• Thanks for this post Jeri and Susan. Great to read the process from start to finish, and just how organized one needs to be from day one basically. Really helpful to have a how to step by step. The enormity of the work is the other part that really stands out for me. What a great pairing you two:-)

    • The process can definitely be daunting at times, but it’s taught me a lot about my abilities to keep track of so many things at once!

  • This is wonderful Jeri and Susan and I’m happy to share. I’ve seen so many conversations about turning blog posts into books with no where near the planning and organization and there’s no question that it will show in the final product. Thanks!

    • Marty, it took us a while to get a system down and it’s worked very well. Now that Susan is working on recipe booklets, we have revisited the process as needed to keep things running smoothing.

  • Catarina Alexon

    Excellent that you are moving forward with your books, Susan! And I’m glad, but not surprised you are giving her a helping hand, Jeri.

    • Catarina, it is indeed great that Susan is moving forward with her projects. A lot has happened behind the scenes these past months that is finally coming to fruition.

  • William Rusho

    What a wonderful post. I am always learning something new about publishing, and blogging, and post like this really assist me in knowing more.
    Thanks for sharing this with us, it was very informative.

    • William, it’s admittedly a smoother process now that Susan is sending me booklets rather than individual files. We have managed to keep track of a lot of files with relatively little backtracking.

  • Rose Mary Griffith

    Very happy to read more about your collaborative efforts. You’re a good team, that’s for sure!

    I liked reading about this process because I hope to work on such a book with you, Jeri, in 2017. I’m glad that you use Scrivener. I do all of my writing in that program and love the flexibility and ease that it gives a writer. Especially one who likes to flit from blog to blog or story to story.

    Looking forward to seeing the finished products!

    • Rose Mary, Scrivener is truly a great program, not to mention priced well. Susan and I really do make a good team, and she was one of my earliest clients. I’ve been able to grow by leaps in bounds during the time I’ve worked with her, especially when it comes to formatting ebooks.

  • You’ve developed a wonderful system for compiling and publishing Susan’s posts — all of which are first rate. That’s the first requirement — that you have good content or no amount of formatting and editing will turn a lemon into a lemonade (might as well use a food example!). It’s also great to know that the BHB has resulted in more than one mutually beneficial relationship. Congrats on your collaboration!

    • Jeannette, it’s been so satisfying to see the order that we’ve made out of all of the posts Susan has written. I’m glad to be a part of getting her lovely material out into the world and into the hands of readers.

  • Phoenicia, I do love implementing a good system. It took a while to develop, but pays off in the long run. I’m glad the post has given you a few ideas.

  • How wonderful to have so much material to work with! I can see the value of having a dependable work flow, and I love the style sheet idea. Susan is in good hands with you, Jeri!

    • Meredith, the style sheet does indeed come in handy. While it took awhile to develop, I find myself consulting it time and time again in order to save time while working on each title.

  • Thank you Jeri and Susan for this post. You two make a great team! As an author, my mind cannot be wrapped around the technical stuff, so I, too am blessed to work with someone I trust and take advice from. Thank goodness we can find matches like that to create great partnerships. Happy Thanksgiving to both of you!

  • Great process, Jeri and Susan. I have something like this set up for me but I keep forgetting to update it. Ugh. So, every few months I go back and update it. I know I should update it when there is a new live post, but I just haven’t done it. This has given me ideas for my recipe Ebook as well. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sabrina, while I don’t plan on turning any of my blog posts into a book, I do use a spreadsheet to plan my editorial calendar and to also schedule posts to be shared on various social media sites.

  • Sushmita Thakare Jain

    Susan and Jeri you both have a well developed partnership and understanding helping you work out. Thank you for sharing this post as it has added up to my publishing dream, hope some day I will be published writer too. Fingers crossed!

    • Susmita, I’m sure some day you will be a published writer as well. There are always bumps in the road along the way, but the learning curve is worth it if you stick with it.

      • Sushmita Thakare Jain

        Thank you dear!
        Fingers crossed, working on it.

  • Pat Ruppel

    Amazing process, Susan, you and Jeri have perfected on your books and publications. My only experience is when I self-published a short e-book (15-pages) in Smashwords, where they provided a template guide to use for my Word document to convert it electronically. This no way compares to what you’ve accomplished here. No doubt, you are having much success getting your material out in the world. So happy for you and glad to see you have such an accomplished team to help you with it. Wishing you all the best in your continued success.

    • Hi Pat, I couldn’t (or wouldn’t) have done it without Jeri. It has been fun seeing all our work come together. As for the success, we’re hopeful. 🙂

      • Pat Ruppel

        I’m sure it really helps to have someone to partner with, Susan. I’m happy for you on what you’ve accomplished and are accomplishing. You’re inspiring and encouraging as a testament to what can be done. Way to go, Susan and Jeri!

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