Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Recent guest posts

Apart from being a lot of fun (who doesn't enjoy their moment on the soapbox?), writing guest posts is an effective way to reach new people. I've been busy answering interview questions and writing posts on topics close to my heart.

If you have a favourite topic, seek out blogs on the same subject and offer them a guest post. The worst that can happen is they say no. There are plenty of upsides though, for both guest and host. They get free content and extra traffic, and you get a bit of publicity. It's just like one of those symbiotic relationships we had to study in biology.

Some of my recent appearances:

I have a guest post on : Where's all the junior science fiction?

Yesterday I had a guest post on the Boomerang Books website (George Ivanoff's blog) on the importance of editing for self-published writers.

And a week or so back I had a guest post on the Kids Book Review website which explains why I switched from adult to junior fiction.

Several more to come ... stay tuned!

Simon Haynes is the author of the Hal Spacejock and Hal Junior series (Amazon / Smashwords / other formats)


Julia said...

Agreed! Guest posts and interviews are a great way to cross-promote with other authors and sites. I would imagine there's a lot to talk about when it comes to sci-fi, too, especially in the YA and MG markets.

In my "other" persona, I write YA fantasy (not the vampire kind). As a fan of sci-fi, I've been surprised it hasn't taken off more in that market. I'm hoping the recent interest in Dystopian will be a bridge from fantasy to more sci-fi.


Simon Haynes said...

Thanks Julia. SF is a genre where kids are supposed to transition directly to adult books after exhausting all the simple titles with big pictures and short sentences.
I've looked at it from both angles, and I haven't worked out whether it's the chicken (publishers) or the egg (authors) at fault. I get the feeling hardly anyone is writing the stuff - maybe because SF isn't their genre in the first place, or maybe if they can write SF they figure they're better off writing for adults, where there's at least some semblance of a market for their work?