Announcing World of Shem

I am happy to announce my latest novel World of Shem is now in print and digital format. This novel, a major rewrite of the Rise of Shem, is book 3 of my series The World That Was.  world-of-shem-kdp-11-14-17-for-kindle.jpg

All three books (Perished, World of Noah and the Ark, and World of Shem) are told in a manner that is not only faithful to the Bible but strives to bring the Bible alive to both Christian and non-Christian reader alike. Perhaps because it is a rewrite of a previous novel or perhaps because it is my latest novel, it is my current favorite.

I love to write, but there is something special about writing Bible based stories. I think the reason is that the stories not only bring the Bible alive to readers but to myself as well. In so doing I am able to dig deeper and gain an understanding of the events and people. And of God!

I imagine this is akin to any writer who bases their books on history. In the process of writing you dig deep finding out about the foods people ate, the clothes they wore, and the methods of transportation used. Such knowledge grants both the writer and the reader a greater appreciation of both the events and the people involved.

My study of the people, places, and events of the World of Shem impacted my life. I was particularly impressed with how rapidly civilization grew after the world wide flood. Everything had been destroyed. Yet within 300-500 years a thriving civilization existed again. The only explanation I have is that Noah must have taken a great many tablets (probably mostly clay) with him upon the Ark. These tablets would have contained a great deal of the knowledge of the Old World that perished.

But it was the character of Shem that attracted me the most. The Bible tells us very little about this man, but as I wrote the story I watched his character develop to the point I felt like I knew him. I don’t claim my characterization of him is 100% accurate, but I believe it is a good representation of him.

Having written the book and now published it I am looking for potential reviewers. I can provide the book in a variety of formats (Epub or PDF, for example) at no cost and no conditions, other than the reviewer reads the book through and gives an honest appraisal. I would prefer the 1 through 5 ranking system. If you are able to provide an Amazon review, so much the better.

If you are interested in reviewing the book please email me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. Please put “Book Review Request” in the subject line. That will get my immediate attention and response. It would be helpful if you would state the format desired (such as paperback, PDF, or Epub). If you have another format you’d like mention it and I will try to accommodate you.

Whether you review the book or not, happy reading!

Title: World of Shem
Publisher: T&R Independent Books
Printer: CreateSpace
ISBN: 10: 154242383x or 13: 978-1542423830
Contact for Reviews: Marketing@tr-indbkstore.com
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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

Book Marketing: Your Website

Your website should be an integral part of your book marketing efforts. Today I will discuss some of the basics of website development.

 First of all, you need a website. I use Godaddy, but there are plenty of potential hosts out there. Today’s blog is not about the various hosts although I may blog on that in the future. Rather, today I am going to assume you have purchased a domain.

 Why?

 Because when you own your domain, you have more control of the site and the content. For example, if you decided at some point that you are unhappy with your website host, you can move to another host.

 Another reason for owning your own domain is that you can have a domain that is keyed to your name. When I first started out I bought rfrederickriddle.com as my domain. As you can see it was keyed to my author’s name. Recently we (T&R Independent Books) bought the domain tr-indbkstore.com, which again reflects our company name.

 As the owner of rfrederickriddle.com I was able to cancel the content on the site and redirect it to the T&R site. So I retained my professional name brand and people searching for me are redirected to my home page on T&R’s site. That is only one positive of domain ownership.

 This blog is not big enough to go in to great detail on web development, but there are a few points that need to be made.

  1. White background is often better that dark. (Don’t believe me, visit a site having a dark background and quite often it is hard to read the content.)

  2. Put eye-catching content above the fold (making the content the first thing visitors see).

  3. Highlight your book(s)

  4. Link to your blog, newsletter, and social sites.

 There is much more. But the above are generally agreed to be important.

 The title of this blog is marketing your website. So let’s discuss promoting the website itself. There are ways available to you to promote your site, such as:

  1. Facebook page

  2. Facebook ads

  3. Twitter page

  4. Twitter ads

  5. Your email signature

  6. Your blog

  7. Your newsletter

  8. SEO

  9. Word of Mouth

 These are just a few methods available. Each could be discussed in a separate blog.

The key here is that you put some effort in letting word get out about your website. It won’t be overnight. Be prepared for a long term effort. Your website’s visibility will grow.

 

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R. Frederick Riddle is the author of several books. For more information on him visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured.

The World That Was an Introduction

Some of you may recognize The World That Was as the series of books I have been writing. I thought it good that I begin a series of blogs (for Wednesdays) that both examined the books and the underlining facts that made them possible.

