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The Online Writer’s Guide to Cyber Monday

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Note: This is a list I edit and update every year. Some of these deals are time-sensitive. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see a special offer for readers of this blog.

I loathe Black Friday. I don’t even leave the house. There’s nothing I hate more than being stuck in crowds, wasting hours in line. Even if I do get a good deal, it’s not worth the stress.

Shopping List for Cyber Monday

Photo credit: Bruce Turner (Creative Commons)

I’m glad they invented a post-holiday holiday for lazy people (like me): Cyber Monday. I can do most of my holiday shopping from the comfort of my couch and still save a ton of money.

So if you’re like me and love a good deal that doesn’t involve waiting hours in line, then you’ll love this guide to Cyber Monday shopping for writers. So warm up some turkey, kick back, and start clicking…

Get equipped with the right resources

Get educated. Corbett Barr has a great course (that I’ve taken) called How to Start Blog that Matters. Normally, it’s $97, but just for today, it’s only $57, which is CRAZY cheap. If you’re still trying to figure out this blogging deal, check it out.

Get awesome. Chris Guillebeau is offering a 15% discount on all of his individual “unconventional guides” (use the code STUFFING) and 25% off combo packs (use the code PIE). I love everything Chris puts out — from travel tips, to how to become a writer-entrepreneur, to shirking the expectations of what society deems “normal.” See what he’s got here.

Grab a premium blogging theme. StudioPress is doing another massive sale, discounting their products at 25% off. This includes Genesis, the framework on which my blog is built. If you want a blog that looks just look mine, you first need to buy Genesis and then pick up the Tribe Child Theme, which is also on sale for 25% off (code: cybermonday).

Get published. Through today only, Michael Hyatt is offering a $200 discount on his GET PUBLISHED audio course. This is a great program that I’ve gone through, recommend, and have even contributed to. Check out the promotion.

Improve yourself

Get inspired. Amazon has 100 Kindle eBooks on sale for under $3.99, including The Writing Life by Annie Dillard (for only $1.99!).

Become a photographer. Alli Worthington has a great, little eBook about how to master the art of photography, using an iPhone. This book is practical, visually engaging, and fun. Check it out.

Take your blog to the next level. One of the most useful books on the subject of blogging is 31 Days to Building a Better Blog by Darren Rowse. Not to mention, Bryan Allain’s 31 Days to Finding Your Blogging Mojo is the FUNNIEST book on the subject I’ve ever read. Also, Community Wins is another gem.

Get strategic about releasing your next eBook. Sarah Mae’s How to Market and Sell Your eBook is an essential read for anyone who wants to go into ePublishing. At only $4.99, it’s a steal.

Fall back in love with writing. If you haven’t picked it up yet, my eBook You Are a Writer has inspired tens of thousands of writers to take a bold step into declaring themselves writers and then getting to work. It’s currently 25% off (along with everything else in my online store).

Join a community.  I’ve been a member of the Killer Tribes Community for two years now, and it’s been a great source of encouragement and inspiration. Looking to connect with other bloggers? This is the place to do it.

Start practicing. Joe Bunting is offering each of his excellent writing resources for 25% off — OR you can get all of them for HALF off. Can’t beat that. See more here.

Make sure you have the right tools

Get an eReader. Been holding out for a Kindle? You can now get one for as low as $69. Don’t miss it.

Get the right writing software. I do most of my writing in a simple text editing app, but when I need to get rid of distractions and focus, I use Ommwriter. They just came out with a new version, and currently it’s pay-what-you-want, which is cool. Check it out.

Get your blog hosted. The #1 problem with most bloggers is they don’t understand the value in owning their platform. Let me be clear: if you don’t have a self-hosted blog, you don’t own your content. You’re renting some space on the web; that’s it. With Bluehost offering hosting packages for as low as $4.95/mo, who NOT get a host? Try it here.

Start an email newsletter. If you’re trying to build a presence online, having a newsletter list is essential to communicating with your audience. Try Mailchimp for free.

Two exclusive offers from me

1. I’m offering a 25% discount on any item in my store. If you haven’t picked up one of my products, now would be the time to do it. In fact, you can get them all for 65% off their normal value. Offer is good only through end of the day today (expires at 11:59 Central).

The no-brainer option is The Writer’s Studio, which is only $15. The best deal, though, is The Pro Writer Package, which includes all my stuff ($107 worth of product) for $37.50. Both include an exclusive bonus you can’t get anywhere else. See everything in my online store (don’t forget to use the code blackfriday2012).

2. If you order a hard copy of my book Wrecked today and forward me your receipt, I’ll send you a free audio teaching (a $20 value). This 35-minute talk on writing I did called “How to Fall Back in Love with Writing” was one of the best talks I’ve ever done. Use the subject “Wrecked Cyber Monday” so we can filter it accordingly (and give us 24 hours to send you the file to download).

