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Engage Readers with a Lively Long Bio

 “Engage Readers with a Lively Long Bio ” by Joan Y. Edwards
 Engage Readers
I wrote Power Pack Your Short Bio for Agent Queries. I’m sure you may ask, “What about the bio for the back of my book? What about the bio for my website? ” Today I explain ways to engage readers with a lively long bio section on the back of your book known as: About the AuthorWith some books this information is inside the cover, or in a page near the end of the book. It may also be the About the Author page on your website.
Write a draft biography. Brainstorm and list every single detail you can think of that makes you proud to be you. What helped you write your book?

Part A Professional photo of you.

Part B About the Author for Nonfiction

If you wrote a nonfiction book, put appropriate information that helps readers realize that you are definitely qualified to write this book. 
Show credibility:
  • Past Professional, Business, or Work experience 
  • Current Profession or Business (Membership in Professional organizations, like SCBWI, RWA) 
  • Education – List this only if it proves you are qualified to write this book

Part C About the Author for Fiction/Nonfiction

  • Special Recognition, Accomplishments, and Awards (Brag humbly)
  • Publications: Titles of Books, Title of Series, Names of Magazines that published your work 
  • Personal details 
    • Live with husband, wife, children, pets
    • Where you live
    • Hobbies and special interests
    • What you love to do when you’re not working
    • Your favorite charity and why
    • Personal Experiences that make you the best one to write this book (research)
    • Contact information: website, email address, phone number 

Tucker Max gives splendid examples of author bios for the back of the book. I highly recommend that you read it.

Dave Chesson states: “The general consensus on word count is aim for 75 words, but definitely don’t go above 150.” 

If you have a whole page in a book for your bio or you want to give more information about you on your website or blog, here is an idea for formatting your draft.

Make your long bio two or three paragraphs. Begin with most powerful bit of information about you. Something spectacular to capture the interest of the reader. A hook.

  • Make the first paragraph 3-5 lines. Start with an eye-opening statement…the most powerful bit of information about you and your book(s). Write something spectacular to capture the interest of the reader. A hook.
  • Five to seven lines is a good length for the main paragraph in a bio. You don’t want all paragraphs this long. Vary the length if you’re using more than 3 paragraphs.
  • One to three lines for last paragraph


Below are bios from Amazon, bios from author’s websites, and bios from BookBrowse.com for you to study.

Four bios of authors on Amazon:

Hoda Kotb author of I’ve Loved You Forever. Amazon author information.

Hoda Kotb is the Daytime Emmy Award, Edward R. Murrow Award, and duPont-Columbia Award-winning Today show co-anchor and Dateline NBCcorrespondent. Hoda is the author of two adult New York Times bestselling books, including Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee. Of all her accomplishments, her proudest moment is the adoption of a baby girl, Haley Joy, in February 2017. She lives in New York City with her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman.

James Patterson author of All American Murder, Amazon author information.

James Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. His books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide. He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and has over four hundred Teacher Education Scholarships at twenty-four college and universities. He has also donated millions of dollars to independent bookstores and school libraries.

Sophie Kinsella, Author of Surprise Me. Amazon author information.

Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, Wedding Night, and My Not So Perfect Life. She lives between London and the country.

Danielle Steel, Author of Fall from Grace. Amazon author bio.

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels in print. Her many international bestsellers include The Mistress, The Award, Rushing Waters, Magic, Blue, Undercover, Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s books, Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.

Book Browse.com Bio Examples

Book Browse.com has many examples of Author Biographies. Most of them are short bios, but a few are long.

Bios from Author’s Websites

Most of the following examples of author biographies are too long for the back of the book or for the inside flap of the cover of a book. By studying them you will gain ideas for your author bio. Print them out. If it is too crowded with information, cross out the non-essential parts. Err on the side of brevity and keep the interest of the reader.

Examples of Author Biographies from their websites.

See what you think. Search for your favorite author’s bio. It’ll give you hints as what to include.

