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Welcome to the Books and Bao Shop

Here you will find our collection of guides and courses created to help you learn and get the life you want. As qualified teachers and published writers, we are excited to share our knowledge with you in a concise and practical way.

Everything you can purchase here is designed to help you find the answers to your questions, and those answers have been written by writers and teachers who have done what you’re hoping to do, whether that’s teaching abroad, working from home, living a nomadic life, or becoming a published writer.

Our guides are clear, concise, and full of implementable advice to help you achieve your goals. As people who have spent years struggling to find what we were looking for and get to where we wanted to be, we are now using our knowledge to help you get there faster, and with better information than we ever had.

We hope you enjoy our guides and courses, and that they help you along the road that you want to travel!

Please note these are digital downloads purchasable on Etsy and will be sent to your email inbox.

200 + Hashtags for Book Bloggers & Bookstagrammers

Hashtags for Bookbloggers

Instagram can be a great way to unleash your creativity, build up your own bookish community, make new friends, and work with brands.

Looking for hashtags when you just want to post your great content can be a pain and how do you know you aren’t missing out on the perfect hashtag suited to your exact picture? In Hashtags for Bookstagrammers, you’ll find 200+ wonderfully bookish hashtags for you to use sorted by volume as well as other lists like location specific/ genre/ bookshops and libraries. This will save you hours in hashtag research and help you grow your own successful bookstagram account.

Getting Your First Tattoo: Everything You Need To Know

tattoo guide

In this ebook, you’ll be provided with everything you need to know in order to prepare for getting your first tattoo from people who love tattoos and tattoo artists. You will learn how to do your own research in order to find the perfect tattoo idea and the right artist to make it a reality. You’ll also learn the language of tattooing and tattoo art so you know the lingo when you approach an artist, as well as what to consider before booking your first tattoo. You’ll even learn about the aftercare of your tattoo. Getting Your First Tattoo really is everything you need to know!

We will also answer niggling questions like:

How much does it cost?
Are tattoos safe and clean?
How do I look after my tattoo?
How do I know if I’ve found the right artist?

Teaching English Abroad in Japan

Teaching English Abroad in Japan ESL, TEFL

In Teaching in Japan, all of your questions about living, and teaching English, in Japan will be answered by people who’ve worked in Japan as TEFL teachers, as well as questions about what makes a good TEFL teacher and whether or not you have what it takes to teach English in Japan.

Do you have questions like…

  • Are there both long-term and short-term contract options in Japan?
  • Do I live in the city or the countryside?
  • Which city is best for me?
  • Can and should I teach children or adults?
  • What qualifications do I need?
  • How much can I earn and save?
  • Do I need to speak Japanese to live or to work?
  • Which is the best company to apply to?
  • Do I need to have any savings?
  • Do I already need teaching experience?
  • What should I pack?

By the time that you finish this book, all these questions, and more, will be answered.

We have several years of experience working as teachers in China, Korea, and Japan. We have gone through this process ourselves, asked and answered all of the above questions before, and are now published in multiple Japan-based magazines. We have written multiple articles on the topic of teaching in Japan (and East Asia in general) and we are here to help you make not only that first step to teaching in Japan, but every step that will take you there.

Across three detailed chapters, you will learn about:

What living and working in Japan is really like
What qualifications you need and how to get them
Where and how to apply for a job teaching in Japan
How to ace your interview
How to be a good TEFL teacher in Japan

Freelance Writing Pitching Guide

freelance writer guide

A pitch is something that is simple in theory but has a lot riding on it. Getting editors to open your pitch is difficult enough and then you need to keep them hooked on your idea. Most editors are incredibly busy and get hundreds of emails a day so how do you make sure your pitch is on point? Freelance Writer Pitching Guide is here to help.

In this guide, you are going to learn:

How to find websites and magazines to pitch to (and how to get the right contact details)
What you should always consider before sending any pitch
What goes into a strong pitch email
Easy ways to secure good examples of sound writing (if you don’t have any)
Common pitching mistakes you should avoid
A pitching template which you can use
Example of pitches in different fields that have worked