Today is something of an introduction.

Originally, the words The World That Was were basically a subtitle. Taken from the Bible I meant it to mean the world that existed prior to the Flood. However, as the series has continued it has come to embrace both the world before the Flood and the Old Testament world that existed after the Flood.

One of the purposes of this blog series is to put on display how an author goes about writing a book. You may never write about the Biblical events and people, but you may write about history, our current times, or even our future. But the principles engaged in writing are often the same.

So for starters, how did I arrive at the title of the first book, Perished: The World That Was?

When I decided to write this book it was to include two other books: Refuge: The Genesis Chronicles and Adam’s Chronicles, plus brand new material connecting the two books. So when it came time to choose a title I needed to ask myself some questions.

1st Question: What is the story about? The answer was simple: About the world that existed prior to the Flood including the people who lived in that time.

2nd Question: What is the emphasis of the story? Again the answer was simple: To show God’s creative and preserving hand throughout history, and to show why God had to destroy the world.

Having answered those two questions, I then had to come up with a title. I am not suggesting that you get your title from the same source I used, but you do want it relevant to your story. I came across 2 Peter 3:6: “Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.”

Right there was my Title and Subtitle.

So what is your take-a-way? Actually that is up to you, but I suggest the following principle:

When choosing a title and/or subtitle make it as relevant to the story as possible.

There’s another principle, namely, that you make the title enticing. It should be eye catching and suggestive of the books content. In my title it had the word Perished, which suggests action, danger, and even death. The subtitle The World That Was tells the prospective reader that the story takes place in the past. In addition, since it is connected to the word Perished it indicates it was the world that perished. So, even though the basic story is well known, there is still some mystery associated with the subject.

Was this interesting? Helpful?

Feel free to comment.

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  1. Frederick Riddle is the author of several books. For more information on him visit his Amazon Authors Page.

IN MEMORY OF

Normally I write on issues affecting writing, but today I want to take the opportunity to speak on the subject of Memorial Day.

All to often people confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. Veterans Day honors ALL who have SERVED in the military since the founding of our nation. Speaking as a veteran, this is an important day when we honor the living and the dead who have served this nation.

But Memorial Day is not only important but it has special significance. This day honors ALL who have MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE – they gave their lives! So as you enjoy this day, perhaps picnicking or some other family affair, remember the dead that have fallen.

I recently read of a black lady who was angry and would not even honor the Declaration of Independence because it was written by white men, some of whom owned slaves. This is a case of judging the past by today’s morals – always a mistake. But her greater error is that the very freedom that she has to honor or dishonor men and women of the past was gained by the sacrifices – in many cases the sacrifice of life – of white men. Everyone of us owes a debt to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for freedom.

The understanding of what that freedom really means has evolved over time. Sometimes that understanding required violence, as in the case of the Civil War. While it was not fought over the issue of slaves as some believe, it resulted in the freeing of all slaves and redefined freedom as being for all men and women. And it came at a huge cost to mostly white men.

Even that has changed. Now we can celebrate our freedoms because white, black, yellow, and red men and women have given their lives in its defense. And on Memorial Day we need to pause and remember the terrific cost that protecting our nation has exacted.

Although Memorial Day is a National Holiday, I, as a Christian, also remember the men and women of all races and nationalities who have lost their lives because they were Christians. This is still occurring today with no end in sight. Not in the United States to a large degree, although that may be changing, but throughout the world.

But nationally we need to remember that Memorial Day is not just another holiday. The greatness of this country was paid for by the blood of those who have fallen. It should cause us to reflect on the values, yes moral values, that they died for! Moral values that we are losing almost daily. More and more we see people, including our leaders, calling that which is good “evil” and that which is evil “good.” (See Isa. 5:20.)

But we have a God Who can right all wrongs. As Christians we need to follow II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”


R. Frederick Riddle is the author of several Christian fiction novels plus other books. He is also co-founder and Vice President of TR Independent Books. He can be reached at information@rfrederickriddle.com.

Why I Wrote, Did You Know About Bible History?

I recently published a new book entitled, Did You Know About Bible History? which delves into the history of the Bible. Not its doctrines, but its history from the very beginning.

Why did I write it?

First of all, I wrote the book because of the obvious ignorance that exists about the Bible. I have seen posts on Facebook from people I know, people who are intelligent, people who sincerely want to know the truth, yet they make claims about the Bible that just a little research would have shown to be false.

