6 Reasons You Want to Give Away the First Draft of Your Book

Is blogging your book giving it away for free?There are many ways to promote a book. Giving it away seems to have become a poplar one. Many authors choose to do this with the hope that the book will than garner some on-line reviews or build up some word-of-mouth reviews so sales increase. I’d like to suggest that you begin giving your book away from day one, from the moment you begin writing it. In fact, write your book in the public eye on your blog.

I now this seems counterintuitive, as does giving away all or part of your book at anytime. But giving it away before it’s even finished somehow makes less sense to most writers, so let me explain why blogging a book, writing it post by post on your blog, makes total sense.

Here are six reasons to give away the first draft of your book:

  1. As you writer your book in cyberspace, you gain loyal readers who will become  book buyers. These blog readers become part of your author platform; the more blog readers you  have, the more likely you are to land a book deal. Publishers look for bloggers with successful blogs. (Yes, these readers will, indeed purchase the finished book. They will want a souvenir from their favorite author as well as the edited version that will also contain some new material.)
  2. As you blog your book, you promote yourself and your book. Blogging has proven to be a superb way for writers to promote themselves and their books, and their is no better time to start creating a buzz about your book then when you first get the idea.
  3. You can build a mailing list as you blog your book. You blog provides the opportunity to develop a mailing list of potential book buyers. You will then let these fans know when the book is released; hopefully they will purchase the book. If this list is big enough, it can help you land a book deal. (Publishers like large mailing lists.)
  4. Your blog readers become your best critique group. Unlike a critique group made up of people who might not write in your niche or category (or be interested in it), your readers want to read your book and have an interest in the subject matter. They are the BEST critique group ever because the have already “bought” your book when they started reading your blog. They will give you great feedback and insights into what they need and want in your book–if you ask. You can then revise before you publish. (You might also crowdsource your readers for case studies.)
  5. You blog readers become reviewers. If they like what they read for free on the blog, you can ask them for reviews of the book as well–before the printed or digital  book ever is released.
  6. Your loyal readers will spread the word about your book. If your readers find benefit in the first draft of your book, which they are reading on your blog, they will share that information on their social networks–and elsewhere–as you write and when the ook is released. That’s going to create more fans before the book gets published.

Photo courtesy of Stuart Miles

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About Nina Amir

Nina Amir, the Inspiration to Creation Coach, inspires writers and bloggers to create published products and careers as authors. Additionally, she helps her clients and readers achieve their potential, fulfill their purpose and make a positive and meaningful difference with their words. She is the author of How to Blog a Book, The Author Training Manual, and Creative Visualization for Writers, all published by Writer’s Digest Books. As a hybrid author, she also has published 17 books independently. She is a nonfiction book editor and doctor, proposal consultant, and an Author Coach and Trainer as well as a Book and Blog Coach. Some of her clients have sold 320,000+ copies of their books and been published by major publishing houses. Nina also is an award winning blogger and journalist, international speaker and founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, also known as the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University. Also a Certified High Performance Coach, Nina strives to help creative people Achieve More Inspired Results personally and professionally.

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