I’ve been blogging since 2000, and have dozens of blogs. When I first started blogging, I had no idea WHY I was doing it. I just liked the idea of instant publishing — being able to hit the “Publish” button, and instantly have my words available to millions of readers.
That seemed wonderful to me then, and all these years later, I still think MAGIC ! whenever I press that button.
As you might imagine, I’ve been nagging writers to blog for years. Once they start, they invariably wish that they’d started blogging earlier.
Blogging is incredibly powerful. It will help you to build your platform.
As this article, Dear WordCount: Can blogging help me write fiction? | WordCount says, you should blog:
“To build a platform for a book. This is one of the more common ways authors use a blog, to build a community of readers so when they send a book proposal to an agent or publisher they can say, â€˜My name is Joe Jones, I have an idea for a book about zombie vampires, and you should consider publishing me because I have 250,000 blog subscribers who devour my every word.â€™”
I tend to “glom” onto authors. Once I find an author I love, I immediately buy all the author’s backlist. I don’t want to miss a single word. Of course, I also visit the author’s blog, to get an idea of when I can expect MORE from this author.
If you have a blog, you can add the RSS feed to your Author page on Amazon, too. This is a great way to help your readers to discover your other books.
So, if you want readers, get a blog. Your blog’s posts will stay online for years, winning readers for years.
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