Do Real Readers Read Unpublished Writer Blogs?

Psst. Over here. I mean you, real person—not that spambot in the corner, or the SEO guru sneaking into the room, or the flamer, or the troll, or whatever insider term I haven’t heard yet. I mean those of you who enjoy picking up or downloading books and reading them.

Can you help? You see, there’s a lot of blogging advice out there for unpublished writers like me—what we should blog, how to network, how often to blog, how to drive traffic to our blogs, how to establish our unique brand.

Here’s the kicker, though.

As we all work on the next great American novel or create the newest Harry Potter wannabe or try to launch the zombie-probing alien vampires who channel Jane Austen craze, we read all of this advice. And it says we have to build an audience before we even publish a book.

I thought YOU packed the probe. And wasn't Gortz supposed to bring "Pride and Prejudice?"

Does that make sense to you? Isn’t that like saying a band has to have an audience before it performs in public in order to get a recording deal? But every agent and editor and writing magazine and book tells us we must do this.

So we suck it up and start a blog (along with Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and other time sucks social networking devices). A lot of us are here at WordPress. And you know what? We find each other.

Unpublished writers are good at finding each other’s blogs. And we follow each other and support one another as we try to finish our works, edit them, rewrite them, polish them, and hopefully make our way out of the slush pile and into a world where we can call ourselves published authors. Don’t get me wrong. That’s great.

But experience and blogging advice articles tell me many of us are bad at attracting readers—real people who read books and might someday read ours if we get them published.

Oops. That’s, um, like one of the main reasons we’re supposed to blog, right? To attract a reading audience?

So what do we do? We obsess think about this. We read blogging advice articles. We write posts about it. We make sage comments on each other’s posts. We ask what we should do.

But most of us don’t have good solutions. Well, maybe they are good, but they don’t often work. Why? Because most readers don’t have all day to read blogs. It’s hard to attract real readers to a writer’s blog unless the reader already likes that writer’s works. So unless you’re friend or family to an unpublished writer, that means you visit blogs of your favorite published authors when you have time. For the rest of us, it’s a chicken-and-egg thing or a Catch-22.

This wasn’t a problem for writers like Stephen King, Sue Grafton, or even a relative newcomer like J.K. Rowling. They were all successful authors before anyone even invented the idea of a blog. When they started blogging or any other social networking, hey, guess what? The audience was already waiting in the theater—stamping the floor and chanting their names.

What am I getting at, you ask? Well, you see, I’d love to get your ideas on how to improve unpublished writer blogs. What would interest you? Would you skim or ignore posts about writing hints or writer’s block but stick around for samples of a book-in-progress that sounded interesting? What would you like to know about the writer?

Sigh. But here’s the problem, of course. How many of you are even reading this post?

71 thoughts on “Do Real Readers Read Unpublished Writer Blogs?

    • Target audience or not, I’m glad you’re here!

      I think unpublished fiction writers have the hardest time attracting a “general audience,” meaning people who don’t write or blog themselves. Non-fiction writers have that potential audience—people who are interested in news, current events, politics, etc. Bloggers who specialize in areas like humor, art, photography, cooking, etc. also have a non-blogging readership out there.

      For my personal situation (and probably a lot of other unpub’d writers), my readership will likely be dominated by others like me with some bloggers like you who write about other topics. Personally, that’s fine for me. It’s a small platform I’m comfortable with as I work on the important things—the books!

      It just gets frustrating sometimes to read how important it is to develop a “general following” when there’s nothing really substantial for people to gather around!

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  1. I’m reading too, but my kids are fighting so I have to interrupt my blogging to go deal with them. Promise to come back…

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  2. You’ve just hit on an issue I’ve often contemplated. Most of our followers are others just like us doing the same things as us. At first that seemed a strange way to market, but the deeper I dived, the more I just enjoyed the process. Now I no longer see social networking as marketing per se, but rather a way for me to practice writing and learn from others taking the same journey. And be entertained along the way!

    Once my release date nears, I will try to expand my readership to those who are not necessarily writers but rather fans of my novel’s genre. Not sure how I will do this yet, but as of now, I have not promoted my blog to the face-to-face social networks in my life. I’m hoping that people who know me personally may be interested in learning I have a blog and also checking out my book.

    Thanks for another insightful post. Always nice to read about others in the same boat (and pardon the cliche :)).

