Photography – How To Create Quality Landscape Photographs

Moraine Lake Sunrise Colorful Landscape
Moraine Lake Sunrise Colorful Landscape

How Can You Create Quality Landscape Photographs?

Today, landscape photography is very popular, perhaps more than ever before. If you think about it, you can probably remember seeing at least two landscape prints that you felt connected and drawn to. Photography can be an art form and more than just a pretty picture; Landscape photography is a message you want to convey to your audience, whether is it is the beauty, the devastation, a historical perspective or an emotion, it is your message.  Now, if you specialize in landscape photography, you may think that capturing a great image is simple. But, there’s more to it than simply aiming a camera and taking a photo. You need to pay attention to detail, and make sure that you have great lighting, and properly place the subject you are photographing. It’s also important that you have the right equipment to aid you in your pursuit of photography.

Black And White Landscape Photography

With black and white landscape photography capturing an amazing image is even more challenging than if you were taking color pictures. With color taken out of the equation, you are forced to focus on lighting and shadows more, which can be challenging. The composition is also very important; you need to pay attention to how you frame an image and look at edges, textures, and tones that you see. The goal is to get your camera to capture an image in black and white that looks like what your eye would see in color.

If you choose to try your hand at black and white photography, you should try to focus on capturing images of buildings and water, since these are the most common subjects for this type of photography. Pay attention to highlights and shadows, as well as the angle from which you take the picture. When photographing water, water can  provide an excellent contrast to trees and rocks, which helps to capture the eye of the viewer. Another great technique is to take photos of landmarks such as buildings and bridges to help draw the viewer in.

Color Landscape Photography

Paying close attention to contrast is essential with color landscape photography. While color gives an image a more vibrant look, it also makes it harder to achieve the contrast you need to create an interesting image. For example, if you are taking a picture of water under a blue sky, there probably won’t be enough contrast to interest people looking at the image. But, if you take a picture of water under a sunrise or sunset when the sky is bathed is reds and oranges, you are more likely to get a much better image. Remember that you need to take your time, set up properly, and take multiple pictures to ensure you have choices, that accidents destroy or cause to lose the composition of your picture.  

Position is important

As it happens, I have more than once found the best picture of a landscape or other subject was not the one I originally intended to take.  By taking multiple pictures from different positions, vertical angles, and lighting perspective, a person sometimes gets a far better picture or series of pictures than a carefully planned and choreographed approach.  

Lighting For Landscape Photography

A landscape photographer depends upon natural lighting rather than artificial lighting, which means you will have to adapt to your subject since you won’t be able to alter or control the lighting. Filters can be used to achieve some specific effects.  For best result use of a professional grade camera and tripod is recommended.  Other things to consider where lighting is a concerned are:

Desert Dune In Partial Shadow
Desert Dune In Partial Shadow

Use of shadow

Taking advantage of shadows can add a lot of character to our landscape shots. However, it will take some patience, and you will have to leverage what mother nature has to offer. In the case of a landscape photographer, we have to work with the shadows that are provided by the angle of the sun, other objects in the landscape, such as mountains, trees, and clouds. Whether only partial shading is involved or perhaps complete shading of one object in the non-shading of the remainder of the landscape, shadows can add a significant amount of contrast or pictures.

Forest With Golden Autumn Colors
Forest With Golden Autumn Colors

Use Of Seasonality

Seasonality, can add character in a number of ways. First, is the simple color of the changes that occur in certain parts of the world and fall and spring and winter and even the nature of what is there to offer such as snow cover. Also, the sons lighting tends to change across the season’s fall, and autumn may have yellow were sunlight then Midsummer. Working with what the seasons provide the same landscape can look stark if it happens to be a deciduous forest in winter, glossy bright this new snowfall warm hot and dry and Midsummer heat. So, there are reasons that even the same landscape character can change in just a few weeks and therefore, it doesn’t hurt to return to the same landscape multiple times to take advantage of the change in character.

Forest With Sunrise In Background
Forest With Sunrise In Background

Use Of Time

Time is also important to a landscape photographer, both from the perspective of the time of day; morning, noon, evening, night, dawn or dusk. But there is also another characteristic of time, which can be very useful when taking landscape pictures, which is time-lapse photography. Time-lapse photography provides a character to landscape photos in certain circumstances. In those instances where you have movement in the environment, such as running water, windblown leaves, branches waving in the wind, shadow movements across time, and others, time last photography can add character which no other approach can. Time-lapse photography is also a very good reason a high-quality camera and perhaps most of all a tripod.

Conclusion

With some planning and by honing your skills you can become a masterful landscape photographer  But, you have to remember that the small LCD screen you are looking at won’t show you everything that will show up in a final print. Always take more than one picture from different perspectives to provide more opportunity to have high-quality pictures to choose from and use or sale.  Just remember nobody is born a great photographer.  To achieve mastery takes, study,practice, a smidgen  of talent, a passion, and perseverance.

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Selling tips for Amazon Central

Selling On Amazon Central
Selling On Amazon Central

Amazon Central is an interface that allows sellers to market their products and reach out to prospective customers in a way that helps boost sales. There are two versions of this interface; Vendor Central and SellerCentral. If you have a Vendor Central Account, then it means you are either a manufacturer or distributor. Holders of this account simply sell products directly to Amazon. Seller Central Account holders sell products directly to customers who find their way to Amazon, which is why they are considered third-party sellers.  If you are looking to make book sales on Amazon, these programs exist to help you out. Regardless Of whichever course of action you choose to take, here is a look at some Amazon Central tips for 2018;

Understand what kind of seller you are

Amazon will require you to pay a monthly fee for using their services. If you are the kind of seller that is only looking to sell a handful of books (less than 40) a month, then you definitely do not need to pay the$39.99 a month bigger seller is required to pay for the Professional Account. Additionally, you will only need to open more than one account if you are looking to sell products across continents.

