Monthly Archives: October 2013

What of The Three Hungry Sisters?

Poor Lisa! She doesn’t mean to be impolite as she moves to the other end of the table, but she’s heard the story so many times, and Tommy’s asked for it AGAIN. Yes, The Three Hungry Sisters rates third in over-and-over-again stories for Tommy and Tina.

The hands-down winner is a true, but embellished, story of the fire at Great-grandma’s nursing home. Nothing beats that. When Tina was little we acted out the story with fireman puzzle pieces. She and Tommy still thrill at the account of the neighbours pouring out of their homes in the middle of a cold night to rescue the residents.

Arson in the Nursing Home

Spot number two goes to Black Sheep, White Sheep, made up to address a problem that appears to be solved now. I love the way that story evolved as Tommy and Tina took ownership of it.

Black Sheep, White Sheep

The third prize goes to The Three Hungry Sisters, a highly moralistic tale–so much so that adults find it tedious. But . . . it’s a winner with Tommy and Tina.

And just yesterday, while Tina’s mom was helping me add some pizazz to the Scissortown dialogue, she remembered the ill-fated sisters. Maria knows the story needs work, but she likes the lesson and believes the story has potential.

This tale isn’t politically correct. It’s trendy now to have the moral understated; children are smart, we’re told, and they will infer it. But the sisters in this story club you over the head with the moral and drag you off to the Cave of Responsible Behaviour.

And that gets me thinking.

Could I market it as a politically incorrect morality tale, or an Aesop-style story?

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A New Path through Searchland–to a More Distant Destination

I’ve been exploring no-cost and low-cost platform building. One of the pleasantest win-win strategies has been to write book reviews, leaving a reviewer profile wherever I go.

Oct. 16–Today I want to focus on my reason for platform building: to sell books when the time comes. (Coralie thinks she’ll be done the artwork for Scissortown in January, giving us a probable release date of next January or February.)

I used Weebly.com to design my little website, orchestrating the elements to produce what I think is a bright, wholesome, happy atmosphere. However, it didn’t show up in the first two pages of Google when I searched for my name.

My average number of website visitors is certainly increasing; apparently that’s still not enough for Google to associate it with my name in any significant search results.

Let’s see what happens when I Google the terms the free Wordtracker.com tool had suggested.

I chose the rather unlikely page header Stories for Children: Moral Values after checking out various phrases with Wordtracker’s free keyword tool. “Moral values” sounds a little odd to me, but it had a higher KEI (Keyword Effectiveness Indicator) than the more traditional “Christian values” or “family values.”

Here goes:

First try, searching for “Stories for Children: Moral Values”–nada for my site. Oh well, I have nothing to sell yet.

Second try, searching for “Books for Children: Moral Values”–again, nada for my site, but there seem to be some really good sites out there. I hope I’m laying the groundwork now to join them on page one or two later on!

One of my Google+ contacts led me to this info from Conductor.com: “Our analysis showed that natural search drives the most traffic of all channels, responsible for nearly half (47%) of all visits.”

So what’s a new children’s book writer to do? I’ve added another page to my site, with links to my book reviews. We’ll see if that makes a difference to my visitor stats and maybe–just maybe–to my search results.
Interesting Books for Children and Adults

By the way, on checking out this page, you’ll notice a review of She Does Not Fear the Snow at LibraryThing, which claims to be home to 1,700,000 book lovers.

Also, my About.com review is live now (I’d submitted it Sept. 23 and it went online early this month).

Let’s see if these big sites have an impact!

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