On June 12th, I was asked to make a presentation at the California Writers Club on, “Gutsy Blogging for Writers.” Most of the audience were eager to start a blog, and my goal was to help them develop their author platform via blogging.
First five minutes of my presentation at the CWC-OC Branch
You can view the entire presentation on my videos page of my blog.
One of the books I find very helpful for writers who wish to learn more about promoting their book is:
Get Known Before the Book Deal, by Christina Katz. She offers ideas, through examples, on how to build an audience for your book. Yes, this also applies to novelists.
Angela Ackerman, author of The Bookshelf Muse, writes a blog loaded with helpful tips for writers.Her guest post titled, “Blogs: A Writer’s best Friend” hosted on The Sharp Angle, is geared towards writers and blogging. (An excerpt below.)
“So how does a writer build a platform and go from unknown to known? Blogging is one of the most effective pathways, allowing others to get a good feel for who you are. By posting regularly and providing good content, you encourage people to visit and word will spread about your blog and you.”
Also check out this article mentioned by Angela.
FYI: The Bookshelf Muse offers many “goodies” for writers I haven’t seen elsewhere. An emotional thesaurus. Say you’re writing a scene where someone feels guilty, but you don’t really know how to show it. I counted 43 ways to show it through action or expressions.