Saturday, November 22, 2008

Win a FREE book!

In the spirit of the holidays (and you’ve seen me get in this “spirit” before), I’m giving away free books! That’s right, a signed copy of one of my books FREE to three lucky winners! Just leave a comment in the comment link below and your name will go into the drawing barrel. On December 25 I’ll draw three lucky winners and send them a signed book (U.S. only PLEASE!). Don’t forget to leave your e-mail or a means of contact so I can notify you (Would appreciate a Digg as well)!

Also, you’ve heard me preach and preach about how signed books make great holiday gifts! Well, how about a Christmas gift for a friend or family member for under $10? Okay, done! I’m reducing the cost of all three of my printed books to $9.95 for the rest of the holiday season! I’m even going to pay the shipping for you (U.S. only please!!). But I’ll need you to order through my Authors Box Website because it's too hard for me to change my PayPal button on my personal site and ( go to “bookstore”) because Amazon, B & N, and the others just aren’t feeling so generous! Since my newest release, A Book Inside, How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Story received a 5 star review from Midwest Book Review, Amazon has actually removed their discount price from the Website all together and is now asking the FULL COVER PRICE of $18.95—they’re really NOT in the giving spirit at all!

Most of you already know that I donate one copy of my book for each of my books purchased. Yes, I will still do that with this $9.95 Christmas offer. I will continue my 10% donation to Breast Cancer Research as well.

If what you REALLY want to get or give for Christmas is a copy of my latest e-book, How to Organize a Virtual Book Tour, it’s still available for $6.95 in e-book format. But if you would like a copy printed out, signed, and sent to you, I would love to do that for you, yes, still just $6.95 (it’s Christmas!). Just send me an e-mail along with your order (

Thank you all for making A Book Inside Blog one of the best writer resources on line in 2008! We’re looking forward to a wonderful 2009! I wish you all a beautiful and joyous holiday season! Don’t forget; “family first!”


Patricia said...

I have been checking out the various sites you recommend. I thought you had suggested that "iuniverse" but now as I go over your list, I don't see it. I sent away for their material and they immediately CALLED me on the phone which makes me think they are a vanity press and I don't want that. Maybe you could post about how to know the difference up front between vanity presses and legitimate small presses. I really love your blog and read all your posts.

Suzanne Lieurance said...

Hi, Carol,

I love your book - A Book Inside, How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Story - although I haven't seen the hardcopy yet. I reviewed the manuscript before it was published. It's a great book.

I'd love to interview you sometime on Book Bites for Kids. We often talk about the writing and publishing process.

Happy writing!

Suzanne Lieurance
The Working Writer's Coach

author 101 said...

Thank you Suzanne!
I don't believe I mentioned iUniverse in my blog but do recall talking breifly about it in an interview I recently did. Maybe you heard it mentioned there?? iUniverse is a POD and if you want to publish just one book, such as a family history or something with a limited number (one for each family member, a school project, etc), they're great. But if you want to publish numerous copies for resale, no, I wouldn't recommend them.
I would suggest you consider picking up a current copy of Writer's Market to find an appropriate publisher for your work.
Good luck with your book!

Anonymous said...

This is my second time here; I enjoyed what I have read and it has helped me to understand things that are foriegn to me. I am writing my first book and finally publishing and writing poetry. Very hard for me to do and I have to make myself hit the mouse to post most of my works.

Thank You for all the information you have written for those that need it. I enjoyed your interview with Yvonne Perry also.

Wish The Best of All Things,
Mary Hecht
aka Waterfallzzz

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol,

I would love a free book on writing. Its a lifelong dream to be published. Please enter me into your drawing...Heard about this on,


J.R.Poulter/J.R.McRae said...

Carol your next book has to be the ins and outs/do's and don'ts of marketing!!!
Put me in the draw - I wouldn't want to miss out!

author 101 said...

JR, I would LOVE to do that book next!!! As you know, I did do the Virtual Tour e-book, didn't you order it? Was is good info and helpful for you?

Mary, Yvonne is a good friend of mine and that makes it easy to do a good interview, glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the nice comments!

I hope you all will pursue your writing--if you need more inspiration, don't forget I have just released a new "free" e-book written to inspire you. Details are a post or two down from this one. Wish I could guarentee the writing book, but I have three paperbacks and the giveaway will be one of each. But if you don't win the writing one, you could order one cheap (hint, hint!!)
Best to all, keep the great comments coming!

