The Miss Minimalist Collection: A Request and a Giveaway

Price: $0.99

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:

Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify

(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!

Related posts:

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  3. Ditch the Prints – Digital Photos are More Fun!

44 comments to The Miss Minimalist Collection: A Request and a Giveaway

  • Hi Francine! I just purchased the copy on Kindle! Thank you for putting this together — I’m so excited to revisit all the memorable posts! I discovered your blog and your books just recently but I’m already in love. In the last two weeks, I donated three large garbage bags full of old clothes, unused appliances, and a box of already-read books, and I couldn’t be happier! Thanks for helping me get my life in order!

    Hirono

  • What a fab idea! I’ve entered the competition because I really want to read The Joy of Less, but I made it a resolution this year not to buy any books (er, a 70p Kindle read doesn’t count, right? Hahaha) so I’ll try and get my hands on it by any other means!

    Karen

  • Jan Healy

    I’m in too. I enjoy your writing! Thanks!

  • Lily

    I bought your book through Amazon (kindle :)) last week and couldn’t stop talking about it! I will definitely buy the article collection as well.
    Keep up the good job!!!

  • Veronica

    What a great idea, Francine! I’ve just bought the collection of articles and I can’t wait to start reading it. I love your blog and I’d love to win the book as I’m a big fan of your writing. Thanks!

  • Kees Reuzelaar

    Amazon quotes me $3.44 for the book, not $0.99. Is the 99 cents offer only valid in de US?

    • miss minimalist

      I know the $0.99 price is valid in the US, the UK, and Germany at least. (Perhaps readers from other countries will chime in and let us know what price they see.)

      Unfortunately, Amazon adds some kind of international wireless delivery charge in some countries, plus VAT.

      Here’s an extensive discussion of how $0.99 books cost $3.44 in some countries, including the Netherlands:

      http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=213960

      I wish the $0.99 would apply all over the world!

  • Hey Francine,

    I’m in! I wrote a review for it on Amazon too (They said there’s a 48 hour time lag on submitted reviews appearing).

    I’ve already read everything on your site but wanted to support your kindle status…. and I’m greedy and hope to win a copy of Joy of Less (as another giveaway prize for my readers!)

    Hope your Kindle bundle skyrockets to the top of the charts just like Joy of Less did.

    Cheers!
    Tanja

  • miss minimalist

    Hirono, Karen, Jan, Lily, Brandi, Veronica, and everyone who’s purchased a copy and entered the giveaway so far: thank you so much!!! Your support means the world to me. :)

  • Dave

    Great idea.

    A collection of blog posts is just right for quick reads on my IPod Touch (with the Kindle app.)

    Dave

  • Best of luck with the blog post compendium, Francine. I already own THE JOY OF LESS in paperback and Kindle, so you do not need to enter me in the drawing. I advertised the new book on my Facebook page today. Hope that will help your sales.

  • “The obvious question: if you can read all this on my website, what’s the point?”

    Because this is the perfect way to support a blog writer that I admire! Duh!!! :)

  • Great idea! I bought mine. I love your blog.

  • Hilary

    You are the most humble blogger about marketing your stuff. I respect that, which is why I bought Frugillionaire right away and bought this one too. Your requests and reasons for purchasing are noble and never come across with self-importance. I don’t buy from other bloggers, but I’ve responded to both of your most recent requests. I just wanted you to know that the way you present yourself makes all of the difference to me. :) Keep up the great work :)

  • dawn

    I don’t have a Kindle,can it be downloaded to my laptop? Sorry if this is a stupid question,but I’m tech-challenged.

  • Lisa

    I agree with Joie!! Thanks so much! I’ve reached “desperately cluttered status” and need help.

  • miss minimalist

    Dave – Love the idea of a portable Miss Minimalist. :)

    Magdalena – Oh wow, I’m so honored to be on your Facebook page; thank you!

    Joie, Mylinda, and Lisa – I really appreciate your kind words and support!

