Write a blog – Write a book!
Write a blog to – ultimately – write a book; crafting your blog with the ultimate goal of creating a book requires careful planning and strategy that may well lend itself to a better blog as well as your ultimate goal of a book! Here are some tips to help you craft blog content that can later be compiled into a book:
- Choose a central theme: Focus on a specific topic or theme that you are passionate about and have expertise in. This will help you create consistent, relevant content that can be easily turned into a book later on.
- Plan your content: Outline your blog posts with a book in mind. Think about the chapters or sections you’d like to include in your book, and then plan your blog posts accordingly. This will make it easier to reorganize and compile your content later on.
- Write evergreen content: Create content that remains relevant and valuable over time. Avoid writing about short-lived trends or time-sensitive events, as these may not be useful when you’re ready to compile your book.
- Provide value and depth: Write in-depth, well-researched articles that provide value to your readers. By offering valuable content, you will establish yourself as an authority in your niche, making it more likely that readers will want to read your book.
- Write consistently: Publish high-quality content on a regular basis to keep your readers engaged and demonstrate your commitment to your topic. This will also help you build a substantial body of work that can be turned into a book.
- Edit and proofread: Ensure your blog posts are well-written and free of grammatical errors. This will make it easier to compile your content into a book and create a professional final product.
- Build an audience: Actively promote your blog and engage with your readers to build a loyal audience. Having a strong following will make it easier to market and sell your book later on.
- Monitor reader feedback: Pay attention to reader comments and feedback, as this can provide valuable insights into the topics your audience is most interested in. This can help you refine your content strategy and ensure your book resonates with your target audience.
- Keep track of your progress: Maintain a list or spreadsheet of your published blog posts and their corresponding potential book chapters. This will help you monitor your progress and identify any gaps in your content that need to be filled.
Be prepared to revise and expand: When you’re ready to compile your blog content to write a book, be prepared to revise, update, and expand upon your original content. This will ensure your book is a cohesive, polished product that offers something new to your readers.
We’re working on a featured blog of Fifty Authors (50!) who turned their blogs into books. Here’s one example:
Blogger: Julie Powell – Julie & Julia (Cooking & Personal Journey) Julie Powell started her blog, “The Julie/Julia Project,” to document her year-long journey of cooking all 524 recipes from Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Her blog gained a huge following and was eventually turned into a bestselling book, “Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously,” which was later adapted into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.
Citation: The New York Times, “A Race to Master Recipes, With Fame as the Prize”
URL: Original blog is no longer available (was at http://blogs.salon.com/0001399/ )
This Friday, April 28th, catch our virtual meeting for folks pondering becoming an author. See our post at https://www.bloggey.com/are-you-pondering-becoming-a-published-author-featuring-becky-norwood/. Our presenter, Becky Norwood, has help hundreds of authors become published. Many, including yours truly, became #1 International Best Sellers at Amazon! https://spotlightpublishinghouse.com/author-showcase
By keeping these tips in mind as you write your blog, you’ll be well on your way to creating content that can be easily compiled into a successful book. Looking back, I realized that most of the things I was saying to clients, prospects and associates on a daily basis (really, to anyone who would listen…) was part of what compelled me to write WebForging, A Practical Guide to the Art of Forging Your Web Presence.
In retrospect, blogging about everything I compiled into 223 pages would have made a lot of sense. I could have accomplished more exposure, perhaps a larger following, more feedback, and maybe even a better end product.
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