My last post said projected that the number of blog-to-book releases were almost at the same rates as in 2009, the so-called height of the blog-to-book craze — about 48 per year. Well, I am happy to say that as of today, I can officially say that this month’s numbers (from what I know) bring us back to the numbers quoted for that year — 50-60 books in one year.
How can I say that? Because I discovered yet one more blog-to-book deal that ended up released in October. That makes five in just one month, which means an average of 60 per year if an average of 5 blog-to-book deals are printed and released each month.
This book falls in he same vein as Stuff White People Like, and is called 101 Uses for My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress and was published by NAL Trade and will be released next week.
According to author and blogger Kevin Cotter of Tuscon, AZ, he asked his ex-wife to take the wedding gown with her when she moved out in 2009, but she didn’t want it. The gown sat in the closet until his family suggested jokingly that he come up with 101 different things to do with it. (Their divorce was finalized last year.)
Cotter made a list he never planned to put into motion but it sparked a blog — My Ex-Wife’s Wedding Dress. ThereCotter posted photographs of the dress being used in various ways — as a hammock, jump-rope, a dog toy, a grill cover, dental floss, a scarecrow, pasta strainer, and even dental floss. He posted photos , videos, and witty commentary on his website — and landed a book deal.
I’ll say it again. You can do better. You can blog a book…a book that solves a “real” problem, that eases someones pain, that…. Ugh. Okay. Cotter eased his pain and probably a lot of other divorced guy’s pain, too. And he solved the problem of what to do with a left-behind wedding dress.
I still say, you can do better. Blog a book. (Any why not do it during Write Nonfiction in November?)
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