Want to get a book deal with a publisher? Start a blog. In the last few years many popular blog authors have been approached by publishers to write books. Start with a great idea, develop your blog space with blogging software such as WordPress or Blogspot and you too could be on your way to a book deal! Here’s a look at some popular books that began as blogs.
Cake Wrecks, the blog, led to Cake Wrecks, the book, and the premise is simple but funny – cakes gone horribly wrong. (In fact, a cake fiasco earned my husband the nickname Speeb when a hard-of-hearing employee wrote Speeb on his birthday cake instead of Steve). The blog Awkward Family Photos led to (you guessed it!) Awkward Family Photos the book. Some of the photos will remind you of photo shoots you were forced to endure as a child and others are just plain wrong. Sh*t My Dad sayings became the book of the same name, and in my opinion is much funnier than the TV show. Words of wisdom uttered by Halpern’s dad include such gems as “Pick your furniture like you pick a wife: It should make you feel comfortable and look nice, but not so nice that if someone walks past it they want to steal it.”
The Julie/ Julia Project was a blog in which the author decided to cook her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking in one year, blogging about her experience all the way. Not only did she get a book deal as a result of her blog – the book was also made into a movie starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep. Living Oprah chronicles Robyn Okrant’s one year experience of living her life exactly as prescribed by Oprah Winfrey. She watches her show every day, reads her magazine, and takes the advice given to heart. Of course, a book deal ensues. The blog 1,000 Awesome Things was so popular that the author, Neil Pasricha, is now onto his second book.
With free blogging software making it so easy for anyone to produce blogs it’s no surprise that publishers are keeping their eyes open for the best blogs out there. And hey, if you think of a good theme for a blog – pass it along. I’m all out of ideas – but think it’s time I got myself one of these book deals!