On Blogging – An Interview of Some Wonderful Writers Who Blog {part one}

I recently interviewed some of the writers I know who have really amazing blogs. Heather Sedlak from Dear Internet… I have Things to Tell You, Rachel Robins from R2 On Writing, and Tonya Burrows were all very obliging when I talked to them and they each gave very good advice. Today, I have Tonya’s interview for you. I hope you learn as much from her as I did! I’ll have the other interviews for you all very soon. Thanks!

I’ve noticed that you have names for certain days on your blog, like Six Sentence Sunday.
How did you choose those?

I didn’t choose the name. Or at least not that particular one. Six Sentence Sunday is a blog hop that any writer, published or not, can participate in, where you post six sentences from your book or work in progress.

I also have a section that I call Sexy Saturday. Since I write romance, I wanted a weekly post to showcase the inspiration for my heroes. It’s a total win-win situation—I get a quick and easy blog post and my readers get some yummy eye candy.

What events do you participate in with your blog, and how do you go about that?

The only event I participate in with any regularity is Six Sentence Sunday. All you have to do is go to http://www.sixsunday.com on Tuesdays and sign up for the following Sunday, then make sure your post is up by 9am Sunday morning. Your blog will be listed on the Six Sunday site with around two hundred other participants and it’s a scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours kind of thing—you read and comment on as many posts as you can, and they will read and comment on yours. I can’t tell you how many awesome authors I’ve discovered since I started participating back in March.

I’ve also done a couple Thursday 13 lists. Instead of a snippet of your work, you post a list of any 13 things on your mind. One of the lists I did was about “book boyfriends”.

Your blog posts are very regular, it must take a lot of your time to do those. How do you
balance the novels you have in progress with your blogging schedule?

At first, it was difficult to find my footing between the two. Blogging started taking up a lot of my time and I wasn’t getting any writing done. Then I came to the realization that blogging may help me sell books, but I won’t have any books to sell if I don’t write them. Writing needs to come first—always.

Yours is a writing blog, do you ever stray from the topic of writing?

No, I really try to stay on the topic of writing, reading, publishing, etc. because that’s what’s expected of me as an author. I think I strayed once when I wrote a blog post about Castle’s season finale— I mean, wow, how could I not write a post about that kiss?!?— but I did tie it back into romance writing by the end of the post.

Thing is, my blog is a marketing tool. It’s not a personal journal. Not a public bitch-fest. It’s meant to help me get my name out there in internetlandia and (hopefully) get my books into the hands of more readers.

Do you ever share anything on your blog about the book you’ve got coming soon?

I did a couple Six Sunday posts featuring Seal of Honor and I do try to mention it every now and again, just to keep it fresh in people’s minds. But, for the most part, I can’t talk about it yet. When my editor gives me the green light, I’ll probably mention it so much you’ll get sick of it, but that won’t be until we’re closer to its release date.

Any advice for writers who are just starting their own blogs?

Be professional. Remember that your blog is a marketing tool. Editors do and will thoroughly internet stalk you before signing you. If they are on the fence about your work and get online to discover your blog is one giant complaint about any- and everything, they’ll probably skip over you for someone else. Especially if you are a new, unknown author.

Be courteous. The writing world is a small one and like any small community, rumors and gossip are its lifeblood. Don’t trash other industry professionals. If you disagree with someone and you want to make your opinion known, do it politely. Otherwise, unless you’re Big Name Bestseller, who can practically get away with murder and still sell books, write by the law of Thumper: “If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nuttin’ at all.”

If you can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all.

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~ by lamichaud on September 28, 2012.

 
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