I have a DREAM that one day, vegan recipe books will be THE ONLY recipe books sold in online stores and brick-and-mortar bookstores; while the old books — the ones that objectify animals and encourage the use of animal ingredients — will only be available in libraries, next to topics like slavery, holocaust or child pornography.
Never gonna happen?
That I don’t know.
But what I do know is that it’s not going to happen any time soon…. unless we take publishing in our own hands.
Let’s face it we (vegans) are in the SLIM MINORITY RIGHT NOW, so we better get our sleeves rolled up and start writing and publishing LIKE CRAZY — all those vegan recipe books and other books that actually portray veganism in a way that it deserves to be portrayed, and animal rights in a way that does justice to the topic — or those shelves labelled ‘vegan’ will remain pretty empty…
…and I’m not saying they are empty right now — the number of books that are being published on the topic is growing and that’s SUPER EXCITING…
…and what’s great, I’m noticing those books INFILTRATING OTHER non-vegan sections of the stores — which is even more encouraging, because few people who are non-vegan deliberately go to the ‘vegan’ section to search for something to read….
But — here is the thing.
There need to be MORE.
More books on every topic, not just cookbooks. I mean, recipes are great, but there’s so much more to write about ….not just about recipe books — it’s all kinds of books!
Children’s stories, adult stories, novels, travel guides, how-to guides, pets, spirituality, gardening, fashion, housekeeping, and so on, and so forth.
Which brings me to the next issue — and that is ….
SOMEBODY HAS TO WRITE THOSE DAMN BOOKS!
There are many authors who tirelessly write and publish books about animal rights, veganism, and plant-based diet and I truly admire each and everyone of them…
But they won’t be able to do it all…not soon enough…
That’s why I’m talking to YOU.
You may think that you’re not qualified, don’t have what it takes, blah, blah, blah, but I’m telling you that YOU, as a vegan blogger, or even just someone who’s passionate about the subject — you are ABSO-F*CKING-LUTELY QUALIFIED to write and publish a book.
If you’ve ever written a blog post — you’re qualified.
If you’ve ever written an email or a social media update — you are qualified.
If you can talk and actually have something to say — you are qualified.
And even if you don’t think you have anything interesting to say — you are still qualified (you can interview others, or get someone help you with writing, for example, anyone can do that!).
And if you’re a blogger, and if you’ve been thinking about writing an eBook but aren’t sure where to start, why not take a look at your blog? You probably already have a ton of content that could potentially be included in your book.
Lots of vegans write blogs about food, filling them with insightful articles, delicious recipes, and stunning photography. They build a loyal audience, but after a while, the audience stops to grow, and the authors may feel like they are talking to the same people all the time, not reaching new readers.
If you are one of the vegan food bloggers who wishes they could grow their readership to reach more people, create more leverage, and have more impact, then writing and publishing a book may be the perfect solution for you.
Now, I’m not talking about writing your blog and growing your readership to the point when a publisher (or an agent) notices you and contacts you with a book deal. This certainly happens, but it usually takes lots of time, sweat and tears.
I’m also not talking about signing up your blog for Kindle. Some people do it, but that’s not what I mean.
What I’m talking about here is putting together and self-publishing an actual eBook on Amazon Kindle and other electronic publishing sites.
Yes, it’s more complicated than getting your blog syndicated on Kindle, but it’s well worth the effort.
There are a few reasons for that, as you’ll find out below.
7+ Reasons Why EVERY Vegan Blogger Simply MUST Write and Publish a Book — Starting TODAY!
#1. You Get to Tell Your Story from Your Unique Perspective
A while ago I heard someone in the vegan movement say that vegans should not be starting their own blogs or writing books; instead they should be sharing what’s already there. The argument was that’s it’s a waste of time, which would be better spent SHARING all the resources that are already there. I can see a valid point in that, however, I cannot agree with it 100%. There’s a big difference in SHARING someone else’s content, versus TELLING YOUR OWN STORY, from your own perspective.
One of my favorite authors is Colleen Patrick-Goudreau (I lover her books and especially her podcast ‘Food For Thought)) – but not everybody will ‘click’ with her writing style and her personality. That’s why books like “Thug Kitchen” or “Sexy Vegan” are so wildly popular.
Each one of us – just by the virtue of who we are – has the potential to influence someone else out there more than anyone else.
There’s probably someone out there right now ready to hear this message FROM YOU, and they may not be able to hear it from anybody else.
