I try to blog three times a week, but sometimes I can’t come up with a blog idea for the life of me. And then there’s those blog tours that want guest blog posts. Of course, I’m a glutton for punishment and also offer to write blog posts for other blogs to promote my books. Help! Calgon take me away!
I don’t have a bathtub so Calgon is never going to take me away. Instead, I’ve developed a list of ideas to use for blog posts about my book. And because I’m super supportive of my fellow writers (but mostly because I couldn’t come up with an idea for today’s blog post), I’m going to share my list with you. Here goes:
Character Interview. Tried and tested. Never fails.
Five Things You Didn’t Know About (Protagonist). I find this one more fun than doing a character interview.
10 Items of (Protagonist’s) Bucket List. You can have all kinds of fun with this one.
Cast of Characters in a Hollywood adaptation. Add some pictures and voila, you’ve got a blog post.
Something specific to the book itself. My current novel, Fat Girl Begone!, is about dieting and body image. There’s a lot I can write about that!
How did the cover come about? Assuming you helped design the cover, of course.
How was writing this book different from your other books? This is a good one if you write in multiple genres.
Favorite thing about writing this genre. What’s fun about writing murder mysteries? Or romantic comedies? Or whatever?
Channeling a gay man, an abused woman, an alcoholic. What characteristic is specific to your protagonist or antagonist? If that characteristic is far removed from your own personality (for example, me – a straight woman – writing a novel in which the protagonist is a gay man), how did you channel that person?
Particular inspiration behind this story. This works well if your novel has a moral to it.
Deleted scene. I actually never delete scenes entirely. Or – if I do – it’s so early in the writing process that I just delete and move on. I have, however, written ‘deleted’ scenes for blog posts. I usually have a list of chapter ideas I use as a rough outline when I’m writing. Sometimes I don’t get to all of the ideas before the story finishes. I then use the leftovers as deleted scenes.
Do you have other standard guest post ideas you use when promoting your novel? I’d love to hear about them!