Announcing My First Ebook: A Year Without Make-Up

I’ve been sitting on this announcement for weeks, and I’m really thrilled to finally share my news with you guys!

Since the day I started this website, nearly 4 years ago, I’ve wanted to write a book, or maybe eventually a lot of books. As it turns out with everything in life, follow through is a lot harder than just having big ideas. I never really had time to sit down and put something together that I thought was worthy.

Then, opportunity fell in my lap. Thought Catalog, a website I really enjoy and admire, got in touch with me about joining their new e-publishing program. It seemed like as good a time as ever so I went to work.

I pulled some of my favorite blog posts from Twenty-Something Travel, and cobbled them into a story of sorts. The articles are all pulled from this website, but most have been rewritten with juicy new details and insights- kind of like a remix.

After a stressful month of re-writing, editing and a handful of panic attacks I’m really pleased to share the finished product with you guys:

a-year-without-make-up-2 So what’s it about?

A Year Without Make-Up is a series of articles about my first year of travel: the inevitable decision to quit my job, the preparations and the amazing year where I met Michael, explored South East Asia, lived in China and more.

 

The title comes from an article I wrote fairly recently, about how I stopped wearing make-up while traveling. I chose that because I think it’s a pretty great metaphor for a lot of the changes that happened to me once I started traveling: I stopped caring so much about what other people thought and started charting my own course in life.

 

The book is short, a lazy afternoon read, and is on sale for just $2.99 on iBookstore and Amazon.

 

Why Should You Buy It?

Here are a few reasons I came up with that you might want to support my book:

  • You enjoy my writing style and would like to see me write more
  • You owe me a favor and/or are related to me.
  • You’re a more recent fan of the blog and want to see where it all started.
  • You’re an old fan of the blog and want to reminisce about how young and stupid we all once were.
  • You’re not a fan of this blog at all and want some hate-reading material.
  • You like stories that involve self-discovery, romance and exotic places.
  • You’ve got $3 to spare… did I mention it’s only $2.99?

If you do buy the book it would great if you would leave a review (honest- of course!). I totally welcome any and all feedback.

I’m really excited, because I see this tiny book as the start of something new and big for me; a direction I’ve always wanted to go but never had the guts. So… here’s hoping it goes well!

Check out the book here!

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Josh
Josh

Where can I get a paper version of this book??

Rachel
Rachel

Congrats on the book! I just wrote a review of it on my blog. Absolutely loved it! And will probably use it as a travel guide on my first trips to Vietnam and China. Very well done!! =)

Vanessa
Vanessa

Just stumbled on your blog today, and I’ll be picking up your book! Happy travels from a fellow nomad 🙂

Hannah
Hannah

How exciting! Congratulations 🙂

Marian Schembari - Couchsurfing
Marian Schembari - Couchsurfing

Congratulations on the book! I can’t wait to read it. Your post on Thought Catalogue totally nailed it. You never really know where the road might turn or where you end up. That’s the beauty of travel, isn’t it?

Ashleigh
Ashleigh

Congratulations Steph! I will be sure to check it out!

Otter
Otter

Congratulations and thank you! I’m in a similar boat to you, twenties and traveling, and I also want to write! You’ve inspired me to believe I can do it. 🙂 Cheers!

Edna
Edna

Congrats on the accomplishment — I love the title!

Mitzi
Mitzi

Congratulations Steph, you’re such an inspiration to me, and a lot of other people by the looks!

I’ll be purchasing 🙂

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