for the week ending September 30, 2009
Day 16: Book Blog Content: Publishing Industry News Edition
William Safire, The Oracle of English Language Passes
Obituary Note: Author, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and "oracle of language" William Safire died Sunday. He was 79. "There may be many sides in a genteel debate," the New York Times observed, "but in the Safire world of politics and journalism it was simpler: There was his own unambiguous wit and wisdom on one hand and, on the other, the blubber of fools he called 'nattering nabobs of negativism' and 'hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history.'"
Whitaker House Latino Christian Reader's Quest
Christian Retailing-- Whitaker House is releasing its first two Spanish fiction titles this month—translations of two contemporary novels by Sharlene MacLaren, the company's top-selling fiction writer: En medio de la tormenta (Through Every Storm, 978-1-603-74165-1, $9.99) and Un largo camino a casa (Long Journey Home 978-1-603-74164-4, $9.99)
"Both Christian and general market retailers have been asking us for good Spanish fiction for quite some time, but we wanted to wait for books that would translate well," said Vice President Bob Whitaker Jr.
Another example of book blog content is news, specifically literary news. At Christian Fiction Blog we provide Christian publishing news. At your blog you may look at providing literary news to fit your genre. If you are an author, you may also think of providing literary news for your readers. One of the new services DeeGospel PR provide is Reporting/Press Secretary Services. We will report about your current events for you to add to your online press room or we will add your news to our company press room. Out of all the services I have I like this one the most, because for the author you can control your media outreach for the fraction of the cost. This Reporting Service feature began because of the Christian Fiction News feature I provide at this blog.
As you decide the type of content you will provide on your blog understand that providing industry news offer you a few advantages of the other book blogs:
- It builds credibility with your readers and peers
- You become an industry source
- You increase your blog's opportunity to become syndicated
- It increases your blog's subscriber base
- It opens the doors for monetizing your blog
- join industry leader forums
- subscribe to literary news sources like Publisher's Lunch, Publisher's Weekly and Media Bistro
- join a professional organization. I belong to the Atlanta Press Club
- subscribe to newswires like Associated Press and PR Newswire
- meet industry insiders at banquets and conferences. Many of my services I met at The Christys Book Awards Banquet, ACFW Conference, Press Parties in the area
- report on your blog. Provide content only you can provide. Remember my blog began because of articles I couldn't place in the paper. Make your blog your very own column.
If you have not joined 30 Days to Build a Better Book Blog, there is still time. We're only on Day 16. I'm taking my time and you can take your time through the course. Click here to join it's free.
As a book blogger, you can add more value to your brand by providing similar content to your blog. In the coming weeks I will be seeking reporters to add to my service. Follow me on Twitter to receive that announcement