Update from the Book Blog

The Book Blog Merges with Peter DeHaan’s Byline to Cover the Art of Writing and the Business of Publishing

All keyposts from The Book Blog have been successfully integrated into my writing blog, Byline, with a convenient feed of recent posts on this site.

The scope of Byline has been appropriately expanded to now cover “the art of writing and the business of book publishing.”

New content about writing and publishing is added to Byline each week. Please check out my latest posts. And while you’re there, leave your email address in the sidebar on the right to receive an email each time a new post goes live.

The Book Blog has seven categories of information. Commentary, Marketing, Publishing Trends, Self-publishing, and Tips have all be integrated into Byline. The remaining two categories of News and Archives have not and remain here in their entirety.

Thank you for reading The Book Blog. I look forward to seeing you at Byline.

Blogging is a Basic Form of Self-Publishing

Blogging connects writers directly to readers with no middlemen, delays, or layers of isolation.

Blogging is a Basic Form of Self-PublishingAt one time, not too long ago, most everyone decried self-publishing as second-rate, used only by the marginal scribe and unpublishable writer. This is no longer the case.

Now most everyone (but traditional publishers) views self-publishing as a viable option for anyone to consider, from novice to seasoned veteran. Indeed some indie authors self-publish because…  read more>>

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Should You Use Video to Grow Your Platform?

Video may be the next step in connecting and engaging with an audience

Should You Use Video to Grow Your Platform?With advances in technology, and the power residing on every smartphone, it has never been easier to record a video and start a vlog. A vlog is a video blog. I’m a huge proponent of blogging and in the past tried the audio version of that: podcasting.

Moving a blog to video is the next evolution in communicating with our audience. Some people, such as Michael Hyatt… read more>>

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My Experience With Podcasting

My Experience With PodcastingLast week I mentioned four benefits of having an author podcast to build our platform. The reasons are compelling. But before jumping in, we need to consider if podcasting makes sense for us.

I was an early adopter of podcasting. Though I don’t have the dates, it was shortly after I started blogging, so around 2009 or 2010. Those podcasts are no longer online so I can’t verify when…  read more>>

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The Power of Podcasting: Four Reasons to Have an Author Podcast

The Power of Podcasting: Four Reasons to Have an Author PodcastIt seems people are jumping on the podcasting bandwagon. They want to grow their audience and build their platform in order to sell their books (or whatever other product or service they have to offer).

This makes sense. Look at the recent surge of interest in audiobooks, with people who read books by listening to a recording. They do this during their work commute, as they exercise, or when they attend to…  read more

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How Not to Write a Nonfiction Book

How Not to Write a Nonfiction BookA friend, who is also a prolific reader, once shocked me. Talking about nonfiction books, he said: “I only read the first chapter. Then I page through the rest and stop to read anything that’s interesting.”

My incredulous look encouraged him to explain. “Most nonfiction books pack their entire message into the first chapter. The rest of the book just rehashes it.” While some books warrant more reading… read more>>

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Three Reasons to Comment on Blog Posts – and One Reason Not To

Three Reasons to Comment on Blog Posts – and One Reason Not ToThere are several blogs I follow; I read them whenever I can. Sometimes I just read, and other times I read and comment. Only a small percent of blog readers take time to comment.

The reasons are many: too busy, a lack of confidence, not knowing what to say, fear, and so forth. There are, however, some reasons why we should comment. Here are three…  read more>>

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Be Alert to What Others Say About Us Online

One day on my writing blog, Byline, I wrote about a book I really enjoyed. To my complete shock, the author commented on my post. She thanked me profusely for my kind words, added to the discussion, and then mentioned her upcoming book. I was smitten.

More recently, on my main blog, Spiritually Speaking, I posted a review of a book that highly influenced me. This time the author emailed me to thank me for my kind words. I was shocked he took the time to do so. Then he asked if I’d post a review on Amazon. Even though there were already hundreds, I was happy to do so. As a bonus, I reviewed the book on Goodreads, too…  read more>>