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After almost 2 years in the writing trenches, we are beyond excited to announce that our book, Quit Like a Millionaire is ready for pre-orders!
If you’re ready to get a copy and want the freebies that come with it, click here. Otherwise, read on.
It’s being published by TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and will be coming to a bookstore near you on July 9, 2019! (As of right now, if you pre-order from Amazon and you’ll get a 31% discount!)
Now, I know I don’t get emotional often on this blog (because EW feelings), but I have to admit, giving birth to this book baby has teared me up more than once. Why? Because this book isn’t just a finance book—it’s a labour of love for some of our favourite people in the world…*drum roll*…you guys!
Seriously, every word, every sentence, every number has been inspired by this community and here’s my proof:
Through all your comments, e-mails, and reader cases, you’ve inspired us with your incredible stories. You’ve taught us just how much you can accomplish when you put your mind to something. From stories of readers who’ve moved to the other side of the world, doubled their savings rate, grew their net worth from 0 to 6 figures in a few short years after learning to invest, freed themselves up to spend precious time with their families, we’ve been impressed by, in awe of, and humbled by your stories.
There’s a piece of every single one of you in this book.
You’ve taught us that financial independence is a powerful tool that frees you from stress and lets you choose the life you want, and as a result, it can change the world.
That’s why we invested the last two years of our lives writing Quit Like a Millionaire to teach people how to become FI so they can live a better, stress-free, self-driven life.
I’ll admit, it wasn’t easy. Even though we already gained the writing chops from our last children’s book, writing a non-fiction book required far more research. As a result, we went through countless iterations to make sure that not only is it factually accurate as possible, but also a killer read. It’s not often you have the left and right sides of your brain working as a team, but as math and art comes together, we believe this is the best thing we’ve ever written.
But don’t take our word for it, here are what other authors and influencers are saying about the book:
Praise for Quit Like a Millionaire
“Whoever said ‘don’t quit your day job’ might feel differently after reading this book.”
“This book wants you to be rich: in money, in time and in life. With this book, you have come to the right place. Kristy and Bryce will take you through the process step-by-step. Actionable things that you can do no matter what your age, location, background or education.”
From the foreword by JLCollins, Bestselling Author of The Simple Path to Wealth
“Quit Like a Millionaire is a step-by-step manual to early retirement, filled with practical tips and tricks that anyone can use to accelerate their journey to financial freedom. Shen’s story is compelling and her advice actionable. I’ve been reading and writing about personal finance for fifteen years but still learned a ton from this book.”
J.D. Roth, Creator of Get Rich Slowly and author of Your Money
“Kristy Shen, in a few hundred delightful, information-packed pages, shows exactly how she went from rags (in China) to riches (retired world traveler millionaire at 30). Her stories are fascinating, told in a no-nonsense style that busts through any excuses. Her and Bryce’s precise investment strategies, explained clearly, show you how to both get financially independent – and stay there. And they are hilarious.”
Vicki Robin, New York Times bestselling co-author of Your Money or Your Life
“Quit Like A Millionaire is about so much more than making money, traveling the world, and retiring early (although it teaches you how to do all three insanely well!). It’s a new roadmap to living an awesome life! You don’t need to settle for status quo. Life’s too short for that. So don’t. This book will both inspire and entertain you, while actually giving you the steps and mindset to become a millionaire. Retiring early isn’t easy, but it’s never been easier in history to make it happen. There’s no fluff here. This is the real deal.”
Grant Sabatier, Author of Financial Freedom and Creator of Millennial Money
and many more…
And that’s not all!
The Godfather of FI, JLCollins, has generously given his time to write one of the most unique, kickass forewards ever which will blow you away (trust me, read it and you will see).
And lastly, if you’re still not convinced, here are some more reasons why you want this book:
Brand New Content
Our contract with Penguin stipulates that we can’t copy more than 20% of the content from this blog into the book—so that means 80% of this book is brand spanking new content! And even the parts with content you think you already know has been completely revamped, rewritten, over and over again until it’s shinier than a diamond mine.
We’ve also included brand new interviews with experts like Mr. Money Mustache, Justin from RootofGood, Jeremy from GoCurryracker, and the leaders of the Worldschooler movement about how all this can be done with kids. So, this book will be useful for everyone—include those with families.
It’s Better Than the Blog
With over 400 posts, it’s pretty impossible to learn everything by binge reading this blog. This book makes it easier for you to digest the information in story format and the best part is that it has been edited and polished, so you don’t have to worry about typos (which long-time readers you know I’m extremely guilty of). Not only that, you can easily gift the book to a friend and family member who you feel could benefit from learning about FIRE.
