I’m simultaneously super-excited and absolutely terrified about this. I mean, it’s an actual book! That I wrote! And that you can buy on Amazon, almost as if it was a REAL book – seriously, how weird is THAT?
This book tells the story of how I went from stressed-out office worker, to full-time blogger. It was written mostly in response to the many questions I continue to get from people who want to know my “secret” – i.e. how DO you make a living from posting photos of your outfits, and rambling on about what you did last weekend? It’s a fair question, too: although it sometimes feels like its been around forever, blogging is still a relatively new industry, and there’s a lot that people just don’t understand about it. Most of all, people don’t understand how it can possibly be a “job”, or earn the blogger enough money to live off, so this book is an attempt to demystify the process – and a lot more besides, because this is basically everything I’ve ever learned about blogging. So, yeah, it’s pretty long, in other words.
Actually, the length is the main reason it’s taken me so long to complete this: because what started out as a short ebook, designed to offer up some of my best blogging tips in one handy, downloadable file, ended up being 50,000 words long, and then some. Whoops.
As soon as I started writing this book, though, I realised that not only do I have a LOT to say on the subject, I also really wanted to create something that would be genuinely useful to the people who buy it, and provide a fairly in-depth look at what goes into creating a successful blog. Most of the time when people contact me to ask for advice, I get the feeling they’re really looking for some kind of secret formula for success, and the fact is [SPOILER ALER], it just doesn’t exist. With this book, then, I wanted to give a really honest account of what DOES go into turning your blog into your career, and what I feel worked best for me. Despite the length, however, this isn’t a definitive guide to blogging – it’s my personal story, which I hope will help provide a realistic insight into the world of pro-blogging, and how to earn a living by… well, living, basically. And then writing about it.
The book is now available to download from Amazon, and you can see the full chapter listing, plus introduction here. If you DO decide to buy it, though, I have one big favour to ask you (And yeah, I know how cheeky that sounds given that you’ll already have done me the biggest favour ever by buying the thing in the first place…), which is to please consider leaving me a review over on Amazon. (Er, assuming you liked it, that is. If you hate it then I’ll just be over here in the corner, sobbing my little heart out, and you can feel free to totally forget about that review I asked you for…) Amazon’s ranking system relies on reviews to decide which books it will display first in the search results, so if you read the book and leave a review, it’ll basically be like one of those movies where one person saves the other person’s life, and then the person who was saved has to spend the rest of their life looking out for the rescuer, and saying things like, “I owe you my life, you know: I shall never forget it!”
So, I’m not saying I’ll owe you my life if you review my book on Amazon, but … actually, yes, I AM saying that. I will owe you my life. So if you’ve ever fancied having yourself a little blogger slave (figuratively speaking, natch), here’s that link again for you: I really hope you enjoy it!