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    • Yes, let me reiterate here—I absolutely love the connection with other writers (published or not yet)! I think it helps my writing, too, and the support and interaction is incredible.

      I have ideas for things to add to the blog/website once I have something published. But I don’t want to trot them out before then. Being a techie toddler, I’d really like to have WordPress function as my website, too. I like to keep it simple!

      But, honestly, I just don’t have a clue what I could meaningfully tweet right now or put on a Facebook page. If I do manage to get an agent, I will step up the “self-promotion” at that point. (Or if I e-publish, I’ll start when that decision is made.) I’ve got lots of cousins to help spread the word! But asking them to help do that at this point would be premature, I think.

      I did mean for this post to be a little “tongue in cheek,” and I hope that came across!

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  3. You’ve hit a nerve here. I absolutely agree with you – it’s so difficult to attract an audience of any sort. There’s just so much to read out there, and being honest, a lot of it is a waste of time – valuable writing time. Having said that, I think there are some brilliant writing bogs, yours being one of those I visit regularly, and if we, the great unpublished, don’t encourage each other, who else will? It’s got to be better than writing in a vacuum, hasn’t it?

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    • Definitely the encouragement between us as-yet unpublished writers is wonderful. It’s one of my favorite parts about blogging. Sometimes it’s as simple as realizing there are others in the same boat as Carrie mentioned above. And the tips and advice and experience-sharing are really helpful.

      But getting the attention of someone who doesn’t write or blog? Now that’s just plain hard! Some recent advice I’ve seen says people like us should focus on reaching others like us at this stage of our journey. And I completely agree with that. But that later step—reaching the general public—is going to be a tough one!

      Love your blog, too!

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  4. I’m reading your blog regularly, jm, and I’d like to share a little tidbit that came to mind as I read your post. The other unpublished authors out there, sharing space with you and I here on WordPress are avid readers as well. We are your audience. For now, anyway. The readership will grow, sometimes slow, faster at other times.

    As for FB and Twitter…I really don’t want to be that involved with them at this point. I do have a FB page only because I was already on FB to keep up with family and friends. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have gone that route. I’m still avoiding Twitter. My problem with both is 1)I don’t find having a FB page makes that much difference. Maybe it would if I had real website presence. 2)Twitter just seems like a huge time suck to me…and I can’t get over the feeling of ‘using people’ to further my own ends.

    What I think (consider the source here) is that a real web site…besides the blog is a good marketing tool. Establish that and THEN, maybe, FB and Twitter would be more beneficial as a tool. These are strictly my own thoughts.

    I’ve never been a very good crowd follower and I look for the way that works best for me. And as a prolific published writer said in a book I read recently (paraphrased here)–as writers we strive to be published and popular but when that defining moment comes, it is up to us whether or not we walk through that door and catch the crazy wave (thinking of Harper Lee here). It is up to us.

    I think you are doing fine. More than fine, actually. Keep the faith!

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    • That’s a great point, Jeannie. We writers are readers, too. And we’ll buy each others books and help get the word out for each other. That’s something none of us should underestimate!

      My FB presence is still limited to my personal account for keeping up with friends and family. I have all of 33 FB friends, and I’ve met all but 4 of them! (The other 4 are related to my cousins on the other side of their families, “real” friends of theirs, and my high-school pen pal from Australia.) If I do need a more public presence there in the future, I’ll do a separate page as “jmmcdowell.”

      Through all my normal writer’s ups-and-downs, I have this underlying feeling that things will work out fine. Maybe that’s self-delusional ;). But I do think I’ll find the path that works for me—whether it leads me to the crazy wave or something else!

      Let’s all keep the faith for our writing!

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  5. hey there, i read your post and from the comments section, it looks like a lot of people did! anyway, i DO think it’s harder when you write only advice posts. i don’t know if you do that, but that definitely makes it harder. because then you’re basically saying, ‘my audience is only people who would need this advice’. like writers for example. look at mommy bloggers. their audience is HUGE because a lot of people are parents, they want to feel not alone, they want to read something funny and quick at the end of the day. i know it FEELS like the cart before the horse – the whole audience before you’re published thing – but, you CAN do it. i’m convinced that people are starved for GOOD content on the internet and once they find it, they’ll return. that’s my theory anyway…

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    • Hey, thanks for commenting! I don’t do many advice posts—there are others who specialize in that and can give an audience far more bang for the (time) buck than I can. And writers writing about writing probably turns away most non-writers before too long.

