Blogging

Lots of Benefits for Writing Guest Blogs

Freelance-Writing

If you read enough blogs in the writing and publishing field – which every writer should – you will find the names of successful writers over and over – writing content for others.  Their articles are almost always ending with a short bio and a link to their books or their website.
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While it takes dedication to consistently write great posts, the benefits far outweigh the time investment:  Guest posting means writing articles or blog posts for other websites. There are numerous websites that require authentic and originally written posts on topics which are relevant to their website. At the same time, the guest writer might have a website that has some relevance to the blogging site, thus allowing for a mutual benefit:

  • A great advantage of guest blogging for others increases your exposure to more readers, while at the same time is helping you build your brand.
  • An author who has been published on relevant sites will most likely be seen as more credible than someone who has not written guest posts at all.
  • Increased website traffic is one of the main reasons why many writers choose to begin guest blogging.
  • Many websites allow writers to submit a bio and/or their social media profile URLs to be published at the end of the post. These links drive referral traffic and boost organic search engine rankings
  • Don’t forget the social media exposure from sharing buttons on these blogs
  • Many blog owners allow you to take the guest blog after a month and post it also on your own website.
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Why Would Anyone Write 500 Guest Blog Posts on LinkedIn?
This is just what media specialist Bruce Kasanoff did: Using social media to attract new clients, a highly efficient and effective strategy, but only if your mindset is to help people first and to sell a distant second.

He explains further that engagement matters far more than views, which means Likes, Shares, and Comments.  “On LinkedIn, you can see the identity of everyone who Likes, Shares, or Comments on your articles.  The Internet is plagued by trolls, but LinkedIn has very few of them.  I can’t name another business site that attracts so many smart, perceptive and interactive professionals.  When I pose a question, I get often dozens or even hundreds of thoughtful answers.”

Another benefit: Everything you publish on LinkedIn is seen by your (professional) followers, and you can send it out via Twitter and Facebook to their social media accounts. It certainly helps to have lots of LinkedIn followers in the area of your writing.
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Tips on How to Write Guest Blogs:

Follow the Guidelines
It seems obvious, but too many writers don’t follow the guidelines – at all. Don’t wonder when there is no answer to inquiries. Editors don’t waste their time to email you back with a link to their submission rules. Just as editors vary from one publication to another, so do guidelines.
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Word count matters.
This is usually non-negotiable. Some publications state that any submissions over the word count won’t even be read. Guidelines clarify necessary items, such as a title, a bio, a PayPal account, or links to social media platforms. The guidelines also state whether to submit in the body of an email, as an attachment, or through a special format.
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Study their writing styles, content, and the writer’s voice.
The better you match your pitch to the blog you want to write for, the greater your chances of success.
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Important Reminder: How to Write a Web Guest Blog
Reading from a digital device is different from reading a book – and so is writing! http://www.savvybookwriters.com/reminder-how-to-write-a-blog-internet-content/

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Being a Welcomed Guest Blogger
When you write guest posts for someone else, do the following:

  • Link to the post from your blog (or re-blog)
  • Promote it on Twitter and Facebook – several times per week
  • Thank the blog owner for the opportunity
  • Stick around and respond to comments on the post

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Writer Blogs That Pay for Guest Posts
FundsforWriters: http://fundsforwriters.com/submissions/
Write Naked: http://writenaked.net/guest-blog-writers/
Listverse: http://listverse.com/write-get-paid/
The Dollar Stretcher: http://www.stretcher.com/menu/writers.cfm
Scary Mommy: http://www.scarymomy.com/write-for-scary-mommy/
Make a Living Writing: http://www.makealivingwriting.com/im-starting-pay-guest-posts-blog/

More Listings:
https://www.shoutmeloud.com/list-of-50-best-blogs-that-accept-guest-posts.html

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Write Guest Posts for High-Traffic Blogs
There is a great number of blogs which are almost online magazines, containing generally high-quality posts and are high-traffic with outstanding rankings in search engines.  These blogs may or may not pay contributors.  However, they will provide fantastic visibility for the author and can be used for the writer’s portfolio:

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Writing Blogs
https://www.effectivebusinessideas.com/the-ultimate-list-of-writing-blogs-that-accept-guest-posts/

Freelancing Blogs
https://www.effectivebusinessideas.com/the-ultimate-list-of-freelancing-blogs-that-accept-guest-posts/

