Author Archives: Bert Swope

Amazon Short Reads: How Many Words Equal A Page?

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 … Continue reading

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What Are The Most Popular Romance Sub-Genres?

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 … Continue reading

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7 Best Practices for Writing Listicles

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 … Continue reading

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Writing an Article vs. Writing a Blog Post:What’s the Difference?

Have you ever wondered what the difference between writing a blog and writing an article is? Today, the words “blog” and “article” are often used interchangeably and almost synonymously, so much that the line between the two is virtually nonexistent. … Continue reading

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5 Basic Types of Blogs

If you’re new to blogging and are seeking to grow your audience, or have been doing it for a while now, then you understand the challenge of creating unique, compelling, and valuable content for your readers and potential leads. This … Continue reading

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Growing Tarragon: A Home Gardener’s Guide

If you are thinking about growing tarragon, then first you need to be aware of the different varieties of tarragon and the methods used to grow and cultivate them. There are three types of tarragon – French, Russian and Mexican. … Continue reading

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The benefits of rereading a book

For most readers, quitting a book is not hard. Still, you will enjoy many benefits by finishing an ebook for the first time. You will feel like you have already accomplished something important. Even more, you will be able to … Continue reading

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An Author’s Introduction to RSS Feed/News Sites

The information age is fantastic, but there’s only one problem: too much information. It’s very difficult to keep track of your favorite blogs, sports, and news without some help. One of the ways to achieve this is by using RSS … Continue reading

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Growing Sweet Marjoram: A Home Gardener’s Guide

Marjoram is an herb with sweet pine and citrus flavors that will transform any meal into a delectable dish. A native of Cyprus and Southern Turkey, marjoram’s aromatic leaves produce a sweet, woody aroma that leave notes of subtle spiciness … Continue reading

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The overlooked marketing value of the Other Works page

The ‘Blank’, ‘Ad card’, or ‘Other Works‘ page is an often-ignored marketing and book sales opportunity.  This is especially true in the eBook area, where most articles on eBook formats don’t even mention them.  For the independent publisher it nearly … Continue reading

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Should you have your own writer or book website?

Every author, published or unpublished, needs a platform to reach their target audience. An author website is one among the many platforms available today. If you’re looking to pursue a professional, long-time career in writing it’s important, you start building … Continue reading

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Why keep a consistent writing schedule?

A lot of people think that being a writer is such a super easy profession. All you need is a few skills, a good amount of talent and creativity topped up with some inspiration. Easy, right? No, not that easy. … Continue reading

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The Parts of A Printed Book

It’s important to know that there’s a set order in the elements that make up a book. Books have standards which one should follow in order to have it published via the traditional or self-publishing route. You’ll need to prepare … Continue reading

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Lemongrass: A Home gardener’s Guide

Known for their leaves and lemony flavor lemongrass can bring your meals to life! Lemongrass has a long food tradition in Asian cooking. This home gardeners guide is bursting with straightforward information that makes growing, using, and preserving lemongrass enjoyable … Continue reading

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The Bean: A Home Gardener’s Guide

Of all the many vegetables found in the common garden at home, the many varieties of bean plants may be one of the most widely popular planting options of all time. From snap beans to shell beans, these powerful plants … Continue reading

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eBooks and DRM: Should eBook Authors Use Digital Rights Management (DRM)?

What is DRM? Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a term that refers to a set of control technology approaches that restrict unauthorized access and use of proprietary hardware and copyrighted works in digital media. While the applications are endless, the … Continue reading

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What is a Book Blurb?

In the last decade, self-publishing has grown exponentially with the emergence of platforms such as Amazon Kindle and CreateSpace – that have made publishing a book an easy and accessible process. Numerous independent authors have been able to leverage different … Continue reading

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Blogging – What Are Long-Tail Keywords And To Use Them

Long Tail Keywords for search engine optimization (SEO) is one of the most important things you can learn if you want to find the fastest way to the top of the search engines. And if you’re not at the top … Continue reading

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How You Can Leverage Pronouns To Improve Your Blog Article SEO

Despite all the hype around search engine optimization (SEO), there are some very simple things that a writer can do while creating their blog posts which will improve their SEO and in some ways make the blog procedure read. Perhaps, the … Continue reading

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The Struggles of a Self-Published Author

  When it comes to writing, many people worry that they are not going to make enough to live on. This is especially true when it comes to self-publishing your book. Now while it is the easier option, there are … Continue reading

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