Larry Brooks discusses blogs, novels, book deals, platforms, and other great strategies in his Copyblogger post,
How My Blog Landed Me a Book Deal.
Mr. Brooks points out the importance of blogging and pitching a book. He says, "These days, you don't just pitch a detailed idea for a book. You also pitch the audience that's going to buy that book."
This is a worthy stop, not just for this article, but many other wonderful tips, links, and resources. Sign up for the free email updates if you like, to stay up to date on important issues for writers. Mr. Brooks is also the creator of Story Fix, an instructional resource for screenwriters and novelists.
I have yet to make the full tour of this site's resources, but have it on good authority from Susan J. Reinhardt of Christian Writer/Reader Connection that this is a jewel worth sharing. Thanks, Susan! .