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Beginner? Try These Ideas Out.

The Art of Blogging

Believe it or not, blogging is more than just creating content, engaging with readers, and curating a few social media accounts.

Your blog is more than just the words, images, and videos you share with the world. Your words need a proper home, so to speak.

The visual layout of your blog is one of the main factors that determine whether the folks who stumble upon your blog subscribe or not.

In other words, yeah, everyone judges a book by its cover these days…

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To Blog or Not to Blog?

The Art of Blogging

That is the question…

Should you blog? And why? And about what?

The fact that there are tens of millions of blogs in existence does make it feel as if your words won’t matter much.

But just like Shakespeare’s most famous words, this simple question only serves to prove that we either do or we don’t. We either are or not.

That’s it.

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8 Best Ways To Gain Followers For Your Blog

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Traffic! It’s one of those words that I do not like much, for it almost begs us to forget that those stats represent actual people.

But… but… I know that one of the main reasons we blog is to be read by other people, so this makes it important to gain more followers, to receive feedback, to feel as if what you blog about truly matters to other people.

That’s why I compiled a list of the eight best ways to increase traffic and gain more followers for your blog.

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Blogging Can Jumpstart Your Writing Career…Even Before You Publish – by Anne R. Allen…

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This week,Jane Friedman reports some bad news for new novelists who want to go the traditional publishing route. (Click Jane’s name to see article)

She says fiction markets are increasingly “more competitive and risk-averse due to continued dwindling sales.” And she tells us that agents and publishers are now combing queries looking for “authors who demonstrate they have a vision for their career and the marketing work involved in that career.”

So how can you show “vision” and an aptitude for “marketing work”...before you query?

One way is blogging.

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Want Reviews, Guest Posts, Spotlights, Interviews? Treat Bloggers With Respect! – by Anne R. Allen…

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The contempt some business people have for bloggers never ceases to amaze me.

Every day I get emails demanding I do free work for companies that are obviously solvent enough to hire employees—so why do they imagine it’s okay to demand that bloggers work for them…for nothing?

Recently an employee of a tech company emailed me one of these crazy demands—using the charmingly personalized salutation, “Hey there!” They can’t use my name, because… how could anybody figure out that “Anne R. Allen’s Blog” is run by somebody named “Anne?”

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Timely Reminders – Ideas to blog about – Guest Post by, Jemima Pett…

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A timely reminder came into my mail box this morning: The Story Reading Ape’s digest. Among the usual excellent fare (including Monday Funnies, always worth relaxing over with your favourite beverage) was a post on ideas for your next blog post.

My first reaction was – let’s see if I can snag any ideas. My second was – I have too many ideas already, just get on with the things I do.

Of course, the most useful reaction was to take a look and store anything away that might come in useful. It’s a long post. But controlling the tendency to get involved in anything and everything is also a valuable asset. Keep the reason you blog firmly in your mind.

Why do you blog?

It’s a troublesome thing, blogging. Especially if, like me, you blog to have a presence on the web, rather than to make money attracting…

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4 Tips for Creating a Successful Book Blog

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If you love to read and you’re wondering what your next blog should be about then a book blog is the obvious first choice. Many great writers use book blogs to review and promote books they come across.

However, if you’re a novelist, then your book blog serves an additional purpose. It’s an additional opportunity to brand and market your book to followers who may one day become your customers, and form your fan base.

So how do you ensure you start off on the right foot, and make the best out of your book blog? Check out our four tips below.

1. Write About More than Your Book

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One of the biggest mistake indie authors make is giving in to that drive to sell, sell, sell. There is often either a push for people to buy the books,  or read and review a free copy.

You might be thinking…

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EDITING 101: 48 – Using Quotes in Your Book and Research Tips – Part 1…

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

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Using Quotes in Your Book and Research Tips (Part 1)

As often as I run into authors wanting to use song lyrics in their novels, I also run into authors wanting to use quotes in their non-fiction books. (If you missed the post about using song lyrics in your manuscript, you can find it HERE 101:08) It seems that many authors like the way somebody else said something previously and don’t think they can say it any better.

Well, I don’t know about that. But I do know that you cannot simply take someone else’s words—no matter how wonderfully written—and plop them into your for-sale book. That’s plagiarism. And, you cannot simply use a significant amount of material…

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