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Blogging Your Book

To blog your book without being too boringly obvious or repetitive, consider blogging about the subject matter of your book. People who share an interest in what your book is about could become your readers.

For example:
If you write mysteries, blog the latest crime-fighting psychology or tech or techniques. Romance writers can blog on sex, relationships or famous real-life romances. Blog fantasies if you write them, or blog the science behind your fiction if you write Sci-Fi.

So, if you are a writer who blogs, the question could be…
What can you blog about that shares your interests with prospective readers?

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11 thoughts on “Blogging Your Book

  1. mimispeike says:

    I agree. Any story has numerous issues in it that can be explored.

    I read the ‘books’ pieces on the various news sites and am often struck by how entertaining they are. Write your blog as if you were going to submit it to Salon, insights with a wide appeal.

    I just read an interesting discussion of F. Scot Fitzgerald on Salon, and I am trying to rework it, with my additions, for here.

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  2. Perry Palin says:

    Assume the novel is situated in modern day New Orleans, with a mystery to be solved, and the protagonist, a recent arrival from Oregon, develops a love interest with a fifth generation city resident from an upper middle class family.

    Blog about 1) Mardi Gras and other festivals and events; 2) historic churches and other locales where scenes of the novel play out; 3) floods and storms and their effect on infrastructure, housing, and most importantly the people; 4) employment, income, and economics; 5) classes and neighborhoods, and how they affect the characters in the book; 6) relationships between people – do opposites attract, or are we better off with someone who shared our upbringing?; 7) municipal services and government (okay, make it interesting); 8) how people of New Orleans view the rest of the country; 9) why some people stay, and some leave; 10) the percentage of the population of New Orleans that is left handed, and how this leads to clues to the mystery; 11) okay, I’ll think of #11 after I hit the “post comment” button.

    There’s a ton of background and related material that will not make it into a modern novel, but when well presented it will support interest in the story.

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    • mimispeike says:

      Talk about what made you write this particular story. That’s always good.

      Talk about this (pulled from the Fitzgerald article): “But as any novelist worth his or her salt knows, you have to write the story that wants to be told, not the story you think you’re supposed to write.”

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  3. mimispeike says:

    There are things that work and there are things that don’t work and I will soon be able to speak with authority on this. I have three-quarters of my novella up on a website. I have to get a grasp of formats, and I will be ready to make it public. Then I sink or swim on my own petard.

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  4. atthysgage says:

    Good thoughts. I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a Facebook page on paranormal phenomenon (though I imagine there are already many) and doing posts on various reports of ghost sightings and other such things, both serious and silly. Then, after I have thousands of followers—bang!—introduce them to Whisper Blue. BUT…I never got beyond the toying.

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    • GD Deckard says:

      That’s really a good idea, Atthys. The many paranormal sites is your market. Ask people what they think of your plot idea (I loved it, really. Clever and timely.) Some who like it will want to read the story.

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