3 Reasons Why Authors Should Blog:
- to interview authors in similar genres or topics;
- to answer reader questions;
- and to create beyond the book resources for their book(s)
Interviewing authors in similar genres with numerous followers has multiple benefits. When the author interviewed shares the post with her followers, the interviewer’s blog and book(s) reach a new market.
2. Answer questions:
Detailed email responses to questions authors answer frequently are good blog posts. Refer future people with that question to the blog link and say:
“There are many useful resources on my blog. Type your question in the search. If you don’t find the answer email me the question I’ll gladly answer it.”
Then make the response a blog post too!
When a person does a Google search for the same question, the blog post will show up in the search. The more authors refer their posts the higher their ranking and book exposure becomes.
3. Book Resources:
Use writing, findings, or excerpts from a book’s research as blog posts. This will answer reader questions like above and become teachable moments. Add hyperlinks throughout the blog to the resources. Inform the website or company that you are directing traffic to them. Ask if they might reciprocate by sharing information about you, the book, or pay to advertise in the blog post.
The blog is one of best ways to engage and continue reader discussions.
M. W. Adams, author of G’DAY: Aints the third novel in the Famiy Tree Novel series
How Old Are You? That depends on when we meet. You’ll need to do the math. My birthdate was June 28, 1971. I was born in Princeton, Kentucky, a small Western Kentucky town. My parents names are Mary and Larry Adams and they lived in Dawson Springs, Kentucky at that time.
Since my birthday was in June, birthday parties consisted mainly of family. Most years I’d wish my birthday was during the school year so my friends could attend. My favorite thing about birthdays was and is cake—white cake with butter cream frosting!
On my 21st birthday, my mother made me a 21 layer birthday cake. She did the same for my father and this has become a family tradition for all my siblings.
Who inspires the illustrations? The author is the first person to inspire the illustrations through their writing. Authors provide suggestions and feedback through writing.
Readers also offer great input! I sometimes read upcoming books aloud at school visits, where students offer loads of suggestions. Most comments are valid and definitely considered.
Hailey’s drawing inspired me to create this cover illustration. Her creative interpretation of the story, closely reflected my thoughts. Great illustrators think alike.
“Dear Mark Wayne Adams,
I thought you were really funny. I also really like your pictures. I thought you were on of the best drawers ever and thanks for coming to our school and sharing with us.”