Sue D. said...

I am so glad I have found you and your blog, books, and information! This drawing is a very kind gesture. However, after reading your blog and seeing that you donate to breast cancer shows me that this type of gesture is not unusual for you. You are a special person for sure.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this great energy.

Blessings from my spirit to your spirit!

Chelle Cordero said...
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Chelle Cordero said...

It was easy to add to your Diggs, you always provide so much helpful info. Thanks.

N A Sharpe said...

I have only recently discovered your blog, and it has quickly become one of my favorites. I particularly liked all the resources in the 12 Days of Christmas! Please include me in your drawing!

Destineers: Saving the worlds one adventure at a time!

RJ Medak said...

I am going to click on the follow this blog and add it to my list.

Thank you for the chance in a drawing. That is nice of you to do this.

I like the information and will have to check out "A Book Inside, How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Story" when I have the extra cash.

author 101 said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments! This blog began last January as a hobby but has turned into something very special to me, and so have all of you! Many thank yous!!!

Faye said...


Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I've done a lot of writing, and a lot of editing for others, next is getting my own books published!

I'm looking forward to reading "A Book Inside." I know it will be a great, informative read.

I'll probably get it before the drawing because I don't want to wait that long to read it. But I'm still like the donkey in Shrek, at the beginning, jumping up and down saying, "Pick me! Pick me!"

Thanks again!
Faye Levow

Carrie J. Keaton said...

Hello Carol,

I would love to be entered in your drawing to have a chance at winning a signed copy of one of your books. I hope to be fortunate enough to win a book. I thoroughly enjoy all of your informative blogs and other information that you so generously share with readers. Since joining the Book Inside Forum, I have learned so much with all of your up-to-date resources and endless confidence building knowledge that explores the traditional, and self-publishing scene. Others who seek knowledge about any writing related subjects can greatly benefit from your information. Being a new author myself, I plan on utilizing as much of and as many of your resources as possible. Many thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books.

Carrie J. Keaton
Contemporary Romance Author

Karen Zemek, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Please include me in that drawing for your free book! What a great Christmas present!!

Margay said...

This truly is a great gift for the writer and I would love a chance at it. The only problem is - how to decide which book to choose!

Kristen howe said...

Carol, I would love to win that free book before the Holiday season. I do need some inspiration though.

author 101 said...

Faye, I can't believe you haven't yet! Get going girl, life's too short to write for others--time to tell your story!

Carrie, we should work together on a marketing book--you're good!

and Kristen, e-mail me! Let's get you inspired!

Best to all,

BonnieRose said...

I'd love to win a free book.. thks carol!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I'd really like to read your book!

~Kristen~ said...

I would love to be entered to win your book! I have recently discovered your blog and have been enjoying it often!

Kristen D.
Peabody MA

Carol Burge said...

Great blog & contest, too! Thanks for the opportunity. Sorry, but I don't "Digg" :)

Happy Holidays!

Mordewis said...

I'm a casual author -- the first article I wrote for publication got me a huge check, and I haven't submitted anything for pay in the 30+ years since. I write most specific non-fiction, usually on religious topics (Paganism and Hinduism) and how those things relate to mental health (see my monthly article, Door to the Beyond: Paganism and Mental Health in ). I'm Administrative Editor for Eternal Press, but for me even that is done in a family-ish amateur atmosphere. I'd rather have fun and educate than make money... don't know what I have against money, but it hasn't been good to me ha ha.

I look forward to seeing more of your stuff.

Moss Bliss

darbyscloset said...

Wow how generous of you and how interesting about Amazon!! I'd love to enter your drawing for a free book for Christmas! I also appreciate your offer to print our your ebook, sign and send....I'll definitely keep that in mind!!
Thank you
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

author 101 said...

Isn't Amazon funny that way! If your book is selling, they jack the price up, if it's not, they drop it! I guess they know after spending a kabilliom dollars on marketing!!!
Thanks for all your great comments!

author 101 said...

FYI, I will be glad to print, sign and mail the e-book, but remember, it's loaded with quick links, so it might be easier on screen.
I did include full http's in it so if it is printed, it's still not hard to get to the Website listed, you just have to type them out. If any visitors ordered the e-book and have any comments on the simplicity of the links, I'd love to hear about it.

Sue D. said...

How many pages does the e-book have? I have an attention span problem on the internet if there are more than 3 pages. *grin* The number of pages would determine whether I would order a print copy or an ebook copy.

