Friend and author Dan Alatorre is a diverse writer who runs a most interesting and entertaining blog. Dan’s blog is full of tips for writers, and he makes up some really neat writing challenges to throw in the mix.
Dan incorporates his natural sense of humour in all his posts, no matter how serious and informative the post is, that’s just Dan.
Today I’m reposting Dan’s 10 tips on doing author interviews.
“I can hear your collective groans from here. Stop it.
As an author, you will occasionally get to do interviews. As the shy, retiring type that most of you writers are, you won’t want to do them. As a marketer, you do want to do them! Interviews raise awareness of your product – the book you want to sell – but don’t be fooled. The TV stars you see being amazing in interviews on late night TV or the Ellen show didn’t just fall out of bed and hit a home run, being all charming and spontaneous and witty.
Luckily, most of the interviews you get to do will be by email or some other written version. (For some sample interview questions I put together, click HERE. Many are the typical stuff you’ll be asked; some are just me.)
Why is that lucky? Because radio and TV interviews are hard.
First, you will probably have to contact people to do an interview regardless of the medium; they don’t come out of the woodwork to track you down just cos you published a book. According to some radio people I spoke with, authors are alwaystrying to get interviewed – and trust me, doing radio is tough. Quiet spaces while you think of an answer seem like HOURS, and you react by trying to answer quickly – and usually too fast – so it isn’t your best answer and you aren’t happy with the result. The nervousness is noticeable in your voice. You sound like a gerbil.
TV is the same except they get to SEE you becoming a gerbil. That’s just… painful. . . “
Source: 10 Tips For Doing Your (Aaaaauuuugh) Author Interviews | Dan Alatorre – AUTHOR
Today I’m going to share a great website with you called Nosegraze.com. Ashley runs a fabulous blog there which is like a help site for all bloggers. She’s a web developer who, besides selling services such as coding, web design, themes, plugins, and so much more, blogs about wordpress and issues we can run into, as well as tricks of the trade to show us how to get the most out of our blogs.
In today’s post that I’m sharing, Ashley is talking about the importance of setting up a mailing list on our blogs.
3 Full-proof ways to grow your email list:
“I don’t care how hot Bloglovin’ or Feedly are, or even Twitter/Facebook/Periscope or whatever new social media is all the rage. The #1 subscription avenue you should be promoting is email. Above all others: email. Email is the best and most reliable way to get people to read your content. People check their email all […]” CONTINUE READING
Source: I Challenge You to Build Your Email List – Nose Graze
My friend and blogger extraordinaire Hugh Roberts has a diverse blog where he writes and shares some fantastic short stories, creates some fun and interesting blog challenges, he’s on the Annual Blogger Bash committee, and he also offers up some great advice in his latest series on how to become a successful blogger.
Today I’m sharing Hugh’s post on How to Ensure Readers Will Keep Coming Back to your blog.
How To Become A Successful Blogger: Part 3 – How To Ensure Readers Will Keep Coming Back
“If we were inviting people around to our house for dinner, a party or just for a coffee, most of us would want to ensure that our home was clean, tidy and looking good, right? If that’s the case for our homes, then shouldn’t it also be the case for our blog?
After writing a new blog post, WordPress allows us to preview the post before we publish it. If you haven’t noticed it then the ‘Preview’ button sits right beside the publish button. I’m always surprised by how some blog posts look as if the author never previewed the post before publishing it. One of the most common errors I see is when large gaps appear between paragraphs or when there is a large blank space at the end of the post. Another error is a sentence being interrupted by an image or photo.
Another off-put for me is when there are large blocks of text within a post. . . ” Continue Reading
Source: How To Become A Successful Blogger: Part 3 – How To Ensure Readers Will Keep Coming Back | Hugh’s Views & News
You can read Hugh’s post for successful blogging Part 2 on Creating Pingbacks HERE
And Part 1 is all about creating an ‘About me‘ on your blogs and what’s important to include. Read that article HERE
A good friend of mine, author and editor Deborah Bowman (Bowman author) has written a wonderfully entertaining, yet very informative post on the importance of editing and proofreading.
Deb is a vivacious, giving person who is always happy to share good tips and her time to help others:
“It would be wonderful to have a special button on your keyboard that would read your writing and correct every error, typo, wrong word, omitted word, added word, or verb tense. It would be really amazing if the “edit key” would automatically rewrite awkward sentences, paragraphs, or chapters. There are software packages that attempt to go beyond the rigidity of spell/grammar-check, but do they do a better job?
No, not really, or only marginally. The computer or software package would have to comprehend the content, distinguish whether the entire piece has a theme, rewrite sentences and paragraphs to support that theme, and draw a convincing conclusion.
How can the basic rules of grammar or spelling downloaded into a software package cover all the exceptions to the rules in language and enhance the quality of the writing? It is not possible. . . “ Continue Reading
Source: Wouldn’t It Be Great to Have a Magic Button on Your Keyboard That Corrects Everything? But Editing and Proofreading Need to be Done by a Human Being. Here’s Why! – BowmanAuthor and Writer/Editor
I came across a fantastic article from the blog of author Anne R. Allen. I subscribed to her blogs well over 2 years ago, and I can tell you that Anne runs an always interesting and informative blog for writers. Besides her interesting articles, written by her, and sometimes by her co-host Ruth Harris, Anne also shares links at the end of her blogs for a writer’s ‘FYI’ on current events in the publishing world, contests, submission alerts, etc.
Anne wrote a post about the importance of building an author and blogging platform for writers. Anne goes into detail about some of the nitty gritty items many of us may tend to overlook as insignificant, and explains why they are not insignificant.
Have a look at a partial statement I’ve copied here, then be sure to click on the ‘Continue Reading’ link for so much more.
. . .When should you think about your platform?
Definitely as soon as you’re ready to send out a story or submit a manuscript to an agent. I’m not saying you’ll automatically get rejected if you have no platform, but editors and agents will Google you, and if they can’t find you on the first SERP (Search Engine Results Page) they may send an automatic rejection. Not all agents and editors are that harsh, but I’ve heard from many who are.
On the other hand some authors obsess too much about platform and waste time on pointless overkill. (More about how to skip the time-wasting stuff in my post, 7 Ways Authors Waste Time Building Platform.)
But many writers ignore platform-building entirely, often because they’re not quite clear on what it means.
It’s true that “platform” isn’t easy to define. Jane Friedman, former Writer’s Digest editor has written extensively about it. She says when agents say they’re looking for author with platform:
“They’re looking for someone with visibility and authority who has proven reach to a target audience.”
This is especially true for nonfiction authors. But no matter what you write, agents, editors, reviewers and even bloggers you’re querying about a guest post are going to put your name into Google and hit the “search” button.
The results are a good indication of your platform. . . .Continue Reading
But there’s something quick, easy and relatively painless you can do right now to raise your search engine profile that won’t take more than a couple of minutes from your writing time.
Ready for it?
Comment on blogs.
With your real name. (Or whatever name you write under.)
Yup. Comments on high-profile blogs that are on Google’s radar get your name onto that search page. (Also on not-so-high-profile blogs that have been set up by somebody schooled in SEO.) . . . .CONTINUE READING