Set Up Amazon’s Author Central – by Stephanie Chandler…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

 on Nonfiction Authors Association:

Amazon’s Author Central is an essential tool for managing your books and author information on the site.

Every author should take full advantage of the free service because it allows you to update content on your book page, keep author bio information up to date, see your sales data, and more.

Both print and Kindle-only authors can utilize Author Central.

Following are some of the benefits, and how to best utilize them.

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5 Creative Blog Post Ideas for Savvy Author Marketing

How To Ebook

You may be a savvy blogger, or maybe you’re still digging in your heels about starting your blog, but no matter where you fall on that spectrum I have to tell you that blogging is a critical piece to your author marketing.

If you want to sell more books, I urge you to get on the blog train.


Because blogging is a great way to connect with current fans, and it’s also a great way to put a piece of yourself out there to draw in new fans and buyers.

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#Haikai Challenge #28 (4/7/18): first [cherry] blossoms (hatsu hana)…#haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

Frank J. Tassone


The Spring and Winter continue to dual in the Northeastern United States, haijin! Snow fell Thursday morning and melted away by Thursday afternoon. Nevertheless, the cold fights a rearguard action against the march of warmth.

Congratulations to last week’s contributors:

Haikai Challenge Participants

1. Jane Dougherty
2. Jules
3. Xenia Tran
4. Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
5. Merril D. Smith
6. Janice (Ontheland)
7. Revived Writer
8. Dwight L. Roth

Powered by… Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets.

Now, for this week’s challenge!

A single daffadil blooms in my backyard garden. According to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, daffodils and Cherry trees blossom around the same time. What better way can haijin mark the spring but by celebrating the coming Cherry Blossom season!

Your kigo this week, therefore, is [first] cherry blossom (hatsu hana). Write the haikai poem of your choice that states or alludes to [first] cherry blossom (hatsu hana).


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Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 7 April 2018

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 7 April 2018 – Lucky Dip!

For this week’s Lucky Dip, I have reached into my mystery bag and pulled out a Triquain. Since there are many variations and complexities to this poetry form, the topic is up to you!

You may be thinking to yourself, What on earth is a Triquain?

Luckily, Shadow Poetry has an explanation…

The Triquain, was created by Shelley A. Cephas. It is a poem with several creative variences and can be a rhyming or non-rhyming verse.

What are the different Triquain structures?

7 lines with 3, 6, 9, 12, 9, 6, and 3 syllables in this order.

Triquain Chain
A string of 2 to 4 Triquains, a space between each triquain.
2 stanzas – 3, 6, 9, 12, 9, 6, 3 3, 6, 9, 12, 9, 6, 3
3 stanzas – 3, 6, 9, 12, 9…

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Beneath The Cloudy Skies

By Sarah

clouds gather. Skies darken.
Smell of ozone saturates the air.
Reaching fingers of light rake through the atmosphere.
Grumbling echoes throughout the valley.
A drumroll crescendo
to the rain.

(Hidden thought – beneath hostile appearances, people conceal their inner pain)

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Olivante Poetry, #NaPoWriMo – Image 8; and also, Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip, 7 April 2018

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