Business/Small Business Blogs
https://www.effectivebusinessideas.com/list-of-businesssmall-business-blogs-that-accept-guest-posts/

Freelancing Blogs
https://www.effectivebusinessideas.com/the-ultimate-list-of-freelancing-blogs-that-accept-guest-posts/

Blogging Theme Blogs
https://www.effectivebusinessideas.com/the-ultimate-list-of-blogging-blogs-that-accept-guest-posts/

Travel Blogs
https://www.effectivebusinessideas.com/the-ultimate-list-of-travel-blogs-that-accept-guest-posts/

Book & Literature Blogs
https://www.effectivebusinessideas.com/the-ultimate-list-of-book-blogs-that-accept-guest-posts/

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Position yourself as an authority and well-known name in the literary and publishing industry.  Get lots of reader traffic backlinks to your own website and improve your Search Engine Rankings. Best of all: Have fun writing!
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Excerpt from our upcoming book: How to Make More Money With Writing

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Why Blog as a Writer? And Why Not:

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I love blogging, and would like to have a 48-hour-day, so that I can pursue it more often. My blogs include not only publishing and book marketing topics, but aviation topics, gardening, travel in Canada and worldwide.  They are also my basis of posts and tweets on social media – and even for my non-fiction books.

A blog is one of the most valuable tools to show you and your work to readers. Your blog is part of your platform and your author brand.  Your blog has endless benefits, such as higher “Search Engine Ranking” on Google, better visibility, and to separate you from mainstream writers. Several Blog reader surveys found that blogs are building trust, and are influencing buying decisions.
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Blogs are an essential tool of any writer.  Not only does it get you writing on a regular schedule, it lubricates your writer’s brain, eases the fear of putting yourself out there in the world.
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1. Top Authors are Blogging
Top author blogs include those of fantasy authors Neil Gaiman or J.A. Konrath, spirituals Paulo Coelho, Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra, and business authors Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell.  They all have sold millions of copies, yet they still blog for fun and in order to sell their books, then we should definitely do the same!
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2. Blogging is Your Exercise in Writing
Every artist needs to practice, practice, practice…  Musicians need to play hundreds – if not thousands – of pieces, before they can even think about playing in front of an audience.  Same is true for any other kind of art, and also sport.  Athletes who want to attend a competition, let alone the Olympics, need to exercise 40 to 80 hours a week (often beside their work or studies).  Blogging is an author’s “training”, actually an easy one, as the book’s content or experiences of their writing or new things they learned can go into their articles.
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3. A Blog is Not Only Pure Writing
New blog posts do not necessarily be a written articles, as explained in: Why Blogging Sells Your Book.

  • Photos, Videos, Podcasts,
  • Snippets from your book
  • Slide-Shares, info-Graphics, lists
  • Polls / Surveys
  • Re-blogging, curating other blog posts
  • Introductions or single chapters of your upcoming books
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4. Your Blog: A Marketing Essential
Your blog, along with a newsletter and website, are the best ways to build a list of online followers, you can introduce your work to an ever-widening circle of readers.  Not only is blogging great for updating contacts about new events and what you are currently writing, but they are also perfect for helping your website rank higher.
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5. More Visitors With New Content
With constantly updated content, you will for sure receive more visitors to your blog than a website.  These visitors can easily be lead to visit your actual website with a link at the top left “Visit my Author Site”.  Blogging increases excitement about your future books, and enlists “your fans” to help spread the word.
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6. You Need a Blog to Support Your Book.
Last, but not least: Your blog facilitates networking with your peers and readers, and makes you focus on your author brand and how you want your work to be known.  Blogging is content writing  and content marketing, and much better than advertising.
Why You Should Not Blog:

  • The “make money blogging” dream is one that rarely works out.  Ads and affiliate revenue are not coming easily-  and not fast.  In most cases you need first several hundreds of blog posts and have a name in a niche, and a huge audience that supports you.
  • Don’t expect that writing a blog has a significant immediate impact on your book sales, or your freelancing revenue.

Trust is a rare and valuable commodity on the Internet. You can’t buy trust or a reputation as a writer.  It has to be earned by demonstrating your commitment to your readers – for example by blogging.

