When it comes to getting the most out of your blog, you may consider me an activist, and here I come now to discuss how to turn your blog into a book.
Writing a book from scratch isn’t child’s play. The same goes for owning a blog and managing it effectively.
This is because writing a book from scratch is a tedious process, but if you’ve got some content on your blog, you’re a potential book author, and this post is here to inspire you to consider that.
From the array of topics you’ve already written over the years or months you’ve spent blogging, did you know how easy it is for you to turn your hard work into a book? Well, you indeed have done the heavy lifting by already having well-written blog content in place. Now it’s time to turn that content into a book that will improve your credibility and establish your expertise.
Why should I care about creating a book?
Good question, and for the extra trouble you might find while creating your book, I knew you’d need a convincing reason why you should care about making one, especially from your already written blog posts.
Here are some reasons you should write your book around the content you have written blog posts about.
Having a book expands your reach as a blogger
It’s become a norm with bloggers nowadays to create an eBook and use it as a lead magnet.
So, you can use the book as part of your blog marketing strategy so you can grow your audience and get new viewers, in addition to improving your audience retention.
Being an author establishes your expertise
An eBook you created can serve the purpose of a portfolio to showcase your experiences, just as your blog would.
Having a book will show people that you know what you are talking about and can be trusted as an expert in your field.
If you’re looking for another stream of passive income for your blog, creating an eBook is a great idea to consider.
An ebook is easier to sell than a physical product because it does not require shipping and handling costs. So why not add that extra source of income to your blog?
Position Your Blog Offline
Typically, readers need to save a particular page from your blog within their browsers or print it out for them to be able to see your work offline.
But if you bring the entirety of your blog or parts of it together as an eBook, you are making it accessible to your audience offline as well.
You’ll make it easier for people to visit a particular piece of content you have on your blog with just a scroll through an ebook instead of endlessly navigating page-by-pages on your blog looking for content to read.
Creates a loyal following
Your blog could be considered a master resource for your ebook’s content and act as an incentive to have readers return to your blog for more insights.
Step-by-Step Tutorial To Convert Blog Posts Into A Book
There are many reasons and benefits associated with creating a book out of your blog content. Now that you’ve gotten the reasons why this is something you should be considering let’s get into the how.
There are many routes to take when turning your blog into a book. These include writing the ebook yourself, hiring someone to handle the book creation task, or using blog-to-book conversion software.
If you have experience creating written content, then you are more than capable of putting together an ebook since you know your content topic in and out.
If you are wondering about the proper steps you should follow so you can get things done, below is a simple step-by-step guide you can use to get your blog converted into a book.
Step 1. Find Book-Worthy Posts
In converting your blog posts into a book, chances are that you may decide to be selective and choose to use only the best or most organized posts that are fit for the job.
So, you may give Google analytics a try if your goal is to filter the posts to be used for your blog to book conversion based on their analytical performances and the views they’ve got over their time.
Or, you may choose to filter your posts based on their respective categories, relevance to your book context, and user engagements/comments, etc.
The idea here is to have a collection of content that would fit your book’s context.
Its preferable to pick content that is evergreen. Here is a guide that will help spot what kind of content can be classified as evergreen.
Step 2. Copy and Paste
Whether you choose to write online using Google docs or decide to go offline using any of your preferred writing apps, you’ll certainly be good to go, I guess.
After careful selection of your book-worthy content from your blog, it is time to copy them and paste them to your word editor.
Also, you need to collect your images and get them inserted as you move down the pages, or gather them in a folder and insert them when you are done with the text part.
After you copy and paste your content, you now want to restructure it so that it flows in a meaningful chronological order that is fit for a book.
If you are going to sell your book and not use it as a freebie lead magnet, you will want to add extra content that isn’t already available on your blog. This is called a content upgrade.
The extra value and content should be worth your audience spending their money to purchase the content upgrade. So the key is value, value value.
Otherwise, your audience will feel betrayed if the value you provide is content they can already find on your blog for free.
So while for this method, you are getting more of your book content from your blog, the book should offer a content upgrade that your readers won’t be able to find on your site for free.
Step 3. Bring Forward Your Table of Contents
After placing your text and images, the next step in creating your book is to map its content so that your readers can easily jump from one point to the other through the table of contents.
Since every blog post has its title, that will suffice for the table of contents. You just have to make it reflect with the respective pages or content it is mapping.
Don’t forget to ease the reading flow by adding chapters within your book.
Step 4. Add the Miscellaneous
Besides the basic contents of your book, there are some other things you may want to include before you finalize your book.
Below are some of the things you should consider including in your book.
– Book cover page
– Page numbers
– Usage instructions or guide
– Glossary of terms
– Introduction or preface
– Author bio
– Copyright statement
– Header and footer notes
– Acknowledgement etc.
Step 5. Read and Review
A lot of people may find it easy to write, but they tend to get frustrated when it comes to making the appropriate corrections.
However, this is another crucial part of your book, so you can’t escape it. If you want your book to be free of errors and mistakes, then this is important.
Start by reading the content and inspecting it for every possible error. You may have missed these while writing your blog and when you were copying and pasting to your text editor.
You can even hire an editor or ask one of your loved ones to proofread the content for you.
Take some time to make a few tweaks in your book, so you can make it evergreen.
Below are the points worth noting;
– Eliminate time references that showcase dates or days such as “the previous week,” “last month,” “until we meet next time,” and so on.
– Get rid of redundant points to help improve the readability without making a derail from the main context.
– Check for grammatical errors and mistakes, including punctuation errors.
-Where there are links you don’t want to include or want to update, you shouldn’t forget to do that.
– Don’t forget to remove user comments and other content typically found in a blog post. These are most likely irrelevant in a book.
Step 6. Format your Book
After reviewing and making the necessary edits, you are now at the point of completing your book. You’ve made sure your book’s text is free from errors.
Now you make the finishing touches, and here are some of the things to do;
– Check that the page numbering is correct.
– Select the appropriate font size and style.
– Use your desired page borders.
– Select your exact page layout.
– Take care of the line spacing, text alignment, bullets & numbering, and format your headings as well.
Get some feedback from a small circle of people about your book and be open to constructive criticism.
Step 7. Publish your Book
When you are satisfied with the work done, it is time to hit the save button. You can save it as a pdf and as any other format you deem fit. But make sure you have it in pdf format first.
You should also retain your Doc file so that you can make timely corrections and updates when the need arises.
Now it’s time to publish your book on your blog for an easy download. Give it out as an incentive to email list subscribers, or bring it forward to potential buyers.
Converting your blog posts into a book has several methods of approach, and if you are looking for a method that can help bring your creative juices in position and help you get to realize how good of a book creator and publisher you are, then doing it using the above steps would be your best bet.
Like I mentioned earlier, you may choose to hire an expert to help you turn your blog into a book in a professional and deserving way.
Or, use the online blog to book conversion tools out there.
In case you are on WordPress, several plugins can help get things done on your behalf. All you’ll need is to cross-check your book and make the appropriate corrections to make it finalized, and within a short time, you’ll have your book ready for your readers.
So far, so good, there you go, all that you need to turn your blog into a book, and you don’t have to worry about writing a book from scratch.
Have you ever tried converting your blog onto an ebook?
Let me have a sip of coffee and read how your blog conversion to book process went for you. Let me know in the comments below!