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Authors Answer 81 – Google Search Visibility

I guess I haven’t done a good enough job of raising my visibility so far, and apparently I’m a motorcycle or something?

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

Google, the most important search engine on the entire internet, and authors want to be on it. They want to be the first search item listed when their name is searched. The number one link should be an author’s website or blog. But sometimes, names aren’t exclusive to the author. They’re not always unique. Sometimes they’re surprising.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 81 – Have you ever Googled your name? What did you find that surprised you?

Jean Davis

There are a lot of people named Jean Davis, and many of them have obituaries. At least I show up on page one as my author self. Yay for Google.

H. Anthe Davis

Going by my real name, I can’t find myself at all — there are too many of me.  Going by my pen name (which is just an adaptation of my real name), I only find my works and the blogs I’ve posted…

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Authors Answer 77 – Naming Characters

I definitely spend a lot of time naming characters and things.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

Names are important, especially in fiction. They need to be memorable. They need to stand out. They shouldn’t be boring or forgettable. But it’s not the easiest thing to do. Some names are overused, some names sound cheesy. What’s the best way to choose a name?

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 77 – How do you choose character names?

Paul B. Spence

For main characters, they are just there when I create the concept. For others, I glance through name books and pick combinations that I like. Sometimes I work the name of an author from my bookshelf into secondary characters’ names.

Gregory S. Close

A few names come unbidden through the ether and pop into my brain.  Other names have been carefully sourced and researched based on some imagined criteria I’ve come up with – based on Celtic or Native American roots etc.  Baby name websites can be handy, especially if they provide…

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What happens when Japanese companies choose English names

I just ordered some anime DVDs, including a preorder for Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact!, a series whose English subtitle release had originally been announced with the title Shin Mazinger Z Impact, which seems to make more sense in English even with a word left untranslated.

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NovaSaber no more

NovaSaber is dead. He’s not coming back. But he lives on as a part of me!

Actually, he is me. I’ve just decided to start going by a name that I’m more likely to use professionally.

But also, NovaSaber was a name that I had long been using only out of momentum, because it was the name I’d been using for a long time. And I don’t think that a name like that is really who I am anymore.