Dear friends, I really am in need of your help. I’ve been given the opportunity to have my latest book published by Amazon. This means not only a nice cash advance for me but also some other very lucrative benefits long term.

The catch? I need your vote. Basically, they do it based on whatever book(s) gets the most votes in a 30 day period.

I know you are busy and I appreciate you taking less than two minutes of your day to help me. In the end, I appreciate this so much!!!!!!!

What you have to do is ,,,

  • #1 go to https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/ZUZUHN87S5KB
  • #2 click NOMINATE

*** Update – voting is now closed

And that’s it! Anyone who has an amazon account can vote.

Mr. Hollywood by Tracy Tegan

 

Oh and by the way, if I win, Amazon will give you a free copy of my book! How great is that?

I really appreciate your help. In all (from what I hear) I will need about 100 votes so every single one of your votes really will make a huge difference.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
This helps me more than you could ever know.

Waiting For You by Tracy Tegan

Now that Waiting For You is available at Amazon I thought I would try out some good old-fashioned radio advertising to promote it. I’ve never done radio advertising before so I’m not quite sure how it will work out for a book but I guess we’ll see. 🙂

In the mean time, I thought I would share the audio file with you and see what you think of my commercial. Let me know! I love to hear your feedback.

If the player below doesn’t work for you then you can click here to play it.

 

Waiting For You

 

 

Waiting For You by Tracy Tegan

My next full length novel is called Waiting For You. It’s a contemporary romance and is now available at Amazon as an e-book and will be available in paperback around the first week in June 2014 and from all other major retailers in paperback and as an e-book including Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, iTunes, etc. sometime in July.

Waiting For You by Tracy Tegan

Three years after the worst moment of her life — walking in on her husband in the midst of cheating—Kimberly Morgan has put her life back together. Sure, she hasn’t started dating again, but she has a great job as a social media expert … until she doesn’t. When her company abruptly goes belly-up, she watches her savings trickle away as she searches for new work.

While interviewing for a new company, she is recruited for another job: wife to an Australian businessman who needs to smooth over his immigration problems so he can focus on the task of making money, and an American wife who doesn’t require wooing is just what he needs. He’s drop-dead gorgeous and rich: What’s not to like? But when the heart yearns for happily-ever-after, will a make-believe marriage be enough?

 

If you read Stephen King’s book Under The Dome then one of the things you might have noticed were the unique names of each of his characters. There was Dale “Barbie” Barbara, Julia Shumway, James Rennie, Joseph McClatchey. Brenda Perkins, Frank DeLesseps, Carter Thibodeau, Phil Bushey, Dodee Sanders, Rose Twitchell, Alva Drake, Norrie Calvert, and Georgia Roxu just to name a few. Without knowing a single thing about any of these people, you know just by seeing their names that they sound like real people, not made up fictional characters in some book.

All to often when we are making up names for the characters in our books, we tend to name them things like Amy Adams, Tom Travis, Lisa Love.

People tell us that when we pick a name for our character it should tell them something about who they are, where they come from or where they are going. But that’s much easier said than done. I also think that’s totally stupid advice.

Let me ask you a question … what do you know about Phil Bushey from the Under The Dome story? His name doesn’t tell you anything about who it is, where he is from or that he’s some crazy meth chemist. It’s just a name, but a unique, real sounding one.

Giving your character a bad name can actually detract from your overall story.

So how do you pick a good name?

I use resources like baby naming websites, or websites like Name My Sim, but another great resource is your own family tree. Several years ago I began researching my family tree at ancestry.com. A family tree has a bunch of branches, that include a huge database of names, not just your mother and fathers.  You have your mother’s maiden name, your grandmother’s maiden name and then from there it just keeps branching out.

I have over 3,800 in my family tree and every one of those names is a potential new character in one of my books. I even added in my step-father’s name into my tree and started working on the branches of his tree, giving me even more fabulous names to pick from. “Errett Fox” … I mean come on, how great of a name is that?

So how do you create a family tree? Well before you visit a site like Ancestry.com you have some work to do. You always start a family tree with yourself. You can track this information using a spreadsheet.

Write down your first, middle and last name, your date of birth and where you were born at. Now do the same for any brothers or sisters you may have, as well as your parents. Keep in mind when it comes to your mother, you want her maiden name. Now Find out when your parents got married and where. If your parents got divorced find out when and where as well. ie: June 15, 1993, in Wise, Texas. Now it’s time to get the same information about your grandparents, both sets. If they died, find out when and where they passed.

Now that you have all of this information you can register for a trial account at ancestry.com and start entering this information. Once you have all of that put in, you’ll notice little hints will start to appear and you can use that information to find out more on your family.

 

It's You by Tracy Tegan

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’ll be releasing a romantic novella called It’s You. It’s You will be available exclusively through Amazon as an e-book.

Evan Scott has been successful in all aspects of his life, except for one, love. But that’s only because every other woman has paled in comparison to Zoey Parker, his sister’s best friend and the one girl he promised he would never pursue. But when love is meant to be, nothing can stand in the way.

Click the thumbnail image below to reveal the full sized cover

It's You by Tracy Tegan

My Top 5 SEO Tips for Authors

Now that you have a fabulous new website, it’s time to talk about getting people to visit it.

One of the ways people find your website is through search engines and you can improve the chance people find you through the various search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo through what it is called search engine optimization or SEO. In short, there are some things that people can do to optimize your site and improve your chances search engines will send your website visitors.

