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Blogger to Bestseller: when Blogs become Books
It’s not uncommon these days to see your favorite blog turn into a bestseller, available in every bookstore. It’s an interesting way of becoming a bestselling author sometimes unintentionally and as blogs are theoretically just online diaries, blogs that become books are just like diaries and memoirs before them. Some of the most interesting and timely works of the present day have come from blogs, showing the intricacies of modern society and providing contemporary accounts of just how life really is for everyday people. So when settling down on your sectional sofa with your laptop, planning your next blog post, think about how you could be the next big thing, if you’ve got the skills and the stories to deserve it.
One of the most well known and popular blog-based books is Steve Dublanica’s Waiter Rant, a candid and near unbelievable account of life as a waiter. Telling the world the deep, dark secrets of the diner in his hugely successful blog, the next big step for Dublanica was to publish his hilariously funny anecdotes in a book. He did this accordingly in 2009 and has gone on to write further accounts. Industries such as catering and hospitality lend themselves to being published because of the deep dark secrets behind the scenes, that only the staff can know of, and Dublanica has become a spokesperson and representative for the millions of waiters across the States.
Julie and Julia
Pipping even Dublanica’s efforts is the Hollywood block busting Julie and Julia, which it’s hard to believe began as a humble blog project from young New York resident Julie Powel. Her blog went from strength to strength as she attempted to cook every recipe in the esteemed Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cookery and in 2005, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 recipes 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen was published and a mere four years later, it hit our screens.
Crazy Aunt Purl
Appealing to all kinds of folk out there, Crazy Aunt Purl’s book Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair was much awaited before its release in 2007. The online persona of Laurie Perry, a thirty-something divorcee living with her three cats, Crazy Aunt Purl’s blog was an instant hit, drawing in readers for all over the country interested in seeing what mishap occurred next. There’s a morbid curiosity in us all which means we just can’t help look forward to the next time something goes wrong for Purl. A lot of readers can relate to Purl’s lifestyle and the ability to build empathy and rapport is another key quality for creating a blog that performs well when turned into a book.
Humor and Interest
Scores of books that you receive as gifts, humorous jokes and coffee table talking points first entered the world through the blog. The hilarious named and popular Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander sits in bookcases across America. Another book which should be on every girl’s dresser is Daily Candy a to Z: an Insider’s Guide to the Sweet Life, from the blog of the same name, offering up top tips city-by-city on what to do, what to wear and why. Some bloggers even publish their books under their blog name such as Look at My Striped Shirt: Confessions of the People you Love to Hate by The Phat Phree. This technique forever immortalises the blog in print as well as online.
What about me?
Electronic books have made publishing much more accessible and so as the eBook has grown in popularity, so has the number of blogs available through your eReading device. If you’ve got a blog with a decent following and are interested in self publishing, there’s no reason not to. You could further your readership, make a little revenue and keep your followers and fans thoroughly entertained. Publishing via Kindle or other platforms is relatively straightforward and if you have an interesting story to tell, are keeping tabs on your employer from behind the scenes or are just hugely entertaining you’re bound to have some success.
With self publishing becoming increasingly popular and easy to do, there’s bound to be an influx of blogs being turned into books. Whether they’re all of the quality of those mentioned is another thing but if you think you’ve got what it takes as a writer then it’s worth giving it a shot.