Blogging your book: should you?

(Many thanks to you if you sent me kind words about this new blog, I appreciate your thoughts and ideas.)

A reader asks: “I’ve heard that you can sell a book if you blog it. Is that a good idea? What about rights?”

Yes, you can sell a book by blogging it, many people have done just that. Some writers have received six-figure advances on the basis of a blog.

The advent of the blook (blog + book)

Publishers are always looking for new books. Since authors are looking for publishers it’s a match made in heaven. 🙂

Famous blooks include Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, which started as the blog The Julie/ Julia Project, and Naked Conversations, which Shel Israel and Robert Scoble co-wrote on their blog.

More on blooks (blogging bestsellers).

My thoughts on blooks

I’m a confirmed blogger; I have many blogs, and I love blogging. I’d certainly blog a book, for two main reasons:

* You can gauge the amount of interest in a project before you write the complete book or novel. If you don’t get any readers you know the project is a non-starter;

* Blogging a book keeps you accountable. If you’re not used to writing, then a book can seem overwhelming. However, if you’re blogging, you feel an obligation to keep writing, when otherwise you might quit.

Rights and your book blog

I wouldn’t worry about the rights when a project is in the early stages. There’s time to hammer out rights when a publisher expresses interest.

The beauty of a publisher expressing interest is that an interested publisher helps you to get an agent. You can then let the agent worry about negotiating rights deals.

BTW, I’m writing about blogging in this week’s Fab Freelance Writing Ezine – “Five Reasons A Blog Is Your Most Powerful Writing Tool”. The issue is out tomorrow.

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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.