  1. A. J. Finn. Curtis Brown Co. UK. “Biography:” https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/client/a-j-finn
  2. Danielle Steel. “About Danielle.” http://daniellesteel.com/about-danielle/
  3. Dean Koontz. “About Dean.” http://www.deankoontz.com/about-dean/
  4. Eric Carle. “Biographical Notes for Eric Carle:” http://www.eric-carle.com/bio.html
  5. James Patterson. Website bio. “About James:” http://www.jamespatterson.com/biography#.WqSGFVS5uAo 
  6. Janet Evanovich. Book Browse. “Janet Evanovich Author Biography:” https://www.bookbrowse.com/biographies/index.cfm/author_number/232/janet-evanovich
  7. Laura Numeroff. “About Laura:” https://lauranumeroff.com/about/
  8. Shel Silverstein. “Shel Silverstein:”  https://www.biography.com/people/shel-silverstein-9483912
  9. Sophie Kinsella. Book Browse. “Sophie Kinsella Author Biography:” https://www.bookbrowse.com/biographies/index.cfm/author_number/2553/sophie-kinsella
  10. Tomi Adeyemi. “About Tomi Adeyemi:” http://www.tomiadeyemi.com/new-page-2/

I hope this information inspires you and encourages you to enjoy sharing what makes you tick with your audience…your readers. Enjoy being an author. There is no one like you.

Resources about writing your author bio:

  1. Casey McCormick. Literary Rambles. “How To Tips: Author Bio:” http://www.literaryrambles.com/2009/07/author-bios.html.
  2. Creative Indie. “Why you need an author bio both inside your book AND on the outside …:” http://www.creativindie.com/why-you-need-an-author-bio-both-inside-your-book-and-on-the-outside-book-cover/
  3. Dave Chesson.  “How to Write Short and Catchy Author Bios:” https://kindlepreneur.com/write-author-bio/
  4. Jane Friedman. “Writing Your Book’s Back-Cover Copy:” https://www.janefriedman.com/writing-back-cover-copy/
  5. Jessica Bell. “Writing Front and Back Matter for Your Self-Published Book:” https://selfpublishingadvice.org/writing-front-and-back-matter-for-your-self-published-book
  6. Jessi Rita Hoffman. “How to Write an Author Bio Page:” http://bookeditor-jessihoffman.com/write-author-bio-page/
  7. Joan Y. Edwards. “Power Pack Your Short Bio for Agent Queries:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2018/02/26/power-pack-your-short-bio-for-agent-queries/
  8. Joel Pierson and Megan Schindele. Author House. “Do’s and Don’ts of Back-Cover Text:” https://www.authorhouse.com/AuthorResources/Marketing/The-Dos-and-Please-Please-Donts-of-Back-Cover-Text.aspx
  9. Neil Patel. Hubspot.com. “How to Write a Bio:” https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-write-a-bio
  10. Tucker Max. “Write Author Bio:” https://bookinabox.com/blog/write-author-bio/

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March into Publication

“March into Publication” by Joan Y. Edwards

Hurray for you! You have a finished manuscript!

Now, you can get ready to submit your manuscript to a publisher or an agent. Here are seven steps I recommend you go through before you submit your manuscript.

Seven Steps Before You Submit Your Manuscript

  1. Write a pitch/logline/summary for your manuscript. 
  2. Get your manuscript critiqued by a critique partner or a critique group, chapter by chapter. If you have the funds, pay a professional editor. Ask for titles of books he has edited in your manuscript’s genre. Make sure you like what he’s done with other books in your genre. Remember that someone who does an outstanding job of editing picture books might not do as well with romance novels.
  3. When you feel that your manuscript is the best you can do at this particular time with the knowledge and skills you have, submit it to a publisher or agent who accepts unsolicited manuscripts.
  4. Find a publisher or agent who accepts unsolicited manuscripts. Read their guidelines.
  5. Write a query or cover letter. If your manuscript is non-fiction, write a proposal, too. 
  6. Follow the submission guidelines for the chosen publisher or agent.

a. Write a query letter (no manuscript included) 
b. Write a cover letter to accompany your manuscript
c. Write a proposal if it’s a nonfiction book.