What did I miss? Share in the comments any Cyber Monday deals for writers that I may have overlooked.

*Photo credit: Bruce Turner (Creative Commons)

Disclosure: Some of the above links are affiliate links, but I only endorse products I believe in.

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  • http://colebradburn.com Cole Bradburn

    Thanks Jeff, I’m picking up a couple of these.  This is exactly the kind of cyber-monday deals I can get excited about.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      awesome, Cole. Glad I could help.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    I agree. Black Friday is a crazy mess.

    Another great theme that is on sale is the Standard Theme at 30% off. My wife purchased it as my Christmas present this year. Great theme that I cannot wait to start using.

  • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

    Thanks so much for the tips, Jeff.  I loathe Black Friday, too.  I
    think, almost as much as your tips, I’m liking your picture choice.  Is that celery wearing a sweater? ;)

  • http://www.alise-write.com Alise Wright

    Thanks for the links!

    My Christmas plans definitely include finally getting an ereader. I was a holdout for a long time, but I steal my hubby’s Nook all the time, and I’ve been convinced that I need one. I’m thinking about the Fire as well.

    Now, any good deals on coffee and/or wine? I think those are essential writing tools as well! ;-D

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Ooh. Good call. I just added a Senseo coffeemaker I found (just for you). Other than that, I couldn’t find any great coffee deals (but I’m really picky).

  • Brenda Hook

    Thanks, Jeff! Just downloaded the free Ommwriter to try. Looks cool. My blog laid dormant for nearly a year, and I hope to find my mojo with Bryan Allain’s book. I’m also reading Darren Rowse and Chris G’s ProBlogger book. Like you, I really hate crowds. I’m spending Cyber Monday reading, writing, and checking out the free and low-cost books for Kindle!! :)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      You’re on the right track!

  • http://twohourblogger.com Martyn Chamberlin

    Wow. You have me thinking about some new stuff. 

    This cyber thing is getting expensive though. Just last week I spent $100 renewing 2 domains for 5 years. (Did you know Google pays attention to how long the registrar licenses them? The longer the period, the higher you rank because you’re not a fly-by-nighter.)

    Thanks for the list.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I did know that. Need to renew mine for the next two years. Thanks for the tweet, friend.

  • http://www.mindnod.com Chris

    I’m a  big fan of Evernote very useful when taking notes from the Kindle.

    Thanks for the book tips , my reading list gets ever longer.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      My pleasure!

  • http://twitter.com/croyseniles Christine Niles

    I love the Livescribe Echo digital pen (and I think its on sale today)…Brilliant juxtaposition of  old-school pen/paper notes with new-fangled Audio PDF.  GREAT for conference calls, lectures, team brainstorming sessions, etc.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      cool!

  • http://twitter.com/wagnerwrites Claire Wagner

    Great list – I was impressed at the breadth and depth!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks!

  • http://www.ricardobueno.com Ricardo Bueno

    Dude, just a quick note to say that the Senseo coffee make is truly one of the best! It makes a wicked cup of coffee and it smells damn good. Just the thing to start the day off right… #justsayin

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Nice!

  • http://www.distractedbyprayer.blogspot.com Shannon

    In addition to all the great stuff, you gave us a great lesson in blogging:  give your audience something they can use.  Thanks for another great post.

    • http://www.distractedbyprayer.blogspot.com Shannon

      p.s.  Please don’t judge me for using “great” three times in two sentences.  I WAS out there in the brain-rattling, retail jungle this weekend.

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

        ;-)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      :-)

  • http://twitter.com/JLLouthan Joseph Louthan

    Jeff, you use Pages to put together your manuscripts? Complete with table of contents, perhaps a index?

    Does Pages do this?

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Hi Joseph. You can use Pages. When I lay out an eBook, though, I use Keynote. Powerpoint is good, too.

  • http://ChristinaLiBooks.wordpress.com Christina Li

    Loved your Writer’s Manifesto! It was both empowering and encouraging. Thank-you!
    Two books that I think would benefit any writer are “Story Engineering” by Larry Brooks and “Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success” by K.M. Weiland. These talk about the nuts and bolts of writing and actually finishing a book more effectively and efficiently. They are both available on Amazon kindle for less than $5.00. Helpful books for marketing include John Lok’s “How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months” and Ruth Ann Nordin’s “Where’s the Money?”  (which is free!).
    Like you I much prefer online shopping to fighting traffic in stores. Happy Cyber Monday! 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Christina! Those are great.

  • http://www.4thandgoals.com Jeff Williams

    I’m with you on Black Friday.  I recently finished Bryan Allain’s Blogging Mojo book, and as a new blogger I found it very helpful.  If anyone is on the fence, I would highly recommend it.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      thanks, Jeff. I’m a fan, too. love Bryan’s heart and intentionality when it comes to building communities.

