5 Reasons Publishers LOVE Bloggers

Why Blogging Might Be Your Fastest Way to Secure a Book Deal

This is a guest post from Chad R. Allen, a blogger and entrepreneur who serves as an editorial director for Baker Publishing Group. In Spring 2016 Baker will publish my next book, coauthored with my friend Daniel Harkavy, titled Living Forward. Find out more about it here. You can follow Chad on Twitter, Facebook, and his blog.

If you have ever known a clean-shaven man who quickly grew a beard, you have a clue about changes in the publishing industry over the past five to ten years. Publishing today looks very different from how it looked a few years ago, and the transition can catch you off guard.


Whether it’s the decline of bricks-and-mortar retail, the advent of ebooks, the audiobook boom, the democratization of media channels, or any of innumerable other changes, the shifts have been rapid and dramatic. Even the nimblest publishing professional can have trouble keeping up.

But among authors one group in particular has been able to capitalize on upheaval in the publishing world: bloggers.

The Secret Part of Bravery People Struggle with Most

Jon Acuff Explains Why We Need to Step Out When We Feel Like Holding Back

This is a guest post from my friend Jon Acuff. He’s a New York Times bestselling author who just wrote a new book called Do Over. (I bought a copy for every member of my team!) You can read his blog here and follow him on Twitter.

I write about fear a lot. I write about more than just rational fears like when you go to Chipotle and try to order queso and they tell you, “We don’t have queso.” I write about irrational fears as well.

Girl opening curtain

Photo courtesy of iStock/Sergey Nivens

People often ask me, “Where do you get all these ideas about fear?” and they are always disappointed with my answer: “I’m afraid of a lot of things. And then I write them down.”

I wish it was fancier than that, but it’s not.

Yes, Life is Risky—Dive in Anyway

How We Can Find Miracles in the Midst of Difficult Times

This is a guest post by Michele Cushatt, speaker, blogger, and my cohost for This is Your Life. I’m excited about the release of her new book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life. You can read her blog here and follow her on Twitter. You can also read my review of this amazing memoir here.

Life comes at us in waves. Sometimes the surge ripples gently by. Other times it can pound the daylights out of us and leave us gasping for breath. How do we respond when that happens?

Man dives into tranquil sea, from pier, boat

Courtesy of iStock/AscentXmedia

I live with my family in Colorado so my kids are more familiar with soaring mountains and sweeping plains than surge and swirl of ocean surf. But several months ago, while visiting my parents in Nevada, we decided to hop across California and see the beach.

3 Ways to Turn Your Consulting into a Product

Brian Casel was a freelancer who turned productized business owner. Today he writes his newsletter and blog to help you do the same. Get Brian’s free email crash course on Productizing Your Service.

I remember clearly how excited I was to leave my full-time job to go freelance. It wasn’t that I hated my boss or the job or the commute—well, okay, the commute got a little old. But after three years I felt something inside me pull me towards freelancing.

3 Ways to Turn Your Consulting into a Product

I didn’t know what to expect and that’s what excited me most about it. At first, freelancing was exactly the adventure I had been seeking. Taking on my own clients, working from home and the local coffee shop, making my own hours… Who could ask for a better situation?

The Secret to Becoming a Standout

This is a guest post by my new podcast co-host, Michele Cushatt. She is a communicator and storyteller whose speaking experiences include Women of Faith, Focus on the Family, and Compassion International. You can read her blog and follow her on Twitter. Michele will also be speaking at this year’s Platform Conference, November 9-11 in Colorado Springs. For ticket information, please visit our website.

For three months each year, three of my six children are the same age. The youngest are twins, a boy and a girl. The next is a girl, nine months older. This means every March, April and May, I’m mother to triplets. Have mercy.

The Secret to Becoming a Standout

Photo courtesy of Istockphoto.com/Jason_V

It has its benefits—raising children so close in age. They wake up and go to bed at the same time, enjoy similar games and toys, watch the same movies. But there’s a definite downside to their close proximity: individuality often gets swallowed up by uniformity.

