Is this the Glamourous Life of an Author?

I started this blog as a way to promote myself as an author. I’ve never hidden that fact. Entertaining Stories has turned into so much more for me. I’d blog now even if I wasn’t writing.

My posts are littered with plenty of slice of life stories too. I don’t like the idea of shouting, “Buy My Books!” every day. Let’s face it, it’s 2015. If someone has cover art in his sidebar, I think everyone gets it by now.

Writing is a big part of me. Sharing our interests is what blogging is all about. Many of my posts are about writing. That’s when I had the epiphany. Is this the routine for other writers?

1.) Write about the books you’ve already published. Heaven forbid someone new comes along and misses the point.

2.) Write about the book you have coming soon. How else are you going to get noticed among the 5000+ books released the same day?

3.) Write about your work in progress. This lets everyone know you still have fuel in the tank.

4.) Repeat the same process over and over again.

I’m not quite that predictable, but this has happened. It will probably keep happening. I will try to pepper the routine with other interesting stuff for my own sanity and yours.

Right now, I have to wake up Tituba the sourdough starter. Maybe I’ll take Old What’s Her Face to a movie or something. Then I’ll have some fresh blog fodder. Oh, I tried some of the homemade sauerkraut tonight and it’s maturing nicely.

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43 responses to “Is this the Glamourous Life of an Author?

  1. I’m feeling like me and Tituba are old friends now. She introduced us. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I think it might depend on how often the author blogs. I’ve touch on a bunch of topics even though I try to stay within writing. Yet I have seen several blogs that only talk about the author’s published and soon to be published works. Wonder if it works for them.

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  3. Tituba the sourdough starter cracks me up! (AND I will email more once I am completely done but at page 210, I must tell you that Will O’ The Wisp is incredibly good. Just the right amount of suspense and daring!)

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  4. I’m must be lost Tituba?

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  5. You have kept a sourdough starter going FOR 25 YEARS???
    Well that’s love and comitment for you!

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  6. In a word yes. If you look back at my writing week posts this is what they consist of, whichbis why I condensed it to one post a week. It’s exactly this reason I started Bean On An Adventure too. It was my way of getting bacj to why I started blogging in the first place, all those years ago when I decided to share my gardening endeavours with the world. I’ll get back to the writing blog in the summer but for now I’m really enjoying blogging and writing for writings sake ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. I find that you have a nice mix on your blog. It doesn’t feel at all like wash, rinse, repeat to me. You always hold my interest– something that’s not easy to do. But I’ll be looking forward to see what else you have in store for us!

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  8. Abrasive marketing? Dunno. My gut feeling at the outset for Wyrmflight was that I did want to promote my books but talking only about me was going to get old. I decided to focus on dragons, instead, figuring anyone who likes dragons would more than likely be interested in my books, too. I chose better than I realized, as dragons are such a broad topic I can always find some new angle. At least, so far.

    More important than anyone’s actual blog content is interacting with others in a positive way. Commenting (as long as it has to do with the topic) builds bridges. Even more important, I believe, is to encourage writers who might be showing their work for the very first time, and to lift up authors who reveal they are discouraged or struggling in their “real lives.”

    Yes, we all understand an author’s blog is intended to build audience and attract readers. But if you want to sell books? You want positive reviews? Be a friend first.

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  9. Titchiba is back? YAY! I’ve been waiting for this moment! I think you’ve got a winning combination, Craig. I read a TON of authors’ blogs and many never mention their books, while others focus ONLY on their books to the point that it feels like a daily commercial. Your balance is excellent, especially with the writing cabin snippets peppered throughout, which showcase your writing style and creativity.

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