Hey everyone, just a quick reminder to make yourself a note for next week because on Tuesday, June 30th, my Kickstarter campaign for the 2015 Beast Book is launching!
What is the Beast Book?
1) It’s a season preview for the upcoming NFL season like no other because it has insight AND jokes AND information AND nonsense.
2) It’s also a Weekly viewing guide that helps you track scores, trash talk your fantasy opponents, and win prizes through a fun weekly game.
3) It’s also the only football publication that will publish YOUR predictions. Depending on the level of support you give through Kickstarter, you can get your predictions and opinions in the book!
BUT…it doesn’t happen unless y’all help make it happen, so I’d appreciate you at least checking out the Kickstarter when it goes live on Tuesday, and maybe sharing it with your football-loving friends.
If you’re a writer, musician, blogger, wannabe blogger, entrepreneur, author, painter, or anyone who does creative work, I’ve got an eBook I’d love to give you.
It’s called This is NOT a Treasure Map, and it’s based on the closing talk I gave at Killer Tribes a few weeks ago.
The eBook is short – about 2000 words – but I think the concept could transform the way you look at failure, success, and the creative work that you do.
I sent it to my friend Jeff Goins during the final editing phase and he told me he thought it was the best thing I’ve ever written…so there’s that! His official blurb is:
“If you believe in unicorns and pots of gold at the end of rainbows, don’t read this book. In it, Bryan kicks your butt — and mine — dispelling the myth of big breaks. Instead, he calls us to love the work we do, no matter what.” — JEFF GOINS, Author, Wrecked
Speaking of your email address, those who get the eBook will be the among the first to know when the 2013 Killer Tribes Conference audio goes on sale next week, and rumor has it that the first 100 people who buy it will get it for over 50% off.
My new book, Actually, Clams Are Miserable, officially releases today!
It’s a humor book, which means you will learn NOTHING from it at all. You might snicker, you will probably shake your head, and some of you might even spit out your coffee reading it, but you won’t learn anything.
Some folks who have already read it are saying things like, “This is Bryan Allain at his best.” (author Jeff Goins) and “Hilarious. The perfect gift for a guy this Christmas!” (author Annie Downs), so that has been encouraging to hear.
Here are 5 Things You Don’t Know About the Book
1. It has 61 reviews on Amazon.com and is averaging 3.8 out of 5.0 stars. Not bad for a humor book, considering how subjective they are.
2. That being said, the negative reviews are way more painful for me to take than they were with my first two books. Like, to the point where I have decided not to read any more of them.
The reviewer who wrote, “…it’s like reading the rants of a 5-year old,” simultaneously made me laugh AND want to whack her the back of the head with my engineering degree. I didn’t like the way it made me feel (not in a sad way, more of in an “I’ll show you!” way), so no more for me…for now.
3. TODAY ONLY – Tue, 11/27/12 – you can get 3 books, plus the audiobook, plus the eBook, plus the conversation from the video below, ALL FOR $20, WHICH INCLUDES SHIPPING!
4. The book really does make a great gift for guys. It’s funny AND it’s clean, so you can give it to your dad or brother-in-law without having that awkward moment when they read something dirty in it. Plus, it’s a wicked easy read. You can pick it up and start anywhere, and you can get through it in an hour if you’re really enjoying it.
5. This conversation was so much fun. You get the whole thing as bonus audio when you buy the 3-book package. In it, humorist Tyler Stanton and I chat about cliches, MENSA, haircuts, returning phone calls, jeans, umbrellas, and a lot of other nonsense. Here’s a taste.
I’m so excited for you to read this one. If you get my humor at all, then I think you’ll love it. (And if you don’t get my humor, it’s probably not for you.)
It’s my new eBook, Community Wins: 21 Thoughts on Building a Thriving Online Tribe, and if you’re doing anything that requires building a tribe of fans, followers, or friends, I think it’s going to he a huge help for you.
I’m looking to give away free copies to the first 100 people who agree to write an Amazon review for the book, so hurry over to CommunityWins.net now if you want to get in on the deal.
Can’t wait for you all to read this!
PS…If you’re wondering what happened to Actually, Clams Are Miserable, I pushed the release date back to November. You’ll be hearing more about that in the coming weeks, still very excited about that one too!
I’m approaching the end of my fourth week working out of my basement as a self-employed mammal, and so far so great.
Folks have been asking what I’ve been working on, and the answer is “everything.” I’ve been putting way more time into the Killer Tribes Blogger Community, I’ve been working on the coming relaunch of the KillerTribes.com website, and I’ve been working on putting out my next book.
“What book,” you ask? This book.
It’s called Actually, Clams Are Miserableand it’s almost ready for prime time. In fact, here’s a little sneak peak of it.
There’s a question I used to ask other people that I still hear people asking today. That question is this:
Is being a good writer and a hard worker enough?
I think what people are really asking is this: Am I going to look back on all these years I am pouring into writing and think “what a waste”? What if I keep working hard at writing and keep getting better and it still leads me nowhere. What if I never even sniff a book deal? What if my blog never really grows? What if I’m in the same place in 5 years as I am now? Is it all worth it?
When I think of those questions these days, I think of Jeff Goins. I first met Jeff at Dream Year Nashville in January 2011. He told me how he was kind of burnt out on his blog and was thinking about starting over. I encouraged him to go for it (I think), and I told him things would turn out really well (okay, I probably didn’t say that).
Less than a year and a half later, Jeff is blowing up. His blog (Goinswriter.com) is insanely popular and chock full of great content, he’s been featured in eBook with some of the most popular bloggers in the planet, and his first print book (Wrecked) hits shelves on August 1st.
How did he do it? I’ll let him fill in the details, but it started with him 1) declaring he was a writer and 2) acting like a writer. Sounds hokey, right? Well, actually it’s not. And once you can grab a hold of that, it can totally transform how you think about your writing and your writing career.
Jeff talks about all of this and so much more in his new eBook, You are a Writer. I got a chance to read it last month and I think it’s really going to change the game for a lot of folks out there. It definitely left me encouraged and inspired to keep pursuing my passions and putting in the work.
Oh, did I mention the book is only 5 bucks! Seriously. You can buy it on Amazon or the Nook, but if you purchase one of the two available PDF packages, you get other goodies as well. Good stuff.
Excited to see things going so well for Jeff because I know how much work he has put into it. Hoping some of you can learn from him and follow in similar footsteps.
UPDATE: Jeff was kind enough to offer a discount to folks who read this blog on the PDF version of the eBook. Go to YouareaWriter.com and purchase either of the two available packages with the discount code killertribes and get them for 50% off! The packages were already priced too low, so this is beyond generous. Hurry though, code expires at midnight on Sunday night, May 20th. Thanks again, Jeff!
Sometimes being a writer means working on projects that are extremely personal to you. Your blog, your next book, your diary that you keep hidden in a secret compartment behind your night stand with a combination lock that opens up with the code 42-8-23.
And sometimes you get a chance to work on projects that don’t mean anything to you at all.
This one fell right in the middle for me. I don’t live in metro Atlanta, so I won’t be voting on this referendum this summer. But I do sit in traffic every day, so I know exactly what Atlanta’s commuters feel like. Being able to write from a place of personal experience definitely helped me deliver a script I was happy with.
P.S. – Big props to the dude who animated it. He knocked it out of the park and made the finished product something I’m pretty proud of. Great job seeing this project through by Green Tricycle Studios.