Book Review: Easy Blogging for Busy Authors by Anne R. Allen

Anne R Allen

If you are a blogger, Anne R. Allen needs no introduction. The synopsis for “Easy Blogging for Busy Authors” says it all:


An easy-does-it guide to simple, low-tech blogging for authors who want to build a platform, but not let it take over their lives. An author blog doesn’t have to follow the rules that monetised business blogs do. This book teaches the secrets that made Anne R. Allen a multi-award-winning blogger and one of the top author-bloggers in the industry.And you’ll learn why having a successful author blog is easier than you think.Here are some things you’ll learn in this book:

•How an author blog is different—and easier to maintain—than a business blog

•What authors should blog about at different stages of their careers

•Choosing the right blog topics for your genre and audience

•How one type of blog post can build your platform quickly

•Basic SEO tips that don’t make your eyes glaze over with tech jargon

•How to write headers that will grab the attention of Web surfers

•How to keep your audience by learning the tricks of content writing

•Essential blog and social media etiquette rules

•What happens to your blog when you die?

“Anne writes the essential blog for today’s writers.” Mystery author Carmen Amato.

“I love following the blog of Anne R. Allen…for up-to-date tips and helpful articles for writers on what’s current in the publishing world.”

Author D. G. Kaye.”BRILLIANT! One of the Top 10 Resources for Self-Publishing Authors.”

Author Mark Tilbury.”Anne is one of the most successful author-bloggers out there.”

Reedsy”One of the Top 15 Blogs for Indie Authors to Follow…I adore Anne’s blog. Aside from being one smart lady, her mix of sass and education is priceless.”

Social media strategist and manager Frances Caballo”You know what a huge fan I am of Anne R. Allen’s blog…absolutely marvelous.”

Romance author Collette Cameron”I recommend following the publishing blogs of both Jane Friedman and Anne R. Allen…I’ve implemented many of their tips, which have helped boost my SEO.”

My Review

This inspiring and practical book gives sound advice on creating a successful blog for authors, including:

The distinction between creating an author blog and a business blog,
Ideas for post topics to maximise interest and promote book sales,
Optimum lengths for posts,
Creating headings, sub headings, and keywords that maximise SEO,
Blogging etiquette,
The importance of guest posting on other blogs…

Each topic is covered in detail, sharing the authors own learning experiences – both successes and mistakes.

Although I have been blogging for three and a half years, I added sixteen points to my “to do” list.

Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.



  1. Anne is an amazing blogger. I don’t know how she does it (therefore, apparently I need this book – lol). Thanks for sharing your review, Brigid. The idea of adding to my to-do is frightening but being more effective hopefully savs time in the long run. 🙂

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  2. Brigid, a terrific review of what sounds like an essential book for all author-bloggers! I’ve just winged it these past five years but would like constructive advice! I can see myself coming away with lots on my to-do list! Thank you so much for this lovely introduction to Anne and her book. Off to get a copy ASAP! Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week, Brigid! Hugs xx

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