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.
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.
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.