How to Write Blog Posts When You Are Blogging to Market a Novel

Posted in Blogging on July 23rd, 2010 by admin

by: Phyllis Zimbler Miller


Publishing a non-fiction book will usually make it easy for you to write a blog dedicated to your book. The non-fiction subject of your book and related topics can provide ample blogging material.

For example, if you wrote a book on cooking low-fat diets, you could post one low-fat recipe a day along with insider tips to ensure the recipe turns out well.

Or if you wrote a book on new social media platforms, you could write each post about one new social media platform and probably never run out of new posts.

The problem of writing ongoing book blog posts really presents itself to fiction writers. If you’ve written a romance novel or a mystery novel, what are you going to write about in your blog posts?

With a little imagination (and you are a fiction writer, aren’t you?) you can come up with interesting posts for your book’s blog. Let’s look at some examples:

You write a novel that takes place in 1970 during the Vietnam War. Because the Vietnam War plays an important role in the novel, you could write posts about historical events that took place during that era or historical events that led to that era.

And you could write about the military today fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan and about military families back home. There’s no need to mention your book in every post; the overall context of the blog is about your book.

Now let’s stretch our imagination farther. You write a mystery novel about a series of medical-related murders. You could write posts about deaths that were not murders but were actual medical mysteries.

You could also write posts about new hospital procedures that are being implemented to reduce medical-related deaths. And you could write posts telling the family of hospital patients what to look for in suspected medical malpractice.

What if you’ve written a children’s picture book about family members learning to get along? Children are not going to read your blog and their parents aren’t going to read your blog aloud to their children.

You could write posts about parent-child issues; if you’re not an expert, you can quote other experts. You could review other children’s picture books on similar topics. You could write posts about children’s literacy issues.

The truth is that you can cast your imagination net far and wide for subjects on which to blog. Just remember that every few posts you should mention your book in connection with that post.

For example, if you were writing a post about children’s literacy issues, you could mention that a specific second-grader in your book could read long words but not short words and that her teacher suspected dyslexia.

Or you could quote an entire (short) scene from your novel to illustrate a point you’re making. And, yes, it’s okay that people reading your blog may not know who the characters and situation are. If you choose an appropriate scene, most readers will be able to understand the context of the excerpt.

Fiction authors should be as active as non-fiction authors in the use of blogs to market books. Give your blog readers interesting and well-written posts, and they will read your blog and hopefully buy your book. – P.Z.M.

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is a National Internet Business Examiner at as well as a book author, and her power marketing company combines traditional marketing principles and Internet marketing strategies to put power in your hands.

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7 Essential Steps You Need To Take for Writing Your First Novel

Posted in Book Writing on July 22nd, 2010 by admin

7 Essential Steps You Need To Take for Writing Your First Novel

By: Trevor Johnson

Many people dream of writing their own book. But it remains a dream – maybe a few kind-of started pages gathering virtual dust on a computer somewhere and eventually consigned to the digital dustbin when an upgrade arrives.

So what can you do to make your dream of writing a novel come true? Here are some tips to help you.

1. Make an outline

You need a road map to follow if you are to stand any chance at all of writing your masterpiece. Start with the chapter headings and then a brief outline of what will happen in each chapter.

2. Flesh out your outline

Once you’ve got the direction of your novel worked out, it’s time to put a bit more detail together. Notice that I didn’t say start writing “for real” yet. Just add some meat to the chapter heading bones. Aim for around a dozen things that will happen in each chapter.

3. Define your main characters

What do they look like? How old are they? Are they male, female, animal or alien? Write a summary of each character – this will likely end up scattered across your book as each part of their character becomes relevant. But as the author, you need to know these details from day one.

4. Define your main locations

It doesn’t matter whether these exist in the real world or not. But these should be defined in the same way you’ve defined the major players. This crib sheet will help keep your mind on track when you’re actually writing your new novel.

5. Start writing

By now, your head should already have a very good idea of the novel you’re about to write. Set aside time each and every day to work on your novel. This can be short, ten to fifteen minute, bursts or it can be an hour or more with your hands almost tied to the keyboard. The important part is to do this every day, to help convince your unconscious mind that you’re serious. Don’t interrupt yourself with editing at this stage. That uses a different part of your brain and will kill your creativity.

6. Edit and polish your work

If possible, read your book out loud. This will raise the places where you literally stumble over your words and will bring out the parts of your book that don’t quite make sense. It’s actually quite a fun process once you get used to it!

7. Publish

Nowadays you don’t need a publisher unless you want one. You can publish your own work on sites like Amazon and indulge in your own publicity with a few press releases. The sky’s the limit – go for it!

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