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7 Most Popular Blog Posts 2011 – 2014

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Curious if we had already reached the 1-Million-reader mark, I was browsing through the statistics of our “old” WordPress blog – which has been moved to: http://SavvyBookWriters.com/blog over a year ago – and discovered this list of the seven most popular blog post between 2011 and 2014:
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46 Top Websites to Promote Your Book for FREE
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/18-top-websites-to-promote-your-book-for-free/

How to Start Your Own Book Publishing Business
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/how-to-start-your-own-book-publishing-business/

11 Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/9-websites-to-find-freelance-writing-jobs/

50 Web Links to Let Your Book Go Viral!
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/50-web-links-to-let-your-book-go-viral/

15 Million Reads Before Her Book Was Even Published
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/15-million-readers-before-her-book-was-even-published/

What is the Salary of an Editor, Reporter or Columnist?
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/what-is-the-salary-of-an-editor-reporter-or-columnist/

The Traps in Publishing Contracts
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/the-traps-in-publishing-contracts/

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Where did the Blog Traffic come from?
90% of the traffic to our blog came mostly from search engines, where people looked for advice and typed in certain keywords (see how important hashtags and keywords are!).  Research also shows that readers are fifteen times more likely to seek out and purchase a book from an author with a recognizable brand. And these authors can also charge more for their books. If a writer is trying to build a career as an author, this becomes crucial to success.
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The top three social media networks that send readers our way:
#1 Twitter,
#2 Facebook
#3 Google+

Also Google+ is mainly responsible for the overwhelming success of search engine traffic.   And the Independent Publisher blog who had just mentioned SavvyBookWriters in one single sentence, sent almost 900 readers to our blog.
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What surprised me was the fact that Pinterest brought more referrals than LinkedIn, even though only images were posted there, while on the other hand many useful articles went to LinkedIn. The reason might be the number of followers on Pinterest are double than those at LinkedIn?  Resolution for 2016: Being more active on Linkedin, following more people there.  Did you know: every article one writes on LinkedIn is emailed to all followers’ mailbox there.  It makes all the  difference if 200 people receive a message or 2.000 get it…
Blog posts on SavvyBookwriters contain usually between three and ten links.  The most-clicked and followed links in our blogs came from readers at Wattpad.com, Booktalk.org and Goodreads.com.

Last, but not least the countries where the most readers came from: USA (over 60%), United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, Philippines, South Africa, Germany, Singapore and Ireland. And amazingly even from countries such as Micronesia, Bhutan, Solomon Islands, Angola, Moldova, Paraguay, Uzbekistan, Cayman Islands, Burundi, Fidji and Cuba.  It’s just amazing how the Internet connects the world…

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Well, and 5,000 more readers TODAY, the first day of 2016, would make the 1.000.000 mark – please use the share buttons : ) and invite all your friends and followers to visit our blog.  THANKS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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More Success for Your Book With Blog Tours

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Blog tours are a fantastic way to get more exposure and to promote your books – if your target blogs’ audience has avid readers in your genre.  Each blog tour will be completely different in both, style and reach and it offers unique and interesting content.
While you can hire professionals to help set up your book blog tour, you can also do it alone.  But it will take time, planning, research, and a lot of patience, and it is only advisable only if you have connections to many book bloggers!

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Many book promotion sites require at least a handful of reviews for your book, blog tours usually don’t, which means they are ideal for new authors.  Blog tour organizers require a fee, but it’s worth it as you will usually get your book in front of targeted readers for your genre.  More benefits for you, especially increased online book visibility, more Twitter and Google+ followers, Facebook “likes”, more followers on your own website or blog, more book reviews, and eventually in the future more book sales.
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Carefully Choose the Blog Tour Organizer
You may already follow the most influential bloggers in your genre.  If not, research those focused on your genre with professionally presented websites/blogs, recent blog tours, blog posts, and an active social media presence.  Check how well these book bloggers promote participating authors.  Find out where fellow authors in your genre have participated in blog tours.  Ask your writer buddies and your writing communities for recommendations or readers for book bloggers they follow.  Study not only the blog tour web site, but also each of their social media presence and find out how popular the blog really is: use Alexa.com to learn about their ranking worldwide and national.   Carefully read submission guidelines and follow them.

