Wednesday, July 27, 2011

So You Want to Write a Guest Post by Jaime McDougall


I'm late, I'm late for a very important date....well maybe not a date but my camp excursion last week has put me behind in getting my posts posted this week.  We take my daughter to college in less than two weeks YIKES!  We'll be gone about 14 days, I'm really going to be blogged down when I get back if 5 days put me behind, I'm not looking forward to being off line for 14 days.  Soo... for the next few weeks, even month, please bear this in mind when you visit my blog.  It is all coming to a head.  I'm sure it will slow down again, but I don't see the light just yet. The author got me the stuff late last night with apologies, but I'm glad she did because I hadn't even thought about what was to be posted today so she was no later than I was as far as this post goes.  Now with no more chit chat here is the tour for Jaime McDougall's book So You Want to Write a Guest Post.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for her guest article that will be posted.


This short little ebook is packed full of lots of information for those who are considering writing a guest post to appear in bloggersphere.  It is very informational and the ideas that McDougall shares with her readers are very practical to helping write a blog post.  A good little resource tool to have at your finger tips.  She takes you from the beginning...contacting bloggers to get posting sites....all the way through to the end of what to do after the post is published to the public. She shares a list of Dos and Don'ts  and even a list of guest post ideas, what to write on themes.  Information and resource is the theme of this little book.  It is also very affordable.  Check it out  here on Kindle

The publishing world keeps on changing and, now more than ever, it is important for authors to have a presence on the internet.

But where do you start?

So You Want to Write a Guest Post is an easy to follow guide that will help you connect to bloggers and to write guest posts that get potential readers interested in your book.


When Words Count: The Importance of Word Count in Your Post

In my work as a virtual book tour coordinator, I have seen some weird and strange things, but the thing that most often perplexes me is the length of guest posts.
The shortest guest post I have ever seen was about thirty words long. The longest? Easily topped 1500 words.
When you’re writing a guest post, remember that your posts reflect on you and even more strongly on your book. If you go too long and bore the readers, readers will assume your writing is long-winded and boring as well. If your post is too short, you risk insulting your host and the readers.
Yes, word count truly is that important. Many people aren’t aware of the many statistics out there showing how post length affects reader response.
The ‘golden range’ for almost any post – guest or otherwise – is 250 to 500 words. Given that the average reader’s attention span falls greatly the closer you get to 500, you’d do best shooting closer to 250 mark.



Jaime McDougall is a citizen of the world, currently loving life in beautiful country Victoria in Australia. She loves eating sushi, kidnapping her husband and naming her pets in honour of science fiction authors. (So far, a cat named Asimov and a puppy named Brin.)

A love of fiction has always coursed through her veins and she told stories as a child even before she knew how to write them. Settling into one genre was never her style and she has plans for novels in women’s fiction, urban fantasy and more – all with a touch of romance.

She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: High School: The Real Deal and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. She has also enjoyed writing a column called ‘The New Australian’ in local newspapers as well as various articles online.

Her fiction work and poetry has been published both online and off in places including The Oddville Press (no longer running) and The Filth zine.

So You Want to Write a Guest Post is her first ebook and is available on Kindle and at Smashwords.

Read Author Interview here

An ecopy of this book was provided for review by Pump up your Book tours



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