Cox, Ingman, Cutler, Israel and Scoble: Blogging Books

As Shel Israel and Robert Scoble continue to develop their book (The Red Couch), let’s look at other authors having success in publishing blog books. The stories are quite varied.

Marrit Ingman: Blogging begets books (c|net,

“I turned to readers of my blog,” she said. “I asked them to comment on whether a book like mine would be relevant to them. Readers wrote back expressing why they wanted to read about the experience of maternal anger. I stuck their comments into my proposal as pulled quotes.”

Her readers were convincing. She and her agent, Jim Hornfischer, sold her memoir, “Inconsolable,” to Seal Press in August. “The blog showed publishers she was committed to the subject matter and already had an audience,” Hornfischer said.

Wonkette: Blogging begets books (c|net,

In October, Ana Marie Cox, editor of, a racy, often wry Washington-based blog, sold her first novel, “Dog Days,” a comic tale with a political context, to Riverhead Books. She said she received a $275,000 advance.

and, Jessica Cutler: Your Blog or Mine?, from the

One of the first sex scandals of the blogosphere ended, of course, in a book deal. In May, Ana Marie Cox, (Wonkette), focuses on Washington, published a link to another blogger who called herself the Washingtonienne. (See Jessica Cutler: Mouse Clicker that Roared for background.) After a flurry of interviews in the newspapers and on TV, she (Cutler) sold a novel based on her blog to Hyperion for a figure that Wonkette estimated at $300,000. Cutler’s agent announced that she would pose nude for Playboy but would not talk to the media until the book was published. Her privacy, after all, had to be respected.

Thanks to Loïc Le Meur and The Red Couch for the tips.

On a side note, in a long anticipated sale, Washington Post picks up Slate from Microsoft

… rumored since at least mid-November, the Post will take Slate off Microsoft’s hands for an unspecified amount of money. The online magazine, which produces original editorial content on popular topics such as politics, has been controlled by the software giant since Slate first began publishing in 1996. According to Nielsen Net/Ratings, the magazine had 6 million unique users in November.