An Honest Look at my Motivation

Book 1 in the Professor Alexander's Fantastic Fieldtrips seriesHow often are we truly honest about our motivation for doing things and do other people really want to know?

I often read things people write about something they’re selling and try to work out whether or not they actually believe their own words and what their true motivation is.

I am a TERRIBLE salesman because I care more about the customer than I do about me or the product.

It makes being self-employed quite difficult!

I want to share with you about the free Kindle e-book giveaway I’m doing this weekend and my motivation behind it. Hopefully it will help you see the potential value in giving books away free and what really motivates me in writing and selling it.

I have three major motivations and they are, in no particular order:

  1. Witness
  2. Ego
  3. Cash

Yes, that’s right, I said it. I want money and I want to feel good about myself.

Let me explain the three in more detail:


The book is a retelling of the Easter story written for kids aged 6-10. My primary purpose for writing and publishing it is to tell people about Jesus and what I believe he did for us. I’m not ashamed of that and I’m not going to hide it. Ultimately, my main aim is for people to read it and (hopefully) learn from it.

My goal is to give away 1,000 copies – so that’s a LOT of witnessing!


I want to feel “successful”. I want to feel like I’ve written something that a lot of people have wanted to read and hopefully have enjoyed reading. Yes, it’s prideful, I admit it, but just about all of us, deep down, have a desire to be loved, to be popular, to be recognized as having done something great – and I’m no exception to that.

I’m hoping that 1,000 people will read it and tell their friends to read it and they’ll all write me glowing, five-star reviews.

I told you I was being honest here and, honestly, that’s something I crave. Whether that is good or bad, normal or abnormal is up to you to decide for yourself.


I want to earn money from writing these books. Although I would happily give up the cash to allow my book to be a bigger witness (as I’m doing by making it free for three days), if I can have both, I definitely want both.

I want to be able to provide for my family. I want to be able to pay for the new roof we need before next winter and new windows to replace the 90 year old ones we have currently. I want to be able to buy my wife nice presents and I want to have cash I can donate rather than feeling so poor that I have nothing to give.

A Plea for Help

The Kindle store allow me to give the book away five days out of every three months.

I’ve already done a one-day giveaway, when I shifted 233 copies and now, I’m doing a three-day free kindle book giveaway in the hopes of giving away at least another thousand – and perfectly in time for Easter!

That will leave me one more day, which will probably be Good Friday.

So the question is, would you be gracious enough to help me spread the word, or have I maybe been a little TOO honest?

The book is called A Very Different School: Part 1 in the Professor Alexander’s Fantastic Fieldtrips Series and is available on in paperback or on kindle.

It will be free on Kindle (a $4.99 discount) worldwide from Friday March 1st through Sunday March 3rd.

If you’d be willing to tweet, post, Facebook, text, reddit, stumbleupon and even talk in the real world about it, I’d be so very, very grateful.

I have no idea how I could possibly reach my goal of 1,000 given away… but with a little help from my friends, it might just happen!

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

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