Have you ever thought about writing a book? Do you have a great idea, knowledge that would be useful to others, or do you have a personal story that is so incredible it should be published? So what is stopping you?
The idea of writing a book can be daunting! Just the notion of sitting down and organize your thoughts, creating structure with chapters and paragraphs to fill hundreds of pages is enough to cause the bravest among us to cringe. What many people don’t realize is that the book may already be near completion.
Do you have a journal that you have been keeping for decades? Do you have recipes that you have spent years perfecting? Do you have a personal collection of beautiful photographs that others may be interested in? Do you have a blog?
When people are interested in something they accumulate quite a bit of material that supports that interest, and if you are a information junkie like me that compilation adds up to A LOT of stuff! Some of us turn to blogging to share our passions and as bloggers we write hundreds…thousands of posts that if put together could possibly amount to enough material for a book.
Recently I found a website that provides resources for you to create your own book. The software is free and the publishing starts at $4.95. You can create hard and soft cover books, they provide software to help with formatting and page design, and they provide a bookstore to sell it in with SEO features.
The company is Blurb and they have created a website that affordably helps bring out in the author in all of us. They provide the software to get you book ready, great pricing to get that book published, and a bookstore to give that book exposure.
The great thing about Blurb’s BookSmart software is that you can pull text and images from just about anywhere. Blurb calls it slurping and it works with most of your popular image and blogging platforms. You can slurp images from Flickr, Picasa, and SmugMug. You can slurp blog posts from Blogger, WordPress, Live Journal, and TypePad. They have even gone mobile, you can access photos from your iPhoto library. On top of that you can create a GroupBook and invite your friends and family to contribute.
So now what are you waiting for? Get out there and put that book together!
If you have used Blurb or a comparable site I would love to hear about it……..