These are not the only blogs I read for information on writing, marketing and publishing, but they are the ones I have been getting the most helpful information from or help in general over the last several months. So I thought I’d share them with you. Hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me!
1) Dragon Knight’s Book Promotions – I have found participating in blog tours to be an invaluable way to build my platform. I don’t just do them for my own work. I love participating in other authors’ tours as well. It’s a great way to meet new people and it drives a lot of traffic to my blog. I always get new signups to my newsletter every time I participate in a tour as well (whether it’s my own or someone else’s). Kathryn Jenkins and everyone else at DKBP do a really great job in organizing tours, so I highly recommend them. If you’re not ready to do a tour for your own work, but you want to start building your platform, sign up to host other tours. You’ll be amazed by how much traffic it drums up for your blog, and you’ll be helping someone else in the process. It’s a win/win. (This one will be changing soon, but I’ll have new links put up.)
2) Write to Done – Write to Done is a great resource for writing tips, for everything from grammar to plot development. They also have quizzes to test your grammar knowledge, writing prompts and other things to get your creativity going, and if you’re feeling up to the challenge, you can even submit your own guest posts and be featured on their blog, which would be great for helping to build your platform. They have a newsletter where they send out periodic articles and tips as well, and for signing up you get the free ebook, The Nearly Ultimate Guide to Better Writing.
3) Out:Think Blog – The Out:Think Blog was written by author, Tim Grahl, who also worked as a marketing consultant for authors, helping them build their author platforms. Both his blog and newsletter have really great information, which has helped me over the last several months with building my own author platform. He has since left Out:Think to pursue his writing career, but you can still keep up with him on his personal website.
4) Writing Room 101 – This is a great place to have your work featured, whether it’s to have an author spotlight, do a cover reveal, interview, reviews and more. There are also a lot of writing prompts to help you get into gear. In the near future, other helpful articles will be added to help authors with writing tips, marketing and promotion, editing and publishing. I believe they are looking for contributors, so if you’re interested, it will be a great way to get your name out there and build your author platform. At the very least you might find your new favorite author! I will be contributing there in the near future as well, and I’m really looking forward to it.
5) The Blog of Author Lindsay Buroker – Lindsay Buroker is an indie fantasy author who has been very successful. She shares a lot of articles on her blog about marketing methods she’s used successfully as well as writing and editing tips. It’s been incredibly helpful. She also accepts guest posts if you have something to write that she wants to add to her blog.
I’d also like to add that I have a blog, called Renee’s Author Spotlight, where I feature indie and small press authors. If you have a cover reveal, new release, or just want to let people know about your work, head over there and fill out the form so I can add you to my list of growing authors.
I’m always on the lookout for other blogs that can help me in my career as an indie author. If you know of one, please share! 😀