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What You Can Expect
Blog tour packages can include a variety of content types ranging from guest posts, author interviews to contests, spotlights, book excerpts, or a high-traffic email newsletter to readers.  The tour organizer will pair you with blogs they know would work best for your books.
It’s always a bonus when the book blogger and participating blogs review your book as well.  Offer free book review copies, and maybe a couple more as prizes during the blog tour.  Book bloggers often place reviews on both, Amazon and Goodreads, and certainly on their own website or blog.  Popular prizes during a blog tour are also gift cards from online retailers, such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Traditional book blogs, can also be excellent places to contact regarding their participation – if they post articles, relating to the content of your title. For example, if you wrote a thriller that takes place in New York City, find blogs that are related to travel and tourism, ethnic restaurants, gun shops, fashion boutiques, aviation… and so forth.  If you write non-fiction, you will even find more blogs to pitch to.
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What You Should Offer
During your blog tour you exclusively “stop by” at one blog per day and you want to prepare and offer unique content to each blogger (kind of guest blog about your book and yourself as a writer).  Offer different content on each blog a week in advance of the publication date.  You may have fans following you to each blog tour location and you need to share something different at each stop.
Plan your tour at least eight to ten weeks! ahead of the actual tour dates, which should ideally be soon after the launch of your book so readers can easily buy it after hearing about it on the tour.  Avoid any time short before or during holidays.  Each book blog tour length is different, ranging from one to four weeks.

Offer each blogger exclusive content, that their readers will not find anywhere else.  Send them unique interview and blog ideas, based on their audience.  Research their tours in the past – and which authors/books have been the most popular.  Ideas for book blog content include author interviews, Questions & Answers, observations, backstories, personal observations, character interviews, related recipes, and book excerpts tailored to the book blogger’s demographics, maybe advice, expert opinion or how-to’s for non-fiction.

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How to Contact Book Bloggers
After reading carefully their submission policy, write them a friendly email, commenting on their blog, or a favorite author in common.  Describe your book title, the genre, a brief summary, a short bio, your social media presences, and links to your sales pages and Goodreads page as well as your own website or blog.  Describe your ideas for blogs and how you will promote the blog tour, including any freebies.  Offer a free review copy of your book and don’t forget your contact information besides your idea how long you would like the tour to last.

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Create Valuable Original Content
Each stop on your blog tour is a great opportunity to win new readers and reviewers.  Each of your articles can be later used on your own site, so, preparing the content for your blog tour is not an additional work.  Edit each of your posts for perfect content.  Include photos of your book cover and an author photo for use on their site.  Every part of your blog tour should be promoted through your newsletter, blog, website, social media – including the free event announcements on Google+ and Goodreads.
Write a separate event invitation for every day where you appear on a book blog site.  Don’t forget to do the same on LinkedIn, where each of your followers will receive an email notification.  Include also the blogger’s social media and blog links in your promotion.  After the event, respond friendly and quickly to encourage additional interaction.

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Part of the Success is up to YOU
As better you plan your the timing and the right content mix and as more you promote the blog tour – as better the book promotion works.  Give readers and bloggers value!  Don’t forget to thank the blogger personally and publicly.  You will likely be contacting them again for your next book. Once you have a relationship started with bloggers, continue with commenting on their other posts, retweeting or sharing Google+ posts, etc.

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Examples of High Rated Blog Tour Offers:

Suspense, Romance, YA, Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Science Fiction
http://xpressobooktours.com/services/

Mainly Romance and Fantasy
http://www.enchantedbookpromotions.com/

Romance, Fantasy, Suspense, Paranormal, Historical
http://www.goddessfish.com/services/virtual-book-tours/

Young Adult FREE Blog Tours
http://www.rockstarbooktours.com/p/what-we-do.html

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Find more Book Blog Tours in author Greg Stranberg’s article for The Book Designer.
He even wrote a very detailed, helpful book about this topic, where he describes in detail 50 ebook blog tours.
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Including blog tours into your book marketing mix, is great for boosting your book’s visibility as well as for getting reviews, and to introduce your writing to new audiences.  For even more success, it is important to promote the blog tour before and after the date.
Blog tours are all about exposure, to become introduced to new readers, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see an immediate spike in sales.  It all takes time until you have a solid platform, and blog tours are a great tool to achieve this.

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Merry Christmas – Happy Holidays

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Merry Christmas to All Our Readers and Subscribers

… and Happy Holidays to you.

Enjoy this time of the year with family and friends!

your 111Publishing and SavvyBookWriters Crew

… and thanks for following us to our new blog URL

http://SavvyBookWriters.com/blog

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To All Our Readers and Subscribers

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Thank You

To all our readers, subscribers and followers:

 

I am very thankful for over 720,000 visitors, thousands of followers and subscribers on SavvyBookWriters.wordpress.com.

This site will be ONLY available in the future under:

http://SavvyBookWriters.com/blog

 

You will be able to find the COMPLETE archive of this “old” site on the new one.

