Guest Posts: 50 ideas for great guest posts for authors on virtual book tours

Blog in typescript letters When an author signs up for a virtual book tour with us, he more than likely will have to write a few guest posts (unless he specifies an all-review or all-interview tour). While it depends on how long his tour will be, he might be asked to write two, three, sometimes more guest posts.  The one thing the author needs to remember is that this is going to be one way to show everyone how well they can write.  Sometimes the reader picks up a certain style which may determine whether they may or may not buy their book, believe it or not.  What pressure!

And sometimes the author’s mind goes blank.  What to do?

I have compiled a list of blogging topics an author might want to go through to give them some ideas on what to blog about. I send this list to my authors just in case they need ideas and you might get some benefit from them, too, if you ever need a topic to blog about while on your own virtual book tour. While this is not an all exclusive list of ideas to write about, it might jump start ideas within you!

Blog Topics:

  1. Pet Peeves of the Publishing Industry
  2. 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Becoming a Published Author
  3. 10 Things You Didn’t Know About (author’s name)
  4. 10 Things You Didn’t Know About (author’s book)
  5. How to Avoid the Slush Pile
  6. How to Meet Deadlines and Remain Sane
  7. How to Avoid the Rejection Blues
  8. Why Book Covers are So Important
  9. How to Write Nonfiction (or other genre) Like a Pro
  10. What to Look for in an Agent
  11. What to Look for in a Publisher
  12. 10 Tips for Finding a Publicist
  13. 10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer
  14. How to Sell Your First Novel
  15. Practical Advice for Beginning Fiction (or other genre) Writers
  16. Five Mistakes Writers Make When Querying Publishers
  17. Booksigning Tips to Sell That Book
  18. How I Made My First Sale
  19. A Day in the Life of (author’s name)
  20. How to Promote Online
  21. How to Sell Your Book Online
  22. Why Social Networks are the Keys to Good Networking
  23. How to Network Online to Promote Your Book
  24. The Right Way and the Wrong Way to Promote Your Book Online
  25. How to Make Your Characters Believable
  26. What Inspired Me to Write My Book
  27. My Publishing Journey or How I Became a Published Author
  28. Why Blogging is Important
  29. What Makes the Perfect Book Blog
  30. How to be a Good Guest Blogger
  31. Finding Your Voice: Writing in First Person (or Third)
  32. Why Mentors Are Important
  33. Inside the Mind of the Author
  34. The Footsteps I Follow: Authors I Admire
  35. How to Overcome Radio Stage Fright
  36. Why Writing is a Form of Personal Therapy
  37. Why Winning Awards Helps Author Recognition
  38. How to Write a Winning Writing Competition
  39. Beware the Procrastination Demons
  40. Booksigning Horror Story
  41. Publishing Horror Story
  42. How to Put Your Best Foot Forward at Conferences
  43. How to Find a Critique Buddy
  44. How to Create a Great Work Area for Inspiration
  45. How to Write by the Seat of Your Pants: Outline or No?
  46. How to Research Your Story Before Writing Your Book
  47. How to Handle Pressure: Writing Under Deadlines
  48. Why Choosing Your Setting is Important
  49. 10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before
  50. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Getting Published

What I am finding is that blog hosts love for their guests to give them quality content that will help their readers and perhaps be linkable. What I mean by linkable is that if it is something of value to a blogger, they will write about your blog post and link to it. This means more exposure for the blog host which is always a good thing.

You can use the above topics as you choose, changing them to suit your needs, but I hope this helps!

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Dorothy2 Dorothy Thompson is CEO/Founder of Pump Up Your Book, an innovative public relations agency specializing in online book publicity tours.  You can visit us at  Let us take your book to the virtual level!