Bring Your Book To Life: How Blogging Can Turn Into Book Deals

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Track: 
Skills 2: The Write Brain
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Lissa Rankin

After spending a year writing a memoir that my agent couldn't sell, my agent said, "Honey, start a blog," and OwningPink.com was born.  Within three months of starting my blog, I got my first book deal. Now, less than two years later, I've been offered three book deals. But damn. It hasn't been easy. Must I learn everything the hard way?

As a published author who just completed a fully-sponsored 20 city book tour, I've learned so much about what it means to transform your blogging into books. I've also interviewed dozens of authors and gleaned so much for those conversations. 

I know there are many published authors among us here at BlogHer. And I know there are many who wish to be. So let's get together and share what we've learned so others don't have to make the same mistakes I've made! There's so much power in collaboration, and there's no reason we should all be reinventing the wheel. If you're a writer who wants to bring your book to life, let us help you do it right the first time.

Topics to tackle:

  • Pros and cons of going with an established publisher vs. self-publishing a print book or offering your book as an e-book or part of an e-course
  • The key things I wish I had known about publishing before I became an author (and what I wish I had done differently)
  • Why having a tribe means big bucks once it comes time to negotiate a book deal
  • How to stand up for what you're worth and not roll over just to get a book deal (I just turned down a shitty deal. Yup. Am I crazy?)
  • Why your first book should focus on what you'd be willing to spend the rest of your life talking about if you had a mic and 10,000 people listening
  • Why how-to and informational books are easier to get published than memoirs
  • How to improve your chances of getting an agent and finding a publisher so you can spread your valuable message in the world
  • Why you can't let fear rule your decisions when it comes to publishing. Be smart. And have faith in yourself.

I have much to say on all these topics, but I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a whole panel of authors/ agents/ editors hashing this out in a candid way. Isn't that a conversation you'd love to hear? So let's gather together. Share your wisdom. Ask your questions. And bring that book to life, baby!