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12 Content Writing Tips to Increase Your Audience as an Author

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Let’s face it: this is now a digital world. You may have worked super hard to produce your latest novel – poured all your sweat and creativity into it – but getting seen and becoming well known increasingly depends on having a robust digital presence.

That’s because you aren’t just a professional writer in the industry; you’re also a business owner. When it comes to self-promotion online, your focus is on making sure your readers connect with your work – that they get what you’re trying to say and find it useful enough to encourage the next step: picking up your books!

When that happens, your readership increases. You get more eyes on your work and enjoy more sales, and become a better prospect for agencies and publishers. It’s therefore only natural to wonder if there’s a way to make your existing content any better.

Here are a few tips you can use right now to improve your content output and widen your audience:

Pre-Writing

  1. What is the goal of your content?

One of the reasons it can be so hard to come up with content is that we don’t really take the time to figure out what it is we’re trying to say. What, exactly, are you hoping to accomplish with your content?

Are you intent on explaining how something works? Perhaps you hope to be able to build trust with your ideal customer? Whatever it is you want to achieve with your content, make sure you know what it is before you start writing.

It’s a good thing to know what your destination is before you begin the journey. It allows you to filter out the unimportant stuff and set the tone for the work.

 

  1. What is the hook?

Whatever you’re writing, whether it’s sales copy or long-form content, it should have a hook. In fishing, the hook is what you use to catch a fish and reel it in. In writing, the hook is what you use to keep the reader engaged and constantly reading your piece.

Whether you’re using an attach hook, a news hook, an ego hook, or a humor hook, you do need a hook. Have the hook in mind before you begin your piece so you can figure out the writing style early on.

After all, the kind of writing you’ll use for a news hook isn’t the same as that of a humor hook. By the same thread, a more academic piece will require a different hook than something aiming for casual humor.

 

  1. Put yourself in the mind of your reader

Before you write a single word, try to get in your audience’s head. After all, you’re writing for them and not for yourself.

If you’re writing an explanation piece, for example, then explain it from their perspective. How much breaking down will your audience need? What kind of terms will they understand? What will go through their minds as they read this? Is there anything in particular that might fly over their heads and make them lose interest?

Write in a voice that they will understand and try to stay on their level as much as possible, without talking down.

 

  1. Eliminate distractions

Close all your social media. These are the easiest places to go when you’re facing some writer’s block. However, they can make you spend even longer writing and end up making your work sound fragmented. The only way to produce truly high-quality work is to fully focus on what you are doing.

During Writing

  1. Write only the relevant stuff

Assuming you already have the goal of your content fixed firmly in your mind, you should hold it in your mind’s eye so that you only write about things that help you get to that goal.

Just because you know everything about a particular topic doesn’t mean you should write everything you know in a single article. Make sure all your information is relevant because the more you dwell on information that is irrelevant, the harder it becomes to hold your audience all the way to the finish.

 

  1. Allow yourself to get into flow

It’s easy to get stuck in the cycle of writing and then deleting your work because you just don’t feel it. You should stop that immediately. Write your work in full first, and then edit it later.

When you sit to write, then let yourself write. Get everything you want to say out there in written form. You can focus on editing when you’re done.

 

  1. Write in short sentences

It’s much easier for you, as a writer, to get a short sentence out on the page. It’s also much easier for readers to digest your content in short sentences.

When your sentences get too complicated, readability suffers and your reader can end up more confused than enlightened. Try to keep your writing as succinct and punchy as possible to encourage the widest number of people to stick with it.

 

  1. Make your titles clear and direct

One of the best things you can do for your content writing efforts is to write good titles. Direct titles may seem boring, but they do the best job when it comes to telling your reader what to expect. They also communicate best to search engines such as Google – letting them know exactly what your piece is about.

Don’t make your titles too clever because they’ll probably confuse your readers. It might even give them the wrong expectations, only for them to feel disappointed when they finally read your piece.

