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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Writing News November/December 2016

Here are some of the latest writing news and writing information from around the world.

Brooklyn Beckham to publish photography book What I See
Brooklyn Beckham is to release his first book - publishers Penguin Random House have announced.
What I See, which will be released in May 2017, will consist of 300 photographs taken by the 17-year-old alongside new images of him.
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38149735

Spider-Man Writer Creates Transgender Superhero
Meet Chalice, the world's newest transgender superhero. The dude dressed in a miniskirt is set to be the central hero in the Alters series, a comic ironically about societal outcasts who end up with superpowers.
http://www.charismanews.com/culture/59007-spider-man-writer-creates-transgender-superhero

A Look Back at the (Business) Year That Was
From Brexit to brand rehab to virtual reality, all the big developments in 2016 offer us lessons for 2017.
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/286094

YouTube's Highest-Paid Star Just Trolled Everyone. Here's What You Can Learn.
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, known as PewDiePie to now more than 50 million YouTube subscribers, posted a video earlier this week announcing he would exit the platform that made him famous if he reached the 50 million threshold.
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/286344

Selling My Books With CreateSpace
I’ve been writing and selling books for years and until recently I’ve had my own books printed and sold and shipped them myself.
But last month (November) I began to use Amazon’s POD publishing site, CreateSpace.
http://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2016/createspace.html

5 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Being Productive When You're Just Not Feeling It
Writing notes, taking a walk and allowing yourself simple rewards are little hacks that can increase your motivation.
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/286003

IDW and DC Partner Up For a Graphic Novel to Honor Pulse Nightclub Victims
IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment have formed a partnership to publish Love is Love. More than 200 writers and artists have joined together to create an anthology graphic novel that honors those who suffered from the tragic shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub in June 2016.
http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/idw-and-dc-partner-up-for-a-graphic-novel-to-honor-pulse-nightclub-victims/125232

Smashwords Self-Published Bestseller List, October 2016
while the vast majority of bestsellers at Smashwords are romance -- only four of the books on this list are not -- Hal Elrod continues to chart, coming in at # 13 this month with a work of nonfiction: The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM).
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/72173-smashwords-self-published-bestseller-list-october-2016.html

My wife likes your colouring-in books, Prince William tells author
Johanna Basford was picking up an OBE at Buckingham Palace for services to art and entrepreneurship when the Duke of Cambridge revealed that Kate likes to colour.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/29/wife-likes-colouring-in-books-prince-william-tells-author/

Iran jails author for unpublished story on stoning
An Iranian author and human rights activist has been jailed for writing an unpublished novel about stoning.
Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee had returned home after being convicted by a revolutionary court for “insulting Islamic sanctities” when her house was violently raided.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-writer-jailed-golrokh-ebrahimi-sentence-stoning-story-unpublished-amnesty-a7379556.html

Goosebumps Author R.L. Stine to Write Series of Marvel's Man-Thing Comics
Famed Goosebumps author R.L. Stine has joined the ranks of well-known writers turning to comics, with an upcoming five-issue comic for Marvel based on Marvel’s Man-Thing character. The first issue comes out in February, and the collected edition will be available in summer 2017.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/comics/article/72267-goosebumps-author-r-l-stine-to-write-series-of-marvel-s-man-thing-comics.html

Get More Joy Out of Sundays by Doing Week Prep First Thing In the Morning
Taking a little time on Sunday to organize the coming week is a great way to get ahead. But Sundays should also be relaxing so you’re primed for the Monday morning rush. Here’s a way to have the best of both worlds.
http://lifehacker.com/get-more-joy-out-of-sundays-by-doing-week-prep-first-th-1783615592

Strange, Surreal Cookbook by Salvador Dalí an Improbable Holiday Bestseller
In a season of blockbuster cookbooks, there has been one unlikely hit—a reprint of an opulent cookbook by Salvador Dalí that's been out of print for 40 years.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/cooking/article/72213-strange-surreal-cookbook-by-salvador-dal-an-improbable-holiday-bestseller.html

