May 21, 2021

Writing: What I'm Working On

I haven't blogged about my book writing in awhile. What I've been working on is updating and revising The Little Series of Homestead How-Tos. Almost all of the books were given a pretty good overhaul: updating links, updating content, adding images, and expanding the information included in each. How To Make a Buck Rag underwent a major transformation; in fact, I re-titled it! It is now titled, How To Play Cupid for Your Goats: Everything you need to know about successful goat romance and breeding. I'm thinking I'm going to do something similar in the future with How To Make Goats' Milk Mozzarella. I'm thinking I'd like to expand it to include more of the Mediterranean style cheeses I routinely make. I'm thinking about renaming it to How To Make Cheese Without a Cheese Cave: Warm climate cheese making and storage (or something like that).

I also just finished a new addition to this eBook series. 

How To "One-Straw" Revolutionize Your Pasture: Adapting Masanobu Fukuoka's Natural Farming Methods for Small-Scale Pasture

I think of all the books I've read and methods I've studied, Masanobu Fukuoka's natural farming has been the most applicable for us on our homestead. The title is linked to take you to it's webpage, blurb, list of chapters, and where it's available. (Smashwords link.)

Well, why not show you all of them? Maybe you'll see something useful. They're all available at Amazon (Kindle version), B&N (Nook Book version), Smashwords (your choice of mobi, epub, etc.), and Permies Digital Market (PDF version), and whatever other outlets I'm aware of. The titles link to each book's webpage and more information.

Getting goats bred isn't as easy as you'd think! Originally published as How To Make a Buck Rag but greatly expanded. I hope this title is a little catchier. Smashwords link.

Always free! As the introduction to the series, offering it for free is something of a gimmick. It gives folks a chance to check out my writing style and see what kind of information I present. Smashwords link.

How To Bake Without Baking Powder is also available in paperback. Smashwords link.

Smashwords link.

Please let me know if you have trouble with any of the links. I'm pretty much used to the new blogger interface, but it sometimes seems to have a mind of it's own and kept messing things up.


wyomingheart said...

Wonderful, Leigh! Just used the discount code, and it was a breeze! Thank you! It’s great that you share so much knowledge with us, and I honestly appreciate everything I learn from you. Have a fabulous weekend!

Ed said...

Writing a published book of some sort has always interested me and is on my bucket list. But it is one of those things that takes a whole lot of time and I just never seen to string enough of it together. Perhaps when the kids are older is what I mostly tell myself these days.

Mama Pea said...

Your love of writing and talent for research come through loud and clear, Leigh. Add to that your generosity and willingness to share is such a benefit to everyone interested in the self-sufficient, homesteady type life.

Leigh said...

Wyomingheart, I'm glad it worked! And I sincerely appreciate your kind words. :)

Ed, you absolutely should publish a book! You write very well! It does take a lot of time, especially if you do most of it yourself.

Mama Pea, thank you!

Nancy In Boise said...

Looks great! I love the part about playing Cupid for your goats haha cute

Leigh said...

Nancy, thank you! I was hoping it was a catchier title than "buck rag." :)

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Me: "Oh look, more books!"
The Ravishing Mrs. TB, earlier this week: "Why do we keep getting books in the mail?'
Me: <......>

None the less, I may be willing to dare it. The Fukuoka one is of especial interest.

Ed, you should you write a book. It is a lot of work, especially with you providing the editorial work as well as the content, but it is a very satisfying activity.

Chris said...

I didn't stop to think about the title, until you pointed it out. A buck in rag is a rural term, that speaks to those already familiar with the definition. Creating a disconnect for those who may not know what it means. Your new title, is self-explanatory so anyone can connect immediately. Very interesting. I just didn't stop to think about it until now.

Leigh said...

TB, it's always that way for us book lovers! lol.

Chris, thanks! I realize that I'm writing to a fairly small niche audience, so writing is hardly a way to make my fortune. But goats have gained a lot of popularity over the years, and I love passing on information and helping other people out.

Powell River Books said...

You have been very busy. Your how-to books make it easy to pick what the reader needs most. - Margy

Nancy In Boise said...

Sadly I don't know what a buck rag is either?

Kev Alviti said...

I built some bookshelves for our landing last week and thought of you as I put two of your books on there. glad your still writing as much as you are, I need a kick up the bum to write more!

Leigh said...

Margy, thank you! Your kind words are very welcome!

Kev, I'm honored! You should definitely write more, although it's tough to find the time in summer.