Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Buccaneer Blogfest - About my blog




My first blog post was on May 24, 2011. And it was this,

"Hello!

Welcome to the Blue Word.  The Blue Word is a blog devoted to books and writing in the genres of science fiction, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance, both adult and YA.  If you are an aspiring or published writer of these genres, follow this blog to tap into source of news from the blogosphere.  I started following blogs to find CONTESTS to get feedback on my writing and the eyes of an agent, so I promise to post all contests I find...even though I'm tempted to keep the info for myself...maybe I'm a little bit competitive.  I am of the philosophy that one should only post when they have something to say.  So...my posts will not be daily.  ;)  My goal is to help keep you updated and to make connections in the writing community, and of course pimp my unpublished manuscript, Stormland.  If you want to know why my word is blue, you'll find the answer there.  Please comment and follow."


Not too fascinating, but it's neat for me to get that blast from the not too distant past. I started blogging for 2 reasons only:


1) To enter and find contests, especially those with a bloghop portion
2) To have something agents could find if they Googled me


Basically, I only started a blog to help get my manuscript published. I never expected to find such a goldmine of opportunities, information, and writer friends. If anything surprised me about blogging, it is that it's not just having a public diary no one cares about. It's a critical professional tool for authors. NOW, I blog because it's become a central part of my writer's platform. It's how I stay connected to the writing world and build my brand. As long as I write (which I hope is forever) I can't imagine ever closing down my blog, although I'd love to give it a good upgrade one day.


I also blog at http://unicornbell.blogspot.com/ and do promotion for the blog at http://curiosityquills.com/.

One Ghost Per Serving, by Nina Post - CoverWhile I have you here, I would like to announce that I'm seeking blog tour stops and reviewers for the new release One Ghost Per Serving. If you're interested in participating, let me know! You could do an interview with the author Nina Post, a simple promotional where you talk about the book, a review, giveaway, or anything else that you think would be fun. If you want to post a review, we have free copies available for you on Net Galley.



8 comments:

  1. I only blog when I have something to say as well. Usually ends up being 2-3 times a week, but I like not being tied down to a schedule and forced to write something when I'm not inspired. :)

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  2. I love your reasons for blogging. Contests and agents! And it worked - good for you!

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  3. Isn't blogging fun! I have been totally inspired by many people I only know through my/their blog. Three cheers for bloggers:):):)

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  4. I've found a lot of contests and networking opportunities through blogging too. Sometimes I wonder why I kept working at my Angelfire site for so many years instead of moving into the modern era with an interactive blog!

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  5. I think you've been successful, Sharon, because you started out with a clearly identified focus to your blog, and stuck to it! I know I certainly rely on your contests posts.

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  6. We all have our reasons for starting to blog. Mine were like: to have a platform on which to stand to showcase my ability and perhaps snag the attention of an agent. One agent actually asked for a partial of FRENCH QUARTER NOCTURNE from what I had written on my blog. How cool is that?

    Alas, Sam McCord has notorious bad luck with the ladies, even lady agents!!

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  7. Now I am curious why your word is blue. One ghost per serving looks very interesting! : ) Building a brand is an important part of blogging. You have a competitive spirit also? OMG! Add another check to our "things we have in common" list!

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  8. Isn't it fun to look back on old blog entries? You have come a long way from the early days (last year-LOL). I totally know what you mean about how surprising it is at first to realize that blogging is not a lonely diary, but a vibrant community of awesomeness!

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