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Book Writing Using Blogs

I've had a request from a friend who is interested in developing his next book using a blog as a platform. Can anyone direct me to specific examples? I imagine some of the books on blogging have emerged in this way. This is more likely to be a "leadership" text. I can think of books that emerged from e-mail exchanges. I'm not familiar with one bookieblog production now.

Separately, any thoughts on the following approach for using the blog to fill the book outline.

  • Set the blog up with the home page focused on the Book title and introduction. Invite some guest bloggers to comment. Index to book on left. summaries on the balance. Post oriented to be topic related rather than date oriented.
  • Open categories for each chapter. Create sub-categories that include dialogue, research, and references. Enable comments and idea submissions.
  • Use the right column (three column) to list the latest additions.
  • Set up a References index that aggretates all references and links to blog page etc.
  • Similarly create archive by chapter rather than month etc.
  • Enable core themes to emerge in additional categories.
  • Creating interest might be done by sending "snips" to an RSS feed. Rewriting chapters may become difficult. The book may also not be written in chronological order.

    So maybe what I'm looking for is a wiki-blog solution. Any recommendations? Thanks.

    Comments (3)

    Salam Pax's blog entries on the Iraq war have been packaged as a book. I'm not sure if it's available yet in the US. Published by the London Guardian's book imprint.

    http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/biography/0,6121,1046142,00.html

    Thanks Alex. That makes sense to me that an editor would see good copy and pick it up. I'm more interested in those that have set out to use their blog or a similar format to write a book. And no I am not planning to write a book. William Gibson gave up blogging to write his next book.... I'm not giving up blogging to write a book.

    Jon:

    I believe that the Thoughtscape tool could be used to create clusters or Paks of related blog material/posts that can slowly and surely be turned into themes, then pages, then chapters - by dragging-and-dropping content into the workspace, annotating items, crating a tour, changing the tour as the logic and story becomes clearer, and so on.

    BTW, haven't forgotten - just met with Roland Tanglao this morning, and he should be contacting you tomorrow to find out the best way to send the mnost recent prototype, with the "post-to-blog" feature, which should render it more useful.

    And oh, btw, re "free evangelism" - I think anyone who is benefitting from your thorough and enthusiastic reviewing and thinking should offer you some financial or trade recognition. This is what I intend if we are able to get you to play with and review LinkFest (Thoughtscape re-named)

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