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It’s been a busy week. Too busy, in fact. I’m exhausted.

After releasing a new eBook, editing my boss’s book (which is just about ready to be published), writing for this blog (and others), and working on my own book a little, I need a break.

So instead of adding to the noise this morning, I thought I’d share with you some important pieces worth reading.

Before we do that, though, are you new here? Be sure to read more about me and see how you can get free updates to this site in whatever format you prefer.

Okay, let’s continue…

First, did you get my new eBook Every Writer’s Dream?

It’s available for free (for awhile) when you take a 10-second survey. I’m not trying to trick you or anything; the survey will give me information that will ultimately help you.

Yesterday, I posted a guest article on Stepcase Lifehack about the process of building a platform and getting a book contract in six months — and how you can do the same.

I worked harder on this article than I have on any single blog post in a very long time. I hope it’s helpful: How to Get a Book Contract in 6 Months (with a Blog)

Chris Guillebeau released a short (and beautifully-designed) manifesto called The Tower. It’s an eBook about doing work that matters and leaving a legacy. It’s completely free (you don’t even have to give your email) and well worth your time.

In case you missed it, I interviewed Chris awhile back on the blog; he’s an inspiring writing and entrepreneur who will challenge you to live outside of the box.

Julien Smith (whom I also interviewed before) released The Flinch on Amazon (in partnership with Seth Godin’s Domino Project). This is also — you guessed it — free. And it’s truly excellent.

The book is about fear and courage and finding the life you were meant to live. You’ll need a Kindle or Kindle app (which you can download to your mobile device or computer for free). I started reading it on my phone last night and couldn’t put it down.

Julien also wrote an excellent summary of the process of writing his new book here: How to do the best work of your life

Lastly, and somewhat ironically in a post about online writing, I guest-blogged for my friend Sean Platt today about why you should still consider publishing a book the old-fashioned way.

Like it, hate it, disagree with it — do whatever, but you should at least read this: What the Self-Publishing Crowd ISN’T Saying

What articles or eBooks did you read this week that you don’t want others to miss? Share the links in the comments (it can even be your own work if you think it’s truly unmissable).

I may update this list later today. So be sure to check back, and feel free to share this article with friends.

By the way, if you liked this list, you’ll probably enjoy: 5 Cheap or Free eBooks Every Writer Should Read

*Photo credit: Nicola Romagna (Creative Commons)

About Jeff Goins

I write books and help writers get their work out into the world. I am the best-selling author of four books, including The Art of Work. Each week, I send out a newsletter with free tips on writing and creativity.

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  • So be sure to check back, and feel free to share the link to this article with friends.
    What do you mean “with friends”? Why narrow to pool?

    • Because I don’t want your enemies to get anything for free. So I’ll add an addendum: Feel free to share this with friends (and charge your enemies for it).

      • Excellent suggestion. I’ll start a business selling links to free stuff to my enemies. Why didn’t I think of that?

  • you had me at free

  • I read your post over at LifeHack. Great post. 

    Do you really recommend getting an agent and sending out proposals before you even begin writing your book? I read other blogs by agents and editors, and they say the opposite. They get dozens, if not hundreds, of query letters and proposals every month, and are just looking for reasons to reject you. Why should they accept your idea over someone who already has a finished manuscript? Especially with your first book. They want to know you can actually write a book.

    • From what I’ve heard, it’s normal to finish a fiction book before finding an agent. It’s normal to find an agent before writing a non-fiction book. I think having a strong platform will attract an agent and a publisher, and then perhaps they can give direction on the specifics of your first book. That might actually save you a little time.

      • I answered it over yonder, Jeremy. 🙂

        And I agree with Loren. I’m just dipping my toe into the world of publishing, so I have lots to learn. But yes, I recommend getting an agent for a nonfiction book first. I didn’t start writing until I had a contract. From what I can tell, that’s the norm for nonfiction. Bottom line is this: Platform FIRST. If you do that well, everything else will follow.

        • Any guidance on what qualifies as a strong platform?

          • This would be better discussed on another forum. Feel free to email me.

  • Thanks for sharing all these Jeff

  • Great suggestions Jeff. I just downloaded The Flinch. Even though I follow Domino Project somehow I missed it, so thanks!

    I love all the things Thom Chambers has published over at https://intreehouses.com – not only are they full of great content, they’re absolutely beautiful. His current offering is called Words Are Loaded Pistols.

  • I was so excited to see this post as you mentioned the magic word, FREE. But I’ve already snagged all of those. Oh well, great content to share.

    As for my picks of the week. Here they are:

    How To Get A Ton Of New Subscribers by Michael Hyatt – https://michaelhyatt.com/how-to-get-a-ton-of-new-subscribers-to-your-blog.html

    Silent Night on Electric Guitar by Big B(just posted today but I found it to be an amazing rendition of Silent Night) – https://bigb94.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/silent-night-on-electric-guitar/

    The Busy Couple’s Guide To Better Sleep at FitMarriage.com(interesting statistics regarding sleep) – https://www.fitmarriage.com/exercise/busy-couples-guide-to-better-sleep

    Give A Gift That Matters(Mine, sorry to toot my own horn but it’s been a popular post this week. Most comments I’ve received in a short amount of time) – https://www.jmlalonde.com/give-a-gift-that-will-matter/

  • Anonymous

    I devoured the e-book “Anything you want” by Derek Sivers in one night. He’s not a writer, but his outlook on life makes sense to me as a writer. If you can’t say “hell, yeah!” to something, then why are you doing it?

    • I have that on the shelf. I need to read it. Maybe this weekend?

  • Hi, Jeff! I really enjoyed reading your latest e-book, as well as your manifesto. I am definitely feeling inspired!

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and wisdom with the rest of us creatives 🙂


  • Thanks for the links Jeff! 

    And opening the floor for more great stuff from the community!

  • Anonymous

    Chris Guillebeau’s ebooks are very well-written and inspiring.  I highly recommend it!

  • Well, who doesn’t love FREEbies right? Thanks for sharing, Jeff!

  • You won’t want to miss Scott McKnight’s new little ebook Junia Is Not Alone, only $2.99 at Amazon: https://amzn.to/sqbqdf

  • Thanks for the links, Jeff! I’m checking them out now. Hope you get the chance to relax this weekend!