What to blog/vlog about at this time of year

One of my former copywriting colleagues was having a good old bitch earlier on Messenger about not having ideas for their next blog. I hit the roof.

illustration to article abut winter festivals

Autumn/fall and winter are a great time for festivals – and allied blogging.

“There’s so much to blog about at this time of the year, you could write one a day from now until New Year’s and not cover the same topic twice,” I rattled off on the keyboard chipping my newly-polished nails.

Use event dates not as blog topics, but as topic triggers

Let’s go back a few weeks (save those for next year) and check what there has been, as well as what’s to come before we pop the corks for New Year’s 2020. Here are just a few topics that can be triggered by associations with some of the world’s special days, and I know these ideas will trigger some more for you. [Continue reading]

A trip down Book Scam-mory Lane

If you think I’ve been making all this up about unscrupulous publishers fiddling the Amazon Sales Ranks to create instant Amazon number 1 bestsellers, have a read of the following.

I tripped over this chirpy email the other day while decluttering my old email archives, received from – I’m ashamed to say – a publisher who did three of my own titles (without scams). Here it is, with only the names and date redacted…book publishing scam

A lovely scam-vitation from several years ago

Hi Suze

As the last email stated, we have a plan for making
(book’s title) a bestseller on www.amazon.co.uk [Continue reading]

A short story for Remembrance Day

story for Rememberance Day

THE ROSE by Suzan St Maur The gravel hitting the window caused me to wake with a start. I curled back the curtain and looked out. Silly lad. I silently raised the sash. “I thought you were going back to the base tonight!” “I was. I did.” … [Continue reading]

‘We pride ourselves…’ popular or pompous?

Now, small businesses, it's time for your seasonal bottom-smacking from Suze for writing pompous 'we-wee' content that fools no-one and just makes you look like old fuddy-duddies. Meet Sir Fuggled Doublebottom, a righteous Pompous Ass from Great … [Continue reading]

Granny, là voilà: a true story for Halloween & All Saints Day

article about death

A true story by Suzan St Maur Her raucous breathing had been rattling the room for nearly 24 hours. I lay back on the garden sun lounger chair beside her bed and dimmed the bedside light. Just as my eyelids started to flutter, the clattering … [Continue reading]

How to write a great nonfiction book title: update

book titles and sales

Writing a book, or looking into to options to do so? Book titles and taglines are even more important now than they ever were before. Why? SEO. Much as we love to communicate directly with our readers we, as authors wanting to promote our … [Continue reading]

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