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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?
After checking out the complete post at Mashable, you can find more from Brenna on her own site, Stuff Hipsters Hate, or by following her on Twitter @brenna_e.
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.
After checking out the complete post, you can find more from Jeff at his blog Goins, Writer and on Twitter @jeffgoins.
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)
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Next Week’s Topic: TBD
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@allison_boyer NICE. Didn’t know I was featured here #BlogWorld #woot cc @CarlaYoung
Thanks so much for mentioning me and my post at my blog Write Nonfiction Now! I was so excited to see the mention. However…I have a whole blog devoted to how to go from blog to book that you missed. In fact, that blog landed me a book deal for a book by the same name: How to Blog a Book. You can find the blog here: http://www.howtoblogabook.com. I even have a post in response to Jane Friedman’s post! Thanks again for the mention! #bwe go go go!
@NinaAmir Thanks for sharing!
@CiaraBallintyne @allison_boyer thx for the RT, Ciara & again, Allison for including me in this illustrious bunch
@RachelintheOC My pleasure 🙂 @allison_boyer
@KellySGamble @allison_boyer Thx Kelly for the RT, blog comment, & to Allison & #BlogWorld for posting my article #wickedcool
@allison_boyer TY for including me in 23 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Blog to Book http://t.co/RifU1f4D #howtoblogabook #BlogWorld
@jesskristie @LorcaDamon I’ve got the bestest friends EVER — thx for support today RE: #BlogWorld #BlogtoBook Series http://t.co/1Fzec6Y5
@allison_boyer Thanks so much for the inclusion. In good company with @katewoodrow @michaelhyatt @jenny_blake @ninaamir and the others.
@ROCK_READ__ROAM @WritersDigest @allison_boyer Thanks for RTing that post. I was so excited to be included! #howtoblogabook
@bobangus Thanks for RTing that post! I was super excited to be included by @allison_boyer at featured at #BlogWorld. #howtoblogabook
@bobangus Thanks for RTing that post! I was super excited to be included by @allison_boyer and featured at #BlogWorld. #howtoblogabook
“My Lord and My God” Evangelist John writes his gospel with the intent “to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.” Neither more nor less. But the occasion of the apostle Thomas (called “doubting Thomas”), about which we hear in today’s Gospel, as if everything is just not appropriate to speak of faith that pleases. Because we are, as it was a disgrace to his students that just then was absent when the Risen comes, not experiencing the joy of reunion with Him from the grave stale and famous. But just him, suspicious that no evidence does not want and can not believe it, John po?aš?uje the Easter narrative. In addition it can stand, and Mary Magdalene, first witness of the resurrection, and Peter, the first of the twelve. All other meets the resurrected Jesus in the community, three of them personally, and speaks to them from heart to heart. Three life stories that give us to think. As it was with Tom, so it is to Mary Magdalene and Peter, do not realize, I can not understand, they must be taught separately. Mary holding Jesus for the gardener, Peter asks Jesus three times I loved it because it has failed three times.None of these three people are not perfect, can not boast that understands and fully accepts the Risen Lord, all the three is lacking, limited, and therefore all of us so close. Where we have come to me, with our own, lacking faith that John tells us about the heroes and heroines? For the Easter experience of these three people to Jesus is not finished, experienced in all they just have to learn, always “touch” and keep what must remain as a result of encounters with Jesus: Mary Magdalene must learn that the Lord can not “hold” because he not to conserve. Peter will have to accept that they will be led nowhere and will not want to have things that he can not influence, which are reserved to God alone. Tom Lord will always have your eyes closed “touch”, and try to be where the Lord comes. Thomas, Mary Magdalene and Peter – three specific characters, three votes in us. How we are when we are not where we should be, when we are all more important than God’s presence. Mary Magdalene and me when we do not recognize the Lord because they allow us our own suffering closes his eyes. Peter and me when we think we can and must influence what is in God’s authority and power. But also true: I’m Tom when I say: My Lord and my God! I am Mary Magdalene, and when I opened my eyes and see that he was not a gardener. And Peter, when I let it lead me where He wants it. So we now John the Evangelist narrates the episode with Tom – and we believe that by this faith in the Risen Christ we have life, life in its fullness. http://youtu.be/CQBOHPcMuRs http://youtu.be/0iX4Rl55AAU firstname.lastname@example.org