Bana Alabed, seven-year-old tweeting from Aleppo, goes quiet
A seven-year-old girl whose tweets from besieged eastern Aleppo drew worldwide attention has disappeared from the social network amid an army offensive.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38205889

The Crazy Egg Guide to Conversion Copywriting
PPC campaigns, email marketing, social media management, SEO optimization or good old fashioned word of mouth.
All viable and potentially profitable methods to grow your brand. But they’re also all very different.
https://blog.crazyegg.com/guides/conversion-copywriting/

U.S. Supreme Court backs Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple
The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs.
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN13V1XL

Award-winning Australian author Shirley Hazzard dies in New York aged 85
Shirley Hazzard, the celebrated Australian writer whose 1980 novel The Transit of Venus won the US National Book Critics Circle Award has died at the age of 85.
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/books/awardwinning-australian-author-shirley-hazzard-dies-in-new-york-aged-85-20161213-gtan4p.html

Microsoft-LinkedIn deal cleared by regulators, opening new doors for people around the world
It was roughly six months ago, on June 13, that we announced that Microsoft would acquire LinkedIn.  At that time, we said that we aimed to close the deal by the end of the year. Today, the European Commission announced that it has cleared the acquisition. As a result, we’ve now obtained all of the regulatory approvals needed to complete the acquisition, and the deal will close in the coming days.
http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/12/06/microsoft-linkedin-deal-cleared-regulators-opening-doors-people-around-world/#sm.00000w1k6htseud3azh1zdjc0knme

Amazon unveils its Amazon Go grocery, where you just take things from the shelves and walk out
Its new physical store uses a mobile app, computer vision and other technologies to track every product and then charge your Amazon account.
https://martechtoday.com/amazon-launches-physical-grocery-store-just-take-things-shelves-walk-192990

Free eBooks
Free ebooks to help you make money from writing. Download immediately no email info required.
http://cheritonhousepublishing.com/free-ebooks.html

How To Write A Sex Scene: Three Authors Weigh In
Garth Greenwell, Jade Sharma and Rebecca Schiff on tackling the taboo.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/how-to-write-a-sex-scene_us_583f2981e4b09e21702c3740

Overdue Library Book Returned After 120 Years
The granddaughter of a man who attended Hereford Cathedral School in Hereford, England, returned a book to the school’s library earlier this month, which was only about a century overdue.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/12/12/overdue-library-book-returned-after-120-years/

The best thing you can do in 2017
An inspirational and motivational article by writer Mridu Khullar Relph to help you be more productive in 2017.
http://www.mridukhullar.com/best-thing-2017/


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Latest Writing News - October 2016

WP Kinsella, whose book became 'Field of Dreams', dies at 81

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37395028?

Aldi is the latest company to branch out into ebooks
http://the-digital-reader.com/2016/10/10/aldi-open-ebookstore-germany/

Harper Lee Announces Third Novel, ‘My Excellent Caretaker Deserves My Entire Fortune’
http://www.theonion.com/article/harper-lee-announces-third-novel-my-excellent-care-50840

He's CFO and CFW: Chief Fortune Writer. Donald Lau has been writing fortunes for 30 years
http://www.localsyr.com/news/hes-cfo-and-cfw-chief-fortune-writer

Kenny Loggins’ Footloose is Now a Children’s Book
http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/kenny-loggins-footloose-is-now-a-childrens-book/126066

The Authors Guild is opening up membership to new and unpublished writers
http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2016/authors-guild-opens-membership-new-unpublished-writers/

John Lennon Is Getting a Comic Book Biography
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/john-lennon-is-getting-a-936643

Salinger’s House is Now an Artist’s Retreat
http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/salingers-house-artists-retreat

How Kickstarter became one of the biggest powers in publishing
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/14/how-kickstarter-became-one-of-the-biggest-powers-in-publishing-crowdfunding

Even Stephen King Thinks Those Creepy Clown Sightings Are Scary
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stephen-king-creepy-clown-sightings_us_57d30366e4b03d2d459a545c

