If you are a consistent blogger on your subject, every blog post you write, have ever written or will write in the future has the potential of becoming part of a book. Put all those blog posts together and you have a book! It’s called, “Booking a Blog.”
It’s easy. If you don’t have a blog, start one. Your blog content can, indeed, become a book. This blog is written on WordPress.com which, in my opinion, is one of the best and easier blog platforms. If you want to turn your blog into a book, it helps to have a book’s worth of content already on your blog. Start planning from the beginning.
Begin by making a commitment to write something for your blog at least every day. You may post once a week, but write something to be posted later every day. Be faithful to your blog. Stagnant blogs with no new content are worthless. I post something new on this blog every 8th day. Be consistent. The regularity, the discipline, the day to day obligation will make a writer out of you. I repeat: write something every day. No exceptions. That’s what I do. I often begin writing, then let what I have written rest until I come up with some new ideas. But I do write something every day.
“Think of the blog as a market research tool. You get to see what your audience likes by publishing in bite-sized pieces. If you don’t have much of an audience yet, spend some time building one before converting your blog to a book. Not only will that help you decide what to put in and what to keep out, but you’ll have a large group of readers willing and waiting to buy the book when it’s published. That gives you a leg up on many indie authors who don’t have a solid platform before publishing.” ~ Jennifer Mattern
Every time you blog, save the collection of your best essays to a folder on your computer. This is a safeguard I use to be sure that I can have what I have written on my computer in case something disappears from the Internet. I can also work on editing each post offline. You can export your WordPress blog (from the Dashboard, click Tools, then Export) as an XML file that you can download to your computer.
Next, pick your genre or category in which you will write. Set up Google Alerts on your topic or on additional keywords related to your topic. This blog is specific to authors and speakers. I have 3 other blogs specific to personal relationships, weddings and business networking. It takes commitment to write a blog and to turn it into a book.
Start writing with the intention of developing your book. Develop each post as a stand-alone unit with a beginning, middle and end so readers can “pick up” your book at any point. There are lots of articles on this blog to assist you. Check out the Articles Menu or the articles on my Authors and Speakers Website.
If you think book readers wouldn’t pay for something they can read online for free, think again. A book can reach a whole new breed of readers, and even faithful readers of your blog will want to own the book version because they already like what you have to say and they won’t want to miss anything.
Writing a book is actually easier than most people realize. Only use your best blog entries and edit, edit, edit. Best tip for you (when your ready to put the book together) is to hire an editor. Don’t trust this process to yourself. You are too familiar with your work. Blogging language and style are different than book language and style in some cases, so make certain you are gearing your posts toward the specific medium. By the way, not every blog post you write will go in your book. You may have to rework some posts to make them suitable for publishing.
“Ultimately the goal is to copy all of that content into a single document to create your manuscript based on the order of the outline you developed. Spend time reading each post and refining you work. You may also need to fill in gaps, add detail, or remove duplicate information.” ~ Stephanie Chandler
If you’re on the fence about whether or not to write a book, I encourage you to identify your project and your passion for it and share it with the world. You can use Facebook and Twitter to help promote it to your friends and their friends. Remember to use your blog to sell your book. A blogger with a measurable audience has a great advantage in the road to publishing. Nothing makes a publisher happier than hearing about the tens of thousands of unique visitors who visit an author’s blog daily, weekly or monthly.
You don’t need all the details that will convert your blog into a book because you have to have a blog first. There are plenty of articles and “how tos” on the internet to assist you when you have enough content for a book.
The movie, “Julie & Julia” featuring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams started out as a blog, then became a book and finally, a movie.
Read: How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time by Nina Amir. “How to Blog a Book” teaches you how to create a blogged book with a well-honed and uniquely angled subject and targeted blog posts. You’ll also learn how to develop a blog readership large enough to get noticed by a literary agent or a publisher. Inside you will find:
Basic information on how to make a blog including set up, how to use plug-ins, and other blogging tools necessary to write effective blog posts:
• Steps on how to begin writing a book easily from scratch using blog posts
• Advice on how to write blog posts
• Tips on gaining visibility and promoting your blog and book both online and off
• Tools for increasing blog traffic
• Information on how to monetize an existing blog into a book or other types of products
• Profiles with authors who received blog-to-book deals
BONUS Articles: 7 Ways to Mine Blog Posts into Publishable Gold
How to Turn Your Blog Into a Book
7 Tips for Turning Your Blog Into a Book
From Blog to Book Deal: How 6 Authors Did It
5 Ways to Go From Blogger to Published Book Author
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