Bloggers are the new breed of published authors if we take an ever growing array of people who manage to move from being a blogger to becoming published authors. Wanting to look beyond the usual curtain of how a blogger can self publish I did a bit of research online to show you it can be done indeed.
Sometimes the step from blogger to published author is a mere strike of luck and at others it is done at will right from the start.
Join me on my journey where I look at those who have already arrived and learn whether it was easy or hard for them to get there.
365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment
Julie Powell’s amazing story begun back in August 2002. She was frustratingly stuck in a secretarial job and wanted out. Her aim to cook every single recipe from Julia Child’s book Mastering the Art of French Cooking within one year paid off handsomely. Her first post on her brand new blog The Julie/Julia Project announced her intention and caught the eyes of thousands of readers.
This was the beginning of a truly blessed journey.
Cooking 536 recipes in the space of 365 days from a small kitchen propelled Julie from frustrated employee to popular entrepreneur. Since those early days, Julie has been featured on Entertainment Weekly, on the Martha Steward Show and held cooking demonstration for Tyra Banks.
She also embarked on a nationwide book tour, labelled by some as “blook tour” (blog book). Julie still continues to blog despite being a wife, a mother, a cat owner, a writer and a national celebrity. Although, some might wonder where she takes the time from. Her blog What Could Happen is a satirical approach to life in general.
Chocolate & Zucchini
Life took a sharp turn for Clotilde when she was made redundant as a software designer in the Silicon Valley dotcom crash. That was back in 2003. Moving back to her home town of Paris, France, she decided to start a food blog by the name of Chocolate & Zucchini.
Today, Chocolate & Zucchini is a household name for most blog and food fanatics. Being one of the most popular consumer blogs, Clotilde’s transition to published author didn’t come as a surprise to anybody.
Clotilde’s book launch resulted in a nationwide book tour through America and Europe in 2007 and she has received nothing but praise for her publication. Being some kind of celebrity these days, Clotilde has a large following of foodies and housewife’s dreaming to live her life. She has been featured on the American Today Show, as well as in many magazines.
Her second book Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris was released in April 2008 and has her fans licking her fingers in anticipation. If you can’t wait for the book to arrive you can visit Chocolate & Zucchini, Clotilde’s food blog in the meantime.
Salam Pax made history as one of the most famous bloggers in the world. He started blogging pre-Golf War 2 to keep in touch with a friend who had left to study in Jordan. His friend’s name Read was the inspiration for his blog Dear Raed. The blog gained international attention as Salam blogged his experience from inside Iraq while war was raging all around him.
Risking his life to journal his journey made him a hero to many. For most of us it would be unimaginable to live in a country plagued by war while blogging what is happening around us. His bravery paid off though, unwillingly for him.
His online war diary was eventually published by Grove Press in 2005.
Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett
ProBlogger – Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
Darren Rowse is the problogger who has made history in many ways. His amazing rise to fame has and continues to inspire thousands of people of all ages all around the world. They want what Darren has got – the success, the fame, the work from home business.
Darren’s first blog LivingRoom was conceived in 2002 while he worked as a labourer and part time minister (who would have thought). He started ProBlogger in September 2004 and hasn’t looked back.
Besides founding a church in Melbourne, Australia, a blog network by the name of b5media, a digital photography blog, a blogging course and more, Darren has risen to fame with his ProBlogger blog attracting some 15,000-20,000 page views every day.
Despite having been a blogger for several years, Darren continues to post frequently to his blog, attracting a steady following of readers and fans. Even though he is famous, Darren has kept a low profile portraying himself as the guy from next door.
Chris Garrett was born in Calgary, Canada. He became addicted to the Internet in 1994 when most people didn’t even know it existed. He has since founded and co-founded several companies, one of them being the famous Performancing blog site which he sold to Slashpress Media in January 2007 for an undisclosed sum.
Chris regularly writes for a range of sites as well as being a coach, speaker, trainer, new media industry commentator and web geek. Chris is also a keen amateur photographer and snow sports enthusiast. His web home is ChrisG.
Could it be possible for you?
By looking at each of these published bloggers, it is clearly visible that they all have one thing in common. While each of them is a normal human being, with no specific fancy education, all have a deep passion for what they write about.
This passion has been reflected in respective blogs and it is this passion that has catapulted them from blogger to published author.
It was a natural progression for each of them. If you wonder whether you have it in you to be the next blogger to published author success story, I wouldn’t know. What I do know is this: If you are truly passionate about your subject and this passion clearly shows in your writing, then I’d say yes, you definitely have it within you.
So what are you waiting for?