Develop a working understanding of Amazon’s search algorithm

Amazon runs the A9 algorithm, and there are conditions you need to meet to maximize the potential of your books to sell. If previous customers loved how you handled their orders, then this algorithm will pick that up from your positive rating and push you upwards. The algorithm will also look at how probable your product is to sell by considering metrics such as your price in relation to the competition’s, your description of the product on sale as well your general rating.

Put up all relevant business information

If you do not qualify who you are on Amazon Central, then you are going to have a hard time proving your credibility. In your account,describe your business by name and location. Be sure to use a real, registered business name and avoid listing a home address. You should also provide contact information to allow buyers and Amazon staff to reach you when they need to. To Keep your account from getting breached by malicious parties, enable two-step verification. Finally, activate several modes of payment to make transitions easier for both yourself and the buyer.

Stick to the rules

There is always the odd seller looking to cut corners and get ahead of others. Doing that on your Amazon account is business suicide because they catch up to you sooner or later. When they do, the penalties are vastly consequential. Just play by the rules, because they are designed to help you. From time to time, Amazon tweaks their policies, so keep yourself updated and take advantage of attractive incentives to boost your sales. There are many thousands of people selling books on Amazon, and if you are to succeed in that cut-throat market, you need to keep trying out new approaches and stay updated about events in the marketplace.

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The value of having an amazon author page

Selling On Amazon
Selling On Amazon

One of the best offers presented by Amazon is the devoted author pages. They offer immense benefits to both the author and customer in a number of ways. The Author central is also absolutely free provided you are listed in Amazon. The author page is one of the best every marketing tools to be availed by Amazon and many authors have realized this. You now have nothing to worry about marketing your books online whether you have a ranking or not.

Why is Amazon Author Central Important?

It gives personal control to an author.  You hold your future right in your hands by having a personal page with Amazon. The implication is that you will control everything clients see whether on your pages or books. There are many unique features to accomplish this, for instance, the book synapsis. From there, you can decide either to limit or expose your book and to what extent. Sounds great!

Amazon author central advertising employs shortage strategies to get readers to purchase books.

This makes most authors think that they are running out of stock. For instance, they may provide a statement such as Only 2 book left…’make your order soon’. The statement is a hoax meant to make more sales.

The page increase search engines

You need to be ahead of the selling game by creating catchy and unique titles for your books. The author page will help you in this provided you have an account with Amazon.

More selection of books

You can add more books as you want while creating new titles. This enables you to swiftly add the books toyour page and make a follow up on the sales

Keeping track of every sale

You can also make a follow up on your sale right from the Author central page. In addition to that, you can track on the exact location or country where sales have been made.

Addressing problems

As time goes by, there are chances of encountering matters such as book listing. The good news is that you can get in touch with Amazon and get your issues addressed. No need for future worries.

The page is author-friendly

As an author, you are likely to receive exemplary customer service. Despite a number of limitations with data,Amazon tries it best to reduce such limitations.

The author central also provides undercutting of Amazon Profits which is a huge advantage to you.

You may be selling a book let’s say at $20 but on one morning wake up to get the same book being sold at $10. That does not imply you will be paid less rather its Amazon giving offers from their profits to sell the books.

Linking with buyers

The Author central page has an option to make live discussions with potential readers. This means you can take advantage and get comments from buyers. Next time you will know what your readers want and improve on that.

Final thought

Amazon’s Author Page plays a key role to improve sales. You would have missed a lifetime opportunity for not using their resources since they are fast to optimize. Irrespective of the number of times you use the page, it’s valuable to have the pages optimized.

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Blogging – is the HTML keyword meta tag dead?

HTML Keyword Meta tag
HTML Keyword Meta tag

Yes; most of the major browsers will recognize and accept the HTML keyword meta tag.


To the major search engines use the keyword meta tag?

Basically, no. Most of the major search engines simply ignore the HTML keyword meta tag or worse yet simply use it as a means to penalize your site, if they decide the keywords you chose to use do not closely enough relate to your content.

Are the HTML keyword meta tags worth putting a lot of work into?

Short answer, is no. If your intent is doing your keyword research is to create HTML keyword meta-tags, then you are basically wasting your time.

Then what is the value of keywords?

If you think of keyword research is identifying your focus words for your blog article, then there is value in doing keyword research. The value comes not from adding HTML keyword meta-tags, but rather through integrating your keywords ( focus words) into your blog article title, headers, and body content. These focus words can also be added to media metadata and used as part of your tactful repetition approach to content.

Conclusion

For all intents and purposes, HTML keyword meta-tags are useless from a HTML coding standpoint. However doing keyword (focus words) research can be valuable in tuning the language of your blog article to optimize the focus of your blog post.

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WordPress – What is a Tag?

WordPress Meta Tags Entry Box
WordPress Meta Tags Entry Box

What is a Tag?

A Tag is one of the pre-defined metadata classifications in WordPress. Blog article creators can add tags to their WordPress posts in coordination with categories and menus to organize and provide internal site search capabilities.

In many ways meta tags are like categories, they both help visitors and search engines to find the content they are looking for. But where categories divide your articles into hierarchical groups, meta tags have no hierarchy. They describe your content on a micro level, where categories describe it on a macro level.


