A Blogger’s Little Toolbook™ — First Content Resources Book in New Series


I’ve just published the first book in planned series of content resources books.  It’s titled  A Blogger’s Little Toolbook™: Content Boxes for WP Posts. You can get it at https://www.amazon.com/Bloggers-Little-Toolbook-Content-Boxes/dp/198111663X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1511824305&sr=1-1&keywords=blogger%27s+little+toolbook

This particular series, A Blogger’s Little Toolbook™, is obviously for bloggers.  The first volume offers reusable cut and paste content box templates.  I plan to do more books in this series, with a variety of content types.  And I plan to do more than one content resources book series.

But wait! What’s a content resources book?

A content resources book provides reusable content such as clip art, advertising swipe files, quotations, “how to say it” phrases and paragraphs, illustrations, layouts, music, story plots, non-fiction outlines, templates for both design and writing, and just about any other elements that you can imagine being useful in creating your own publications.

One good example of reusable artistic content is the Dover series of books.

The assets in a content resources book may be licensed for use as royalty-free with some
restrictions or may be free to use in any way you like, simply for the price of the book. Some content books may include instructions on how to use the content. Others may simply provide the content.

I’ve long planned to make content resources books.  Finally, I’ve got one done.  It’s much shorter than I planned originally.  I was going to make a greater number of templates available as an add-on to a blog post I made.

You see, as a kind of proof of concept, not long ago I made a long blog post of 26 templates for creating content boxes in individual WP posts.  If you’ve got the right theme or plugin, you can do this easily with WP pages, but it’s really difficult with just one post.  Unless you can code it yourself.  And have the right WP editor.

So, I created pre-coded templates for such content boxes as well as simple instructions on how to use them.  It was just cut and paste.  The post I made was entirely written in the code.  To prove that it worked.  None of the images of content boxes were actually images. They were just code.  All the user had to do was cut the code written on the post and paste it into a WP editor.

I’ve removed the post because I’ve used it to create a book.  And a free pdf version to go with it that makes it possible to cut and paste without having to scan the book or type it in.  I have colleagues who suggested that since it’s difficult to get pre-coded content boxes (except included in a theme) for love or money, I should stop messing around and start publishing with the ones I already had.  I know they’re right.  The reason I wrote my own is that I couldn’t just buy some already made.  So I followed the advice.

But even better than getting out a book, I now have at least a year’s worth of blog ideas about the trials and tribulations of self-publishing on CreateSpace.  That’s in addition to the experiences I’ve had publishing on Kindle. (Just kidding. I learned a lot and had some fun.)