough one, I’m not sure I would change anything. I’m happy and content at the moment. Sure, I’d like to be more financially secure, but I’m doing well nonetheless. But going back and changing things, big things, or embarrassing things – things that impacted me and have helped shape who I am today…… I honestly can’t say that I would want to take those experiences away, those are life lessons – lessons I’ve grown from, they’ve made me a better person in the end. No, I’m good….. I’d rather keep those experiences and hope I never repeat them. :)

6. Is it better to have love in and lost than to never have loved at all?

Love is such an important experience that even the pain of losing someone you love is better than not having loved that person.

7. Where do you do your best thinking?

Walking, Running, Traveling (airplanes, airports, trains, buses), Falling Asleep or Waking Up, In Conversation with Friends, Listening to Audio books or Podcasts, Showering and etc. I think that the great ideas come most when you aren’t trying to think of them.

8. If you could change your name, what would it be? Why?

MegI don’t have anything in particular against my name. I’ve grown used to it. It’s like a favorite T-shirt: familiar, comfortable, and easy to wear.

My parents have chosen this name on purpose, so I respect them and honor their decision.

9. iPhone or Android?

Honestly, having looked at Android and iPhone, I chose the iPhone. Faster, easier to use, more compatible with work. Overall, a better experience for me as a user.

10. What do you think of social media?

Before social media, everything was in what must now seem like slow motion. We would hear of breaking news on TV if we happened to be awake, but we wouldn’t be able to confirm anything until we ran out to the driveway the next morning for the latest issue of The Washington Post, The New York Times, or the local newspaper.

Now social media is a powerful tool; and we have to use it well if we want to succeed and be successful.

11. If you could start up your own business what would it be?

Running your own business is a stressful but good career and life choice. It demands your time and focus. Since I like to read and write if I have the money I would open a self-publishing house. I think this way I can do what I love, I can help other authors and I can be able to make money and support my family as well.

Well there you have it folks! My little tidbits! Here are my nominees for the Liebster Award:

Please answer these questions before accepting your award:

  1. What is your biggest goal in life?
  2. What’s your dream job?
  3. Would you rather follow your heart or your head?
  4. If you are allowed to do just one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  5. What do you think of this expression: Where there was fire, ashes remain?
  6. What’s the best gift you’ve ever given and what’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
  7. What ability or skill do you most wish you had (that you don’t have already)?
  8. If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  9. What would you do without electricity for 3 days?
  10. What is your favorite book/author?
  11. What’s the biggest problem facing the world right now and If you alone could solve it, how would you do it?

Good luck and enjoy!

Category: Guest posts

Tax Deduction Tips for Authors

February6

The more you know about your taxes, the better…

small-business-tax-tipsAsking for tax advice on a indie book printing forum is like asking whether or not you should run naked through the streets! When April 15 rolls around and it’s time to file your taxes as a book author, the more you know about your deductions, the better. Sure, your pens, computer printer ink and paper are tax deductible — but you might learn something new in the following details and tips about book author tax deductions.

If you’ve never before filed taxes as an “author” but would like to, first read this to see whether your writing efforts actually qualify as a business, /or Tax Deduction Tips for Authors by or Guest article by written by /as opposed to a hobby.

It also depends if you actually sell any books.

You may submit tax forms to reduce the amount of withholding, but in the end, you will be responsible for reporting the income on your annual tax returns.

This article provides additional information as well as all pertinent tax forms: How do I get a W-9 or W8-BEN on file with Lulu?

As a new author I found this book extremely helpful in explaining what I could and couldn’t deduct come tax time.51-kfQRBBpL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_

A great resource with clear explanations!!! – Tax Tips for Authors 2014 by N. S. Smith (Author), EM Lynley (Author)!!!

For more useful tax information for book authors, find out:

An overview of taxes and the book author.

Whether your writing is a business or a hobby for tax purposes.

What kinds of tax deductions book authors should take.

And learn more about bookselling in general:

Book sales departments – all the ways books are sold.

Retail Bookselling Basics

Everybody with or without experience like a self-published author is welcome to share any relative information….