     7. Submit according to the guidelines of the chosen publisher or agent

a. Snail Mail – U.S. Postal Service
b. Email
c. Submission form on website

Good luck! Please leave a comment. I love hearing from you!


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Power Pack Your Short Bio for Agent Queries

Power Pack Your Short Bio

“Power Pack Your Short Bio for Agent Queries” by Joan Y. Edwards

Sandra Warren, one of my loyal followers asked me to write a blog about what to put in the bio section of a query letter to a literary agent. It could also be used for the bio inside a cover letter to an editor. 

Heather Hummel at Huffington Post advises you to read your bio aloud after you write them. Wonderful advice.

Chuck Sambuchino says a bio is more important for a non-fiction work.

Editors and Agents want to know your personal credentials. Why are you qualified to write this book? Give facts to support the sentence: I am the best person to write this book.

Make your 3 sentence bio sound professional. Write it in the first person. Use only three or four sentences. Cover the three power areas listed below: 


1.Personal Interest and Experience

I am the best person to write this book.

Tell why you wrote this book. Tell about your personal interests and experience in this particular field related to the subject of the manuscript or article you are submitting.

Your book is about biking: Tell about your interest in biking and places you biked. Don’t tell about where you’ve traveled by boat or by airplane. It’s not related to biking.

If your book is about a certain community, tell how you know about this community. If you lived there, mention that.


I qualify to write this book because I have expert skills and knowledge in this subject that I attained through extensive research, experience, education, or occupation. 

In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a particular field…to become an expert. If you study for 8 hours each day, your 10,000 hours would be up in 1,250 days or about 3.5 years. So I believe if you study a subject for 3.5 years, you probably know a great deal about it.

Explain your skills and knowledge of the subject of your  manuscript. Tell your main job, training, education, degree, published article, short story, or novel related to the subject.

If it’s about business marketing, mentioning a Master’s Degree in Business is a great idea.

If your book is about teaching and you’ve never taught or taken classes, why would people want to read what you’ve written?

3. Formal Awards and Other Achievements

 The best reason I qualify to write this book.

Showcase your formal achievements related to the subject of your manuscript. If  you have many achievements, highlight your best accomplishment.

Ginny Wiehardt gives samples from published and unpublished writers.  Nancy, a university instructor helped students improve  their 3 sentence bios in her class. I found these helpful. 

I found 18 resources to help you study the short bio to include to power pack your bio in your query to a prospective agent.

If you put the subject of your book and your draft 3 sentence bio, I’ll be glad to give you ideas to improve your bio in my reply. Other readers may give you their opinions, too, if you like.


  1. Ann R. Allen. “How to Write and Author Bio When You Don’t Feel Like an Author Yet:” http://annerallen.com/2012/09/how-to-write-author-bio-when-you-don/
  2. Ben Carter. “Can 10,000 Hours of Practice Make You an Expert?” http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26384712
  3. Ben Sobieck.  “What Should a Short Bio Contain?” http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/questions-and-quandaries/dealing-with-editors/what-should-a-short-bio-include
  4. Chuck Sambuchino. Writers Digest. “What Should You Write in the Bio Paragraph in a Query Letter?” http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/what-should-you-write-in-the-bio-paragraph-of-a-query-letter
  5. Chuck Sambuchino. “What to Write in the “Bio” Section Of Your Query Letter”
  6. Fiction Desk. “Ten Tips for Writing an Author Bio:” http://www.thefictiondesk.com/blog/tips-for-writing-an-author-bio/
  7. Ginny Wiehardt. “Samples of Short Bios for a Cover Letter (Literary Journal) – The Balance:” https://www.thebalance.com/sample-short-bios-for-literary-journals-1277413 
  8. Heather Hummel. “10 Tips on How to Write a Bio:” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-hummel/10-tips-on-how-to-write-a-bio_b_4908716.html
  9. Joan Y. Edwards.”Components of a Good Query Letter:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/components-of-a-good-query-letter/
  10. Joan Y. Edwards. “Why Not? Write a Query Letter or Cover Letter. Go Ahead.” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/why-not-day-9-write-a-query-letter-or-cover-letter-go-ahead/
  11. Joan Y. Edwards. “Will Your Query Letter Sell Your Manuscript?” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/will-your-query-letter-sell-your-manuscript/
  12. Loolwa Khazzoom. “4 Steps to Writing a Professional Bio That Gets You Noticed:” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/loolwa-khazzoom/4-steps-to-writing-a-professional-bio_b_4131309.html
  13. Peter Economy. “3 Simple Steps to Becoming an Expert in Anything:” https://www.inc.com/peter-economy/3-simple-steps-to-becoming-an-expert-in-anything.html
  14. “Post Your 3 Sentence Bio Here:” https://itp.nyu.edu/classes/pw-sp2015/post-your-3-sentence-bio-here/
  15. QQAdmin1. Writers Digest. “What Should You Include in Your Bio for Agents?” http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/questions-and-quandaries/dealing-with-editors/what-should-you-include-in-your-bio-for-agents 
  16. Scott Berkum. “How to Write a Good Bio:” http://scottberkun.com/2013/how-to-write-a-good-bio/
  17. Writers Relief Staff. “The Dos And Don’ts of Writing Your Author Bio: Query Letter And Cover Letter Tips:” http://writersrelief.com/blog/2010/07/your-professional-bio-query-letter-and-cover-letter-tips-for-writers/
  18. Writers Relief Staff. “5 Tips on Writing an Amazing Author Bio If You’re Not Well-Published:” http://writersrelief.com/blog/2016/09/5-tips-writing-amazing-author-bio/


