6 Reasons to PreOrder Money Stories from Malaysians: Volume 1 NOW [ends 8 March 2019]

Holy shit this is happening. Money Stories from Malaysians: Volume 1 is finally (almost) done!

At writing time, I’m in the midst of printing the physical copies and setting up accounts in ecommerce platforms beyond RoR platforms.

That’s not all. I still have to figure out the marketing and advertising, the contracts, the profit sharing methods, and a bunch of other stuff.

I was going to wait to sell the book until everything is done, but thanks for your advice, I have decided to proceed with the sales. Therefore I am happy to announce that the pre-order for Money Stories from Malaysians: Volume 1 is OPEN NOW!

Just to clarify, the ebook version is now available. The book version will be available and shipped out by mid-March 2019.

Here are some reasons to make your pre-orders now 🙂

Reason #1 – You’re curious about any of the 10 storylines

Money Stories from Malaysians: Volume 1 is a compilation of 10 short stories from 10 different authors. I’ve purposely picked stories that have wildly different themes and storylines. 

Here are short teasers of each stories:

1. (My story) A small business owner living in dystopian Malaysia which implements universal basic income

2. Story of a single father and his young daughter (I legit shed tears)

3. The concept of memories as currency

4. A son’s account on how a Ponzi scheme affected his family after it busted, losing all their and their relatives’ money

5. Harpies (half human/half bird) and other fantasy creatures doing budgeting and grocery shopping and stuff

6. A refreshingly honest account of a smoker who knows he should quit smoking but why is the expenses not enough of a deterrent?

7. Trying to recover an expensive in-app purchase that you did NOT make

8. Reality TV-style challenge where participants have to complete gross challenges to win prize money

9. How a PhD holder managed her finances while studying

10. And last but not least, how much a mother’s work would sum up to, in RM

Reason #2 – You’ve been involved in the process

I’ve been very open with my self-publishing journey. Ringgit Oh Ringgit readers who’ve stuck around for a while have seen updates via my FB and Instagram pages.

You’ve helped me select the cover design,

Select the price point, (note: price is INCLUDING delivery)

Gave suggestions on how to proceed with the book sales,

And more.

Those who have been with me for the ride, thank you. I’m really grateful for your help and support. I also imagine it would give you a lot of closure to  finally read Money Stories From Malaysians: Volume 1!

Reason #3 – You want the special perks and offers ONLY available during preorders

The e-book is priced at RM7.90 instead of RM9.90. Offer lasts during preorder period only!

The book, on the other hand, has multiple tiers and pricing. 

For the RM29.90 Silver package, you will get:

  • 1 x Money Stories From Malaysians: Volume 1 book (worth RM29.90)
  • FREE: 1 x access link to Money Stories From Malaysians: Volume 1 ebook (worth RM9.90)
  • INCLUSIVE of delivery
  • Bragging rights! You read it before everyone else!
  • Priority invite + access to book-related events and launches

The RM39.90 Gold package will include everything in the Silver package, and additionally includes:

  • EXTRA! A personalised thank you note from myself
  • 1 x lucky draw entry to win RM50 worth of Kinokuniya vouchers

The RM49.90 Platinum package will include everything in the Silver and Gold packages, and additionally includes:

  • A shoutout to you OR YOUR BUSINESS page on Ringgit Oh Ringgit Facebook (good for marketing!)

Pick whichever you want based on what you can afford and the extra perks you want 🙂

For anyone who thinks that’s expensive, I’ll have you know that I’ll only break even if I manage to sell 500 physical books, more or less 🙁 The upfront cost for book publishing is not cheap wei.

Reason #4 – You want to read more articles about creating products and selling them online

Later on, you damn well know I’m going to write a post about selling products online. I mean, I’ve already shared everything I learned during this self-publishing process in the below articles, so might as well complete the whole journey right:

In this article about selling items online, I want to especially focus on automating as much of the work as possible. I want this Money Stories from Malaysians book to be a source of passive income – huge upfront work and capital, but minimal ongoing work. It’s really important to focus on freeing up my time because I plan to work on other passive income projects in the future. Of course, I will share that too!

Reason #5 – You appreciate quality

I want to give you a good product. I want you to enjoy reading Money Stories From Malaysians: Volume 1.

Here are some of the things I paid for, instead of DIY-ing them myself:

  • Book coaching
  • Manuscript editing
  • Ebook formatting
  • Print layout
  • Book cover design
  • Illustrations for each story in the book (10 illustrations)

I engaged the services of Anna Tan of TeaSpoon Publishing, who is a published author herself, an active member in the Malaysia Writer’s Society, and currently completing her Masters in the UK under Chevening Scholarship.

I also worked with Yvonne Low, who can draw some of the sexiest humans I’ve ever seen. (btw the book illustrations doesn’t look like that. I wanted to splurge on the complex drawings so bad but decided to scale back because money.)

The printing company I decided to go with won the Top Innovative Printing Company for Year 2018/2019. 

Basically, I just want to say this book is not some shoddy, pak-pak-pak-siap kinda work. I put in a lot of effort into it. I worked with professionals in their fields.

Reason #6 – You want to see your stories in Money Stories From Malaysians: Volume 2

I mean, if Money Stories From Malaysians: Volume 1 does well, there’s no reason to not open up another submission call for personal finance-themed short stories and continue on to volume 2, 3 and more… 🙂

So yeah. Lai lai. The preorder packages will last until 8 March 2019 only, after that no more special price or special perks. 

For your, er, ‘convenience’, here’s the links to the products again lol. 




  1. AMAZING!!!!!!!!! Thank you for all your unbelievably hard work!!! Also, who is the illustrator for all the adorable snippets? I must thank them XD

  2. Just placed my order. Congratulations Suraya for this book launch. Can’t wait to read it.

    Feedback — I think it would be nice if you can include your sales/billing email address in the payment page so that buyer can input it during the manual payment process.

    Or, if you can prepare a form where customer can input their payment details and payment slip (attachment), that will be much better.

    I know you must be busy with this launch. I understand. Probably for next round of launch, you will have payment gateway integration.

    Good luck!

    1. Hi Zulhilmi,

      Thank you so much for your order! But more than that thanks for taking the time to give feedback!

      I’m using (free) Woocommerce plugin for the sales. Originally planned for Google forms. I know, I didn’t know what I was thinking either. Nasib I changed my mind.

      I would love to add more payment gateways, and enhance the integration. This really is a learning process. I’m so glad and thankful that at 200+ orders in at the time of writing, I’ve only had to do 5 or so customer service support. That’s a way lower figure than I thought.

      However there are room for improvement. At the moment I realised that because all the products include virtual product (ebook) and are downloadable, the checkout page does not show delivery address option. I have a mess to sort out come delivery time!

      In any case, I did the best I could. Will only get better from here on 🙂

  3. I bought the ebook and finished reading it in two sittings. Two because I wanted to savor the wonderful stories that put a smile on my face, made me cringe with despair, and wowed me with the creative storytelling.
    Congratulations to everyone and thank you for this delicious treat.

    1. Hi Julya,

      Your comment made me really, really happy. Thank you so much for your kind feedback. I’m so glad you enjoyed the stories. Can’t wait to share this to the writers and make them happy too!

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