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51 Ways to Blog as a Novelist

We all know that blogging is one of the best ways to get attention in today's Internet world. A blog is a godsend to your website, bringing it traffic, fans, and more. But you have to post regularly.

Stuck for what to blog about? Here are some tips for novelists, but the same tips can apply to writers of nonfiction, memoirs, children's books, business books, and more.

  1. Review other novels, especially from other lesser-known novelists.
  2. Write a blog post using the voice of one of your main characters.
  3. Have that main character tell some side stories not included in the novel.
  4. Write about the setting - time and/or place. Use some of the research you did to ensure that your novel was accurate.
  5. Invite your readers to review your book. Feature their testimonials on your blog.
  6. Interview some of your readers: via Q&A text or via an Internet radio show or via a teleseminar.
  7. Podcast your book, one section at a time.
  8. Write about trends in your genre.
  9. Write about your favorite novelists, especially those that write in your genre. Include their photos and a sampling of their books.

For the rest of the 51 ways, see: http://blog.bookmarket.com/2011/06/45-ways-to-blog-as-novelist-tips-for.html

If you like this list, help me add more. Email: johnkremer@bookmarket.com.

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Comment by Patrick Brigham on July 10, 2013 at 12:36pm

Herodotus - the Gnome of Sofia

Against a backdrop of political change in South Eastern Europe, the story embraces disgruntled communists, cold war warriors, intrigue, deception and finally murder. Sir Arthur Cumberpot has an unspectacular career which is swiftly drawn to a close when he is appointed British Ambassador to Bulgaria. Due to some unforeseen mishaps his wife Annabel is accused of being a spy and sent home to their house in Watlington while her background is checked by MI5. Annabel is guilty of nothing, other than being the biological daughter of Jim Kilbey, Britain’s most famous spy. It seems that a jealous god has sought to visit the sins of the father upon her, but so has everyone else. She is the victim of serendipity, but also of cover ups, the duplication of thin evidence and exaggeration. But she is also heartless, treacherous, self indulgent and without shame.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Herodotus-Gnome-Sofia-Patrick-Brigham/dp/19...

Comment by Patrick Brigham on July 10, 2013 at 12:16pm

I am afraid that our man Mick Rooney is right about the amount of effort writers these days have to make to be noticed - 90% publicity and 10% writing - a depressing thought when we have all tried so hard to write the perfect book. I can hardly claim to be a successful writer, but things are slowly changing. I think some people like my books, but maybe it is because I reserve an hour a day to promote my books. Consistency may not just be 'the hob-goblin of the small mind,' but also a writers ultimate  salvation

Comment by Kevin Hardman on June 29, 2013 at 4:26pm

Honestly, if I knew I'd tell you.  (I'd also apply it to my other book - Warden (Book 1: Wendigo Fever) - which is ranking respectably but not doing nearly as well.)  

I have ad campaigns on Goodreads for both books, but I don't think they're particularly effective. I don't have a Facebook page for my work, my blog doesn't get a lot of hits and I don't have a lot of Twitter followers.  About all I've done is post on Goodreads and tweet about it, but that's it - nothing much beyond that. (Oh wait - I did get a good review on Comic Book Bin, but I don't know how much to credit the site since other people have gotten good reviews there but not achieved the same sales volume.  I'm certain it gave me a boost, but I don't know how to quantify it.)

Outside of praying about it (which I still do every day), I'm not sure I can point to one specific factor and say that's what did it.  On a side note, everyone has raved about the cover art, so I'm certain that's helped me.  In fact, my own advice is that is getting great cover art and a good description are the initial one-two punch you need to start getting sales.

Comment by John Kremer on June 29, 2013 at 3:57pm

Kevin, those are great results. Can you say how you went about getting your book to #1 in three categories?

Comment by Kevin Hardman on June 28, 2013 at 3:15pm

I'm blessed in that my book Sensation: A Superhero Novel is currently ranked #1 in three categories:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

#1 in Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Fantasy

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Fantasy

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Fantasy > Superhero

Comment by Brenda Wynn on June 9, 2013 at 12:59pm

Check out the website for my fantasy novel. If you're on goodreads.com and have read my novel, please post a review. Also, thanks to those who have reviewed it so far. If you haven't read this and would like me to send you a signed copy, send me a private message and I'll tell you what to do.

http://www.ultimatefantasybooks.com/brenda-wynn-books.php

Comment by Forrest Casey on May 27, 2013 at 6:05pm

Just wanted to share an interesting article link:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidvinjamuri/2012/08/15/publishing-is...

Comment by Forrest Casey on May 27, 2013 at 5:17pm

Hi all. In addition to attending several writers' conferences... I had the opportunity to sit in on 2 small book clubs where authors were invited to talk about their book. To say the least it was heart warming and at times challenging when a reader positioned very personal/difficult questions to the writer...but not to fear...in my opinion that was confirmation that the writer's book was not only read but was able to intrigue the reader enough to step outside the box and ask questions. If you are a published author...welcome the challenge of a difficult question...often the reader is not bashing the book...but there was something in your book that was worth reading for questions/comments to come forth. Good luck to all of you in your quest to continue to publish interesting books.

Comment by Neil Ostroff on May 13, 2013 at 12:56pm

A writer’s calling

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