The Ultimate Blook Guide: Blogging Your Book

stairsOver the past few days I’ve realized there should be a guide detailing the basics of setting up a blook on the internet – sooner or later a lot of authors are going to realize they have the internet open to them as a publishing option, and many of them do not understand the various nuances of blogs and the blogosphere. This guide would ideally serve as a reference, to make posting up novels or books or even textbooks easier for authors who do not understand one line of code, not to mention copyright on the internet and all the other aspects of blogging a book.

I’ll be writing a series over the next few days covering just about everything I can think of about writing a blook – these posts will come in the form of ‘steps’, all the way from choosing a blogging platform to publishing your blook.

This guide will not be overly detailed – its purpose is to be a reference, or a rough guide – but it will be clear and to the point. I’ll leave links to other articles and resources which I think are relevant and helpful to each of the steps where aspiring authors can go and peruse at their own pace.

Note: The majority of this guide will be written with WordPress and Blogger users in mind, since they are free, easy to use and are generally well known blogging platforms.

The steps:

Step 1: Choosing a Blogging Platform – Here I’ll talk about the selection of blogging platforms available, how they work and a brief explanation about why they are so useful, especially in writing a book on the internet.

Step 2: Set It Up – After choosing the right blogging platform you’re left with the task of setting it up. This might range from 30 seconds to 5 hours, depending on your level of expertise and the blogging platform you choose.

Step 3: Optimize – Step 3 is where I’ll talk about the fiddling you’ll need to do before the blook is acceptable to both humans and search engines. This step covers simple SEO, theme edits as well as recommended services for your RSS feeds or your blog comments.

Step 4: Copyright – What is Creative Commons? How does it work? Are there limitations? Alternatives? Questions, questions.

Step 5: Write! – Ideas on how to post up chapters, modify your writing for the web as well as basic principles to follow. I’ll put up links to more detailed writing guides on the internet, that I feel everyone who wants to write fiction should read.

Step 6: Promote – Where are you going to promote your blook? How are you going to go about it? I won’t promise you instant fame and success, but there are places to go to on the web to meet up with like minded people. Again, these are merely guidelines.

Step 7: Publish! – With the advent of on-demand publishing, services like Lulu and Blurb offer blook writers an alternative to the traditional publishing industry. And then there are other publishers that deal exclusively with publishing web content – we’ll take a look at them here.

Conclusion – A sum up of the series and blooking in general.

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Category: Writing Web Fiction
  • Lorrim

    Good post, informative and well written.

  • Eli James

    Thanks Lorrim. But it still remains to be seen if the rest of my the series would be equally good. I’m going to be very busy writing it all up very soon.

  • Jason D

    I’m a published author looking for a bit more freedon – so I’ve done just this.
    See what you think at

  • Eli James

    Will do, Jason.

  • Teresa

    A lot of good advice for newcomers such as myself. Thanks.

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  • Donna

    Thanks for this great guide! I was able to use it to get my husband’s blook site up and running. One time saver I found is that I was able to build the index of his story based on “category”. He is able to add a new chapter or part to his blook and as long as the time line of his publishing remains chronological (and he remembers to stick the chapter in the category dedicated to the book) the updates will automatically fill in the index, without knowing a lick of HTML.

  • Icy BC

    I love your step-by-step guide in this post, and will follow this series! Thank you!

  • Michelle E

    Awesome information! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series as I am hoping to blog my book.

  • Virginia Horn

    I’ve been writing my life story, I’m not ready for my life or the book to be over yet, so I need an EASY site to post my book in chapters, and new chapters added at the END instead of the top of all the other posts, this is proving to be extremely irritating and I’m ready to give up!

  • Eli James

    @Virginia: You can use Blogger. It’s not a perfect fit, but you can set it to post in chronological order.

    [Update]: Oh you can’t do that without inserting some Javascript. Shouldn’t be too hard to do, though. Does that help?