Category: Writing Center

The most amazing YOUNG reader I have ever had the pleasure to meet…

January26

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 9.10.50 AMHere’s what you’ve been waiting for! I had the chance to meet Aubrey Joy. She is a young woman who leaves her unique and honest life. There are a few things that struck me about Aubrey‘s experiences. First, she likes being a dancer and reader. The most two amazing things for me on her age. :) Second she is interested in almost everything. She is good at a lot of her school activities and she loves doing all of them. Aubrey have many interests,  and she is great at all of them, because she is passionate about all. This amazing girl agree to share with me and you guys her story and why she start her amazing blog – YA Book Reviews.

“If one cannot enjoy a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ~Oscar Wilde

So, here is her guest post! Hope you will enjoy it! :)

:) :) :) Hey there! My name is Aubrey Joy and I’m a 14-year old and am a freshman in high school. :) :) :)

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 9.09.34 AM<= Aubrey with her best girl friends Kaitlyn and Lauren!

I live in a small town in Iowa on a farm. My dad is a farmer and he drives trucks for a local company and my mom is hair dresser and nail technician. My brother is a seventh grade student at the local middle school and he’s in dance, football, and soccer. He is in tap, jazz, modern, and ballet for dance and he claims he doesn’t like it, but he does. I’m at the dance studio 8 hours a week doing ballet, Pointe, lyrical, modern, tap and jazz.

Dancing and reading are some of the most important things in my life as of right now. When I grow up I would like to be a professional ballet dancer at a small ballet company. I would like to travel the world and help over the summer with building houses or something of that nature.

After being a dancer I would love to do something with reading. If I ever got a great idea I would possibly write a story, but as of right now I would love to be part of a publishing company. I would love to get to edit stories that already are there, but add something to it.

How to write a guest post pic 1<= Aubrey’s Blog Page!

I started my blog in December of 2013 because I wanted to have a blog or YouTube channel all about books. I decided to have a blog because you can be more prepared for it and it doesn’t matter if you sound scripted. I like the way my written words sound as well. I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember.

My mom used to read my younger brother and I the books I Love You Like Crazy Cakes and The Kissing Hand. I recall reading Junie B. Jones and The Magic Tree house in early elementary school, and then starting to read Nancy Drew in fourth grade. The book that got me really into reading, though, was Esperanza Rising. That was my favorite book all through elementary and I read it 5 or 6 times. I didn’t really understand it all that well because some of it was in Spanish, but I continued reading it because I loved the story.

harry potters books mortal instruments booksDuring fourth grade, my teacher read our class one of my favorite books of all time, Tuck Everlasting. We watched the movie right after we read the book and I remember all my classmates saying how much better the movie was than the book, but I was pointing out all that the movie did wrong. By the beginning of middle school I had started reading the Harry Potter books and that definitely kick-started my reading. I only read up until number four, but plan on continuing on with the series for sure. Eighth grade was when I discovered The Mortal Instruments books which soon became my favorite series. After reading The Fault in Our Stars, it quickly became my absolute favorite book of all time. I read this wonderful John Green novel at the beginning of my freshman year.

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 9.10.32 AM<= Aubrey with her best friends Mark and Kaitlyn!

When I read books, I get absolutely immersed into the story’s world. When I’m stressed out or in need of a break from my life, I pick up my book. When I’m mad or irritated with my friends or my family I pick up my book and become part of the story. I buy way too many books because that’s just what I do. For gifts all I ask for are different books, it’s kind of a problem actually… :)

Like I said above, I have a blog that I started in December of last year. One of the main reasons I started a blog in the first place was because none of my friends really cared when I told them they should read a book. They kind of disregarded my recommendations because they aren’t really readers. I wanted to post my opinions online because I thought it would be fun to connect with people who enjoy the same things that I do.

Thank you so much for wanting me to post on your blog! It was wonderful getting to know you!

P.S. If you have any questions to ask, Aubrey would be glad to answer all of them, me too. :) :) :)

My questions areWhat you guys think of Aubrey’s journey and her experience with reading books and writing book reviews? Do you think more young people /kids/ should read as much as she did, or no? Do you believe that kids form small towns and communities are more open to books, sports, dancing and etc.?

Tell me what you think, I would love to read your comments, discuss and try to see from your point of view… :) Happy Sunday! 

Category: Guest posts

How to write a Kick-ass Guest Post?

January20

Write-a-guest-post-for-windows8update-com“The rewards of guest posting are cumulative…. you build more momentum the more you post.”

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Aubrey’s Blog!

