Why blog your book?
Why try to write to various personality types in your blog?
What’s the benefit?
I think I have a voice and a natural way of writing that at least a few folks already like â€“ so why change?
Why not just write a book and see what happens?
â€œThink of your non-fiction book as a Book 2.0,â€ I responded. â€œYou needn’t, and shouldn’t, write your book the traditional way.â€
Let me explain what I meant.
Way back at the inception of the Internet, I clearly remember hearing a lament for the paper book as we knew it. What with the electronic ebb and flow and data, who would need real books? More important, who would buy them?
Yet, instead of dooming the book, the Internet has altered the way books work, which is a good thing for 90% of would be non-fiction authors. In the same way that the Internet has tipped the field in favor of the common musician, so it has for the common non-fiction author.
For a non-fiction author who isn’t Stephen Covey or Stephen Ambrose, no publisher will market your book for you. And that means you have to create content, an audience, and a platform before you try to sell your book â€“ lest it, and likely your career as an author, be damned.
Web 2.0 has already become a clichÃ© term, but it is still an exciting concept: The term means that interaction between audience and website enhances websites and the web, while the changing web does the same to its audience. Web 2.0 involves a continuous feedback loop in which the audience gets more of what it wants in the form of its kind of website, and the web gets what it wants int the form of a more opted-in audience.
The term Book 2.0 is a concept that describes a similar interaction between author and audience. If you blog your non-fiction book, and do so in the measured, calculated fashion to be described in this blog in the weeks to come, you’ll simultaneously get feedback as to the nature and desires of your audience, at the same time gaining an opted-in audience likely to buy the book when you finally do publish it.
No longer must you as a non-fiction author sit in an ivory tower for a year, creating in isolation what you hope will be a great and well-received book. Nor should you. By creating a blog with your content, finding an audience for it, paying careful attention to the feedback you get, and then altering and retesting, you’ll be creating a book and an audience already poised to purchase it when publishing time comes.
Chris Maddock is a writer, speaker, writing trainer and marketing strategist. He cut his teeth at the Roy H. Williams Marketing Firm, the company of advertising innovator, Roy H. Williams (aka â€œThe Wizard of Adsâ€). Chris spent years there as its Director of Message Development.
Presently, as a Wizard of Ads Partner, he acts as ad strategist and copywriter, creating content of all forms. He also advises other writers and authors, and teaches classes at Wizard Academy and abroad.Â Chris may be reached at email@example.com.
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