Resources for Writers/Bloggers

Welcome to the resource page. It’s packed with loads of tips and help about all things writing, publishing and blogging. Your journey has only just begun…

Available now: Consistent Creative Content: A guide to Authoring and Blogging in the Social Media Age. 

Everything I have learned from Blogs to book sales and hopefully some inspiration, to get a flavour of what to expect check out the various guides below. 

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Twitter/Social Media

Twitter Coaching Sessions – Part 1 and 2 Free to listen here

Sign up to listen to the rest of my 20 + episode deep-dive into finding success with the platform, from selling books to growing all the way to 40,000 followers. 

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Five Ways to Find Success on Patreon 

The Impeccable Guide to being an Impeccable Social Media Author (Satire) 

Tips for Better Twitter Engagement 

How I got 5 thousand Followers 

‘Building an Algorithm of Trust’ How to get Better Results on Twitter

10 ways to sell a book without dropping the link on social media…

Reaching 30,000 Twitter Followers

Book Promotion Stuff

Promoting your book is literally a rabbit hole of questions. Where does one start? Some of these posts might help below.

Books not selling? A Troubleshooter Guide

 Here is my beginners guide to book promotion.

Let’s talk about Book Marketing

Let’s talk about… the struggle for reviews

How I landed my 2nd BookBub Featured Deal 

2020 guide to book promotion 

2023 Guide to Book Promotion 

Book Release and Pre-Order Guide

A Concise List of Book Promotion Sites


Here’s what I learned from 6 years of Blogging

Drop me a line if you have any questions, I’m more than happy to help a fellow wordsmith in need. 

Check out the sections below for some serious resourcefulness…

Section 1: Blogging, a short guide.

Section 2: Tips on all things writing 

Section 3: Book Marketing 

Section 4: Social media success 

Section 5: Literary agents, a quick guide

Section 1 : Blogging a short guide

So you want to be a writer? That title can indeed take many forms. From books, poetry to journalism; all of those titles involve writing. Blogging can be classed as something much similar. It’s an opportunity to say your piece on your own patch of Internet without interruption (unless your internet provider sucks).

My advice would be, if you want to be a serious writer then start a blog. Write articles whenever you are inspired to say something or review pretty much anything. That’s what I do and over the years my following has slowly grown. This isn’t an over night success thing, blogging takes time to perfect and engaging readers to read takes some figuring out. Just to have one like or follow from a post is enough to consider it a success.

Publish at the right times. Not at 4am when everyone you are targeting is asleep. Use relevant tags and hashtags, this goes for the actual post and social media link shares also. Get into Twitter and Facebook, start a page and ask your friends to help you out by liking and sharing. This starts off small but as you begin to blog about stuff people will follow and read. They do really.

From what begins as a small idea eventually will take off. It’s all about timing, relevant posting, engaging the right people and wanting to succeed. You can do it because I can and I started this blog from scratch.

Section 2: Tips on all things writing 

1. Before you ever think about going any further than writing a book, just remember they are just books. Nothing more nothing less. There will come days when your inspiration is circling the drain, it happens to everyone who writes. Pages and words folks that is all they are. Sometimes they don’t need to be taken seriously.

2. Plan. There is no greater feeling that seeing what you have planned come to life on a page.

3. Write what ever the hell you want to. Many say ‘write what you know’. To begin with I didn’t know the characters or the surroundings of my stories but after 10 years of writing about them I did.

4. Follow your heart.

5. There are many people out there who just want your money/signature/soul for second rate services. You’ll see a few of my investigative blog posts.

Before ever signing up to something such as an agency/manuscript assessment service make sure you have read some real honest reviews. Many of these people just see a starry eyed writer who has no sense of reality and they take your money!

6. Read self help books! Yes there a plenty out there, many good and many bad, even if you get a sentence worth of advice from it, that’s still worth something!

