I made some eBooks. And listen, I know that my graphic design skills leave something to be desired.
But each consists of 55ish pages (+/- 10K words) of the best stuff on this blog. Notes on Life and Love is something of a memoir in essay, fiction, list. On Writing and Living is all about writing and how to live as a writer, from style and grammar to a version of The Productivity Post.
I selected the content in these two books based on the stuff that gets found the most in searches, and the stuff that people seem to go back to again and again, or the stuff that people were most enthusiastic about in the comments.
Here’s why I did it:
1) I like to try new stuff and see what I can learn.
2) I was curious about trying to adapt content to work off-blog, per the Blogging a Book (or Booking a Blog) Webinar.
3) As a way to entice people to love me more.
4) Because, as much as I am put off by the notion of monetizing and marketing, working for free is stupid. As an artist, working for free takes money from other artists. I wrote a post about that before.
5) To see what kind of feedback I get, whether people are more interested in learning about writing from me, or in hearing about my life.
Philosophy of Commerce for Artists
Just because the internet tells us to give our work away for free doesn’t mean that some people aren’t willing to pay for it. I love Bandcamp because it lets musicians put their work up, and gives consumers of it the option to pay or not to pay.
I know there are consumers of art who want to pay for it. And there are those who don’t. And there are those who can’t. I’ve been all three.
Probably, in another decade, there will be Bandcamp for writers, too. For now, I’m taking my cues from Bandcamp, because the music industry has been de-centralizing for about a decade now. I hope the books market will adapt more quickly. Yes, yes, people can sell their books on Amazon for $0.99 if they want, but that’s not really the same. Bandcamp gives art consumers the option to pay what they can, what they want, or nothing at all. It asks, “What is this worth to you?”
But I’m legitimately thrilled that you’re here, so I’m completely happy if you keep hanging out here without paying a red dime.
But if you want to, you can. If you have the means to, and you’re entertained or educated or edified here, please do.
Sort of like how you buy cookies from the girl scouts or your kids’ or grandkids’ fundraisers so support the work behind those things. Buying my eBook helps me pay my internet bill, put gas in my car, and feed my kid.
And if you’re an artist who agrees, feel free to rob my ideas wholesale. This was all very easy to set up, and I did it in a matter of hours. I’m happy to help. Hit me with the Contact form.
You can have either eBook for free here, or by clicking the eBook tab above. If you know somebody who’d get a kick out of one of them, please share it. Post a PDF on your own blog if you dig. I want people to read what I write.
You can pay $5.00 for either eBook on the right-hand menu over there. You can pay with your PayPal account or via a credit card as facilitated by PayPal. You don’t have to have a PayPal account to make this work.
If you don’t want the eBook, but you still think that April Line Writing is worth a bit of your hard won cash, you can just click the Tip Jar. That’ll take you to a “donations” page where you can tip as much or as little as you like.
Because the next thing is that I’m going to do a Newsletter.
And with my slower posting schedule, the posts are getting better. And there will be much to share about grad school, my sister’s wedding, my Freelancer’s Collective for Business project (with my pal Ryan), and the stuff I’m reading over the summer.