Another review! This time a full page article in Musicmaker magazine.
On September 15, my book ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Guitar Effects' was released in iTunes. Between then and now, a lot has happened. The book went to be the number 1 in top paid books. I hear you think: 'Really? How much did you sell, must be over a million copies'? Yes. And no. But let me explain a bit more.
First of all, it’s great to see people appreciate something you created. Because starting is always hard. You start with this idea in your head and a passion in your heart. It’s scary and exciting at the same time. You’re not sure if you can pull this off. You think you will fail. I have never written a book before, let alone published one. But I’m happy I did.
I have worked a lot of hours to make this happen. Seeing it listed number 1 in both the Music category and Arts & Entertainment category felt really great as a reward. Seeing you own name above Demi Lovato, Coldplay, Queen and The Rolling Stones is really weird. At its top, the book even made it to number 5 on the overall book list. Well-known authors that lead this list are Dan Brown, Karin Slaughter, E.L. James and Nicci French to name a few.
It took me almost a year to finish the book and publish it (a lot of people have asked me this). I had to do it in my spare time. I’m a dad of 2, husband of 1 and have a full-time job. But you know how the saying goes: if you want something done, ask someone who is busy.
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So let me explain how these iTunes lists work. The iBookstore (like the App Store) has categories. There are 3 levels. My book was put in the category All books > Arts & Entertainment > Music. And then there’s the difference between paid books and free books. Mine was paid.
How iTunes does its ranking is completely unknown to me. I have checked the list several times a day and saw it changing every time I checked it. I’m guessing Apple checks the number of books per title sold that day and ranks it accordingly. (As I’m typing this, my book went down from 5 to 7 on the overall list. But still on number one in both categories.)
But the iBookstore is still not as popular as the iTunes Music Store or the App Store. I’m not surprised if only 1-3% of the iTunes users uses the iBookstore.
When I started, I could have never imagined my book would be a success. Several websites and blogs also picked it up and posted a review or news article. Next month, it’s expected to be featured in two magazines. All of this is beyond my expectations.
I really hope you feel inspired to start something yourself. I wanted to share this story and journey with you. In Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon inspired me with the following quote: ‘Write the book you want to read’. So I did. I started writing.
* note: This article only addresses the Dutch iTunes store. iTunes has 51 stores worldwide. It’s impossible to check all the different stores and keep track.
Here it is! A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO GUITAR EFFECTS will be available on sept 15 in the Apple iBookstore globally. It’s the first interactive iBook on guitar effects to hit the iBookstore. I’m really excited about this release which will hopefully help starting guitarists discover the great world of guitar effects. If you want to show support, reblog this and RT to your friends. Thank you!
(USA) iBookstore link: http://bit.ly/guitarfx
Updated the Gear page with the new Wet Stereo Reverb.
Balancing your life is a hot topic amongst speakers and mentors.
I believe it’s a wonderful principle everyone should hear about.
But the talks always seem to be about work-life balance or work-family balance.
For me, the challenge was never between work and non-work.
I had to balance input versus output. Creating versus consuming. Writing versus reading.
Each side has dangers. Let it tilt too much towards creating, you get exhausted and isolated in your own world.
On the other hand, too much consuming makes you lazy and overstuffed.
The tightrope artist knows everything about balance.
He knows he needs to keep his focus forwards. (How many times did you hear ‘Don’t look down!’ in an adventure movie. Every single time right?)
He has to take steps if he wants to reach his destination.
Steps and focus aren’t enough though. He must keep balance while walking.
So we become trained tightrope artists. Slackliners. Acrobate extraordinaire.
Balancing our way through life hoping we don’t fall and hit the ground. Hoping we’ll make it across.
Trying to entertain those around us. Pushing ourself to new boundaries.
With every step we take we check our balance. Is everything in balance?
Ok, lets take the next step.