7. Help and support other writers. They know your pain!

8.Be professional in everything you do towards writing.

9. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be ashamed if don’t know something about writing. Google isn’t far away.

10. Read as much as you write.

11. Nobody can teach you to write. You have to find that within yourself. 

Section 3 Book Marketing 

Selling books to a complete stranger is hard and remember not everyone will want to buy your book without some convincing. Just asking someone is never enough and as much as this section is linked with the one below you must have some kind of strategy to sell your story.

Luckily the internet is full of good ideas and well so am I. Here are my experiences:

-A: Advertising via Facebook

Cost: anything from £5 upwards depending how long you run it.

Results: Several hundred more likes for my FB page. I also ran an advert with my amazon link to Open Evening which didn’t really result in any more sales but according to the insights a hell of a lot of people saw it, so that’s exposure I guess.

I have also boosted numerous posts from my page and got some more eyes on my product. Essentially every time I have run an advert or post boost the page has gained a few likes.

Verdict: Facebook advertising is vastly complicated and you can pretty much customize it to appeal to anyone you like in any place in the world. Saying that I’m pretty sure my money went towards paying people to like my page so it may be a bit wonky. But hey more likes makes me look better I guess.

-B. Selfie’s (Yes I just said selfies) 

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Cost: Free 

Results: I have mentioned before that the Open Evening selfie movement probably sold me the most books. Seeing your friend pose with my book actually drives sales, you’ve just got to convince them to buy it and put it up on the gram! Then watch it catch on hopefully!

Verdict: Book selfies are great and get plenty of eyes on your product. One particular selfie which included my brother and his cat gained a lot of attention. Get your friends involved! (Friends are required though)

-C. Giveaways 

Cost: Postage and packaging/ cost of how many books you want to send (worth it for the exposure)

Results. The first giveaway I ran was via amazon’s US giveaway service and I put up two copies available. This service is only legible for people in the US currently and what’s great is that people from the UK can run the giveaway. Amazon then print the book and post it US side.

The second giveaway I ran was via Goodreads, the book social media giant! I offered 3 signed copies to people in over 40 countries world wide or whatever countries could be reached by post.

Verdict: For my amazon giveaway, over 500 american people entered for a chance to win and the criteria was to follow me on twitter. It put my followers up into the high 900’s  and two winners were chosen at random.

Goodreads got me over 1500 entries and plus several people marked Open Evening to read. So overall 2000+ looked at my book. No real sales figures are available at this point.

-D Various book promo websites…

Cost: From as much as $1 to a lot more… and sometimes free

This is kind of vague but there is a good bunch of book promotion websites out there who are willing to spread the word about your book. Some will ask for a fee, others won’t. What they do varies from advertising your book via email lists to having it shown on their web page. This works great in conjunction with making your book free to download for a few days.

Verdict: I’ve had 1000’s of downloads and both Open Evening and Darke Blood hit #1 in the amazon charts for their genre.

-E Reviewing other books

This is a huge one, if not the most important tip I could possibly give you as an author. It runs parallel with engaging in people and taking part in social media. The huge trick to all of this is to provide something that masses of people want. Book reviews is something that all authors look to as currency. Trust me when I say reviewing other’s works will eventually lead to more sales, more blog follows (if you have one) and overall more engagement via social media.

Verdict: Trust me, you have be in it to win it! You can see the numbers for yourself below on this tweet I put out recently,


Section 4: Social media success

I began my journey of writing by creating a Facebook author page. Soon enough my close friends and associates quickly liked the page and the ball started rolling. It takes time to get genuine likes on a FB page. The advice I would give you is rather simple. Post stuff that people will find interesting. By that I mean don’t just say ‘written 100000 words today’. Yes that’s an achievement but you have to approach the situation as if nobody cares what you have to say. You have to shout to get their attention or be clever about it.

