Unequivocally, my answer is, “Yes.”
Why Bloggers Still Land Book Deals
I began blogging about writing a book post by post on a blog because I saw so many bloggers—not aspiring authors—landing book deals. Why? Because they had successful blogs.
These bloggers had attracted an audience. That audience equated to a platform—a foundation of avid fans who represented potential book buyers.
And these bloggers had successfully test marketed book ideas. Their large and ever-growing subscriber lists, impressive unique visitor and page view analytics, and high reader engagement levels proved to publishers that people—many people—were interested in their blog’s topic. To a publisher, that means a high likelihood a book on the topic will sell.
None of this has changed since that time. To a publisher, a blogger with a successful blog still looks like a potential bestselling author. The blogger has a track record and an audience that many aspiring writers lack. That’s why blogging, and, specifically, blogging a book, remains a sound publishing strategy this year…and moving forward.
I said basically the same thing last year in this post as well.
A Successful Blog Remains the Center Point of Your Platform
The need for aspiring authors to have platform has not diminished over the last seven years. Instead, it has increased.
Many good writers with marketable book ideas get rejected by publishers only because they have no way to help the book succeed. In other words, they don’t have a built in readership for their book in their target market—a platform.
That’s why I continue to recommend that aspiring authors blog—even if they don’t choose to blog a book. You must be able to prove to a publisher that you can promote your book to your fan base and help sell books.
Your ability to help sell books includes promoting to social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter. But you will have a difficult time building a following online if you have no content of your own to share.
What content do you share on social networks? Your blog posts.
Each time you do so, you increase the likelihood of someone clicking on the link, showing up on your site, and reading your work. If they like it, they will subscribe to your posts or to your email list. (Be sure you have a lead magnet to entice them to do so.)
With a sizable following, subscriber base or readership, you have an audience to which you can promote your book. Accomplishing this task starts with your blog.
You Still Need Expert Status
Additionally, as you blog, your continued flow of valuable information (yes…you must provide value in every blog post) distinguishes you as an expert on your topic. And a publisher wants to know you are the authority or a thought leader on the topic.
I was not an expert on blogging or blogging books until I blogged How to Blog a Book. However, after blogging a book and producing three to four posts on the topic of how to blog a book over the course of five months, I was THE expert.
The fact that my site had #1 Google search engine results page status helped. But that wouldn’t have happened if I had not blogged on one topic consistently over that period of time.
And the huge amount of valuable content I provided also established me as an expert on blogging and blogging books. It also made me a thought leader in the area of publishing and book marketing.
The same principles still apply. Your blog can give you that expert status you need to land a traditional publishing book deal, especially if you are a nonfiction writer.
Expert status can also help novelists. If you can prove that you are an expert on the topics included in your fiction—for example, the criminal justice system, medicine, raising horses, parenting, or health—a publisher will be more interested in the novels you write that include these topics. They will feel confident that you know what you are writing about…just like a nonfiction writer.
Blogging a Book Still Works…Really Well
Finally, the blog-a-book strategy still works. In fact, it works better than ever.
Our lives as writers, authors, and bloggers have not gotten easier. They have gotten harder—or maybe I should say more complicated.
When I began blogging a book, I did so with the premise that I could kill two necessary birds with one stone. To become an author, I needed to promote myself and my book prior to ever approaching a publisher. I needed to build platform. But I also need to write the book.
I saw so many aspiring authors—myself included—struggling to do both. And with the need for platform increasing, many writers—myself included—did more platform building, such as blogging and posting to social networks, than writing.
If we weren’t writing, that presented a huge problem. Writers write, after all.
Blogging a book allowed me to build platform as I wrote. Writing my book post by post on the Internet helped me attract an audience for my book and finish the majority of my manuscript.
With the myriad of ways we can now build platform—Youtube videos, Facebook Live, Instagram Stories, speaking, podcasting, blogging, curating content, and, of course, social media marketing—it’s easier than ever to feel you have little time to write your book.
But if you blog your book, you get the blogging part done first. You then can use your post as the basis for:
- a social media share
- a podcast episode
- an Instagram story
- a Youtube video
- a Facebook Live session
- a teleseminar
- a webinar
It all starts with the blog post.
And each blog post contributes to your overall book project. It becomes a “page” in the book you are writing.
Blogging a book continues to be the most effective and efficient way to write a book and build platform at the same time. When you are done, you’ll have the majority of your manuscript written (about 75–80%) and a built in readership for your book—an avid foundation of potential readers who already love you and your work.
It’s Easier than Ever to Get a Blogged Book Published
And here’s some more good news: Today it is easier than ever to get a blogged book published.
Why? Publisher are more familiar and comfortable with the idea of publishing blogged content. They realize the value of that content and the readership built by bloggers. And they are more focused than ever on a writer bringing to the table a strong ability to promote and sell books.
Bloggers continue to stand head and shoulders above the majority of aspiring authors when it comes to proving to publishers that they have what it takes to help their books succeed. In fact, they’ve proven it…over and over again…as their posts serve as a beacon to potential readers of their blog and book.
Book Blogging Continues to be an Effective Indie Publishing Strategy
For those who want to self-publish, blogging a book remains one of the best indie publishing strategies—if you want to ensure your book succeeds, that is. For all the reasons mentioned above, your blogging efforts help your book have a more than average chance of selling well.
Plus, with no publisher, you take on that role. You become the publisher. Therefore, it’s up to you to evaluate if your book does, indeed, look like on that will succeed.
- Your posts are attracting more readers daily.
- If your efforts to share posts drive people to your blog and cause them to “follow” or “like” you on social media sites.
- If you are building a platform large enough to help your book sell well.
Basically, when you blog your book, you perform a test-marketing exercise. Blog your book, and see if anyone is interested in it. If they are, publish with confidence.
Don’t let the fact that the blog-to-book trend seems to no longer be a popular topic of conversation. The trend hasn’t disappeared. If anything, it’s grown, matured and strengthened. It’s become a fact of publishing life.
Take advantage of this online publishing strategy this year by blogging your book.
If you are blogging a book or have blogged a book (and published it), leave me a comment below. I’m always looking for success stories to feature here on this site.
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