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Update on My Blogging Tips Book: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging

Blogging Tips - book cover, copyright Lorelle VanFossenMy new book, Blogging Tips, What Blogger’s Won’t Tell You About Blogging, is getting great coverage and is flying out the door faster than we can keep up with the orders. This is a limited printing and with the reduced introductory price, they are selling fast. Get your order in now before we run out of books.

The publisher has asked me to continue offering signed copies for those who want them. If you want yours signed, you’ve got about a week left.

The book has been getting a lot of reviews and there are now contests offering the book as a prize. And there have been a lot of questions about the book and how to order it. Here’s the latest news.


Win The Blogging Tips Book by Lorelle VanFossen in Blog Writing Contests

There are currently two competitions which offer my book to winners. Working At Home On The Internet started “The Work at Home/Blogging Project”, a competition that encourages you to write a blog post on:

…help people with a Home Business determine the Advantages or Disadvantages of using a Blog to enhance their business through Blogging on the Internet. It can be about direct income through Blogging or indirect income using a Blog as a way to reach potential or existing customers.

It’s pretty open, whatever has worked for you, you think could work for others, barriers you have encountered. Whatever, as long as it involves Home Business and Blogging.

The winner will be randomly drawn and will receive an autographed copy of my new book, Blogging Tips, What Blogger’s Won’t Tell You About Blogging.

I’ve featured a few of the first participants in Work at Home on the Internet Home Blogging Contest Begins. To participate, follow the instructions provided.

Liz Strauss of Successful and Outstanding Bloggers offers “The Metaphor Project: What’s Your Blogging Metaphor?”, another writing competition which features my book for the winners. The writing challenge? Write a blog post using a metaphor to explain blogging. Oooh, that’s going to be interesting. So far, entries include:

Blogging Tips Book Reviews and Announcements

I’m so delighted with all the nice things people are saying about the book. And stunned. From conception to finished printed product was four weeks! This is all moving fast and overwhelming.

Chris Cree of Creeations continues to say nice things, including helping Working at Home on the Internet promote their Business Bloggers contest with my book as a prize:

If you’ve read my Book Review of Blogging Tips, you know how highly I think of the book. I think it would be a steal at twice what Lorelle is charging.

A chance to win a free copy – and help some other folks along the way – is a great opportunity for all you business bloggers to learn some tips that will improve your business blogging effectiveness.

Make It Great’s Phil Gerbyshak featured it in “Super Heroes and Super Powers” saying:

I got a copy of this book at the Successful and Outstanding Blogger Conference I went to a few weeks back, and I’m about 30% of the way through it. Already I’ve learned some of Lorelle’s super powers. If you’re new to blogging, you need this book. If you’ve been blogging a while and want to take it to the next level, you need this book.

Angela Betts writes in “Blogging for Income? Be Prepared” that she is so thrilled to have my book as she is currently in a lot of pain and bedridden and suffering from blog-separation syndrome. But she’s thrilled that she can take me to bed with her:

I have been reading as much as I can of that which the blogging pros have shared online. It was frustrating to not be able to sit at my computer long enough to read their blogs the last couple of days, too. Imagine my delight when I received my autographed copy of Lorelle VanFossen’s new book, Blogging Tips, in the mail the other day. How timely. Although I was restricted to laying flat on my back, I wasn’t completely deprived of blogging. :-)

Thanks Lorelle for making my day!

Up too long now. Pain teasing me…back to bed with Lorelle’s book.

I asked her to tell me if I was good in bed. Oh, come on, wouldn’t you?

In the book, I share excerpts from my popular post, What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content, and when Kamigoroshi’s Footsteps in the Mirror found his content scraped by a splog, he was thrilled he had the answer right in his hands:

Now seeing that I can’t contact the owner of the blog to kindly send them a cease and desist letter, Lorelle fortunately gave all the answers to this one, both in her book on Blogging Tips I’ve received and in one of her post about Jonathan Bailey and plagiarism.

Pelf asks “Have you ordered your copy yet?”, showing off great salesmanship with this wonderful promotional push:

If you haven’t heard of Lorelle, it’s high time you get out of your comfortable blogging zone and read and blog-hop more. She is a professional writer (she’s been blogging for almost 15-freaking-years, when you were still wearing napkins) and the author of Lorelle on WordPress, a popular technical blog on WordPress and blogging. She is also the author of Taking Your Camera on the Road, one of the first personal websites on the Internet, featuring over a thousand articles on travel, nature photography, and life on the road, and Lorelle’s Family History, a genealogy blog. Plus, she is also a columnist for the Blog Herald and guest-blogs and writes for many blogs, e-zines, websites, and print publications.

All Pumped Up! says:

This morning, while I was checking the blogs, I found one of the veteran bloggers Lorelle has written a new book called “Blogging Tips, What Blogger’s Won’t Tell You About Blogging”. This book looks good and will give you some insights of the blogging world and will pack you with everything you need to start your blogging jig on the internet.

Reviews and announcements are still coming in and include:

Answering Questions About the Blogging Tips Book

There are a lot of questions about the book and here are some answers.

