Likewise, a novelist who writes police procedurals might blog about advances in forensic science or interesting news items involving police investigations. It’s very beneficial. Mary, your blog has come a long way in a short time, hasn’t it? Leanne, I hope you’ll leave a link to your article when you post it, thanks. #3) Use the blog to expand the story’s universe: Dictionary/Pronunciation Guide, answer fan emails as posts, share lost/deleted/extra content for free (even if it’s posted for readers to find in the future). Hi Joel, I’m a regular follower and thought I’d share my evolving blogsite with you & your readers: I set up 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. |,, Where Am I Going, Where Have I Been? It’s an odd phenomenon of our culture that so many of us need permission to do what we already know should be done. But that place is down the line, after writing a story people are interested in reading, and writing it well; engaging a professional editor to make the writing the best it can be; and getting seriously talented design and layout help for both the book’s interior and back cover/spine/front cover. I think that’s more problematic. Wow…there’s a lesson: don’t try to respond when rushing out the door! I’ve not had much time to do very necessary marketing (David is a prolific author and keeps me too busy editing, website, etc! I will probably still blog, but it won’t be such a demanding part of my schedule anymore. Thanks in advance. Great idea, Garry. Hope something here helped, but it looks like you are well on your way! Hi Cyd! Life events propelled me to investigate and reassess some core beliefs I held. Had another friend drive to my home, in shock, said she saw my books in the library in the next city over (where she lives). My umbrella site has general news about convention appearances, changes in status, notices about works that I’ve contributed to venues outside my normal franchises, etc. I know I do. 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. I really call it “my home site” to make it clear vis-a-vis webmrktg. So it hit me. Now granted, maybe this won’t help me initially, but it should over time. Robb (Nor Roberts) back in the 90’s, years later, I still find myself looking at the back of the book as I read. I’d be interested in your thoughts about A Writer of History. So I rebranded. I think you see where I am going with this? “Write once : Post Everywhere”. For some authors, there won’t be a connection to blogging…and that’s ok too. Are you a sci-fi, romance, or fantasy writer? Of course, I’m not saying they should be trolls ^^ But we don’t have freedom of speech in order to talk about the weather. Posting poetry on a day when I feel like writing a poem. 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. Although my conclusion differs from yours. And this makes sense. Middle Grade kids aren’t out there surfing blogs like I thought. Don’t wait until pub date to think about marketing! You helped me quite a bit. Some of these blogs are popular but most, I’m afraid, never attract much attention and don’t seem to be doing much for their authors. NEW: books for self-publishing authors: It allows you to set your own schedule, so there’s no outside deadline pressure. It really does sum up the quandary of blogging for fiction writers. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it, and often the comments are better than my posts. George Carlin said that the job of a comedian is to see where the line is drawn and to deliberately cross it. Photo by 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. Telbat. You have to make a distinction between blog writing and book writing. James that’s an interesting setup and sounds like it has lots of possibilities for synergy between the two sides of your writing and thinking life, thanks for the input. I work with Christian author D.I. 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. Thanks! Not even close. I hope you’ll share how that works for you and Mr. Telbat! It’s also a great way to document your path, provide extra content, and collect readers from one work and point them to another. thanks for that. People should know these things, so that they can make informed decisions! Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, ×  Many excellent points are being made in this discussion, Joel. It seems like there are more than enough of those already! In our most recent post about blogging for authors, ALLi members posited many great reasons for blogging, from finding your voice to giving readers insight about you as a writer.But assuming you have decided to blog, how much time can you afford spend on this form of writing, without eating into valuable book-writing time? Time does fly. 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. I practice my extreme thoughts on one blog (selfextreming) 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. Today a light bulb will go off in your head, and you, too, will discover what you can write in your blog. I write because I need to. As far as your email list, you don’t necessarily have to write anything until you have news or something specific for people. Many an emerging author has been instructed that starting a blog will improve their writing skills and will begin building their coveted author … I put ‘accidentally’ in ironic scare quotes and said selling books is the main value of an author’s blog. Happy 2013! Any author without even a basic “postcard” website is like a businessperson without a business card. I think that the veterinary profession is small enough that this could work, but I really don’t know for sure. I am aspiring fiction writer with my first novel in its very early stages. A blog is useful for thinking out loud. Learn how your comment data is processed. Thank you for another great blog post, Joel. Here’s why blogging is a no-brainer: And the rewards can be profound, especially considering bloggers are gaining them all by themselves. You can go ahead and check out the numerous poetries, short stories and fiction novels here. Fiction authors really need to take more advantage of blogging. I’m a fiction writer and wanted to get some of my work “out there” for the public to read, so I started blogging. His fiction writing, of course! I doubt that this will change after I’m published, but who knows. If you're a fiction writer and you haven't seen success with your blog, I would like to pose a question: Writing 21 books now and 7 books in my Chronicles of a hero series is great for kids, yeah—but blogging didn’t get to them. 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. Penn blog. I ask, because my best friend encouraged me to do “installments” for my books. Ok so there are more than 7 great blogs for authors. I’m struggling with just these questions. Chapters that turn into a book that is similar to yours, but completely different. 3. THANK YOU! As a writer and editor the answer is yes, you should have a blog. 5. And fan you.”. Your article has made me pause. An author should be an interesting person, therefore, he should share his thoughts and views of society with his readers and nonreaders. Even a static site can do that, but updating once in a while will help to keep it “fresh.”