Category: blogging

why you probably do need a blog

There’s a lot of talk about ‘platform’ and ‘brand’ and ‘voice’, as if these are individual elements that are separate from each other. What I suggest is this: Your platform is your brand is your voice. There is no clear separation of the three. And the heart of this is your blog, which is why…

Dec 28, 2010 · 6 Comments / ADD YOURS

How fiction writers (& other creatives) can develop into badass bloggers

1 There are many good reasons to blog, but to be a truly effective badass blogger you need a purpose that transcends your own self-interest. 2 Writers (and other creatives) will decide to blog because editors and agents and people like me tell them they need a platform. But if you throw up a blog…

Sep 27, 2010 · 27 Comments / ADD YOURS

how to hook me with your author blog and make me follow you (and buy your books) with the devotion of a dachshund

There’s an article in the latest issue of Writer’s Digest that takes you through the “7 steps of starting an author blog”. It’s a helpful article and worth reading. The problem with these articles aimed at writers — particularly fiction writers — particularly unpublished fiction writers who don’t have a following beyond their relatives (and…

Jan 20, 2010 · 38 Comments / ADD YOURS

starting your author blog and choosing your blogging platform

1 Before you start your blog, it’s worth asking yourself, What am I going to be passionate enough to write about, day after day after day? Frankly I never bothered (or didn’t know) to ask myself this. I jumped in and started to blog. Although I didn’t think of it as ‘blogging’, maybe because in…

Dec 17, 2009 · 6 Comments / ADD YOURS

what a good blogger and a good conversationalist have in common

One of the things I didn’t understand when I started my Livejournal four or five years ago was that an author blog is so much more than a way to showcase your writing or promote your books. When other people read your blog, a small number of them will leave comments, which means the reader…

Dec 17, 2009 · 7 Comments / ADD YOURS

blogging is good for you: why, for the love of the gods, you should start your author blog today

So you’re an author — published or unpublished, doesn’t matter — and you’ve accepted the cold hard truth: you need a blog. Maybe you’re not exactly sure why you need a blog, only that everybody (publishers, editors, agents, your aunt, your landlord, the kid who walks your dog) says you need a blog, and you…

Dec 14, 2009 · 13 Comments / ADD YOURS
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