<![CDATA[Caroline A  Connell - Blog&News]]>Sun, 19 Jun 2016 22:09:38 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[Google Fun (or the importance of post-SEO thinkIng)]]>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:32:53 GMThttp://carolineaconnell.com/blognews/google-fun-or-the-importance-of-post-seo-thinking

So what's the etiquette about Googling oneself? Seriously, I'm asking this out of a genuine interest in understanding this. Ok, I admit it, I just Googled my first novel. Thought it was time I understood whether and how it would feature in Google's algorithms. Assess the importance of understanding the latest developments in Post-SEO thinking.

But do any of us know what we will encounter if we do this? Here's the result of my first foray into this.
The Secret alchemist Caroline Connell was my search term. About as simple and straight forward as I could think of. Lo and behold, up came some sale listings from around the world, from Australia to South Africa and the USA. Wow, I thought, this is good.
Thrilled with the reach that this implied, and Google's ability to find this for me, I then tried the democratic medium of Google photos. You know the thing. You search on a term, and about two or three listings from the very top are pictures found using that term. Curious about just what this form of word association would produce, I clicked on the item....
 Here are just a few of the results. The ones on the left make some sense, at least. I can spot photos from my website, or my author page on Facebook. Some are from competitions I've been  involved in, like The Blog Book Train, or taken from
from my blog. Some, though, require a far more subtle explanation. Take a  look at the collage to the right. Who do you spot on the bottom right? Yes, none other than Simon Cowell! No joke, I Google my book and up pops a photo of a Simon Cowell.
Which sets me thinking. If I briefly follow him on Twitter, for a day or so, and this action is still picked by a Google search six months later, just how powerful is this search algorithm? How strong are the echoes? And what does this mean for for impactful SEO, in a post-SEO world?
Just a few thoughts...
<![CDATA[Latest News - Featured on the MorgEn Bailey Blog]]>Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:21:55 GMThttp://carolineaconnell.com/blognews/latest-news-featured-on-the-morgen-bailey-blogPicture of listing on morgen bailey blog
****Latest News****

Met the delightful Morgen Bailey on Saturday when she featured me on her amazing blog (and you know her blog, right)?

Click on the photo or follow the link below. k it out here., or just click on the


<![CDATA[Publishing For Excellence And Success Using .ePub and .mobi Files]]>Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:57:35 GMThttp://carolineaconnell.com/blognews/publishing-for-excellence-and-successusing-epub-and-mobi-filesIs it worth creating your own .ePub and .mobi files?

I am often asked this question. Most writers use Microsoft Word as their writing medium of choice. However, once their masterpiece is created, they face a tangled path of choices about how to turn that manuscript into a finished eBook.

For example, if this is an author's very first eBook and they have no experience or knowledge of internet publishing, what do they do? Many move straight to using one-stop shops like Amazon's KDP that take their word document, create the eBook and publish it straight onto the sales platform. There's a lot to be said for this, too.

However, once the author wants to start selling on Google Play, iBooks, Nook or similar they will probably need to be able to have multiple file varieties at hand, and then the fun starts. Sensible questions to consider include:

1. Does the author pay someone to create all of these files for them?

2. Is it technically possible for the average IT user to do it themselves?

3. Should the author use an online converter or download conversion software?

4. Will doing it themselves cost money or can they do it for free?

This before questions of protecting eBooks from piracy, whether and how to own ISBNs and which platforms to pursue, to name but three.

I recently faced this dilemma. My novel, The Secret Alchemist, is featuring in a Rafflecopter giveaway over on Facebook that starts on the 15th of June. I needed to be able to supply a  secure copy of the eBook and decided to go that step further and supply a .mobi file rather than pdf.

Deciding what to do next wasn't easy. I investigated online converters and downloadable software, and after several false starts came across jutoh, downloadable software that can create .ePub, .Mobi, Html  and other files, all straight from Microsoft Word. I also discovered a fabulous YouTube video that, quite simply, made the process speedy and painfree. Within one day I have produced formatted EPub and Mobi files, and that includes checking them against Nook and Kindle previewers to ensure that the files meet their standards.

This won't be for everyone. For a start, the jutoh software costs around £28 (though the previewers in Kindle and Nook are free). But, I now know that I can now create many more publications and take control of the publishing and sales process.

I don't work for jutoh and this is just my personal experience. However, the software and the YouTube video have been incredibly useful to me, and I give both of them 5*. What's important is that you pick what is right for you: whatever you do, and whichever route you take, I wish you publishing success.

jutoh software from Anthemion Software: http://www.jutoh.com/

YouTube video by India Drummond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3lvhRpJrIg

rafflecopter giveaway by BookRhythm: https://www.facebook.com/events/782985328402150/

<![CDATA[Interview with The Bookish Laurel]]>Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:04:49 GMThttp://carolineaconnell.com/blognews/interview-with-the-bookish-laurelPhoto of Interview with The Bookish Laurel
Wow! Just been interviewed by the fabulous blogger Daphney Reyes, aka The Bookish Laurel. Such an honour. The Bookish Laurel blog is choc full of new releases, cover reveals, blog takeovers and author interviews,  all with must-read indie authors, so I am hugely honoured to have this chance. Thank you, Daphney!

Please check out the interview and all of the bookish bloggings by this literary lass, and let me know what you think.

You can click on the photo above to go straight to the blog post. If this doesn't work, try these links below. Thanks, and, as usual, have a lovely day!

