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Boost Your Book Writing with a Blog

On Social Women this past Tuesday, Pat Paolino Cruz, Bronwyn Dannenfelser and Amy Diaz asked great questions about blogging and book writing. In response, I shared some of the synergies that happen when you blog and how your blog can help your book.

Here’s the video, with lots more information on book writing, publishing and 3 of my favorite tips for getting started–and I even provide some homework at the end. If you take on the assignment, please come back to the blog and share your insights this exercise is sure to create for you.

Lisa Tener, Book Writing Coach
Your Book Writing Coach, Lisa Tener

Here are 9 ways blogging can support your book writing (some I share on the video, plus a few extras):

1. You find out what your audience is really interested in.

2. You discover what questions your readers have about your subject.

3. You develop a community of people who love what you have to offer and will lovingly spread the word when the book comes out (and buy your book for themselves and their friends,  as well.

4. You get feedback from your readers about what works and what doesn’t.

5. Your following grows.

6. You may get some great stories from your blog readers as comments–and can ask them if you can share them in the book, possibly getting more details for the book, as well.

7. You find your voice as a writer.

8. You learn what bores your blog readers, or what they don’t respond to.

9. You can use some of your posts as jumping off points.

Can you blog your book? Sometimes. Your posts will need to have a certain coherency and make sense in a book–you can’t just slap them all together and call it a book. If you really want to blog your book, outline it in detail first. Then figure out which parts you can blog.

Comments? Questions? Share away…

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

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  1. Yvonne deSousa says

    Hi, thank you for all of this awesome info! I was told by an agent that I should make sure to have a tracker on my blog so I can tell potential publishers how much of a following I have. My question is what is considered a good blog following? Is there a number range that is considered a successful blog?

    • Lisa Tener says

      Hi Yvonne, That is a great question and there isn’t a “short answer” since it depends on your readership and the particular niche/market of your book. For a dating book, you’d have to have a huge following–possibly six figures, but at least high five. For a more niche market, five or ten thousand highly engaged readers might be enough to excite a niche publisher. Good luck with it. What is your book about?

        • Yvonne says

          Hi Lisa,

          Thank you so much for taking the time to do that! That was kind of you and I am glad that you liked it. If you know anyone you think might get a smile out of my blog please pass it along. Right now, I average just over 1000 visitors per month but have some new ideas to promote it. The book is the same idea but takes place from just before the diagnosis and uses humor to detail the first two years.

          • Lisa Tener says

            That’s a very healthy start in terms of visitors–and great that you are thinking of additional ways to promote–as you can probably guess 1) think about where your target audience hangs out online 2) consider guest posts to reach new people (if the guests promote to your target audience 3) comment on other people’s blog posts and articles that are related to the arena you write about and appeal to a similar target audience.

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