Publish Your Book on Your Blog: Yes or No?

Way back in 2007, I wrote a blog post about publishing your book online, and getting sales, before you go the traditional publishing route.

In this article, Does publishing your book on the Web help sales? | Write a Book: Just Write A Book Blog, I concluded:

“You get these benefits:

* a readership

* publisher interest once the readership is big enough

* confidence in yourself – readers tend to give you confidence

* motivation to continue writing, because of the interaction with readers.”

So, four years on, is that still a viable route?

My answer: yes, definitely.

The above benefits still apply.

However, these days, you have more options.

My own preferred option would be to self-publish for the Kindle and similar e-readers, as well as publishing some of the material online (site or blog) purely for promotion.

These days, as Amanda Hocking shows, you can build a readership and make money on your own, you don’t need a publisher. Traditional publishing takes years. Self-publishing takes weeks — which do you prefer?

Tip: your options are moot — first and last, you’ve got to write a book. So focus on that. You’ll find that as you write, you’ll get a sense of what’s right for your circumstances. Writing comes first, last and always. 🙂

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her websites. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.