Many self-published writers have author websites (and if you don’t, you should!) where they actively maintain blogs to help build an audience for their books. But sometimes even the best creative writers will run out of ideas for their blogs. Self-Publishing Relief to the rescue! Check out our list of blog post ideas for marketing and promoting your books!
Blog Post Ideas For Writing About Nature
- Your relationship to a special tree, park bench, or outdoor spot
- Gardening (your favorite flowers)
- Taking a hike from a writer’s point of view (stopping to research birds, flowers, mushrooms, and other things you might need to write about in your work)
- A favorite nature poem (hint: careful not to break copyright laws)
- A special sighting of something outdoors
Blog Post Ideas For Writing About The Great Indoors
- The best meal you ever had (and how you write about food)
- Television shows you are currently binge watching. What’s got you hooked?
- Tutorial with pictures of something you recently made
- Favorite family recipe (or the meals that inspire your characters’ food)
- The chores you love and hate most
- A remembered/current pet (and how that related to your writing)
- Visit to a museum, art gallery, theater, or other indoor venue
- A new outfit that you love
Blog Post Ideas For Writing About Books And Reading
- What you’re reading now
- Favorite happy ending from a book
- Favorite sad ending from a book
- The first book that made you realize reading means a lot to you
- Favorite memories from the library
- Book event you recently attended
- Quotes from books you recently read
- Your participation in a book group
- How you keep focused during long writing sessions
- Your feelings on the question of e-readers vs. print books
- Books that you reread again and again
- How you organize your bookshelf
- How you keep track of all the books you read
Blog Post Ideas For Writing About Writing
- Challenges of the writing life and how you overcome them
- The story behind your story
- A special mentor
- Your relationship with critique
- Your relationship with rejection
- Your writing process
- How you start the day
- How you stay inspired and how other writers can do the same
- Your grammar and usage pet peeves
- What your desk looks like and why
- Some favorite items in your office
- How you feel when other people are talking about your writing
- The craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research
- Things that inspire you that have nothing to do with printed words
- A writing conference that you are excited to attend (or that you just attended)
- Meeting one of your favorite authors
Book And Author Marketing Ideas For Your Blog
- Host a contest for readers to encourage them to leave comments
- Include links to your books in the signature line of every blog post
- Cross-promote on your blog with your power promo team
- Host your favorite authors as guest bloggers on your website
- Include social media “follow me” icons in your blog posts
- Create a blog post featuring great new book reviews
- Create blog posts that link to your online publications
- Use your blog to promote your digital goodies and grow your mailing list
Looking for more great ideas? Check out our other list of blog post ideas for authors and creative writers.
Question: Do you believe that blogging is a good use of your time for book marketing and promotion?
Thanks for the tips. But, man, blogging today is so much harder than when I started in the mid 2000s. Back then, I just wrote about whatever popped in my head – no worries of SEO, etc. – and I gathered a loyal following.
Today? I post my links with teasers on all my social media platforms, like a strip show barker, “Come on over for a real wild time,” and… nothing. Okay, a few peeps inside, then good-bye.
But I appreciate the tips. I’ll keep plugging away. Thanks!
Wonderful of you to share via Buzz words, I’ve been a member for some time.
I’ve started writing semi-regular blogs and your tips have encouraged me to blog more often