Writing a Book and getting it PublishedWrite and publish a book
Blogging to published book: Nitty Gritty Pros, Reflections and Reflections
I will never forgetting that in 2009 I sent an e-mail from National Geographic with the reference "Are you interested in writing for Gen Y? Bookselling by e-mail is the new Nigeria bank transfer scam. The National Geographic was interested in releasing a publication on my own blogs as they wanted to extend to a younger healthcare and spa area.
I' d completed my suggestion a fortnight before and hadn't started looking for an agen. In the six month before I had met a case of paralysing books in which I couldn't stand opening the Word document with my own books in it, because self-publication seemed like an insuperable pile of work.
The National Geographic never made an offering, but it gave me the courage and trust I needed to overcome my intense anxieties in the release proces. I was encouraged to complete my suggestion, find a wife and contact the publisher. Twenty-seven denials, Running Press said yes, and they published my Life After College book:
to Getting What You Want, in March this year. To go from blog to blog may be the fantasy for you (it was certainly for me), but don't be disheartened if you don't follow this road. These are some of the observations and possible misunderstandings to help you determine whether or not typing a textbook is right for you.
Corbett remarks: The following article was written by Jenny Blake from Life After College. She' s unbelievably humble, even though she worked at Google, started a hugely popular blogs, published a hugely acclaimed novel and appeared on television at 27 years of age if you get a contract with a conventional publishers, you can check in anticipation if I've seen $10 to $25,000 for a first writer with a respectable plattform and a remarkable carreer.
When you don't have a powerful online publishing system (high traffics blogs, newsletters subscriptions, lecture engagements), it's really hard to get a non-fiction one. Publishing houses do not spend a lot of money on advertising beyond mailing preprinted books, so it is advisable to avoid the pre-check for book-related issues (with a few festive occasions here and there, of course).
By way of comparison: Since its publication in March, my volume has been selling ~5,000 books; I've kept the overview at Amazon's Authors Central - and haven't seen the publisher's first statistics on it! It was a 2. 5 year trial for me to write, edit, publish and promote my work, the lion's share of which was on the evenings and evenings while I was working all day at Google.
There has to be something in such a timetable, and it was my case that it was my welfare work. After all, as much as self-publishing has become fashionable and available, I have found that the arrival of a conventional publishers has raised the bar on my biz. It was asked to write more guests, to be interviewee by the mainstream press, to introduce myself to Seth Godin's domino project group, and it was much simpler for me to set up encounters with blogs and writers that I had long been admiring.
It showed that I had made it through a hard-to-grasp glove of traditionally published work, which many thought was on its way out, but still earned a lot of reverence. After all, this is a blogs about transport! After I got the books dealing, my people seemed to get "stickier".
In the course of the next year, my RSS subscriptions redoubled and I began setting up my first newsletters to exchange my behind-the-scenes experience of the publication world. Subscribe to our newsletter: The publication of my work was an ideal opportunity to exchange my hero's trip (as Joseph Campbell put it) with my readership and to establish a long term rapport.
You could see my ups and downs and when the volume came out, they were much more involved in my progress and helped me get the message out. But the two things that my newsletters have done more than anything else have not been book-related: the redesign of my website and the placement of the subscription in the top right hand side of the page and the addition of a sign-up stimulus (my organised like a ninja toolkit).
I was never interested in buying the books. This was a catalyzer that helped me take my blogs and my up-and-coming businesses more seriously. So I took a 3-month Google holiday to go on a self-financed 10-city travel and then made the hard choice not to come back so I could take my blogs, my books and my shop full-time.
This was the toughest choice of my whole lifetime, but the best I've ever made. It did not finance my trip to self-employment, but it opened the doors to many great avenues. It is one of the funniest things to see an increase in the number of books sold when I do things in my biz.
You can see, for example, the effect of my last course start (13 September) on the sale of books: Here is another opinion of Amazon's Autor Central of my entire sale statistics: Publication of a work with a conventional publishers requires at least one year from receipt of the offering until publication on the shelf and does not directly require prepayment alone (and most writers do not see any royalties).
The publication of my work brought me neither wealth nor glory, but it did teach me to take myself and my work seriously, and it gave me the guts to resign from my profession and follow my passion as a solo preneur. When you have a vision to post a story from your own diary, you can do it.
There is no need for a conventional publishing house to get all the advantages I mentioned above - you have to believe in yourself, ask for help when you need it, and sign up.