Planning for Writers

Read my blog posts that focus on planning for writers - not just how to write, but how to plan for your writing business.

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Writing a Novel: Don’t Get Bogged Down with Rules

January 18, 2021

Are you in the process of writing a novel but feel a bit lost? Or do you want to write a novel but keep putting it off because you don’t know where – or how – to start? Have you been researching and reading up and are now more confused than ever before? The first …

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Using Canva to Create Graphics for Your Author Platform

January 11, 2021

Graphics are an essential part of your author platform. They give visual stimulus to your readers and also aid in emphasising your blog content. (Check out my earlier post, “A Useful Guide to Graphics” for more about why you should use graphics and what graphics to use). In this post, we take a quick look …

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Website Statistics and Analytics – and Not Obsessing Over Them

January 4, 2021

I will readily admit that on the first day of every month, I check over my website statistics for the previous month. I use Google Analytics to look at various aspects on the website and I also look at various statistics on other elements of my author platform too i.e. social media. I do this …

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Blog Post Checklist – Things to Remember When Publishing a Blog Post

December 28, 2020

When you write a blog post, do you just bash out the content, click publish and hope for the best? Or do you make sure that you have scrutinised and optimised it before you commit it to the public eye? Today, I will go through a blog post checklist of tasks you should ensure you …

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Planning for 2021 – Social Media Strategy for 2021

December 21, 2020

In the final part of a four part series, we continue the theme of Planning for 2021. Today, I will take a look at your social media strategy for 2021. If you missed the posts on Deadlines and Dead Certs, Site Content Planning, or Goal Setting, I recommend you click through and give those a …

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Planning for 2021 – Goal Setting for Writing and Business

December 14, 2020

In the third of a four part series, we continue the theme of Planning for 2021. Today I will take a look at goal setting for the new year. If you missed the posts on Deadlines and Dead Certs, or Site Content Planning, I recommend you click through and give those a read too. Let’s …

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Planning for 2021 – Site Content Planning

December 7, 2020

In the second of a four part series, we continue the theme of Planning for 2021. Today I will take a look at site content planning, including why you should do it and how to go about it. If you missed last week’s post on Deadlines and Dead Certs, I recommend you click through and …

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Planning for 2021 – Deadlines and Dead Certs

November 30, 2020

Tomorrow is the beginning of December and whilst many of us are on the countdown to the holiday season, it’s a good time to be planning for 2021 in order to hit the ground running as the New Year chimes in. Over the next four weeks, I am going to run a series of blog …

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Website and Blog Maintenance

November 23, 2020

It’s great to get your author platform up and running but it is not a “set it and leave it” service. Regular website and blog maintenance is essential in keeping your author platform working well for you. Just like your car, it needs regular checks and servicing. Some of these tasks need to be done …

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Author Platform: How to Plan and Organise Blog Posts

November 16, 2020

Over the last few weeks in the “What Can I Blog About?” series of posts, I have looked at the type of content you can use when blogging on your author website. Today, I will take a look at how you can plan and organise your blog posts. I will look at the following areas: …

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How Do I Engage My Readers?

Author Platform: How Do I Engage My Readers?

November 9, 2020

Once you get visitors to your author platform, you want to keep them there to explore all of the great content you have to offer. You also want to inspire them to keep coming back regularly. Engagement is key to building relationships so you need to be asking yourself, “how do I engage my readers?” …

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Author Platform: What Should I Blog About? – “How To” Posts

November 2, 2020

In the last post of the “What Should I Blog About?“ series, we take a look at the educational “how to” posts. It has been said that everyone has one book in them, and many people have aspirations to one day write that book. Quite often, people become inspired and motivated to make a start …

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