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Spotlight on blogging

light globe onThere’s a lot of talk about blogging and that we should all be doing it. But why? Won’t you just become one of the thousands of other bloggers out there who are only read by three people?


But here’s the thing. As a writer, you need to step up and create a body of work and a following in order to get your work read. For a publisher to take you on, or for bookshops to stock your books, you need to have an online presence of some kind. This is where blogging can help.

Aside from the hopeful rise in your author profile, blog writing is a good discipline to improve your writing. Think about it. If you are writing an article every week for 50 weeks and each article is around 500–1000 words, you are effectively writing a whole book. This practise will see your writing improve rapidly and it will become easier. It comes down to good writing habits that will also translate well into your other writing.

Aside from that, you are putting your thoughts out there and learning how to articulate those thoughts. It might feel a bit forced or fake at the start but after a while you will find your groove. Who knows, you might start to inspire other people with these thoughts and create your own network of like-minded people. This is really important in terms of raising your profile because your aim is to have people comment, interact and share your work. This will take time because it takes time to build relationships. Be patient. Your blog may only have two readers in the early days but keep at it, and keep telling people that it’s there through your social network platforms.

All of this constant writing of content, while forming good writing habits, will build up your writing muscles and you will gain confidence in your writing ability. At the same time, you are building up a body of work. Your collection of articles (blog) can be used in other ways such as articles pitched to magazines and journals or collected together and published in a book.

If you stick at it consistently and for long enough, you will gather a following. Who knows, it could take on a life of its own and you could earn money from your blog in the future. In the meantime, see it as an apprenticeship to becoming a better writing. The payback will be that you gather fans and get your ‘real’ writing into their hands.

On the technical side, the constant uploading of content onto the web will mean that you are appearing often in feeds and your SEO (search engine optimisation) will improve.

In my next blog, I will look at ways to set up YOUR blog.



What is crowd funding?

Unknown-1It’s getting easier all the time to publish your work thanks to digital technology. Not so long ago, if you wanted to publish a book you needed lots of cash to pay typesetters and printers. Now it’s possible to publish your book using word and print on demand.

If you want your book to be a little more professional though, it’s advisable to pay for a good editor and designer to make your book  worthy of being in a bookshop.

I see you throwing your hands in the air saying, ‘I have no time to write my book and now you’re telling me I need money to publish it?’

Yes, if you want people to respect your book you need to put some thought into it. The no time excuse is not valid. It’s a matter of prioritising it. But the money aspect can be a barrier. This is where crowd funding comes in.

Crowd funding is a fantastic way to raise small amounts of money for a project from a group of people. This is usually done via the internet. There are many crowd funding companies out there where you can set up your project and ask for different amounts of money (pledges) in exchange for different products. The beauty of this is that you are not just straight out asking for money. That would be more like a charity. You are in fact pre-selling something in a way and giving your supporters some ownership of it through fostering awareness of what you are doing.

People have funded so many different types of things from books, to inventions, music videos or even products. About a year ago a father and son set up a project with Indiegogo to fund their invention, asking for only $70,000 and raised $12,488,218 USD! Check out this link:


This is of course an extreme example. Most people are just wanting to raise a few thousand dollars and this is quite achievable if you are wanting help to publish your book. There are so few grants available these days thanks to cuts in the Arts sectors and even then your project might not fit those criteria anyway.

We have successfully funded three books recently, using Pozible. There are many other platforms out there but I chose Pozible because it was started by Australians and I found the platform very user friendly.

In my next blog, I will talk about what you need to create a successful campaign to reach the target needed to make your book a reality.