Blog to Book

Friends,

Happy New Year!

I wanted to share a piece of news with you: On January 2nd, I signed a deal with Hachette India to publish my book, Entrepreneur Journeys (Volume One), in India. The book has already been out in the US since October.

It has been a fascinating experience building my blog, Sramana Mitra on Strategy, followed by syndication deals with various publishers. Then came a deal with Forbes for a weekly column, and later another with Amazon for a book.

This latest Hachette deal is yet another milestone in a three and a half year journey.

I believe some other Indian bloggers have also pursued a blog to book path, and based on my experience so far, I'd say, it is a path I would recommend to other serious bloggers.

Wishing you all a happy new year and much success!

Sincerely,

Sramana

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Amitabh Mukherjee
Amitabh Mukherjee
from Bangalore
10 years ago

Sramana,

Congratuations!

In recent years this has become a regular practice with many athors. Especially the first time ones. I wish you all the success.

I will check out the links you have suggested and get back to you with more comments. Though with so many deals in the bag you may not need one.

Cheers,

Amitabh

I would appreciate comments, Amitabh, regardless of the deals. sm

Anoop Zombie
Anoop Zombie
from Bangalore
10 years ago

@Sramana.. This is so cool... this is the second case study of this sort I have heard on IndiBlogger.in .. the other one is a prominent "parent" blog ( http://justamotheroftwo.blogspot.com). She has also released the book in India. Maybe you can help her release it outside India(am not sure if its done yet).but i gather that its quite funny and down to earth.

Anywayz.. this is seriously a good case study for any commited blogger and thank you for sharing it.

Anoop Zombie
Anoop Zombie
from Bangalore
10 years ago

@Sramana :- Also you are an entrepreneur.. maybe you can help out in my other discussion topic "How can IndiBlogger.in help start-ups?"

Preeti Shenoy
Preeti Shenoy
from United Kingdom
10 years ago

@ Anoop Zombie : Thanks for the mention! Mine is NOT a parent blog--the name is a misnomer as the header clarifies. And the book (34 Bubblegums and Candies) can be ordered outside India too. It's available in all major bookstores all ovr India, and many sites have worldwide selling rights. The book has been very well received--and I thank all my blogger pals as well as Indiblogger for the support.

Cheers

Preeti Shenoy

Anoop Zombie
Anoop Zombie
from Bangalore
10 years ago

@Preeti.. My sincere apologies for bungling on your blog content! Great to know your book is doing well and nice to hear from you on the forum. Maybe a free copy of the book 34 Bubblegums and Candies, for the IndiBlogger.in team will do nicely :) so we dont get the content wrong next time lol.

 

Preeti Shenoy
Preeti Shenoy
from United Kingdom
10 years ago

@ Anoop: Oh its you!! The Zombie threw me off track completely! Bad enough when people want one copy--and now you want three!!! :) Come and collect it :)

Amitabh Mukherjee
Amitabh Mukherjee
from Bangalore
10 years ago

One great example of Blog to Book is the book Long Tail. Chris Anderson (The editor in chief of Wired) blogged on the Long Tail and then developed the idea based on the inputs from his readers (he has 5000 of them!)

Check out http://churn-news.blogspot.com/2009/01/my-place-in-sun.html (sorry could not resist a bit of publicity) :-)) to know a bit more about long tail. Or your could direct to the source.

Amitabh Mukherjee
Amitabh Mukherjee
from Bangalore
10 years ago

Guys - go to the Amazon link given in Sramana Mitra's original article. You can read the first chapter for free. This information is just in case you have not check it out already.

As an aside, is blog to book a trend among only the ladies in India - Sramana, Preeti ... ?

Pavan
Pavan
from Bangalore
10 years ago

Blog-to-book? Nice to hear. I too consider myself to be a serious blogger. But I don't really know if it might lead me to the same path. Although me and my friend have started to write a fantsy novel.

Care to take a Look?

Renie Ravin
Renie Ravin
from Chennai
10 years ago

@Preeti - good to see you on the forum! How is the book doing?

Anoop Zombie
Anoop Zombie
from Bangalore
10 years ago

@ Preeti :- Of course its me! lol.. We will need only one book at the moment cause Renie cant read Laughing and of course we will collect it!

@ Pavan :- Whats the theme of your fantasy novel.. hope time travel is involved .. lol

 

 

 

ARJuna
ARJuna
from Mumbai
10 years ago

Could you people help aspiring authors with guidance and resources to publish their books?!?!?

If yes please reply here (I thought a seperate thread would benefit the topic and get it more response)

I am an apiring author myself.

Anyone and Everyone can contact me at arjblogger@yahoo.com

ARJuna
from Mumbai
10 years ago

I am sorry I forgot to include the link to the thread I have made here it is,

http://www.indiblogger.in/forum/topic.php?id=2188

please enlighten us with any guidance, tips, information that you possess.

Parv Kaushik
from Lucknow, Noida
10 years ago

i agree with you arjuna... i think we need guidance frm authors and if indeed they can help us by sharing thr knowledge it will be wonderful!!

Folks,

The first thing is to get a really well regarded blog together. And then start writing your book on the blog. I have written a good 75-85% of my books on my blog, another 10-20% on my Forbes columns, over  a period of time, so by the time I got to actually assembling the books, they were largely written, and I had to edit, package, etc.

I have done 3 books this way so far, and am working on 2 more. You can track the project here: http://www.sramanamitra.com/2008/09/09/entrepreneur-journeys-now-on-amazon/

Regards, Sramana

Vikram Karve
Vikram Karve
from Pune
10 years ago

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Hi Sramana,

Congratulations.

I too have my blogs metamorphose into print.

My delicious foodie blogs have been compiled in a highly popular book “Appetite for a Stroll”.

Appetite for a Stroll

 

All the Best

Regards

Vikram Karve

http://vikramkarve.sulekha.com

 

 


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