Days of paper

People seem to be enjoying the paperback edition – as a workbook, 100 Days, 100 Grand is designed to be scribbled on, with wide margins and linespacing, and ebooks aren’t quite naturals at that yet. Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone adding notes and highlights; by the end of someone’s hundred days I’d like their copy to be dog-eared, covered in runes, stained with coffee and stacked with Post-Its.

(By the way, the best way to get your copy is to order directly from me – you get it signed with a note of thanks, and I make more money.)

But it’s a big book, and people are complaining they can’t carry it around when they work in freelancer haunts like coffee shops. So in May  I’m launching a set of new editions – splitting down the book’s 10 Parts (of 7-14 chapters each) into separate books. They’ll contain exactly the same content, but in easier form factors of 60-150 pages apiece. Hey, if it makes life easier for my audience, I’m all for it!

 

Look out for the set of 12 (including the intro and appendices) at Amazon soon, in all three formats (paperback, Kindle, and Print Replica.) Right, time to start work…

Why 100 days costs so much

I’ve had a fair few comments since launch. Mostly positive. It’s a good book; it’s a colourful book; it’s a well-organised book; it’s (oh yes) a big book.

Most commonly, though, is another riff: that’s it’s an expensive book. There are three reasons for this, so I thought I’d share them.

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Reason #1: High fixed costs.

The first (and least important) reason is simple: production and distribution. This isn’t a dime novel; with 1,200 large-format colour pages, each copy costs around £30 just to print! Add shipping and handling (another £5-£8) then factor in the 55% bookseller discount (which comes off the RRP, not the net) and the result is I make around 7-8% profit on the print book. That doesn’t leave me much leeway to cut the price.

Of course, I also sell the book from my own site, avoiding the bookseller margin. Can’t I discount that? Well, I could – but Amazon, among others, gives a price match guarantee if you see the book cheaper elsewhere. So it’s cut everywhere or cut nowhere. You do get a signed thank-you when you buy direct, so that’s the method I’d recommend.

The bright side: booksellers often offer discounts – check amazon.com to see who’s selling cheap. (Which is fine with me; they’re eating into their 55% profit margin, at their own risk.)

Reason #2: Darwinism.

Second, the whole purpose of the book involves investing time now to enable a six-figure income in 100 days’ time. A top 1% income isn’t a free gift: you have to work for it. This book is a work plan, not a shortcut.

Anyone not prepared to risk £30 of their own money for the chance of a £100,000 income probably isn’t the sort of person who’d invest the 100 days of time the book asks. The methods aren’t magic; those 100 days involve work. So the high price makes the audience somewhat self-selecting. People who pay are already motivated to earn six figures, and prepared to invest what it takes to get there.

The bright side: it’s win-win: if you’re unsure about whether you can make the investment, fine, don’t make it. I’m not holding a gun to anyone’s head.

Reason #3: I just don’t want to.

This is going to make me sound like a value-of-labour nut (which I’m not) but think about this: I spent three years of my life and a five-figure sum of my own money bringing 100 Days to market. It took a year just to work out what each chapter needed to do and how they should clump together into sections.

It was a labour of love, but it was also hard work, and I’m not going to give it away. Any more than I work for my clients for free.

The bright side: The higher the price, the fewer people will buy it. So if you take the plunge, you can use the 100 Days methods without being discouraged because every other freelancer in Starbuck’s doing the same. (Nice as that’d be for me.)

 

 

Now in bookstores!

Setting myself an unbreakable 90-day deadline to finish the book worked! Albeit with one day off (Christmas day), some very hard days, and about one time a week where I wanted to pitch my laptop out the window. But after 89 days, the Kindle, Print Replica, and paperback editions of 100 Days, 100 Grand are all on sale now!

I’m chuffed to see the idea I had four years ago finally making a thump on the desk. (A big thump – the print edition weighs in at nearly 3kg.) Throughout its creation I’ve remained a working copywriter, and far too often the book took a back seat to my clients. I’m still taking clients as a working writer – man’s gotta eat – but this is the day my business changes a bit.

The plan now is to coach budding six-figure freelancers in the book’s methods, and I’m planning a series of small seminars and presentations to encourage as many freelancers as possible to aim for a six-figure income and share the book’s threefold philosophy.

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What is that philosophy? First, that everyone has a saleable “signature move”: some combination of what they love and do best they can offer to the market. Second, that in our superabundant global economy there are customers for that offer: somewhere in the world’s $100tn market there are people with a mere £100,000 to spend on you. And finally, that technology – the true driver of the global economy today – can help you define, find, and connect with those people at low cost, across the wires and waves that link three billion people to information, applications, and resources.

That’s the life-affirming message of the book I wanted to write: you can build the life you want, in 100 days. After nearly four years of effort, I think I achieved it. Now buy the book!

 

 

Manuscript submitted!

It’s done! The 100 Days, 100 Grand final manuscript is now with Amazon for Kindle-ising and will be released Feb 28, with the print edition avialable in 30,000 bookstores approximately 4-8 weeks later! Whew.

To celebrate, here’s a video flick-through of the entire (print) manuscript… 100 days in 100 seconds!