Before a couple of days ago a was happy to find a really awesome blog – YA Book Reviews. Aubrey Joy is yang but incredibly creative reader. She read whenever she isn’t at the dance studio taking her favorite classes. That’s make her expert in YA books. You can find her Review Policy and Contact HERE.

Next week Aubrey will be my guest blogger and she will tell us more about her passionate about reading books and writing reviews. Because she ask me How to write a Guest Post I have decided to write this post.

Thrilled to find your blog Aubrey. Sweetie, please continue reading and supporting authors with your amazing and very honest reviews.  :) Hope this post it will help you to write your first GREAT AND KICK-ASS GUEST POST!!!

Now back to my post. You want to write a great guest posts so here are some tips on helping your cause. Guest blogging is your chance to get in front of new audiences – audiences that have been painstakingly developed by the blog owner. When I publish a guest post, I am putting my reputation on the line by endorsing you and your opinion. :)

Granted, guest blogging won’t always work, but if you’re using it for the right reasons, 80% of the time you’ll be successful. It’s not all about the link. If you’re putting out legitimate content that will truly help their readers and you don’t over promote yourself, you’re golden.

In this post I am going to show you the seven crucial tactics for writing a guest post.

  • If you want to stand out in life, you have to be original.

Advice: A good blog post offers insight and value. It’s not a cheap form of promotion for your business. Pick a great title, a famous phrase, a popular quote or something really crazy and wild that it will make people want to read what is behind that title. There are zillions of blog posts about how to write great headlines (like this one, this one and this one for starters). Read them. Apply them.

  • Leave the links for your bio.

Advice: Every time you do a guest post, you’re given a little space in the post for a biography, with a link (as well as a few in-post links) that can direct readers back to your blog.

Sending people back to random posts or a home page is just a waste of time. What you need to do is funnel people toward a specific outcome. A successful funnel would entail:

=> Creating a niche-specific free giveaway;

=> Creating a landing page or ad for that giveaway, It doesn’t matter what it is – a free eBook, product, etc. – as long as you are intentionally directing people there;

=> Guest posting on closely related topics that are closely related to your free giveaway.

  • Choose a Topic that matters.

Advice:  Here is where you can distinguish yourself from other guest posters. A lot of people will simply write a post at this point and hope that they can be original with something that has been written already many times. Just be yourself and write about something that you love or you had a huge experience.

How to write a guest post pic 2Good blogs cover a niche so that gives you a clue about topics. Then there is a lot of thought gone into blog categories so there’s another clue. Also every good story needs a beginning, middle and end. Make sure yours does too.

Click on this link to read more about – How To Write a Guest Post and Get It Featured on Authority Sites!

  • Look for the blog owner’s name and use it.

Advice: Using someone’s name in a friendly introduction is so much nicer than Webmaster or Admin. And it will take you under a minute to find it. If the blog you’re pitching to isn’t run by a single person, make your greeting more generic but still friendly. Remember, what the site owner is looking for is whether their audience will be interested in reading the post.

  • If you want to write a guest post that matures, you need to do some research about anchor text strategy.

Advice: Each guest post should be part of an anchor text strategy. Anchor text is the text you use when you link to a post.

How to write a guest post pic 3When you do a guest post, you should have already done keyword research and know specifically what phrases you want to rank for, based on how much traffic they bring and how competitive they are. Remember, you want your guest post to be bringing you love from Google for the next a couple of years. You can read more at Ramsay Taplin’s site. His post – 7 Crucial Tactics for Writing a Wildly Successful Guest Post, is great and very informative for experienced bloggers. Actually is great for any bloggers.

  • Each comment should be answered or used as material.

Advice: One of the really important things to do when you guest post is stick around and answer every single question that you get in the comments. It’s in the comments section that long term relationships are built with the readers that you are reaching on the new blog. I love it when guest bloggers reply to comments. It’s especially good when you leave a comment on a very old post and then discover the guest blogger is still subscribed and still cares enough to reply. I’ve seen a few bloggers who do this and it leaves a very good impression.

Once that post is live, you can then link back to it in the future using the desired anchor text. This will help you elevate your own post on someone else’s website so that it matures well.

guest-posts

I’m currently Accepting a Guest posts!!!!

By now you’ve (hopefully) put a lot of effort into your post. Worth a read, don’t you think? :)

Please leave a comment and let me know. All ideas are welcome… :)

P.S. You can check some of my guest posts on my PRESS page!

