Why it’s so hard for writers to be discovered in the online world

Ever wondered why you don’t get as much traffic as you’d like on your blog? Or why your book’s vanished without a trace of sales on Amazon? I did some checking. In this wired world, the web is one crowded place. Every second, people put: 23 posts on WordPress 463 posts on Tumblr 5700 tweets on … More Why it’s so hard for writers to be discovered in the online world

Essential Writing Skills: taking your audience with you

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Professionalism counts when it comes to writing. Which includes valuing your audience – however small. A little anecdote. Back in the late ’90s, She Who Must Be Obeyed and I went to a show by a local singer-songwriter-actress in a small venue – a public bar. … More Essential Writing Skills: taking your audience with you

How to get your blog discovered – the hard way

A blogger, here in New Zealand, recently had to move his family after receiving death threats. The blog was also subject to a DOS attack. It was all reportedly triggered by comments about a car crash victim, which made a regional newspaper. Readership’s all about discovery, these days, but for me this highlights a pitfall. Some bloggers … More How to get your blog discovered – the hard way

Wrapping up 2013 and a shout-out to some wonderful bloggers

There are no two ways about it – 2013 has been a year to remember. Not least because my city, Wellington, was slammed by two major quakes – and thousands of aftershocks – mid-year. High points? For me, some surprises. General book sales have dropped twenty percent and publishers have been fleeing the country. But … More Wrapping up 2013 and a shout-out to some wonderful bloggers