. And if you’re something of a celebrity in your genre, your legions of fans will be fascinated by almost anything you write, giving you permission to satisfy their cravings with your blog. My last post was on “sex and killing” (pretty hectic topic) NOT ONE comment. Most author blogs tend to be boring and inconsistent. 2. Your book is your book, but your blog can be a conversation about your book .. and your work, your life, your kids, your fear of the number 13…. Anyone searching for topics I’ve blogged about will find links to my blog, find my blog, and see an ad for my book and maybe buy it. Good reading here — and I have bookmarked it to return to again later. 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. I think it’s been very worthwhile to have a blog, especially David being a newer author. You could well end up with both a successful series of books and a profitable niche web asset. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. We did see a definite increase in visitors to our site, especially to read the continued sagas. Hi Jaime, Just as long as your writing time does not get cheated. My last novel was 610 pages and during the process I felt a bit overwhelmed. has been rebranded (slightly, but enough) because the industry was wrong. I tried to read a highly rated novel two years ago but bailed out after about 20 pages. 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. This members-only site allows authors to post stories in exchange for feedback on other people’s writing. Is anyone reading it other than family and a few friends? ), nor have I gotten involved in social media. I’ve tried to use this blog for two main purposes. Don’t feel bad: Sometimes, coming up with new ideas for blog posts is difficult even for the best writers. Until then, you probably don’t need the second one. Your approach exemplifies how an author with a body of work and a following can leverage online sites without having to blog about subject matter or craft or publishing itself. White, irritating noise I suspect others follow in the hopes of being followed. My audience varies. When I have the chapters/installments done, I make the books–both ebooks and print. For instance, take two animals and combine them to make a new fantasy character and explain what this animal does in their realm. I only write stuff that’s important to that audience. […], […] Friedlander presents Should Fiction Authors Be Bloggers? I blog to think out loud about a subject that I think very few writers and artists are thinking about. It’s already been pointed out that blogging is a great way to build community. So I was delighted to come across your post. It costs very little to get started on your own domain, and nothing on a hosted blog provided free by sites like and .hide-if-no-js { I saw your comment. There are more and more sites where you can link up your blog feed and benefit from spreading your work without more writing involved. Critique Circle. And now I’m a fan not only of this writer and her books, but also her genre. I’m hoping that this will be the case for my future novel! When I read fiction, I like to know about the ‘whole’ writer. Which invites (not begs) the question: should a fiction writer use a thesaurus? What kind of information should the site feature other than a good About page and an e-mail sign-up form? Really this post should have been titled 10 MG Books That Will Remind You What's Important in Life, but I thought that was a little long. J.M. Smaller bites. I would love to hear yours and any others’ thoughts! Thanks for the input. @Vannie Ryanes had it right, when she commented, “When I read fiction, I like to know about the ‘whole’ writer.” Amen. I do maintain a very infrequent blog on my fiction site – but it is mainly for articles about my research, or videos I make around the locations or research. However, the task of “what to blog about” seems to wreak havoc on my fiction writing friends. Blogs give you the opportunity to: You can even monetize your blog by offering other products or services that compliment your subject matter. It publishes original fiction, art, and commentary on science fiction and related subjects by a wide range of writers from all corners of the field; both professionals working in the genres and fans. I do the same thing on the fantasy site. Although it’s sometimes geared toward fiction writers, there’s plenty of stuff for online content writers too. This year I’ve started seeing the blog as more of a platform and tried (tried!) It means that the writing is outstanding, but accessible. Honest to goodness, though, these ten stories are better than most adult books. But it can be most difficult for unpublished novelists to gain traction with a blog; only after the novelist has built a name for herself does a blog readership tend to develop. Your email address will not be published. If you’ll allow me to piggyback on your post, I wrote about this very subject here: I asked four women writers if they could share their advice about three goals every writer should make in the New Year. They hold writing contests for skilled writers, too. I’ve had both an author blog and my main creation site,, for years. Each year, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) gives out multiple awards from our Givers Fund to organizations, activities, and public interest programs that further SFWA’s mission. I love the idea of maintaining a site where people can get more information and background on subjects in your books, I think that’s brilliant. Jaime, thanks so much for checking back in and letting us know about the terrific results you’re getting. BTW, I listed you as one of my favorite all time resources Joel. That’s the formula for success. @Serban V.C. I’m a father of 12 kids. 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. Jody Hedlund’s author site As you build traffic, there will be an increasing number of people within your readers who are likely to be sci-fi fans. Anyone who can produce a manuscript in a modern word processor is likely skilled enough to do it. Opportunities for this type of blog are significant. I think more and more books are starting from bloggy origins. 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. If you write romance from a particular era, write exciting facts about courtship and marriage from that era. What if as a self publisher i want to use my blog to give reviews to help get other self published authors acknowledgement?, Just trying to give back. Communicating with other authors. If you do those two things well, I believe the rest will take care of itself. Romance - write about relationships, divorce, dating, etc. The comments below have been inspiring and to some degree validating. Creating a relevant blog is pretty easy if you’re a non-fiction writer (just write about your topic). And thanks for your offer, I appreciate it. I had them all at $0.99 each, until my wife got her hands on me (smile). I’ve felt squirrely about it ever since. Great feedback, Serban, and for authors who are able and who enjoy it, sharing opinions is a great way to find readers and establish a bond. Dee, those are fantastic ideas. The characters focused, but the plot sharp. I’d appreciate visits & comments and if I can be any help on the project you’ve got in mind, let me know. -Jaime. }. 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