#2. Book allows you to present and organize content better than a blog
You can tell your story — all of it, from the beginning to the end! You can rest easy knowing that when people find your book you’ll know exactly what they are reading and the exact order that they are reading it. Most blogs are like magazines where the most recent posts stand out, but it’s difficult to read from beginning to end like a book. With a book, you’ll be giving them the best chance possible to connect with the information and really learn something.
With a blog, few readers read it from beginning to end. It will be difficult to do, anyway, because, by definition blogs display the most recent content first. So, in order to find older articles, the readers have to dig into the archives. There are too many chances that they would get distracted in the process, and click on other links, or encounter something that made little sense without proper explanation and leave.
Besides that, when you write a blog you may find yourself repeating the same things over and over, explaining the basics concepts for the benefit of new readers, while boring or annoying your old audience.
#3. People tend to skim blog posts
With books, they usually read it much more slowly and carefully to be sure not to miss anything. So if you really want your writing to connect with people properly, you better start publishing books.
#4. You’ll attract new readers
Basically blogging is more of a way of entertaining the people you’ve already convinced of your awesomeness. Fact is, many vegan blogs, are only attracting other vegans, so the authors may be feeling like they are preaching to a choir.
To reach new audiences, you have to venture beyond the comfort of your vegan blog. Publishing a book gives you a great opportunity to do just that. By publishing your content on Amazon, as well as other websites, you’ll expand your reach and gain access to new readers.
#5. You’ll become a published author
Even though it’s an ebook, and it’s self-published, you are now officially an author. You get the bragging rights, can add that to your resume or whatever.
#6. You’ll create a legacy
It’s never too early start working on your legacy, and books are certainly a nice part of that.
#7. Last, but not least, you’ll be able to make money
If you’ve been trying to make money from your blog, you know that it’s not easy. Even if you’ve been trying to sell your own books from your website, it’s just difficult. The main reason is that no one goes to a blog to search for things to buy. On the other hand, when people go to Amazon, they usually already have an account with their current credit card information ready for one-click purchases.
It makes a big difference!
Yes, some people go to Kindle searching for free books, but there are enough serious buyers out there to make it worthwhile for you to sell your books on Kindle. Besides, giving your book for free is not always a bad idea either. Sometimes giving your book and other content for free makes a lot of sense. But it only makes sense if you are being strategic about giving away your stuff, which simply means you know why you are doing that and what you want to achieve as a result.
Now, let’s not kid ourselves here and set our expectations too high — you’ll probably not get rich from publishing one book. But there are all kinds of things you can do — like offering people who read the book a coaching program, or a paid course to give them an opportunity to work with you on a more personal level.
Plus, you can always publish more books, building your online publishing empire one book at a time.
Just imagine the legacy you could create — and the impact on people’s lives that you could have — if you just start TODAY.
Which brings me to something I want to share with you.
If you have you been thinking about writing an eBook or converting your blog to an eBook, I have an exciting offer for you.
I Challenge You to Write and Publish and eBook in 6 Weeks or Less!
(If you have a blog — you can probably get it done over the weekend or 10 days — check out my post.)
And if you need help, as a part of Kick-Ass Vegan CHALLENGE – I’m now offering a course and coaching program on “How to Write and Publish and eBook in 6 Weeks or Less” for the price of just $97 (that’s over 70% off the regular cost) in which I’ll guide you through the entire process giving of writing and publishing a book, giving you lots of tips showing you the best shortcuts I know of on how to get published FAST.
The course starts on Monday, March 21th, and make sure you sign up soon, because the first 5 people who sign up will also get their eBook COVER designed OR their eBook FORMATTED for Kindle and other electronic devices for FREE.
My Promise to You: I’ll personally guide through the entire process, so that you get that book FINISHED and PUBLISHED by the end of six weeks. I will also provide you with shortcuts and help you come up with content so that you have plenty of it — even if you don’t like to write, or believe you cannot write. However, I will not write the book for you.
Disclaimer: You’ll still need to do the work, so don’t sign up unless you are ready to make the commitment of allocating a couple of hours each week to this project.
Remember, nothing will happen until you take action.
The world needs to hear what you have to say. Try and taste your delicious recipes. Read your story. Hear your point of view.
Keep writing and keep publishing.
And see you on the other side,
PS. If you ever thought about publishing a book, but have been postponing it, because you believe it requires too much time and you’re not sure where to start, I CHALLENGE YOU TO START TODAY!
Check it out HERE or just sign up HERE to get the BONUSES, which is getting your eBook COVER designed OR their eBook FORMATTED for Kindle and other electronic devices for FREE (available only to the first 5 people who sign up before March 21th).