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. […]

When to Take a Left Turn on Your Blog to Find Success

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Guest post by Bryan Cohen It was spring 2009 when my blog, Build Creative Writing Ideas, really started to take off. I’d been in a rough place the previous year productivity-wise, and the only thing that got me out of it was listening to and reading personal development and self-help books. I knew I wanted […]

How “Stuff Parisians Like” Went Blog-to-Bestselling-Book

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Like many blog-to-book success stories, Parisian Olivier Magny, a sommelier and founder of Paris’ #1 wine-tasting school, Olivier Magny’s Wine Tasting Company, and wine bar, Ô Chateau, started a with little thought of a book. He called the satirical blog about Paris and Parisians Stuff Parisians Like. Little by little the blog became quite popular. […]

Traditionally Published Author Self-Publishes a Booked Blog

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Although this blog focuses a fair amount of attention on blogging books to get “discovered” by literary agents and acquisitions editors at traditional publishing houses, there’s just as much value in blogging a book—or simply blogging—to create the audience you need to produce a successful self-published book. No one knows this better than someone who […]

How a Blog Series Created Reader Demand for a Booked Blog

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When Angela Ackerman and I started The Bookshelf Muse back in 2008, we had no intention of turning its content into a book. Mostly, we just wanted to help and encourage other writers. As critique partners, we knew that our characters tended to repeat body cues for certain emotions (mine were always shifting their feet […]