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I am teaming up with Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours to introduce an information-packed book to my readers, Nina Amir’s How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time. Just like the book, this post will also be jammed full of useful and informative items, including my review of the book, a guest post by the author, and a great giveaway.
First my review: This book is for anyone who wants to write nonfiction and then publish their work! In her book, Nina Amir explains in detail what blogging a book is all about. When you blog a book, you write your book in public on your blog. She explains that by publishing your book on your blog as you write, you also can attract readers and build a “fan base” of hundreds if not thousands of readers who will buy the print version.
She also points to real-life success stories of bloggers who have blogged books such as Leo Babauta’s Organized Simplicity, Christian Lander’s Stuff White People Like, and Neil Pasricha’s The Book of Awesome.
She writes, “All these writers drove traffic to their websites. They wrote great content. They blogged often … and they were discovered.”
After she makes the case for blogging a book, Nina then gives her readers a step-by-step guide to the process of “blogging a non-fiction book.” This part of the book is really detailed, so the reader will need to have a notebook on hand to jot down the wealth of ideas she shares. In this section, she teaches all the steps involved in starting a blog for your book and then preparing a business plan for the book and a book proposal that will be useful if you attract the attention of traditional publishers with your book blog.
In the next sections, Nina then gives a point by point discussion on how to write your book via your blog including the latest information on how to set up your blog and maintain it. She also details steps for writing a book easily from scratch using blog posts, publishing just the right amount of your book on your blog but holding back parts of it to publish in your print version.
Finally, in the final chapters, she show how you can build your author platform and use social media to attract an audience for your book before it is even published. She also gives great advice on current tools for driving traffic to your blog as well as extensive information on how to monetize your existing blog content into more books or other products.
I really believe all writers will benefit from reading this book!
Now, I have a special treat. Nina has written a guest post for my readers. I hope you will enjoy it. 😉
How to Change the World with Your Words
By Nina Amir.
This post is part of Nina Amir’s Blog Tour for
How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition
Your passion and sense of purpose inspire you to write. Each time you put your fingers on the keyboard, you have the opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference in the world with your words. However, you can transform more lives if you publish your words on a blog than in a book. If you produce both—a blog a book—your ability to author change grows tremendously.
I started blogging in 2006. I blogged my first book in 2010, and I have written at least five books intentionally on my blog—post by post—(and created three “booked” blogs out of repurposed blog posts) since then.
I reach more people with my blog every day than I do with my books. Many of my books are Amazon bestsellers. However, that doesn’t mean they sell hundreds or thousands of copies per day. I’m lucky if they sell a few thousand per year.
On the other hand, my blogs get read by hundreds of people per day. Not only that, my blog readers tell me how much my posts mean to them and how my words help transform their lives.
Why You Must Blog
Start blogging if you want to make a difference in the world as a writer. A blog provides the perfect way to reach your target audience and to deliver your inspirational or informational message.
And the more often and the more regularly you publish your posts, the more discoverable your site becomes. When you publish posts on your blog consistently, the site will rise in the Google search engine results pages (SERPs), which will make your work more easily found by those who need the salve you have to offer for their wounds or the prescription you have to ease their pain.
Without a blog, it’s hard for your potential readers to find you. Even if you have a website, without a blog it will sit in cyberspace like a brochure…doing nothing to help your message get heard. Add a blog to your site, and you have a greater ability to become a change agent, inspire change and create movements.
Why You Must Blog Books
I’m not belittling the need for a book, however. A book gives you credibility and clout. Becoming an author helps you reach additional readers with your message of transformation—those who prefer books or who only read books.
But many change agents (and aspiring authors) feel overwhelmed by the process of writing a book. It feels so BIG and LONG. That’s where blogging a book comes in. It’s an easy and efficient way to write, publish and promote your book—and your message—all at the same time…post by post.
When you blog a book, you complete your manuscript while you build an author platform. That means you get the job of promotion done at the same time; you create a built-in readership for your book(s) as well as for your blog. And you don’t have to work any harder or longer to complete this task.
You are a Change Agent
If you don’t think you are a change agent, think again. Everyone who wants to blog or wants to write a book can author change. Every time your posts help readers improve their personal or professional lives, you become an author of change.
And if it is your passion and purpose to make a positive and meaningful difference in the world, there is nowhere better way to do so than with a blog and a blogged book.
About the Author
Nina Amir, the Inspiration to Creation Coach, is the bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual. A speaker, blogger, and author, book, blog-to-book, and high-performance coach, she helps people combine their passion and purpose so they move from idea to inspired action and positively and meaningfully impact the world as writers, bloggers, authorpreneurs, and blogpreneurs. Some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She is the founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, National Book Blogging Month, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University. As a hybrid author, she has published 15 books and had as many as four books on an Amazon Top 100 list at the same time.
To find out more about Nina and get a free goal-achievement e-book, visit www.ninaamir.com. Receive a set of free blog-plan templates when you visit www.howtoblogabook.com or a free guide to writing a nonfiction book at www.writenonfictionnow.com.
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- You could win one of 7 books How to Blog a Book.
- One winner will also win a $25 Amazon gift card.
- Another winner will win a free course from the Non-fiction Writers University (Open to USA & Canada) This giveaway ends June 27! Good luck!
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