We featured Allison Maruska on Blogging for Authors and Newbies back in 2015. Now her book has sold over 20,000 copies and has 500 Amazon reviews!
That’s beyond exciting. That’s a dream come true for most writers. And you can do it too!
Here’s what she had to say back then, and below is a link to what she’s learned since.
Allison, it’s always nice when your full name exists as a custom URL. Did that make your decision easy?
I figured using my name would be the quickest way for my book readers to find me.
How long have you had it and how often do you post?
I’ve had this blog for a little over a year, but I had a Blogger site for a couple years before that. I try to post at least weekly, usually 2 times per week.
What do you like the most about your blog? The least?
Most: I like talking to my readers in my “real” voice. I started the blog as a humor blog, so I weave humor into everything I write, even if the post isn’t specifically a humor post.
Least: Some of my posts are hard to find, but I’ve been working on categorizing them in the menu bar, so that should improve.
What have you learned that you can share with a newbie?
Err on the side of shorter, if you can. I’ve heard the target word count for a “regular” blog post is 250 – 300 words. Obviously, that can be higher if you’re specializing in something. But see your blog as an opportunity to practice concise writing. Also, set a static landing page.
I like those tips! What’s a good link for readers to find your books?
(Since this post in 2015, Allison has sold over 20,000 copies of The Fourth Descendant and received 500 reviews. Wow! https://allisonmaruska.com/2016/11/14/five-things-i-learned-from-500-reviews/)
Anything else you’d like to add?
I reply to all comments, so stop by and chat! Commenting on others’ blogs is a great way to get noticed, too.😉
Thank you, Allison. Looks like you’re headed it a great direction. Wishing you all the best.
Please share any thoughts or tips in the comments section.
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