It Takes a Village (to publish an ebook)

You are my village and that’s what it takes to publish a book or launch a website, or do almost anything creative and collaborative.

While you could write an ebook and publish it all on your own, I chose to rely on the experts when I wrote Simple Ways to Be More with Less and today as I release Living in the Land of Enough.

I love writing and when I work with awesome, creative people that do what they love, I have more time to do what I do best. I highly recommend that you assess some of the things you do, and see if someone else could do them better so you can do what you do best.

The following lovely people are the village that brought my ebooks to life and gave me the confidence to share them with you.

  • Heidi Larsen designed The Simple Ways PDF and original cover. She also recently released a beautiful food magazine with delicious holiday cookie recipes and edible gift ideas.
  • Tessa Reese edited The Simple Ways and joins me on writing dates.
  • Chris O’Byrne is better known as the e-book editor. He knows the ins and outs of ebook conversions, working with Amazon and other digital publishing venues and spreading good work. More than that though, every time I work on a project with him, he holds my hand (virtually) through the process and goes above and beyond in terms of delivering a premium product.
  • Deb O’Byrne designed the new cover for Simple Ways to Be More with Less and Living in the Land of Enough. I had so much fun channeling my inner art director and collaborating with Deb on a design that I love. She was open to my input and wonderful to work with.
  • Joshua Becker recently added his amazing books, Simplify and Inside Out Simplicity to Amazon and shared his experience with me. He inspired me to move forward with this launch.
  • Karol Gajda knows ebooks, experiments like crazy and then shares his wealth of knowledge. He has been an integral part of my blogging journey and now my ebook journey.
  • Leo Babauta inspired me to live with less and has taught me so much about living and working more simply. We are teaching a course together in January. If you want to work with us and banish your clutter forever, join us for the Clutterfree course.
  • Tammy Strobel started as a blogger I respect and became my friend. We Skype often, brainstorm and help each other figure out this brand new world. She has inspired me from the start. I am reading Tammy’s first draft of her beautiful print book that should be in a store somewhere near you by the end of 2012.
  • You. Every time you read one of my blog posts, leave a comment, say hi on Twitter, share my work or email me, I know that I am doing what I’m meant to do. I love you for that and could not do this without your support. I wish I could mention each of you by name, but that would be a really long post. I don’t say thank you enough, but want you to know that I am grateful everyday.

So while you could publish an ebook alone, it’s way more fun to do it with awesome people.

Kindle Books

Thanks for supporting my writing, sharing with your friends and being my village.



    • Courtney Carver says

      Amber, Thank you SO much! If you have time when you’re finished reading, please give your feedback on Amazon. I’d love to know what you think. Happy Holidays!

  1. Pam Guthrie says

    How amazingly kind of you to put your books on such super sale. They are both on my virtual shelf now. Thank you so much. I expect that they will be on the list of recommended reading I give my clients.

  2. says

    Courtney, Thank you for sharing your village with us. Congratulations on taking this next step to offer your book on Amazon. I’ve asked for a Kindle for Christmas- my way of completely embracing the world of e-books! So, I’ll be back. :)

    • Courtney Carver says

      Marci, Thanks for your support. Keep in mind that you don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books. You can also download the Kindle App to your computer and read that way too. Although it’s easier to curl up with a Kindle than a computer 😉

    • Courtney Carver says

      Laryssa, Thank you so much for buying the books. Please review on Amazon when you are finished or let me know what you thought.

  3. says

    Thank you, Court! Congrats on the release of ‘Living In The Land of Enough’–it couldn’t come at a better time as the chaos of the holidays is upon us. Looking forward to our next writing date!!

    • Courtney Carver says

      Luce, I’ll be releasing a pdf version of both books at the beginning of 2012. Maybe sooner, but I’ll keep you posted.

    • Courtney Carver says

      Thanks Tali! I’d be so honored if you would review the books on Amazon and let other readers know what you think. xoxo

  4. Sarah says

    Just bought and read both over the last couple days. I discovered your site only recently and I’m so glad I did!


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