    Dawn – Great question. Yes, you can download and read it on your laptop (no Kindle necessary). Just 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.) I’ve added the info to my post, for others who might be wondering the same.

  • Eduardo Rocha

    Never heard or read your blog.
    But I saw a tweet post from Joshua from the minimalists.
    I want to support the cause, and maybe win your book!
    Im from brazil, and we lack of writers on minimalism.
    Hope I enjoy the book.

    Cya!

  • Mary

    I was happy to order this and support your work! I’ve enjoyed your blog tremendously. Reading your thoughts makes me feel less like I’m swimming upstream when I see my self surrounded by friends and family with stuff. :)

  • Heather

    Is a Nook version forthcoming? I bought the Nook version of The Joy of Less the day it came out.

  • dawn

    I ordered the book for my PC,and since I was there anyway,I went ahead and ordered Frugillionaire,too.(I’ve been wanting to read it!)BTW,I tweeted this post(not that a lot of people will see it,I only have 27 followers!).

  • AJ

    Just started reading your book since last week. I find it really helpful. Your website, I actually just discovered it yesterday. So I think the compilation would be very very useful to me. Thanks! I’ll send you the receipt in a little bit.

  • “Therefore, I pray that nobody’s offended by this request”

    Pshaw, I think this whole thing is a great idea! and I’m surprised more bloggers don’t do it. How awesome it’ll be to have a minimalist sampler in my hands that I can loan to people so that they can find out about the wonderful benefits of minimalist living without hearing me ramble for 25 minutes.

  • Heidi

    I just popped over and bought your collection. What a great idea. I’m very happy to own it.

    As a mom of 8 and being new to minimalism, I have really benefited from your writing. Thank you.

  • Sarah

    No need to worry about offending your fans with a request like this – there are SO many good reasons to have this on our Kindles and you make it a lot of fun by doing your give-aways!

    I look forward to having this on the Kindle to read. I’m in my 3rd reading of The Joy Of Less for inspiration as I continue the massive de-cluttering and purging project that I started over 6 months ago! I am so excited to see more and more of my stuff GO.

    Keep inspiring us with your writing and sharing of minimalist thoughts and ideas!

  • Heidi

    Just received my e-book, and am very happy to have your posts all in one place now saved on my computer. I have loaned your book out to my friends at work — told them that it has changed my life. I’m not expecting to get it back, so I’d love to win a free one ;-)

  • whisper

    What Joie said – you write well and about things that interest me. Happy to support this.

  • Milly

    I second the request for the Nook version. Sorry, Amazon, I don’t do proprietary formats if I can help it.

  • miss minimalist

    Wow, thank you all for being so sweet and supportive! I always say I have the best group of readers a blogger could wish for. :)

    Re. the Nook — Unfortunately, I don’t have any immediate plans for a Nook version, as the formatting is much more complex (I hired someone to format The Joy of Less). I will certainly try to figure it out; I just can’t make any promises at this point. That said, there is no DRM on the Kindle version — so the technically-savvy may be able to do a conversion using Calibre. I’d love to hear from anyone who tries this, as it’d be great to know if it’s possible.

  • Airy

    I’ve read many of the articles already, but I think it is fantastic to have this collected in an eBook. I was happy to buy this, not only for myself, but also because my mother has been hearing about minimalism from me and asking if I could lend her “The Joy of Less” via our Kindle programs.

    My Mom not big blog reader (i.e. I’ve never seen her sit down and read through a blog) and she tries to avoid using the internet whenever she can, but she is a big book reader and I think lending her the “Miss Minimalist Collection” is the perfect way to give her access to some of your best articles without asking her to navigate through a website to find everything on her own.

    Thank you so much for this collection!

  • Tradd

    What an excellent idea! I use the Kindle app on my iPad (which replaced my Kindle), iPod Touch, and Android phone. :)

    Just downloaded it and emailing you receipt in a few.

  • Beth Ann

    I got a Kindle for Mother’s Day and am excited to have this to read! Thanks so much!

