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Steven Hutson

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  1. Steven Hutson

    Free Book Launch Timeline Checklist Pdf

    Some of the advice in here seems counter-intuitive for me, because it doesn't allow nearly enough time. Why wait until now, to start the educational process? Sounds to me like a lot of unnecessary last-minute pressure. Market analysis, platform, website, blog, and social media all take a long time to learn. And then the process to gain a decent following from them, could easily take a couple of years. To compile a decent list of media contacts, book clubs, advocates, early adopters, influencers, authors, and book reviewers could take months, all by itself. Some could take weeks to respond, and a month or two to work your book into their queue. To plan an email campaign, you first need a list. Which could take months to compile.
  2. Steven Hutson

    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    Very well. Maybe I missed it. But I honestly can't think of a thing that I would do differently, based on whether my book was trad or self-pub.
  3. Steven Hutson

    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    If I wasn't blogging, I would be busy doing something else to promote my books.
  4. Steven Hutson

    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    Yup. But the original post wasn't about that, hence my comments.
  5. Steven Hutson

    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    I don't recall anyone saying it should. Heh. I didn't know that it was all about you. 😋 I just checked. Neither the title not the opening post of the thread, were about self-pub. .
  6. Steven Hutson

    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    We were talking about self-pub? Or that a blog should be your central piece.of your marketing? The goalposts seem to be moving here.
  7. Steven Hutson

    Calling Independent Self-published Authors

    Good. I will do it write know.
  8. Steven Hutson

    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    I thought the point was to attract readers to your book. This will not be accomplished by "writing random material."
  9. Steven Hutson

    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    I didn't know we were talking about that. Of course you know your target reader, yes?
  10. Steven Hutson

    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    Well, I'm not suggesting that you could or should just cut-and-paste the blog posts and magically have a book. Chances are you'd need some editing to stitch the segments together. But in the big picture, serializing works.
  11. Steven Hutson

    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    Fine. But many do. It's a time-proven method for gaining readers. Then now would be a good time. An example of a serial would be a TV soap opera. Unlike most TV shows, the soaps have a single ongoing storyline for the duration of the series. Magazines used to do this all the time. This would be useless, for the purpose we've been discussing. .
  12. Steven Hutson

    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    Another thought: Yes they can. And some do. Which, it seems to me, is exactly as much work as a blog.
  13. Steven Hutson

    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    Of course. But that's how most are. Readers don't expect to find new stuff there.
  14. Steven Hutson

    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    I don't understand. You can do what thousands of other writers have done: Announce your blog posts on Facebook and Twitter. Join FB groups and announce those posts in there. Happens all the time. Again, this is a time-proven approach. Serials have been around for decades. Some readers like them, some don't. But there's nothing you can do that will serve everyone. Nothing will, until you do it.
  15. Steven Hutson

    Do Authors Really Need To Blog?

    Something that escaped me earlier: A lot of classic novels began as serials in magazines. Seeing as print mags ain't what they used to be, a blog can serve the same purpose: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/4-great-books-that-started-out-as-magazine-serials/
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