How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time Revised, Expanded Edition, Kindle Edition
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"I look at myself as a blogger, not a writer, but with Nina's book I now have a formula for writing that book! How to Blog a Book provides a simple process for turning your blog content into a book, and Nina does an excellent job of breaking the process into simple steps that anyone can follow." --Ian Cleary, founder of RazorSocial.com
"How to Blog a Book is a compact yet comprehensive guide to writing, publishing, and promotion that will empower writers to do their best work, get it published online and off, and make it successful." --Michael Larsen, literary agent (LarsenPomada.com) and co-director of the San Francisco Writers Conference
"A book-writing and promotion revelation. Every writer will benefit from reading this slender, savvy volume." --Rick Frishman, best-selling author, publisher, and speaker (RickFrishman.com)
"Blook is a common publishing term where a writer creates a book from blog posts. Nina Amir provides the step-by-step wisdom to show any writer how to pull it off. Get this valuable resource." --W. Terry Whalin, author of Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams and more than sixty books, and acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing
"Nina Amir shows you--no, actually implores you--to write your book on your blog in a painless, effortless way. Learn 'how' and 'why' you 'can' and 'should' write your book from your blog posts. "How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition" provides the road map to go from publishing a blog to publishing your book." --Scott Lorenz, Westwind Communications Book Marketing (Book-Marketing-Expert.com)
"If you're wondering how you are going to bend time to build your platform and write a book, wonder no more--you can do both. Nina Amir shows you how in this inspiring step-by-step book with easy-to-follow procedures, actionable tasks, tips, and technology recommendations. Even if you don't plan to blog a book, the material empowers you to author a more effective blog and streamline your writing process. Bets are you'll end up with a book after all." --Carla King, founder of Self-Pub Boot Camp (SelfPubBootCamp.com)
"Whether you plan to consciously blog a full-length book from start to finish, repurpose existing blog content into a book, or blog multiple series and turn the posts into e-books, "How to Blog a Book" has all the information you'll ever need to accomplish your goal. It's a book on blogging for authors and on authorship for bloggers." --Penny C. Sansevieri, CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc. and adjunct professor at New York University (www.AMarketingExpert.com)
Recycling your blog posts into a book may provide the easiest way to write a book, and "How to Blog a Book" provides the plan for producing both the blog and a book that agents, publishers, and readers will notice." --Dan Poynter, author of "The Self-Publishing Manual" and "How to Write Nonfiction" (www.ParaPublishing.com)
"Check out "How to Blog a Book." It covers all the stops along the way to your destination as a published author." --John Kremer, author of "1001 Ways to Market Your Book" (www.BookMarket.com)
"The old saying 'kill two birds with one stone' is the perfect metaphor for what Nina teaches in this valuable book. Blogging with the intention of turning the accumulated material into a complete trade book is a brilliant concept." --Jeff Herman, literary agent (www.JeffHerman.com)
"Today writers have to think outside the box when it comes to getting their book ideas published. Blogging a book offers a unique way not only to attract readers but to catch the eyes of acquisitions editors--just what every aspiring author wants and needs to sell books." --Jill Lublin, co-author of "Guerrilla Publicity" and author of "Get Noticed, Get Referrals" and "Networking Magic" (www.JillLublin.com)
"Turning your blog posts into a book is a terrific way to write your book and build your audience at the same time. Nina Amir will guide you through every step with practical advice based on real-world experience." --Dana Lynn Smith, author of the "Savvy Book Marketer" series of marketing guides for authors (www.SavvyBookMarketer.com)
"I believe that blogging can change your life. I also believe that writing a book is one of the achievements you will be most proud of. Combining the two can be a brilliant way to get the project moving. Nina's book will help you organize the process so you can put all your time and energy into writing and building a community." --Joanna Penn, author and blogger at "The Creative Penn," voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers (www.TheCreativePenn.com)
"If you are just starting out as a blogger, or if you already have 15,000 posts online, Nina Amir's "How to Blog a Book" has the plan for you. You can't go wrong with this book. Written to provide you with the easiest path from screen to page, "How to Blog a Book" gets you there while helping you dodge pitfalls and common frustrations. Read it and learn." --Shane Birley, co-author of "Blogging for Dummies" (www.shanesworld.ca)
From the Author
Take the challenge: Write a post a day and produce a book or more per year on your blog! Turn your blog into a book production machine.
- Publication Date : May 28, 2015
- File Size : 589 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Writer's Digest Books; Revised, Expanded Edition (May 28, 2015)
- Print Length : 242 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00XO0PYR2
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #563,890 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author really delves into how to make your book your business by creating a detailed marketing plan and mapping out how many times a day you plan to blog a chapter. Nina covers how a marketing plan can attract book publishers because you're showing them up front, what you can do. She guides you through different forms of social media and how to make it apart of your book proposal. There are lessons that cover building an author site and on how to continue blogging, after the book is complete. Very helpful!
I think that maybe my only complaint about this book is I'd love to see one that is specifically for a fiction book author. Although the non-fiction rules apply, it would be cool to see what she does with the fiction market. I would buy it in a heartbeat. Again, I recommend for all bloggers to buy this book. It's a great way, with or without a book, to transform your blog into a thriving business.
This is an important book, it will make you think. I spent several days pondering over it and taking notes. While the book is everything you expect and gives you detailed, clear advice, allowing you to get started (and even complete!) your non-fiction book, it doesn't cover as extensively the challenges faced by fiction writers. There is a basic requirement (and very logical too) for successfully blogging a book: you need to have at hand a complete, detailed outline so that you know what to post on your blog each day or every other day (yes, that's how often you really need to post to attract traffic!).
For fiction writers who do not work to an outline, who are in short "pantsers", this can be daunting or downright impossible. But Nina Amir's guidebook is nevertheless useful even if you're such a fiction writer: it explains in detail and amply demonstrates (including with interviews of bloggers who have successfully moved from blogging to being best-selling authors) how to link your blogging to your writing, in short, how to get readers to share your journey as a writer. I finally decided to use Nina Amir's advice and apply it to my blog, at least in part since I happen to be both a non-fiction and a fiction writer - alas, a fiction writer who hates outlines and is an unconditional pantser! And I can vouch that her advice works beautifully if you have clearly in mind (with a full outline of course) how your book is meant to develop - and if you don't (my case when it comes to novel writing), then you know how to share "juicy" tid bits of your book as you sail forward with your (inspired) writing.
There is no question that the Nina Amir technique helps to "unblock" non-fiction writers who do have a full book proposal and outline on hand and yet are blocked (often because they haven't yet sold their proposal) and thus haven't started writing their book. And by bringing the blog closer to readers, it no doubt helps fiction writers too. Perhaps some day Nina Amir will eventually issue a third edition of her guide with more tips for fiction writers who are pantsers - but in the meantime, her book unlocks doors even for them.
This is a book that fully deserves five stars - highly recommended.
That's why I understand the value of what's taught in this book. Though much of the information seems dated now, I think the general concept might be helpful to new authors who aren't ready to leap into, say, Scrivener, or write in a plain text/document file.
In addition, I know that some authors are posting their books as blog entries - and monetizing them with ads and affiliate links - in addition to publishing them as books. That way, authors can reach a broader audience with differing priorities. (However, I can also argue in favor of the "Kill Your Blog" concept. For me, it's a coin-flip.)
The general ideas in this book can be useful. It's a good introduction to the blog-to-book approach. Just keep in mind that far more tools are available now, whether you're writing your book as blog posts, or turning an existing book in a series of blog posts.
It is a life-saver.