  • Rae

    “Miss Minimalist” was just delivered to my Kindle! No need for me to enter the drawing as I already own “The Joy of Less”. Thank you for helping me to realize we have way too much stuff. I have been ridding my home of unnecessary stuff since reading your book. Hubby is now on board. I came home yesterday from work and there was stuff missing from our living room. These items now reside in our spare room awaiting my next donation trip.

  • Celia

    Purchased, and receipt forwarded! Best of luck with your sales, and thank you for the excitement and generosity of the giveaway. :-)

  • Milly

    After your challenge about converting to Nook format, I decided to give it a try. I had to install Kindle for PC and Calibre, but I was able to convert it to epub format just fine. I can read it in Adobe Digital Editions (which I use to borrow library books) and I will be able to load it onto my Nook. Thanks for the tip!

    • miss minimalist

      Fantastic, Milly! Thanks for being the pioneer in the Kindle-to-Nook experiment. :) I hope that helps other Nook owners. Did you follow any specific website/instructions to which I can point others?

  • Charlene

    So glad to hear about your new collection. I just downloaded it on my Kindle. I already have both your other books and you’ve really been a great inspiration in my attempt to downsize. While I may never really qualify as a minimalist, my goal is to cut the amount of stuff I own in half. I really enjoyed the Joy of Less and talked about it so much that my daughter asked to borrow it. We’re both trying to be much more mindful of what we bring into our homes now. Thank you!

  • miss minimalist

    Thanks so much to all of you! I’m very grateful for your help, and thrilled to hear that you’ve found some value in having the articles in ebook form. :)

  • Milly

    On the Nook conversion, I didn’t follow any specific instructions, but I’m pretty good at figuring stuff like that out.

    Heading on a trip tomorrow, and I plan to read your new book on my Nook.

  • Gina

    Francine, I am a new and instant fan of your blog as of yesterday. I will likely buy this little book; I have the Joy of Less.

    I just wanted to let you know that I have actually really enjoyed reading your posts/articles in blog format. Honestly, I find a lot of blogs disorganized and find it very hard to search for what I want.

    Yours, on the other hand, is really well organized. I was home sick in bed yesterday, and literally spent hours ready your blog! I really loved that I could go back and easily find things that I wanted to read again.

    I grew up with a pack rat Mom (and grandmother). I’ve been slowly getting rid of stuff over the last five years. I am getting ready to move AGAIN, and I think I’m ready to take the plunge and get rid of a ton of stuff in one fell swoop.

    Thank you for being here!

    Gina

  • Heather

    I found this book on Amazon while looking for a book that would help me. When I was younger I read an article about a girl who was a minimalist and everything she owned fit inside one large box. I was excited and told my mother about it who promptly said it was stupid to want to live this way. You see I come from a family of hoarders to varying degrees. I in turn became a borderline hoarder and I see the same in my daughter. When I first met my husband everything he owned could fit in his car with the exception of his bed. Now he holds onto everything just in case – it’s like a disease. I’ve come to see that the STUFF makes us sluggish and effects our mental health. As I started decluttering my daughter became calmer. It’s amazing. More space to think, to play and to be. I hit a decluttering wall until I found your book – well-written, easy to use and spurred me back to action. Loved it so much that I bought The Joy of Less too. Currently reading it between decluttering sessions. Thank you for two great books! (and in digital format too! no book clutter)

  • Dante Iscariot

    Funny, I was wondering to myself only tonight (or last night, since it’s 5am now) why there’s a book when the blog is right here. But if not for the book I wouldn’t be on the blog. I consider it the up-front fees to a great project that will from then on take care of itself. I’m glad I bought the book, you set me on the track to buying Joshua Becker’s book on minimalism, and one by Leo Baubuta, and other blogs, and got me fired up to start minimising again this week.

    On an unrelated note by the way, it always makes me happy when you suggest something I already do xD It makes me feel like maybe I’m not completely clueless at this, and I’m on the right track. Thank you for setting such a good example for me to follow :) I may buy a physical copy of the book for my mother to read too :P

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