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In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 16:59:08 BST
Ron A Sewell says:

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 16:45:12 BST
I have over 60 books on the Kindle, but only 3 published so far.

*grins* Sorry, was stronger than me.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 16:40:27 BST
Ron A Sewell says:
Hi Stella,

Life is good and I have two books on kindle. The third is on the way.

Hope all is well with you.

Take care

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 16:24:27 BST
I do the gardening tips, then. ;-) Though, I have only started with gardening last year. My iguana post get picked up a lot by search engines, which is good. The more people are educated about them, the better. Every dragon not ending up abandoned, is a small success.

But that's off topic. Sorry.

I think talking about the experience is quite good. Readers (with exceptions) like this POV, learning how it is to sit on the other side.

Posted on 6 May 2012, 16:20:05 BST
When I was first published, the publishing house wanted me to use a blog as a purely promotional device, and at the start I did try.

But I didn't enjoy that sort of marketing. Now I hardly ever mention the actual books, and talk about the actual experience of being a first time author trying to make headway. I find it much more interesting, and the guys who visit seem to appreciate it a lot more too.

I do avoid gardening tips as I know nothing about gardening really...and no one wants to know about my personal life anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 15:04:02 BST
Weird is good. Normal is boring.

I'm planning a post on publishing, too. It's rather interesting to see how it all develops. I wonder when agents react to the Indie movement, I feel there's a lot going on.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 14:58:03 BST
Garscadden says:
One of the fascinating things about Charlie Stross' blog is his take on publishing. Also he adds bits about plot ideas - a series "books i'll never write" or similar springs to mind. As a reader it is interesting to see some of the mechanics, I think. (But then all kinds of weird stuff interest me).

Posted on 6 May 2012, 14:56:33 BST
Hello, Ron, dear. :-)

How are you doing? Been ages since we 'spoke'.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2012, 14:50:07 BST
Ron A Sewell says:
I agree with you Stella.

Posted on 6 May 2012, 14:38:51 BST
Don't apologise for ramblings, your views are interesting and one reason, I started this thread.

Personally, I'm sure I won't buy a book by a person I don't like. I'm honest with that and I'm almost sure people have stopped buying my books by looking at my blog. I rant and that a lot. Mostly about Indies, I have to say and those posts are always a hit.
I find a site about the author's writing only pretty boring, if it's mixed with other topics, has variety, I'm more inclined to subscribe.
I don't mind swearing, as many people do, (I, too, also in my books) so that's fine, but I can imagine it'll put people off. Certain religions, for example are not allowed to swear and feel offended. But they are not my target audience.

What I was thinking about recently was: if my aim is to attract readers, is it wise to post advice on writing? I wonder how readers think about it. For some reason, I have the feeling it might bore them to tears and this sort of 'education' might spoil their reading experience, like it did with me.

Posted on 6 May 2012, 14:25:21 BST
Garscadden says:
Seeing as the thread is awake again... :)

It seems a risk, both as a reader and a writer. As a reader I have visited blogs of writers and found out that I don't like that writer *as a person*, to the extent that I won't read any more of their books. As a writer you get to put your views across, and if you have unusual or extreme views maybe win people across to your way of thinking, but you also risk putting people off reading your work.

Lets say Neil Gaiman loved fantastically whimsical cabaret / pop music - and touted that on his blog - then a lot of visitors may decide they also like said band / singer, but is there a proportion who so dislike whimsical cabaret pop they would stop reading his books? (Mr Gaiman chosen because no one could actually dislike him nor question his talent, so he seemed a safe example to pick). Obviously a stupid example, but surely it's a risk.

On the other hand - I kind of like Charlie Stross' books, if i saw a new one released I may or may not buy it. Until I stumbled across his blog, which I don't read regularly, but do know that if i go visit I will lose an afternoon reading all kinds of stuff that is insanely interesting, and could be on one of numerous topics. Having seen that side, his books are immensely more interesting to me.

