I am SO excited to have this guest today! I think you’ll find this post to be wonderful and information and just plain awesome. Please welcome Nina Amir! She’s on a blog tour talking about How and Why to Blog a Romance Novel! Welcome, Nina!
The world of blogging might never be the same after I write this post. Why? Because I’m going to suggest that romance writers get on board and start blogging books. That’s right…take those great hot men and women on the covers of those books and plaster them all over your blogs. Then, instead of keeping those steamy love scenes (should I call them what they are—sex scenes?) on the pages of your books, start publishing them on the Internet.
Yes! Start telling those juicy tales, sharing those can’t-put-‘em-down plots in the blogosphere. Why? Because blogging books gets your book written and promoted quickly and easily. That means you develop fans. Fans are potential readers of your book.
Here’s the thing. In the traditional publishing world, great ideas and stand-out writing are not enough to turn aspiring authors into successful published authors. Writers must prove to publishers they’ve got what it takes. And they can do that with a blog.
A successful blog with lots of readers also acts like a beacon to agents and publishers. They see a successful blog as a successfully test-marketed book idea, so your ability to attract readers to your blogged book might just land you a book deal—if not for your blogged romance novel at least for your next one. Why? Because you’ve developed what in the publishing world is called an author platform—a fan base. People who will buy your books.
If you don’t land a publishing deal, or you don’t want one, the platform you have built will help you produce a successful indie book. Over time, blog readers develop a relationship with a blogger. They then tend to purchase what that blogger produces, such as a book. As you hook them on your great romance novel, they will continue purchasing your books over and over again.
Now, why in the heck would they buy your book once they’ve read it on your blog? Because they will want a souvenir. And it’s easier to read a book than a blog, especially if they missed any posts, or “installments,” along the way. Most book readers prefer to hold a book in their hands as well. Plus, you will have produced the first draft on the blog and the printed or digital book will offer them a polished version with some extra content (that you will have craftily planned out ahead of time to entice them—and possibly a publisher—to purchase the book).
So, how do you blog a book? Easy. Here are some simple steps:
- Map out your book’s content.
- Come up with a content plan.
- Break the contents down into posts-sized pieces (250-500 words).
- Write in post-sized bits on a manageable schedule
- Create a manuscript at the same time as posting on line.
- Each time you write, publish your posts.
No, go set your blog afire with your next romance novel. And watch readers and publishers flock to the flame.
Nina Amir, Inspiration-to-Creation Coach, inspires people to combine their purpose and passion so they Achieve More Inspired Results. She motivates both writers and non-writers to create publishable and published products, careers as authors and to achieve their goals and fulfill their purpose.
The author of How to Blog a Book, Write, Publish and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time (Writer’s Digest Books), Nina has also self-published 10 short books, including the How to Evaluate Your Book for Success and 10 Days and 10 Ways to Your Best Self. A sought after editor, proposal consultant, book and author coach, and blog-to-book coach, Nina’s clients’ books have sold upwards of 230,000 copies and landed deals with top publishers. The founder of Write Nonfiction in November, she writes four blogs, including Write Nonfiction NOW!, How to Blog a Book and As the Spirit Moves Me, and appears regularly on the Dresser After Dark radio show
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