How I Became a Published Author: One Post at a Time


Today’s guest post is by Lori Ann Davis, MA, CRS (@lorianndaviscrs), author of Unmasking Secrets to Unstoppable Relationships: How to Find, Keep and Renew Love and Passion in Your Life. She offers tips on blogging a book—tips she discovered on her own without the help of reading How to Blog a Book first. As she […]

Lizzie Skurnick on Going from Blog to Book: Shelf Discovery

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Lizzie Skurnick’s blog-to-book success came from her regular feature column, Fine Lines. This blog consists of her meditations on favorite, old-school YA (young adult) novels from the late ‘60s to the early ‘80s—books much beloved by now-grown-up women. Skurnick says, “The book resembles the blog, but I added twice as many columns and organized […]

Tsh Oxenreider on Going from Blog to Book: Organized Simplicity

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Tsh Oxenreider blogs about intentional, simple living, which covers a myriad of topics. However, she focuses specifically on “parents of children at home who crave less crazy, more peace, and joy in the little things.” SimpleMom. net, her flagship site, covers topics like productivity, taking care of yourself, DIY ideas, green and frugal living, and […]

Going from Blog to Book: The Daily Coyote

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Since Shreve Stockton is a professional photographer who “writes on impulse,” it’s not surprising that her blog, The Daily Coyote, is primarily a photo blog. When her photos and stories of her life with Charlie, an orphaned coyote who she’d raised since he was ten days old, caught the interest and imagination of people world-wide […]

Unique Index-Card Blog Lands Jessica Hagy Three Book Deals


Bloggers and book bloggers dream of landing even one book deal for the content they publish on their sites. In 2006, Jessica Hagy started a blog on a whim. She drew cheeky graphs and charts on 3 x 5 inch index cards at Now her site houses close to 3,000 cards, and in 205 […]

How to Test Market Your Book Idea with a Blog

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I once heard Ellen Archer, president and publisher of Hyperion Books, say the advent of blogs provided publishers for the first time with a way to test market potential books. In other words, a successful blog equals a successfully test marketed book idea. Why? Publishers consider loyal blog readers and subscribers potential buyers of a […]

Paul V. Vitagliano’s Born This Way Blog Attracts Agents After Two Weeks


When I saw Paul V. Vitagliano’s blog-to-book story, I was intrigued by both his story and the stories he had published on the blog and in the book, Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up. I immediately asked him if I could feature him here. He conceptualized and launched the Born This Way Blog […]

Creative Uses of Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress Ends in A Blogged Book Deal

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Anyone who has anyone ever seen me do a presentation about how to blog a book has likely also heard me mention Kevin Cotter and his blog-to-book deal for 101 Uses for My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress. I have always been quite taken by this touching, story of a many who turned his anger and depression […]

Adoptee Issues Land Author a Traditional Publishing Deal


For those bloggers and writers pursuing their passions or interests—especially personal ones, this blog-to-book success story proves how you can develop a following in any niche and inspire others with your story. Almost always—maybe not always—the world contains other people who want to read what you have to say and connect with another like-minded person. […]