      I’m still trying to find a good mix for post topics. I do want to chronicle my writing journey, to introduce people to the books I’m writing, to be supportive of other writer/bloggers, and to entertain readers with short works and fun ideas. That sounds good as I type it—can I pull it off?!

      Boy, mommy bloggers have it made, don’t they? (wink, wink) As one crop of parents moves into the teen years, you’ve got others entering the toddler stage and still others becoming first-time parents. A perpetual audience looking for advice, help, shared experiences, and a good laugh to ease the 24/7 child-raising career!

      Hopefully as I keep at this, I will be able to find and provide that good content that a wide variety of people will enjoy reading.

      Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment!

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  6. Wow. Read all the comments. Does luck play a part in getting published? If so, good luck to you and your fellow bloggers.

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    • Traditionally, luck plays a huge part in it. Until very recently, print publishing was the only game in town. And if you couldn’t land an agent or publisher, your only outlet was the “vanity press,” which was considered the lowest of the low. There are thousands of really good and great books that never saw the light of day. And it could be simply because they didn’t find the right agent or editor on the right day.

      Now, anyone can publish electronically, such as for Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes and Noble’s Nook. But luck still plays a role. There are thousands of “indie writers” flooding those outlets, whether they should publish or not. You have to find a way to make people aware of your book and then make them want to buy it. Hard work can pay off, but there’s always that element of chance.

      We’ll see how things shake out for me!

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  7. Okay, I’m back, albeit as my alter ego! 🙂

    At first I was unsure about the social media bit, especially Twitter because it seemed like such a weird way to communicate with people. Of all the different venues, I get a bigger kick out of blogging than anything else. And I think it is because I am involved in discussions, dialogue, swapping information, and I’m learning tons! LinkedIn is a close second, actually, and I keep meaning to devote more time to the connections I have there.

    I don’t get that out of tweeting or FB. And I really feel like it is connected to “readers” like you’re talking about. I’m a voracious reader, and I love engaging in the blogs and reading the string of comments on other posts.

    And I’ll tell you this, I follow more blogs of unpublished writers than I do of published. I think it’s because published authors (in general) don’t engage. They don’t reply to comments you leave on their posts, whereas writers who aren’t published try harder to build relationships. That is important to me. I’m twice as likely to buy your book, JM, over a book by an established author I know nothing about. And it’s because I’ve gotten to know you through your blog and my blog and Limebird.

    Who knows, perhaps my opinion will change when I’m published 🙂 and I’ll start blogging in circles of other published authors. But for me, right now, I enjoy the give and take and the more genuine relationships with writers who are also trying to find a foothold in the industry.

    Great post, JM!

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    • It’s really nice to see the thoughtful comments this post has generated. I hope there will be more, too!

      Although I resisted the agents/editors/writers on high for well over a year (Thou SHALT blog!), I finally gave in last fall. And you and others who have followed me for a while know that I’m really glad I did. And it’s for exactly the same reason you describe—that genuine engagement between bloggers and readers here in the writers’ corner. It’s so supportive, encouraging, helpful, educating, and entertaining in so many ways. I honestly believe it’s helped me become a better writer.

      I hope when all of us become successful authors, we’ll continue to contribute to each other’s blogs! I can understand how difficult it is for King, or Grafton, or people like that to reply to readers’ comments. There must be huge numbers of comments, and the authors are supposed to keep the books coming. But I would hope I could keep some of this kind of engagement going.

      Tweets, Facebook, … someday. But right now I want to focus on quality over quantity and find my best voice for interacting with fellow writers and interested readers. And that’s going to be here at this blog where I hope you and others will stick around and keep the discussions going!

      (And I hope you got the kids settled down—at least for a couple of hours! 🙂 )

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      • I agree with the above too! It’s fun getting to know upcoming authors like you…and if I like your writing on your blog, there’s a lot better chance I’m going to eventually buy your book someday (because I know you can write). I’ve read a lot of crap by published authors that just makes me mad (I think: “What? This got published? Ick!”)…so being published doesn’t equate to being an amazing writer in my opinion. It just means you had connections or got a lucky break (most likely connections).