Joyce Carol Thomas Has Died
http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/joyce-carol-thomas-has-died/124015

37th Anniversary of The Neverending Story's First Publishing
https://www.google.com/doodles/37th-anniversary-of-the-neverending-storys-first-publishing

15 Expert Hacks for Wannabe Successful New Writers
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yusuff-busayo/15-seriously-important-ex_b_10083562.html



Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Writing News for July 2016

Experimental Writer Dennis Cooper’s Blog Pulled by Google
Novelist/poet/performance artist/ blogger Dennis Cooper’s work is definitely not for everyone, and it’s not meant to be. Almost a decade and a half of original work, including a gif novel-in-progress, might be lost forever.
http://www.craveonline.com.au/culture/1011245-experimental-writer-dennis-coopers-blog-pulled-google

How Sydney author Liane Moriarty sold six million books and inspired an HBO series
She's sold six million books about the darker side of suburban life. So why is Liane Moriarty the most successful Australian author you've never heard of?
http://www.smh.com.au/good-weekend/how-sydney-author-liane-moriarty-sold-six-million-books-and-inspired-an-hbo-series-20160701-gpw7ul.html

Warner Bros. to Host 2 Breakfast Receptions at Hogwarts
Harry Potter fans of all ages are invited to watch dawn break over the Hogwarts castle model while enjoying an exclusive breakfast reception. The iconic castle took a team of 40 people seven months to build from scratch with over 300 fibre optic lights installed to simulate lanterns and torches.
https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/breakfastathogwarts

'Eat, Pray, Love' Author Elizabeth Gilbert Splits From Husband José Nunes
Gilbert announced the news in a Facebook post on Friday, writing, "I am separating from the man whom many of you know as "Felipe" — the man whom I fell in love with at the end of the Eat, Pray, Love journey. He has been my dear companion for over 12 years, and they have been wonderful years. Our split is very amicable. Our reasons are very personal.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/elizabeth-gilbert-separates-josé-nunes_us_5776d10ae4b0a629c1aa05e6

Yet Another Kindle Unlimited Scam – Prawns!
Many innocent self-published authors, and especially those publishing non-fiction, were caught up in the attempts by Amazon to rid Kindle Unlimited of scammers who were using a weakness in the way Amazon pays for an ebook read in Kindle Unlimited.
http://www.justpublishingadvice.com/yet-another-kindle-unlimited-scam-prawns/

Author Michael Herr Has Died
Author and war correspondent Michael Herr had died at the age of 76.
Herr is best known for his 1977 memoir Dispatches, as well as co-writing the screenplay for Full Metal Jacket.
http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/author-michael-herr-has-died/121784

Nook pulls out of UK
Nook is pulling out of the UK and transferring its UK customers to Sainsbury's.
The e-reader and tablet company owned by American bookselling chain Barnes & Noble told customers it would stop trading in the UK, effective as of 15th March 2016, via a notice posted on its website
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/nook-pulls-out-uk-323820

Simon & Schuster launches Salaam Reads imprint for Muslim children
A glaring lack of diversity in children's books has led Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers to launch an imprint centering on Muslim characters and stories, The New York Times reports.
http://theweek.com/speedreads/608364/simon--schuster-launches-salaam-reads-imprint-muslim-children

Crime writer in court over a thwarted bank robbery that was exactly the same as the plot of one of his novels 
The wordsmith, who was struggling financially, broke into a branch of Sparkasse bank before it closed in his native Leipzig in eastern Germany.
Wearing a mask, he yelled at customers to lie on the floor and pointed an alarm gun at staff, demanding they fetch him money.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3704492/Crime-writer-court-thwarted-bank-robbery-exactly-plot-one-novels.html

World's 'smallest hard drive' means every book written can now be stored on a stamp
When Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press he changed the world.
Now a team of scientists in the Netherlands has taken this to the ultimate extreme. Through the manipulation of single atoms they have made the world's smallest hard drive. It is so dense the technology could store all the world's books on device the size of a postage stamp.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/worlds-smallest-atomscale-hard-drive-means-every-book-written-can-now-be-stored-on-a-stamp-20160719-gq8o0l.html

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Latest Writing News June 2016

Here is the latest list of writing news from around the web.