Another reason for writing the book is new Christians. Somebody visits a church, hears the gospel, and gets saved. Halleluiah! Now what do they do? Well if the church is solid they will begin disciplining the new Christian. And disciplining involves the Bible. Now they must trust something they have never trusted before. Can they trust the Bible?

The final reason is that I believe many, if not all, of this nation’s problems spring from ignorance or misunderstanding of the Bible. Our country was founded with biblical principles, as attested to by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, but you can only understand those principles if you have an understanding of the Bible.

And you are hindered in understanding the Bible if you aren’t sure the book is trustworthy. The purpose of writing this book and the Bible Academy that hopefully will open soon is to enable men and women who sincerely want to know just what are the facts regarding the Bible..

I grew up in a world where the Bible was highly regarded by Christian and non-Christians. You didn’t hear such foolish comments that the Bible is only a bunch of myths. Nor did you hear the drivel that now pours from the lips of liberals undermining and denigrating the Bible.

The time and the need is now. I want to get this book into as many hands as possible. So I priced the book at $3.99, the so-called sweet spot for marketing. But to make it even easier to purchase, I created a coupon that lowers the price to $2.00 – virtually 50% off! The book is available at Smashwords and the coupon is JG39A. But the coupon expires on May 13, 2016.

I am passionate about getting this book out. Our country is on the brink of disaster! The dream that began over 200 years ago may soon evaporate. Case in point, the Bible tells us that the day will come when good will be called bad, and the bad will be called good. Large and famous companies are now threatening North Carolina for basically calling sin, sin. These companies now are calling transgenders “good” but the Bible clearly takes a different course. These companies have taken what they think is the moral high ground and have condemned North Carolina for taking the stance it has taken.

Such ignorance is not new, but is pervading every aspect of society.

As I said earlier, ignorance about the Bible makes all this possible. These executives should be required to study the Bible. That won’t happen. But if people learn the truths about the Bible, maybe they will change course. Some might call this a pipe dream, but I feel that I must try.

So if you want to know more about the history of the Bible and why it can be trusted, I suggest you click on the link to Smashwords and get this book in the format you prefer.

What is TR Authors Academy?

That is a good question and the short answer is that TR Authors Academy is many things to those seeking to learn to write. But the longer answer is explained below.

Perhaps the most important aspect of TR Authors Academy is that it has been my dream to write and later to teach writing for a good portion of my life and a calling ever since I got saved in 1973. It is my dream because as a young wannabe author I was limited in the availability of resources I could tap into for instruction on what makes good writing. There were resources available but they were not free or inexpensive. So I was forced to learn at the school of hard knocks!

In fact, it took me almost forty years after dropping the course to write my first book. I learned a great deal about writing during those years, but it was slow and frustrating. This school of hard knocks took me down some interesting roads, but none resulted in writing a novel. It wasn’t until I was sixty years old that my first book was published. What an exciting day that was!

Today the literary world is a different picture altogether, yet at the same time similar. There are certainly free mini-courses out there which are designed to give you just enough information to entice you to sign up for the more expensive courses. And if you are pleased with the mini-course on writing and can afford the more expensive course then I say go for it. These mini-courses usually amount to about three videos or lessons which give the participant an overview of certain aspects of writing. They are generally good (some by famous authors) and offer good points that you can use. But they are not the complete package. You don’t get the complete package until you have signed up for the higher priced course.

But my dream has been to offer a complete course of all three aspects of writing (writing, publishing and marketing) for a moderate sum that enables the would-be author to develop his or her talents to the fullest potential. It has also been the idea of a self-teaching course where the students have the lesson material at hand, but they control the learning pace. They also learn how to edit and critique their own work, a valuable tool in itself for the serious independent writer.

TR Authors Academy fulfills that dream. Moreover it offers self-teaching lessons on:

      • Finding and knowing your genre.
      • Plotting.
      • Writing scenes.
      • Developing characters.
      • Editing.
      • Proofreading.
      • And more

In addition to that there is training in publishing and marketing. Among other things you are taught about being an independent publisher (Indie Publisher) and independent marketer (Indie Marketer). The would-be author gets the option to write a novel from scratch and develop it through the course which results in ultimately publishing and marketing it. This involves editing and proofing their manuscripts, as well as performing the duties and opportunities of an publisher.

This course also goes into setting up your office space, establishing your business as a legal entity, organizing your time, and more. In effect, it teaches you to be an independent business person and gives you the basics you need to be successful.

