Have you read a book and wished there was more? Have you written a book, and through the editing process, realized you needed to leave events out of the book?
Blogging your book gives you numerous opportunities to extend your novel on another platform.
1. Are you writing Fiction – Mix reality and Fiction together – Is your character outspoken? Would your character vote in the upcoming elections? Without telling who they would vote for, write a backstory.
The trouble with an election year is the commercials. They are the worst things on TV, more scandalous than Scandal and Springer, combined. People think I just don’t want to vote, but the voting just gives me a headache. Of course, it could have something to do with that huge fight I had when I voted for the first time.
2. Explore the backstory. There is always a backstory, in Fiction and in Non Fiction, but there is little room to include in your book. Blogging will give you the perfect opportunity to reveal the backstories. Imagine, your audience can have the opportunity to fall in love with your darkest character.
3. Post a great excerpt or chapter. I understand that it takes time to get comfortable with posting unfinished work. However, you can get good feedback on your work before it is published. Your blog is the ‘free sample’. This is the same concept used in warehouse grocery stores. they give a small but delicious sample. We are compelled to purchase because of the sample.
4. Reveal your Cover through your blog. There is never room within your book to talk about your cover. Make your cover reveal exciting. Give your audience the story behind your cover. This is another sampling of your book.
5. Add a link to your book or subscriber list. If it is available, link to purchase (or pre-order) If your book is not ready, then add a link to create a subscriber list. Your subscribers will already ‘be involved’ with the characters by the time the book is ready for purchase.
Here is a link to a great book blog post. The author has a great lead in and goes directly into her book. Check it out here WHY I’M AFRAID I’M TURNING INTO GLADYS KRAVITZ
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Ayoka Boyce is a published author (aka Nikki P. Serene), blogger, writing coach and Mentor. She is the founder of All Write RVA, a not for profit organization that promotes writing and literacy.