Cover Wars – All Good Stories

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Want to help an author out???

Linda G. Hill’s book “All Good Stories” is in a Cover War for top spot!

Many of you know Linda as a blogger and have interacted with her through her blog. Her weekly prompts help generate community and inspire blogging.

Want to help her out FOR FREE?

Click the link below and VOTE FOR HER COVER on the blog!

http://authorshout.com/cover-wars/

Dear Bloggers

If you have to steal content to make content… stop blogging. It obviously isn’t for you and stealing is lame as shit.

WHEN YOU STEAL IT MAKES YOU LAME AS SHIT!

We all want to be shared and there are great ways to share posts given to us by WordPress and other media platforms. I appreciate anyone that pushes my writing on in the form of a pingback or reblog, but what is trending these days isn’t sharing. It is stealing and it is piggybacking.

I’ll explain what the difference is so there is no confusion.

I have spent countless hours getting this website ranked on google. Don’t ask me how, I am no SEO expert, but regardless my site is where it is. What people now do is piggyback off the ranking and SEO status of other sites to get their sites noticed. Sometimes this is done innocently and is a totally legit way of networking. Other times people intentionally create fake ebooks full of URLS of high ranking sites so that their own URL goes up in Google search.

Why is that a big deal?

Ask anyone that has attempted to climb the ranks of Google and they’ll tell you. It is an impossible code that many of us spend lots of time trying to break. Countless books are written about google analytics and ranking for a reason… it is a very complex animal. So when we finally accomplish that ranking we become frustrated when we find some toolbag trying to ride our coat tails without permission.

What does this mean?

Simple. For the past 3 years, since I gained my rank, a new ebook with my URLs and some of my writing has been placed into fake ebooks and hosted somewhere on the internet by unknown people. Many of you have experienced this too in some form. The worst part is these aren’t even real books and aren’t hosted by Amazon. These are thieves running proxies so they can attempt to make the few dollars off each URL they grab.

Stealing is wrong. We have all heard this right? I do not use free photos, free images, or any photos I find on the internet because… STEALING IS WRONG AND WEAK!

If you can’t come up with your own content and have to resort to stealing just stop blogging. No one will miss you. No one will care.

-Opinionated Man

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@smokendust

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Selling Books Through Social Media – HarsH ReaLiTy

https://aopinionatedman.com/selling-books-through-social-media-harsh-reality/

-Opinionated Man

Jason C. Cushman

Visit my homepage at www.aopinionatedman.com

@smokendust

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Progress Report #1

Well I spent hours combing through my “poetry” and only found 19 real poems. I guess Maesha was right and I don’t write a lot of real “poetry” on this site. I picked the poems I felt had some meaning and also held some rhyme and rhythm. I did not include any of my prose.

I have begun writing the additional poems to be added to the book. This is incredibly hard for me to do because I don’t set out to write poetry on a daily basis. I allow word strings to come to me and that is why most of the time they break from traditional poetry. In truth most of my “poems” are really just written imagery of my life. I enjoy the freedom I take in the moment when I write my thoughts down.

I am not sure how many poems I will have for this first book. I have a goal set to write 50 over the next couple weeks. I also have begun brainstorming on my title and the book cover. I will have my wife help with the cover art with her graphic design skills. My poetry book will be titled A Book of Triggers and I hope the cover turns out ok. I am playing with the idea of a black gun and the book title forming the trigger somehow. We will see if that is doable!

This is book one of several I hope to publish this year. New year, new goals.

-OM

Sometimes you find yourself hit with harsh reality. You are reminded that good things don’t come to people. You have to go out and make your own good things.

Jason

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Poetry Book Release

I am working on a book of poetry and will let you know how you can buy it if you are interested. Some people have encouraged me to create one and this year I am going to make an effort to publish something other than just my blog posts. Thanks for all the encouragement from many of you and I hope it turns out well.

The book will be sold as an ebook on Amazon upon completion. It will contain both new and old poems of mine.

-OM

@smokendust