While organization seems like a given, it actually can be quite tricky. There are so many rabbits holes you can fall down that before you know it, your blog to book project has been in the works six months or more with no end in sight.
Now, everyone will do things just a bit differently and that’s fine, but I’ll go through my general organization process when I am working on a blog to book project to show you what I mean.
- Decide on a theme for your blog to book project. (Example: Herbal Remedies in Mexico).
- Go through your blog posts and cull all posts that have something to do with the said theme. (Found 16 blog posts).
- Create a new book in Pressbooks and come up with a catchy title. (New book: Exploring Mexican Herbal Remedies) NOTE: We will talk about Pressbooks tomorrow.
- Copy and paste each post into a chapter in Pressbooks.
- Determine how many more chapters would make a decent size book. (I think 10 more chapters would be good).
- Write those and post them to your blog staggering the publication dates.
- Add the posts to your book.
- Move the hyperlinks to the endnotes or appendix.
- Rearrange, remove or reformat any images.
- Edit individual chapters.
- Write the introduction.
- Write a conclusion.
- Add the author page, acknowledgments, dedication, foreword, preface, or epigraph if applicable.
- Choose a copyright license.
- Add cover image.
- Check your book in Pressbooks viewer for formatting errors.
- Upload to the publishing site. (I use KDP)
- Check your book in KDP viewer for formatting errors.
- Fix errors. Export again. Download again. Upload again.
Of course, your work as an author is not finished by a long shot. You still have to get people to actually buy and read your book. So marketing would be another organizational aspect that we won’t get into just yet.
Make an ordered list for your blog to book project.