Tags:

  • Are not keywords
  • Are narrower in scope and more focused on specific blog article topics than Categories
  • Are nonhierarchical
  • Are ‘Focus Words’ or ‘Topic Words’ used to identify blog article topics
  • Are also used by certain WordPress themes and widgets to provide the ‘Posted In’ topic list and ‘Word Cloud’
  • Are not automatically added to a blog article unlessa user adds them
Site Search MetaData Hierarchy
Site Search MetaData Hierarchy 

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The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy)

The Groceries Can Wait: A Trilogy

The Groceries Can Wait: A Trilogy

The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy)

Greg Lassiter is a rising politician with a broken heart and no time for love. Samantha is a new employee who harbors a secret desire for Greg, yet struggles to reconcile her negative attitudes about men. Lucien is a political rival political looking to settle an old score. During election night Greg and Samantha’s lives change forever when they realize their love for one another. But when a scandal threatens to derail Greg’s career, he takes matters into his own hands, risking his career and his one chance for happiness. But Lucien is a powerful rival who is not about to go away quietly. Can Greg and Samantha’s love survive amid such political turmoil?

The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy) On Amazon

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eBook Edition

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The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy – Book 3)

The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy - Book 3)

The Groceries Can Wait
(A Trilogy – Book 3)

The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy – Book 3)

During a romantic stroll, Greg and Samantha discover a love and passion they have never known before. But Greg still harbors doubts about love from his previous experience with Cecily. He fears Samantha will turn on him just like her. After a night of passionate lovemaking, Samantha asks him to move in and Greg finally finds the strength to move on from his past experience. Can the rising politician finally learn that love, unlike groceries, cannot wait?

The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy – Book 3) On Amazon

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What are the most popular themes and tropes in romance writing?

Romance themes and tropes in writing

Romance themes and tropes in writing

Romance can be a tricky genre, because it features a lot of double-edged themes. When handled correctly, such themes can create great stories, but when handled poorly, they can lead to poorly written clichés.

If you’re writing a romance novel for the first time, it’s important to be aware of all the major romance writing tropes, so that you can use them correctly. Here are four examples to help you get started.

Youthful Love

Youthful love is more than just about youth and romance. It’s also about innocence, recklessness and in certain cases, first heartaches. This theme usually focuses on the adventures of a bright, young boy looking for his princess, or a young girl looking for her prince charming. They are innocent about the ways of love, and their sense of romance is almost entirely made up by their imagination.

However, the theme of youthful love isn’t always cute or adorable. One of the most famous stories that feature youthful love is Romeo and Juliet, and we all know how that story ended. Other good examples. Whether the story ends in happiness or in tragedy, what’s important to remember about this theme is that it transforms the young characters from innocent and naive children into full-grown adults who understand the real nature of love, including its beauty and pitfalls.

Wounded Heart

This wounded heart theme is more oriented toward older audiences. It usually features characters who have had their hearts broken over and over again, making them cold and cynical in the process. A good example of this theme can be found throughout the classic film, Casa Blanca. Another good example is Fyodor Dostoevsky’s character Prince Myshkin, who became insane later in his story arc.

The wounded heart theme can also act as the background of a particular character. It can be a woman who had her heart broken by her boyfriend/husband or a man who had lost his girlfriend/wife due a tragic accident. Their past experiences will not only help drive the story’s narrative, they can also help set the tone for character interactions.

Tragic Love

Tragic love is one of the most major romance themes. It focuses on characters who love each, but who are doomed to never be together either because of

destiny or a flaw in their character. A good example of the tragic love theme can be found in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where the titular character Buffy cannot be with her boyfriend because the latter is a vampire.

Another good example is the love story between Aeneas and Dido from Aeneid, where the former had to leave the latter, so that he could fulfill his destiny to found Rome.

The tragic love theme is the number one theme for people who like to write tragedy. It usually starts with the promise of something beautiful and magnificent romance, only to break that very same promise as the story progresses or when new characters are introduced.

This theme can also be used to create tension between other themes, such as destiny, honor or even family. It forces characters to choose between what their romantic feelings and their other obligations and desires.

The Great Struggle

The Great Struggle is a theme that requires characters to struggle to achieve their romantic aspirations. A good example of this theme can be found in the Great Gatsby, where Jay Gatsby amasses a large fortune just to get the attention of Daisy Buchanan.

What makes this theme so compelling is that it creates stories where the characters must struggle and fight to earn the affections of the person they love. It’s also the kind of theme that often love triangles and social barriers. In rarer cases, these themes may even require writers to challenge social taboos or amassing wealth. If the story is set in a fantasy world, it may even include dragons and monsters.

In any case, the great struggle is an excellent theme for writers who write stories about, well, romantic struggles. One word of caution, though, the great struggle must also create a lot of conflict. It’s not enough that a character fight to win the love of their beloved. He or she must pay a price or get hurt throughout the course of the story.

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The Optimizing For Google Fallacy

Internet Search Engines

Internet Search Engines

There are great many posts that which could be found on the web that speak to how to optimize for Google. Actually, when it comes to speaking of search engine optimization (SEO) there is probably an extreme bias towards optimizing for Google. However, this could be a serious mistake, which could cost you a significant amount of traffic.

There are a number of metadata elements which provide an opportunity to add search engine optimization (SEO), which if you optimize strictly to maximize your Google search engine results will guide either be ignored or underutilized.

From a purely traffic point of view you could be missing an opportunity to increase your blog or website traffic significantly. Among my several blogs, depending upon the nature of the website, search engine results other than Google account for anywhere from 48 to 55% of my site traffic.

In the early days of my blogs,I to focus on optimizing for Google, seem like the obvious target. However, after I started taking advantage of them many metadata opportunities of my wordpress blog software, I saw a significant jump in my site traffic from non-Google search engines.

