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Turn Your Blog Into A Book

Ever thought about turning your blog into a self published book? No? Why not?

Okay, I know what you’re thinking….”My blog? Into a book? Are you crazy? Who would want to read that?”

Well, lots of people actually. Particularly if your blog has a distinct focus, something that has a thread, a stroyline if you will, a kind of identifiable linear structure…..although let’s not get too strict about this.

For example…you decide to write a book for children, your first attempt. You have set yourself a target, let’s say 12 months, by which time you have promised everyone (especially yourself) that you will have the manuscript typed up and finished and ready for publication. Great!

So, you set up a blog dedicated to your book, that will document your trials and tribulations (hopefully not too many) as you attempt to complete the book in time.

Don’t forget if you want to have a ‘personal blog’ that’s fine too, but try and keep all your blog posts that concern your book on the book blog. That way your eventual reader will not be distracted by having to read three chapters on how you went back and forth to the vets every evening for six months with a sick cat/dog/parrot. Although, come to think of it, that might link in rather well….the writer struggles on bravely in an attempt to complete a masterpiece, despite having a sick parrot….could work I guess.

So your blog follows the process of getting your book written…the intense highs when words, sentences, paragraphs fly onto the page….and the depressing lows when you can’t even begin a sentence and make it to the full stop. Been there, done that, bought the T shirt.

At the end of twelve months…voila…..you have TWO books…the children’s story and your fascinating blog.

Turning your book and blog into self published books is easy enough….you contact me at www.writegoodbooks.co.uk or www.kindlepublishmybook.co.uk and we publish and print them or upload them to the Kindle (or both) and begin promoting like mad.

Turning blogs into books is beginning to take off, and I predict in a year’s time you’ll see ‘blog books’ selling rather well online. As I say, if you fancy having a go, please get in touch and let’s see what we can do.

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Football – Photography – A Book?

The Festive season is now more or less over, thank goodness, but I have to admit it was a rather jolly affair, due in no small part to an unexpected visit to a local football match on Boxing Day.

A friend of mine, a keen amateur photographer, asked if I would like to come with him and a couple of chums to a match between two local semi-professional teams in a former mining village in West Yorkshire. As I had little else planned for that afternoon I gladly accepted and so off we went.

The weather was horrendous. Gale force winds, driving rain and a bitterly cold north-east wind swept across the muddy pitch but both teams gave their all in what turned out to be a really good game. Real football – not this tippy tappy stuff you watch on TV on a Saturday evening.

However, let’s get to the point I’m trying to make. The crowd was sparse, barely 250 die-hards, but keen as mustard, and looking around the ground I noticed several ‘characters’ and ‘situations’ that were crying out to be photographed. These would have made fantastic, gritty, warts and all, black and white shots.

As I say, real football, played by real men, and watched by real supporters of clubs in the wonderfully named Evo Stik League Northern Premier. Marvellous.

After the game I pointed out to my pal that photos of the crowd, the ground, the ladies serving the pie and peas and the various players and officials would make a fantastic photography book, and coupled with one or two ‘quotes’ from the long-suffering fans and short ‘interviews’ with those associated with the clubs it would be a terrific book, and a priceless record of how important these football clubs are to the community in small villages and towns.

I then went on to suggest that it would be great to visit all the grounds in this league, Whitby Town, North Ferriby, Frickley, Hednesford, Kendal etc etc…..and capture the spirit of the game at grass roots level. I’m sure it would make a very good book and one that would sell too.

It just goes to show that wherever you go, whatever you do, there is a book there waiting to be created and self published.

Poetry Books

Poetry books are notoriously difficult to sell and promote. I know, I’ve tried.

Quite a few years back I was a member of a really top notch poetry writing group in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. They met in the library in the centre of the town and after two hours of writing and a stimulating ‘readaround’ they would adjourn to the local pub right next to the library called  ‘The Albert‘.

Now The Albert was a fantastic pub, it probably still is, although to be honest I haven’t had a swift half there for years, but the one major plus point about it was that it had a tiny back room in which the poets would gather and have a jar or two and share their poetry, each poet in turn getting up and ‘performing’ something they’d written recently. A sort of ”unofficial’ performance.

The group called itself ‘The Albert Poets‘ and also had a regular Thursday night slot, once a month I think, when the stand up reading became a formal event with poets from far and wide coming to share their work, the performers on the night being restricted to just four, I believe…..so it was a difficult gig to get, you either had to be very good or very entertaining. I can’t think why or how, but I was invited to read out some of my ‘stuff’ at one evening. It was an experience I will never forget. It was fantastic. I absolutely loved it.

So, to cut a long story quite short, performing and sharing work like this was amazing, stimulating and above all else gave you instant feedback as to how good or bad your ‘stuff’ actually was. I hesitate to call it ‘poetry’, mine certainly wasn’t, it was just mildly entertaining, and slightly humorous ‘stuff’.

This was in the very early days of ‘self-publishing‘ when only a handful of authors actually dared to have books of their poetry printed. They were usually the ‘big boys and girls’…the ‘proper poets’ who knew they would eventually sell all their books as they were genuinely big time poets. Simon Armitage is a name that springs to mind.

Right….let’s get to the point. These days having self-published books of your own is far easier and cheaper than ever, so there are thousands of writers out there with poetry books, which of course makes it harder to stand out from the crowd, or to find yourself a market for your books.

However, I’ve been having a long hard think about how we can adapt our ‘stuff’ for the present day…and it’s a topic I shall be touching on in the next few days….”Alternative Ways To Present and Promote Your Poetry‘. I hope you’ll stop by to read about it.

Audio Books for 2013

Anyone fancy having their book turned into an ‘audio book’?

No? Well, I reckon you’re missing a trick. The Audio Book market is thriving, and in 2013 I’m definitely going to move into the Audio Book Production and Publishing market.

I can hear you thinking already – “But surely it’s a costly business to have your manuscript turned into an audio book? The narrator’s fee? The recording session? The manufacturing of the audio disks and packaging?”

Well, I’ve looked into the financial side of Audio Book production and through Write Good Books I think I may be able to offer writers a fantastic deal. It does cost money, certainly, but it’s not as expensive as you might think.

How can I keep the price down? Well, by using terrific narrators who may not have too much work on at the moment and be glad of some audio work…..then there is the recording process which used to cost an arm and two legs, but these days can be done digitally on equipment that Write Good Books already has.

I used to work in radio, both local and national, and I can tell you now that modern digital recording techniques and ‘kit’ produce results that are as good as anything we used to broadcast in the past. And, as I say, I have access to this equipment right now, so recording costs needn’t be high.

To push the boat out, so to speak I intend to publish one of my own children’s books as an Audio Book, hopefully in the early part of the New Year….and obviously I will keep you updated as to the progress.

So have a think….do you have anything that might work as an audio book? If so, why not get in touch?