Friday, October 28, 2011

Amateur Authors Should Write Blogs Too

I remember when I began to take my little writing hobby seriously more than seven years ago. The first thing I did was read more of the popular (successful) novels in the genres I wanted to write in. I figured to learn from the best. I remember spending time and money on writing workshops to hone my writing skills. I remember the long hours I took each day trying to come up with the next New York Times Bestseller. What I don’t remember is writing a blog.
                                 
Now that I look back on those times, I wish I could tell my younger self one thing. This one thing would have allowed me to reach out to established authors for advice, it would have created two-way communication between me and my target audience and it would have even allowed me to make money though advertising. That one thing I wish I could tell my younger self is to write a blog, because if I had started a blog seven years ago who knows where I would be now.

Maybe I would have a huge following on the web because I had spent years reaching out to the writing and reading communities. Maybe I would have established myself as a go to guy for critical writing advice. Maybe… But as of right now I am only working on all of those things. 'Why bother?' you ask.

Well, here are some MORE things an author can do with a blog:

1) Provide information on where readers can find your books

2) Keep readers up to date on your latest writing projects to create anticipation for their completion. Then on their release dates let them know about the discounts you have made available for a limited time.

3) Attract professional book reviewers through blog posts and blog marketing. Then post the book reviews on the blog.

4) Use the blog to post other promotional events besides discounts and release dates, such as book signings and book readings.

5) Post books’ rankings if doing well to show their success. If it is number 5 under contemporary fantasy at Amazon let people know.

6) Post cover art of books to engage potential readers on writing projects and to get feedback

7) Link the blog to your author's website so that the website can rise up the listings of search engines

Can you think of more examples? Sure you can, since the list is endless. It is too bad that time isn’t though J

4 comments:

  1. I'd just posted today about things I'm doing to lay down the framework for my future marketing engine. I agree, we should do it before we need it.

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  2. Great post! I've got four blogs (got carried away) and love them. I don't even care about rankings. Here's a very recent post from my blog for writers, YourShelfLife.com, which fosters success AND sanity for writers. http://www.yourshelflife.com/?p=997 That's my review of John Locke's book about how he sold 1 million ebooks in 5 months.

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  3. I know blogging can be an addiction Sandy, because it is so much fun!

    Thanks for the comment, Madison and I wish you luck!

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  4. I like using my blog for writing experimentation and to toss ideas out to my readers to see what they toss back at me. I wish I'd had blogging back in my earlier serious writing days of the 1970s. Now I see blogging as one of the most important things I've done in recent years. I love it! And more than that, I think it has a lot of potential for my future success.


    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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