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#Hashtags Bring Traffic

hashtags bring traffic

#Hashtags Bring Traffic Copyright Joan Y. Edwards 2018

“#Hashtags Bring Traffic” by Joan Y. Edwards

When you write a blog post, it has an area where you put keywords, buzzwords, topics in your post.

In my blog posts, I may put as few as three keywords.  They say you shouldn’t use more than 15 keywords. Your keywords probably fit into categories. However, you would usually designate one or two keywords to use with hashtags. For this post, I made only one hashtag. Here are the keywords: #hashtags, keywords, marketing, where to put hashtags, and more traffic. You can find them listed at the end of this blog post.

Twitter uses the number symbol beside a word to denote it as the keyword in a Twitter feed (post). Other social media show these hashtags, too.

In your future blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter posts you might want to add the hashtag symbol to one or two of the most important keywords. It may lead more traffic your way.

Andrew Hutchinson explains that TrackMaven did a study of 65,000 posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and found that Tweets using more than two hashtags see a significant drop in engagement whereas Instagram seems to handle  more words with hashtags.

Maddy Osman says that whenever a user adds a hashtag to a post, it’s indexed by the social network and becomes searchable by other users. Once someone clicks on that hashtag, it takes them to a page listing all posts with that same hashtag. If a keyword picks up enough followers, it may become “trending.”

The following three websites will help you find relevant hashtags for the main topics or categories in your posts. You can check different hashtags to see if others are already following it:

  1. Hashtag Creator
  2. RiteTag.com 
  3. Hashtagify.com 

Where to Put Your Hashtags in Social Media

Where do you add Hashtags in Instagram?

  1. On Instagram, upload picture or video.
  2. Choose to add a filter, then type # followed by text or emoji in the Caption field (example: #flower)
  3. If you want to add a hashtag to a post you’ve already uploaded, edit the caption or include your hashtag in a comment on your photo.
Where do you add Hashtags on Facebook?
  1. On Facebook, add a hashtag to the end of your post. To make a hashtag, write (the number sign – sometimes called the pound sign) along with a topic or phrase and add it to the end of your post. It makes it a clickable link to other posts from you and your friends on Facebook. For example: I just saw the cutest puppy! #dogs
  2. You can check the search bar on Facebook to see if a particular hashtag word has other posts on this subject. For example: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/amreading

Where do you add Hashtags on Twitter?

  1. On Twitter, put the hashtags at the end of your Tweet.
  2. On Twitter, hashtags do not count toward your 140 character limit.

