E-Book Revolution Podcast Episode 7: A Conversation with Reviewer, Blogger, Writer & Podcaster Sean the Bookonaut
I’ve always been fascinated as to how writers build their author platforms, and which platform, if any, brings in the most traffic and whether or not more traffic equals meaningful connections with readers. Are reviews important? How should you approach a reviewer? If reviews are so influential, should you be doing your own? If you’re confused as to whether you should be trying normal blogging, review blogging, or podcasting to connect with your audience then this podcast is for you. Today I talk with Sean the Blogonaut (or Bookonaut) a speculative fiction reviewer, blogger, writer and podcast. Not only will be be discussing the merits of different platforms but the best way to approach a reviewer with your novel (because let’s face it, poor Sean has seen it all!)
Sean Wright (AKA Sean the Blogonaut, Sean the Bookonaut) considers himself an aspiring writer, he tends to do quite a lot of aspiring and not much writing. He blogs at Adventures of Bookonaut in attempt to keep himself sane and connected with other humans who share his tastes in fiction and to comment on and support the Australian speculative fiction scene. He lives in rural South Australia, in the midst of wheat fields, in a 120 year old farm house which has its own history book but no ghosts. He holds a 2nd Dan in Chung Do Kwan, a Korean School of Shotokan Karate, and consequently can speak about 10 korean words and can break pine boards with just his mind. He is currently working on two manuscripts. You can find him on Twitter and at his website. He files audio interviews for the Ditmar nominate Galactic Chat, a reviews column for the International Speculative Fiction Magazine and has recently started his own genre fiction podcast, inventively named Adventures of a Bookonaut Podcast.
In this podcast we discuss:
- The importance of attending local writing events and workshops.
- Why it’s important to approach a reviewer correctly.
- Mistakes authors make when sending a review.
- How blogging helps you get into the habit of writing every day.
- Podcasting vs Video casting.
- How Goodreads should figure in a writer’s overall strategy.
- Why community minded authors get further.
- The proper use of Twitter.
- The mechanics of writing a balanced Tweet.
- Thoughts on paid reviews.
- How to go about blogging.
- What the benefits of podcasting are.
- Which platform draws the most traffic.
- Which platform creates the most interaction.
Hope you enjoy the show! And remember, I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at
emily (at) ebookrevolution (dot) com (dot) au
Emily’s non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb (Australian e-book store). If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from Kobo,Amazon and Bkclb. Thinking of doing your own crowd funding project? Hire Emily’s brain! Emily has successfully conducted her own crowd funding project and interviewed many other authors on the subject, she know exactly what is needed to get a project off the ground. Contact her about it on the above email address.