Do you ever dream of publishing a book? If so, you’re not alone — getting published is a dream shared by a lot of bloggers (including me!). So I’m especially jazzed to be moderating the From Blog to Book panel discussion planned for Press Publish Portland, considering how many of our featured bloggers either have already published books or have books coming out this year.
Mary Laura Philpott, Cecilia Gunther, Jerry Mahoney, Christine Lee, and Ananda Leeke will join me on stage in Portland on Saturday, March 28 to talk about how each of them came to publish a book (or books) and how blogging influenced their journey to publication. From self-publishing to multiple book deals with major publishing labels, these bloggers will share about a lot of the ways books are born in this new age of print media.
I know I’m dying to ask these folks a bunch of things, but I want to know what you’re curious about, too! If you would like to suggest questions for the panel, please leave them in the comments — note that we won’t answer them here, we’ll save it for the panel discussion at the Portland event.
By the way, if you’re in or near Portland, tickets are still available for Press Publish, and they come with a WordPress.com Premium upgrade or VaultPress Backup Bundle — a $99 value!
And don’t forget to RSVP for the free Longreads Story Mixer on March 27, so we can make sure to have enough snacks and libations for everyone.
We can’t wait to see you soon at Press Publish!
How one makes the choice of self publishing versus finding a publisher. How to make a book that converts well to Amazon.
I am focusing most of my writing-time blogging vs. writing off-line. While both may be important to a professional writer who’s using social media (like blogs) to augment professional pursuits, how do you balance the two? In other words, do you structure your time/day to devote x% of time to one or are you more organic, and go with the flow and what you’re feeling? I ask because I’m putting all of my creative energy into the blog because it’s like instant gratification, and perhaps another way of putting off the arguably harder work of material I could pitch to print publications. Thanks, – Bill Pearse
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