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From Blogger to Author: How Bloggers Get Book Deals, and What This Means for Publishing

How bloggers get book deals and what this means for publishing

2. Highlights from the Panel

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  3. Intros and how these blogs became books (10:00) 10:00 FREE!
    From career disillusionment to the addiction of an online journal, the panelists explain what drove them to write.
  4. When did publishing begin to take blogs seriously? (10:00) 10:00 FREE!
    Plus, the importance of a Web presence in a book proposal.
  5. Blogging's instant gratification vs. authoring's relative silence (10:00) 10:00 FREE!
    Blogging can be freeing; feedback can be brutal.
  6. Do most bloggers have unrealistic expectations? (10:00) 10:00 FREE!
    A profile in the New York Times can guarantee a book deal, but how does everyone else get an agent's attention?
  7. Prospects for fiction writers, handling publicity, and advice for bloggers who want to publish books (10:00) 10:00 FREE!
    Plus, how to manage oversaturation while creating buzz.
  8. More advice and mistakes to avoid (10:00) 10:00 FREE!
    The importance of having a good agent.
  9. Panelists disagree on getting an agent vs. contacting publishing houses directly (10:00) 10:00 FREE!
    The role of an old-fashioned, proofread query letter.
  10. Audience questions: Web traffic or buzz? Is the era of the blogger/author over? (8:49) 8:49 FREE!
    Plus, is there a book market for bloggers who work as a team?

Video Details

How do you go from successful blogger to successful author? It's not all about traffic. Our bloggers-turned-authors discuss how their blogs got them noticed, played a part in their writing process, and helped or hurt when their books hit the shelves. ICM agent Kate Lee and Seal Press editor Laura Mazer offer the publishing industry perspective.

8 videos
1 hour 18 minutes total running time

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