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        • It is frustrating to read a print-published book and then think, “a 10-year-old could’ve done a better job!” And I wonder how many really good books didn’t get that print opportunity because of bad luck or timing? With e-publishing, I’m not surprised when it happens. There are no “gatekeepers” to help weed out stuff that would’ve best stayed in the writer’s mind. But how did some things get an agent and press?! If I can’t get that traditional deal for my books, that’s what would make me feel worst.

          (That’s different, of course, than not finishing a book because it just isn’t our thing. Great books will fall flat with some readers.)

          I just hope that when my books do see the light of day, you and others won’t be disappointed in the quality! I wouldn’t mind if you didn’t get them because they just aren’t your thing. But I’d be disappointed in myself if you put them down saying, “what a waste of time!”

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  8. It’s the age old question, isn’t it JM? LOL! I agree with many things that 4am writer said. We do not buy books because someone has huge followings, is on all of the social networks, etc. Whether we are a readers or writers, we all buy books by people we simply “like.” Why? Because they’ve shown the ability to entertain us with great stories and/or we felt we got to know them on some level.

    Another thing I admire is…writers such as yourself who respond to comments. That is a HUGE plus going for writers! If I stumble upon a blog and do not see the author engaging and responding to reader comments-there is no reason for me to return.

    In regards to “social media”- Personally, I feel the books always must come first. The blogs/websites are a close second & high priority because this is a writer’s “virtual” home and I encourage that. However, while I see the importance of why publishers would encourage FB, twitter, etc, personally, I would never hold it against a writer who chose *not* to pursue this. However, that is just my (very humble) opinion 🙂

    Since I got such great feedback last week, I plan to do a follow up post (if not a small series.) I hope you’ll find something encouraging in it. You are doing a great job! 🙂

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    • Maybe it’s my Midwestern upbringing (I know, I mention it a lot), but I really think we should respond to people who take the time to comment on our posts. It’s just the polite and respectful thing to do. Fellow-Midwesterner Carrie (The Write Transition) even did it when she got freshly pressed! And if I ever got so lucky, I would do the same thing.

      I know I couldn’t keep it up if I got hundreds of comments every week. But I would still try to address at least some individually for each post. And I would always want that sense of engagement between me and readers. Otherwise, it would just be narcissism or something not really G-rated.

      If I’m going to ask people to spend time reading what I write, the least I can do is say thank you. Maybe I’m a dying breed, and sappy as it may sound, the people like you I’ve met through blogging does restore some faith in the basic decency of some part of humanity!

      I think a lot of people here share your “humble opinion” on social networking. It has its role. And someday I will probably have to do more of it. But the writing and blog/web really need to come first.

      We’re in such a changing time in the “publishing” arena. We have so many more options than writers did even 10 years ago. Who knows what the Kindle or Nook will morph into? Or will they be a footnote to history?

      But I think quality will always win in the end, no matter what “physical” form writing takes. And if we tell a good story and are honest in our presentations (both in the story and in our writer’s persona), we can make it.

      I’m looking forward to your follow up posts/series. I think you’ll have a lot of good ideas and information for writers and readers alike! 🙂

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      • Hey JM, you know what? I do read some blogs whose comments are upwards of 100+ of every post they write. It might not be possible for them to respond to them ‘all’ but they do actively seek to engage and answer some of them just as you said!

        I’m working on some ideas and can see this turn into a fun and small series. I’m going to pay it forward to my fellow writers 🙂

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  9. I’m reading! 🙂 One thing I hear, over and over again, is comment on others blogs. Make sure your blog reading list is as varied and interesting. They’ll lead you to other interesting blogs and in turn lead others to your blog.

    That being said, don’t stress out if you can’t comment all the time. Reading and liking can also contribute.

    I think the first month I started my blog, I had 7 hits. They were all friends who took pity on me. After two years, my average has risen significantly. Good content will always bring people in.

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    • I do try to do that. Sometimes things are just so busy, and all I can do is leave a “like.” And if I’m late coming to a post, I often don’t think I’d have anything new to add—others have already covered it!

      Oh, the first days of the blog. I had 58 views my first day—all friends and family who I’d told I was starting a blog. They all stopped by to encourage me. Some still visit regularly. But it took a month before someone I didn’t know commented on one of my posts—Thank you, Philospher Mouse of the Hedge!

