Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Wednesday Writerly Way ~ A to Z Blogging Challenge- Why Do It?
Nope, I didn't participate in it. I just couldn't fit it into my schedule of what I wanted to talk about this month. That doesn't mean I don't think it's a worthwhile endeavor. If you are a new blogger, an indie author, or wanna-be author...the point is you need exposure. All right. Put the rain coats back in the closet. I see you out there!
One of the hardest things about self-publishing is getting people to know you exist. Sure you might have local notoriety but on a global scale? That's what a blog or website does. It exposes you to the world. Scared? Don't be. It is probably the easiest thing to do and not be recognized. Sure your blog might garner some attention, readers of books may stop by to see what's up or find out more about you, and you can promote your works without leaving home.
How do you draw readers to your books or even your blog for that matter? Sure you can write a dynamite blog/book, but if no one reads it, what good is it doing? Personal enrichment, a place to shout out your opinions, or a chance to stretch your writing talents. All are great ideas in the beginning, but you want to sell your books too.
Blog hops are a way to reach new readers. Commenting on other people's blogs is another.
When something comes along that challenges you as a writer to think outside the normal, and way to promote you as a writer that you don't have to spend hour promoting yourself in a one-on-one case, wouldn't you want to take the opportunity as a time saving method of advertising? That's what a blog hop does. It's a chance to shine and get readers. Wouldn't you jump at the chance as a literal (in both senses of the word) unknown? Yes, you can give away tens of thousands copies of your book, but if you don't make the sales afterwards, what good did it do? If you don't get people to read even your blog, how do you expect them to read a whole book you've written?
No stress, or strain on my part, but added to my readers thus exposure. The Indelibles blog hop is monthly for 2013, Nick Wilford's was a one time deal that is still getting me readers, DL Hammons' is a tag-your-it kind of hop. I still have the option to join more hops as the year progresses, if I want to.
Now on top of this, I've developed relationships with several book reviewers here. They'll run blog hops, read-a-thons, and assorted other promotions and interviews. I'll donate a copy or two of my books for giveaways or prizes. It's free or almost free promotion with very little work on my part.
The results are telling everyone that reads my blog...I write books and sell them. I'm proud to be an indie author. Not because I have to be but want to be. So why have I been talking this week about the A to Z Blog Challenge especially since it's now over for a year? Because it will help you along the road to your success.
Have you participated in any blog hops? Will you?
Keep writing and loving the Lord.