I hope this is the right forum to put this in. I wanted to let everyone know that I have a book deal that is the direct result of my blogging experience. And I didn't blog to become an author but that is what seems to be happening!
I started a WP blog in November 2006 to stay in touch with my (motivational) seminar students. I expected a handful of visits each week. A few weeks after the blog was up, someone wrote me and said she was having a tough time with the upcoming holidays because she had recently ended a relationship.
I wrote a post called "After the Breakup" (now called Getting Past Your Breakup) and the hits started coming from all over. I received a lot of email about it from non-students so I wrote More After the Breakup and then the blog took a decidedly "getting past your breakup" theme. I had not planned it but I let the blog go where the readers wanted it to go and now it is completely about moving on after a bad breakup.
And now it's going to be turned into a book (with some non-blog material included). I just landed a book deal with Perseus/Da Capo. It was announced in Publisher's Marketplace last week. The book "Getting Past Your Breakup: How to Turn A Devastating Loss Into The Best Things That Ever Happened to You" will be published in spring 2007. The editor is a big fan of the blog. And while it's not LOLcats or SWPL, it's still nice to know that you don't have to reach that level of popularity to have a book deal.
This was NOT my intention in starting the blog, but it's all very nice and I LOVE LOVE LOVE being a part of the WP family!
Thanks everyone for being here. Keep on blogging!