This post is part two in my series about how I got a book deal with Wiley and Sons.
In the first installment of my book deal story, I told you about how I signed up for Jon Morrow’s guest blogging course and got my first guest posts with Problogger and Copyblogger, two of the biggest social media blogs on the web.
After my debut at Copyblogger, I immediately started working on my next guest post – an article on using Pinterest to market your business. One of the things I had learned from Jon’s course is that list posts (especially LONG lists) often make great guest posts. So when my research sparked a monster list of over 50 ideas for Pinterest marketing, I felt like I might really be onto something. I felt great about the post when I handed it in to my Copyblogger editor.
My editor was happy with the article, and told me that Copyblogger would run it on February 14th. Valentine’s Day seemed like an auspicious date for my second Copyblogger post, and I hoped for a little comment and retweet love on V-Day!
The morning that the post went live (you can see it here), I responded to lots of comments and watched as my Retweet and Facebook share numbers climbed at a steady rate. I also was delighted to see tons of people signing up for the free Pinterest report I offered at the end of my post. The Copyblogger folks were fantastic hosts (as always), and Sonia Simone and Robert Bruce were very supportive as the post gained traction on the web.
One of my goals was to get over a thousand Twitter retweets for my Pinterest post, so I was delighted when the post reached a thousand by the end of the very first day.
Then things got really of out of hand.
By the end of day two, the post had reached 1700 retweets, and the number of Facebook and Google+ shares was also growing exponentially. I tried my best to keep up with the comments that were flooding in, and tried to thank everyone who shared the post on Twitter and Pinterest, too.
I had my very first viral post. And I gotta admit, it felt amazing.
But the feeling I got from watching the Copyblogger post go viral was just a warm up compared with how I felt one week later when I checked my email and spotted a very important note in my inbox.
Wiley had come calling.
Stay tuned for the next installment of my book deal story – find out how I wrote a book proposal in 24 hours (and wrote a book in just under six weeks!)