Are you considering writing a book? Maybe you already have a topic or have started writing. But a book is so much more than just the words on the page. There are many decisions to make before you begin to publish your book.
For example, you will need to decide how you are going to publish your book. Do you want to pursue a traditional publishing route or do you think you will self publish? If you are going to self publish you will need to find someone to edit your book, design your cover and design the inside of the book.
You might be thinking, so what do I do first? You will be surprised to find out that the very first thing you should do is start a blog! You should start a blog before you even start to write a book. Here are a few reasons why having a blog is so important.
Writing a blog post will help you define your message. You will find out what your readers like and don’t like. They will ask questions related to your posts. Your book can solve your reader’s problems.
Your blog posts will help outline your ideas. You can group your posts together to make a chapter or make your outline.
If you have a large following you will also have buyers for your book. If your readers love your content and writing style they are more likely to buy your book. If they don’t buy your book they can help you promote your book.
If you are part of a blogging network you will have people that will want to help you. Bloggers like to help each other meet their goals. They may not want your book but they may help you by featuring your book in a post, interview you on their blog or let you submit a guest post. The relationships you build will be important when you release your book.
You may find that no one is interested in your original topic. If you can’t solve your reader’s problems they won’t buy your book. It is important that you know this before you go to the expense of publishing a book. Who wants a garage full of books? You blog will help you define your niche market and identify the problems of your readers.