I’ve been pondering something and would love your input…we’ll chat more below. BUT FIRST. The winner of ANGELGUARD is…
Becky, you’re going to enjoy this one. I’ll get your email address to Ian ASAP. And thank you, Ian Acheson, for the great interview and for offering this free copy!
Okay, so I’ve been thinking. As a fiction writer who blogs, I’m wondering–without a book to share with you, what do I have to share? I mean, non-fiction authors build huge platforms, just talking issues. They’re pros in their field.
I can’t say I’m a total pro in any field. Hey, I’m the one who majored in HUMANITIES, so I could take a huge range of subjects, from German to Judo, from News Writing to Abnormal Psychology.
I’ve written three books. Yes, I’ve researched Vikings and Wicca and West Virginia, not necessarily in that order, for my novels. I could throw all kinds of facts at you, but they’re kind of like boards strewn about on the ground, with no framework.
As fiction authors, we identify our “brand.” My brand is “Writing Beyond the Vows.” But I don’t talk about marriage in every post. That fire and drive is there, but I pour it into my novels. I enjoy blogging about it occasionally and finding guest bloggers to talk about it on Married…with Fiction.
On this blog, I’ve run a series for Newbie writers, a series for Homeschoolers, a series of classic quotes…I’ve vlogged, I’ve interviewed so many great authors…yet now I feel like I’m coming up empty!
I love this blog, love connecting with you. Just like novels themselves, different posts resonate with different readers. I know many fiction authors have reached this point—WHAT am I bringing to the table? What’s the point of my blog, when I write novels?
If you’re like me, you have blogs you frequent for information, then blogs you frequent because of the blogger. We just want to hitch our star to some blogging friends, to encourage them and bring them all the moral support we can.
Blogging is so important for building a platform and finding loyal followers–I don’t think anyone doubts that. If I find a new author I like, I immediately hunt down their blog. But is that because I’m an author and I want to know their agent/publisher info? Their journey to publication story? Do readers follow their fave authors’ blogs?
Just pondering. What do you think? How can fiction authors best maximize their time? Especially before they’re published? Personally, I’ve found my Facebook author page a fun way to interact, without writing longer posts. Just blips of info and updates to connect.
I’d love some examples of blogs you love–of unpublished authors, in particular–and why you love them. I think once I have a book to offer, it won’t even be an issue. But for now, I don’t want to waste your time!
Please chime in and let me know your thoughts. Let’s hash it out today! Blog readers and writers, UNITE!