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Novel Authors and Publishers

If you are a novelist, novel publisher, or novel reader, here's a group where you can share more info, discuss strategies, and create partnerships.

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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.

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Comment by Celia Yeary on November 11, 2008 at 6:20pm
Dear Joseph, I suggest you join Writers and Readers of Distinctive Fiction, a Ning group headed up by the very capable Lynda Coker. She has a review team--I'm on the team--and I think we do a good job. If you're published, and not self-published, she'll assign someone to your book. And by the way, I LOVE westerns. I write Western historical romances for The Wild Rose Press, but still, I read regular westerns at times. Good luck, Celia
Comment by Gladys Hobson on November 7, 2008 at 9:38am
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Comment by Kristine on November 6, 2008 at 2:04pm
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Comment by Celia Yeary on October 31, 2008 at 1:03pm
Hello to all--I just joined and I'm trying to get a feel for the membership. At least, I'm familiar with Ning groups, and I believe some of my friends from other sites are here, as well. I write Western Historical Romances for THE WILD ROSE PRESS. My first release--ALL MY HOPES AND DREAMS--is Nov. 1 in eBook format, Feb. 22, 2009, in print. My second is TEXAS BLUE, in editing stage now and I have the cover. I do have three shorters stories on there, too. My interests are history (even though my educational background is in the sciences), and the usual things, such as family, friends, and traveling. I've been married to the same man for many years--we're each other's best friends. My main goal is to continue writing and publishing in the same genre as now, but also searching for a publisher for some of my non-romance novels (one historic, especially.) So, of course, my life revolves around networking as well as writing. Glad to meet you all. Celia
Comment by Gladys Hobson on October 20, 2008 at 10:04am
This is something rather new to me. It is hard to teach old dogs new tricks , especially when the poor old thing has eye problems! But my books get good reviews, even if from those with little influence — SO FAR, I am ever hopeful! Wish I could do all this clever trailer stuff! Wish I did not live so far away from some of these events that take place. But then, I would miss our beautiful English Lake District.
I'll be back when I have more time. I have a new book to complete this month. (Short stories, no fixed title yet.
Comment by Assuanta Collins on October 13, 2008 at 1:01pm
October 18th, Wag Fest Literary Bazaar is the place to for self-published authors.

Wag Fest Litertainment is more than a literary conference and bazaar; it is a movement that promotes self sufficiency and resourcefulness. Although not exclusive, Wag Fest caters to independent and self published authors, poets, musicians, comedians, and artist. Starting in 2007 in New Jersey, a close knit group of authors got together in the spirit to sell books and have a good time. Since then, a second Wag Fest in March 2008 - this time in Seattle - proved to be a huge success with standing room only and a larger group of artists that traveled cross country to participate in this event. The saying at Wag Fest is "come as strangers but leave as family" and that has proven true time and time again.

In March 2008, Wag Fest Seattle consisted of a bustling poetry party and book bazaar. Special guests, BET Comedian D Lamont Hall and CJ Johnson of Hiram Clarke Films were in attendance, and CJ taught a class at the conference on how to turn your book into a film. CJ has an impressive resume and has worked with some of the best in the film industry. He provided a plethora of valuable information on the movie industry along with offering his services to convert your book into a film or play.

Trust us when we say - YOU WILL NOT WALK AWAY THE SAME!

ONLY $100 registration & vending fee.

If you are unable to make the event in October, you have the opportunity to send your promotional items for the inexpensive fee of $20. You can pay your fees via PayPal. The email address is

Asta Publications will be conducting “Writing is Hard Enough... Publishing Shouldn't Be!" workshop series at the Wag Fest event March 13-15, 2009 at Wag Fest in Seattle 2009 in Seattle. Go ahead and start making plans to attend this thought informative event, if you want to find out about the self-publishing industry. Self-publish the right way and save some money.
Comment by Bobby Ozuna on October 3, 2008 at 8:56am
Hello everyone! If you want to discover how I came to write and publish my first novel--Proud Souls--then don't miss my LIVE and UNSCRIPTED interview on blog talk radio's--"The Odd Mind!"
The interview will run tonight, October 3rd from 8~9PM CST.

Check out my blog, "Drawing Stories...With Words" for all the details and find out how you can win a complimentary--autographed--copy of my book tonight!!!

~Bobby Ozuna
author of PROUD SOULS

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