Author Blogs You Need To Read (and Why)
Which blog for authors has the best advice?
The internet has about 600 million blogs! That’s a lot to choose from.
As an author, at times you need advice on how to write better, how to grow your own author blog, and how to publish and market your books, but it can be tough finding reliable information.
Below I’ve listed our pick of the best blogs for authors to get the advice you need. We also explain why we recommend each one so you can see if it’s right for you.
They’ve all been written by proven experts in their fields who have shown they can actually do what they’re talking about.
The Creative Penn
Joanna Penn is a prolific, NYT and USA Today best-selling author who writes fiction in several genres and nonfiction to help other authors become successful as well. She teaches everything from how to write, from marketing and publishing, to how to be able to make a living with your writing.
Her blogs are simple and easy to read and understand. She also interviews prominent personalities in the online author world who offer advice and share their stories.
Seth has sold millions of books. He has been in the industry for more than 30 years and has been blogging for over a decade. He’s become known as an expert on a more human, mutually respectful marketing approach of building a “tribe” of engaged followers.
His work forms a rare balance of empathy and marketing genius not often found in the digital marketing realm.
He’s got a ton of very interesting original content that is marketing and sometimes book marketing related. He often touches on the theory of how ideas spread and how this relates to selling books.
His blog posts are short, intelligent, and get you thinking.
Rachelle Gardner’s author blog is more for beginner writers, but her advice is great for everyone in the industry.
They range from how to get publishers to notice you to what agents can do for you.
As a literary agent, she knows all the behind-the-scenes of the industry and can advise those who need it.
Gaughran’s blog is focused on marketing advice for self-publishers. He also offers valuable resources for authors.
He teaches you how to boost book sales, publish books, and much more.
His posts are long but worth reading.
Shayla’s gives book reviews and advice on how to market and sell books.
At Rocket Expansion, we focus our blog content on things such as author website design inspiration, and author marketing. We also have digital marketing guides, videos, and marketing guides for businesses in general.
We focus on the more digital side of the author branding and marketing world.
Whether you’re trying to write the perfect about the author page, need help creating the best book cover art, or just want general online author marketing advice, you’ll want to check out this blog.
Jane Friedman has become known as an expert in the publishing industry and her blog is a free window into her knowledge. She’s written books on the business side of being an author and self-publishing.
Her blog focuses on reporting on the publishing industry and educating authors.
Her writing is captivating and easy to read.
Reedsy’s blog covers a wide range of topics that are useful in many areas for virtually all authors.
The unique thing about Reedsy is that along with their blogs, they also offer a broad author services directory, and have many online tools such as title generators and online book editors.
Mark Dawson’s Self Publishing Formula
Mark Dawson went from being a self-publishing newbie to a best-selling author, in just 3 years.
He’s become well known as a thought-leader in the self-publishing, self-marketing movement. He also has several excellent courses on everything author marketing related.
His blog has reliable, proven digital marketing advice for authors.
Tim Grahl is the creator of Book Launch. He is an author and book marketing specialist who has helped authors hit no1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists.
His blog has insights into book marketing, book launching, online author platforms, writing productivity, and others.
Your First 10K Readers (Nick Stephenson)
Nick Stephenson is the owner of “Your first 10,000 readers.”
He breaks down exactly how to do just that! Sell your first 10K books so you can get your first 10K readers. If this seems like a big number to you, it really isn’t at all, but at least it’s a start!
Nick is a self-published, USA Today best-selling author himself who makes figures like $15K a month from book sales alone.
His specific approach is very much digital marketing-based. It’s logical and easy to follow and lays out what really needs to happen to make it as an author.
Nonfiction Authors Association (Stephanie Chandler)
Stephanie Chandler is the CEO of the non-fiction author association and a nonfiction author herself. She also holds the twice-yearly nonfiction writers conference which we co-sponsor and have been featured on.
On her blog, she offers advice for non-fiction authors on many different topics from how to self-publish to building revenue streams as an author.
Her blog is focused on non-fiction authors but fiction authors can get some good marketing advice from her as well by applying many of the same ideas.
Write to Done
Write to Done is a blog that gives tips for fiction, non-fiction authors, and aspiring authors.
They have categories such as tips and motivation for authors.
They also have reviews on author resources and say whether or not it is worth investing in.
Jenna Moreci is an author herself who gives an honest look at the business of being a writer.
She uses her blog to talk about what it’s truly like to be an author and what it takes to make it as an author.
She also offers tips for self-publishing and marketing tips. She’s one to follow if you’re looking for open, non-sugar-coated advice.
Jenna also runs a very successful YouTube channel for those of you who prefer to watch and listen to author advice rather than read it.
There you go, our pick of best blogs to read if you need author advice.
Think we missed or left out any author blogs worth following? Let us know in the comments below.
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