'How to Live a Slower Life' - Why I Wrote an E-Book
Maybe you already know, but at the end of this year I wrote an e-book. It was an idea that I had been toying with for some while, creating content in a longer form than I usually do on my blog.
For a while, I’ve had flirtations with the idea of launching my own magazine or publishing a coffee table style book, based around my ideas of slow living. An e-book was an easier and more manageable way of making these dreams a reality. It was more realistic for me, at this point in my life. That’s not to say that my original ideas won’t come into fruition. They’re still dreams, especially the book idea. There is so much more that I could say on the subject, and I can easily imagine developing the ideas behind my e-book into a much longer tome.
But for now, I am completely over the moon with the fact that I have created a book! It’s a PDF download that consists of 55 pages of my own photographs & words, and at the time of writing this I have sold copies to 26 people. Even if I never sell another copy, that is a huge achievement for me as someone who has always dreamed of writing a book.
The idea for my e-book, basically sharing my simple tips for how to slow down various parts of your life, had been floating around for about six months before I started writing it. I had been sharing more and more articles about my thoughts on slow living on my blog and in my freelance writing work, and wanted to expand on these ideas. I loved the thought of creating an e-book that I could potentially make money from, without following any briefs or requirements - just writing what I wanted to write.
At first, I didn’t think I had the audience to launch something like this. I’ve seen other people launch e-books, e-courses and other ventures via their Instagrams and websites, but these people all had much larger audiences than my own. I wrote a letter to Sara & Jen’s Letters from a Hopeful Creative podcast and the duo spent an episode replying to me. Their response made me realise that I may not have 100’s of 1000’s of followers, but I do have a niche engaged audience who are already seemingly interested in what I have to say. I don’t have to have millions of followers or sell thousands of books, I can be content with what I have. I decided to take the plunge, and hoped that I sold enough copies to justify spending the time on creating the e-book.
A few people have asked me why I’ve charged for the book, or why I charged the price that I did instead of making the book much cheaper. Honestly, I need to make money. I need to pay my bills and live my life, and if I am spending a significant amount of time on a project, it has to be profitable. The money I have made from my e-book so far is great but isn’t at all comparable with the money I could have earned from my freelance work, if I had dedicated the time to that instead. Most of what I create and share on my blog and Instagram is for no monetary gain - yet I love working on both as creative outputs and dedicate as much time as possible to creating content. This is why I have to charge for my e-book, as when I was working on it, I took time away from my freelance work that pays my bills.
So, should you buy a copy of my book? Is it for you? If you enjoy my slow living and slow travel content, then you will hopefully also enjoy my e-book. If you want to learn simple tips for how to live a slower life, such as how to slow down your travels, how to create a slow home and slow wardrobe, and how to create a better work-life balance, my e-book covers all this. It’s 55 pages long. I could easily have wrote 500 pages but that length lends itself more to a real life book. So consider this to be a preview to a ‘real’ book that I will hopefully one day write and publish. All of the written content is exclusive; it hasn’t been covered on my blog or in my freelance writing work.
I feel proud of this e-book. I like to think that it looks professional, reads well and is informative. It’s exactly the kind of thing that I, myself would treat myself to. I frequently buy e-books from fellow creatives, and keep them stored on my phone to inspire me. When you purchase an e-book or sign up to an e-course that someone launches via their blog or Instagram, you are helping to fund that content that you absorb for free everyday. By continuing to sell copies of my e-book, I am able to free up my time to create more content to share for free on my blog.
If you’d like to ask me any questions about the book, leave me a comment below. If you’d like to order a copy, click here.