I see many bloggers doing book reviews, author interviews, guest blogs, and supporting authors in several ways. That’s awesome! 🙂
I’ve been wanting to do such things for some time now, but the main hurdle has been something that I often preach on my blog:
- Gear your content toward your specific target audience.
If you write a sci-fi book, for example, a blog that attracts sci-fi readers is the best place for a book review or author interview. Much of the content on my blog, in contrast, is of general interest to many different kinds of authors.
As you may have seen in a recent post, I finally thought of a way to help provide a small measure of support for specific authors and books in the context of my usual content. I plan to make more posts of this sort in the future, including:
- Demonstrating what is marketable about specific books.
- Illustrating marketing strategies that specific authors are employing.
- Showing specific book covers that work well.
- Discussing marketing features that specific author websites are utilizing.
- Describing specific books, authors, or websites that provide good examples of some marketing, publishing, or formatting concept.
I feel that specific examples can be instructive, and by featuring a specific book or author, I would be supporting fellow authors in a small way.
Note that I will only mention books or authors by name that I feel are doing something well. Although it may be instructive to point out mistakes, I won’t point out any mistakes of specific books. (When I do point out common mistakes, which can be useful, I do it in general terms, not in reference to any specific books or authors. Well, I may point out my own mistakes, but that’s different.)
Another way that I plan to provide a little support to fellow authors is with some new pages. You can see one of the new pages already, called Cool Books (look for it on the index at the top of the page or in the sidebar to the right). It just has a few scary books right now, but I’ll be adding to it as I get the chance (keep in mind that I’m also working on the Read Tuesday stuff).
If you have an author interview or guest blog in mind that coincides with the publishing or marketing content that I often provide on this blog (e.g. you want to discuss your publishing or marketing experience), please feel encouraged to contact me with your proposal. 🙂
Chris McMullen, author of A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and Other Online Booksellers, Vol. 1 (formatting/publishing) and Vol. 2 (packaging/marketing)
Thank you. 🙂
Thanks Chris. You are indeed, one of the most supportive blogger out here. 🙂
It’s a very long list, which makes WordPress such a wonderful site. 🙂
I haven’t quite figured out what my blog is really about! I started out with issues I had with being a new self-publisher. That got a little boring really fast! Who wants to read about my problems all the time – except for the fact that sometimes you learn from the mistakes of others! It was also to help promote my book – ‘Crossing The Line’ and it did. Yay! Now I mostly write what I am feeling for the day. Sometimes its about self-publishing, sometimes about my family, and sometimes life in general. I guess we all have to start somewhere. Love your blog and love READ TUESDAY! I know it is a plateful! And I also love that you are in my great state of Louisiana, even though you don’t eat crawfish. 🙂
A blog can be used effectively to write about different things; and even when you focus mostly on one thing, a little variety is still nice. If you’re trying to attract a particular audience, however, you want some content that will attract that audience.
Have to love all that love. 🙂
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