How to Blog a Book teaches you how to create a blog book with a well-honed and uniquely angled subject and targeted postsand how to build the audience necessary to convince agents and publishers to make your blog into a book.
Inside you'll find:
- Basic information on how to set up your blog and the essential plug-ins and other options necessary to get the most out of each post
- Steps for writing a book easily from scratch using blog posts
- Advice on how to write blog posts
- Tips on gaining visibility and promoting your work both online and off
- Tools for driving traffic to your blog
- 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
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Nina Amir, the president of CopyWright Communications (www.copywrightcommunications.com), is a seasoned journalist, editor, author, blogger, writing coach, workshop leader, and speaker with more than 30 years of experience in the publishing field. She is the founder of Write Nonfiction in November, a blog and writing challenge, and currently writes four other blogs, including How to Blog a Book and Write Nonfiction Now! Amir has edited or written for more than 45 local, national, and international magazines, newspapers, e-zines, and newsletters, producing hundreds of articles. Her essays have been published in five anthologies.
Amir also has a proven track record as a book editor. One of her client’s books, Enlightened Leadership by Ed Oakley and Doug Krug, was self-published and then purchased and re-released by Simon & Schuster; it has sold more than 230,000 copies to date. Another, Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping, won the 1998 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Award and went on to sell 115,000+ copies. Amir now resides with her husband and two children in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Los Gatos, CA. Visit her website at www.ninaamir.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Why I Started a Blog About How to Blog a Book 1
Chapter 1 Book Blogging Basics 3
Chapter 2 Why Blog a Book? 11
Chapter 3 How to Prepare to Blog Your Book 29
Chapter 4 Developing Your Blogged Book's Business Plan 41
Chapter 5 Creating Your Blog 65
Chapter 6 Writing Your Blogged Book 78
Chapter 7 Driving Traffic (Readers) to Your Blog 102
Chapter 8 I've Finished My Blogged Book, Now What? 123
Chapter 9 How to Repurpose Your Blog Posts for Profit and Promotion 136
Chapter 10 Blog-to-Book Success Stories 142
Conclusion: How the How to Blog a Book Blog Got Published 161
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought a blog printed as a book to teach me how to write my book as a blog. I peruse the Writing section at bookstores with salt in-hand so that I have ready-access to grains with which to take the endless compendiums of writing exercises and approaches. I, till recently, had not found a method which suited me. To confess, Nina Amir’s book How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time seemed so much snake oil by its title, nestled there among the get-writing-quick schemes. But, I thought, there’s some freshness with the blog-to-book angle so I gave it a try. Amir’s manual may just be the approach I was looking for. As a writer with ADHD, the conventional advice has never taken with me mostly because of the analog organization required: keep notebooks, write a journal, save articles, use index cards, try sticky notes. Frequently, I would misplace the very books instructing me to organize my writing. The basic concepts of How to Blog a Book are not novel (ha, ha, writing pun); they are the same ideas from the other books. The difference, and the selling point, is that Amir takes those analog concepts and translates them into the digital era via blogging platforms. The basic premise she offers is that one should break a book outline down into blog posts; each “chapter” being comprised of several posts. The appeal of this for me is that my blog is self-organizing, self-referential and searchable. She recommends, though, writing post content first in a word processing document to save the time of compiling a manuscript copied-post by copied-post. The first question that came to my mind was, “Will publishing my book content on my blog before print publication hurt its chances of being published at all?” How to Blog a Book itself is evidence that it can, in fact, work in one’s favor. Amir addresses this concern and several others in this helpful handbook for digitally-native writers.
This book very clearly lays out what, how and why you would want to blog a book. From making you accountable to an audience that wants you to keep writing, to establishing good writing habits, to actually writing a business plan about what you want the blog and book to accomplish. Easy to read, easy to understand and easy to implement, must read for bloggers and authors both.
I am just finishing up this book, which I bought to help me blog our already 2 published books - just to get ideas, and I love the book. I have already sent one person to buy it. I think it is much more than How to Blog a Book, an excellent blogging resource collection along with lots of great info, tips and what not to do in general. Great Job!