FinCon11 Session Spotlight: Kylie Ofiu, From Blog to Book
Over the next few months I’ll be doing session spotlights. These will be quick blog posts dedicated to some of the sessions you’ll get to attend at the conference. The posts will hopefully be written by the speakers themselves and they are welcome to do a variety of things with the post: give a synopsis of their talk, solicit pre-conference feedback, and whatever else comes to mind. First up, we have Kylie Ofiu.
This October I will be speaking at The Financial Blogger Conference about… Going from Blog to Book.
I know what I would like to discuss, but thought I would throw it open and see what you want me to talk about or if you have any specific questions.
My thoughts were:
- How I went about getting my contract and writing my book
- Differences between writing for a blog and writing a book (e.g. when blogging people can get a feel for who you are and feel they know you personally having read your journey, so blogs can be more relaxed. Whereas when people read a book they might not know your whole journey and it needs to be more ‘professional’)
- Things to look out for in contracts – what is good, what to request and what to look out for (Such as the differences in publishing rights e.g. first published rights, all published rights etc..Pushing for higher advance/royalties.)
- Getting started writing the book (how to get ideas and turn them into a book, as well as finding the time/commitment to write)
- Importance of editing, proofreading (Writing is easy, it is the editing and making something people can easily read, that flows etc… that is harder, although your publisher may do most of this if you get a contract first)
- How to keep motivated and commit to doing it
- Dealing with the publisher and everyone involved (I have had 5 different people I have dealt with through the process so far from the acquisitions editor, the head editor, the editor actually editing my book, publicist and the manager of my publisher John Wiley Australia otherwise known as Wright Books here)
- Marketing/promoting your book
Those are just my thoughts at this point, which of course may change as I begin to actually write out my talk, which is why I would love your input.
Whilst I was fortunate to be found by attending the Aussie Bloggers Conference it was not just a matter of signing up and being found. There is more to writing a book than many people think and a whole lot more to marketing it than you might expect.
I have previously self published, so this is a different experience going through a large publishing house, but many of the things are similar, so if you wanted me to discuss the differences a little, I could do that too.
Please leave a comment with your thoughts.