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December 10, 2008



GREAT post! I use a fair amount of guest pieces on my blog, and this really covers all the bases. Thank you!


Wow! Lots of great info. I'm bookmarking this post for when this aspiring writer turns published writer and goes on 'tour'.

P.S. Very good points about people asking favors and not realizing how much time they are asking from others. :)

C.M. Mayo

Thanks for this excellent post. I think one reason some writers do not (apparently) perceive the benefits of guest-blogging is that they simply don't understand how the search engines work. Not that anyone can completely keep up with all this.

Terry Spear

Wonderful post, Anne! I often guest blog and NEVER think to send a buy link. But great idea! Also, often if you comment on the host blog, even before others do, like--to thank the host, I believe you can check on "get email reply" or some such thing, and it automatically sends an email to you if you've had any comments. Nice heads up so you can thank commenters! Another is google alert (sign up to receive one for your name, titles, so you can be alerted if someone googled you and found you in a blog/review, etc, to alert you it's up!)

Anne Mini

Thanks, everybody! I teach a class on blogging for the published and soon-to-be-published, and believe me, it's a real joy to convey this information to people who already understand that there's nothing anti-literary about marketing one's own book. No surprise that the best place to find such readers is on MJ's blog, but still, a genuine pleasure.

And thank you many times over for bringing up the Google alerts, Terry -- into my next class they go, with proper credit to you, of course. I always love passing along bright ideas!

Suzette Martinez Standring

Excellent advice and sorely needed. It's all about staying intelligently focused. Thank you for writing great guidelines.

Darcy Pattison

This year, I've enjoyed hosting guest bloggers from the 2k8 group of debut young adult authors. (See their blog at
Because my blog focuses on revision strategies, I asked each person to write something about how s/he revised his/her debut novel. (As an example of a posting, see

It has been a good experience overall and I will host other guest bloggers on this topic. But I might just send them over here to read this post first.

Thanks for the comprehensive look at this from the blogger's POV.


Anne Mini

Wow, what a great idea, Darcy -- and I'm always glad to learn of a good blog about revision! So much of the writing advice out there is about initial composition (especially the bits on keeping up one's writing momentum); I keep meeting first-time authors who are positively flabbergasted at how much they are expected to revise.

It all goes to show that all of us benefit when we share our experiences, eh?


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