Please give a warm welcome to Jolie Du Pre who is stopping here at the A-Z on her blog tour promoting her exciting new series of paranormal books, starting with the novella Litria. I don't want to give anything away, but wow, wait until you read her premise. This is a book I'm adding to my Kindle right away. Give her a warm Alphabet-loving welcome with lots of comments, and bloggy love.
Running A Successful Blog
Blogging is a great way to share your opinions, your life, information on almost any topic or virtually anything else you can think of using the World Wide Web. Chances are you want your blog to shine and to be set apart from the rest. Since there are so many blogs on the Internet, there are some things you need to do to make your blog unique and successful.
As a horror/paranormal author and reader, I created my blog PreciousMonsters to blog about all things monsters and to meet other horror/paranormal readers and authors. It's also been a great way to meet bloggers in general. So far I've been pleasantly surprised at the number of hits my new blog has received. However, I knew my blog would not be successful unless I followed some basic rules.
Choose Your Topic Wisely
If there are a million and one blogs about model airplanes, you probably do not want to start another one. Do some research and find out what is currently trending in the world of blogs. Choose something that is popular, but don't choose the most popular topic.
Once you have your topic chosen and are ready to blog, you need to be sure that you make regular posts. In order to keep an audience, you should have new content for them to enjoy. If someone comes to your blog and continues to see the same post, they will stop returning. On the other hand, if readers come back and find something new, they will continue returning to find out if you have made a new post. We're all busy, and it's easy to put our blog posts aside for awhile. I've done it many times, but let's try not too.
Respond to Readers' Comments
As readers begin to comment on your posts, respond to their questions, concerns or general comments. If they ask a question, be sure to give them an informative answer. By taking the time to interact with your readers, you are showing that you care about what they have to say. This will keep them coming back as they start to view you as a friend.
Promote, Promote, Promote
Readers will eventually find your blog, but it will take longer if you don't promote it. You don't have to get crazy with promotion. Choose a few of the most popular social networking sites and call it a day. I promote on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. In addition, one of the best ways to promote your blog is by joining a blog hop. The Blogging from A to Z Challenge was one of the best things I've participated in for my blog's success.
LITRIA starts off THE M SERIES–an exciting new series of novellas by Jolie du Pré chronicling the Buscetto family, their deeds, and their victims.
LITRIA is available NOW at!
Who’s lurking in Layneworth?
It’s the Buscettos—a charming family who live in a nice house?
The Buscettos look human, but they’re not human. They’re Zxxtergins, a type of little-known monster who has roamed the Earth since the fifth century. The youngest Buscetto, beautiful eighteen-year-old Litria, is in search of gorgeous females for sex, followed by food. Her nightly behavior wrecks havoc, causing her family to fear exposure and resulting in grave concern, extra work, and late nights for Layneworth detectives.
When nude and mutilated dead women appear, almost daily, across Layneworth, Detective Brenda Martin, and her partner Robert Moretti, are on the case. The mayor, before his untimely demise, preached to beware of werewolves, and few believed him. But as the killings increase, Brenda thinks she may have more than just a serial killer on her hands. Will Brenda discover the true monsters, and what happens if she does?
Thank you for visiting STOP 4 of the LITRIA BLOG TOUR. Leave a comment to be entered in a contest to win a $5 Starbucks gift card.
The next stop is August 8 at the blog of Annie Walls.