Friday, January 04, 2013

Authorpreneur: 8 Author Blogs to Follow in 2013

Writing is a business as well as an art. We hear that over and over. Writers have to teach themselves how to work this business, but the information available can be overwhelming.

In my own search for self-education on how to make a living while I follow my creative dream, I've found these experienced authors who share how they make it work.

(Lesson 1, Branding: Most of these authorpreneurs use taglines, included in italics.)

The Creative Penn

Thriller author Joanna Penn shares Thoughts on writing, publishing, & book marketing. Her other blog, J.F. Penn, dishes out great eye-candy for history buffs.

The Book Designer

Practical Advice to Help Build Better Books. Joel Friedlander's blog focuses on indie publishing, but also contains advice from book editing to blog post ideas.

Jody Hedlund

Author and Speaker Jody Hedlund is a best-selling author of historical Christian fiction who blogs about the writing life, from creating scenes to social media marketing. When I think I'm too busy to finish my novel, I think of Jody, who finishes novels while homeschooling her five children!

My Name is Not Bob

Advice on Writing, Parenting, and About Anything Else Related to Being Alive. Robert Lee Brewer, editor of Writer's Market and poet, pens advice on the business of writing and building an author platform. He gives writers an added push with annual platform and poetry writing challenges.

Rachelle Gardner

Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner offers tips and starts conversations about writing and publication. A former freelancer and ghostwriter, she's worked on the publishing side of the writing business since 1995.

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman has rebooted her blog into a more business-y niche: Writing, Reading, and Publishing in the Digital Age. Her site archives years of top writing advice, including a Get Started Guide: Blogging for Writers.

How to Blog a Book

Nina Amir coaches writers to multipurpose their writing by either writing the draft book as blog posts, or by using research for the book to build expertise and a platform. 

No Rules Just Write

Thriller author CJ Lyons sold one million self-published books, debuting on the New York Times bestseller list. She shares her networking savvy on her No Rules Just Write blog. Check out her Business Resources page for more tips. Her author tagline is Thrillers with Heart.

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