I also have a Twitter account and Instagram account. They are both linked to FB and it gives full circle coverage. To find success, likes and shares you have to stray away from your niche. Take pictures or tweet about stuff other than writing. Have a diverse range of interests and exploit them via social media. People like that you have interests outside of your page’s field, you can even reference writing in that post with a hashtag. Then your followers will like or retweet, then their followers will see it and maybe like it. Then comes your opportunity for more follows.

If you are like me and have a proposed publication date of a book , all of these followers you have gained over time may even help you out and buy your book.

A huge part of social media success is interaction. Like stuff, retweet stuff, share stuff and very importantly use the right hashtags that are current and relevant. See the pic below…  This also applies throughout the various sections here, interact with other bloggers, find like minded peeps and share your journey. 


Section 5: Literary agents, a quick guide

There is a massive misconception to the amateur author as to what a literary agent does and what they are looking for. My advice would be when beginning your search is to ask  yourself these questions.

Who is your book aimed at? Does this cross reference with the agent you are approaching?

This leads to: What is the agent in question looking for?

What clients does the agent already have?

How do they like to be contacted?

What are their submission requirements?

Landing an agent is a massively tall order. They make this obvious by wanting certain criteria or ‘walls of defence’ to only allow those they want through.

If you don’t have the following, then the chances for you are rather low:

A well edited completed manuscript.

A covering letter that is ‘perfect’ to the standards

A decent attitude



A synopsis (also well edited)

Agents are looking for any excuse not to offer their representation to you, so don’t give them the chance to. Be the best you can be and then strive to improve it! They want the absolute best, it’s their job to find it and believe me most of them know their stuff.

There are many ways to get the above perfect or near as that as you can. Many many self help books have been written to help the amateur author make it and there are also many great blogs. Google is a click away!

20 thoughts on “Resources for Writers/Bloggers

  1. Very helpful blog. Have been posting for a while, I’d say over 2 years, but not regularly. I’ve improved lately. It’s reassuring to know that it is a slow process. I really enjoy blogging and don’t think about numbers, but when I get a positive comment it is very rewarding.

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  2. Greetings to you. I have published my Book on but would like to find other online Publishers who will accept “Talf Thera The Flat Earth Land of Adamao and The Clans” for publishing, I just don’t know which ones to trust and how to get better coverage for my work.
    Many thanks
    Suzanne Spittal


  3. I have been a blogger since December 2015- it is a slow growing blog, but I still love it. I love seeing the follower number grow even if all of them are not faithful- it is the faithful followers that matter the most. I love when my a post gets a comment.

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  4. thanks for the tips, every little bit of information counts in this daunting internet of 2019. I had a successful blog back around 2007, but the internet is different now so I am trying to relearn the ropes so to speak. Congrats on this clean website Lee Hall.

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  5. I’ve been spending this week on ideas for book promotion, so this is such a great find! I’m halfway through my book, and I’m going through beta reading and editing, and planning on finding an agent this year. So I’ve been working on gathering ideas for book marketing, even with a traditional publisher (assuming I get one). Thanks for the list!

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  6. Also – smart move on making the criteria for the giveaway be to follow you on twitter. Did you find you had an initial surge in account following, then a dropoff after the giveaway ended? Or did the numbers remain steady?

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  7. I started blogging at the beginning of this whole covid thing because of all the extra time on my hands. I started it because I loved writing and wanted to share my writing with someone other than myself for the first time ever, and i fell in love with it right away. I didnt get many views but any views I did get made me smile from ear to ear.

    I realized recently that people do this for a full time income so I started looking into ways to do the same. But once I started focusing on the money side and how much I wasn’t making, I grew miserable. I was trying to put out content quickly and it wasn’t the best quality so I was never happy with my results.
    Now, I do it again for the joy of writing. If it ever takes off, that would be amazing but if it doesn’t, oh well, I still have a few loyal visitors that read my blog and that’s good enough for now:)
    Thank you for the share, I love reading this kind of stuff.

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