At the beginning of this blog I stated that the Authors Academy was both a dream and a calling. What I mean by “calling” is that I was born into this world with the gift to write, but that is not what makes me a writer. It is God’s calling and gifting when I got saved that transformed me from struggling to write my first novel to now having written five novels and several non-fiction books.

God’s calling is not just for service in the church, but is always for the furtherance of His Gospel. Some people serve in the church (I do) and some serve in other ways. While I do volunteer work for the church, it has been my writing wherein God has guided, equipped, and provided me with the necessary tools and insight. He has a plan for me and I am just a part of that plan.

So writing can be a calling from God. If it is, you will never be asked by God to write anything that violates His Word but it can take many turns before you are certain of the direction. I started out writing and still am writing novels that are primarily based on Biblical events. But it didn’t stop there. Now I write fiction based on American history and non-fiction books that cover different subjects.

Over the years God has used me to teach Sunday School and Masters Club, thus learning how to pass knowledge along to others. And the Academy itself, I believe, was implanted in my mind by God in 2014. Not only my mind but my wife’s as well which led us to co-partner in establishing TR Independent Books, which is the parent of TR Authors Academy.

Please don’t misunderstand me. You don’t have to be a Christian to take this course. It is not a religious writing course but will have a Christian flavor since I am a Christian. Anyone can take the course no matter their religion. We don’t prejudge or insist on any credentials other than a willingness to learn.

This course draws from my own experience as an author plus the knowledge that I have learned through research and application. It is a course that could easily be marketed for hundreds of dollars, but that is not what I wanted to do.

So why do I Market it for less than $10 a month? I do so because I realize that there are talented people out there waiting for the opportunity to write but they simply cannot afford to go to college or to participate in an expensive course. By keeping the price low I am able to give them their best opportunity now!

The Authors Academy is now accepting students. To learn more and to have the opportunity to subscribe to this course simple go to http://www.rfriddle.com/TRAcademy/?page_id=894.

Author Resources

Today’s blog is about the resources available to you the author. Before you dismiss this, consider the following: As an author you will need to access many resources for research, publishing and marketing.

With that in mind, let’s take a look.

BASICS

Dictionary

“I don’t need a dictionary!”

Think again. A good dictionary is vital to every writer. Your word processing program’s built in dictionary is good, but not perfect. You need a real dictionary; preferably one that contains thousands of words.

Dictionary, Bible

If you are writing a story that is based on the Bible you need a good Bible dictionary. Even better, a pictorial Bible dictionary.

Grammar

Again, don’t depend on your word processor. They are not always accurate. You need a good resource such as a grammar book or a reliable online resource (in which case you bookmark it).

Newsletter

Our Writers World newsletter is an excellent resource of articles on writing. Every other week it comes out with articles on writing tips, and publishing or marketing tips. Plus you have access to the archive of articles.

Thesaurus

You don’t want to be guilty of using the same word over and over. You need a resource for synonyms and antonyms. You need a Thesaurus.

ADVANCED (Website Tools)

1.      Authors need a website

It doesn’t matter whether you are an established author or brand new you still need a website. Consider it an absolute must!

Write a bio that talks about your passion for writing as well as your dedication and enthusiasm. Include your goals, what projects you are currently working on, that which inspires and motivates you, and whatever interests/hobbies you may have. Your goal here is to paint a broad, positive image of yourself, one that the reader will instinctively trust.

The key is not to be shy. The bolder, more assertive you are (if done properly) the stronger your reputation.

2.      The Power of a website

There are many marketing tools. Don’t feel that you have to use them all. Some of them will be covered later and some of them you may decide not to use. However, it would be a severe mistake to ignore a website.

A good website has the capability to communicate to visitors. That is why you are encouraged to have a website in the first place. Many people will learn about you through your website, who you are and what you are doing.

3.      Your website is not a get rich quick scheme

Don’t think of a website as making you a ton of money. Rather, think of it as a storefront. This is where your potential customers will get a chance to meet and learn about you and explore your site.

4.      Unlike stores websites need to attract visitors

People have to be told about your website. There are many ways to tell people, such as Business Cards, newspaper ads, word of mouth, and social media.

5.      Your website is the hub of your activities

When I first started out I made my website my hub. I placed it on business cards, and used it in my email (signature), as well as in social media.

6.      Your website needs to be updated frequently

Actually we are discussing SEO (Search Engine Optimization). This is another necessary thing to promote your website. Google, Yahoo, and others send out robots to examine websites resulting in a placement within their database. The higher the placement the better for you.

Part of having a good SEO for your website is frequent updating. You should update (that is, add or change content) at least monthly. The SEO robots like fresh sites!

