Blogging Tips For Authors And Writers

Authors, You Need A Blog!

On Sundays, I carve out a few hours to focus on the work-related items that continuously inhabit the bottom rows of my to-do list. These items play a role within my overall marketing plan, but are not time sensitive. Most of the tasks fall into the “fun” category, which, for me, almost always involves outreach and communication. This week, I chose to visit the websites and blogs of my Twitter community members. Easily, 75% of these tweeps are directly related to publishing, whether self-published, indie authors, or providers of one of the many professional services in the world of books. Why was I taking the time to visit these blogs? What was I looking for? Tweetable information. Your tweetable information. HELP ME HELP YOU If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I regularly share link...

Blog Content: Using “Outtakes” From Your Novel

  Currently, I’m editing two of my manuscripts. Or, I should say, “pre-editing” these works-in-progress to prepare them for the hand-off to my dear editor. At this stage in my writing process, when I have 80,000+ words written per manuscript, I end up sending entire chapters to the cutting room floor. Watching them fall, knowing how much time, energy, and thought I’ve put into each and every line on those pages, makes it painful to think those scenes will never find their way into the hands of my (future) readers. Is this normal? Do you experience this angst, too? When constructing a novel, my writing style is to first map out the plot and then develop a series of (almost) standalone mini-stories that I organize as chapters. If you’ve read my work, you know this to be true. When I cut...

Blog Posts: How Old is Too Old?

After an unexpected project, one that took nearly nine months to bring to completion, I am back to doing what I love: writing, blogging, and building. A painfully large backlog of blog posts, book plots, and marketing ideas are raining down on my brain like meteorites from an explosion on Planet Creative. I’m racing to catch all these twinkling ideas before they disappear into orbit. It’s fun. And maybe a little frustrating. Right now, I’m still in sorting mode, trying to figure out if any of these nibbles, lines, pages, and half-chapters belong with existing writing projects, or if they will result in a surge of newly-published titles in the future. In the second half of this year, I’ll be publishing a number of new books, lots of community news and postings on IndieBookWeek.com, and even...

Blog Readers: International Mystery

When I say the words “international mystery” I’m not referring to MHz’s excellent line-up of detective shows featuring Montalbano, Van Veeteren, Wallander and Maigret. Nor does this post focus on those case-cracking inspectors, Morse, Lewis, and Lynley, brought to life on the small screen courtesy of BBC. Instead, I am using the word international to summarize the list of countries from which my sites have been accessed.  In alphabetical order, they are: Australia Canada China France Germany India Indonesia Israel Peru Russian Federation United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States The mystery part of the equation is my curiosity about those people in far away lands who have, accidentally or not, visited my sites.  A part of me wishes I could greet them at the portal, shake hands, and...

Blogging: Too Much Information (TMI)

Over the past few years, I’ve come across an increasing number of posts from people who share a lot of private stories on their blogs.  I’m all grown up and I’ve lived a reasonably interesting life, yet I still find myself surprised when bloggers write personal, sensitive information that isn’t even about them—it’s about someone they know. When I set up my own blog last June, I was completely unaware that the coming summer would be a non-stop series of new beginnings, painful endings, major happenings, funny mistakes, completely avoidable mistakes, one-of-a-kind blessings, and unexpected deaths. I want to tell you everything. More times than I can count, I’ve set my fingers on this very keyboard with the intention of sharing with you stories about a summer that no one could have pred...

Starting a Blog: Oh, Daddy!

Twelve weeks ago, I self-published my first short story collection, Love + Family.  I was downright giddy seeing my words, my characters, my happy endings right there on the screen of my very own Kindle. It was tough to tuck that euphoria aside and to settle myself back into business mode, but I had to do it. The journey was only beginning. This past spring, when I was developed my publishing plan, I decided to first launch Love + Family on Amazon before turning my efforts to establishing a website.  I’m glad I waited.  Seeing my own work in an e-book renewed my confidence in this long, uncertain path. With my domain name in hand, I was ready to take the next important step forward.  All I needed was a web designer, a hosting company, and—based on the quotes I received—some more money in m...

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