Don’t forget to leave a comment, you opinion it matter a lot to me… :)

Category: Writing Center

How to Publish Your Book in the iBookstore

January16

photo(5)I’m very excited and pleased to be starting off the New Year with a GREAT NEWS, I’ve got my book – The Legend of The Moonstone sets in the Apple’s iBookstore! Even if you know the book is going out into the world, its something altogether different to see it there. :-) photo 3

Apple Made it Possible for Me to Make Awesome Book…

When Apple announced iBooks Author and the iBooks store I immediately abandoned all prior efforts and jumped to the new platform. iBooks Author gives me exactly what I need to publish the book I want to make. Apple didn’t only give me the authoring tools, they also provided me the ability to distribute my book.

If you think about self-publishing with Apple’s free iBooks Author tool check out the simple steps below…

So let start it…

HOW TO: Publish an eBook with Apple iBooks?

photo 5Tablets and smartphones make for great reading devices, and you don’t get better tablets or smartphones than Apple’s iPad and iPhone. Through Apple’s iBooks store, self publishing authors have a great market through which to tout their wares, and this guide will walk you through how to get your work onto the platform.

Getting your book into the iBookstore can be a low-cost and profitable route that exposes your work to entirely new markets. But getting a book approved by Apple isn’t a simple process…ibookstore

To do that You need to follow specific guidelines for preparing and publishing in order to avoid time-consuming headaches and a rejection email.

Getting Started!!!

First of all, you’ll need to have that mind-blowing book written.

Finished? Great! That’s the hard part done! ;-)

Before your would-be bestseller can be published, you’ll need to make sure it’s well edited and properly formatted.

Follow these simple steps to learn how to create your own iBook and send it to the iBookstore:

  • Make sure you’ve added a Table of Contents for the document, which is easily done using Word’s and Page’s built-in tools.
  • Insert page breaks after every chapter. It’ll avoid inserting unnecessary stretches of white space when your final eBook is ready.
  • Make sure your cover image is added as a .JPG file, or it won’t work properly. It’ll need to be rectangular in shape and at least 600 pixels tall, and cannot contain hyperlinks or website addresses, nor any nudity.
  • Keep a check on your spelling and grammar if you don’t have an editor. Have multiple grammar pedants read and re-read your text if possible to scan it for errors.
  • There’s an upload limit of 2GB for the iBooks store, so make sure your eBook is smaller than that. That may be tough if you’re using lots of multimedia content, so consider either cutting some, shortening some, or lowering the quality of audio, video and image files.
  • Apple will not publish materials that include erotica involving underage people, nor any texts that promote intolerance or discrimination. And rightly so.

For more about iBooks Author and How to create and publish amazing books for iPad and Mac Click Here!

The good news is, once you’ve formatted your .ePub and developed your cover art for Lulu (or anyone else, really), you’ve done 90% of the work to sell it through Amazon, too. I just went through that process. By the way Amazon is definitely another route and I look at it as a great alternative. If you can get your content on the kindle as well as in the iBookstore then it reaches even more buyers!

That’s it. You now have your very own book in the Apple iBookstore for sale.

Now, of course, it’s time to market it. But that’s another post … ;-)

 

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Rachel Abbott and Paul Finch – in conversation: self vs traditional publishing

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Rachel Abbott and Paul Finch – in conversation: self vs traditionalpublishing

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Rachel Abbott is a writer, and author of “Only the Innocent“. The book proved very successful, and by February 2012 it had reached #1 in the Amazon charts (all genres). It remained there for four weeks.

It also hit the top spot on the Waterstones ebook charts, and remained there throughout August, September and most of October 2012.

Rachel’s blog aims to help authors going through the process of publishing their first ebook, andincludes reviews of indie ebooks.

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Paul Finch is a former cop and journalist, now full-time writer. Having written for the television series THE BILL plus children’s animation and DOCTOR WHO audio dramas, he is best known for his horror fiction.

He has won the British Fantasy Award twice and the International Horror Guild Award.

They both have been in the Kindle top twenty recently, but they became bestsellers by quite different routes.

If you want to read more about self vs traditional publishing, their conversation would help you a lot.

To find out more about Rachel Abbott, visit http://www.rachel-abbott.com.

To find out more about Paul Finch, visit http://paulfinch-writer.blogspot.co.uk/.

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