Add tags. This also helps with SEO and it helps me when I use the search function on my own website for specific types of books on my blog because I’ve added tags such as: diverse, historical, mystery. It may help hour readers too.
Schedule the post. Usually the default is to publish “Immediately,” but you can also create a post today and choose next Monday at 8 am for it appear.
Before posting use the preview option to make sure your blog post entry looks how you want it. I find it’s a good last chance to find a typo. Or change an image. Or even to make a sentence tighter.
Tips for Images for Blog Posts
Image Permissions. Make sure you either took the photo/created the image yourself, or are using ones that are permissible to use. (Don’t steal artwork.) For example, Pixabay is a good site for free images.
Size appropriately. Website images don’t need to be huge. Keep under a meg for sure, but I often do much smaller, like under 300k.
You can download smaller images from Pixabay.You can use an editor to change the size of an image. See recommendations above.If after you upload an image it’s too big, resize and reupload.
Book cover images from Amazon or usually small enough.
Name your images something obvious. Never stick with the numbers and letters from your digital camera. Or the length numbers from Amazon when using a book cover image. Save it as “Susan Uhlig headshot” or “lion roaring” or book title. Again, this is useful for search engines.
Add alt text to images. When you upload an image to your blogging platform, most offer the opportunity for alt text. For the two examples above I’d use “photo of Susan Uhlig” or “illustration of a lion roaring” or “cover of Book Title.” Why? To make your blog user friendly to those with sight impairment. They often increase the size of the text or have it read aloud, but an image without alt text can’t be read.
Extras. If you want text on an image, to combine two images, or add a background, the Canva website is very helpful.
If you have tips, I’d love to see them in the comments.
Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm.
You Make Me Sneeze! (Astra Young Readers, 2024) by Sharon G. Flake and illustrated by Anna Raff is absolutely hilarious. And especially relatable to anyone with allergies. It’s also a companion book for You Are NOT a Cat.
Duck and Cat are best friends on a camping trip, but there’s a problem. Duck is allergic to Cat. He makes Duck’s beak itch and twitch, and “Achoo!”
With hilarious attempts to fix the problem, the book ends with a twist.
Read about the author here and check out Sharon’s other books here.
Look at a sampling of Anna’s illustrations here, read about her here, and see all her books here.
I’ve often said that there’s no such thing as writer’s block; the problem is idea block. When I find myself frozen — whether I’m working on a brief passage in a novel or brainstorming about an entire book — it’s usually because I’m trying to shoehorn an idea into the passage or story where it has no place.