Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Blogging for Success


When I began my blog in 2009, my main purpose was to build a foundation for my path to becoming a published author. At the time, I was an aspiring writer, submitting everywhere and anywhere. As I moved forward, I’ve shared writing tips, book reviews, author interviews, and so much more.

Today, I've decided to talk about Blogging for Success.

Has my blog helped me to sell books? I cannot say for sure, but my instinctive answer would be yes. My blog is my main source of advertising, and it auto posts to Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, and it links back to my Author Website. The Footsteps of a Writer blog is my foundation as an author, as intended from the very beginning.

As an author platform, your blog offers a sneak peak for not only potential readers, but also potential publishers and is evidence of an established readership. Publishers need books to sale. If you’ve already proven yourself, you may find the door opens a little easier. You still have to write the best book possible, but maybe they will take that second look if they know you have people ready to read what you have to offer.

Are there possible successes beyond foundation purposes for a blog?

A blogger can make income from advertisements placed on her blog. I’ve not looked too far into this type of income, but there is a lot of information provided on the internet about such ventures. My only suggestion is not to overload your reader. I, like many people, go to blogs to read the context, not to be run away by ads.

Book deals for bloggers – surprised? Are you aware that the author of Julie and Julia, Julie Powell, began her road to success by beginning a blog aimed at cooking recipes by Julia Child? Such stories may be rare, but there are a few, which makes it not so impossible.

It seems many bloggers are finding their road into the publishing world, by turning their blogs into books, or by publishers finding them through their blogs. Here a few links you may wish to visit to explore some success stories and maybe grab a few blogging ideas - From Blog toBook Deal: How 6 Authors Did It, How My Blog Landed Me aBook Deal, and Blog-Turned-BookSuccess Stories: Part One.

Have you found success through your blog? Are you thinking of starting a blog? What subject do you plan to cover? What direction do you hope for your blog to take you?

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7 comments:

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Cher,
You blog is one I look forward to seeing an update posted. Keep on writing!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

It really is amazing how far we've come, eh? Who'd have thought blogging would bring people together from all over the planet. Maybe in a hundred years from now, we'll be meeting up with people from other planets.

You rock, Cher.

Cher Green said...

Terry, Thank you that means a lot. :)

Joylene, The internet has really changed the world. Can't say I like all the changes, but blogs are great. MMM, what will I say to my first alien visitor to my blog? I'll have to get something prepared.

Thank you both for your continued support.

Cherie Reich said...

I, for one, can definitely say my blog has led to my success as an author. Without it, I know I wouldn't have sold as many books or made as many friends.

Cher Green said...

Cherie, Same here. I've met so many great people who have helped to improve my writing. Just that has been worth the time put into the blog, but I also know many sales have come from the readers here.

Misha Gericke said...

I don't know about my blog's success yet, but I'll see soon...

:-)

Cher Green said...

Misha, good luck with the success of your blog, and new book release.

 
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