Another author I was wondering why his book was late, visited his website, and read an absolutely heart rending blog post about the recent death of his mother. Obviously changed my view on a late book...

Iain Banks - used to have an interesting web site, now it's just a boring corporate deal. That colours how I think of his books - are they following a similar arc?

Sorry I'm rambling - it just seems an interesting subject.

Posted on 6 May 2012, 13:49:05 BST
shaz57 says:
I always checkout authors website's now, they inform me which books are of interest to me. I tend to read paranormal and BDSM books. There are some great authors out there. I've yet to discover them all! but, I've also learnt of new authors to try out on the authors website's due to links. So it's well worth the while to check out authors.

Posted on 6 May 2012, 13:02:53 BST
How did this thread come to life again? It was sleeping and snoring. ;-)

Hello, Letters, by the way. If you went to my blog, you'd only get a few updates on my WIP, but I've removed the pages with samples of my books. There didn't get enough visits to rectify keeping them. I also removed the page of my other, serious short fiction and therefore people won't really see how I write, because, my blog is more writing like I speak in everyday life. My prose is fairly different, unless you'd buy my 'rants' as I call them. But you get an overall impression on who I am, I guess.

Like you, I'm one of the people who visits authors blogs. Maybe I'm just nosy.

Posted on 6 May 2012, 11:09:24 BST
C says:
I like to look at author's blogs. It lets you see a little bit about them and it also gives you some idea of their style of writing and what you might be letting yourself in for. As never before, and with the help of social media, you get a chance to interact with authors on their blogs and other social media sites. Authors, especially Indie Authors, love to interact with their readers. It makes it a much more personal experience nowadays.
Carla Croft

Posted on 16 Mar 2012, 08:09:15 GMT
As an author myself, I use my blog for all kinds of reasons but in the main it's used as a fantastic tangent to travel along if I'm working on a novel or screenplay and need to 'escape' for a while. As a consequence, I use it to let off steam and rant about anything and everything from my distrust of midgets to why reader reviews are so important to mid-list authors. Take a look. http://dougiebrimson.wordpress.com/

For information relating to my work, I believe it is important to at least give the impression of being professional so I have a news page on my website.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2012, 17:02:47 GMT
That's the way I like to write.

Posted on 6 Mar 2012, 00:08:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Mar 2012, 00:09:22 GMT
There is no Santa Clause? Did the Air Force shoot him down again? When will they realize Santa is not just another UFO?

Posted on 5 Mar 2012, 23:50:35 GMT
Yes - I always check out author web pages for my son's reading material. recently found W J Benning; who doesn't do bad language or graphic sexual content - wish there were more like him !!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2012, 17:45:37 GMT
DC Gallin says:
now you're spamming

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2012, 12:59:34 GMT
DC Gallin says:
By professional I mean that I can't see a problem with an author having a blog about their writing or a website for their books as long as the content is presented in an interesting way. In the end the writing matters and a good writer can manage present any subject be it 'personal' or not.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2012, 12:45:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Mar 2012, 12:45:54 GMT
Well, I blog about different aspects of my life. So my blog is hardly 'professional' in that matter. But I won't post about any arguments I had with friends or on the job, I won't post about my private problems, if there are any. I decide what I people can know about my private life.

Some writers will post about their break up with their man, which I find very odd.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2012, 12:39:51 GMT
DC Gallin says:
I agree Stella, it's professional to stay with your subject matter!

Posted on 4 Mar 2012, 11:28:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Mar 2012, 11:28:58 GMT
Ethereal, I want you to be brave now. Really really brave, because what I'm about to tell you might hurt....

There's not Santa Claus, I'm afraid. :-)

Posted on 4 Mar 2012, 10:51:28 GMT
Ethereal says:
Another illusion dashed!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2012, 10:49:31 GMT
I honestly believe that no author does it to help other authors. Most want to help, yes, but they also want their blogs visited and their books to be sold. Almost no author is as selfless and rightly so, as they have their own books to get noticed.
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