7.      You need to OWN your website

You can’t be on the internet very long without learning about FREE websites. Be careful. Some may be scams and others are poorly written and designed.

But you need to own your website. By that I mean own your Domain name. I own the domain RFrederickRiddle.com. Therefore I have control over everything that is on it or within it.

Here is a brief list of domain providers (alphabetical order):

o      1 and 1 (1and1.com)

o      Bluehost (Bluehost.com)

o      Dreamhost (Dreamhost.com)

o      Godaddy (Godaddy.com)

o      Hostgator (Hostgator.com)

o      Hostmonster (Hostmonster.com)

o      Justhost (Justhost.com)

o      Inmotionhosting (inmotionhosting.com)

o      iPage (ipage.com)

o      Mediatemple (mediatemple.net)

o      Name (Name.com)

o      Namecheap (Namecheap.com)

8.      Website creation need not be expensive

See the list above. Hosting plans are relatively cheap.

9.      You do not need to be an expert

You can easily manage your own website. I use Godaddy which provides a user-friendly interface allowing me to build the site the way I want. No HTML experience necessary although it is helpful for a more advanced website.

ADVANCED (Other Tools)

Online

Make use of Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines. Whatever your choice these are great research tools. You simply type in the item in the search box and hit enter.

Your screen will soon be filled up with plenty of documents and/or websites relating to the searched item. Just be sure the site is safe and trustworthy. (You should have at least an antivirus program or firewall in place.)

There are numerous tools online from converting your document to a pdf (free of charge) to information on the xylophone. If you can think of it, then the computer probably has an answer.

Writing Tip: Your Work Place

Today’s blog sounds a little boring, but it is important: Your Workplace.

What follows is based on an upcoming newsletter (Writers World) article. Where your workplace is and how you have it set up are very important to you as a writer. That may sound overblown to you, but the truth is that our work place and work habits affect us in multiple ways.

If you have already been writing for awhile you know how important your work place needs to be for optimal results. You know that your work environment impacts your posture, your well being, and your productivity. Since I favor individuality the advice I give leaves you with the ability to conform everything to your wants and needs. This includes the table/desk, the chair, location of resources, and more. So let’s take a look.

The Room
The location and size of the room will vary from author to author. My wife prefers an open room, while I have a small, well-defined room. Both of us have our desks in front of a window. Teresa’s files are in different cabinets not necessarily adjoining each other, while I used a combination of cabinets and bookshelves to create the “walls” of my room.

Both of us like our setups and are able to function well. This is important. Whatever setup you choose, it needs to be conducive to your being able to think, research, and write. My suggestion is for you to design it your way even if others may criticize. You are the one who will be spending a lot of time there!

One other note, sometimes Teresa likes to move into the living room and sit at the table. This gives her a break from the norm while still enabling her to perform her tasks.

The Table/Desk
Once again personal preferences are dominate. Teresa uses a computer desk while I use a computer table. She tends to spread paperwork out, I like things a little tighter.

But once again our own wants and needs strongly influence how it is done. As for how the table/desk is set up, both of us use laptops on the surface. I have a phone beside me, she doesn’t (except when in the living room).

Never place your laptop on your lap. This is because you may be blocking air vents. Buy yourself a lap desk (there are several).

The Chair
Both of us prefer task chairs, but I have seen others who use Executive Chairs. The key here is that you want a chair that is comfortable, but also helps you maintain good posture. This last is important because slouching in your chair cuts off oxygen and causes you to get sleepy. It is very hard to write with your eyes closed!

Another note regarding sitting with a laptop on your lap even with a lap desk. There are issues with back strain, eye strain, etc. that are affected by sitting with a laptop.

The above is an excerpt from an upcoming newsletter article. To get even more insights you can subscribe to the newsletter. This is a great time to do so because we currently are offering a free book (So You Want to Write?), free guides and free newsletter subscription. To sign up just click on Download Now in the video below.

WHY I BLOG

Welcome to another blog post. Today I want to explore the reasons I blog. Primarily I will be looking at this subject from the author’s perspective. By the way, I want to thank those of you who have welcomed me to WordPress. It’s an exciting place to be.

Now, Why do I blog?

To answer that I must first provide some history. I didn’t start blogging until after my first novel, Refuge: The Genesis Chronicles, was published in 2003. The reason was simple: To get my name out there. If you want to sell books you need to get known and blogging is a logical marketing step.