Amazon is suing people who buy fake reviews
Over the course of the last two years Amazon has been on a rampage, suing companies that sell fake reviews. They have brought court cases against dozens of companies that target authors to professional reviews written for their e-books.
http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/amazon-is-suing-people-who-buy-fake-reviews

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Latest Writing News March 2016

AWARDS. R.L. Stine Wins Chicago Tribune YA Prize
R.L. Stine, author of the bestselling Goosebumps series, has won The Chicago Tribune’s 2016 Young Adult Literary Prize.
http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/r-l-stine-wins-chicago-tribune-ya-prize/117671

Father of a Scientology Leader Lands a Memoir Deal
Ron Miscavige has signed a memoir deal with St. Martin’s Press.
http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/father-of-a-scientology-leader-lands-a-memoir-deal/117653

Google's got it right: Instead of bribing bloggers, sort out your website
On Friday, Google explicitly stated what it expects from bloggers who receive free products
https://econsultancy.com/blog/67645-google-s-got-it-right-instead-of-bribing-bloggers-sort-out-your-website/

Books Inc. Named 2016 PW Bookstore of the Year; Solomon Rep
In a California sweep, 165-year-old Books Inc., the oldest bookstore in the West, will receive this year’s PW Bookstore of the Year award, while the Karel/Dutton Group's Lise Solomon has been named PW Sales Rep of the Year. The honors will be handed out at BookExpo America in May.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/69672-books-inc-named-2016-pw-bookstore-of-the-year-solomon-rep.html

JK Rowling's 'Harry Potter chair' goes up for auction
Expected to fetch $45,000, the simple wooden chair on which the author wrote the books has traded hands a few times in recent years. Who will buy it now?
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/mar/04/jk-rowling-harry-potter-chair-auction

President Trump episode 'warning to US', says Simpsons writer
Writer of Bart to the Future episode, aired almost exactly 16 years ago, says idea was consistent with vision of US ‘going insane’
http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/mar/17/simpsons-president-trump-prediction-was-meant-as-warning-to-us

New Collection of Original Writing from J.K. Rowling Goes Live
The first installment in a collection of new original writing from Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling releases.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/69606-new-collection-of-original-writing-from-j-k-rowling-goes-live.html

In the Age of Typewriter Apps, This Historic NYC Typewriter Repair Shop is Running Strong
Like most other New York City businesses that have been handed down through generations, The Gramercy Typewriter Company has been keeping tradition alive year after year despite the continual threats of technology.
http://www.solidsmack.com/culture/67986historic-typewriter-repair-shop/

FreeWrite Distraction-Free Typewriter Is Now Available For Purchase
The good news is that if you have been waiting since 2014 to get your hands on the device, you won’t have to wait much longer because the company has officially put the typewriter up for sale. It will be sold under a different name as the FreeWrite, but essentially it is more or less what we have seen when it first launched.
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2016/02/freewrite-typewriter-available-for-purchase/

BBC UK seeking unsolicited comedy scripts for TV, film, radio, stage or online. Deadline 4th April 2016.
BBC Writersroom's regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 10am on 14th March and 5pm on 4th April 2016 for Comedy scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/script-room

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Apple’s Appeal in E-Book Pricing Case
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday refused to review an appeals court’s determination that Apple had conspired with book publishers to raise the prices of digital books.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/08/technology/apple-supreme-court-ebook-prices.html





Thursday, 28 January 2016

Latest Writing News From Around the Web

Double your sales by making small changes in just 7 key areas of your business
http://tinyurl.com/j69zst8

Want to Work as a Published Author?
http://aweber.com/t/6LUlA

Soon You Can Read Beatrix Potter’s Lost Story About A Black Cat. 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/beatrix-potter-new-story-cat_us_56a7a855e4b0b87beec61107

