I had a discussion about book pricing recently with one of my favorite bloggers, Sebastian Marshall. His new book, Ikigai, is being sold for $7.77. He doesn't really care how much money he makes off it (his portion goes to charity, anyway), but he didn't want to lower the price because he thinks that it would signal that the book isn't high quality. I said that I'd accept that possibility for a chance of reaching a larger audience.
And due to lowering the price of Life Nomadic to 2.99, I've been able to reach an incredibly wide audience. In the past month I've sold far more copies of Life Nomadic than all other months combined. Reviews have been coming in, and lives have been changed. Despite much thinner margins, I'm even making more money from it. I couldn't be more happy about all this.
Make Her Chase You and Life Nomadic
So, one good experiment deserves another. Make Her Chase You is now only $2.99 for Kindle and $9.99 for paperback (as I write this, the price hasn't updated for paperback, but I imagine it will soon). Life Nomadic is still $2.99 for Kindle, but is now also only $9.99 for paperback. You can buy Life Nomadic here.
In addition, both books can be "borrowed" for free if you're an Amazon Prime member (I actually get almost as much money if you do this).
The Tiniest Mansion
EDIT: In an effort to get this book out quickly, I accidentally uploaded a file that doesn't have the last chapter (Rialta stuff) or the wrap-up. I've uploaded it now, so after 12 hours or so, delete the book from your Kindle and re-download it. Very sorry about that! Thanks to reader Kaila, there will also be a bunch of typos fixed!
The one book people constantly ask me to write is a book on RV living. It makes a lot of sense-there are only a few topics I'm really an expert on, and RV living is one of them. What has always held me back, though, was that I have my doubts about whether enough people would buy it to make it worth the time to write it.
I've been working very hard on SETT in the past 6-12 months, too, and now feel like any time I spend doing anything besides SETT is stealing time away from it. Between possibly being financially unviable and not really having the time to spare, the RV book got put on the backburner.
Two weeks ago I was preparing to board a plane from San Francisco to Boston. Flights are sacred to me, because there's no environment in which I'm more productive. I couldn't really work on SETT, though, because the next steps required an internet connection. What could I do instead?
Maybe I can write this entire RV book on a round-trip flight, I thought. Boarding had already begun, so I didn't really have time to think about whether or not it was actually possible. Instead, I just decided to do it. I would write as much as possible from SFO->BOS and EWR->SFO, and then format it and publish it when I was done.
As I waited for other passengers to board, I wrote an outline on my phone. Once we hit 10,000 feet, I started typing like a maniac. The nice thing about writing about a topic you know inside and out is that you don't actually need that much time to think; it's almost conversational. By the time the flight landed, I had written 8000 words, which is the equivalent of about a dozen blog posts.
On the flight back to San Francisco, I wrote the rest, clocking in at over 14,000 words, and had an extra hour to revise and edit the book. Yesterday I published it to Kindle, under the title The Tiniest Mansion.
As you can probably guess, it's $2.99, like my other books.
Unlike my other books, The Tiniest Mansion is probably only interesting to people who actually have an interest in living in RVs. It doesn't have many stories or tangents, and not much of the knowledge is useful outside RV dwelling.
However, if you ARE thinking about living in an RV or live in one already, I expect that the book will be indispensible. I've lived in an RV 100% of the time that I've been in the US for almost five years now. I've been through pretty much everything, and done every RV modification conceivable. Despite only being around 75 pages or so, the book comprehensively covers every area of RV living from modifications to security, including a section dedicated to Rialta living. I think you'll really like it.
You can buy the Kindle version of The Tiniest Mansion here.
Wrapping it all up, I want to again say thanks for supporting my work. I'm incredibly fortunate to be able to make enough money to live from a few self-published books. If it wasn't for my awesome readers buying them and leaving reviews, I'd have to spend a lot more time playing poker!
Sorry about not posting last week. I spent the time getting The Tiniest Mansion ready to be published. Incidentally, this is either the last or second last post I'll ever write on WordPress! SETT is coming SOON!
Shout out to my friend Maneesh (who, as far as I can tell, has no interest in living in an RV) for buying the first copy of my new book. And a holler at Todd for taking the cover picture (shown up top).
As always, please leave me a review if you buy any of my books. People click books with lots of good reviews, and Amazon uses that information to recommend my book to other users. A good review is worth more to me than the money I get for a sale.