My suggestion:

  1. Use only one hashtag in a title on a blog.
  2. Use only 1 or 2 Hashtags for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and other social media.
  3. If you use more than one word in your hashtag, capitalize each word. #chocolate #ChocolateCake
  4. Highlight only the main topic with your hashtags so you don’t disappoint readers with very little content on a subject you hashtagged.

Resources for You:

  1. Allison M. Wood. Art of Crafts. “How to Use Hashtags to Drive More Traffic to Your Website:” https://youtu.be/_5Zmk-xixak
  2. Amy Masson. “Use Hashtags When Sharing Your Blog Posts to Gain More Traffic:” https://www.sumydesigns.com/use-hashtags-when-sharing-your-blog-posts-to-gain-more-traffic/
  3. Andrew Hutchinson. “Social Networks New Report Looks Opitmal Hashtag Use Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-networks/new-report-looks-optimal-hashtag-use-twitter-instagram-and-facebook
  4. Boot Camp Digital. “What Is a Hashtag:” https://youtu.be/-4A_wdR0Ukc/
  5. Evan LePage.”The Do’s and Don’ts of How to Use Hashtags:” https://blog.hootsuite.com/how-to-use-hashtags/.
  6. Facebook Help. “How Do I Add Hashtags to Facebook?https://www.facebook.com/help/587836257914341?helpref=faq_content
  7. Hashtag Creator – Put in a sentence or a phrase and it puts hashtags on each word. Then you can copy and paste it into message, letter, or blog post: https://www.all-hashtag.com/hashtag-creator.php
  8. Hashtagify.
  9. Instagram help. “Where Do You Add Hashtags to Instagram:” https://help.instagram.com/351460621611097
  10. Kevin Lee. “A Scientific Guide to Hashtags Which Ones Work When and How Many:” https://blog.bufferapp.com/a-scientific-guide-to-hashtags-which-ones-work-when-and-how-many/
  11. Krista Stevens. “Better Tagging:” https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/better-tagging/
  12. Maddy Osman.How to Use Hashtags on Every Social Media Network:” https://sproutsocial.com/insights/how-to-use-hashtags/
  13. Onsharp.com. “The Benefits to Adding Hashtags to Your Twitter Bio:” https://www.onsharp.com/the-benefits-to-adding-hashtags-to-your-twitter-bio/
  14. Penny Sanseveri. “Drive More Traffic Using Hashtags:” https://youtu.be/VyT9D7NwQnA 
  15. Ritetag.com. https://ritetag.com
  16. Scott Ayres. “How to Use Hashtags on Facebook:” https://www.postplanner.com/how-to-use-hashtags-on-facebook/
  17. Social Media Worldwide. “Hashtags Explained: What They Are And How To Use Them For Marketing:” https://youtu.be/VA4PIUEdkBs
  18. Taylor Loren. “Ultimate Guide to Using Instagram Hashtags:” https://later.com/blog/ultimate-guide-to-using-instagram-hashtags/
  19. Vanessa Doctor. “What Never to Do with Hashtags:” https://www.hashtags.org/platforms/twitter/what-never-to-do-with-hashtags/
  20. Wikihow. How to Use Hashtags with Twitter:” https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Hashtags-With-Twitter

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Joan’s Elder Care Guide Makes a Great Gift for Caregivers

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“Joan’s Elder Care Guide Makes a Great Gift for Caregivers” by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy of Joan’s Elder Care Guide for yourself or for a caregiver you know. I appreciate it very much. I really want to help caregivers. Many of them don’t know about my book. I’d appreciate it very much if you would tell the caregivers you know about it.

Joan’s Elder Care Guide provides caregivers essential information they need to meet their needs and the needs of those in their care.

Caregivers spend so much time caring for and about their elders, they forget to do things for themselves. Therefore, this book makes a nice gift to remind them to take time for themselves and to help them find the help they need.  

One friend bought the book for herself and put notes in the margins telling things she wanted her caregivers to do if she ever needs that extra boost of care.