As you can see from the screen capture above from one of my sites, that there are a number of other search engines supplying traffic to my blog. All my blogs have similar patterns, but not necessarily for the same exact search engines, depending on the topic of the blog.

Some of the more common search engines from which my sites receive regular traffic are;

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Which Blog Posts Are Best?

Which Blog Posts Are Best?

Which Blog Posts Are Best?

Even if you recognize the importance of a blog , you should also understand the fact that every blog post is unique. A blog that has relevant content of high  quality to garner the attention of the audience and compel them make repeat visits to your blog.

A blog post should always contain original content based on the relevant topics related to your blog. Your blog post should also inform and educate its readers with actionable and helpful information easily understood and easily consumable format.   Additionally, the blog post should be no longer than absolutely necessary to convey the information–word count should not be the primary drive of blog post length.

A properly written blog post:

  • Follows the best practices for the type of blog post being written,
  • Facilitates reader scannability and tactful repetition of essential information ,
  • Has a logical orderly structure which is easy for readers to follow,
  • Uses grammar and spelling to facilitate reliability and minimise reader distraction, and
  • Is written to leverage SEO opportunities without being overly repetitive, redundant, or compromising audience readability.

Images, infographics, and illustrations are import elements of a blog post and:

  • Relevant to the topic of the blog post,
  • Are optimized for rapid loading –especially, for mobile devices,
  • Are of high quality, pixel density, and are professional in nature,
  • have the media metadata properties completed to describe the media and to further facility seo,
  • The volume of Images, infographics, and illustrations are minimized to those necessary to convey and/or reinforce the essential information of the blog.

To further assist you readers journey of discovery,  relant reference links, which:

  • Internal reference links which Lead your reads to other relevant site posts and pages for additional information, and
  • External posts which provide provide authoritative information which may be relevant to the post and is not available within your site.

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Why and How to Prioritize Blogging?

How do I prioritize blogging?

How do I prioritize blogging?

Why and How to Prioritize Blogging

Blogging is on the list of trending things of the era. The term that finds its origin in the phrase ‘web log’, blogging is one of the marketing tools, of businesses nowadays. A blog is a website or a page, published on the internet meant for informational or discussion purposes. Nowadays, blogging has evolved from a mere hobby to full-fledged professional activity. The informal diary style text entries have now been replaced by theme based layouts with attractive images, etc.

Importance of prioritizing blogging.

Blogging is not just the cult; it is also a beneficial marketing idea in today’s era. There are several ways in which a blog can attract a large number of audience and viewers to find you. Blogs allow for reader engagement. They are also high on the visibility aspect on the internet. With the advent of novel social media platforms, blogs are a popular tool to reach the audience of your interest. Nowadays, many businesses and entrepreneurs are turning to blogging. It is a great search engine optimization tool. Also the more pages there are on a website, it is increasingly easier for the audience to locate that site in a web search. For businesses, blogging is an excellent method of maintaining an interface with the customers. The big and small business houses can keep their customers up to date in terms of information, give them tips, suggestions, update them about new deals, etc. This way blogging helps build trust and credibility among users. There are innumerable reasons to prioritize blogging for your businesses. A business blog increases the effectiveness of your business initiative, spreads your entrepreneurial ideas and attracts new customers as well. In today’s commercial world, any business needs to carve out its own niche and work upon a brand identity. Once a popular brand name, and you are the rogue’ in the industry. A blog can help you achieve all this- by creating a brand hub, where you can display the creative potential of your brand through discussions, images, stories, etc.

Blogging lets you reveal the untapped potential of your business, not only to your loyal customers but to the world as well. As per statistical surveys, blogging increasingly attracts traffic to a website or a web page, 50% more than other marketing mix tools can, in a combined manner. It sets you apart within the particular industry and is a guaranteed method of gaining the trust of your clients. Blog posts provide you with fresh content that you can later share on social media platforms. You can also use these blog posts as ideas to create a soft or hard copy advertisement for a particular product/ service pertaining to your business. Consistent blogging is a way to tell your clients, that your website is current and active. Consistency in blogging, speaks of your commitment towards the business, which in turn attracts the trust of your clients. You need to brew up more ideas, fresh content, creative concepts to make your blogs interesting and engaging. This way, the customers are ensured of the fact that, the business is being run by people who are interested in the pursuit of it and are not just maintain a blog, for the sake of doing it.

The most important fact is that blogs are an owned channel. Unlike social media platforms, you are not barred or restricted in performing functions as and when you like. You are the owner of your own business blog, and this freedom allows you to work in a wide format.

How do I prioritize blogging?

All business owners are aware of the fact that at a particular point, they need to seek an outer form of help. Since an entrepreneur cannot handle all the stakes at a single point of time, it is crucial to hire people to assist you, and at times manage the work on your behalf. Being the head or an important manager of a business, whether big or small, requires undivided time, energy and attention. Hence, there arises the need to hire people who handle simpler tasks for you. Also, not all individuals are good at every task, hiring a person who has the best knowledge and skills, as per the requirement is very important. Since a company’s need to market itself, is never-ending, all businesses need to reach audiences far and wide. With Google being such a prominent aspect of our daily lives, we all primarily hop onto a Google search, before a new purchase of a product or a service. This gives rise to the need of a prominent internet presence, and you can hire a writer or a blogger to manage this on your behalf.

Writers who specialize in blogging.

