It’s one of those days where I wake up early, today at 5 am. This has become a pattern; the sun rises early, and so do I. This morning, I am mulling over KDP Select and how I can use it to reach larger markets, specifically in the USA. I need to launch my Eatweeds Cookbook as a Kindle today, so that is what I will be focusing on.

I have wasted an hour looking into how to write memoirs and personal essays, which apparently are gateways into writing a complete memoir. I am resisting launching the summer online foraging course. It can make me a lot of money, but my heart isn’t 100% in it, or maybe I am just scared, so I am procrastinating.

I need to get out and explore the plants that I can film and talk about. I need to cover 15 plants, but not all of them have stories like the ones I covered in the spring session. It’s difficult to decide what to do. My ads are not making the kind of money they were, so I wonder whether I need to stop advertising “Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants” and instead try selling something else, like “Wild Medicine for Beginners” or “Edible Seaweeds”.

These are hosted on Podia, but maybe I can sell them on Shopify and just notify everyone that it will take 24 hours for me to send them the access codes. That actually feels a really smart thing to do. I need to make it very clear that their order is manually processed, but that feels really good actually. Why had I not thought of it before? I suppose this is the benefit of journaling like this. Thoughts become clear and clarify, yet often I see journaling as simple navel-gazing, narcissistic self-absorption.

I spoke with Nigel from East Gate Bookshop in Totnes yesterday. He mentioned that folklore and mythology are on the rise, so I feel it is time to launch my plant folklore book. Yet another book to put out, which I feel is why I am being hesitant in launching the summer online class. I just don’t feel I have enough time without burning myself out.

So there are three books I need to focus on releasing:

  1. Edible and Medicinal Trees and Shrubs of Northern Europe
  2. Eatweeds Cookbook
  3. The Folklore of Wild Plants of Northern Europe

In the meantime, I can take my time to film the wild plants in preparation for next year’s sessions, when I will simply answer questions and turn up on Zooms, instead of the mad dash that it was this spring. I made a lot of money, £22,450, but I could make a lot more next year if I go slow and steady with crafting the course.