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So, I wrote an ebook…

ell, it took around 6 months longer than I expected it to, and I’m STILL having to resist the urge to go back and change things, but a couple of weeks ago I finally finished my eBook on blogging – and now it’s available to buy!

My Blogging Secrets: A guide to becoming a pro-blogger


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.

my blogging secrets ebookAs 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!

blog tips: how I earn a living by writing about my life


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  • Sian
    July 15, 2016

    Ahhh, how exciting Amber! I’m off to buy it now, excited to start reading it 😀

    • Amber
      July 15, 2016

      thank, Sian, I hope you like it!

  • Sandra
    July 15, 2016

    Sooo exited! I bought it the moment I saw it is available on amazon. 🙂
    I’m sure it is gorgeous and of course I will leave review when I have finished the book.
    Have a good start into the weekend!

    Many hugs,
    Sandra <3

  • Anna nuttall
    July 15, 2016

    Amber I have brought the book and left you a review on Amazon. I’m so happy for you. Well done. I’m going to get a nice glass of cold water and some cake and I’m going to curl up on my balcony and read this from tops to bottom. xx

    • Amber
      July 15, 2016

      Thanks very much, Anna, I really appreciate it 🙂

  • Ophelia
    July 15, 2016

    Hi Amber, I am not a blogger and don’t plan on becoming one, but your writing style combined with a ‘behind the scenes’ theme? It’s on my kindle already (unfortunately i couldn’t use the afiliate link, as i have a Geman amazon account 🙁 ). I am currently sick off work, so the timing og new reading material is perfect. Here’s to many, many downloads xx

    • Amber
      July 15, 2016

      Ah, that’s such a compliment – I hope you enjoy it!

  • Lisa
    July 15, 2016

    Great news, you have always been one of the voices of sanity in the blogging world and I’m sure your ebook will be a great success.

    Lisa | Not Quite Enough

  • Lena
    July 15, 2016

    I just bought it!

  • The Other Emma
    July 15, 2016

    Purchased & looking forward to reading it 🙂

    • Amber
      July 15, 2016

      Thanks, lovely – I hope you enjoy it!

  • Miriam
    July 15, 2016

    Congratulations, how exciting!! I can’t wait to read it. Buying it now!

  • Trona
    July 15, 2016

    ah congratulations! I’ll read it after I finish 1Q84 by Murakami, although I feel like I’m going to be reading this trilogy for the rest of my life xx

  • Myra
    July 15, 2016

    How exciting after all that work. Just bought it on my kindle, looking forward to reading it. Congratulations !!

  • Allegra
    July 16, 2016

    So buying this! Thank you so much for such a lovely gift, it is going to be a delightful reading. 😊

  • Emma
    July 17, 2016

    Yay! I’m so excited to read it (I have just bought it). I’m not a blogger, but I love your writing.

  • CiCi Marie
    July 17, 2016

    Congratulations – that’s a massive achievement! Totally adding to my list…

  • Erika
    July 18, 2016

    Congratulations! You are my favorite ‘real-life’ writer, so this is exciting news. Can’t wait to read it.

  • Deserae
    July 26, 2016

    Thank you for making it available on kindle. I’ve seen a lot of blogger written books in PDF, and since I read it on my kindle anyway, the formatting is small and hard to read. That helped it be a no brainer to buy. Plus, your blog tips posts are great, so, bought!

  • Renae
    July 26, 2016

    Hi, Amber! My name is Renae, and I’ve been skulking around your blog for the better part of this year via Pinterest. My best friend and I just launched a cooking blog at the beginning of June and I just wanted to let you know that your posts about blogging have helped out a lot. Not only have we learned a lot of useful tips, but you’ve also always talked about blogging in a encouraging, straightforward way. It give us hope that we can make this a reality. ^_^

    Not to mention you have the most fabulous clothes and live in Scotland…I personally want your life.
    I also just purchased your e-book and I intend to read it over multiple times to glean every iota of information from it. I’ll leave a review after the first read.

    Two blog fledglings thank you.

  • Nicole
    April 25, 2017

    Hello Amber!
    I L-O-V-E-D your book, I don”t think I have ever finished a book that quickly. I just have quick question, and forgive me if this sounds stupid but do I need consent to write a review on say my fave lipstick or mask or anything actually ?

    • Amber
      April 25, 2017

      Aw, thanks, I’m glad you liked it! No, you don’t need permission to write reviews – that would fall under free speech!

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