Nowadays there are several freelance writers and bloggers, who work on a contract basis, and can manage the blogs of your company quite well. Not only do they manage the blogs, but they also specialize in blog writing, and they can attract the right audience to your business, by their crafted work. You need to decide the number of blog posts you want them to post, choose the subjects for the post and assign it to the writers. Nowadays writers specialize in different areas of writing, so you also have the choice of hiring different writers for different subjects. Since there are different blogging styles, like narrative, confessional, investigative, listicle, rebuttal, open letter, pictorial, round up, instructional, etc. a business needs to figure out which writing style would best suit which post, and hire writers accordingly. Also, the type of writer you hire for your business fulfills the demand of the particular set of audience, who might have a particular reading style. Hiring a writer helps you focus on other tasks, enables you to reach the desired audience, and the expertise of a writer adds worthiness to your blog. Also, hiring different writers as per the demand of the subject, keeps away the monotony a blog may acquire with time.

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Most Popular Themes in Science Fiction Writing

Science Fiction

Science Fiction

As an aspiring writer in the science fiction genre, you are presented with limitless possibilities. However, while there are so many themes that you could write on, there are some popular themes have repeatedly proven to be the most successful. Given that there are potentially hundreds of themes to choose from, I have compiled ten of the most popular science fiction themes found in modern science fiction.

End of Humanity

Sometimes referred to as post-apocalyptic or apocalyptic fiction, this genre is set in a world in which the technological civilization of the Planet Earth is collapsing either due to manmade or natural phenomenon such as depletion of resources or a nuclear holocaust, fictional happenings such as an alien invasion or zombie apocalypse, or an eschatological happening such as the Second Coming.

Life Extension

The desire to achieve immortality is a popular theme in science fiction. The major themes typically involve aspects of mind uploading where one uploads their consciousness into a computer or digital equivalent; Digital immortality where the person’s personality is uploaded on digital media including their thoughts and memories, which continue to live in perpetuity; and cryonics where a dead person is preserved until human technology develops to the point of bringing them back to life.

Alien Invasion

Alien invasion is one of the oldest themes that has been a favorite of science fiction fans. Alien invasion typically involves the visit of extraterrestrials to Earth usually in the form of an invasion that is intended to supplant or exterminate human life. This could take the form of stealing of resources, enslavement of the human population, or in some instances the destruction of the planet.

Parallel Universe

One of the most popular sub-genres particularly in literary science fiction. A parallel universe refers to a different world where an alternate reality that may or may not be a variant of the Earth exists. Such universes may have some differences from our current reality such as having different laws of physics or biology. The parallel universe is thus a crossroads between the planet Earth and a fantasy world.

Bodily Transformation

This theme refers to several subgenres that may include genetic engineering, cloning, and biohacking. Genetic engineering themes tend to involve the creation of a super race of humans through technologies such as brain-computer interfacing, nanotechnology, and eugenics. From the opposing direction, is biohacking, in which individual person transform their bodies by introducing chemicals or cybernetic devices. Prosthetics or the use of robotics for enhanced bodily function also falls in this category

Super Powers

While closely related to bodily transformation this is a different subgenre of science fiction. The acquisition of superpowers typically encompasses aspects of teleportation, psychic phenomena, and enhanced mental function. Teleportation is the ability to transport persons or objects from one location to another without necessarily making use of the physical space between them. Psychic phenomena may include persons who have telekinetic, telepathic, precognitive and clairvoyant abilities. An enhanced mental function may include mind uploading, higher memory, mind-swap, and mind control abilities.

Time Travel

Time travel is one of the original and most popular themes popularized by novels such as “The Time Machine” by HG Wells. As a science fiction theme, it involves the movement of persons or objects between two points in space that typically has one going back to an earlier era or going forward to a future era. For instance, one could travel back in time to the Roman first century AD or go forward in time to the technologically driven world of 2100.

Military Conflicts

Military conflict is a common trope in many modern science fiction movies and literature. This will typically involve interstellar travel and combat in space between armies of antagonists from different planets or galaxies. These types of conflicts normally make use of exotic and strange weapons though some weapons used in science fiction have found use in conventional militaries.

Galactic Empires

Ever since science fiction franchise “Star Trek” became a mass phenomenon and gained acceptance even out of the science fiction community, the theme of Galactic Empires in science fiction has grown in leaps and bounds. The writing of this theme is modeled along the lines of the decline or rise of an empire that has significant technological advancement as compared to human civilizations or other civilizations in its vicinity. Given the differences in technology, social and economic advancement, there is tension between empires which usually results in conflict.

As an aspiring writer, you could write in any of the science fiction overarching themes we have discussed and be relatively successful. Nonetheless, you can always dig deeper into the subgenres of science fiction and still find success as long as you can write something that captures the imagination of the reader. This is by no means a complete listing of all the overarching themes, but rather an exposition of the most popular ones that I have found to have a higher probability of success with audiences.

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The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy – Book 2)

The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy - Book 2)

The Groceries Can Wait
(A Trilogy – Book 2)

The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy – Book 2)

Despite a blossoming romance with Samantha, Greg still harbors feelings for Cecily, his old flame. When Cecily throws him out, Greg must make hard choices about his life, and the true meaning of love. Meanwhile, Samantha, still reeling from a string of ill-fated affairs, struggles to reconcile her negative view of men. When Greg sends a batch of compromising photos to the press and Lucien is blamed for it, trouble ensues. Unbeknownst to him, Serana Rodriguez also plots revenge against Greg for the photos, and his only hope to emerge unscathed is to make sure Lucien takes the blame. Will the scandal destroy Greg’s life and his one chance at happiness?

The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy – Book 2) On Amazon

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How To Write A News Blog Post

The Latest News

The Latest News

Blogging for your website provides content that the major search engines welcome. For a start, the more frequently you update the content of your website, the better you will rank over time. If your content is interesting, relevant and engaging, there’s the possibility that a news blog post may be shared within the social media channels. Search engines love this. It’s good for SEO!

