I’m trying to devise a system that will make blogging less time-consuming while still creating valuable/readable/entertaining posts. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
- Recurring features: For a month, I did debut author interviews once each week. I created a pretty standard set of questions, sent them out, and then asked a few follow-up questions depending on the authors answers. I’d love to do more of these, but my well of debut authors has sort of dried up. I know, I know…I just need to email some more, but sometimes I feel a little shy.
- Book reviews: You all know that I’m hesitant to review novels. But if I just stick to books I really, really loved then I won’t hurt feelings and should be able to whip up a post fairly quickly.
- Guest posts: I haven’t asked anyone to write a post for my blog yet. I feel like I should find an expert-expert on some subject for one of those. Anyone have anything you want to read about?
- Stuff I know about writing/business: This one is hard…I’m pretty sure everyone is smarter and more savvy than I am, but the lessons I’ve learned along the way are valuable.
- Critiques: This is an area I’d love to do more of. Would anyone be interested in a bi-monthly query or first page crit?
- Blurbs from my work: I wish I was brave. Like really, really brave. I’ve posted the first page of one of my books and one kissing scene. If I wasn’t so terrified of sucking, I’d do a little more of this.
- Character interaction: Do you ever think what would my MC do in this situation? I do it all the time, and sometimes I write it down. It’s fun to take your character out of context and see what they’d do at say…Disney World. I think this works really well for authors who are, you know, actually published.