A lot of people ask me whether they should include everything in their blogged book. They are afraid to “give it all away.” In fact, no need exists to include all your content if you don’t want to do so.
Actually, agents and acquisitions editors like it if you hold back a bit of content so they have some new material to include in the actual printed version of your blogged book—should you wind up with an actual publishing contract. So not showing all your cards, so to speak, can offer you an advantage in the form of added value for a publisher. They don’t want to reduce the value of what’s available on line, but they do want to add value to what will be available in a printed book.
On the other hand, should you decide to take your blogged book and self-publish it, you might want to keep the same thing principle in mind. From this perspective, you could consider your blogged book a skeleton of the complete book. You might be providing most but not all of the material and going back later to fill in the gaps. You can use it as a way to write “full steam ahead” without stopping to worry about the missing pieces, only going back to handle those when you get ready to do your second and more-complete version.
For many writers, this feels much less stressful and overwhelming. Therefore, blogging a book becomes an easier and more pleasant way to write a book.
I’ve given you 10 good reasons to blog a book. Now it’s time to look at the nitty-gritty process of actually blogging a book. Come back next week when I begin…