The question that has plagued bloggers is how to write a news blog post. After all, if no one is reading your content; all of the countless hours, sweat, blood, and tears are in vain. But writing a news blog post much easier than you think!

News blog post best practices

Choose a defining title tag

The first thing is to choose a defining title tag. It should include keywords related to your blog. For example, if your blog is about foodstuff; make sure that the word food is in your title tag.

Focus on your headlines

The second important step is to focus on your headlines. For this, you must give vibrant, smart headlines full of significant keywords. If your headline is not good, no one will bother to read the content even if it is good.

Add media effects

You should add some more media effects like podcasting, video blogging, photography and so on.When you want to make it more appealing, just add photos, sounds, and even videos to your blog.

Posts should be precise

Make sure that the news blog post is precise and clear-cut.

Post Regularly

You should on a regular schedule, and the frequently you can post quality news copy,  the better.

Get your own niche

Next step is to look for a niche. It is better to focus on one. You will find a number of blogs available these days. Make it different from others. Hence it is better if you have your own style and establish an identified place for yourself.

Add a free link

You need to make set-up with other bloggers and influencers and then link out to all your friends and enemies in a similar way. If you want to become an authority, remember that you will have to network and learn from other people. You can get authority and credibility if you also give credit when it is payable.

Add your own viewpoint

You should always try to develop your own style and personality online. Cover the stories by adding up your own perspective in it. You should not be scared to be controversial or just agree or disagree.

After adding your perspective, you need to make your blog optimized for various search engines by tagging your posts. It is essential to admit your mistakes and then make the required improvement in it. You can also allow comments on your blog. People leaving comments should feel safe in your blog.

Lastly, before finalizing the blog, you must see that it is well written. Read thoroughly and also check your facts, spellings, sentence structure, etc. This is important to do because once you post your blog; it is displayed globally via the internet.

As you can see writing a news blog post is much easier than you think. As the possibilities of your mind are limitless so are the possibilities of writing an engaging blog post.

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What Are Printed Books in Publishing?

Printed Hardcover Book

Printed Hardcover Book

What Does Printed Books in Publishing Mean?

This is a question that has evaded answers in many people. There are varieties of books available everywhere. Worth noting is that it is not every book that is a printed book. There’s, therefore, a great need to especially clear the air and define printed book in clear terms.

A published book is in other terms called trade book. This is a book published for a general audience. This implies that the book is written to be read by anyone anywhere. So, in a real sense, whenever you think about publishing, you are thinking about trade book. In each country and state, there are set books to be used for learning in various grades and levels of education. These types of books do not qualify to trade books because they are not for the general audience or readership.

Trade books are therefore those books that you will come across in public lending libraries. The books that you will check in and borrow to carry home and pass the time with.

Most of the books that you will buy at the bookstores which are not learner’s coursebooks, professional books, technical books or reference books are trade books. Buying from bookstores what is not academic coursebook or such other above named might give you a trade book.

Online booksellers such as Amazon also sell most of their books as trade books. Although technical, professional and reference books are found online; the majority are trade books. Apart from the eBooks, there are also audio books. Depending on the content, the majority are trade books.

Some of these trade books include:

  • Romances
  • Thrillers
  • Biographies
  • Cookbooks
  • Histories, and
  • Children books.

The purpose of the book on the shelf and the writer’s intention play a big role in defining a published book.

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The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy – Book 1)

The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy - Book 1)

The Groceries Can Wait
(A Trilogy – Book 1)

 The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy – Book 1)

Greg Lassiter is a rising politician who never found the right woman. Samantha is equally reticent about falling in love, especially with a man deeply committed to his political career. Yet, despite her misgivings, she can’t deny her feelings for Greg. During the night of the election, she finally acts on her feelings and the two are faced with a critical choice. Meanwhile, watching from the sidelines is Lucien, Greg’s rival, who is waiting for the right opportunity for vengeance. Can Greg break through the barrier separating him from true love? Can Samantha move beyond her past to allow love and happiness to finally enter her life?

The Groceries Can Wait (A Trilogy – Book 1) On Amazon

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What is the Difference between WordPress Pages, Posts and Portfolios?

Wordpress Blogging

WordPress Blogging

What is the Difference between WordPress Pages, Posts and Portfolios?

One of the main areas that confuse most WordPress users is distinguishing between a Page, a Post, and a Portfolio. These three terminologies have differences that are pretty simple to understand. With a WordPress website, one can have an infinite number of each depending on the type of website and how the site is organized.

Pages

First, let’s begin with pages. A WordPress Page is static. It remains where it is and its usually accessed using a simple link placed on the home page. A page is also not categorized or archived like a post. Conventional uses of a WordPress page include the Contact page and the About Us Page. Pages are also used to make some aspects of a website readily available to the audience. These include the FAQ Page, a list of resources, or a Page that gives detailed information on a subject. WordPress websites are based on pages, and a good website has good pages. One can build an entire WordPress website using pages only.

Post

A post, in contrast, is more dynamic. WordPress posts are placed on pages, and they don’t have their permanent URLs. Posts on a WordPress website are also time stamped, and they are included in different categories. WordPress Posts are what most people interact with whenever they visit your blog or website. Every time you add a new post to your Website, the older ones move a step down, with the newer posts on top of the older ones. When the older posts reach the last slot on your page, they will flow to the next page. As a Website owner, your posts should be original and SEO optimized to improve your ranking on the search engines.

Portfolio

A portfolio, on the other hand, has two main jobs: showcasing your work to prospective clients and building your professional brand. Just like posts, WordPress photography portfolios are used to inspire, delight and to prove to potential clients that you can create the quality of shots they need. A good WordPress portfolio should make a Potential client fall in love with your work. WordPress photography portfolios also give you different ways to display your work on your site. The more the effort and time you dedicate to your portfolio, the higher your chances of landing your next client. Just like WordPress posts, items on a portfolio are ordered by the date they were created, with the newest projects displayed first.

