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Turning Your Blog Into a Book

Blogger Push Button Blogging’s article, “How to Get a Book Deal With Your Blog” tackles another aspect of blogging: making mountains out of molehills.

Part of the joy of blogging is the instant gratification of being published. This is reinforced by the power found in the Copyright Laws that states that something is protected and preserved once it is “fixed”, or set in a permanent medium. So blogger’s work is not only protected by law, but PUBLISHED for the world to see. WOW.

Now, what if you wanted to turn that little thrill into a bigger one? You can get good enough at blogging on your own blog to then guest blog on other blogs, building your reputation as an expert blogger. Maybe start more than one blog and blog on all of the different blogs as your own guest blogger?

There are many ways of getting to be classified as an expert through blogging. But at some point it will happen. It will strike you at any moment. It is the urge to be “really” published.

Getting published in a book, whether as the sole author or contributor, is a thrill. Total thrill. A book is tangible. You can show it to your parents and grandparents and they will understand and clap their hands with pride. Haul around your laptop and point to a blog post and they will smile and say politely, “That’s nice, dear.” A book is real. The web is virtually real. Not as much fun.

So how does it work? How do you go from blogger to author? According to the Blogger post, you begin by blogging with a focus, concentrating upon a specific subject and becoming an expert on it. No, the book publishers will not automatically track you down and hand you a check, but it gets you a body of work and collection of material that can create a book.

From there, you have something to build on to create your book. The next steps are up to you.

There are two methods of turning your blog into a book. One is self-publishing your blog in printed form, the other is taking the generated interest, enthusiasm, and expertise, and working with a publisher to turn your blogging expertise and experiences into a book. This second method can come to you in a variety of ways.

To work with a publisher to turn your blog into a book, you can either be “found” by the popularity and topical subject matter of your blog, such as being a blogger in Iraq during the invasion of the US Forces, continuing to blog while bombs fall around you. Or you can go knock on doors and beat on drums to convince a publisher to take you on, the old fashioned method.

Here are some good resources for either option:

Self-Publishing Services: Blogs to Books

Tips on How to Get Your Blog to Book Published

Have you had your blog turned into a book? How was the process for you? How did you do it? Any tips for us? Was it worth it? How did your blog change when it reached print form? Did you change and edit the blog content or leave it as it was? What’s the difference to you between reading a blog and book? How did it change your life?


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13 Comments

  1. Posted February 2, 2006 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    A book that it created from a blog is called a “Blook”

    See some of my posts about blooks here:

    http://stealbelow.wordpress.com/2005/11/26/have-you-heard-about-blooks/

    http://stealbelow.wordpress.com/2005/12/15/raquel-pachecos-blook-is-an-autobiographical-best-seller-in-brazil/

  2. peter elliot
    Posted February 2, 2006 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Once you have turned your blog into a “blook”, you can even enter it into a literary prize for blooks: the Blooker Prize, run by Lulu.com
    See http://www.lulublookerprize.com

  3. Posted February 5, 2006 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Lorelle for highlighting the article “How to Turn Your Business Blog Into A Book in Six Easy Steps” over at AdvancedBusinessBlogging.com.

    Blog Binders (reviewed in that post) is a handy little service we’ve used to create ‘bonus products’ for our business coaching clients. It’s a hands off way to transform your blog into an offline book that boosts your credibility with clients/customers.

    The BIG NEWS is we’ve gotten picked up by a NY Publisher for several books slated to be released this year! :) This is awesome since our deal has these books receiving full offline and online international distribution through Ingram.

    One of the books already completed (Business Blogging Secrets Revealed) was developed directly from two blogs — http://www.AdvancedBusinessBlogging.com, and the private student blog for our Marketing With Business Blogs multimedia coaching course over at http://www.howtomasterblogging.com.

    Together these two blogs provided roughly 70% of the content for the 320 page book. It made putting together a NY Publishing House quality book easier than we ever thought possible!

    We’re really excited about this because if it weren’t for business blogging, we probably would have never gotten a multi-book deal with this publisher. Actually, come to think of it … without blogging we probably wouldn’t have even tried. :)

    For those of you who are blogging passionately about a niche topic, consider doing it with the purpose of creating a book. When you develop the plan for a book and then combine that plan with a blog (or blogs) that have an organized category structure and a solid schedule for posting — creating a book quickly and painlessly can be easier than you ever imagined!

    And remember, with WordPress you have the ability to create private posts. That way you can stay organized while still keeping certain content in reserve for your book, or just withhold specific content from the prying eyes of your competitors.

    Go for it! Blog with a purpose — blog to write a book!

  4. ooserendipityoo
    Posted January 18, 2007 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Does anybody know how many blogs have been published in form of books so far?

  5. Posted January 18, 2007 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Since blogs-turned-into-books is a form of self-publishing, and self-publishers don’t have a company or agency to report their publishing efforts to, and there are no sales tracking of such blog books, I don’t know if anyone has come up with a way to monitor published blogs-into-books.

    And what form would the published blog take? Would it be a pdf file for downloading? Or a set of HTML interlinked files for online viewing? Or has it actually been printed into a physical book, but in what form? Hardbound? Softbound? GBC or ring bound? Is it being sold or offered for free?

    You see that monitoring such books is rather difficult, though it might be a good business to start. ;-)

  6. Posted April 2, 2007 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    Found this site http://www.yourblogtobook.com

    Has free tele-seminar on turning your Blog into a Book. Also has an ebook and some other good materials.

  7. Posted April 9, 2008 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Blog Binders’ site says they are out of business.

  8. Posted April 9, 2008 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    @ skarld:

    Thanks for the update. Try one of the many blog-into-book publishers than have come online since I wrote this in 2005. There are quite a few. I should dig around and update this post. Thanks for the reminder.

  9. Holiday
    Posted April 11, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Blog into a book – that sounds interesting

    stealbelow: I checked your “Blook” — looks cool!

  10. Posted April 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    This post is good!! thank you very much

  11. Posted August 31, 2010 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    I am a firm believer that you first have to be credible before anyone takes you seriously. To start blogging on a given subject then establish yourself as an expert over time is a tried and tested method of achieving that ‘expert status’ which could lead to the much sought after book deal.

  12. HSmom
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Regarding your link to “Blog Binders”–they have a notice on their website announcing they have gone out of business.

    • Posted June 22, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

      I’m not surprised. There are now many options for turning a blog into a book available. Thanks.


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