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The #1Thing You Must do Before You Write a Book!  

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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.  


A blog is an essential key to developing your online platform. You can use other social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to promote your blog. 

Reader Comments (5)

I love these posts and have decided that at some point I am going to publish a book. Thankfully, I am following your suggestions and the vague idea for a book is starting to form. I am a way off from this but will get there. So thanks for all the posts which I read and reread now that I have made the decision to head towards writing a book.

Louise Edington
International Au Pair Finder

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLouise Edington

Hi Julia,

I had lunch yesterday with an old friend who is writing a book. I told her about you and your site and I know she will be checking out all your valuable info soon. Thanks for sharing your insights and suggestions for those who want to publish a book.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Weishaar

You make it sound as though it is actually possible to accomplish this! Love your thought provoking advice and organization. It is inspiring! I AM going to write a book one day; I am not ready yet, but will know when I am, and I will refer to your blogs when I am!

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDonna McCord

Julia, Would writing a blog work for someone who writes fiction? My teenage niece writes amazing short stories and it occurred to me that I should encourage her to blog.

My secret motivation is to get her off Facebook a little and channel all that energy into something more productive. :)

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSherryl Perry


We would love to help you when you decide to start your book. You have a great start with your blogs.


Your niece should definitely start a blog for her non fiction writing. I just came across a blog that has short stories. She practices character development on the site. Sometimes she justs has a descriptive post about a place. It is a good way for readers to get to know your style of writing. One of her posts made me definitely want to know more. Of course I cant find the link. I will start keeping those links. we get that question frequently and I think it would help for people to see those blogs.

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia M Lindsey

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