How to Launch a Successful Mastermind Group

This is a guest post by Jonathan Milligan. He is a former executive recruiter turned professional blogger. He also enjoys coaching others on how to get more done and build better blogs. You can find and follow him on his personal blog or on his Blogging Your Passion website.

Did you know many of your favorite Disney moments from the 1930-1970s were birthed from a mastermind group of animators? Walt Disney referred to them as “Nine Old Men.”

How to Launch a Successful Mastermind Group

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com/laflor

While still in their twenties and thirties, when Walt first coined the phrase, this mastermind group brought to the world such classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and many others.

How I Rebounded from a Major Platform Setback

This is a guest post by Crystal Paine. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. Her blog, Money Saving Mom, is one of the most popular on the web, currently averaging a million readers per month. You can follow her here on Twitter.

A friend emailed me recently asking for counsel. He’s been working really hard growing his online business—putting in lots of time and effort—and he’s discouraged.

How I Rebounded from a Platform Setback

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com/katalinamas

While he had seen some really significant growth for a few months, it now feels like it’s at a standstill or even dropping off. He’s frustrated because he’s put in so much effort and it feels like he’s just not seeing the results he’d like to see.

Seven Principles for Setting Goals that Work

Matt Perman is the former director of strategy at Desiring God and is now an author, consultant, and speaker on productivity and leadership from a faith-based perspective. He is the author of the recently released What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done. He blogs What’s Best Next and you can also follow him on Twitter.

Executives who do not ask themselves, ‘What can I contribute?’ are not only likely to be aiming too low, they are likely to aim at the wrong things.

— Peter Drucker

How do you make change happen? More than that, how do you make the right change happen? When there is a gap between what is and what you want to be, how do you cross that gap?

Winter Landscape in the Matterhorn

Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/pchais

This is where we enter the realm of goals.

How Millionaires Manage Their Time

This is a guest post by Jaime Tardy. She has interviewed over 130 millionaires on her blog and just published a new book about what she’s learned. It’s called, The Eventual Millionaire: How Anyone Can Be an Entrepreneur and Successfully Grow Their Startup. You can follow her on Twitter.

Let’s face it. One of the most difficult areas of most people’s lives is time management. We all want enough time for our work, our family, and ourselves. So how do the most successful people manage their time?

Time Is Slipping Away

Photo courtesy of ©ShutterStock.com/merzzie

I’ve been lucky enough to interview over 130 millionaires. They know the value of their time, and use it to the best of their ability. I’ve curated the top tips on their time management to help you have more time to work, and more time to play and be with your family.

What Helps Your Dreams Come True (and What Never Will)

This is a guest post by Wayne Stiles. He is an Executive Vice President at Insight for Living Ministries and author of several books, including Grow Strong. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Not long ago, a man in front of me at the checkout line spent $100 on lottery tickets. “Hey,” I asked him, “do you ever break even on all that?”

What Helps Your Dreams Come True (and What Never Will)

Photo Courtesy of ©Shutterstock.com.com/Steve Snowden

He smiled and answered: “Yeah, sometimes.” In other words—no.

Later that day I wondered what is it about our human nature that wants something for nothing. Why do we look to luck or quick fixes in order to make dreams come true?

10 Powerful Online Business Tools for a Productive 2014

This is a guest post by Leo Widrich. He is the Co-founder of BufferApp, a Twitter app I use daily and can’t live without. You can read his blog and follow him on Twitter.

Wow, the new year has really come around fast this time, hasn’t it? One of the things that I find most helpful towards the end of the old year and start of the new one, is to evaluate how I work.

10 Powerful Online Business Tools for a Productive 2014

Especially, with the huge amount of online tools and the fast pace at which they’re changing, there’s almost always a way to improve my workflows and to make my life that much more efficient. What better time of the year to do so than at the beginning of 2014?