What I’ve Learned in Nine Years of #Blogging #WritingCommunity

What I’ve Learned in Nine Years of #Blogging #WritingCommunity

The best thing I’ve learned from blogging is the sense of community. Bloggers come from all over the world and from different walks of life and are from a wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds. I think that’s what makes each post uniquely entertaining and beneficial from a learning standpoint- plus it’s nice to say I have friends all over the world ????

Social entrepreneurs like Sally Cronin of Smorgasbord Bloghave taught me the value of giving back to the community that supports them.

Inspirational writer’s groups like The Story Empire share a vast knowledge of writing, publishing, and promoting with their readers.

This is from one of my first posts back in 2014- https://jacqbiggar.com/2014/09/22/the-good-the-bad-and-the-formidable/

Today marks the one-week anniversary of the release of my first-ever book, Tidal Falls.

When I began this journey, I did it just to see if I could. It was a childhood dream to one day write a book, sell it to Harlequin, and see my name up in lights.

Two out of three ain’t bad. 

Along the way I’ve met some amazingly kind and generous people, willing to help the new kid on the block figure out the ropes. I can’t tell you how grateful I am, without them I would have stumbled a lot more than I did.

I wish I’d done more research into Amazon’s algorithms. Before you publish make sure you find out all you can about subject choice and keywords. They’re crucial to your book’s success.

Amazon has an informational page on this, which I used for my list. However, when I actually started the process and was asked to choose my subjects, virtually none of my choices were available, so I chose the obvious.

Bad move. This puts the book into the broadest categories, which means you virtually disappear into the woodwork.

Thanks to some great advice from a new writer friend, I was able to go back in, change my subjects, and achieve some visibility.

Make sure you have a social media presence. Yes, this takes time and effort, but in the end it’s invaluable. Everything I’ve read suggests 80% social and 20% selling is the best formula, and I’d have to agree. No one likes something shoved in their faces. So, if that’s your only goal for joining Facebook or Twitter, don’t bother. For myself, I like the connections I’ve made with people in the industry. New friends I would never have met otherwise. I like the sharing of jokes to lighten the day, and the support shown when someone is going through a rough patch. Everyone needs friends, 

Everyone who reads this blog knows I’m a starch defender of Amazon. I love what they’ve done for the consumer, and for the book industry in general. Coming from a small town, without them, and Harlequin’s reader subscription service, I would have missed out on untold amounts of reading pleasure.

Sure, we have a library, but for me, I like to take my time with books and savor them. I love having the world’s largest bookstore at my fingertips. Heaven.

But from a writer’s standpoint, I’ve run into a few issues that I’d like to share.

First off, I found out to my surprise that each of Amazon’s global networks are independent of the other. I know, I know, I should have expected this, I just never realized the ramifications.

When publishing you’re encouraged to set up an Author page on Amazon. Okay, it makes sense. Thanks to an easy tutorial, I managed without too many difficulties, though setting up an RSS feed for my blog was a stumbling block for a while. For anyone who doesn’t know, just add feed to the end of your URL. Ex: jbiggarblog.com/feed/

The second stumbling block came when I learned I needed wash/repeat these steps in the other hosting countries as well. Once wasn’t enough. For France and Germany, I had to stumble through with no idea if I was doing it right or not.

Lastly, and for me most importantly, they don’t even have an author page in Canada. This is my home, where I wish to shine, and I’m instead having the most issues. If you have a book in KDP Select supposedly you can run Kindle Countdown Deals and still receive 70% of your income, but it doesn’t show as running in Canada and readers can’t take advantage of the deal within our country.

With KDP Select, you can reach more readers, earn more money, and maximize your sales potential. When you choose KDP Select, you elect to make your Kindle eBook exclusive to Kindle. How KDP Select works

Thanks for nine wonderful years of building lasting friendships and inspirational posts to make my writing better.

You are the best!

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