I honestly don't know if I'll be able to finish this post. My heart is pinned on my sleeve and I am an old emotional soul. Right now, the empty bed beside my desk is killing me. The silence is the worst part; no snores, snorts, or yawns from a sleepy pug. One of my … Continue reading The Fear of Saying Goodbye
Welcome back! It is time to experience a different fear. When most of us think or read or watch horror, we think about things in our surroundings and how those things we know intimately can play into something dreadful. The mundane can have the a chilling effect. But what if we lived in a different … Continue reading Fear Stalks the Old West
Good evening. I appear to be sort of a pox on technology. I meant for this post to go live this morning, but the System had other plans and left me doing it this evening. There are some things nice to have in life and one of them is a good dark-ass book of short … Continue reading And Now… Jessica B. Bell and Viscera
And this was an interesting look under the Amazon hood. I did have many questions about how Amazon did some of their rankings. There were some things I thought about trying and I did learn a few things I plan on using in the future. I can not stress enough the importance of reviews on Amazon. Each of those tells us our work is enjoyed or what we need to do better. They can help us move a rank and get a few more sales to help pay the rent or buy some food for the week. If you have Kindle Unlimited, download our books for free and be sure to flip through the book. All authors are paid by the pages read in Kindle Unlimited (see above for reasons being paid is a great thing). Stay safe from the ice storms and I’ll be here working on the next book for everyone.
Reblog: Mythbusting The Amazon Algorithm – Reviews and Ranking For Authors
How to get the best out of your reviews and sales to rank high on Amazon without the myths from former search expert and COO of SPR, Cate Baum.
Despite many educated guesses that seem to have passed into urban legend in self-publishing communities online, there are no secrets to the Amazon ranking system.
I have spent the last few months tracking down programmers, algorithm experts, and reading technical documentation about Amazon’s algorithm, and the documentation that is provided online by Amazon at Amazon Seller Central and KDP. What I didn’t do was talk to any authors or bloggers, because that seems to be where the myths are coming from.
My first takehome fact for authors is that Amazon’s ranking is not a great mystery that authors must slave over…
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New year and a new look! Since I started this site, I've grown in my work and in my life. Things are heading in the right direction, so I've decided to start updating everything to reflect this. If you are here, I hope you noticed the new look. I find it sleeker and it is … Continue reading The Writer’s New Clothes
I hope everyone had a very happy holiday. There are many new Star Wars and World Series Championship Cubs gifts to put up as the season draws to a close and the tree is ready to come down. Now, as we look back at 2016 to see what we gained and what we lost; we also begin … Continue reading Post Christmas Stuff
2016 was the most challenging year I've had since I began this journey. Over that past twelve months I re-entered the short story fray, published the long gestating Southern Devils, and Sirens Call Publications released The Calling. I held a very successful signing at Secret Headquarters and made my third appearance at Imaginarium in Louisville, … Continue reading 2016: In the Rearview