Here are 5 sites that will help you stay current with the latest marketing developments, offer ideas to improve your marketing skills and provide connections with other writers.
1. Improve your blogging skills
Problogger is a great resource for any entrepreneur looking to learn how to improve their blogging skills. This free site with over 300,000 bloggers provides you with links to informative blog articles by staff and guest bloggers, podcasts and conferences, webinars, etc. There is a wealth of information available packed with ideas on how to grow your blog readership.
You have to subscribe to Problogger for access there is no charge and you’ll find the info valuable.
2. Add to your entrepreneurship skills and strategies
If you have been focused on the creative arts your entire life you might experience some culture shock on this business site, but the articles are specifically for entrepreneurs.
You will need to look for ways to apply some the tips and ideas to your business, but here is the benefit: most other writer entrepreneurs are not venturing outside the self-publishing field for ideas. The best marketing ideas often come from taking innovations in other markets and applying them to your market. Forbes – Entrepreneurs is worth a visit and you may find so many new ideas you bookmark the site!
3. Join a community that promotes writers
I recently joined Scriggler. I find it a great free resource community for writers and readers. Members post stories, essays, poetry, op eds, book excerpts and chapters, all while keeping all the rights to their work. You can join Clubs or create your own depending on your interests. Don’t have anyone to review your work? You can get feedback from other members. The user interface on this site is very intuitive and attractive.
Dmitry Selemir, one of Scriggler’s founders says what makes Scriggler unique versus other writer community sites is its open structure, designed to encourage the discovery process. The site actively promotes writers through their social media channels and advises authors on how to get more out of social media. The ultimate goal of the website is to boost the audience of contributors in a meaningful way.
There are other community sites out there but I recommend you check Scriggler out!
4. Increase your legal knowledge
You probably already know this lawyer’s site offering great legal insight for writers on self-publishing and traditional publishing topics, but I am including it for those just starting out. Writers need to be aware of the legal implications of their business decisions and Passive Guy provides that insight.
If you haven’t bookmarked The Passive Voice yet, do so and stay up to date on the publishing industry’s changing legal environment.
5. Improve your copy editing skills
James Chartrand is the woman who founded Men With Pens. This site is full of useful tips, insights and information especially on copy editing that will benefit any writing entrepreneur.
This is the home of a web design company but unlike many web design firm blogs, this one provides great information. There is some info specifically for fellow web designers, but since writing entrepreneurs have their own website, you will find the info on Men With Pens useful as well. There are also some nice tips and articles you will find useful for your online marketing and promotion.
Have a favorite business site?
These are 5 of my favorite sites to follow. (And of course we hope you will bookmark the Business Books For Writers site for articles tailored to writing entrepreneurs.
Do you have a recommendation of a good site for a writer entrepreneur? If so, please let us know in the comments below!