My hope is that my stuff isn’t cluttered and rife with poor writing. I am writing fiction most of the time, so a large audience would be quite surprising, albeit pleasantly so. It would need to be a patient audience, given the glacial span of my updates. I’m barely able to read most posts on my feed right now, as I’m deep in sculpting time now and am only taking occasional breathers.
But your advice is good advice for any occasion, not just blogging.
The Ed answered…
I’ve been there in full creative mode, you tend not to expand yourself outside of your creative box until the session or creative period is over.
Actually AA, I believe the same rules for blogging would apply to a novelist. It is still about presentation and making the blog that your book resides on welcoming. As I said to a student, it is down to WHY you are writing. – Is it for yourself or for an audience?
At the end of the day, all I do and all the magazine does is tell stories. Same as you. They are sometimes fictional or real – but still, just…stories.
I like the fact,
that you link back to the beginning of your story for interested readers.
I have seen that many WordPress novelists don’t do this. They will have 40 chapters interspersed with a ton of mixed material and no way of finding the head or tail of their novel on their blog.
If indeed you are writing for an audience,
think not only as a novelist but as a marketer – because you have to market your novel if you want folk to read it.
For example, if I were you, I would have a static head post that summarises what your book is about, laying out a few lines of description of all the main characters and deliciously setting up the intrigue in them…
- Images / illustrations would be great.
- A book cover in the post and on the sidebar would be great.
Think like a marketer!
Help us to be kept on tenterhooks, dying to know what happens to a key character.
Help us to identify with them so we become overly interested in their fate!
In the absence of a book deal – that is YOUR job.
With the backing of a book deal that is YOUR job!
That’s just for starters.
There is plenty I would do because despite your misgivings I cannot think of ONE thing that isn’t sellable – you just need to recognise how to sell it!
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