Guest blog by The Oldest Living Middle-Aged Writer
Writers write to share their story with readers. That’s it in a nutshell. Of course, getting paid is nice, but don’t count on it. Getting your writing out in the universe is the objective.
Writing your book can take a really long time, sometimes years. And all this time you are likely floundering along, rewriting and editing, stuck in a bubble that lacks feedback or motivation. But finally, you deem the book done.
Now your choices are traditional publishing, self-publishing, or sticking your masterpiece in a drawer….
What about blogging your book?
- Set up your blog.
- Post short installments of your book weekly. This will build a following on Facebook or other social media sites.
- Encourage constructive comments, the operative word “constructive” i.e. useful and insightful.
Maybe you’ve already established a following by blogging funny stories about your children or pets. Collect them and publish them in book form. You already have your audience.
If your genre is fiction:
- Finish each post with a cliffhanger, and never miss an opportunity to market your book-in-progress everywhere you can.
- Develop an enticing tagline.
- Publish a weekly or monthly e-newsletter to your followers with side notes about your book.
Make it short, and make it frequent, the keys to effective blogging. When you finish your book, you will already have readers and feedback.
Postscript from Sue Powers:
Pat Childers, the Oldest Living Middle-Age Writer, is writing a mystery, working title You Name It, and I’m writing a mystery [as S.J. Powers] called Twist.