Without realizing it, you may have already written enough material on your blog to create a eBook or print book. But how do you know what blog posts are worthy of being turned into a book?
In this course, you'll learn how to categorize, organize, and analyze your post archive for repurposing into books that can mean more income from your blogging efforts.
I'm Dr. Heidi Thorne, MBA/DBA, a nonfiction book editor and author of over 20 self published print books and eBooks on the topics of business, marketing, and self publishing. I also have been blogging since 2010. Previously, I was a trade newspaper editor for over 15 years and taught for 5 years at the college level. So I have a lot of writing and publishing experience and insight that I'd like to share with you in this course.
Of course, I have to disclose that while I will be sharing what I've learned from working with the Amazon Createspace and KDP platforms over the years, I am not affiliated with, hired, endorsed, or approved by Amazon and/or KDP. However, I do receive associate advertising compensation and/or royalties from Amazon, Createspace, and KDP as part of my normal course of business. Unless noted otherwise, I am not affiliated with, hired, endorsed, or approved by any other companies or individuals mentioned in this course.
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A quick introduction to what we'll be covering in the course. It's only about a minute so we can get going!
You probably already are pumped about writing a book. But do you understand why you want to do this? Find out why this might be for you in this lecture.
I can hear that little bit of doubt you have in your head about repurposing your blog posts into a book. Listen to this lecture to calm those fears.
Does your blog have what it takes to become a book? I'll introduce the blog qualities that have book potential.
Some topics are eternally of interest, in other words, they're "evergreen." I offer some examples of evergreen topics and those that are not.
In this lecture, I discuss challenges of converting fiction blogs into books and eBooks.
Trying to figure out what you actually have on your blog that has book potential? I show you how to catalog, organize, and analyze your archive using Microsoft Excel (or other spreadsheet program).
Once you've organized your blog archive and determined what posts to use for a book, I'll now show you how to organize those posts into an outline for your book using Microsoft Excel. Also, read my article, "How Many Words Should a Book Be?" (See External Resources below) for more insight on book length.
Once you've figured out what blog material you want to compile into a book, it's time to start putting together your book manuscript. Essential parts of a book are reviewed. Additional optional book parts are explained in the article listed under External Resources.
So you've got your rough book manuscript together. What's the next step in getting it into the publishing process? I review the basics of the self publishing process in this lecture. In the article listed under External Resources, I discuss the print book versus eBook decision.
Who wouldn't want to just press a button and--presto!--your blog posts are turned into a book? Blog-to-book conversion service pros and cons are discussed here.
Once you've done one book, chances are you might want to do more. So here are a couple of things you can do to maximize the future potential of your blog.
Congratulations! You've taken some big steps toward turning your blog into a book. Let's wrap up and review what we've covered. Plus, get a discounted rate on my "How to Self Publish a Nonfiction Kindle eBook Like a Pro" course here on Udemy (see External Resources link below).
Dr. Heidi Thorne, MBA/DBA, is a nonfiction book editor, business blogger, and author of over 20 self published print books and eBooks on business, sales, marketing, and self publishing. She was also a trade newspaper editor for over 15 years, a marketing copywriter, and taught at the college level for five years.