Is Your Blog a Book: When, How, Why (and Why Not) Your Social Media Could Become a Traditionally Published Book

Is Your Blog a Book: When, How, Why (and Why Not) Your Social Media Could Become a Traditionally Published Book

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  • You are a writer who wants to turn their blog into a book
  • You are a writer who wants to harness the web to help land a book deal
  • You are a writer looking to learn how to grow their online presence
  • You are a writer who wants to use the content they've already written to produce a book
  • You are a writer who wants to be on the cutting edge of modern publishing


We've all see the over-night successes of blog-to-book deals. Whether it's a traditional blog, a Twitter feed, a Tumblr blog, or something else entirely, publishers and agents are actively looking to discover new talent on the Internet. Could you be next?

Maybe you've been blogging since 2005 and waiting for your ship to come in. Maybe you've started a parody Twitter account with hundreds of thousands of followers, or maybe you've got the next big idea brewing, and you want to set yourself up right to make the book deal happen. This presentation shows you how to move from pixels to print whether your idea is living on the web or waiting to launch. We'll cover what publishers are looking for in blog-to-book properties, what it takes to make the Internet-to-print jump, and how to know if the traffic you have is big enough to get an agent's or editor's attention.

Agent Kate McKean has ushered dozens of blog-to-book properties into print,from the New York Times Bestselling (twice!) to Noah Scalin's online art project, to numerous Twitter and Tumblr accounts. She showa you what she's looking for, and not looking for, in good writing on the web, whether your work is fiction, non-fiction, humor, illustrated, instructive or something else entirely!


  • What blogs (Twitter feeds, Tumblrs, or otherwise) make good books in print
  • How to know if your blog is popular enough to get an agent or editor's attention
  • What kind of content translates easier to print, and what doesn't
  • The kinds of blogs that do NOT make good books
  • About copyright and the web, and what you need to ask a lawyer
  • How to help build your readership to make that blog-to-book deal happen


Kate McKean is a literary agent at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency in Brooklyn, NY, where she has agented for more than 7 years. She earned her Master's in Fiction Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi before starting her publishing career, and enjoys both the creative and business aspects of her job. Her clients include the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling humor book I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER?, New York Times Bestselling YA author of ASYLUM Madeleine Roux (who Kate discovered on her blog), and blogger, designer, and creativity expert Noah Scalin. She is most interested in contemporary women's fiction, middle grade and young adult fiction of all stripes, craft, sports, humor, and pop culture.

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