At the time I maintained my website with ATT. Actually, it was Yahoo & ATT. This partnership of two giants provided a WordPress blogging platform. Although I didn’t know it at the time I was starting out with probably the best blogging platform in existence.

A newbie at blogging I didn’t know what to blog about, let alone how to blog. I decided to blog about anything that came to mind. That certainly provided me with a lot of material, but experience has since taught me that such a wide subject matter hurts rather than helps your blogging reputation.

I continued to use ATT Yahoo Business Plan for my blogging until 2009 when ATT and Yahoo decided to have their own separate plans. I cancelled my plan with them and moved to ATT Small Business Solutions. This however was primarily my email account. My blogging now shifted to Godaddy where I created a brand new website called RFrederickRiddle (my website RFRiddle remained with ATT Small Business Solutions). There I created a strong multi-page website and a blog.

This blog was not as strong as WordPress, but it did meet my needs. By this time I had realized that I needed to narrow my subject material. But I still was operating without any real guidance or goals. The result was that I would write for awhile about politics and then later write on Writing. Still later I might write on some other subject. This proved hurtful and discouraging.

Another twist occurred around 2011 or shortly afterward as Godaddy no longer allowed website users to have a blog directly attached to their website (my old blog was blog.rfrederickriddle). Instead, they now allow you to import an existing blog.

So I moved to Goodreads where I have been originating my blog until a few days ago. Goodreads is an outstanding site where you can interact with other authors. But I have been disappointed in their blogging tools. Too restrictive and not very powerful. That said, it was still a valuable piece of internet real estate.

So I moved to WordPress and immediately imported my new blog into Goodreads. This should prove to be a very wise move. Another move I made was to focus on Writing. This expanded in 2014 to publishing and marketing due to our founding of T&R Independent Books.

There, you have a brief (well, as brief as I could make it) history of my blogging efforts. I entered into blogging not knowing much and with no direction, but I have learned a few things along the way. These are:

  1. Voice
      The writer’s voice is the individual writing style of an Author, a combination of their common usage of syntax, diction, punctuation, character development, dialogue, etc., within a given body of text (or across several works). (Wikipedia). Basically, it is what makes you unique.As an author I have learned that my writing style (voice) makes a difference. This is true in blogging as well as writing. So it is important to keep a certain degree of consistency from blog to blog, but also in connection with everything else I write.
  1. Platform

A blog’s platform is similar to a website, but also different. Basically you are dealing with software that allows you to not only publish pages, but posts. Here are some key points to consider:

              1. Platform includes Pages/Posts
              2. Platform also has Categories/Tags
              3. Platform allows Image/Post Management
              4. Platform is Search Engine Optimized (SEO)

All of these are important considerations. I chose WordPress because I feel its platform best suits my needs even though my website is elsewhere. (My website does link to Goodreads.)

One of the things that always attracts me is the availability of Free and Premium plans. Many platforms offer this and you would be wise to check it out.

By the way, WordPress comes in two formats: .com and .org. Again personal experience and preferences would determine which you go with.

  1. Opportunity

This is actually individual. I see blogging as a marketing tool that can truly enhance your authoring experience. See the rest of this blog for more details.

All of this is part of blogging. Of course, I know there is Facebook and Twitter, but I am not eliminating them as marketing strategies. They have there place, including a relationship with my blog.

When I write a post, I publish it and I promote it on both Facebook and Twitter. I will also promote my blog in our newsletter, T&R’s Writers World.

Blogging, therefore, is more than a record of your thoughts and actions. It is an opportunity to influence people. As an author I have the opportunity to help others who may be new writers or even long-time writers. Actually, that is a basis not only for my blog, but for my newsletter as well.

Which brings me to the following question: Do you blog?

If not, why not?

You don’t have anything to say? I disagree. You are an author. You can write about your own journey, about your books, about the genre you are in, and a host of other related subjects. Or you can talk about other subjects that, while not directly related to your books, enhance your reputation.

There is one more reason for blogging: it lets people get to know you.

That sounds scary, but it isn’t. If you remain true to your voice (writing style) and blog with valuable information, people will get to know and trust you. That can only be good for you!

You may argue that you don’t want to market books, just write. Unfortunately that is not true any more. If you write books, you are a marketer. The question is are you a good one or a bad one?

Give blogging a try. Choose a topic that you are knowledgeable about and blog about it. And then be patient. You won’t be a blogging success immediately (although it does happen), but if you stick with it there will be long term benefits.

There are numerous blogging platforms. Investigate. Try one and if disappointed you can move on. Finding the right one for may take time.