The easiest way of distinguishing between a page, a post, and a portfolio is; thinking of WordPress pages as sheets of paper, posts as those Post-it notes that can be stuck on the piece of paper and Portfolio as photos that can be mounted on the piece of paper in chronological order.

In summary, a web page is used to organize how content on your website, a post to express your views and interact with your audience via comments and feedback and a portfolio showcases your work to potential clients to make them understand what you can do if they hire you for their next job.

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Amazon Short Reads: How Many Words Equal A Page?

Kindle Short-Reads

Kindle Short-Reads

Kindle Short stories are increasingly becoming popular on Amazon. These are stories that range from about 1 to 100 Kindle pages. They can be read in about 15 minutes to 2 hours or more. If you are publishing, you must be wondering how many words exactly are needed to get 10 pages for instance. You may also want to know if the length of the story matters likes it did in print. Here are a few highlights on amazon short reads word count.

Kindle Short-Reads Word Count

There is no definite amount of words that a Kindle short reads should have. Amazon Short Reads word count could be anything between 250 and 25000 words. It depends on the quality of the content, quantity of pictures, genre and sometimes category. The page counts of the Kindle ebooks can range between 1 and 100 pages. As a writer and/or publisher, you are at liberty to choose how much to write within this range.

Normally, the estimated length is determined based on the page turns on a Kindle. These settings are meant to represent a physical book so that each turn becomes a page. The kindle settings for determining a Kindle page include font size (smallest), condensed typeface, small line spacing and default words per line.

Kindle Short-Reads Words to Pages

If you are planning to publish, say 20 pages, of a Kindle e-book, you must be wondering how many words exactly can fit in a page. Most people that have used this platform will tell you that a Kindle page is about 250 to 300 words. So for a 20-page short story, you may need 5000 to 6000 words.

Another way of looking at it is deciding how much time you intend your target audience to spend on the short story. Here are some tentative time frames that you can use to determine the short read words to pages for your audience on kindle:

  • 15 minutes: 1-11 Kindle pages (approx. 250-2750 words)
  • 30 minutes: 12-21 Kindle pages (2751-5250 words)
  • 45 minutes: 22-32 Kindle pages (5251 -8000 Words)
  • One hour: 33-43 Kindle pages (8001-10,750 words)
  • 90 minutes: 44-64 Kindle pages (10751-16,000 words)
  • Two hours or more: 65-100 kindle pages (16001-25,000 words)

Kindle Short-Read Categories/Ranges

When it comes to guidelines on amazon short reads word count, the category of the story does not matter so much. Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, romance or art & photography, the main idea is to work with the provision of kindle pages as well as timelines.

Depending on the goals of your writing, you can use this e-book segment for different categories topics such as pitches, manual, photography or a short memoir. Remember, do not focus too much on quantity – short read word count – and forget to deliver quality to your readers. Ultimately, with proper marketing, a concise, quality Amazon short read will beat a wordy, low-quality short read hands down, any day.

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What Are The Most Popular Romance Sub-Genres?

Romance Books

Romance Books

Romance genre books list is very long. If you love romance topics , then you may have noticed the several sub-genres. Even the subgenres have several distinct themes . It does not matter how long the list of romance sub-genre books is, they all share something in common. The books have emotionally satisfying ends which leave the readers with great optimism.

The reason why there so are many sub-genres in the romance

The many sub-genres in the romance novels are motivated by the fact that there is high supply and the demand for the books. The writer’s research on what the readers want and they proceed to write. The publishers publish the books

and eBooks according to the demand. After the books have been written, the publishers classify them to make it easy for eager readers to access them. The high number of sub-genres in the category has both advantages and disadvantages.

How the classification system can become horrible

You may be a lover of romance books with suspense. In such a case, you will search for romance books with suspense, and you will be taken directly to the category where the romance books with suspense are listed. Your search will narrow you to specific few books which you will concentrate to read. The classification will have limited you in such a way you will only focus on the small number of writers who have focused on the romance with suspense while you ignore other writers who are highly talented but they are listed in other sub-genres of romance books.

There are several sub-genres in the romance category. You will have to be a dedicated reader to explore the different sub-genres available so that you can know the best readers whom you can focus on their books. Some of the sub-genres in romance include the following:

Romance books category

Series Titles

The category in romance books under the series titles consist of romance books with less than 200 pages and less than 55,000 words. The books come in clear categories. There are few books published in the various categories on a monthly basis. The books will share themes, but they will be slightly differing from each other.

Single-Title Romance

The label is available on many romance eBooks, but it is not yet declared as a category. They consist of long books with 350 to 400 pages. In most cases, they can have words ranging between 100,000 to 110,000. Each of the books is different, and it can be listed on the bookshelves till the bookseller makes a decision to remove it.

