One of the best ways to learn as a writer is to study the work of other writers. And one of the best ways to learn as an entrepreneur is to study other entrepreneurs. So who should you learn from if you are an author who wants to not just write, but sell?
Here are three authors whose blogs should be must-reads for you. These authors blog in an engaging, realistic way about not just the craft of writing, but the business side of it too. In no particular order…
1. J.A. Konrath (http://jakonrath.blogspot.ca/)
Konrath’s blog, affably titled ‘A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing,’ is a must-read for its data-centric focus: Konrath specializes in case study stories of authors who left traditional publishing in favor of greener self-pub pastures, and he is explicit in just how green these pastures can be. Using both his own sales stats and those of his author friends, he does the math in an as-yet-unparalleled way. If this is about business for you as much as it is about art, Konrath is a must-read.
2. John Scalzi (http://whatever.scalzi.com/)
Scalzi’s blog covers the gamut, from general announcement type stuff about his new releases and personal appearances, to Q&A questions sent in by readers. Where Scalzi really shines as an educator for the newbie, though, is in the way he has his finger on the blogosphere. When people are talking about it, Scalzi finds out. And he comments on it. His recent post on the new Kindle Worlds fanfiction program was the first I read that didn’t just regurgitate the press release and actually offered some useful food for thought.
3. Kristine Kathryn Rusch (http://kriswrites.com/)
Rusch offers longer, meatier blogs than some of her counterparts. Her well-researched posts usually include at least a few comments from her writer friends (including husband and fellow author Dean Wesley Smith) and cover the gamut of business topics. She recently wrote a great analysis on the failure of her indie distribution venture, and offered valuable suggestions for authors trying to get their work out there. Many of her tips aren’t glamorous, but they are solid, practical stuff. If you’re interested in building a real fanbase, not just gaming a best-seller list, Rusch is your girl.
This is just a sample of the great author blogs out there. Do you have an author whose blog you follow regularly? Leave a comment and let us know who!