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Trimmed down. Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, ×  Communicating with readers. Also a good reason to make a point of including an author photo and bio—people are curious! And now I’m a fan not only of this writer and her books, but also her genre. I enjoy blogging as a way to connect with my readers – it can be tricky to find time to update it but it is a great way to get feedback and engage. thanks for that. New York City, New York, United States About Blog Tor.com is a site for science fiction, fantasy, and all the things that interest SF and fantasy readers. You still want to minimize your posts on writing (most readers don’t want to see how the sausage is made) – easiest to do by creating a separate author-to-author page on your site or a completely separate site for such discussion. Meanwhile, thousands of fiction writers followed their advice, creating blogs they resented, Twitter accounts that overwhelmed them, and Facebook pages with thirty-seven likes. In my humble opinion – these are only my thoughts and I realize many different theories exist, which is probably tough for newbie writers – blogging exclusively about your books would get tiring and repetitive for the author and boring for the reader, especially if you only have a couple titles published. That way they are also more likely to open your mail. That’s a great plan if you can keep both sites running, and I think it’s similar to what Joanna is trying to do.  =  Sophisticated, but slow. I’m a fiction writer and wanted to get some of my work “out there” for the public to read, so I started blogging. Write on! Thanks for getting it started. The blog does not have to be updated daily, weekly is good, even monthly when you are on a project. I’m hoping that the community around my own website will be connected enough a year or two from now that they will at least give me the benefit of the doubt and purchase and review my book. *Also, ask them to subscribe to your Newsletter to receive your weekly blog in their inbox. So where’s the problem? Likewise, a novelist who writes police procedurals might blog about advances in forensic science or interesting news items involving police investigations. An author should be an interesting person, therefore, he should share his thoughts and views of society with his readers and nonreaders. I view my own blog as successful – for me – but then I’ve been blogging for, wow, five years. His fiction writing, of course! Best of all…sales are doubling….and doubling….and doubling. Wantedhero.com has been rebranded (slightly, but enough) because the industry was wrong. But authors do need to get clear about why they’re blogging, and if it’s bringing them the results they want for the time they are putting in. I think that’s more problematic. http://wantedhero.com/wallpapers-facebook-covers/our-favorite-links/, http://anyshinything.com/2012/10/26/stop-blogging-now/, Creating A Blog: 10 Important Reasons You Should Have One, Should Fiction Authors Be Bloggers? They hold writing contests for skilled writers, too. Blogging is one of the legs on an author’s marketing stool. I’ll have quite a bit more to say on this topic in the near future. That’s huge. Thank you so much for this post. I would also encourage you to network with other bloggers in your field, it can make a huge difference by putting you in front of new audiences. They’re not the same thing. I hope you’ll share how that works for you and Mr. Telbat! http://www.BookMakingBlog.com I was wrong, Joel. I have a blog that I was using to introduce my fans to interesting people I’d met but that took too much time. Michael N. Marcus Do readers want to read blog posts that are primarily writing tips? We’ve all got to start somewhere; this is the somewhere I’ve chosen. Upmarket fiction is used to describe a book that has a literary feel with commercial appeal. I think more and more books are starting from bloggy origins. Isn’t blogging a distraction from revising my novel? When I stared doing that, Google Analytics showed a drop in my bounce rate from 64% down to 3.4%. I have a blog that hosts my daily podcast. However, the task of “what to blog about” seems to wreak havoc on my fiction writing friends. Maybe a better strategy for a novelist would be to blog with news and opinions about something remotely related to the book topic — like teenage sex or albinos — that might catch searchers who might be interested in reading a novel. My still-valid advice to fiction authors is to spend the vast majority of your time writing books and making them better, and marketing your work. So we try to give at least 1500 word chaps now. However, I’m a stubborn git and determined to make a living at this. The perspective I bring is as a longtime media interviewer of authors, both indie and traditionally-published. http://wantedhero.com/wallpapers-facebook-covers/our-favorite-links/, Just trying to give back. First, who is your audience? Continuing the habit of writing daily even when I’m in between books or taking a break for personal reasons/responsibilities. 5. I’m a big advocate for planning a book review campaign as part of any book launch, and will take your suggestion for one of the webinars I’m planning in the new year because haveing a step-by-step action plan will make this much easier for authors to tackle. I use WordPress.org, which is a hosted pay site, but WordPress.com is available for free although not as versatile. I put ‘accidentally’ in ironic scare quotes and said selling books is the main value of an author’s blog. Any author without even a basic “postcard” website is like a businessperson without a business card. I was shocked to discover that much of what I thought true about health and nutrition was false. And for good reason—it’s reader friendly! I’ve started a website and social media presence in the last couple of months for the long-term purpose of building a community of future readers for this book and others. As far as your email list, you don’t necessarily have to write anything until you have news or something specific for