Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mouth to Mouth

In the spirit of love and passion and all those primitive traits that make humans tempting sexual creatures, comes my three-part series: Irresistible Body Parts.

In this three-week series, I’d like to discuss the parts of our bodies that make us so attractive to the opposite sex. Week One: The Mouth.

The lips have it! Research shows that men are drawn to a woman's mouth more than any other facial feature. In fact, the study showed that men considered women’s lips the most attractive part of her body particularly, if she’s wearing red lipstick (big surprise!).

The study, which was carried out by scientists at Manchester University tracked the eye movements of fifty men as they were presented with images of different women. Scientists found that in the ten seconds after meeting a lady for the first time, the average male would spend more than half his time gazing at her mouth. If the lady applied lipstick, the male subject found it difficult to look away. A dash of pink held a male’s attention for 6.7 seconds while the red kept him fixated for 7.3 seconds.

Dr Geoff Beattie, research lead, said of the findings, ‘For centuries, women have painted their lips red to enhance their appeal, with this practice dating back as far as the Ancient Egyptians…This study proves that lips represent one of the most sensual aspects of a woman’s body and play a critical role in human sexual attraction.”

My TOP 3 female set of lips
Scarlett Johansson
Angelina Jolie
Lea Michele

My TOP 3 male set of lips
Jensen Ackles
Channing Tatum
Liam Hemsworth

Don't forget to stop by next week!

Maria

Friday, January 24, 2014

Blogging with purpose

A blog is a great way to connect with your readers and an excellent way to reach a wider audience. If the content of your blog is interesting and updated frequently readers will subscribe to your blog, or at least you hope they will J

We, as writers, need to realize that getting readers interested in what we have to say is important specially if we are to create a buzz about us as authors and even more so if we want to create a buzz about our books.

So, all this sounds great, doesn’t it? But here’s the catch, no great outcome will come to pass unless you have the motivation and time required to commit to a blog. So, let me be honest here: Blogging is not for everyone. And, that’s okay.

Let’s say, however, that you decided 2014 would be your year to start blogging, there are some important questions you need to ask yourself first. See below:

Who is the blog for?
Don't try to be all things to all people. It's best if you narrow your focus. If you’re like me, a romance writer, then your focus should be to reach readers of the romance genre, or perhaps even other romance writers.

What does my audience care about?
Remember that your blog should be about what your audience finds interesting, not what you think is interesting. So, do a little bit of research see what other writers are blogging about and soon you’ll formulate your own unique ideas for a blog.

Where would I blog?
Many bloggers choose to have their blogs integrated into their personal websites, while others use third party blogging services, such as Wordpress or Blogger. The choice is yours.

Who will write the blog?
You, the author!

Let me extend a challenge: Why not start a blog today and commit to writing one entry a week for a month, just four weeks (I’m starting my four weeks today J)? Now, if you don’t think you can commit to that, then blogging may be for you.

Whether you love it or hate it, there are definite benefits to having a blog, which might explain why so many businesses and organizations have jumped on the bandwagon.

Make 2014 the year to start blogging!

Until next time friends,

Maria

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Being a writer in an eBook era

Ebooks are changing the way we read and write and as sales continue to rise, more authors are buying into the idea of writing specifically for the eBook market. The unique format of an eBook, however, makes writing one a little bit different from penning a printed book. Below are three important pointers that will help authors excel in the world of eBook writing.

Think SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) will help your eBook get discovered, so you should think about using relevant keywords in your eBook’s title, headings, and subheadings. For example, suppose you’ve written a memoir called Out of the Dark, this title won’t really show up on anyone’s online search results because it's too broad, but if you instead called your book Out of the Dark: My Struggle with Multiple Sclerosis this title would yield more 'hits' because it's more specific, anyone searching for “multiple sclerosis” would likely locate your eBook with much more ease.

Add lots of links

The beauty of eBooks is that you can hyperlink virtually any text to material on the Internet. Say you’re listing resources it’d be an excellent idea to hyperlink them to external sites to save your readers the effort of researching, all they have to do is click on the hyperlink and there they're are. This measure is likely to augment traffic to your site. Also, at the end of your eBook, it’s a good idea to provide your e-mail address as well as you Facebook, and Twitter accounts so you can communicate with your readers. Today’s authors need to make themselves reachable via multiple social media outlets.

Include lots of extras

Readers love free content and some authors provide sample chapters of other books or even short reads at the end of each eBook. Offering the reader freebies many times translate to an increase in sales. So, if you have a short story that's been lying around unused, why not add it to the end of your eBook and attract readership?

There you have it folks three simple pointers to consider if you're thinking of writing exclusively in eBook format. Good luck and happy 2014!

Maria