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Books & Blogs

Got a book? Get a blog! They belong together. Tips, tricks, tools, and truths about using blogs to promote your books and brand. Share your insights, experience, opinions, platform, plug-ins, and secrets. So many books and blogs...so little time!

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Latest Activity: Jul 22, 2015

Books & Blogs...and Articles, and More

I think therefore I read. I read therefore I write. I write therefore I blog. I blog therefore I am. (Apologies to Descartes.) A dynamic, changing list of links to think on:

SiteSketch101.com -- New site. Great design. Great content. Bloggers on blogging.
MichaelHyatt.com -- CEO of Thomas Nelson. Wealth of wisdom and good reading.
TheBookDesigner.com -- Joel Friedlander, SPANnet member. Really good stuff.
CopyBlogger.com -- Multiple authors. Helpful input on effective blog copywriting.
PublishingBasics.com -- Huge archive of how-to articles for makers of books.
The Writing Life -- Terry Whalin, author of 60 books, literary agent, marketer.
About.com: Weblogs -- Lots of good browsable advice and links. NY Times owned.

Discussion Forum

Stimulate word-of-mouth communication with your blog

Started by Brian Jud Jul 22, 2015. 0 Replies

When deciding to purchase a book, most people will take the advice of a friend rather than read an ad. Get people to spread the word about your book to their friends and followers. Ask…Continue

Tags: blogging, APSS, Jud

Contribute to others' blogs

Started by Brian Jud Jul 1, 2015. 0 Replies

Increase your exposure by contributing copy to other blogs in your category -- some that may have a larger audience. Find examples at www.blogtoplist.comContinue

Tags: blog, APSS, Jud

How to Tie Your Blog into Your Book as a Promotional Tool

Started by Nina Amir Jan 31, 2012. 0 Replies

Every time I go out to speak about my forthcoming book,…Continue

How I'm Going to Book My Blog---And You Can Too!

Started by Joel Friedlander. Last reply by Joel Friedlander Mar 30, 2011. 6 Replies

Last month I started a series of articles on my blog about creating a book from the archive of my blog posts. Instead of "blogging a book," I decided I was "booking my blog." This has resulted in a…Continue

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News from the World of Ning

Since we're all part of the Ning-thing by way of SPANnet, and some of us may be considering creating our own Ning.com network, the news coming out of corporate is bracing. Ning.com is a great social network service, and what they provide is certainly worth paying for, but it sounds like things at Ning are not too stable as they try to move from free to paid. Here's the TechCrunch story:…

New WordPress Website/Blog Is Now Live

Whole Heart Online is finally live: www.wholeheart.org

This is our first step toward a full-court press of WordPress web properties. Next is another CMS website/blog, followed by three basic blogs, followed by some static book and bio blogs, followed by some "that might be fun to try" blogs. For the two CMS websites I am using a good WordPress designer (Joe Stallard at…

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Comment by Kim Cady on September 18, 2012 at 4:49pm

I am new to the group. I have my book blog, which is the backstory and character bios as I finish the editing on the actual book. It's at http://kimcady.blogspot.com.

Their dynamic templates have really worked for me. I've been with them for a long time. I look forward to learning more from this group. PS I learned about the group in the Writer's Digest free 100 Great Sites for Writers download. They specifically mention SPAN's Books and Blogs!

Comment by Bradley Flora on September 12, 2011 at 8:34pm

Welcome to the group Jason!


I took a look at your site and was impressed by your marketing. I'd like to discuss that in more details with you, especially the conversion rates for your "New Offer - folding corner popup". Could we talk about it over here in the Online Marketing Thread?


To get the ball rolling I started a new reply that you can respond to, if you so wish. 





Thanks for your time, and once again welcome to Spannet!



bradley flora



Comment by Jason Scott henderson on September 12, 2011 at 12:52pm

Hello All,


I am excited to be a new member of teh group and look forward to learning and sharing.  Find me at www.speakoptimisticdiversity.com. This is a Great site!!!!

J.Scott Henderson

Comment by Dr. Sylvia Hawkins Little on August 30, 2011 at 8:15am
Hi, I just joined the group. My blog Dr. Sylvia Hawkins Little with my website. Also my RSS is http://feeds.feedburner.com/DrSylviaHawkinsLittle.  I would like to know [1] the names of two books or websites which have provided you with the best information on blogging and [2] how much time you devote to blogging -- daily, once a week or what?  I welcome the opportunity to exchange blog url's.
Comment by Armand M Vaquer on November 16, 2010 at 9:50pm
Hello, Everyone! I just joined SPANnet and this group. I have an active blog that promotes my book, The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan besides my musings on travel, politics, history, current events. The URL: Armand's Rancho Del Cielo
Comment by Joel Friedlander on July 13, 2010 at 5:17pm
Hey Rachel, nice to "meet" you. Do you blog your book?
Comment by Rachel Berry on July 13, 2010 at 7:29am
Greetings All,
I look forwarding tolearning from you and networking with you.

Comment by Claire Power Murphy, HonDL on June 3, 2010 at 6:35pm
Hi Joel,
Thanks for the welcome and the friendhsip.
I have a blog on My Page and I do blog elsewhere.
Comment by Joel Friedlander on June 3, 2010 at 4:40pm
Hi Claire and welcome to Books & Blogs. Do you blog about your book?
Comment by Claire Power Murphy, HonDL on June 3, 2010 at 8:18am
Hi Everyone,
I am a new member who is desirous of growing and sharing.
I have a featured group on Cambridge Who's Who entitled, "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword" which consists of over 100 members in the literary field. I hope to be able to share learnings with them while inviting them to join SPANnet with its many advantages.
Please invite me to be a friend.
Claire Power Murphy, Featured member

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