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Do you recommend having your content out there online before you go to a publisher? Maybe see how people enjoy it? What are some pros or cons?

Good questions! Putting at least some content online can build an audience/market for your writing, at least if you can cite good traffic numbers to your website(s). And writing blog-sized posts can make the creation of a book that much easier. In effect, blogging for any length of time can be writing a book on the instalment plan.

Some publishers, however, may think that material published online is already there for the asking, so why bother printing it and hoping to be paid for it? My response: A manuscript based on web posts should have some value-added, and the publisher should be able to add still more value. The posts now have new/reorganized content, and they're accessible in a compact and readable book.

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