The majority of bloggers who have landed book deals didn’t set out to blog a book. They simply blogged their way to a book deal. And once they signed on the dotted line, they had to figure out how to book their blog—repurpose all those blog posts into a manuscript that would read like a book and not a blog.
That’s actually a lot harder to do than to blog a book from scratch. However, there may be more bloggers out there trying to figure out how to repurpose their content into a book than there are aspiring authors trying to figure out how to blog a book. Why? Because bloggers churn out tons of content on a regular basis, and aspiring authors sometimes simply dream of writing and don’t actually write.
In fact, The New York Times reported in 2002 that 81 percent of the US population feels they have a book in them and should write it. If that statistic holds true today, that means that as of March, 5, 2012, about 254 million people have a book in their head they say they want to get out. However, only 2 percent of that population actually will complete a manuscript–as reported by AuthorHouse.com that same year. Why? Because there’s a big difference between having an idea for a book and actually writing the book.
Many aspiring authors feel overwhelmed by the actual details of writing a book or don’t find time to complete a manuscript. Bloggers, on the other hand, churn out books every day. They just don’t always know it—or plan to do so. They just keep on blogging, writing and publishing post after post.
To date this blog has been focused on how to blog a book—how to evaluate a book idea for publication online and off, map out its content in post-sized pieces, and then write, publish and promote it on the internet using blog technology. (And I did blog a book in just five months.) As a change of pace—and to assist those long-time bloggers interested in publishing a book, my next series of posts will be focused upon how to book a blog—how to repurpose existing blog content into a manuscript that you can publish in a variety of ways, such as an ebook or a print book.
To get the ball rolling, here’s a list of a few different types books you might consider producing from existing blog content:
- a tip book
- a workbook
- a manual
- a handbook
- a memoir
- a short, pocket-sized book
- a photography book
- a chap book (poetry)
- a collection of short stories
- a collection of inspirational stories
- a collection of guest posts (to give away)
- an anthology
That’s just what I came up with off the top of my head. Look over your content. What ideas do you come up with? What kind of book could you produce from your blog content? Add it to my list by leaving me a comment.
The easiest way to become an author—fast—is to blog your book.
Write, publish and promote your work at the same time easily and quickly.
You could land a publishing deal in the process–or create a big enough platform to launch a self-published book.
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