 How To Find Your Voice In Blogging.
http://www.tinterocreative.com/how-to-find-your-voice-in-blogging/

J.K. Rowling to Receive PEN/Allen Foundation Award
http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/j-k-rowling-to-win-penallen-foundation-award/115435

Amazon.com : Kindle Instant Preview for your website
http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=13489836011

From Indie Author to 6 (and 7!)-Figure Traditionally Pubbed Book Deal
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/indiereader/from-indie-author-to-6-an_b_9028534.html

1150 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.
http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses

The Next Big Step for E-Books in Libraries
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/69153-the-next-big-step-for-e-books-in-libraries.html

Five Marketing Models for Self-Publishing Success
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/69158-five-marketing-models-for-self-publishing-success.html

At Platform 9 3/4, 'Harry Potter' Fans Remember Alan Rickman
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/alan-rickman-platform-tribute-harry-potter_us_5698aaade4b0778f46f8f338

Generating Story Ideas
http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2016/01/generating-story-ideas.html


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Latest Writing News

Here are some of the latest writing news and writing articles from around the globe.

I hope you find it useful.

More Than 500K Readers Take Goodreads Reading Challenge
More than 500,000 readers have signed up for the 2016 Goodreads reading challenge.
The challenge allows readers to set personal reading goals for the year. So far, 28,723,103 books have been pledged and 243,287 have already been completed. The average books pledged is 49 books. Fifty-nine challenges have already been completed.
http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/more-than-500k-readers-take-goodreads-reading-challenge/114544

Hong Kong Booksellers Go Missing
Hong Kong legislator Albert Ho believes that Chinese security officers kidnapped five publishing company/book store employees in an attempt to censor their work.
http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/hong-kong-booksellers-go-missing/114540

10 Reasons You Should Write a Children's Book in 2016
A decade ago, I was dating a physician. He was a nice guy, but I knew the relationship was doomed the night he asked: "So, when are you going to write a grown-up book?"
I laughed, unsure how to answer. But as I was driving home, I realised what I should have said: "Do people ask paediatricians that? When are you going to start seeing grown-up patients?"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kate-klise/10-reasons-you-should-wri_b_8910290.html

Help Wanted: Gothamist Is Seeking A Copywriter
Gothamist LLC is looking for a copywriter to write paid and internal editorial efforts across all five of its properties.
http://gothamist.com/2016/01/06/help_wanted_gothamist_copywriter.php

A Shade of Vampire Leads Self-Published Bestsellers List
A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrest leads the Self-Published Bestsellers List this week.
http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/a-shade-of-vampire-leads-self-published-bestsellers-list/114655

Science can help you beat writer’s block
Lots of people want to write—but many find the process of actually getting words on the page to be pure torture.
http://qz.com/587053/science-can-help-you-beat-writers-block/

Penguin Random House Sells Vanity Press Author Solutions
Penguin Random House announced on Tuesday that it had sold its vanity press operation to Najafi Companies for an unknown sum.
http://the-digital-reader.com/2016/01/05/penguin-random-house-sells-vanity-press-author-solutions/

Best Recurring Affiliate Programs: Make Free Money For Life [2016]
One of the highly profitable parts of affiliate marketing is recurring income. I’m sure you are aware of how affiliate marketing works. You get payment when somebody buys a product using your affiliate link & the commission is really high.
http://www.shoutmeloud.com/best-recurring-affiliate-program.html

NYPL’s Public Domain Digital Collection Now More Accessible
The New York Public Library is making high resolution images from its digital collection available for free download from its site for the first time.
http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/nypls-public-domain-digital-collection-now-more-accessible/114669

Best-selling books for the week that ended Jan. 3
Here are the best-selling books from Publishers Weekly for the week that ended Jan. 3.
http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/best-selling-books-for-the-week-that-ended-jan/article_68be1732-bb7a-5e0e-9cad-28aeec152024.html