  • Is it too late to get a signed copy? The publisher has asked me to extend the signing of autographed copies until June 9. I’ve already signed so many copies, I’m getting blisters, so get your request for an autographed copy in fast before I lose the use of my fingers.
  • Sample page from Blogging Tips book by Lorelle VanFossen

  • Will the book be available through Amazon or in bookstores? Right now, the book is available online and may continue to be so. SplashPress or the new Blog Herald Bookstore. This is a limited editing printing. At a latter time, it may be distributed by Amazon and through major book retailers, but you will pay more for it.
  • What’s does the book look like? The book is perfect bound and consists of over 100 pages of hundreds of tips on how to blog, blog promotion, networking, building, development, design, comments, comment spam, link building, administration, and more. All the things you wish you knew about blogging before you started blogging. The book is formated as a “tip list” so you can check off the tips as you apply them to your blog. Some have called it their “blog workbook”.
  • Do you have example chapters? Blogging Tips Book: Blog Branding and Identity and Blogging Tips Book: Blog Syndication and Subscription Tips are recently released sample chapters from the book, and the book includes excerpts from What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content and my guest post on Problogger, Blogging Is About Writing.
  • How is this book different from other blogging books: Other blogging books were written as how-to, informational books. Blogging Tips is a tip book, stuffed to the brim with nothing but tips to help you blog smarter, better, and faster.
  • Will the book be available as an audio book or ebook? We’re working on that right now. Stay tuned.
  • I found typos in the book: Yes, we know, and our apologies. What began as a sponsored gift to attendees of the Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference, in less than three weeks turned into a book that has turned out to be very popular and in demand. From conception to delivery to the conference was only 4 weeks. Amazing! Editing and slashing and proofing as it was written, with the confirmation of the final print production size decided only a few days before delivery to the printer. A lot of content was cut out to make it fit within the final printed size, a curse I would not wish upon any writer. However, the few typos has not changed the reviews and the book is selling incredibly fast. We expect the limited number of copies to run out soon, so hurry if you want a first edition copy, flaws and all!
  • Will you translate the book into my language? The publisher and I are discussing translations. Let’s see how it does in English, first. ;-)
  • How fast will this book become obsolete? Honestly, when I started online journaling, which became blogging, over 10 years ago, I wished I’d had this book. These tips will still be valid five and ten years from now, I’m sure.
  • Will there be a sequel? Maybe. I have a lot more tips on the subject of blogging. Any requests?

Again, to order the book, visit SplashPress or the new Blog Herald Bookstore. For more information, see the initial announcement and description of the book and the Blogging Tips Book by Lorelle VanFossen informational page.

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8 Comments

  1. Posted June 5, 2007 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    WHERE’S MY COPY??!!
    LOL.

  2. Posted June 5, 2007 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Hey, stop that! :D

    It was mailed off last week. I still don’t know how long it takes to get to where you live so let me know when you get it so I can add that info to our scheduling.

    The Internet may bring us closer, but mail still has to travel the distance. hee hee

  3. Posted June 11, 2007 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    I can’t speak too highly of your book, Lorelle. It’s just what I’d hope it would be – lots of information about blogging packaged neatly as a series of questions and answers. Wonderful!

    There are some typos, though. If you do another edition, it would be worth paying a professional proof-reader to give it the once over. (If you did pay a professional proof-reader to check this edition, you should demand your money back.)

    Having said that, the content is just great. And you delivered my copy to the UK very quickly indeed. Thank you!

  4. Posted June 11, 2007 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    It was done in 3 weeks from conception to final product. In the last three days, it was edited down even more to fit within a smaller page count format. It was spell checked numerous times, but not everything can be caught every time. And this was only to go to the attendees of the SOBCon event with a few extras but the sponsor and publisher loved it so much, they ordered a lot more printed.

    The book has been such an incredible success, typos included, that a second edition is planned. That will be handled in a more slow and methodical method, including fixing all the fixes and possibly increasing the page count to add the wonderful information cut out at the last minute.

    Nothing like a little advanced planning and preparation to make a better quality product. ;-) When you have it.

    Thank you for your kind words and I’m glad you enjoy the book.

  5. Posted June 18, 2007 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    I got my copy last week and I am enjoying everything about it. As I move The Rock and Roll Report from a hobby to a more serious endeavor, I am finding that these tips are extremely helpful and thought provoking. Great job!

    Mark

  6. Posted August 1, 2007 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle, just wanna inform you that I have received the book and recommended it to my readers. :)
    Blogging Tips, the book every blogger should have

  7. Allen Schaaf
    Posted August 30, 2007 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    I was at WordCamp and really liked your presentation.

    The book arrived while I was away so I only just looked at it. Good stuff and well thought out; however, (now you just *knew* there would be a caveat, right?) there are too many simple typos.

    Why send your best child to the dance in moth-eaten clothes?

    If you wish you may send me a copy in almost every electronic format and I will happily correct everything I see. (No proofreader is perfect, not even me!) I have years of experience typesetting (even in hot metal), proofreading, and technical writing.

    Allen

  8. Posted August 30, 2007 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    As has been mentioned ad nausea, the book was done from conception to the printer in three weeks, with the page count changing dramatically in the last three days. There was a ridiculous deadline, combined with the evolution of the book, changing the book from a photocopy set of articles (50 pages) to a printed, original book (50-100-200-250-75-100 pages during the last week) through the process, something I will never repeat.

    There was no time for professional proofing. The next edition will have all/most of the ickies fixed. :D Thanks for the offer, though. I’ve just had to learn to live with the humiliation, which has been difficult, trust me.

    And an electronic version and audio version are in the works. Along with some other goodies coming soon.


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