Longtime Leaving Work Behind readers will know that I’ve been working on a book/books for a long time. With that in mind, today I am excited to announce that the first book in an ongoing series will be available to my LWB Book Club members in just seven days.
But that’s not all: they will be able to pay what they want for the book.
I’ve placed the value proposition in hands and trust in the LWB community to reward me appropriately for the quality of my work.
In this post I’m going to introduce you to the upcoming book series, explain why I have chosen a pay what you want model and also give you an opportunity to sign up for the LWB Book Club (it’s completely free to do so).
Belief and Beyond
The first book in my upcoming series is entitled Belief. As you might guess, it’s all about self-belief and confidence in oneself. It is intended to become an invaluable lifeline for those who doubt their abilities to create a life worth living.
I couldn’t put it better than I did in the book itself:
Belief creates the environment within which you can fulfill your greatest potential. It provides you with the mindset, motivation and passion to create a truly rewarding and remarkable life.
Belief is the first in a series of special books – my attempt to bring something new to the “self-development” table. Having read many such books myself, I have become disillusioned by vague writing, constant repetition and worthless fluff within their pages.
I want to do something completely different.
Each book in my series will be concise and actionable; made up of a collection of essays, each of which has a clear takeaway. No vagueness, no repetition, and no worthless fluff.
This is self-development for people who want to take action.
And because of the pay what you want model, I put the choice in your hands to determine my books’ value.
Future titles include Doing, Perspective, Preparation, Environment and Maintenance. Each of which focuses on a specific area that can help you to quit your job and build a better life, which is ultimately what Leaving Work Behind is all about.
Why Pay What You Want?
Pay what you want is something I’ve wanted to experiment with for a long time, and this book series strikes me as the perfect opportunity.
Put simply, I’d far rather you determine what my product is worth rather than me stick a finger in the air and slap a price sticker on the cover. I want to trust in your judgment and believe in the general goodness of most people in choosing to pay for something that they believe provides value.
On the flip side, if someone feels that my book provides no value, they can choose to pay nothing (although I’d question why they’d be reading it in the first place ;-)).
I’m not going to judge people for paying $x or $y – I’m simply going to put my work out there and let you decide its worth. To do so feels highly liberating to me.
When it came to implementing a pay what you want model, I owe a lot to Tom Morkes. He’s a bit of a pay what you want guru, having experimented with the pricing model plenty himself and written a guide on the subject. He was kind enough to talk to my personally about my plans and advise me on the best course of action.
My plan at this stage is to use Gumroad payment processing service, as it is extremely slick and offers a simple pay what you want interface.
Want to Become a Member of the LWB Book Club?
If you’re interested in my upcoming book series, I recommend that you join the LWB Book Club. It’s totally free to join and will grant you exclusive advance access to all books in the series, starting next Monday.
Just enter your email address below and hit “Sign Me Up!”
I’ll be in touch on Monday 21st April, when you’ll be able to grab yourself a copy of my first book, Belief.
If you have any questions, please fire away in the comments section below!