I made a #JustWrite book

November 21, 2012

As you may know, I haven’t been terribly good at promoting my own wares or tooting my horn or whathaveyou. I just don’t want to come across as all ego driven or somesuchthing.  It’s only taken me five years of blogging and meeting smart and savvy women writers/creators online to learn it’s not BAD to share what you do with the world. It’s actually quite good! So, here I am, telling you that I made my favorite Just Write posts from this past year (YES! It’s been over a year!) into an ebook.

When I was in Chicago at BBC, I had the pleasure of meeting Samantha from Blurb, and listening to her speak. I got (overly) excited hearing about all the ways a person can utilize Blurb, and when I got home, I got right to working on this book and another Instagram one:

This #JustWrite ebook is currently available for $9.99 and looking at it on my ipad basically kind of astounds me. I mean, if you blog or write anything anywhere, basically, what you have stored up is a book. And it’s as easy as taking the step to open Blurb, moving your words from there to there, creating, a second time. Choosing photos. Your favorites, both words and photos. It’s so affirming and fun and you can sell them but you don’t have to; maybe you want your words just for you and that’s just fine, too.

I’m working on making this same book into a coffee table/bedside table/gift book with a hardcover and dust jacket as well. I’m planning to sell them, and maybe you’ll consider getting one for someone for the holidays. Like yourself or someone you love. But no pressure, truly. I loved making this book no matter what comes of it, and I’m not just saying that.


I’m going to thank you extra much on CYBER MONDAY alongside Blurb…so don’t miss it. I mean, really. REALLY. DON’T MISS IT. You’re going to get some really great deals ’round these parts.

I made a book! (You can get the ebook if you’d like, from Blurb. Maybe you’ll read it and decide that’s all you need, which is totally fine (can’t stop people-pleasing) or maybe you might kind of want the gift books after you  have it, to give or keep maybe.) (I’m going away now.) (Except to say that I hope to be taking orders for the hardcover books within the next week or so.)

Edited to add: The ebook is only available on apple iOS devices, BUT, I’m working on a PDF format that can be added to anything else. SOON!

Peace out.

I disclaim: I made my ebook for freeness as a part of a working with Blurb to bring you good things. But really, friends…it’s only 9.99 to make the ebook!

photo credits: Blurb website


tara pohlkotte November 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

um. AMAZING!! I wanna make one for me and well… prob. only my mom is interested, but STILL a slammin’ holiday gift to self. I cannot wait to get yours because I am just so in love with the way you see your reality, accept all of it, the mess and the glory, and then through your words tell us our mess and glory is ok too. so happy to read you. so happy to have them in one spot!
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Heather November 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm

oh tara! yay!

come back on Monday for the dealio for making your own! for reals, it’s gonna be GOOD.


(I would buy yours in a heartbeat and that ain’t no lie.) (That there’s some good English.)

emily wierenga November 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

um, tara, i would be totally interested too :)
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M November 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Hey, I just tweeted this! Can you put me down for a physical book? I want a SIGNED one! Can I pay for it on PayPal? Will it be on amazon? SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!

Heather November 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Hi Molly!

thank you for the tweet! And yes, I can put you down for a physical book, signed and all. I’ll have it sent to me and then I’ll send it to you. You can use paypal. I’ll let you know when I get them!


Alexa November 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm

That is very exciting!!! Congratulations!
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tracy@sellabitmum November 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

This is all sorts of awesomeness. xoxo
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MamaBear November 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

This is so exciting Heather!!!! Having your own words in print is such a treasure…one I plan to make a reality for myself in 2013. Six years of blogging and I still haven’t printed a single book of my own posts. I love the cover design and plan to head over to blurb and look at your project more closely.

I’m super excited about the cyber monday deal as I have a 290 page book for a client that I have been spending every spare moment on. It will be a nice treat to save some money on it! Thanks!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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Ann November 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Your words plus your photos? So much more than “just” anything. xoxo
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Karla Archer November 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm

oooh my! I would totally put a physical version on my shelf by my Bible and my other favorite books.
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Laura November 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm

So cool, Heather!!! xo
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Melissa November 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

See, it pays to be all self-promotional-ish, because I wouldn’t have known this was even possible if one of my blogger friends (Florinda) hadn’t shared this.

And now I have a new blogger to follow, a new project, and a new book to get!

See what you did there? :)
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Ellie November 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS IDEA! I will be stalking your site on Monday. STALKING, I say.

Great idea, great job. Can’t WAIT to read it.


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grace at {Gabbing with Grace} November 25, 2012 at 8:27 am

mmmm…I’ll have to check this out. I have been thinking lately about what a pain it would be to try & get my insta pics off the web, to an email, to a cd to a photo printing shop, into a photo book, etc. Was sort of hoping something like this would magically come along and save the day. =) Thanks for sharing! =)
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MidnightCafe November 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Oh, Heather!! Way to go!
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emily wierenga November 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm

good on you girl! i’m proud of you.
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Elizabeth November 26, 2012 at 12:23 am

Love it. I’ve had this idea in the back of my mind but hadn’t thought of Blurb. Thanks for sharing, Heather!
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Elizabeth November 26, 2012 at 12:26 am

P.S. Are you doing your hardcover/physical copy through Blurb, too? (P.S. will you shoot me your reply in email b/c I’m awful at following up on comment replies? Thanks, lady.)
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Heather November 26, 2012 at 8:35 am

Hi lady!

Yes, the hardcover is coming from blurb too. They’re (thankfully) sending me a sample of what I created so I can see it in real life before ordering a quantity of them and then finding something I don’t like in person :)

It was actually pretty therapeutic to make it. Fun, too. Get over here (to EO) to be one of the first 50 commenters and you can do yours for freeness. ;) Cyber Monday. Or, if 50 has passed, you can get 25% off, which is their best deal evah.


Galit Breen November 26, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Ohmyword, this is wonderful! WONDERFUL! xo
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