Friday, June 5, 2015

Review: How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir

Transform Your Blog into a Book!

The world of blogging is rapidly changing, but it remains one of the most efficient ways to write and share your work with an eager audience. But how do you purposefully hone your blog content into a uniquely positioned book that will be noticed by an agent or a publisher?

How to Blog a Book Revised and Expanded Edition is a completely updated guide to writing and publishing a saleable book based on a blog. Expert author and blogger Nina Amir guides you through the process of developing targeted blog content that will increase your chances of publication and maximize your visibility as an author.

In this revised edition you’ll find: 

• The latest information on how to set up, maintain, and optimize a blog
• Steps for writing a book easily from scratch using blog posts
• Advice on how to write blog posts
• Tips on gaining visibility and promoting your work both online and off
• Current tools for driving traffic to your blog
• Extensive information on how to monetize your existing blog content into a book or other products
• Profiles with authors who received blog-to-book deals, including four new “from blog to book” success stories



I first came across Nina Amir's work when I found "NaNonFiWriMo", (National Non-Fiction Writing Month), which is her response to the popular "NaNoWriMo", (National Novel Writing Month).  So, when iRead Book Tours sent me the email about this tour, I JUMPED at the chance.

Ms. Amir makes the distinction in this new edition of How to Blog a Book between 'blogging a book'" and 'booking a blog'.  'Blogging a book' is where you create a blog based on your book idea, whereas 'booking a blog' comes from gathering blog posts on a subject, written over a period of time and organizing them into a book.  At first, this distinction was difficult for me to grasp, but it seems to be a matter of focus.

A lot of research went into the writing of this book.  I'm fairly certain of that, because my head was just about swimming from all the statistics.  But statistics and real-life examples of people who had blogged books or booked blogs are important if you are considering doing either, because you want to invest your time and talents wisely.

I loved what I call the 'nuts and bolts' section of How to Blog a Book.  If you have a good idea and follow the steps Ms. Amir provides, you will write that book!  She talks the talk and shows you how to walk the walk.  And there will be some 'walking' involved: you have to write, you have to market and make the other choices that must be decided when birthing a book.

If you are considering writing a non-fiction book, I highly recommend Nina Amir's How to Blog a Book.  And check out her website.  It is packed with information on writing, marketing and there are more resources than you can 'shake a pen at'.  

As athletes and artists train and rehearse to improve their crafts, so must the writer.  How to Blog a Book and Write Nonfiction Now are your training manuals.  Just do it.



Nina Amir, the bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, is a speaker, a blogger, and an author, book, and blog-to-book coach. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she helps creative people combine their passion and purpose so they move from idea to inspired action and positively and meaningfully impact the world as writers, bloggers, authorpreneurs, and blogpreneurs. Some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She is the founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University. As a hybrid author she has published 15 books and had as many as four books on the Amazon Top 100 list at the same time.

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~   Facebook


The logo link leads to the tour schedule for How to Blog a Book at the iRead Book Tours site.  You will find more reviews, as well as guest posts, author interviews and giveaways!  (You can also apply while there to become a reviewer for iRBT if you are not already!)

(Disclosure:  I received an ecopy of this book from the author and publishers via iRead Book Tours in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.)


  1. That sounds super helpful. I don't think my posts could ever turn into a book (novellas of Pick Your Plot threads notwithstanding..), but I know a lot of people do that kind of thing. Especially with their A-Z posts. We're hearing about more and more of those! She should see if one of the co-hosts would feature her at the A-Z blog next spring...

    Visiting folks who liked my A-Z theme to let you know my pick your plot book, Armageddon, is on sale for $0.99 through Monday :)
    Hope you are doing well!

  2. This is so interesting LuAnn.....thank you for sharing.

  3. Thanks for the review! I was considering this book and it's nice to consider someone else's opinion before I purchase!


  4. I like the idea behind this book, but I would question who would pay for a book when its contents are already available for free. Does the book offer any advice on that?
    Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip

  5. Thanks so much for your awesome review and for being part of my tour!