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Thursday, December 1, 2022

The Most Difficult Thing About Being a Writer

    Writing is a labor of love for me, and I’m thankful that the Lord has given me this gift. However, if there’s one thing that I could change about being a writer, I’d make a living doing it full-time. Unfortunately, in fifteen years of writing fiction, I haven’t figured out how to do it yet. The biggest challenge of being an author is adapting to its forever-changing and volatile climate―what works for someone today may not work tomorrow. Case in point, I had to change my method of advertising in order to maintain any semblance of monthly book sales.

    Amazon has made it virtually impossible to advertise on their site due to a drastic increase in bidding. For example, what used to cost me $0.25 each time someone clicked on an ad now costs triple that amount. This wiped out any chance of making a profit on their platform unless I raise the price of my books, so I ultimately had to adjust to the situation. Now, I use Google’s advertising platform because I get way more for my buck in terms of bidding.


    Many people might argue that I should concentrate on getting a book deal from a publishing house if I want to write full-time, but I love the idea of being my own boss too much to go down that road. And besides, I’m already comfortably working for someone else as a paralegal. I had two dreams about my blog going viral, so I trust in the Lord one hundred percent and won’t be deterred from this goal in any manner whatsoever.

    In conclusion, doing something that you love and making a living doing it is what most people wish they could do. I’ve had the entrepreneurial spirit for as long as I can remember and writing full-time would obviously be a dream come true for me. Blogging is a way for me to achieve this goal, and I have to keep my eye on the prize because failure isn’t an option.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Authors Should Feature a Short Story on Blog to Entice Readers

    An author who writes short stories and post them on his or her blog follow the same method as authors who make the first book of a series free. The strategy is to hook the reading audience by offering a sample piece to show them a glimpse of what a full-length novel would be like with the hope of gaining followers and selling books. In turn, this formula will help yield a consistent flow of traffic to the site and a steady stream of income.

A Character in a Short Story

    I personally use the short story as a method to gain followers on my blog as well as sell my books, and it has been one of several effective tools that I have in my arsenal to build a platform and maintain a monthly cash flow. Most of the short stories that I write are 1500-2000 words in length with an image of a featured character, and I post them periodically on the blog to give visitors a taste of my writing style and hopefully win them over as subscribers.

    So, this is just a quick PSA for indie authors and bloggers who may decide to use the short story as a means to gain readership and promote their books. It’s a tool that works for me on my own blog and posting the short story can be a profitable way to ultimately assist in making a blog become more successful.

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