A little while ago, a reader suggested I publish a “Miss Minimalist” collection of articles on Kindle (thank you, Sara!). Her logic: readers browsing Amazon for books on minimalism might never trip across my blog, and even those that do might prefer reading the articles in book format.
Why hadn’t I thought of that? As I’ve mentioned before, I love to write, but am not a very good salesperson or marketer. Thankfully, I have wonderful readers to give me a kick in the pants.
So I’ve done just that—I’ve gathered together sixty of my favorite blog posts, and bundled them into a $0.99 Kindle book:
(No need to have a Kindle, by the way: Simply download one of the free Kindle apps from Amazon’s website, and you can read it on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Blackberry, Android, or Windows phone.)
Here’s my dilemma: with millions of titles on Amazon, a new book is virtually invisible until people buy it. Once it has some sales, it starts to pop up on various pages (like where it says “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought…”), enabling more people to discover it.
So that’s why I’m taking a deep breath, going against every grain of my nature, and asking you for help today.
If you enjoy my blog, I hope you’ll consider buying this Kindle ebook. The obvious question: if you can read all this on my website, what’s the point?
1. Convenience. To have a collection of articles that reads like a book, rather than clicking through the archives.
2. Posterity. To be able to enjoy these writings in the future, even if my blog disappears into a black hole someday.
3. Sharing. To gift or lend it to friends and family you’re encouraging to simplify (who may be more inclined to read a book than a blog).
4. Outreach. To spread the word about minimalist living, and attract more people to our little community here. (On Amazon, more sales means more visibility.)
5. Support. To help me introduce more people to The Joy of Less, and continue writing on this topic.
Rest assured, this is no grand moneymaking scheme; I’ll make about 30 cents for every copy sold. I’m simply trying to increase my visibility on Amazon, and provide you with something of value in the process.
That said, I’m going to put every penny of sales over the next four days into a giveaway: I would like to thank each of you who buys Miss Minimalist by entering you in a drawing for The Joy of Less.
Simply forward your Amazon receipt to me at ag8 AT missminimalist.com. Each email receipt will count as an entry (if you buy or gift multiple copies, send along all the receipts—there’s no limit to the number of entries per person). And don’t worry—the receipts don’t include any sensitive information like credit card details. You’re even welcome to delete out your name and address, if you wish; just make sure I have an email address at which to contact you!
I’ll give away one copy of The Joy of Less for every 25 entries. (If I get 50 entries, I’ll give away 2 copies; if 75, then 3; and so on…) That’s a 1 in 25 chance of winning—not bad, considering my previous giveaways had 300+ entries.
I’ll keep the giveaway open until this Friday, June 10, 5pm EDT. As always, I’ll choose the winners using the random number generator at Random.org. Winners can choose between a signed print copy or Kindle version.
Okay, a big thanks to all of you for reading and considering this. Believe me, if I could hole up in a cave and write all day—and never give a thought to sales or marketing—I’d do so in a heartbeat. And if someday I don’t need an income (LOL), that’s exactly what I’ll do. In the meantime, however, I have to make some kind of promotional effort to avoid drowning in obscurity.
Therefore, I pray that nobody’s offended by this request—and hope that some of you will choose to purchase my Miss Minimalist collection and participate in the giveaway. Either way, know that I appreciate all of you, and the support you’ve given me, immensely; I couldn’t imagine a more fabulous group of readers!