The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Promote Your Book Online: I Choose the Wrong Way
By Susan Wingate
Of late, every time I teach at a writing conference, the program
coordinators slate a workshop with a title something like this: How to
Blog Effectively or The Art of Blogging. You get the idea. They have
rules like: never blog without knowing the topic you’ll be discussing;
and, try to blog in your niche. Words of wisdom for sure however if your
niche is writing or more succinctly, novel writing, well every Johnny
out there has a blog about it. It seems the blogging market for
how-to-write has become glutted.
For me, blog writing is secondary to novel writing and so I use my
blog to grease my creative and technical skills. I like humor too so I
sort of play around when I blog. I get silly even.
For instance, I broke out in a huge full-body rash this past April
and because this new development sent me on an adventure to the doctor, I
decided to blog about it. Wise in the eyes of blogging experts? I dare
say not. But did it get noticed? Oh. My. Yes. That one blog post brought
the most visitors to my website in months. Since then, I post
everything and anything that comes to mind. Sometimes these postings are
about writing but I always add a bit of humor to them. People like to
laugh, plain and simple. Today’s blog, July 2nd, tells about the time my
husband called me a hermit. Of course, my husband, Bob gives me tons of
great fodder for writing. He makes me laugh because he doesn’t
understand me. This paradoxical relationship makes for great humor.
We’re terribly in love with one another but, still, he’s a businessman
and I’m an artist. The rift between these two mindsets can seem as deep
as the Mariana Trench.
Anyway, I tend to believe that people like to laugh. Writing funny makes me laugh too. Maybe it doesn’t meet The Idiot’s Guide to Blogging but if everyone’s laughing then we all win. Right?
recently, Susan Wingate’s novels, SPIDER BRAINS and DROWNING each
reached Amazon Bestseller status in 2012. DROWNING won the 2011 Forward
National Literature Award for Drama. She would love for you to read her
books. You can find them all under the tab on this site labeled “Books”.
SUSAN has written eleven novels, two short story collections, a few
plays, one screenplay and tons of poems. Her latest 2011 novel DROWNING
(contemporary women’s fiction), won 1st place in the 2011 Forward
National Literature Award and also won a finalist award for the category
of Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit in the 2011 International Book Awards. A
vibrant public speaker, Susan offers inspiring, motivational talks about
the craft of writing, publishing and marketing, and how to survive this
extremely volatile (e-)Publishing industry. She presents these lectures
for private groups and at writing conferences, libraries and bookstores
around the country.
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one were to bake the story SPIDER BRAINS into a cake, they should
sprinkle in Charlotte’s Web, toss in one Jellicle Cat, then stir in a
little Spiderman—but as a girl and not in that goofy latex outfit! A
tale of hope, transformation, transition and inspiration.
After her father’s death last year and, now, in the throes of a
gnarly teacher’s whim as she thinks ahead to college (or really just
dreams of getting into college), a small black arachnid bites
fifteen-year-old Susie Speider on the finger. The bite sends her nights
into fantastical dreams about taking revenge on a teacher who,
ultimately, holds her college aspirations in the palm of her cold
calloused hand. But, after Susie figures out the dreams are real, she
ups the ante by visiting the teacher regularly… as the spider!
And, oh, by the way! Who is that boy spider munching on flies, hiding
over there in the corner? A story of loss and forgiveness, tolerance and
kindness, Susie Speider deals with the death of her father while Matt
Ryder–the new neighbor boy–has just lost his mother. Ultimately, SPIDER
BRAINS poses some important questions about how to treat