people. Practical advice to help build better books, by Joel Friedlander on December 21, 2012 85 Comments. How right you are, Joel. Critique Circle. I did this with J.D. I don’t look at traffic very much. Mary, your blog has come a long way in a short time, hasn’t it? #4) Use the blog as my characters. I particularly like your suggestion that marketing really ought to be a prime concern during the writing of the book. Leave a link in the comments, I’d love to have a look and it would help me for a project I’m working on right now. Many fiction authors have blogs, of course, but there’s one common problem to many of them: many of the blog’s readers appear to be other struggling fiction authors. You’ve focused in perfectly on your niche and produced great content aimed exactly at those readers. This frees him up to continue writing posts, novels, and short stories for the blog. I’m a father of 12 kids. Blogs aren’t for everybody, but they’re invaluable to me. Oh, golly. When I have the chapters/installments done, I make the books–both ebooks and print. He writes mostly Christian fiction, and I take care of the blog, editing for him, and other writing related tasks. Sounds like you’ve got a good system worked out. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it, and often the comments are better than my posts. I practice my extreme thoughts on one blog (selfextreming) I have come to rescue you. However, I think that they are the closest I can get to a supportive community other than a blog that simply tries to connect with new authors like myself. I really call it “my home site” to make it clear vis-a-vis webmrktg. Well blogging at times helps since it can be used to promote your books as well a tool for “crowd sourcing” some ideas. I doubt that any novelist’s blog could sell me her novel. Hi Cyd! and my specific excerpts from the series on http://sonofxanos.wordpress.com I would undoubtedly follow this advice, but…you knew I had to have a but, didn’t you? And I do, leaving no time for the actual writing. It’s hard to get a new blog off and running, but one that has some following is a great place (I hope) to market the book and drive new eyes to it. For a while now I’ve realized self-published fiction writers are just spinning their wheels whenever they pour their hearts into their blogs. Thank you for this finely penned article. Hi, Joel. I’m going to ramp up the Dyingwords.net site over the next month – custom banner, sidebar linkages, etc. Robb (Nor Roberts) back in the 90’s, years later, I still find myself looking at the back of the book as I read. If unknown to me, the blog would tell much about his/her writing style; I might become a buyer of his books if my interest is piqued. There’s lots of validation here in the comments on why authors should be blogging but it really comes down to what Bill Thompson says, “No, give me interesting, engaging content and I’ll read you and follow you. THANK YOU! Charlotte's Web by E.B. As a fiction writer, I love the outlet blogging gives me, forcing me to read outside my genre and within it, and it hones my writing. than a business project. Then comes marketing, the foundation for which should begin during the writing of the book–where blogging to raise interest in the coming book makes sense. I doubt that its subject will be bloggable. If you write romance from a particular era, write exciting facts about courtship and marriage from that era. “The power is in the list.”. Nice! That’s all I got at this hour. Just a few ideas. Here’s my main knock on blogging if one is a beginning writer of fiction: the ROI is stupidly small. . Even a static site can do that, but updating once in a while will help to keep it “fresh.”. The characters focused, but the plot sharp. I will probably still blog, but it won’t be such a demanding part of my schedule anymore. For the last three years I’ve been trying to rebuild my readership base–but it’s not the same as comics. Over the years, I've heard so many theories about what writers of different genres should do with their blog, and it's great to consider different perspectives. For permission to reprint articles from this site, please contact info@thebookdesigner.com, Marin Bookworks 369-B Third Street #572 San Rafael, CA 94901. Occasionally I post thoughts about writing. I think fiction authors DEFINITELY need at least a static website with an email list sign up – then at the back of the book should be a call to action – something like “If you enjoyed XX, then come and sign up here to get advance notification of XX2 coming soon – URL.com” Hi Jaime, It allows your readers to see a little more about you. Are you a sci-fi, romance, or fantasy writer? Our editors have compiled a list of author blogs that they believe are truly outstanding. I spent the day with troubled teens, giving them hope and a new perspective on life. I’m a veterinarian currently serving in the Army, and my website and blog are focusing on sharing about unique opportunities for vets and vet students outside of traditional clinical practice. This then brings these potential fans to my site where hopefully they will sign up to my email list. Love this article Joel, and I’d like to contribute if I may. One of the techniques I’ve been using lately is ensuring a blog has RSS capabilities and then using that to auto-feed content into my goodreads author profile as well as my amazon author profile. If I write a how-to book or history book about bicycles or electric trains, I probably know a lot about the topics and can churn out regular blog posts day after day, year after year. Janice Hardy’s The Other Side of the Story Don’t wait until pub date to think about marketing! On the two sides of the scale you have literary and commercial. WordPress is easy to learn and can be added onto as the writing career grows. Especially when readers discover a wealth of unique and quirky material waiting for them. I would love to hear yours and any others’ thoughts! Mark, that’s a great point and I completely agree that every author needs a “land spot” or home base for fans and also for media inquiries. The site also helps keep people