Category Archives: blog to book

Stories about authors going from blog to book, and strategies for converting blogs to books.

Anthologize – Next Evolution in Blog to Book Tools?

Recently, I became aware of a new tool for authors called Anthologize.  Anthologize is a WordPress plugin created as part of the One Week One Tool project at George Mason University in Washington DC.  According to the press release accompanying … Continue reading

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Too Big to FAIL – FAIL Blog to WIN Book

The FAIL blog is a blog for our times.  It’s a visual celebration of human foibles and fallability.   The Wikipedia describes the site and its community thus: . . . a comedic blog website originally created by Leechio in January 2008. The blog … Continue reading

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A New Ecology of Book Publishing

Several interlinked shifts are leading to a whole new ecology within book publishing.   First is the loss of jobs in the industry.  Over the past year, for example, employment in print related industries, including book publishing, has fallen by almost … Continue reading

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Murder She Twote – Here Come the Twitter Novels

As social media, like Facebook and Twitter, become more embedded into our lives, it seems only natural that writers would begin exploring how to use them as a new literary medium.  At first glance, it doesn’t seem feasible or sensible to consider … Continue reading

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Julie and Julia – The Blook Goes to Hollywood

365 days. 536 recipes. One girl and a crappy outer borough kitchen. – Julie Powell (The Julie / Julia Project – August 25, 2002) Blog to book success stories have been around for awhile.  Now Julie & Julia has entered … Continue reading

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Blogs for Sale on Kindle – Selling Ice to Eskimos?

Amazon recently rolled out a new program called Kindle Publishing for Blogs.  The beta program offers Kindle owners subscriptions to blogs.  Blogger receive 30% of anywhere from $0.99 to $1.99 per reader per month; so for every thousand readers, a blogger … Continue reading

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Tracking Coffee House Commuter Culture – An Interview with Gregg Taylor and Lori Thiessen

We have often discussed the benefits of blogging for authors.  Blogs are a great platform for building an audience while you develop your work.  But blogs can also serve as an excellent vehicle for researching your book, especially when you are … Continue reading

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e-Books: a New Way to Optimize for Print?

The Business Blook as Beta PublishingOne of the benefits of living in a digital world is that it gets easier to measure everything.   For example, if we have an online store, we can measure the traffic that comes to our … Continue reading

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On Being Visual – Author Video Blogs

Authors have one more tool they can use to build community around their work – the video blog.  A video blog (also called a vlog) is essentially a blog that uses video vs. text as its primary way to communicate.  According … Continue reading

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Author Lofts and Pyramids of Value

Why do authors write?  They want a wide exposure for their ideas and stories.  Publishers have generally focused on playing the role of Darwinian gatekeeper for those ideas; determining which will live and die accoring to often opaque criteria.  This … Continue reading

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