That’s exactly what I did. I’ve been writing blog posts for 3 years fairly consistently up until almost a year ago. I felt like I wrote all I could at the time so I took a break. My posts consist mainly of my own personal growth experiences. I love to share what I’ve learned with others to help them along on their journey. That was the point of my blog.
Recently I had the idea of arranging my posts into a book. I’ve heard it done before and thought, maybe I could use it as a marketing tool (magnet), like a freebie offer to get email addresses for more blog traffic. I started to make a document and things progressed, I thought – just turn it into a real book! The information I provide on my blog is valuable and could really help people. I had to accept the value of my information.
The information in my book, as I mentioned, is from my posts over the years. I polished them all up, made a logical sequence for them, and added things like homework and ideas for journaling. It’s a very powerful guide to healing the vicious cycles and living free from the past into a future created by you!
I self-published it and have it available now on Amazon. My first book, Bridging the Gap Between You and Your Inner Child, is also self-published. It’s quite easy to do and costs literally next to nothing. Amazon has ‘Print-on-Demand’ so you don’t need to order 3,000 copies at a time from a printer! Saves lots of space in the living room! You can buy your own ISBN numbers or get one from Amazon. If it’s an eBook you want to publish, Amazon provides the ISBN for free.
I made the cover on Canva. I found a wonderful licence-free photograph on line and thought – wow, that’s beautiful and needs a book! It’s really how this all started! The whole process took me about 3 weeks of steady work. I copied and pasted my posts onto MS Word and then did all the arranging, formatting and editing. Once the manuscript is completed, I exported it as pdf which is the best way to upload it onto Amazon for a print book.
There’s lots of tools and tricks of the trade available if this is something you’ve been thinking about doing. Like I said, I’ve self-published both of my books now and it’s really quite easy and cheap to get a very nice looking book. If you’re interested and have questions, please let me know in the comments and I’d be happy to share some resources with you!