Five Reasons Authors Should Blog

Every day, WordPress sends blog ideas to its subscribers via The Daily Post. Usually I just watch these things go by. Sometimes I read what other bloggers have written.  But on Tuesday the daily prompt was “Why do you blog?”

Fantastic question!

1.  Progress Report:  I started this blog to keep friends and family up to date on my book. I never dreamed strangers would stop by and like what I had to say. Eight months later, my site has received over 4,000 hits and has been read in 27 countries. Even if you subtract the few hundred hits my parents have made, it’s still pretty cool.

2.  Marketing Tool:  Apparently publishers look favourably upon first-time authors who already have a following – better chance of increased sales I guess. I seriously doubt it makes or breaks a publishing contract, but hey, every little bit helps.

3.  Discipline:  For a blog to attract visitors the writer has to post meaningful content consistently. Some say daily, but I prefer weekly. Let’s face it, no one is interesting enough to listen to every day.

4.  Community: Valerie’s Journal is now part of a broader social media marketing strategy.  Through it, my goodreads account, twitter and my facebook page (links can be found in the column to the right), I’ve met other writers, agents and journalists all over the world.  We share information, learn from one another, and celebrate each other’s achievements.  In fact, it was through blogging that I met the members of my writing group.

5.  The “Godin/Peters Principle”: Hey, if it’s good enough for them …

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About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

stories for women, by women, and about women

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