This means that you can now listen to all 8 hours and 44 minutes of the Wall Street Journal bestseller while you are in your car, working out, walking the dog… or raking, shoveling, wrapping, drinking, cooking, canoodling, prepping, pre-gaming, or whatever you might be doing when you might find yourself in need of some how-to content advice laced with a little humor.
Ten of you auditory learners can listen to the EW audiobook for free, because I’m giving away 10 copies to 10 lucky winners (or for those winners to regift to the favorite auditory learner in their lives).
There are two ways to win:
1. Share the love on Twitter.
2. Subscribe to get regular insights from this blog.
Subscribing to this site gets you one entry. Each time you tweet earns you another entry to win, and you can obviously tweet more than once. (More on that in the FAQ below.)
Enter here to win:
Should you have questions about the Everybody Writes audiobook giveaway, here’s a handy FAQ:
Wait, what? What is this?
It’s a standard random-drawing contest requiring no special skills and close to zero effort to enter. You enter for a chance to win… and maybe you do win.
If you do win, you get a free audiobook and 32-page companion reference guide that contains images included in the book that are awkward to describe.
Why are you doing this?
Because Audible.com gave me 10 free copies to do with as I please. I don’t need to hear it—because I wrote it. So I thought you might like a chance to listen in.
But I never win anything.
The Q in FAQ stands for Question. Please restate your issue as a question.
How good are my chances to win if I’ve never won anything?
That’s better. The odds for winning are based on the number of sweepstakes entries divided by the number of entries you’ve submitted and by the number of prizes being awarded. So the formula looks like this:
Total Entries / Your Entries / Total Number of Prizes
Say you enter once into this sweepstakes with 10 prizes, and 999 other people enter as well. Your odds would be 1,000/1/10, or 1 in 100.
As if. Do you really think 1,000 people will enter?
No. Here’s a question back to you: Did your mother raise you to be this rude?
Anyway, let’s just say that your chances of winning are somewhere between winning Powerball and winning the table centerpiece at your cousin Megan’s wedding.
I thought you were terrible at Maths? (Page 7, Everybody Writes).
“Maths”! Love that. Welcome, European friend! And thanks for your careful reading of the book.
Re: being terrible at Maths/Math: I am. I stole the sweepstakes calculator from the Internet.
Did you narrate the audiobook?
No. The narrator for the book is actress and voiceover artist Cynthia Barrett.
She’s an actress?! Do I know her?
She was once played CIA Officer #1 in Homeland and appeared on screen with Claire Danes. So maybe you don’t know-know her. But you probably know her work. Know what I mean? Here’s a screenshot.
Was narrating your book on Cynthia’s bucket list?
Would she confirm that, in an independent poll?
Why didn’t you narrate it?
Because I didn’t want to.
You just said no?
Right. I said no, thank you. I didn’t really enjoy the experience of narrating Content Rules. I came home after two days in the studio cranky and exhausted, and I had to record only half of it, because my co-author C.C. Chapman narrated the other half.
I might’ve been willing to do it this time around, too, if I was willing to do things I hate.
Or if I had a voice like Kerry O’Shea Gorgone.
But I don’t. I have a voice for writing. It’s important to know your limits.
Any regrets about not narrating?
No more than a twinge—about the same measure of regret I had last night after the second toasted marshmallow sweet potato latke, when one really would’ve been enough. Urp.
One friend said he found it initially jarring to hear Cynthia’s voice interpreting my “voice,” if you catch my drift.
Maybe it’s akin to how Maria Von Trapp felt watching Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. On some level Maria must’ve been like, “No. Just no. She’s doing it wrong.”
Is a book still a book if you listen to it? Or does it become something else?
The world can be a strange and mysterious place. Is that a shadow on the wall cast from your bathrobe hanging on a peg, or is it a murderous monster whose scaly mitts will close on your throat and choke you as your sleep?
Is a kale smoothie a drink, is it a salad?
And what of a subtitled film? Is that a movie you can read, or is it a book you can watch?
These are the questions we can spend a lifetime trying to answer — plumbing the churning waters of our hearts and minds, squeegeeing kernels of condensation that fog the clarity we seek, and (if we are lucky) glimpsing something that feels like our own truth.
P.S. If you don’t want to listen to a book, you can always kick it old school and just read it.
Can I enter more than once?
Yes. Every action gives you an entry to win, so you could theoretically tweet about this giveaway over and over and over and over… thereby stacking the deck in your favor to win the free audiobook.
But because I don’t want you to embarrass yourself, the contest allows you to tweet only once a day until the giveaway ends 10 days from now, on January 1. Be smart about it — Twitter is a social platform, not a broadcast tool. So use discretion, because publishing is a privilege.
If you want the audiobook that bad, maybe you should buy it? It’s only 20 bucks. So, I’d say consider purchasing it, and launching your own contest — perhaps a Kickstarter? — to fund it.
Again, that’s what I would do if I were you.
Which I’m not.
So it’s your call.
How will I know if I win?
Winners will be chosen at random on January 1, 2015. I’ll notify you by email shortly thereafter with your free code to download your free audio copy of the book, along with its reference guide.
Enter to win above.
Got more questions? Hit me up in the comments below.
And as always, thanks for your support.