Will you be updating the book as you come out with new Rialta mods?
Awesome! I just went over to Amazon and bought a copy for Kindle. I will post a review after I stay up too late tonight reading :)
As far as pricing, I don't think a $2.99 price reflects poor quality. The awesome thing about e-books, aside from instant access and no clutter, is that at a price point similar to a good coffee I can afford to sample many books. This is one of the things I love about e-books. I don't have to justify the purchase or save for the book. Thanks for keeping it affordable!
I loved your tiny mansion. I started in 1967 with a 51 Cadillac ambulance to live in. COMMENT: You mentioned a 12 volt compressor refrigerator mad by Norcold... should maybe have been "NovaKool" that builds low power 12 volt compressor refrolgerators in all sizes to replace the gas ones. Available on www.backwoodssolar.com
Just joining here not sure if i have the old one and can get new one for free, please advice. I am currently reading the one I bought off amazon had no problems reading it on my laptop did not have to convert it at all,, which is great for me the less complicated the better, that is why my 30+ year dream of living in a RV came about. I lost a home over 20 years ago since that time went on to go into debt buying two more homes which for reasons that could not be avoided they had to be let go as well. My ex did not like to travel and would have never thought of living in an RV just a few of our differences that caused the marriage to fail. Now I feel like there has been too much time wasted in not following up on my dream. I too am a writer but never was able to get a book finished due to the distractions of "normal life" as I call having the american dream of a home 2.5 cars and 2.5 children brings. No offense intended to anyone that lives that way of course, I am just cut from a different cloth so to speak and it never seemed to be my cup of tea. Tynan, this book is a hoot, meaning I am getting some good laughs out of your ways around parking, street sweeper's and cops. Ha I love it and will give it a 5 star review !
p.s. Can you advice me on a '85 GMC 21'-24' not sure the exact spec's and such, have only seen it once sorta at a glance but it is waiting for me as soon as I can get a few things in order to get it and start my journies.
Oh, I love this. People have been thinking i was crazy for a long time as i have talked about doing this very thing. So, I will join the lot of you RV dwelling people soon. After finding out my future is limited it purred me on to getting this under way fast. There is nothing to worry about leaving behind so i am free to come and go as i please. Tynan i saw the pic of the one you or someone will be selling, let me know more about this, i do not have much to work with but one never knows until they ask if it is affordable for them. I will get your book asap, i just stumbled across this while searching older RV's for sale including pics. I have a feeling I will be spending much time on this blog.
Hey T! Do you have names of anybodies that could help me transition from my 2 BR 2.5 Baths Condo in Houston? I'm ready to take the leap.
Now I know what's happening to me. I'm mutating. Part of me keeps wanting to stop the evolution and go back and get a job with an engineering firm making the large dollars and being a good corporate boot licker. But then I get nauseous and realize there's no way that's going to happen.
Hi Tynan, I just bought an RV for permanent living and your book has been extremely helpful! I have one question though: Which mode do you use your Norcold Fridge in? Do you run it in AC with an inverter or straight off DC? I was trying to figure out which way is most efficient. Thank you!
Congrats! If you're talking about a 3-way fridge (one that can also run off propane), either run it off propane or not at all. If you have the newer efficient AC/DC fridge from Norcold, run it on DC. In general, you don't want to run ANYTHING off AC except for occasional use items.
BTW, if you have the chance to leave a review of my book on Amazon, I'd really appreciate it.
There are three items I own which I'll always upgrade when a significant upgrade exists: my computer, my camera, and my Kindle. Yesterday I got my new Kindle, the fourth generation one that was just released. Before I talk about this specific Kindle, I want to address some general points about the Kindle.
Some people balk at the $189 price tag of the newest 3G Kindle (which is the only one to buy, by the way). It's expensive, but only if you consider it a drop in replacement for books. I consider it $200 to ensure that I read at least 10X more than I used to.
When I logged into Amazon.com this morning to look for a book I noticed that the basic Amazon Kindle e-reader was $55.00. That's it. I have a Kindle Keyboard and it cost about twice as much, but they might have been selling them by the ounce because it is heavier too.
I read about thirty books this year, but when I got my Kindle I wasn't sure how much I would use it. It turns out I read a lot on it, and just not always books. Here are 10 ways to use a Kindle
Those are ten great reasons to get started with a Kindle e-reader. If the inch-long crack in my device happens to extend itself today, then I'll be joining you in purchasing one.