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Why do you blog?

Like most writers, my long term goals are simple: Get my books published, and have as many people read them as possible. I haven't yet managed the first part, but I've already started work on the second.

Even though I don't yet have a book deal of my own, I set up the New Jersey Authors' Network, a free to join, free to use online database, where authors can get together for multi-author signings in New Jersey.  I did it, partly to help other writers sell their books, but also because, one day, I hope to use it to sell mine.

I designed the network to function without me, and it's already doing just that.  People I've never met use it to organize events at places I'd never been to, with other member-authors who I don't yet know.

Then there's this blog. I thoroughly enjoy reading other writers' journals and posting my own thoughts about the craft, but for me, a blog is more than just a social networking tool. I believe a writer's journal can have a huge impact on his or her book sales. Sure, the book has to be worth reading, but isn't getting the word out the biggest challenge for an unknown author?

If that's true, then the bigger the blog's readership, the better. Now I'm sure there are examples of previously unheard of writers whose blogs were an overnight success, for most of us, it takes time, effort, and a definite plan of action.

How do you develop a large readership?

I would say the answer is "On purpose."

I don't know about you, but I apply the same logic to my journal entries as when I'm writing a story ie: if I can make it entertaining enough and/or interesting enough, people will want to read it. Of course, unlike me, that's not as simple as it appears. You have to promote yourself too, otherwise you could write the most brilliant blog entries the world has ever seen, but no-one will know, so I'm working on that side of things too.

Am I being presumptious by assuming I'll get published? Possibly (I know my old gran would think so), but if I do ever get to hold a book deal in my hot little hands, I plan on having the benefit of a successful journal to help me launch my novel on an unsuspecting public.  Even if that never happens, I'm having great fun with my online friends.

How about you?

What are your long term plans for your journal?

Why do you blog?

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Sep. 16th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
I am in between: I use it a little as a personal record and another little as a "presence" and a thirld little as a way to hear the opinions of intelligent people whom I friend.
Sep. 16th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
There's a wealth of knowledge and experience available on Live Journal. I wish 'd discovered it years ago :)

I know you're working on a novel at present. Not that you need to, but do you plan to change your approach to blogging when it's finished?
Sep. 16th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
Not really - I might change my approach once a publisher decides to print it, but not for now. I still need to get an agent, and then the agent needs to get the novel into a publisher...

Neither of those steps are greatly affected by blogging (unless you do something truly bone-headed on your blog like going overboard on the extreme ranting about whatever you like to rant about).
Sep. 16th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
That's true, but I figure it takes several years to build up a big readership.

The way I see it, we may as well start now. Besides, you never know, the agent or publishing deal you get, might come through someone you meet online.

I wonder how many deals never got made because of something a writer put on his blog.
Sep. 16th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I suspect quite a few of them... Many of the things I read online would make me think twice about publishing some individuals. People who bash editors and people who push for self-publishing "because the system is rotten" are the examples I see most often.
Sep. 16th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean. Some people need their common sense chip replaced :)
Sep. 17th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
Aye.. things like that get posted way too often. Gotta watch out for public posts, you never know who is reading them and when.

Sep. 17th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
As my old gran used to say, "You never know who's listening."

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