updated on when his next book is coming. That’s the formula for success. Hi Joel, great topic and one I do indeed talk about a lot They’re your target audience. They’re the gate keepers after all, right? I’ll leave them on the site for a couple months after its finished then take it down when I’m ready to create the ebook. We learned that readers preferred longer chapters. So I rebranded. I’m hoping that this will be the case for my future novel! « Eva Rieder, To Blog or Not to Blog | Being and Formulating, Saturday Fiction Writers And Indie Publishers Round Up 16 | J.J.Foxe.com. (It’s how I follow this blog, in fact, along with about 400 others.). Much to ponder on…. They each have their own ISBN’s in various formats–and they’re priced at $1.99 each. Thank you thank you thank you for writing an article for telling me it isn’t just me!!! In my opinion, regardless if you’re a fiction or nonfiction author, you should be blogging, or rather – exposing your views on contemporary life, history, and a lot of other subjects. I think it’s very difficult to predict whether readers of novels about an “uncommon veterinarian” will also be interested in “unique opportunities for vets and vet students.” Offhand, it doesn’t sound like the same readership. That would be helpful for many startup authors. Until then, you probably don’t need the second one. Many an emerging author has been instructed that starting a blog will improve their writing skills and will begin building their coveted author platform. Communicating with other authors. Out of all the digital innovations that allow writers to advance themselves and their ideas, none can match blogging. And this makes sense. But we just keep plugging along. There have been successful books published on this topic, including “Last Words” of the famous, it’s a genre with quite a long history. When we serialize a novel, we do one that can be finished within a few months so people don’t get bored with it. Otherwise, my fiction doesn’t need my blog and my blog doesn’t need my fiction. And it might become popular, but it’s a different, more personal and less commercial approach to blogging. Writer Beware®: The Blog To complement the general advice and warnings on the Writer Beware® website, the Writer Beware® blog provides up-to-the-minute information on specific scams and schemes–along with advice for writers, industry news, and a special focus on the weird and wacky things that happen at the fringes of the publishing world. I think you see where I am going with this? Happy Holidays. Your blog audience will fall in love with your writing, and when you have a published book in your hand, they will be more than happy to purchase it and read more. I asked four women writers if they could share their advice about three goals every writer should make in the New Year. It’s necessary but won’t drive traffic/sales on its own (so get a site that is nice but don’t over spend on it, look up wordpress .org and .com both). The purpose of a blog isn't for a writer to talk about themselves. One? For instance: 1. It is a waste of time BUT I practice CONFLICT & SUSPENSION jibs…just for the hell of it! Thank you for voice, I’m learning a lot. Penn blog. It’s very beneficial. I’ve felt squirrely about it ever since. Thanks for your comment. Hi, I agree with the advice that fiction writers are better off not blogging, at least until their reader base can accommodate the time investment; however, I wish someone could expand on the suggestion to maintain a static page. It seems like there are more than enough of those already! Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds blog I can focus on writing what I love… . My http://www.InfoForAuthors and http://www.BookMakingBlog.com are more subtle. Hi Joel, I’m a regular follower and thought I’d share my evolving blogsite with you & your readers: I set up Dyingwords.net 6 months ago as a brand for my also-evolving true crime/fiction writing and to share my expertise and thoughts about death, as I’m a retired homicide detective and forensic coroner. Another approach that seems to work better is used by authors whose work is centered around a specific historical period, a particular place or occupation, or some other theme that ties their work together. I’ve been blogging for four years now. I’m one of those new writers and I’ve decided to take an approach that I’ve seen recommended elsewhere (wish I could cite the source but lots of folks have recommended it): provide SOMETHING of value, even if it isn’t directly related to your novel. It’s already been pointed out that blogging is a great way to build community. .hide-if-no-js { It’s more of an intellectual exercise (can I describe scenes and write dialog?) If so, what am I doing??? As you can imagine, 100 people could visit this post and walk away with 100 different blog post ideas. NEW: self-publishing company parody, http://www.99BuckBooks.com Jaime, thanks so much for checking back in and letting us know about the terrific results you’re getting. Thanks, Stephen. Your email address will not be published. Originally published in a slightly different form as “Is Blogging Good for Fiction Writers?” on CreateSpace, Filed Under: Author Blogging 101, Marketing Tagged With: Author Blogging 101, author platform, blogging, book marketing, Joanna Penn, writer blog. What Should Fiction Writers Blog About? I’m not a blogger who discusses my publishing journey. }. Feedback should be a vital part of any writer’s process, and this is exactly what Critique Circle offers. When I read fiction, I like to know about the ‘whole’ writer. After writing 20-something nonfiction books, I am now dabbling in a “based on a true story” semi-novel. So I was delighted to come across your post. I write fiction because I need to tell stories. I have blogs for each of my two main franchises — one for science fiction and one for fantasy. Romance - write about relationships, divorce, dating, etc. Allow blog readers to follow a character through your blog, looking forward to a new adventure with your character each week. 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