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The two winners are ... Lorna Faith and ... Crystal Young. You will need to visit Janet's Web site: www.JanetSyasNitsick.com and go to the Meet the Author page. Fill out the contact author form with your email and street addresses so you are contacted and the books are sent to you.
If a winner does not contact me within seven days of this post, another winner is selected on Aug. 15 where their name is posted on that day's blog post.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
When you are designing a Web site, what should you include?
Answer is it depends on what you want to highlight, such as your work or your biography, etc., but one thing is certain your site needs to be simple. You heard the old adage: “Keep it simple, stupid.” Well, this applies to your Web site.
At a workshop on Web sites, the presenter told attendees people only stay on a page for a flicker of a second. If you cannot attract that person in that timeframe, they will leave. People are busy and one item which will move a visitor to another site is overload.
Easy navigability is important. Does your Web site contain too many pages? You do not need many. My new Web site includes five - Home, Meet the Author (with contact author form), Janet’s Itinerary, Other Books and News & Praise roll.
Home page displays my inspiring-historical romance’s book cover, Lockets and Lanterns; a best-selling author endorsement (which I never could fully express my gratitude for); and book links to purchase the book and connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and my blogs.
Meet the Author page shows this beautiful person wearing a hat. Of course, I am kidding there, but it does have picture of me with a hat. It also includes a two-paragraph biography of myself and a contact Janet form. Again, keep it simple. HOWEVER, WHATEVER YOU DO NOT PUT YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS ON YOUR SITE UNLESS YOU WANT NUMEROUS EMAILS.
Janet’s Itinerary is the next tab. This allows visitors to see where I will sign books. Keep this current. I viewed several author pages where the itinerary was not updated in a year. What does this show? An author not active in the marketplace. How are you going to sell books when you do not care about your site?
My next button is Other Books. Here I tell about my work in progress and other books, such as my award-winning story, “The Silver Lining,” available for free on Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. Here are the links to download them: Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/42833; Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-silver-lining-janet-nitsick/1030476803?ean=2940011212130&itm=2&usri=the+silver+lining+by+janet+syas+nitsick
Last tab is the News and Praise Roll. On this page, I left a couple of spaces to highlight the subject matter of my most recent blogs. Also, there are awesome book trailers for my new romance, Lockets and Lanterns, and my previous book, Seasons of the Soul.
Besides keeping the navigation simple, have an attractive Web site. Do not let it get too busy, though. I visited sites where the page took forever to load due to the photo or graphic being too intricate. In addition, remember to not use red background and white lettering. Why? Because when you want to print a page for further reference, nothing will show up. Think of those details when designing or redoing a site.
Another asset is to tell visitors what your books are like. My slogan is “Homespun romantic tales of joys and hardships endured through faith and love.” This lets readers know what type of books you write and if they are not interested they can go elsewhere. You need to gear to your target audience. Is a science-fiction reader going to be interested in romance? Perhaps but odds are against it. There are occasional crossovers; however, this is an exception but not the rule.
Right now, I am finishing a great science-fiction book, Return of the Aliens, written by our own best-selling romance author Ruth Ann Nordin. It is a deviation from her usual, though, I am loving the suspense and the research involved relating to the Bible book of Revelation. As a journalist who dealt with facts, I like this.
One more thing remember to not overdo content. If people see a litany of words and paragraphs, what are they going to do? Go someplace else. That is not what you want. Keep them there by paraphrasing, short sentences and delete unnecessary text. Once more, keep it simple.
Well, I probably should wind this down. If you want to check out my site, it is www.JanetSyasNitsick.com. It is not perfect but, I believe, it has a few good points. Now, think of your Web site and make whatever changes you feel improves it and as always God bless.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Life. What an endurance. Just when you think everything is going your way then something interferes.
The same is said about writing. You planned to write that scene or word count, but then out of the blue a family problem occurs and you spend your week dealing with that issue.
This is what happened to me last week. Praise God everything worked out, but the incident cut into my writing time. This is when I reassessed my mood.
What really is more important? Writing?
Think again. When we are long gone, it is not what we wrote which is remembered instead it is our children, family and with me humbling myself before the Lord.
Of course, we need to write and we hope our books are best sellers or leave life-lasting impressions. However, our primary influences are still with our family and grandchildren.
I can verify this because my inspiring-historical romance, Lockets and Lanterns, is loosely-based on my grandfather who had red hair, a charming whit, was a fireman and exhibited a thumb-twiddling habit as the main character does in my new novel. The story, though, is not his story, but an imagery one seeped in the early-twentieth-century - the time period they began their marriage. In fact, their wedding picture appears on the book’s cover.
Without knowing my grandpa, I could never have experienced his engaging personality and his love for my brother and myself. I recall the many times he jokingly said to my sibling: “You’re full of baloney.” Images and expressions stay with you. Thus appreciate these simple times.
Instead of looking at not being able to write with sadness, embrace these setbacks. These moments could develop into creative fodder later. It also gives your writing a down-home realism. Listening and watching never are bad characteristics to witness. When you tell your granddaughter it is windy today and she replies, “God can do anything He wants. He is a big guy.” You can use that in a story like I did in my book, Seasons of the Soul.
Well, I made my spiel. God’s blessings to you. If interested, Lockets and Lanterns, (His secret ... Her broken heart) is available NOW at http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-61862-169-6 before its official release date of April 24.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Social media what a perplexing place.
When everything works like a machine, it gives you a place for people to get to know you and to promote your wares. But when the well-oiled machine gets a kink in its armor, what do you do?
There are no quick answers.
Get a cup of coffee. Call a friend and see if they can work you through it. But if that does not work, you have to investigate it yourself and this does not always work well.
The other day I got an instant message. I thought I had signed out of this type of email-message system so I did what I did before to not participate in it.
However, this also said I no longer was in a certain Facebook program. I checked the system out and it seemed to work fine, but then again there were some changes in the way the program appeared. Although I seldom use this communicating system, you still want it to work when necessary.
Then a couple of days later I got the answer. Facebook changed the way the program operates. I would sure like to know why they keep changing their system.
Anyway, all I know is busy people do not need to spend time readjusting what they thought was perfected.
This experience reminded me of what happened last summer when I got locked out of Facebook. I used a different devise to log into it, thus Facebook would not let me onto my page. This was exasperating since I had used this same device before and did not have this problem.
In order to gain access, Facebook required me to look through a series of friends’ photos. Have you ever tried to identify past pictures of friends? Honesty, I did not know them when they were two, twenty, etc. I failed the test and tried three times with the same result - one failure was because I took too long.
I was about to scream and sipping a cup of coffee did not help this time then a dear friend found some links which enabled me to change my password, and I was back on it like I never left. Here they are http://www.facebook.com/KnownIssues?v=app_4949752878 Help Center Home http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=749 Login Bugs
Try these links but whatever you do change your password. Once you do that, you will get back into Facebook.
Well, my coffee sits beside my desk. I am ready to take a sip, watch what pops up next and hope to work through this perplexing networking system. God bless.