There are easier ways to sell books than through blogging

This more closely resembles how I view blogging–not as a way to sell books. I blog about topics that stretch beyond the content of my novels. That is the beauty of blogging, the freedom to expand boundaries. In Dylan Hearn’s words:

Blogging is “a wonderful opportunity to write something different, to let off steam, to connect with like-minded [people], to find comfort and community, to help others much earlier in the process than yourself and be helped by those further down the line. It’s a way of making new friends, for discovering excellent books and for improving your craft. It’s a place to be yourself, to be someone else or to be the person you’ve always wanted to be.

“Most of all, you should blog because you want to, not because you feel you should.”

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At the recent Bloggers Bash, one of the questions asked was why people started blogging. Many bloggers came up with the same answer, because they’d been told they needed to have a blog as an author platform in order to sell their books. When asked if blogging had helped, the answer from everybody was ‘not really,’ and while the answer wasn’t a ‘no,’ it’s not exactly a ringing endorsement.

This isn’t my first blog. I started blogging three years ago with another blog all about my writing journey (because nobody had thought of doing that before, right?). Over time I got bored about writing about writing so decided to start this blog where I could write about about anything, and I often did. However, I always had that piece of advice in the back of my mind, an author needs a platform to help promote and sell their books.

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About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning disabilities and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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2 Responses to There are easier ways to sell books than through blogging

  1. This is wonderful Eva,
    And i a really agree with all your points.

    You see, a lot of people started blogging with the wrong intentions and doing it this way will certainly get you nowhere.

    You shouldn’t blog just because you were asked to blog NO, you blog because you feel like blogging and because you know that it will help to get you more exposure in order to market your books.

    I agree with its not the only way to market a book, there are absolutely more easy ways but, blogging can really do you lots of good if you use properly.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thank you for your comment, Theodore. The credit for these ideas goes to Dylan Hearn. As far as blogging in my case, I find that topics I write about expand outside the boundaries of my books. Blogging allows for writing variety and freedom, although there is truth to establishing oneself as an expert in a field. I mostly write because I have something to convey, for enjoyment, and to connect with people.

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