Here are 3 excerpts from reviews:

“A compact resource that addresses the typical concerns of those who care for the elderly.”— Kirkus Reviews

All your questions that you didn’t even know you should ask are answered in this book on Elder Care-it’s great!—Barbara Lunow

There is advice for how to handle emotions that are sure to arise and for making sure to provide social outlets for your elder, and so much more. From first deciding the best location for your loved one to the end of life discussions, this book has it all. The book even provides checklists to use and a whole host of resources!—Shawn Simon

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BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder


man who is cofounder of BLASTY software

Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder of BLASTY.

“BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder” by Joan Y. Edwards

I am pumped up with excitement that Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder of Blasty is our guest today. 

1.How did you and the other people who combine forces to start BLASTY?  

OZ: My former company was an advertising agency where I was working with many creators. I understood how important copyright was for them and that the Internet was destroying value of this copyright. In 2014, I became an advisor for a music distribution company which was facing similar copyright issues. That’s when I decided to create Blasty.

Olivier (CEO), Cosima (Analyst), Matthieu (CDO) and Wilfried (CTO)

2. Is there a personal reason why getting rid of the illegal downloading of copyrighted books, CDs, and art images is important to you?

OZ: My very personal point of view is that the situation is totally unfair and unacceptable.

3. What do you want Blasty users and fans to know about your company? 

OZ: I would like our users and fans to understand that we really put all our energy into this battle. We encountered many technical hurdles but we overcame every one of them. We intend to remain in this focused mindset. 

Olivier (CEO), Wilfried (CTO), Cosima (analyst), Anna (analyst) Team 2 of Blasty

Olivier (CEO), Wilfried (CTO), Cosima (Analyst), Anna (Analyst)

4. Do you have suggestions besides using BLASTY that authors, artists, illustrators, musicians, and publishers might do prevent illegal downloading? (copyright page notices, other notices)

OZ: Blasty is really the most useful and consistent way to protect a copyright online.

logo for Blasty

Logo for Blasty – Stop Illegal Downloading

5. What is the goal of BLASTY?

OZ: Our goal is to unite as many creators around our cause and mission. The more authors are convinced that it is worth protecting their copyright, the more their voice will be heard by those people and institutions with political power to curb digital law in their favor.

6. Who can benefit from joining BLASTY? (Authors, artists, illustrators, musicians, publishers)

OZ: Any author, creator, producer, publisher or distributor of books, audiobooks, courses, videos, downloadable graphic resources (such as themes & templates), music or software can benefit from using BLASTY.

7. Please explain how BLASTY works.

OZ: Blasty monitors Google for illegal copies of your content and lets you very easily submit DMCA take down notices to Google, Bing, Yahoo and the hosting websites for infringements.

Blasty now works on both Windows and Mac. As of today, Blasty requires Google Chrome to operate BUT this is going to be fixed by end of November. Starting December 1st, Blasty will also perfectly work with Safari and Firefox.

The most automated plan is Blasty Full Power. 

8. Please explain your membership deals at the present time.

OZ: Blasty offers 3 plans with both a monthly and yearly subscription.

Blasty Free which monitors Google for your content without the possibility to submit Blasts.

Blasty Basic ($9.99 per month or $77.88 per year) offers unlimited manual Blasts.

Blasty Full Power ($19.99 per month or $155.88 per year) offers unlimited automatic Blasts.

Go to Blasty: http://www.blasty.co/ 

9. Will you read and respond to readers who leave a comment?   

OZ: of course!

10. Thank you again, Olivier, for agreeing to be a guest on my blog. I am honored.

OZ: my pleasure! 

Results of Giveaway: Thank you to all who left questions and comments before midnight November 17, 2017 for this interview with Olivier Zetlers about Blasty.co/.

  1. Peggles381(Margaret Gumble),
  2. Dr. Bob Rich
  3. Sandra Warren
  4. Gretchen Griffith
  5. Violette Early
  6. Karen Cioffi-Ventrice 

Random.org chose number 3 so, congratulations to Sandra Warren. She won a 50% off coupon for BLASTY.co/ from Olivier and Blasty. You are a lucky lady.

