Jane Mulberry wrote:Nice site, Lisa! I get these offers too. Some of them may be okay, but I've had to unsubscribe from formerly good blogs when they clearly started using these "let us post to your site" services to monetise their blog. The blog posts were well-written, and on topics related to the blog, but became too obviously advertorial.
I can see you're using some affiliate links there already. Looking for more services and products you actually use and can legitimately recommend and checking if they have an affiliate program is a far safer way to go that won't risk losing your existing readers. Another option could be to take blog posts on particular topics, especially ones that answer questions and give solutions to problem areas newbies to urban farming/ wildlife gardening/whatever other areas of expertise you have, and bundling them into ebooks. Sites like Amazon's KDP program or Draft-to-Digital make it easy to produce attractive ebooks. Non-fiction ebook formatting is trickier than fiction (my area of expertise), but KDP does have a Create app to help with that. For non-fiction ebooks on sites like Amazon or iBooks, absolutely the worst thing to do is upload a pdf, though that would work fine for direct sales.
Ha - and I just noticed you're already doing really nice fiction ebooks, so I will shut up! Sky Harbor publishing is your own press, I hope? You're not losing money by letting someone else publish your books? All I'll say is - don't underestimate your non-fiction expertise. You've clearly done a load of interesting stuff and have a lot of valuable information to share. Just think how best to package it.
paul wheaton wrote:Lisa,
I have done this before with two routes:
yucky route: somebody contacted me and it seemed okay. They made the first payment (I think it was $35) and did not make the latter payments. I did this about four times. It always turned into a big frustration, so I just marked future emails like that as spam.
nice route: somebody I knew. The payments were big and sound. And all communication was respectful. Worth it.
So my answer to your question is "it depends." :)
paul wheaton wrote:
And speaking of links, it would be nice if you made a link on your site back to us. If the link says "permaculture forums" and links to https://permies.com/permaculture-forums that would be great!
Eric Hanson wrote:Lisa, there is a different approach to spray paint that gives the same look.
The device is an electrostatic paint sprayer. Short version: an electrical charge is imparted to the paint in the sprayer and the opposite charge is imparted to the object. Paint droplets literally leap from the sprayer to the object. My father once had a metal file cabinet painted in this manner while he was working (strange company policy). He was afraid that his office would stink of paint, but the job was quick, effortless and had no odor.
I don’t know if this is in the cards for you but it can be done.
Anne Miller wrote:That chair looks really pretty.
Anne Miller wrote:An alternative to spray paint would be whitewash or milk paint.
paul wheaton wrote:
I lived with my grandad for a few years starting when I was eleven. I tend to romanticize everything about that time. He didn't have a dishwasher. Everything was washed by hand. He cooked three meals a day for us, and I did the dishes. There were so few dishes that everything went pretty quickly. When I set the table, I pulled the dishes out of the dishrack. It was a simple and quick system. I cannot justify it, but it felt good and right. Our work is done. The idea of a dishwasher is a violation of this romantic notion: put your dirty dishes into a box and it will be dealt with later. The food will both rot and petrify in there. Then you keep pulling more and more dishes out of the cupboards and use those, and keep feeding dirty dishes into the box. Your work is not done - you have put it off. It just feels wrong. There is a festering mess of shame poorly concealed behind a plastic door. The way that we manage cleaning dishes is not dictated by the meal, but by the machine.