No one has offered new statistics on blog-to-book deals since about 2009. In that year alone, between 50 and 60 bloggers landed traditional publishing deals. Supposedly, that was the height of the blog-to-book trend. Yet, a consistent stream of blog-to-book deals has hit the market since then, and recently I’ve heard news of even more deals than usual.
For instance, Martha Alderson received a deal with Adams Media for her blog, The Plot Whisperer, where she offers advice on…well…plot. Her book will have the same title and is due out this month.
Dmitry Samarov wrote a blog about “the things that interest me, the things that people say or do when no one is watching” or rather the things people do while he is watching and driving his cab at HACK: Stories from a Chicago Cab. His book by the same name will be published by Chicago University Press and released this month.
Sarah Wu, aka “Mrs. Q,” secretly ate school lunches for an entire year, snapping a cell phone photo and blogging about the experience at Fed Up with Lunch. Her book, Fed Up with Lunch: The School Lunch Project: How One Anonymous Teacher Revealed the Truth About School Lunches –And How We Can Change Them! was released by Chronicle Books at the beginning of the month.
Grace Bonney, the blogger behind the popular style and design blog Design*Sponge, has her first book, Design*Sponge at Home. Based off of her six-year-old site, which receives 75,000 visits a day and covers everything from DIY to entertaining to before-and-afters, the book was released in September by Artisan.
Plus…Scary Mommy blogger Jill Smokler is just finishing up her book, due out Mother’s Day 2012 by Simon & Schuster Gallery, called Confessions of a Scary Mommy. She’s got close to 17,000 Facebook friends and manufacturers cringe when she says something bad about their products. She’s one powerful mommy blogger.
Of course, my book will be out in April 2012.
That’s six blog-to-book deals just off the top of my head — two books out next spring but four in September and October 2011. And I bet there are more that I don’t know about (or forgot to mention).
So, I’ve got just one question: Are you going to take advantage of the continuing blog-to-book trend? Here’s a bettter question: Will you do better than simply blogging your way to a book deal and instead blog a book?
I hope so.
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