Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Learning to Blog for Book Publicity

That business of writing being easy ("you just open a vein...") does not hold a candle to blogging effectively.  Between trying to overcome the "who wants to hear from me every day?" handicap and learning the technical aspects of creating the posts, I'm considering a hut in the Andes.  Or maybe the Alps, I love the Alps. Now that I've learned the difference between posts and pages I better understand why some writers have abandoned web pages in favor of blogs.  This really is (sort of, kind of) easier. Today I created a page on the Jolie Gentil cozy mystery series and am about to do one on my recent family history book, Orr Campbell, Mitchell, and Shirley Families in Ireland and America.  I thought about whether the fiction and family history blogs should be separate.  For now, both are here -- both kinds of writing inform the other.  And, this is me.

1 comment:

  1. Elaine -- welcome to blogging!

    I followed you over here from Murder Must Advertise.

    Here's the secret about blogging that they never tell you: the most important quality of a blog is age. You can take your time to learn and explore different ideas of what you want to cover -- because Google is waiting for you to do this for a while before taking you seriously anyway.

    The best subjects for your blog are things that interest you. Odds are they will interest your readers in some way too. (So don't be afraid to make this blog about you.)

    After a while you'll develop a voice and style for your blog just as you have for your books. And right about then, Google will consider you blog an "established" blog.