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Setting up a blog

Image by Blaise van Hecke
Image by Blaise van Hecke.

What is your blog about?
In order to be able to write a lot of great content, you need to care about what you’re writing about. You also need to write about topics that interest people. Think about your own values and the kind of books you write (or intend to write). If your book is fiction, what are some of the themes through it? Is it a book about relationships, domestic violence, love or fitting in? They are all topics that you could talk about. Or are you writing a self-help book about parenting. Your blog could be about all things parenting and children. It’s worth having two or three main focus points so that you can mix things up a bit. This will be less boring for you to write and more interesting for your readers. As an example, my blogs tend to be about reading, writing and creativity.

Pick a name for your blog
You can write under your own name, and this is a good idea if you are aiming for recognition as a writer. But if you don’t feel comfortable with this, or if your name is common, you could come up with a name that encapsulates what you aim to write about. No matter what, keep it simple, as this will help people remember it. Ideally the name will have keywords in it that will help with Google searches. Register this name as your URL if you are not using an existing website.

Choose a blogging platform
Some of you may already have a website, with a page dedicated to your blog. But if you aren’t ready for a full website, you can set up a blog on a free platform such as blogger, weebly, eHost and Bluehost. Even a simple wordpress site is free and has templates.

Get writing!
It’s no use having a blog unless you contribute to it consistently so treat it like a business. Decide whether you will blog daily, weekly or monthly (or anywhere in between). Just remember that if you decide to do it daily you need to come up with a lot of content. Try to post a blog at a similar time each time you put it up. So if you decide it’s a weekly blog, choose a day, like Wednesday and post at the same time each week.

Blaise, the book chick

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:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flow-hive-honey-on-tap-directly-from-your-beehive#/

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.

Blaise