Thank you.

Karen Zemek, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

I am giving you a butterfly award for your blog--it's very helpful! Here is the link where you can go to get it:

author 101 said...

Hi all!
Sue, the e-book is only 47 pages, but it will walk you right through creating an effective virtual book tour. I don't "think" you'll get lost in it! I'm still here if you need help.

Karen, wow, thank you!!! Good to hear from you too!


Marek Zalewski said...

This is a very nicely done and and extremely useful site. Thank you!

avalonne83 said...

Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

Jim said...

Hi Carol,

What particular breed of silly creature would one have to be to turn down a chance at a FREE book on writing? Please enter me into your drawing (even though I seem to be a bit slow in responding to my emails lately)...


S said...

Thanks, I've found rhe information I've read on this site to be very helpfully and informative. Please keep me informed.
Thanks Again,

author 101 said...

Just want to remind everyone that I am the author of "3" paperbacks so I will be giving away one of each book! I hope you won't be disapointed if you win one of the others (they're really not bad books you know!!!)

Sue D. said...

Any of your books would be a pleasure to own!

author 101 said...

Thank you Sue! I appreciate that!

karinlibrarian said...

Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. I am going to be writing a young adult novel as part of my dissertation starting in the summer so I'm definitely looking for advice for writing a book.

Joe Langen said...

Hi Carol,
I was drawn to your blog by my interest in a chance at a free book. Now that I am here, I plan to spend some time exploring all you have to offer. Thanks for your efforts.
Joe Langen

tdawg said...

Just found your blog, some great info on it. I will be checking out your books as well. Just getting started back writing and can use all the help I can get.
I worte alot during high school and college, but work got in the way. Now I am read to start again. Great site and I look forward to reading more of your work as well.
Free book? that would be nice as well. Happy holidays to you and yours.

Pamela K. Kinney said...

Thanks for offering this cool contest. :-D

Rhonda said...

I have really enjoyed reading your blog! I would love to be entered in the drawing for the free book. rhonda (at) acedesignstudio (dot) com

Cathy Bryant said...

Hi, I would also love to win your book!
Cathy Bryant

Gena A. Etheridge-Seltzer said...

Hi Carol!
I was reviewing your stuff in The Writer's Box. I'm a newbie to this whole writing thing.
After the 1st of the year, I will surely get your book on the 'how-to' basics.

I look forward to catching you in The Box community soon. Thanks for sharing your insight and for writing on these seemingly overwhelming topics!

If I've gotten to this point, I've obviously been to some of your other links as well.

I would also consider it an honor to win one your fabulous publications, and esp. a 'signed copy'. Pls enter me into the drawing!
Best wishes...
(I can be reached in "The Box" or via email at: I've also just attempted to sign into the Google blog thing so I could at least attempt to post this comment.) ;-)

mindy said...

thanks for the wonderful contest

koyore said...

I will be hoping that Santa pulls my name. thanks!

sgibbs58 said...

The book how to write and publish a book is exactly what I have been looking for. My son-in-law writes as a hobby and dreams of writing a book someday.

bridget3420 said...

I have not had a chance to read any of your books but I would love to! Please enter me in the contest.

Kim said...

I love the fact that you donate 10% to cancer research.

Patty Wiseman said...

Yes! Please enter me! I've read your book, 'A Book Inside, how to Write and Sell Your Story and I am still studying it! It's SO good!
Thank you for entering my name!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Great idea, Carol!

Nickie said...

I hope this is in the right place! I would love to win a couple of free books!

Jeannie Barber said...

Thanks Carol so much! YES, YES, YES! I'd LOVE to win your book. I have 'A Book Inside, how to Write and Sell Your Story' all your comments and help. You're the type of author we 'fledglings' look up to...thanks again!

Sarah Kovensky said...

Happy holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the opportunity!

- Stephanie

mindy said...

great contest thanks minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net

author 101 said...

WOW! Thanks for all your wonderful comments!!! Today is Christmas and all four of my kids are here visiting from other states. I'm enjoying this awesome experience now as I'm sure within the year or the next couple they'll be getting married and having families of their own. So I hope you all can give me a couple more days to put all your names in a box and draw winners for the three free books. I'm really excited and I will e-mail the winners and post them in an upcoming blog!
Happy holidays to all of you and thank you for participating as well as making this blog so much fun to read!
Best wishes,