Then she gave me the topic....
How is blogging changing the face of the book industry?
To say I was overwhelmed was an understatement.
After lots and lots of thought and contemplation, I see three groups of people directly affected by this beast called the blogosphere.
1. Wannabe and Published Authors
"Meet" your readers directly. Through blog post comments, a conversation can be shared.
Build a tribe of loyal followers.... Cheerleaders supporting you every step of the way. For wannabes and authors, this can lead to customers that will one day want to buy your book.
Build your writing skills as you go. Writing blog posts is---writing! You can improve as you go and fine tune your writing craft. Practice makes perfect, right???!?!
Blog posts are like free promotional opportunities for your upcoming or published books. Free is good.
2. The Readers
Readers can now directly "talk to" their favorite authors through their blog and other social media sites.
Get books for free. Readers can either win books through their favorite blogs that offer giveaways, or in exchange for an honest review, most publishers will offer free books to blog writers.
Readers can be directly involved in helping to promote books. Through book reviews, blog posts, and social media sites, they can leave immediate feedback on books and be heard! The reader can propel, or hinder a book's success based on how they share it with family, friends, and the world.
3. Agents and Publishers
Blogging puts you out in cyberspace, so consequently you can be found! Someone may take a shine to you and a contact may end up in your hand.
Agents and publisher sites provide invaluable resources and information that authors can use. What's the newest trend? What services are out there to be used? Who's looking for what?
Blogs provide great opportunities for cross promotion that help out agents and publishers do their jobs. You're not only helping yourself but other authors through interviews, supporting other authors in your same publishing house and newbies that need a leg up in this saturated industry.
Thanks Tara for having me. I'm sure there are many other changes that have come to the book industry due to blogging. Have I missed any that you feel need to be highlighted? What's your favorite one I've mentioned?