Blogger: Michelle Ule
Sitting in for Mary Keeley who is visiting a publisher today
In the interest of being a more efficient writer, have you considered repurposing already completed work into something else?
Rachelle Gardner was the first person I heard discussing this idea, and at first I, a purist, couldn’t imagine reusing something I’d already written.
But, life got in the way and before I knew it, I was hunting for ways to repurpose my work.
Here are some suggestions
Gather blog posts you’ve written on a common subject and put them into an ebook.
I’ve done that several times and have been pleased with the result.
When I spoke on prayer in October, I combined the six posts I’d written on the subject into a 28-page booklet.
I’ve just done the same thing for Advent.
(How to make blog posts into a simple ebook? Revise them carefully, removing anything that may be under someone else’s copyright (like a photography), and watch the formatting. Save the manuscript as a PDF. You can email it that way)
If you’re stuck on a blog topic, consider using a page of your current project and ask for responses.
I wrote a blog post one time asking folks if I should kill a particular passage I adored in my manuscript.
I didn’t get a lot of advice on the post, but several people wrote me an email with suggestions.
I’ve used photos I took on vacation as jumping off points for a blog post.
Lion Hunting in Europe, anyone?
How about A Walk in Avtar’s Brooklyn?
You could post the first (short) chapter to your book?
I even dug out the original first chapter to my first novella, The Dogtrot Christmas, and posted it, explaining why it didn’t work for the novella I ultimately wrote.
I’ve written short stories as gifts.
I’ve adapted a lot of my research into blog posts–whether it pertained to my current project or not.Imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery, but authors have been repurposing material forever. Half of William Shakespeare’s storylines were repurposed from others’ tales.
After all, there are only seven main plots anyway, right?
What ways have you repurposed your work?
Since this is Advent, you might be interested in my latest repurposing project, a series of blog posts I wrote last Christmas:
Another Look at the Advent Stories.
I’m giving it away to people who sign up for my newsletter (http://eepurl.com/2l7F9), but I’d be happy to send a copy to anyone who comments on this post and asks for one.
Offer ends tomorrow, Friday, December 4, 2015 at midnight, PST. Merry Christmas!