What Can You Learn from Blog-to-Book Authors?

Despite what some people might say, the blog to book trend continues to have a hold on the publishing industry. Successful blogs still provide acquisition editors with the closest thing they can find to a successfully test marketed book--or a sure bet.Bloggers are getting discovered and landing book deals while aspiring authors are still struggling to get noticed by agents and publishers. What do all those blog-to-book authors know that some other authors don't?For starters, they know how to produce a successful blog. That's right. They know how to blog....more

How to Blog a Prescriptive Nonfiction Book

Most of the books I edit or coach people to write fall into the prescriptive nonfiction category. This means they offer guidance or direction on a particular topic. They might provide 10 steps for better sex, or 8 ways to better parenting or a guide to getting published, for example. The authors might be experts—or have interviewed experts—on how to lose weight, build a better solar home or get more business leads, for instance. If you can think of a topic, passion or interest, someone is an expert on it....more

How to Blog a Novel

The process of blogging  a book lends itself well to nonfiction. However, there are writers blogging fiction and ending up with “blovels,” or novels created based on the contents of a blog. The term “blovel” was coined by blogger Ana Marie Cox in  her novel Dog Days....more
Thanks for the article. I started blogging a YA Novel a few weeks ago. I'm five chapters in so ...more

Do You Celebrate Every Moment?

How often do you celebrate small thing, daily events, typical moments? I have to admit, I don’t do this often enough if at all....more

How to Use Your Blog to Write Your Memoir

Many writers would like to blog a memoir. It’s not that different than blogging a novel, which I wrote about in a recent post, except, of course, you are blogging or writing about your own experiences. That makes your book as work of nonfiction rather than fiction. That said, it must read like fiction to a great extent....more

7 Nonfiction Book Marketing Traps to Avoid

The year I won the San Francisco Writer’s Conference pitch conference, I had just gained some really valuable information in a morning session. (I mentioned this in an earlier WNFiN post.)  The session was taught by writing-career-coach Teresa LeYung Ryan and public relations/marketing consultant Elisa Southard....more