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This Week’s Topic: Blog to Book
If you combine all your blog posts after a year or so of blogging, they’d probably be the length of a book…so why not write a book? At least, that’s the mindset some bloggers have. When you’re niche blogging, you learn an incredible amount of information about a topic and are always on top of news stories in your industry, which definitely qualifies you to write in book (at least, in most cases). Combine that with your already-built-in audience of buyers – i.e., your blog readers – and you’re any publisher’s dream!
Well, maybe. Finding an agent/editor to take you on might still be a challenge. And you also have the option of self-publishing, a topic we’ve definitely covered before here at BlogWorld. But having a blog is without a doubt one of the routes you can take to becoming a published book author. The below brilliant bloggers can help you out with even more great advice!
Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:
From Blog to Book Deal: How 6 Authors Did It by Brenna Ehrlich
If they did it so can you! Well, at least, that’s the hope. In this post, Brenna talks to six different authors about the varied ways they landed book deals, how they drove traffic to their blogs, and more. The biggest take-away message from this post? Not everyone goes about the blog-to-book thing the same way! In this post, you can find out how popular bloggs like Ben Huh and Pam Slim landed book deals, but keep in mind that your own path might be a little different. From the post:
Ever since roughly 2005, publishers have been looking toward the Internet in order to find new fodder for the printed page, and this year, those literary folk found themselves flush with talent. Everything from Tweets to Twinkies served as inspiration for books, bridging the digital divide to bring your computer screen to your coffee table. So how did they do it? How did these weekend website warriors snag book deals?
From Blogger to Book Author: The Four-Step Guide by Jeff Goins
As we’ve seen with the last post, bloggers can take make different routes to becoming published book authors. However, there are four main steps to getting published (for most people at least, and while following these steps doesn’t guarantee you J.K Rowling-like success, it does make it easier for you to get a book deal. In this guest post for Problogger, Jeff Goins talks about his publishing experiences and how you can replicate his success. Writes Jeff,
Recently, I signed a contract with a book publisher. I had always hoped to one day publish a book, but I never thought it would happen in a few months.
What made this possible? In a word: blogging.
Please Don’t Blog Your Book: 4 Reasons Why by Jane Friedman
With the success of so many bloggers becoming print authors, those with a dream of getting published are turning to blogs as a why to get a foot in the door. And that’s a great idea…but blogging pieces from your not-yet-published manuscript really isn’t the way to go about doing it. You can get a book deal if you start a blog, but in this post, Jane talks about why it is so important not to “blog your book” – writing a blog and writing a book are two very different animals. Almost all successful book authors who started as bloggers wrote nearly completely new material. Rehashing blog posts into a book just doesn’t work. From the post:
It seems almost silly to have to state it, but blogging (as a form of writing) holds tremendous merit on its own. Writers who ask, “Can I blog to get a book deal?” probably think of the blog as a lesser form of writing, merely a vehicle to something “better.” No. A blog has its own reasons for being, and blogs do not aspire to become books if they are truly written as blogs.
You can find more from Jane on Twitter @janefriedman.
Even More Brilliant Advice:
- Becoming a Part-Time Millionaire by 2015 with Kylie Ofiu by Philip Taylor (@ptmoney)
- Blog to Book: An interview with popular mom blogger Julie R. Harrison by Marianne Walsh
- The Blog to Book Fantasy by RasoirJ (George Clack) (@rasoirj)
- Blog Your Way to a Book Deal by Bonnie Harris (@waxgirl333)
- The Business of Blogging: From Blog to Book – How to Turn Your Brilliant Blog into a Book by Rachel Thompson (@RachelintheOC)
- From Blog to Book Deal – part 1 by Carolyn Ekins (@1940sExperiment)
- From Blog to Book Deal in Just Two Months by Dakshana Bascaramurty
- From Blog to Book – How to Turn Your Ideas Into Reality by KateWoodrow (@katewoodrow)
- From Blog to Book: One Skeptic’s Journey by Michael Hyatt (@michaelhyatt)
- From Blogging to Published Book: The Nitty Gritty Pros, Cons and Considerations by Jenny Blake (@jenny_blake)
- From TV Show, to Blog… to Book, with David Siteman Garland! by Chris Ducker (@chriscducker)
- How a Blog Might Help You Land a Book Deal by Nina Amir (@NinaAmir)
- How My Blog Landed Me a Book Deal by Larry Brooks (@storyfix)
- How To Get A Book Deal. Thirteen Questions with Chris Guillebeau. by Kelly Diels (@kellydiels)
- Land a Book Deal Based on Your Mom Blog by Wendy Piersall (@emom)
- Live from BlogWorld Expo 2010: From Blog to Book by Mark Thompson (@m_thompson)
- Lori Deschene On Taking Tiny Buddha from Blog to Book Deal at BlogCastFM (@blogcastfm)
- Making the Leap from Blog to Book is Harder than it Looks by Addie Broyles (@broylesa)
- The New Farm System: From Blog to Book by Iris Blasi (@IrisBlasi)
- Tech Diary: Blog To Book: Is the Formula Still Working? by Andy Jordan (@wsjandy)
Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about blog to book? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link.
Next Week’s Topic: TBD
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