Sub-genres:

Some of the sub-genres include the following:

  • Contemporary Romance
  • African –American Romance

Under the sub-genre of contemporary romance you can find the following themes:

  • Action/Adventure
  • Bikers
  • Baby Love
  • Billionaires
  • Cowboys
  • Chick Lit
  • Humorous
  • Love in the Workplace
  • Vacation Love
  • International Lovers
  • Medical
  • Rubenesque (Curvy / Plus Size)
  • Rock n Roll
  • Sports

Themes under Erotica sub-genre

  • African American
  • Fantasy
  • BDSM
  • Historical
  • Humorous
  • Horror
  • Interracial
  • Multiple Partners
  • LGBT
  • Mystery
  • Romantic
  • Paranormal
  • Suspense
  • Sensual
  • Thrillers
  • Victorian
  • Urban
  • Westerns
  • Gay Romance
  • Historical Romance
  • Fantasy Romance
  • Gothic Romance

There are several themes in the historical romance sub-genre, they include the following:

  • 20th Century
  • Gilded Age
  • America
  • Gothic
  • Medieval
  • Highlander
  • Native Americans
  • Pirates
  • Paranormal Historical
  • Regency
  • Scottish
  • Restoration and Enlightenment
  • Suspense and Intrigue
  • Victorian
  • Time-Travel
  • Western and Frontier
  • Viking
  • Holidays

Common themes under the Inspirational Romance sub-genre

  • Amish
  • Historical
  • Contemporary
  • Western & Frontier
  • Mystery & Suspense
  • Lesbian
  • Military Romance
  • New Adult Romance
  • Multicultural Romance

Common themes under Paranormal Romance sub-genre

  • Dragons
  • Ghosts
  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Psychics
  • Magic
  • Shapeshifters
  • Thrillers
  • Suspense
  • Vampires
  • Time-Travel
  • Romantic Comedy Regency Romance
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Sports
  • Science Fiction Romance
  • Time-Travel Romance
  • Western Romance
  • Vampires
  • Young Adult Romance

There are some romance sub-genres which are very popular. They are available in different print formats. Based on their popularity, you can get a clue on which is best to get started. Remember you need to locate the most interesting books in both print and eBook formats so that you can stay motivated to read them. The more the books you read, the higher the chances you will locate the best writers.They include the following:

Print format:

  1. Romantic Suspense -53%
  2. Contemporary Romance -41%
  3. Historical Romance -34%
  4. Erotic Romance -33%
  5. New Adult-26%
  6. Paranormal Romance -19%
  7. Young Adult Romance -18%
  8. Christian Romance -17%E-book format:
  9. Romantic Suspense -48%
  10. Contemporary Romance -44%
  11. Erotic Romance -42%
  12. Historical Romance -33%
  13. Paranormal Romance -30%
  14. New Adult -26%
  15. Young Adult Romance -18%
  16. Christian Romance -14%

Top ten popular romance Categories:

  1. Soul Mate/Fate
  2. Friends to Lovers
  3. Second Chance at Love
  4. First Love
  5. Secret Romance
  6. Strong Hero/Heroine
  7. Love Triangle
  8. Reunited Lovers
  9. Sassy Heroine
  10. Sexy millionaire/billionaire

There is a lot of reading materials you can enjoy if you love the romance topics. The books come in both eBooks and print format to choose your preferred format and category. It can be challenging when trying to choose the best book to read. If

you can apply tips such as checking on reviews other readers offer; it will be easy to locate a popular book. Going through the preview can as well give you an overview of what you can expect after reading a given book. You will never run short of options considering there are many books on Amazon which you can read and learn a lot in the field of romance.

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7 Best Practices for Writing Listicles

Listicle

Listicle

A listicle is a web article or blog post in the form of a list and which is outlined in a numbered or bullet point fashion. Why listicle best practices? Well, because listicle writing is actionable, it is imperative to do it right. Simple! Since listicles easy to write and read, and are often straight to the point, they can be a great way to reach your audience, easily.

Here are a few ideas on how to write a listicle that will increase traffic to your blog massively:

  1. Explain the benefit of the list

This is a must-have for any list looking to gain any significant traction online. This should be some introduction that explains the actual advantage of your list to the audience. Be sure to deliver what you’ve promised on the intro.

  1. Number each item in the list

Listicles can be about any topic. When writing one, choose a topic which you’re super excited to write on. Then, once you’ve settled on a killer topic, start by defining and numbering your subheads. Numbering your list will make readers keep track of where they are. It will also have a tremendous impact on the neatness

  1. Use an odd number in the listicle title

Research shows that readers are more inclined to click on an odd number listicle. Having a listicle with odd numbers, therefore, means that your list is likely to generate more engagements, likes, and shares.

  1. Be creative with your Title.

Top, best, most, brilliant. These words, when used in a listicle title will be icing on the cake. People are always looking for information but will trust an article that is titled as the best. Some of the examples would include:

  • 11 top reasons to be a vegan in 2018
  • 21 Mistakes most writers make
  • 9 top bloggers to follow today
  1. Table of content

Providing a list of tables to a lengthy article makes it easy for your target audience to scroll through the list by simply clicking on the ToC. If you’re using WordPress, you can use plugins such as TOC+ plugin to help you itemize your list.

  1. Break your list into categories.

If your list is too big, it is best practice to break it down into palatable categories. This makes it easier for readers to browse the listicle and easily find important info. You can group similar processes, or methodologies together to help organize and segregate the content.

  1. Add Images:

Images allows you to break the walls of a rather dull listicle down. Images and GIFs give you the freedom to add some humor and breathers.

How to write a listicle

These are some of the best practices when writing your listicle. With some of these best practices in mind, let’s now briefly look at the process of writing a listicle blog post. You will need to:

  • Choose an appropriate topic for your listicle
  • Select your keyword(s) if you’re hoping to rank it
  • Choose a unique angle that falls within your niche.
  • Write the list points. Use catchy subheads to keep the audience engaged.
  • Use images and gifs to illustrate your points.
  • Include a solid conclusion.

That’s all folks! I hope this guide inspires you to seize the full advantage of listicles. If you haven’t made a listicle blog post yet, try posting one today and see if it has any significant impact on your blog traffic, your audience engagement and customer conversions. Be sure to add some humor, good writing, honesty, research, and originality.

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