June 15, 2015

HOW TO BLOG A BOOK by Nina Amir - Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

Description:  Transform Your Blog into a Book!

The world of blogging is rapidly changing, but it remains one of the most efficient ways to write and share your work with an eager audience. But how do you purposefully hone your blog content into a uniquely positioned book that will be noticed by an agent or a publisher?

How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition is a completely updated guide to writing and publishing a saleable book based on a blog. Expert author and blogger Nina Amir guides you through the process of developing targeted blog content that will increase your chances of publication and maximize your visibility as an author.

In this revised edition you’ll find:

• The latest information on how to set up, maintain, and optimize a blog
• Steps for writing a book easily from scratch using blog posts
• Advice on how to write blog posts
• Tips on gaining visibility and promoting your work both online and off
• Current tools for driving traffic to your blog
• Extensive information on how to monetize your existing blog content into a book or other products
• Profiles with authors who received blog-to-book deals, including four new “from blog to book” success stories

My Thoughts on How To Blog a Book by Nina Amir

Bloggers rejoice!  If you write your blog with the intent or hope of turning it into a book, Nina Amir's How to Blog a Book  will be your go-to aid. 

Whether you are a novice blogger or well versed and experienced a blogger, it does not matter.  Ms. Amir writes for both beginners and those more advanced.  She explains blogging from a layperson's perspective and provides helpful tips to get exposure for your blog, and gain traffic and followers.  She also guides the reader on how to find the best topic for you to blog about and how to select the right title for your book. 

One of my favorite parts of How To Blog a Book was reading about bloggers who have achieved their goal of publishing a book from their blogs.  The list was an interesting assortment of variety and very inspirational.

Ms. Amir hits on topics that unpublished writers may be unfamiliar with - - writing proposals, coming up with your pitch and an overview of your work.  She also does a stellar job approaching the marketing angle - - how to determine if your market exists, who your target market is and how to go about  soliciting them. 

While I am not looking to write a nonfiction book currently, I am writing a fiction book and found Ms. Amir's pages on promotion, branding and building your platform very helpful. 

Whether you are writing a fiction or nonfiction book, How To Blog a Book will prove to be a valuable resource and one no writer should be without.  So what are you waiting for?  Get your copy!

How To Blog a Book is available at major booksellers including Amazon

FTC Disclosure: The review copy of this book was provided by iReads Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.  The provision of this book did not affect the outcome of my review.  I was neither paid nor compensated for this review. 

 Thank you, iReads Book Tours, for including me on this tour!

Please visit the other tour stops:

Tour Schedule:

June 1 -   Mary-andering Creatively - review / guest post / giveaway 
June 1 -   Words and Peace - review
June 2 -   The Booksnake Ect - review
June 2 -   Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
June 3 -   Readers' Muse - review / author interview
June 3 -   The Things We Read - review
June 5 -   Back Porchervations - review / author interview
June 8 -   Writers and Authors - guest post / giveaway
June 9 -   Vic's Media Room - review
June 10 - Fur Everywhere - review / giveaway
June 10 - Perfect Chaos - review / giveaway
June 11 - Keenly Kristin - review
June 12 - Seaside Book Nook - review / giveaway
June 13 - Writers and Authors - review
June 15 - Psychotic State Book Reviews - review / guest post / giveaway
June 15 - Life With Katie - review / giveaway
June 15 - Nuccia.ca - review / author interview
June 16 - Create With Joy - review / giveaway
June 17 - Romorror Fan Girl - review / guest post / giveaway
June 18 - My Life. One Story at a Time - review / guest post / giveaway
June 19 - View from the Birdhouse - review / giveaway
June 19 - Jessica Cassidy - review / author interview / giveaway
June 19 - One Frugal Girl - review / giveaway


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 Can Blog a Book Fast
By Nina Amir

Eighty-one percent of the U.S. population wants to write a book, but only about two percent will become published authors.  The other 98 percent will continue calling themselves aspiring authors because they think writing a book is a long, drawn out process. Or they feel overwhelmed by the idea of writing a book.

Indeed, completing a manuscript can be a big goal to accomplish, but it doesn’t have to be. You can write a book in a month—or less. I wrote one in ten days. I wrote another in three months and one more in five months. I know you can write a book in six months or a year—or less. And you can accomplish this goal by writing for as little as 30 to 60 minutes per day.

Not only that, you can produce your manuscript while getting your writing read—possibly by more readers in a day or a month than the average book sells in a year.

Don’t Write Your Book—Blog It!

It’s possible to do this if you blog a book. While the average book today sells a measly 250 or so copies per year or 3,000 copies in its lifetime, a blog that is reasonably successful can have 300 to 3,000 readers per day.

Plus, bloggers write and publish a post several times a week if not every day. By writing and publishing your book one post at a time, you can get it written in record time, and get it read as well. 

To blog a book, write it intentionally on your blog in post-sized bits. Plan out your manuscript so you publish your posts regularly, building a fan base for your book as you do so. With this process, you can finish a book in under a year—even under six months.

Here’s How Fast You Can Blog a Book…

If, for example, you write 300 words per day just four days per week, you produce 1,000 words per week. That’s four thousand words per month. In 12 months, you’ll have written a 42,000-word book. That’s not a long book, but it’s a decent length for the first draft of your book. (It will get longer when you revise. If you use the plan I suggest in How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition, you will have planned to add a bit of extra content to the finished manuscript anyway.)

If you write more often, you produce more words in less time; the same is true if you increase you word count just a bit. Let’s say you average 350 words per blog post and write five days per week. That’s a 45,500 book in six months. You can determine how fast you complete your blogged book, but it doesn’t take a large time commitment to finish your first draft.

My first draft of How to Blog a Book (first edition) was only 26,300 words. I completed it in five months writing 3-4 days per week and averaging about 350 words per post. By the time I edited and revised, my book more than doubled in length.

If a long book puts you off, write a short one. You can write a series of posts and turn that into an e-book or a booklet, for example. My book, 10 Days and 10 Ways to Return to Your Best Self, is based on ten blog posts I wrote during the Jewish High Holy Days. Consider writing a 15 to 30 post blogged book if that feels easier to start out. Problogger author and blogger Darren Rowse’s bestselling product, an e-book called 30 Days to a Better Blog, is based on 30 posts he wrote consecutively—a series.  My book, Authorpreneur, was also written as a series of posts over the course of about a month.

How long will writing a post take you? That depends on how quickly you write. For most people, a 300-word post takes about 30 to 90 minutes to compose. (Note: The posts that comprise your blogged book are not full chapters but small segments of your chapters.)

The Blog-a-Book Process (condensed)

If you want to blog a book, here is a short version of the process:

1.      Create a content plan or table of contents.

2.      Break the contents (each chapter) into posts-sized pieces (350-700 words).

3.      Write you book as blog posts on a manageable schedule.

4.      Create a manuscript at the same time as posting on line.

5.      Each time you complete a post, publish it.

Using the blog-a-book process, you will quickly and easily get your book written. You’ll turn into a published author before you know it.




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1 comment:

NinaAmir said...

Thanks so much for your review and for being part of my blog tour! Novelist also blog books...just in case someone was wondering. But it is easier for nonfiction writers.