I was seduced into blogging by my wonderful publicist Antoinette Kuritz. She explained that all twenty first century authors must blog; that it is the best way to create community around your books and eventually community will lead to greater book sales. (I believe I am in the majority of authors in wanting to increase book sales.) We all write because we have ideas we want to share and book sales are the only way we know we are actually reaching people. Of course, book sales also indicate that we are generating income from our writing, an essential from the perspective of the internal revenue service if we want to justify our tax write offs. Once in a while my books do sell sufficiently to create meaningful six figure income streams, but my primary motivation for writing has never been monetary rewards.
So now I am blogging but not regularly. For more than six months I blogged three times a week. I enjoyed blogging and was between books so it was not difficult. Then, last march I began writing “Dr. and Master Sha: Miracle Soul Healer” and it was obvious l that I could not meet the deadline of a 90 day schedule for the manuscript and keep blogging. So I stopped. I thought I would return to blogging as soon as I completed the manuscript but with editing and other activities I delayed until actual publication in September. Since then I have returned to blogging but only weekly and even then have not blogged every week or every Monday as I had intended. No doubt the number of readers following my blog has dropped because of this. Whether that is the case or not I shall continue to blog. Not just because Antoinette thinks it a good idea, but because I actually enjoy blogging, especially when I have the time. (more…)