This week I am welcoming indie author Cendrine Marrouat to the blog. Cendrine is more than an author – she is a blogger and social media guru and she’s written a book called The Little Big eBook on Blogging: 40 Traffic Generation Tips. I hope you find her advice helpful :).
Tell us about the Little Big eBook – what makes this book different from other books on blogging?
Last year, after re-reading some old articles from my blog and blogs I like, I realized that the Internet is packed with great tools. But there are so many that they often go unnoticed. So, I decided to create a comprehensive guide that would save other bloggers precious time and help them increase their productivity, while allowing them to reach the right audience for their blogs more easily.
I regrouped the best tools and resources I know, expounded on some of my most successful articles, and of course, added some updated information to the mix. That’s how The Little Big eBook on Blogging: 40 Traffic Generation Tips was born.
Now, let me answer your question. I think that what makes this eBook different from other releases in the same category is its concision. I don’t like long-winded explanations. I prefer getting straight to the point — and so do my readers. To quote one of them: I don’t recall finding so much in such a small space of words in a long time.
What’s a piece of advice you can share with us?
If you want to be a successful blogger, you must apply the following rules:
- Work hard
- Be committed
- Be patient
- Listen to and respect your audience
Also, remember that it is always about quality. So, instead of looking for ways to attract new readers to your blog, try to build upon those you already have. Provide them with great content, and turn your blog into a go-to source. You want it to be the online spot that they visit when they need answers to their questions. Because, in the long run, if you do your job right, these people will recommend you to others and you may eventually end up being paid for more advice and help.
You’re a journalist – is there a favorite story that you’ve written?
In my two years as a journalist, I have covered quite a few great stories. Some of them have actually changed me forever!
My favorite, though, is the review I wrote on a play that I saw last year during the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the second biggest theatre festival of its kind in North America. Under the Mango Tree is a semi-autobiographical drama written by and starring Veenesh Dubois. The story follows 10-year-old Timal, who lives in a small Fijian village with her grandmother and her beloved father. The latter immigrates to Canada without her, promising that he will write and that they will be reunited soon. As the years pass, Timal grows up and becomes a beautiful young woman who never lets go of her father’s promise.
It’s one of the most beautiful plays I have ever seen. Dubois is an incredible actress and I remember crying at the end.
What advice would you give indie authors?
One issue that is prevalent in the writing community is the lack of self-confidence. I see a lot of talented self-published authors who feel like they have to justify themselves to others. So, my advice would be this: Trust your skills, pay attention to constructive criticism, have professionals proofread and edit your book, and learn the value of branding and marketing. Self-education is what will help you stand out from the multitude.
Where do you see the future of publishing?
In this day and age, releasing a book is the easiest thing in the world. However, this publishing democratization is also dangerous. Many self-published authors do not do proper research and prefer cutting corners. They think that they will be better off handling everything themselves, which includes editing and proofreading. The result is often a bad product that looks very amateurish. And we all know the rest of the story. So, to me, the future of publishing depends on what writers want it to be.
Anything else you want to share?
I just want to thank you very much for featuring me. I enjoyed the questions!
I’d like to thank Cendrine for sharing a bit of advice with us! I can always use more advice on blogging and social media :).
Cendrine Marrouat is a journalist, reviewer, blogger and author located in Canada. She is also the founder of Creative Ramblings, a social media blog focusing on entrepreneurs and small businesses, and teaches classes on social media 101.
Her latest release, The Little Big eBook on Blogging: 40 Traffic Generation Tips, is a comprehensive resource that provides bloggers of all levels with essential information and precise guidance to attract quality traffic to their blogs.