Category Archives: Writing Advice

Authors and their blogs

 

How does one find content for one’s blog? What direction do you want to go? Will it be fun or more serious? These are just some questions to ponder when one takes on a blog.

When I first started, it was a mixture of different content. I would talk about anything that came to mind. That was fun to do.

But as I grew as an author, I decided to make this my author’s website. It would be the place to talk about my books, writings, brand, and all that came with being an author.

That comes with a lot of topics to discuss. Right? Most times, yes. Other times I sit at my desk and look around the room, trying to think of something. Topics I have not discussed before. I try not to recycle posts I have written in the past. However, some topics need to be mentioned again when it comes to writing.

As writers creating a place as a one-stop when it comes to your brand is helpful. I have made this site the hub of my social platform. You also can do this.

You can include links to your social platform, list your books, interviews you have done, pictures and videos, and so much more. It can be a site where people who are interested in your works can check you out. You want that as an author.

It is a good start to create a blog as an author to get your foot in the door and for the world to see who you are.

And you need the world to see who you are.

Judging a book by its cover: Do you do this?

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

But one does when it comes to actual books. We will pick the ones that are pleasing to us and then check out the blurb.

How much time do you put into creating a cover? It can be pricey if you are unable to design your graphics. Or to find an artist who will work with you and not break the bank.

Yes, there are sites where you can buy prefab covers. There is nothing wrong with those if you are starting your career. Maybe a prefab cover will be just the right fit for your book. I have seen some amazing ones that can fit into a variety of budgets.

But coming up with the right cover can determine if your book is purchased and read. It is a decision that one should not take lightly.

I am the same way when I am checking out books. Once it is in my hand, I soon learn the blurb does not always interest me. The point being is it has a shot of being purchased.

Paying attention to your cover is just as important as the work between the pages. Spend some time on this part. After all the work one puts into a book, it would be a shame if it remains on the shelf due to a cover that has no pop.

Count the big and small wows with your brand: Your book has earned it

 

Count the little things when it comes to your brand. For a lot of little things can add up to a whole lot of WOOHOO!

I think me staying home in quarantine has done wonders for my brand even though I have yet to start writing. During the time I have stayed home volume one of my Jasper, Amazon parrot series, “Jasper, Amazon Parrot: A Raiforest Adventure”,  had placed in the top 100 for Kindle in the UK in two categories. This same book was translated into Spanish.

I was flying pretty high than my head blew up. It placed in the top 100 for Kindle in the US for one category and was only three off from placing in two categories.

What the heck? These are events that happen to the high rising authors that everyone knows. The authors who have movies made out of their books.

Yet, Jasper and I was up there. But things don’t last as it was a short ride in the US. The ride in the UK was a tad longer.

This is just the more reason to take screen shots of any thing that is positive for your brand. I have a folder of screen shops of the accomplishments that has happened.

You got to enjoy the little moments of joy when it comes to your job regardless if they are one big wow to a bunch of little wows.

How this all happened I have no clue. But it has gotten me even more excited for my series, my brand and my writings. People out there are buying my books, leaving great reviews and are appreciating what I do. That deserves in its own right for me to pause, breath deeply and think, “Damn girl. You got something here.”

Take a few minutes and ponder. And if by chance it is something online take a screen shot or photo of it. You earned it. Your brand earned it. At least I think so.

Edit:

Since I wrote this I have written three days in a row on volume four to my Jasper, Amazon parrot series. I have added 3500 words.