      Slowly, more people have found me. And I’m working on putting together a series of links for interesting archaeology blogs. If readers would like to get a glimpse of the real thing (done in an interesting way!), they’ll just be able to click on something that might strike their fancy. That may be the “hook” or “added value” or whatever you want to call it that I can bring to readers on my blog.

      Good content is key—and people find it on your blog!

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  10. I heard the same advice. When I started blogging, it was to create a network and I hated it. When I began blogging to improve my writing, I started loving it. About the time I switched gears, my blog started attracting readers. I’m sure there’s a correlation!

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    • I think you found a major key to successful blogging. 🙂

      Maybe we get better at tagging and consistency and all the nuts and bolts of blogging over time. (We probably should!) But can we keep it up over the long term if we aren’t doing what we enjoy and want to do? I think it comes back to finding our voice, which makes us comfortable, and thus more enjoyable and approachable to readers.

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  11. Fascinating topic. I love following fellow writers blogs and i appreciate their support of mine. But I’ve been worrying about attracting potential readers. I’d love to learn how to attract more readers to my blog.

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    • This post has really struck a chord with people, which is really cool to me. Did you see Anne R. Allen’s “How to Blog?” series? I think she’s got some great advice there. And she does say that writers who aren’t yet published should focus on connecting with other writers. So I think we’re all doing a great job there 🙂

      But getting the non-writing readers to the blog is a harder concept for me. I know that’s where things like SEO and good tagging come into play. And tweeting and FB and other social networks.

      Whether it’s the “right” way to do things or not, I don’t think I’ll push for a bigger general readership until I actually have something people can soon buy, either from a shelf or by clicking “download.” That’s when I’ll add more “bits” to the book pages where readers can find out more information about the characters and places that aren’t in the published versions.

      If any of us run across some helpful posts on this topic, we should reblog them or provide the links!

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  12. I’m reading. I can’t hit every post for every blog that I love, but I do try to peek in every now and again. So I guess that says a lot right there. Do we all need to be posting as frequently as we do knowing that there are thousands of bloggers and readers can’t possibly hit them all? We’re told to blog daily, which is seriously time-consuming. I think once a week is better personally. Or even just when you have the time and desire. Honestly, though, I keep much better track of books coming out and writer friend’ progress via facebook, where the updates are quick and all in one place. Each person has to pick what works best for them though and a lot of people love blogging. I admit to not loving it. I did/do it because I love the writing community and want to keep in touch with all the great people I’ve met, but post creation isn’t my favorite thing in the world. I’d rather be writing stories. There. The truth’s out. *hangs head in shame*

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    • Hey, thanks for adding your voice! As a reader, I’m like you—I can’t get to every post of every blog that I follow. I’m lucky to be able to work part-time for my day job. But even then it’s hard to do everything daily life requires.

      I could never do the daily posts. I’d run out of “quality” material in no time and when would I find the time to write my books or come up with new post ideas? I like the advice to choose a frequency that works for us and stick to that, whether it’s one, three, or seven posts a week. Quality over quantity.

      And I don’t think you need to hang your head in shame! I’d bet most people who follow my blog would rather write stories than blog posts. I think most of us want to be good/successful writers (choose your preferred definition of success) rather than superstar bloggers.

      Thanks again for sharing in the discussion 🙂

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    • It does take a while, doesn’t it? I had 58 views my first day of blogging—all family and friends! Boy did it drop after that. But slowly the trend is upward, and I can handle slow. For me, it’s just hard sometimes to put myself out there—I’m an introvert at heart, shy when I meet new people in person. Self-promotion doesn’t come easily. And when I do it, I want there to be something people will enjoy reading!

      I’m pretty darn happy where I am, tucked into the writer’s corner of the blogosphere. I just get perplexed at times by the “requirement” to have a general reading audience before I’ve published anything!

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  13. I am a real reader and a writer both.I love books and am always reading something or another. I started blogging to build my platform for my yet-to-be-published novels and started reading other writers’ blogs. I like the blogs about topics concerning the writing process. I find that I learn from them and am taking them as seriously as my writer’s magazines.

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    • That’s something I enjoy about other as-yet-unpublished writer blogs, too (including yours!). Reminders about common mistakes to avoid or good tips are really helpful for me. And the mutual support and encouragement is amazing. And I hope I’ll be checking out everyone’s published works at some point.

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  14. Sadly I’m struggling with the same problem. It’s hard enough to drive other writters to said blog let alone get them to stay. However, other writters can be very helpful in spreading the word about a good writter, so there is an up side.

