The Advantage of Blogging a Book

Back in September, I was at the annual Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, WV. While enjoying the afternoon lectures on UFOs, the Mothman and the paranormal, I got a great idea for a book! I could write about growing up on a haunted farm!

The paranormal is something I know about. I’m not an investigator, but unlike a lot of “professional” investigators – I grew up on a haunted farm. Also, unlike a lot of investigators, I don’t see shadow people out of the corner of my eye – I see them head on, and have ever since I was three.

After the festival, I headed back to Urbana, Ohio, and set to work. Coming up with an outline was a synch. All I had to do was write down a title for each event that happened in chronological order. In about 20 minutes, my outline was complete. From there, it was simply a matter of writing out each story.

My original goal was to publish it by Halloween. As Halloween approached, I realised it wasn’t going to happen, so I extended my deadline to Thanksgiving. Once more, as my new deadline approached, I realised there was no way I could make it, so I set my next  goal for December 31.

As November was coming to an end, I was burned out. I’d come to a dead halt with my book. I’d done so many rewrites, I was cross-eyed. That’s when I came across Nina Amir’s, “How to Blog a Book.” I sat down and started doing exactly what she said. All of a sudden, things began coming back together.

Writing my stories as blog posts was much easier, and much more enjoyable. Now, I was getting feedback from my readers, and I had an audience of whom I didn’t want to bore. Things began to fly.

Before I knew it, I was out of my mess and on my way to putting my book together. It was still an incredibly bumpy road, but by December 31 I had my book up on Amazon. What an exciting day January 1 was when my book went live and I made my first sale!

Now, I have to learn to be a marketer and promote my little 60 page book. The adventure continues!

Feel free to check out my book on Kindle! Paperback edition coming soon!


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