ASK DAN ANYTHING. You have writerly questions. Fire away.

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This blog has long been a friendly place to come and learn writerly stuff, and what better way to learn than to ask?

You have questions. Writing tips, marketing, motivation, you name it.


What are your challenges? Your issues?

If I don’t know, we’ll put it out to my vast network of author friends and get an answer. Or I’ll make something up.

Many people helped me when I was starting out because I was willing to ask what I needed to know.

That shortened my learning curve substantially.

– Dan Alatorre

So go ahead. Ask me anything.

9 thoughts on “ASK DAN ANYTHING. You have writerly questions. Fire away.

    • The Easiest way to get awareness of your blog is to follow others people’s blogs who have a shared interest, and make comments when they post.

      The next thing would be to look for places like this that will allow you to write a guest blog post.

      Fantasy is not something I do a lot of, so you could talk about why it’s different from other genres and the types of tropes that need to be present. (We did one similar to that with murder mysteries and an author friend penned that post for us.)

      As you comment on, reblog, like and share other people’s blogs and follow those, they will notice – and as long as you are providing beneficial content, they will have a high propensity to check out your blog. When they see something there that they like, they will be inclined to comment as well or share it.

      Which means your blog has to have great content that people will want to read and want to share. Then encourage them to do so.

      At the bottom of many of my blog posts, I write “share this! Retweet!” Things like that.

      People aren’t going to just do it. Some will but most won’t. If you ask them, they will be much more likely.

      If somebody comments on your blog, be sure to thank them and reply.

      Be engaging and friendly.

      Many times I have shared the status of this blog, where it sat unnoticed for about two years and then suddenly took off and never looked back. The biggest thing that changed? I was less focused on trying to get people to read my blog and more focused on finding people I had things in common with – and sharing insights on my blog and theirs.

      That still works.

      Wanna write a guest blog post?

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    • No. Although that’s nice, there are many stresses that come with being your own boss. Sometimes the pay stinks and nobody believes in the vision but you. That can get scary. Mistakes are costly. Ads cost money and don’t always produce. LOTS of stuff to not like about that!

      What I like best is creating a terrific story I’m proud of.

      Then, hearing others say it’s amazing. (Although that might actually be THE best thing.)

      Then, seeing people I’ve never met pay money to read words I’ve written – and be so happy about the experience they tell others.

      I LOVE playing the audience like a piano, surprising them and making them laugh or cry, sometimes on the same page.

      I like that my craft is respected by others in my community and that they send their kids to learn things form me about writing, and ask me to come inspire kids at their schools through talks.

      I like being in front of a group of writers and holding forth during a presentation I’ve been asked to give, and seeing the pens scribbling as fast as they can go because they found something I said important.

      And I like telling people, here and in presentations, that they can do it because I believe in them and I KNOW they are a better writer than they think.

      I’m proud of the fact that I’ve helped several people put out books that would have never seen the light of day if I hadn’t gotten involved. I’ve changed lives with the little push I’ve given them, because I believed in them. That might be the coolest thing of all, to know you’ve made a big, positive difference in someone’s life.

      So, out of all those, which is best?

      For me, playing the audience like a piano. I’m good at it, and God help me, I do love it so.

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