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How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time Paperback – May 21 2012

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (May 21 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599635402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599635408
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 19 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #300,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Nina Amir, the president of CopyWright Communications (, is a seasoned journalist, editor, author, blogger, writing coach, workshop leader, and speaker with more than 30 years of experience in the publishing field. She is the founder of Write Nonfiction in November, a blog and writing challenge, and currently writes four other blogs, including How to Blog a Book and Write Nonfiction Now! Amir has edited or written for more than 45 local, national, and international magazines, newspapers, e-zines, and newsletters, producing hundreds of articles. Her essays have been published in five anthologies.

Amir also has a proven track record as a book editor. One of her client’s books, Enlightened Leadership by Ed Oakley and Doug Krug, was self-published and then purchased and re-released by Simon & Schuster; it has sold more than 230,000 copies to date. Another, Radical Forgiveness by Colin Tipping, won the 1998 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Award and went on to sell 115,000+ copies. Amir now resides with her husband and two children in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Los Gatos, CA. Visit her website at

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I stumbled upon this book by accident and I am glad I did. It is a great book, and very well organized. I found the information quite informative, and it opened my eyes what blogging is really about. Even if you were interested just in blogging, it provides information how to go about it and to get more exposure. I hope the suggestions will help with my blog. The author provided lots of information about what is blogging, list of helpful resources, and how to go about to blog a book. After reading this book, it got me interested. I may even blog a book one day! It is worth the read and you won’t be disappointed.
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Haven't finished reading it yet but it has lots of good tips if you want to get something more out of blogging...good to have a goal if you're going to blog.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0967714) out of 5 stars A few good nuggets... Nov. 17 2012
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There are a few good nuggets in this book but for the most part I was pretty disappointed.

If you already have a blog, then don't waste your money on this book. Find a book that actually gives specific advice on how to drive traffic to your blog, build content or use social networking. Most of the advice in this book was too generic and vague for anyone who has been blogging for more than 5 minutes.

There were 2 things that really irritated me about this book (fortunately they didn't show up until the end)

1. For as much as the author talks about her experience with blogging a book the reality is her book success did not come from her blog being discovered. She was already a published author with an agent to tap into. Grant it she does have useful experience on the process of blogging a book, but through out the book she talks (vaguely) about ways to drive traffic to your blog and get discovered when in truth that is not how it was for her.

2. She should have chosen better people for her success stories at the end. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading success stories from real people whose blogs got discovered and turned into a book, but often her subjects would directly contradict things she said in the book. For example, she spends time harping on the importance of doing market research, but most of her success stories said they didn't do any market research; they simple wrote about a topic they loved.

The book isn't awful. I was able to glean a few useful nuggets. But as someone who already has a blog, I would have rather spent my money on a book that would give me specifics on how to make my blog more successful/attractive to make a book deal happen.
58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0963ce4) out of 5 stars Best of the 'How To' Blog Books May 10 2012
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The author deserves six stars for an outstanding book. For the past few months I've been looking at blogging books and this surpasses everything else published. Doesn't matter if you are a beginner or an old hand at blogging this book has worthy information. Even if you just want to blog without plans to repurpose your content this is still a blogger's bible.

In addition to great content the writer's style flows and keeps your attention.


What was Writer's Digest Book thinking using a font size that is smaller than the fine print you'd expect to see in a contract. If a Kindle version was available, I'd say go for that. Otherwise find yourself a good magnifying glass. Hopefully WDB will quickly recognize their mistake and never release another book with tiny type. If the content wasn't so good I'd chuck the book out the window.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa086f4c8) out of 5 stars Great hands-on advice for authors and new bloggers July 15 2012
By Dara Lurie - Published on
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For the past 6 weeks, I've kept my copy of Nina Amir's How To Blog A Book within reach of my desk. As an already self-published author, I am finding this book to be a handy guide as I learn how to translate the content and essence of my book into a blog format. How To Blog A Book is a well-written, entertaining and practical guide for beginning and more experienced advanced bloggers. For those of us who lack business and marketing experience, How to Blog A Book gives readers the 101 of Internet marketing concepts including the 'Ping." As a self-published author, I also appreciate the easy-to-read visual design of the book.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1514ee4) out of 5 stars A step-by-step guide for writing your book and creating fans July 25 2012
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Today's author must be an entrepreneur. It's not enough to write a book and then hope that someone will discover it, buy it, and read it. Getting your book written is only a small fraction of building an author's platform.

How to Blog a book is a step-by-step guide for writing a book and creating customers. This includes practical advice on planning, writing, producing, promoting, and selling your book. By beginning with the end (a book) in mind, each blog post gets you one steps closer to your end goal. This is the key to getting started, staying motivated, and sticking to the plan.

The book references over 50 tools (i.e. WordPress plugins, web services, social marketing services, outsourcing tips, etc.) you can use today to create a book. The book does not go into the technical details about how these services work, so I've got a lot of follow-up research to do as I follow the steps to blogging my way toward a book. Nevertheless, I now have a road map and the motivation to start my book writing journey--which is worth much more than the price of the book.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa142c7a4) out of 5 stars Excellent book for blog authors or authors who blog May 5 2012
By Deborah Carney - Published on
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This book very clearly lays out what, how and why you would want to blog a book. From making you accountable to an audience that wants you to keep writing, to establishing good writing habits, to actually writing a business plan about what you want the blog and book to accomplish. Easy to read, easy to understand and easy to implement, must read for bloggers and authors both.