At the beginning of this year, I started writing these blog posts about book editing. My plan was and still is to take much of the content of this blog and turn it into a book called: Beyond the First Draft, The Editing Process.
Much of the information that I have written during the past year is going to be in this new book. I have added other information as well.
So far, this experiment seems to be doing well. I have been able to write almost an entire year about the editing process. With the information in the blog, I have been able to get the basics of the book written.
Writing a nonfiction book where your blog focuses on doing something or solving a problem (like this one) it works well.
A nonfiction book isn’t the end of the road, but it is just another way to expand your audience for your services.
When Turning a Blog into a Book Isn’t a Good Idea
Books and Blog posts are different. Blog posts should be optimized for online reading with keywords/SEO, current events/discussions, and whatever is popular with online bloggers in your genre. In addition, you need visual, interactive content and links to make the blog come alive.
You’re not likely to get a book deal just because you have written a series of blog posts about the idea. Don’t think that you can use a book to simply repeat that has already been written online. Amazon, for one won’t accept material that can be readily found online even when that material was something that you wrote yourself. When writing a book based on material that you wrote on online, always remember that you will need to develop it further and then do a complete edit of your material.
Planning a blog that you will later make into a book requires that you plan the blog with the book in mind and with an idea of how you are going to expand the blog material when you create the book. That is what I did in order to write this new book of mine: Beyond the First Draft, The Editing Process
As a novelist or memoirist, the blog-to-book phenomenon is difficult to score. However, Information-driven categories like the blog series that I have just finished is easier to accomplish.