As you may know, the whole idea behind this blog revolves around creating a strong and unique blogged book idea with a large or niche market, writing great and consistent posts, and promoting your blog well so you either:
- get discovered while blogging your book,
- build enough platform to become attractive to an agent, an acquisitions editor at a publishing house or both, or
- build a large enough fan base/readership to successful self-publish your book.
Well, after finishing blogging my book, How to Blog a Book, writing a book proposal and having my existing agent, Verna Dreisbach, shop it around, I’ve landed a traditional publishing book deal with Writer’s Digest Books, thus proving that the concept of this blog and my book really does work.
That’s right, my blog, How to Blog a Book, will become a book by the same title. Yes, indeed, if you didn’t believe it before, believe it now: The concept of blogging a book work like a charm if you put the principles I have written about her to work!
My deadline is August 1. (Good thing the majority of the manuscript is complete…) The book should be in stores around June 2012 — if not before. (And, yes, that’s very fast to market.)
I found all this out just a few weeks ago. I signed the actual contract just yesterday and dropped it in the mail. While I was waiting, I edited and revised the entire manuscript, added a chapter and a conclusion and contacted 15 contributors for another chapter. The book will go from 26,300 words to about 45,000 words — so there will be lots of fresh new content for you tried and true blog readers. Plus, there will be some super blog-to-book success stories from which to learn.
In my next post I’ll tell you a bit about my revision process. For now, suffice it to say: Whoo hoo!
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