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Happy Thanksgiving and Why We Moved the Blog

Happy Thanksgiving and Why We Moved the Blog

Happy Thanksgiving and Why We Moved the Blog

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Thanks to all 705,000 visitors of this blog, to all subscribers and especially to all of you who helped to make a smooth transition from SavvyBookWriters.Wordpress.com to our “own” website here:

SavvyBookWriters.com/blog were you will find continuesly all the publishing and book marketing news, links and tips that you are used to receive several times a week on the “old” blog.
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You Might Ask Why a Change of Name?
SavvyBookWriters.com/blog is our own site, we pay a small amount ($3.95) for hosting from BlueHost, we decide the design and we can use our own website however we want to.  The blog name is also shorter, and sounds more professional than the WordPress name.  And readers can sign up for our newsletter, which they could not on our old site.
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Some of the Reasons for “Moving”:
A WordPress blog  (the one we used before, and which you are just reading) is “pre-fabricated”, free to use, no hosting necessary, but you don’t own it, you cannot make major changes in design and you cannot use your own plug-ins.  Wordpress also places their advertisements – which you cannot control  – in your blog.  You might not see these ads on your own computer, but at any other device e.g. a computer of friends, readers or in a library.  To prevent this, you would have to pay $30/year.  The good part:  They have an automatic spam protection which is pretty thorough!  And readers can certainly find all the previous articles (over 1,130) on this site in the future.  Just type what you are looking for, into the search function of the blog.
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To receive every article at  SavvyBookWriters.com/blog  please sign up at the pop-up window that appears after 20 seconds.  It says: “To receive the latest blog post, enter your email address”.
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5 Reasons Why Blogging is Joy – and a Must

. Blogging . “At the very least, new authors should be blogging” – that’s what publishers and agents expect.  Blogs are an essential tool of any writer.  Not only does it get you writing on a regular schedule, it lubricates your writer’s brain, eases that fear of putting yourself out there in the world.  . 1. Top Authors are Blogging Top author blogs include those of fantasy authors Neil Gaiman or J.A. Konrath, spirituals Paulo Coelho, Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra, and business authors Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell. They all have sold millions of copies, yet they still blog for fun and… Read more

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5 Reasons Why Blogging is Joy – and a Must

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“At the very least, new authors should be blogging” – that’s what publishers and agents expect.  Blogs are an essential tool of any writer.  Not only does it get you writing on a regular schedule, it lubricates your writer’s brain, eases that fear of putting yourself out there in the world. 
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1. Top Authors are Blogging
Top author blogs include those of fantasy authors Neil Gaiman or J.A. Konrath, spirituals Paulo Coelho, Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra, and business authors Tim Ferriss and Malcolm Gladwell. They all have sold millions of copies, yet they still blog for fun and in order to sell their books, then we should definitely do the same!
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2. Blogging is Your Exercise in Writing
Every artist needs to practice, practice, practice… Musicians need to play hundreds – if not thousands – of pieces, before they can even think about playing in front of an audience. Same is true for any other kind of art, and also sport. Athletes who want to attend a competition, let alone the Olympics, need to exercise 40 to 80 hours a week (often beside their work or studies). Blogging is an authors “training”, actually an easy one, as the books content or experiences of their writing or new things they learned can go into their articles.

 

 

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3. A Blog is Not Only Pure Writing
New blog posts do not necessarily be a written articles, as explained in: Why Blogging Sells Your Book.

  • Photos, Videos, Podcasts,
  • Snippets from your book
  • Slide-Shares, Info-Graphics, Lists
  • Polls / Surveys
  • Re-blogging, Curating other blog articles
  • Guest posts
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4. Your Blog: A Marketing Essential
Your blog, along with a newsletter and website, are the best ways to build a list of online followers, you can introduce your work to an ever-widening circle of readers. Not only is blogging great for updating contacts about new events and what you are currently writing, but they are also perfect for helping your website rank higher.
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5. More Visitors With New Content
With constantly updated content, you will for sure receive more visitors to your blog than a website. These visitors can easily be lead to visit your actual website with a link at the top left “Visit my Author Site”. Blogging increases excitement about your forthcoming books, and enlists “raving fans” to help spread the word.

Last, but not least: Blogging is a huge part of what your posts and tweets on Social Media are. Your blog facilitates networking with your peers and readers, and makes you focus on your author brand and how you want your work to be known.

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