The Screenwriter's Simple Guide to Formatting Television Scripts
What’s the difference between a feature film script and a television script?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/screencraft/the-screenwriters-simple_b_8923734.html

Writer's Market 2016 Has Been Published
Breaking into the writing field is difficult when you don't have an established network. The 2016 Writer's Market contains thousands of publishing opportunities for writers of a variety of genres.
http://www.linkconnector.com/traffic_affiliate.php?lc=013918068196004693&atid=

NY Times Launches New Sci-Fi Book Column
The New York Times is launching a new bi-weekly column dedicated to book reviews about works of science fiction and fantasy.
http://www.adweek.com/galleycat/ny-times-launches-new-sci-fi-book-column/114400

Writer's Yearbook 2016 Now Available
Writer's Yearbook 2016: Get an expert’s take on the latest developments in the book and magazine industries - and how these trends bode for your writing in the year ahead by Jane Friedman
http://www.linkconnector.com/traffic_affiliate.php?lc=013918068194004631&atid=


Thursday, 9 April 2015

I Feel Like I'm Working For Google

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles, FreeDigitalPhotos.net
For the past few days (well, a week really) I've been busy working away making all my websites "mobile responsive."

This means that they have to be flexible, and morph into shape to fit any screen size from mobile phone to desktop computer.

I have several websites so it's taking me quite some time to do it. So far I've already completed half of my sites (phew! She wipes the virtual sweat from her brow) but it's taking a lot of work and a lot of working out.

The reason I'm doing it is because Google says I have to.

On 21st April 2015 they are bringing in new rules about search results and say that they won't include  non-mobile-responsive websites in their mobile results.

The reason I want keep my rankings in the Google search results, is that for several keywords I'm on page one of search results and for one, at least, I'm number one. (Yay! Go me!)

So this past week of working flat out, and with the pressure from Google, who keep emailing me about my website problems, I feel like I'm working for them. And they are bad payers because I'm not earning more money for all my extra effort and I'm not getting my own work done either.

On the other hand, making my websites mobile responsive is something that I've been thinking about for a while now. Thinking, but not doing anything about it.

But now the pressure is on. I have to get things finished in less than 2 weeks - or else.

And it's not just mobile responsiveness that Google is looking at. They are also concerned about sites with too many broken links amongst other things.

You can read more about Google's new rules at http://www.webpronews.com/things-to-avoid-for-googles-mobile-friendly-update-2015-03.

And if you have websites, or just one website, and you want people with mobile phones to be able to find your site using the search engines, then you'd better make sure it's fluid and that all your pages are completely up-to-date with no issues.

If you have a WordPress site, you need to make sure that you're using a theme that is mobile responsive.

If you're like me and you use HTML static web design, then you need to redesign your site to make it change layout for different media (screen size).

I use Adobe DreamWeaver for all my website designing, except for this blog because it's owned by Google and so they keep the design up to date for me so that they don't break their own rules.

DreamWeaver has built-in "fluid grid" web page software which basically means that when I build a webpage for mobile viewing, the design automatically filters though to the other 2 screen sizes - desktop and tablet. So all I have to do is a bit of tweaking here and there to get my web pages exactly how I want them on all 3 screen sizes, and it can all be done without coding.

But in the meantime, I'm missing being a writer because although web page designing is something I can do (although this type of designing has been quite a bit of a learning curve), it's not my favourite job. That's why I count myself fortunate to be able to use Adobe DreamWeaver software to make the task quicker and easier.

And speaking of which, it's time for me to get back to work and make my web page designs really sing.

Good luck with your own websites.

:)


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Google Demands Responsive Websites or Sites Won't be Indexed

Google is currently pushing all website owners to make their websites responsive (or fluid) so that they can be viewed on all Smart Phones.

What Google considers a Smart Phone is any phone running on Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone operating systems with web browsers that work similar to desktop computer browsers and are able to display webpages that conform to HTML5 specifications. In other words, most modern phones.

They will also penalise websites that have what Google considers to be "common mistakes" which includes slow-loading mobile pages and making Flash video the majority of a page’s content.