  • http://twitter.com/askjudihays Judi Radice Hays

    And if Black Friday isn’t bad enough, it’s turning into Brown Thursday. Why go out when you can do it all from the comfort of your laptop. Thanks for the great list!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      yep. I’m with you, Judi!

  • http://twitter.com/tomatlaw Tom Nguyen

    There’s a complete list of Cyber Monday deals at
    ShoppingBuds.com.  Just goto the site and
    search for “cyber monday.” 
    Scroll down to see the entire list. 
    I found some decent deals there. 
    Or just click on:

     

    http://www.shoppingbuds.com/coupons.html?q=cyber+monday

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      thanks, Tom

  • http://twitter.com/JLittleFleck Jennifer LittleFleck

    I love this list!!  I’m sharing with everyone!  Plus it doubles as a great Christmas list for your writer friends :)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      indeed! :)

  • Beth Vogt

    This was the most fun I’ve had shopping on Cyber-Monday! I indulged in Allain’s blogging mojo book and also signed up for Copybloggers’ course on Internet marketing. It joins your Manifesto in my To Be Read (TBR) pile! 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Cool, Beth! You won’t regret it! Btw, you should read the manifesto sooner than later. It will literally take you 10 minutes.

  • http://tonychung.ca tonychung

    Jeff, I never told you that I love the manual typewriter in your heading. I have a couple in my facebook fan page http://fb.me/tctechcom

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      cool!

  • http://SignificantEncounters.com Deborah

    Greetings. 

    I enjoy your blog, so I have nominated you over at Versatile
    Blog Award. I will be   mentioning your
    blog on mine tomorrow.  If you choose to
    accept this award, you can click here to see the requirements.    http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/about/

    Thanks again for your continued great content!

  • Joe Lampo

    Hi, Jeff!  Thanks for your folksy Cyber Monday message. You made some interesting points to consider. Last week, my wife made me buy myself a Kindle Fire. It’s a great item.  Get it, you’ll like it. It is a handy item to have. Keep up the good Geek Work and stay well.

  • http://twitter.com/junhax Paul Junbear

    I seriously love a good resources page. Most products and books that I purchased from various resource pages lead me to improving my craft in multiple ways.

    Cheers.

  • http://twitter.com/skottydog Scott E. Dog

    Cyber Monday shopping is to Black Friday shopping as the iPod touch is to the Palm Pilot…
    so 10 years ago!

  • http://twitter.com/ommwriter ommwriter

    Jeff, 

    Thank you for sharing our OmmWriter link! Nothing makes us more happy than to hear that our writer helps increase productivity and creativity. 

    Ivin
    The OmmWriter Crew
    http://www.ommwriter.com

  • Linda Frances Lein

    I ordered Annie Dillard’s THE WRITING LIFE.  Thanks, Jeff. When you have time, check out my website:  http://www.LindaFrancesLein.WordPress.com or “Like” my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LindaFrancesLeinAuthorandWritingCoach. I’ve been following you for a year now, and author’s platform is a direct result of your encouragement.

  • http://www.ordinaryservant.com/ Pilar Arsenec

    You so rock, Jeff! Oh my goodness, this is delightful, I’m in heaven. :)

  • http://lisadelay.com/blog Lisa Colon DeLay

    Great list of resources. Lots of deals.

    (I’m giving my digital books away today. That’s the best sale of all!)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      awesome, Lisa!

  • http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com Sarah Mae

    Thanks for the eBook love! :)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      a pleasure.

  • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

    cool, Dan. glad you’re enjoying the blog.

    • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

      I am enjoying the blog.  Now if those books I’d like just showed up on my Nook automatically for the mention, I’d enjoy it even more. ; )  Seriously though, I like your blog.  I’ve started a blog about a year ago that also covers writing, (among a couple other things), and I’m always studying how others organize and promote their own blogs.  

  • http://www.joyceglass.org/ Joyce Glass

    Thanks for sharing some great ideas!

    I could not agree with you more about Black Friday!  There has yet to be anything that I would go stand in line for when I can go online and get it shipped FREE!  HelloOO People!  Stay home, save your gas & no to low stress!!

    & Opening on Thanksgiving Day ticked me OFF Wal-mart, KMart and a whole slew of stores.  Can we not have one day sacred for family!  

    Sorry . . . I am off my soapbox now.  Thank You for letting me vent! :)

    Bye the way Jeff, You are not lazy! Sane is more the word I had in mind. :)

  • Lizzie L

    I have never gone Black Friday shopping.  It must be really busy if someone got trampled a couple years ago.  Love free stuff!!  Thanks for the links.  I have an Etsy shop where I sell things to raise money for compassion international.  I have a ten percent off sale through today.  Here is the link- madefromscratch4u.etsy.com

  • http://www.wwjw.com/ Shopping Directory

    Jeff, you use Pages to put together your manuscripts? Complete with table of contents, perhaps a index?
    Does Pages do this?

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