 

  1. Make your work scannable

Writing on the web isn’t the same as writing on other media.

Here, your content will only be attractive when it is scannable. Most people don’t have the time to do in-depth reading on the web, so they prefer something they can quickly scan through while still understanding the primary message of the piece.

Break down the content you want your readers to take away into a list and use white space intelligently – nobody ever feels enticed by an unformatted wall of text.

 

  1. Have an authentic voice

Put a little bit of yourself in your work if you want your readers to get drawn to it. Speak your opinions and write about what is important to you. As an author, you’re in charge of maintaining your personal brand – and that can be whatever you want it to be. Step into and enjoy your persona. It’s what will make the greatest headway in attracting your desired audience.

If you don’t have a sense of who you are, yet, then take time to find it before you begin writing.

At Publishing

  1. Read your content to yourself

Read your content out loud to yourself before you publish it on the web. If you feel any part isn’t right, then your reader will probably feel the same. Read it to yourself as many times as you can until it feels just right. Only then should you publish it.

 

  1. Let someone else edit your work

Once you’re done reading your work to yourself, give it to someone else to read. Having another person go through your work can reveal mistakes that you wouldn’t have been able to see by yourself.

This also allows you to effectively market-test your work before you publish it. Just like a beta reader for a novel, your content testers will help bring to light any points of confusion, factual mistakes, or even just typos you’ve missed.

Conclusion

Writing better content to grow your audience is about constantly seeking to connect with them on a deeper level. When you keep that at the front of your mind, the growth will come all on its own.

About the Author: Peter Hill

Peter Hill is one of the editors at Best Essay Tips. He is a socially active person who likes to travel and enjoys editing photos and video. He finds himself in the challenge of writing services such as Brill Assignment and Superior Papers.

Peter also currently works in a California SMM agency as a journalist, a position he has enjoyed for more than 6 years now.

Join the Discussion on “12 Content Writing Tips to Increase Your Audience as an Author”

  1. Amanda Tams says:

    Enjoyed your 12 points, they are very helpful, thank you.

  2. Winston St. John says:

    Good article and worthy of reading over and over and over again to remind yourself of just how hard it is to break into the market. An agent looks at you like a Lion looks at a slab of beef. Hungry for money. If you don’t show them the money they will not waste their breath on you. 98 percent of them. There are exceptions. A great query letter is usually wasted on 98 percent of your agents unless you really research that agent and know that your book is the right fit for them. Oh they will say they welcome LGBTQ but thats only to be politically correct. They will say they welcome Global warming issues but thats just so they don’t get in trouble with the SJW’s of the world. LOOK at what they have sold. That speaks volumes to who they are. For example. Does anyone think that an agent representing a world wide publishing sensation is going to even open your query letter or read the first 5 pages of your polished draft? No. You are a dollar sign to most of them. It is a tough market. This is not to trash Agents. IF they choose to represent you they will work hard for you, but the ONLY reason they choose to represent you is because they believe they will make money off of your hard work. And dont get me started on how YOU will have to promote your own book and do all the leg work while they move on to that next great talent after hooking you up with a Traditional Publisher. So in short. Self Publish if your borderline good. Get a website. Twitter and Facebook and Instagram account. Make sure you have a healthy email list and learn to format your own books. With the right expertise you can get on Amazon for 300-500 dollars per book and then when you write that ABOUT yourself to an author you will have something to WRITE ABOUT instead of well I have always wanted to write and so this is my first novel but I have nothing to offer you. They will get to this part of the query letter and politely send you a rejection. A form letter that says do not reply as we dont read angry rebuttals. Trust me on this. I know I sound harsh but I am meant to sound harsh. There are 10’s of thousands of books published each year. You have to stand out and unless you are J.K. Rowling you have to sell yourself and your book every day. Its not a write and forget job for 99.9 percent of the authors who have published.

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