But they do provide a page where you can test your website to see if it comes up to their new standards at.

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

The biggest push of all is that the deadline for getting websites up-to-date and Smart Phone responsive, is 21st April 2015.

So that's less than 3 weeks from now.

And what is it that they plan to do to hurt websites owners without responsive websites?

They won't include your website in their mobile search results.

My problem with all this, is that only one of my websites is responsive. And that's this one.

So now my challenge is to redesign all my websites (and I have several) by 21st April.

Google keeps emailing me and listing all the problems with my current websites (thanks Google).

And I don't want to lose my spots in the search results because for many keywords and key phrases, I'm on the first page of Google results, and for one I'm actually at the number one spot.

Which means, that to stay afloat in the crazy ever-changing online world, I have to knuckle down and work hard to bring my websites kicking and screaming into responsive design.

Sadly, the only way to do this is to let all my other work slide for the time being while I crack on with this.

Hopefully, I'll have it done in one week (ha, ha, ha...I'm so damn funny sometimes) so if you don't get any emails from me or blog updates in the near future, that's why.

Damn you Google!!!!

But I guess it was only a matter of time until this all caught up with me because I really should have taken care of this problem months/years ago. I've been thinking about it for a while now. But that's all I've been doing. Thinking.

And as they say, a goal without action is simply a dream.

So now here I go with my first of many website redesigns.

See you on the flip side.

You can read more about this Google Push at

http://insideout.com/blog/2015/03/24/google-mobile-friendly-algorithm-is-your-website-ready/

And if you have any websites that aren't mobile responsive, now would be a good time to change that.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Writing News and Weekend Reading

Another hectic week is over.

The weather is grim and it won't stop raining so it's a good time to kick back and catch up on some writing news and weekend reading.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Latest Writing News - July 2014

South Africa's Nobel-winning novelist Nadine Gordimer dies
Amazon Tests ‘Kindle Unlimited,’ A Netflix For Ebooks And Audiobooks
Amazon might give readers something to get really excited about: A digital ebook and audiobook subscription service that provides Kindle users with all the content they can consume from a potential library of over 600,000 titles for just $9.99 per month.
http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/16/amazon-tests-kindle-unlimited-a-netflix-for-ebooks-and-audiobooks/


Patreon
Patreon enables fans to give ongoing support to their favorite creators. A place where writers can upload content in return for monthly donations/subscriptions.
http://www.patreon.com

Lady Gaga's Former Assistant Writing Tell-All Book
Jennifer O’Neill has signed with Atria Books to write a tell-all book about the musician. Jennifer O'Neill, who sued the singer for $393,000 in unpaid wages, is reported to have gotten as much as $1 million to spill about working for the singer from 2009-11.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lady-gagas-assistant-writing-tell-719402?

Sherlock Heirs Lose US Supreme Court Test
Justice Elena Kagan dismissed a plea by the Scottish author's heirs, who aimed to delay another writer's ability to use Holmes and his loyal assistant Dr Watson in a new book.

Kagan provided no comment as to why the request by the inheritors of Doyle's literary rights was turned down.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/entertainment/a/24493670/sherlock-heirs-lose-us-supreme-court-test/

South Africa's Nobel-Winning Novelist Nadine Gordimer Dies
Johannesburg (AFP) - South African Nobel Prize-winning writer and anti-apartheid activist Nadine Gordimer, who became an icon through her unique insights into the country's social agonies, has died at the age of 90.
https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/news/a/24458257/south-africas-nobel-winning-novelist-nadine-gordimer-dies/

22 Lessons From Stephen King On How To Be A Great Writer
In his memoir, “On Writing,” King shares valuable insights into how to be a better writer. And he doesn’t sugarcoat it. He writes, “I can’t lie and say there are no bad writers. Sorry, but there are lots of bad writers.”

Don’t want to be one of them? Here are 22 great pieces of advice from King’s book on how to be an amazing writer:
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/stephen-king-on-how-to-write-2014-7