We frequently hear our literary friends asking how to manage their writing time more effectively, and while blogs often come up in the conversation, the idea of using a blog to build and test material for a new book is not often mentioned. Nina shared her suggestions for posting frequency and word count goals, and even for the busiest of writers, her suggestions are very attainable.

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Every author, or soon to be author, who reads this blog knows one indisputable fact: completing a book is hard work. Blood, sweat and tears flow – and that’s just to get through chapter one. Or is there an easier way? Publishing expert Nina Amir thinks so, and after reading her book, How to Blog a Book: How to Write, Publish and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time, I do too.

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In this interview, Nina Amir provides tips on how to turn your blog into a book, position yourself as an expert, and build your writing career upon an inspired foundation. 

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The AIA's "Member Spotlight" for August goes to a BookBaby employee!

Congrats to one of my fellow BookBaby team members, Jeanine M. Reed, who was chosen by the Association of Independent Authors to be featured on their homepage this month.

A blog-to-book project done right

When people at trade shows and book fairs ask me for good examples of "blog-to-book" projects, Jeanine's Small Indulgences always comes to mind first (and not just because I work with her). It's a great concept: a dessert cookbook for people who are health & fitness conscious. Small portions. Big taste. Jeanine is an avid runner, but she's also got a sweet tooth and loves baking. "I divide my time equally between eating sweets and burning them off,” she says.

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Editor’s Note: We’ve invited Heather Hetchler to be a regular guest contributor to the BookBaby blog. Heather is the creator of the popular blog Café Smom, a website devoted to the joys and travails of being a Step Mom. (www.cafesmom.com)  In her own words, her vision of Café Smom is “to serve up a hearty cup of uplifting words, encouragement and support, and to connect you with other stepmoms around the world going through exactly what you are going through.” 

Now Heather is creating an eBook through BookBaby and we’ve asked her to help document the process in our blog. Without further adieu….here’s Heather: 

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