Today my party guest is Terry Kate of Romance In The Backseat. I am completely thrilled to have her today. She is so much fun. So please help me welcome Terry Kate!
Oh goody, it’s a party! Thanks to Kat for having me, since I am not an author I can only give you limited insight into anything craft related. Career related I am much more useful. I run a number of blogs, writing contests, giveaways, virtual events, and PR/Online Promotion consulting. So leave any questions you might have in the comments and I will answer them.I made up some questions to interview myself, I have multiple personalities I might as well use them.Why I like to torture authors - Cause it is fun?Okay that sounds terrible, but for some reason authors seem to think guest blogging, interviews, promotion, and such is torturous. I hear you, it is not easy to come up with concepts all of the time that will interest readers. So here are my thoughts...What can authors do to make guest blogging easier?Talk to the Blogger/Reviewer. Ask them what kind of blog posts get the most attention.- Author Interviews?- Character Interviews?- Talking about interesting bits from your research - ghost stories, history, etc.- Tie ins with pop culture, I love vamps, but like Vampire Diaries Damon more the Stephan that is why my character, such and such, blah, blah, blahs.What can I do to make my guest blog stand out?- Excerpt, different from the synopsis and related to content of the post, Keep it short.- Images - pick some fun images to go in your post. Give the blogger some options of what to include. They may use all or none. - Come comment on the post and let readers know you will be dropping in to answer questions.Do I only blog when I have a release?NOOOO!!! We like authors all the time whether they have a new release or not. Come talk about your take on the world cup, discuss and older title that had a birthday party in it during a blogs birthday party. Offer to blog on whatever topic the blogger needs you to. If that is your first time on a blog also offer them a copy of your book to review. If it is still available it will be new to some readers and then you just hit all new readers and slipped in a gentle reminder that you are still around and writing to those who have read your work in the past.I am unpublished, can I guest blog?-Yes, though let me qualify, some blogs will take you to talk about different subjects, I wen to a conference, saw a movie, admire this author because, opinion pieces, funny writing or life antidote. E-books vs. Print books. - A lot of blogs and smaller sites are looking for content. You make connections and meet readers, get them familiar with your pan name. People who feel like they know you buy your books.
I hope this was helpful, and if you would like to learn more leave your questions, or check out the http://www.blogger.com/”%3Ca”>Book Bloggers and Authors Online Conference on August 6&7. You can network with bloggers and reviewers, and learn all about what online promotion and other forms of PR can do for you.Thanks again to Kat! I really enjoyed reading through the posts from the party - awesome job!
Terry KateRomance in the Backseathttp://www.romanceinthebackseat.com/
Naughty in the Backseathttp://naughtyinthebackseat.com/blog/
Thanks again for being here Terry. I loved reading what you had to say!