From Blog to Book: Moon over Martinborough
We’re thrilled to hear how writers on WordPress.com have made their publishing dreams come true. This summer, Jared Gulian snagged a book deal with Random House New Zealand for material based on his blog, Moon over Martinborough.
Over at en.blog.wordpress.com, we talked to Jared about the process of transforming his blog into a book, building an audience using his blog, and getting the most out of the features and community at WordPress.com.
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How did your book contract come about?
Blogging has helped me to learn that I don’t need to take myself so seriously — in writing as well as in life.
It started with my blog, which is about life on our tiny olive farm. My partner and I are both American city boys, and somehow we ended up living in rural New Zealand with an olive grove. I wanted to write about it, so I created a blog on WordPress.com in 2009.
The blog became popular and won some awards, and a regional magazine, Wairarapa Lifestyle Magazine, started publishing my posts. Eventually, it attracted national media, including Radio New Zealand and the Dominion Post. Visitors on my blog started asking where they could buy our olive oil. Although we’d never planned to have our own brand, due to the overwhelming demand we decided to launch a line of our own artisan extra virgin olive oil. We named the olive oil after my blog, Moon over Martinborough. . . .