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    • Emily, sorry to be so long in replying. Somehow I missed some notifications about post comments.

      I think it’s fine in our early blogging days to interact most with fellow writers. There must be a number of cohorts that have formed in the blogosphere. But that next step of attracting a wider audience really is hard. And I think it’s easy for “established” writers, agents, and editors to forget that fact. “Just do it” may be a good advertising campaign, but I’d like people who say it to remember that the practice involves a lot of blood, sweat, tears, heart, and soul.

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  15. I’m a reader of books, and I’m neither a writer nor a writing blogger so I’m not part of cycle in which you say you’re stuck. I came here because your tweet intrigued me so I clicked the link and read.

    If you wanted to get more people like me, and I’m certainly not unique in my approach to the written word, then I would say start writing and posting short stories, something that people can read relatively easily, something in which the first paragraph grabs them and keeps them there, advertise them on Twitter and tweet for the benefit of readers not fellow writers.

    Here’s a thing, social media is great for finding the crowd that you fit into, the crowd of fellow travelers so to speak, but you are looking for the crowd that’s going to read your work, but if I read your tweets (and I just looked back over a few to remind myself) yours provide links to articles about writing and publishing, they don’t at the moment show me how you write. They aren’t an advertisement for your style of prose. But I and many others primarily follow people on Twitter if their tweets are interesting to read. So your potential readers are there, you just need to find them and offer them something to read.

    Also, try to get published in something like Granta, you’ll definitely get everyone’s attention if you get into Granta.

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  16. Hi. Thank you for commenting on my blog. Your own writing appeals to my rather wicked sense of humor while expressing some of thoughts which plague me as a writer. I look forward to returning to your blog and reading more.

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  17. Hi there. I read through the comments carefully to make sure I wouldn’t just be retreading somebody else’s contribution.

    I realize building an audience/community/network for one’s blog is quite difficult and time-consuming and, at first, I was mystified by the chicken-and-egg situation you mention in your post. How can an unpublished author have a platform? How can someone who is essentially untried have “fans” or regular readers?

    To be honest, I am still looking for answers to those questions. It would seem that there is no unique, foolproof recipe for success, but there are a few things an unpublished writer can do in terms of platform-building:

    1. Pick the right social network — one where you love to be. There’s no point spreading yourself thin. Besides my blog, I’m only on Twitter and Google+. The latter is where I let my hair down, so to speak.
    Once you’re on that network, find people with similar interests. Start conversations.

    2. Recently, a writing blogger I know, whose first self-published book was something of a hit, advised that writers should join social networks that revolve around books, like Goodreads, which now seems to accept self-published books. Goodreads is used by people who love to read but aren’t necessarily writers.

    3. This is probably the most important thing — specialize and maintain a schedule. If you’re into historical romance, blog/tweet about the research you’re doing for your work in progress. If you’re into science fiction, then it could be a good idea to blog about the scientific ideas that inspired you in the first place. Just make sure you are consistent. People love consistency, and they like blogs they can describe in a sentence or two.

    4. Almost as important as #3: Study social media. Resources like Copyblogger, Men With Pens, Social Media Examiner are often repetitious but, if you dip in every now and then, they can be invaluable. One thing we unpublished writers need to remember is that the Internet makes copywriters of us all. OK, OK, it doesn’t, but it should.
    It’s a tough arena. When you want others to take you seriously, you have to show them that you already do.

    Now, how do you prove that you take yourself seriously? (Though not as much as an Oxford don, that would be pushing it)
    – Develop your blogging voice. Blogging the way you write your fiction is very hard to do. I tried. But you CAN blog with an honest voice and you can – should! – draw from your life experience.
    – Develop authority. Authority is acquired through the demonstration of knowledge, i.e., you know your subject, AND by asking meaningful questions. You see, real experts aren’t afraid to let others see that there are limits to their knowledge. *DON’T* make assertions you can’t back up.

    This is probably the longest blog comment I ever wrote.

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  18. Hi, thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    You left a really great comment—have you thought about posting it for your blog?! These are all great suggestions, and I am working on some of them. Finding time to do all of it is hard. I’m trying to set a workable schedule for myself that lets me balance life and writing and the related social networking/branding/marketing that has to go with the writing.

    Somehow, I will get through this!

    Thanks again! 🙂

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