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Never Give Up

Please check out my books:
Flip Flap Floodle, Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox?
Joan’s Elder Care Guide  Don’t be left out. Meet your needs and those of the person in our care. Read this book to find out how.
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Stop People from Stealing Your Ebooks

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“Stop People from Stealing Your Ebooks” by Joan Y. Edwards

Oh my goodness! It is frustrating to discover someone has stolen your ebook and is offering it for a price or even for free. This is copyright infringement. I searched the internet for ways to combat this. I was delighted to discover Yowanda Black’s blog post:  “Ebook Theft: 12 Things You Can Do to Stop Someone from Copying and Selling Your Book.”

Before You Publish or Reprint Your book

Yowanda Black. “Ebook theft: 12 Things You Can Do to Stop Someone from Copying and Selling Your Book:” https://inkwelleditorial.com/prevent-ebook-theft

  1. Yowanda says to put information at the back of your book with links to your other books.
  2. Put a notice similar to the following paragraph in your new books. “No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without written permission from the author, except for the use of brief quotations in a book review.”
  3. Put something similar to this at the front of your book: “If you downloaded this as a free PDF file, it may be a stolen copy. Please use legal ways to get ebooks. Downloading these pdfs for free is copyright infringement. Help stop ebook piracy.”

After Your Book Is Published

ATTENTION: USE New BLASTY to help stop piracy of your books. It takes offenders off of Google, Safari, and Firefox search engines.

After I posted this on October 24, 2017, Peggles381 wrote in the comment area and shared about a new service called BLASTY http://www.blasty.co/. It is out of its beta stage now. 

I signed up. BLASTY service searches GOOGLE for illegal downloads of your copyrighted works. It also uses Chrome browser (designed by Google).  It found 34 pirate download pages for one of my books. Somehow, when you choose BLAST inside the Blasty website, it deletes that page from Google search engine. 

On November 10, 2017 I did an online interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder of Blasty: BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder

Do It Yourself – Take Down One Illegal Download Site at a Time

However, there’s another way to do it to report one torrent/illegal download site at a time: Here’s a link to complete a DMCA form (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) to get Google to take down a website that is infringing on your copyright: 

I personally stopped 3 thieves from doing the free downloads of Joan’s Elder Care Guide by confronting the sites offering the free downloads of the pdfs.  The website hosts closed them down, however, there are 8-11 more on other websites. The number seems to keep on growing. If I spend all my time chasing them down, I’ll have less time to write and to illustrate. So, I’ve read these articles to make my plan of ACTION.

The easiest way I’ve found to stop piracy in its tracks is to use Blasty.co. Sign up for Blasty to stop piracy in its tracks. http://www.blasty.co

I don’t have all the answers. I do know that these resources and Peggles345 helped me. I believe they can help you, too. 


  1. Blasty.  Takes Pirating Websites off of Google Search Engine: http://www.blasty.co
  2. Derek Haines. “Ebook Piracy Is Rampant and Impossible to Stop:”https://www.justpublishingadvice.com/ebook-piracy-is-rampant-and-impossible-to-stop/.
  3. Google. “DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act Forms to take websites off of Google Search Engine:” https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice?pli=1&
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/blasty-stops-illegal-downloads-interview-with-olivier-zetlers-ceo-and-cofounder/
  5. Kindlepreneur. “Book Copyright Page Examples ebook” https://kindlepreneur.com/book-copyright-page-examples-ebook/
  6. Molly Greene. “What to Do When Your Ebook Is Pirated?” http://www.molly-greene.com/what-to-do-when-your-ebook-is-pirated/
  7. Rachael Thompson. “5 How-to Tips: Handling the Dreaded eBook Pirates” http://badredheadmedia.com/2014/07/09/5-tips-handling-dreaded-ebook-pirates-guest-macpetreshock/
  8. Stevenamckay.com.
    Blasty: Is it any Goood? YES.” https://stevenamckay.com/2016/12/27/blasty-is-it-any-good-yes/
  9. Yowanda Black. “Ebook theft: 12 Things You Can Do to Stop Someone from Copying and Selling Your Book:” https://inkwelleditorial.com/prevent-ebook-theft



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Celebrate Each Step You Take

Joan Y. Edwards
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