How and Why to Blog First, Then Self-Publish Your Book
Quite simple, really: you are already (or should be) blogging as a natural extension of your writing (at least posting to Wattpad...) So why not simply take your posts and publish them as a book? Some controversy here...
- Key point is that it's a situation of being independent from structure and support.
If you are a blogger, you should be publishing your content as books.
If you are an author, you should be posting your excerpts (ready or not) on a blog.
Reason: you are already producing that content - why not leverage it for all it's worth?
The rub is in how to take that blog and convert it over to a book. Not as easy as blogging. And not for the "faint at heart". (Your other option might be being published posthumously - and that does everyone a lot of good, doesn't it?)
Consider these pro's and con's of blog-to-book publishing:
- Blogs to books: an opportunity or a big mistake? You decide. : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the presentFrom time to time, I've been encouraged to consider publishing a book comprised of blog posts at Historiann, plus (presumably!) some new,...
- Blog to Book: The Pros & Cons of Self Publishing | IFBHave you ever thought about turning your blog into a book? Over the past few years, we've seen many of our favorite blogs transformed int...
- @ariesb @andrewartajos Books are so 20th century :p But the easiest way to make a book is to blog over a few years then publish as a book
- @izs sandofsky.com/blog/git-work... "Treat yourself as a writer and approach each commit as a chapter in a book. Writers don’t publish first drafts."
- There are some commercial interests in this area:
- And then these next 2 give the actual how-to's (some steps, anyway) if you've actually started figuring that this is a route you should be taking:
- 5 Ways to Go From Blogger to Published Book Author | Social Media ExaminerDo you blog? Are you thinking of publishing a book? Eighty-one percent of the US population says they want to write a book. Not surprisin...
- From Blog to Book: How Blogging Can Build Your Writer Platform | WritersDigest.comToday's tip of the day comes from How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir . You can get her book and many other top-selling products this year in...
- How to Blog a Book - A Step-by-Step Guide for Writing, Publishing ...1 day ago ... The core principle behind blogging a book lies in having the forethought to plan out your idea in post-sized bits that yo...
- And then you need some examples of where people have gone and done this already:
- From Blog to Book Deal: How 6 Authors Did ItWhat do Julia & Julia, PostSecret and Stuff White People Like have in common? If you answered, "They're blogs," you are correct (collect ...
- Of course, it helps if you can find some like-minded communities for that "attaboy" support we can all appreciated:
- Blog To Book | Communities on Chime.inThis community is for bloggers who have the passion, audience, and drive to turn their blogs into books.
- I'm participating in a blog meme (also known as a chain blog) called The Next Big Thing. It is where published authors select other publish authors they believe are poised to be more and ask them to talk about their NEXT book. Not anything currently published. Check out my surprise about handing in a YA Fantasy and please check out the authors who came before me and who I'm tagging. It's lots of fun!maggiemeandering.blogspot.c...
And here's a interview of how to use books for promotion as you self-publish the book:
"MJ: You also blog considerably.
"Worstell: I have blogs for every book in the series. Just type in the name on Blogger and you’ll get there. I wrote the blogs so that people could find out about the books and help write them – add in their own stories or correct anything they feel is in error. These blogs are a great way to read the book before buying a copy. They are also downloadable from Lulu."
- Interview Robert Worstell Famous Bestseller Author Editor Publisher ...Today we are talking to Dr. Robert C. Worstell, author of “Go Thunk Yourself” and a dozen other books. Dr. Worstell, is it correct that...
- The point is that blogs, as social media, can be used as a way to promote a work-in-progress - while you simply keep cranking out content meanwhile.
This doesn't cover being able to use the blog as a way to finance your writing - it's own scene. But there's that capacity.
I hope to do some more research into Wattpad and Goodreads to see what tie-in's are available. (A later post, for sure.)
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