Link to the  post on the blog of The Bookish Laurel: 


Social media links for The Bookish Laurel:


http://www.twitter.com/BookishLaurel   @BookishLaurel

<![CDATA[Spam]]>Mon, 19 May 2014 14:46:59 GMThttp://carolineaconnell.com/blognews/spamSpam. A four letter word. What we all dread. Your name on an address list somewhere. Emails that push products and services you don't want. Social media tweets, status updates and notifications from the same person every hour, on the hour. Malware that takes over your address book to inundate your contacts. Blog comments that are really adverts, or worse.

Spam is a very modern social malaise, and we all guard our right to say 'no' to this. Like you, I take it seriously. If you don't want my newsletter, or want to stop receiving my blog, then I full respect that. Equally, I'd like you to show my blog the same respect. I wouldn't place comments on your blog that are an advert for my books, after all.

Thank you for reading this: I really appreciate, and, as always, have a lovely day!

<![CDATA[Freebies & The Book Blog Train]]>Sat, 03 May 2014 06:56:20 GMThttp://carolineaconnell.com/blognews/freebies-the-book-blog-trainPhoto of The Secret Alchemist book cover
Have you cleared your Kindle, turned off the phone, sent the kids to Grandma's and got a flask of something hot next to you?

You have? Excellent! Because you are in for a treat. A raft of participating authors are giving you either a chapter or their entire book free for today (Saturday 3rd of May only).

As part of this fun, you can read the first three chapters of "The Secret Alchemist" for free on Amazon. Just click on the picture, left, or go to http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CBHV13K (Amazon should redirect you to your local amazon site as needed).

Once you've enjoyed reading "The Secret Alchemist," head on over to the next blog on the train ride, that of Nick Daws and his book "Three Great Techniques for Plotting Your Novel or Screenplay," at http://www.mywritingblog.com.  

And remember, if you get lost along the way, just go back to the Book Blog Train Ride website at http://www.bookblogtrain.com and find the next author’s book and website.

Happy Reading!

<![CDATA[Gabriel Garcia Marquez and        Sir John Crossley Wood CBE            ~ a profound legacy]]>Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:21:12 GMThttp://carolineaconnell.com/blognews/gabriel-garcia-marquez-and-sir-john-crossley-wood-cbe-a-profound-legacyPicture of One Hundred Years of Solitude accompanied by other magical realism novels.
Maundy Thursday brought the sad news that two great men had died - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, pioneer of Colombian and magical realism literature, and Sir John Crossley Wood CBE, pioneer of criminal law and arbitration and general powerhouse at my alma mater, The Law School of the University of Sheffield.

It was sad news, yes, but also thought-provoking news, too. Garcia Marquez created a body of work that is almost transcendental in its ability to transport the reader into worlds where the odd is usual, but he did so by retaining intellectual rigour in story development. No loose ends for him and no irrelevancies, either. Only those developments and descriptions needed by his readers to develop their metaphysical perception of his fantastical creations were permitted. Magical realism is Colombia, after all.                

This Aristotelian adherence to logic and the value of human perception also lay at the heart of Wood’s law lectures. Regularly, he would cause the assembled student body to question what they were being told and to challenge the postulated position of another. Pithy, insightful asides would indicate the route to developed, reasoned arguments that nevertheless encompassed a clear understanding of human behaviour.

Through global readership and a global diaspora, both men reached and influenced the minds of a great many people. Whilst the news of their passing is undoubtedly sad, it is also uplifting to acknowledge the profound and positive influence that their thinking had, and will continue to have, across the globe.

<![CDATA[40 Million reasons to enjoy Read an EBook Week, 2-8 March 2014]]>Tue, 04 Mar 2014 14:17:32 GMThttp://carolineaconnell.com/blognews/40-million-reasons-to-enjoy-read-an-ebook-week-2-8-march-2014Photo of eboks onto laptop courtesy of stuart miles at freedigitalphotos.netREAD AN EBOOK WEEK, 2-8 MARCH 2014
Do you love a good book? Do you own an iPad? A Kindle? A Nook? Maybe you have a Samsung Galaxy Note (just like Ellen DeGeneres at the Oscars) or an iPhone 5 or a Blackberry Z10? Laptop. Notebook. Tablet. Phablet.

Whatever you have, did you know that there are nearly 40 million books on Amazon, iBooks, B&N.com? That means that with that funky electronic box in your hand you can access nearly 40 million ebooks. Amazing!

So, go on, Google it. Browse Barnes&Noble and Waterstones online (sooo much more selection). Delve into Amazon,  iBooks and Smashwords.

There's never been a better time to find that perfect book or your new favourite author...

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/freedigitalphotos.net. 

<![CDATA[Barnes & Noble stock the secret alchemist]]>Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:45:35 GMThttp://carolineaconnell.com/blognews/barnes-noble-stock-the-secret-alchemist

Barnes and Noble are now stocking the paperback of my novel, The Secret Alchemist.

To celebrate, it's on offer at $9.26 with free shipping on orders over $25.

A real honour for a first time novelist
- am thrilled.

<![CDATA[Delightful 5* review on Amazon]]>Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:05:02 GMThttp://carolineaconnell.com/blognews/delightful-5-review-on-amazonPicture
Delighted to discover a new, 5* review on Amazon.com for The Secret Alchemist. Thrilled and so grateful.