Number of Blogger Book Deals is Very Small

Posted on March 25, 2009

Cover of It Sucked and Then I Cried by Heather Armstrong, blogger of Dooce

USA Today has an article about some bloggers that have landed book deals. Heather Armstrong, the author of the blog dooce.com, is the latest to publish a book. Her memoir, It Sucked and Then I Cried, landed in stores yesterday.

Blogs-to-books have included Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander, Jessica Cutler's The Washingtonienne and Ana Marie Cox's Dog Days.

Out this week is It Sucked and Then I Cried, a memoir by Heather B. Armstrong, creator of dooce.com, a well-trafficked blog and website in which she writes about her depression and pregnancies.

The book is getting a large 75,000 first printing by Simon Spotlight Entertainment. If a blogger is getting a lot of links and attention they might be able to attract a publisher. In a way the blog can act as a writing sample that an editor can examine. However, the number of bloggers getting book deals form major publishers is still very small, especially if you consider the millions of blogs that are published.

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