What makes search engine traffic so great is #1) it’s free. Who doesn’t love promoting their books to people for free? Why pay for ad space when you can just get it for free, right? #2) Search engine traffic is usually highly targeted and that means that it often times has a far better rate of success. What this means is, the person who comes to you from a search engine, usually is looking for what you are talking about – your books or you n general and targeted traffic statistically is more likely to buy your books than if you were to have gotten that person via a paid ad. This is why people love search engine traffic. If I happen upon a site about shoes that’s fine, I might look at them or if I click a Facebook ad for some pretty red shoes, I might or might not buy them. But if I go to Google and search for red shoes and visit a site I am by far more likely to buy them. So in the end, this is why it’s worth doing little fixes to your site, to make it more attractive to search engines. Long story short, this is all about getting you new fans to help you sell more of your books!

#1 Unique Titles

Every single page on your website should have a unique and descriptive title. If you have 14 pages on your website, then every one of those 14 pages needs their own unique title. No two pages on your site should have the same title, ever.

If you are using what they call an SEO plugin on a blog like WordPress that lets you define the titles of each post page, be descriptive and lengthy. For this post, my title should be something like Tracy Tegan – My Top 5 SEO Tips for Authors – Book Marketing — it’s my name, title of my post and the category of the post. The idea here is to make sure the title is unique, description and the appropriate length. A little bit longer is always better than just the title of your post.

#2 Tell Don’t Show

In writing, we are told – SHOW DON’T TELL, but when it comes to your website you need to do just the opposite and tell, don’t show. What I mean by this is that search engines aren’t able to look at any pretty picture you may post and know what it means because well … they are computers. They can, however, read any text you put. So if you have to choose between pretty pictures or lots of words on your page, always choose lots of words.

Computers may be getting smarter every single day but still the one thing they can’t do is guess what in the world some picture you’ve posted may say. Look at this picture below – sweet, huh?

love

The problem is, while your fans may love it, what about search engines? They have no clue what that picture says. Sometimes however you need (or want) to use a graphic like this. So what can you do? Use both! Show the picture and type up what it says below it. Now you’ve got the best of both worlds.

love

Go for someone who is not only proud to have you,
but will also take every risk just to keep you.

#3 Be wordy! No seriously, go crazy.

Don’t be afraid to be extra wordy when it comes to your post. Search engines love text and the more you can give them, the happier it makes them. While sometimes you just don’t have a lot to say about a subject and that’s understandable, but when you can, make your post as long as possible. Search engines give bonuses to websites whose posts are unique … that means you are writing your own words and not just copying something someone else has already said, and are long and insightful. So if you are writing about your new book and how you came up with the idea for it, don’t be afraid to go crazy and make the post 500, 600 or even 1,500 words. Doing so really may bring you in more new visitors to your site than you realize, especially over the long run.

#4 – Think before you speak

Let’s say I want to buy some new red high-heeled shoes. I go to Google and search what? I probably start my search off by typing in red high-heeled shoes. I don’t just type shoes or red shoes, I type in the full “long tail” search of red high-heeled shoes. Okay sure, some people will just type in red shoes, but the point I’m trying to make is, before you start typing up whatever it is you want to say to your fans or readers, I want you to think for just a moment about what it a person would Google to find that very article you are writing about.

Let’s say you have decided to do a free book giveaway and will be autographing a special copy of your next book. What would a person type into a search engine to find your post about that? Keep in mind they don’t even know you yet, they just happen to be googling something you happened to write about. I would say they probably would search free book giveaway or what about free mystery novel or top free mystery novels? Think about who you are trying to attract and what it is they may think of in their mind when looking for something on the internet. Now when you are typing up your post about how you are going to autograph a copy of your next spy mystery novel, be sure and use those specific words in your post.

Those words are called keywords. Here are some samples of keywords …

  • Shoes
  • Red Shoes
  • High Heel Red Shoes
  • High Heel Red Shoes with Open Toes
  • Free High Heel Red Shoes with Open Toes

The more specific you can get, the more you can tailor your post to a specific thing, the better. So in the case of the above example above, if I was giving away a pair of free shoes I would in the body of my post use the keyword phrase “Free High Heel Red Shoes with Open Toes”. I would also put that in my TAGS, and quite possibly even name my post “Free High Heel Red Shoes with Open Toes”.

So to be clear if I wanted to attract people to my site, I would write a post about how I was giving away a free pair of high heel red shoes with open toes. I would very clearly say those exact words in the body of my post. I would make sure my post was at least 300 words, make my title “Free High Heel Red Shoes with Open Toes”, and put in the tag “Free High Heel Red Shoes with Open Toes”. Now that’s about as targeted as it gets. Chances are, if I did all the other things I talked about in this post, I am going to attract the right people to my site – not right away, not this minute, but in time I’ll attract a steady stream of people looking for what I was offering and it cost me nothing but the time it took me to make that post. Who doesn’t love a free way to promote their book to people actually interested in getting their hands on it? 🙂

#5 Get links

And last but most assuredly not least, we have come to what is probably the most important part of your website marketing process and that is getting other websites to link to you. Search engines think that the more people who link to your website, the more important it is so the more people they will send you. So what you need to do is get every book review blog you can to review your book and in that review, link to your official website. I can’t emphasize enough how important this step is. It doesn’t matter what their review of your book is. Google doesn’t care about good or bad reviews of your book. What they do care about is that link that says the author’s official website is (YourSite.com). The more people who provide a link to your website, the more traffic you are going to get from search engines, it’s just that simple.

If you have 93 people who reviewed your books from 93 different book review blogs, make sure every single one of them – and yes I mean actually call or email them if you have to, make sure every single one of them provided a link to your website.

Search engines use a highly sophisticated ranking system and the more people that link to you, the more points (for lack of a better word) your website gets and the more points you have the higher rank your website is to them and the more traffic they will send you. So even if a book review blog called your book the biggest piece of poo they’ve ever had the displeasure of reading, you don’t care – okay, maybe you care, but what you really really want from them is that precious link back to your official website.