Unlike Any Other Finance Book You’ve Ever Read
Now, I know I sound like I’m tooting my own horn here but believe it or not these are other people’s words not mine.
When our literary agent first worked on the book pitch to Penguin, I asked her to do a comparable (ie this book is like “Battle hymn of a tiger mother” meets “I Will Teach You To be Rich”) but her reaction was “Nope. There are no comparable books. I’ve sold many books and, in my experience, this isn’t like any other finance book out there. It’s one of a kind.”
I also got the same reaction from my friend and fellow author, Grant Sabatier. He’s read over 360 books and he said “this is unlike any other finance book I’ve ever read.”
Practical and Bullshit Free
Here at MR, you know we’re all about specificity, practically, and bullshit-free advice. Since we come from engineering backgrounds, we have no patience for woo-woo books about how to “think yourself rich” with no numbers or facts to back it up. That’s why this book is full of practical advice and we do a ton of “mathing shit up” to show you exactly how to become FI. There is zero room for bullshit so expect to get practical advice told through a breezing narrative.
Here’s a taste:
Now, as you know, we’ve been sharing free sources like the investment workshop (which we get thank you e-mails about every day—including a couple who used the workshop and went from having $1000 saved to six figures!), and the reader cases. We do this for free to help as many people as possible, because as JLCollins says we want you to be ”rich: in money, in time and in life”.
If this blog has been helpful to you at all, please support us by pre-ordering Quit Like a Millionaire. The more pre-orders we get, the more visible it will be on Amazon in order to reach as many people as possible.
We wrote this book to show that financial independence can be accessible to everyone—regardless of your race, background, or lack of privilege.
The fact that I went from bottom 1% of the world, living with my parents on 44 cents a day in China to 1% of the world is living proof that you don’t need privilege to accomplish this. And with this book, I hope to bring as many people along with me as possible. Please help spread the word, by sharing this post with your friends, family and on social media. Once you’ve read the book, if you enjoyed it, please leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads, this will help us a lot in book rankings to make it more visible.
Thank you for your support!
Free Shit for Being Awesome!
And guess what? Since we’re only one month away, to celebrate we are hosting a pre-order giveaway!
Here’s how it works. If you pre-order (or have already pre-ordered) our book, we have some extra goodies to thank you for your early support.
Excited? So am I! So here we go…
Level 1: Rebel
Everyone who pre-orders before July 9, 2019. will receive
- A cool infographic called, “How to Retire Early in 15 Steps”.
- An exclusive invitation to the Webinar “How To Quit Like A Millionaire & Travel Forever!” starring us (Kristy & Bryce) and Grant Sabatier, author of “Financial Freedom” with live Q & A.
- Early access to one chapter of the book.
Level 2: Renegade
For the first 50 people who enter and have pre-ordered our book, you will also receive a signed book plate.
Level 3: Revolutionary
And finally, if someone out there is ordering on behalf of a school, library, book club, or any other community (or for whatever reason wants to build a fort with our books), anyone who orders 15 copies or more will get a 1-hour Skype consultation session with us! (limited quantity available).
To receive your goodies, pre-order a copy of Quit Like a Millionaire from any of the retailers listed below and send an email to [email protected]. Please put ATTN: GIVEAWAY in the subject line, and in the email please include
- Your name and physical mailing address for delivery of the signed name plate
- Your order number(s)
Your bonus content should arrive in your inbox shortly thereafter.
If you don’t receive the content, add [email protected] into your email contact list and then re-submit your proof of purchase. If you’re still encountering technical difficulties, send another email with the word HELP in the subject line and we’ll figure it out.
- If you’ve previously pre-ordered (or bought a copy of Grant’s Financial Freedom), first of all THANK YOU. And second of all, you are still eligible for this giveaway! Simply email us with your info to enter.
- The signed name plate is only available to readers in the U.S. due to shipping constraints, but all other pre-order items are available to international readers.
That’s it. As always, thank you for your support and helping us keep the Millennial Revolution going!
FIRECracker and Wanderer/ Kristy & Bryce
UPDATE: I want to give everyone who pre-ordered Quit Like a Millionaire a huge hug! Because of your support, QLM rocketed up the Amazon rankings to be #1 New Release in the “Intro to Investing” category in the US and #1 Bestseller in the “Economics” and “Budget Travel” categories in Canada! And the book isn’t even out yet! We have the best readers ever!
And of course, I have to highlight some reader comments that made me tear up with joy:
“I just finished reading the 1st chapter of your book. It’s awesome! I could not wait to read the rest in July. To date, it’s the most interesting Finance book I’ve come across – and that’s just the 1st chapter…”
“The intro made me want to binge read the rest.”
LOVE YOU ALL!