12 Days of Christmas Giveaways for Writers and Authors


I’ve decided to run 12 days of giveaways, and give away cool and fun things that only a writer could truly appreciate. This is all the stuff I’d like to buy for myself, basically, but I’m giving it away instead. I’m also giving away a bunch of publishing and book design services.

‘Tis the season, after all.

I’ll run the giveaways from December 1st to December 12th (I’ll add links to this page tomorrow). If you want to win any of the following items, click the link and sign up to win. Each contest is a little different, but usually you have to like or tweet or share something, and you get more entries if other people sign up using your link.

PS) Even if you’ve already entered, you can share again.

Most of these giveaways are using “Gleam”  – my new favorite giveaway software. Each has several different ways to enter; you don’t have to do all of them. If you “refer friends” you should use the unique link, grab the image and use it to share on Twitter or Facebook directly (if you just press the sharing button, it won’t share the image… you’ll be more successful if you include the visuals).

What you can win

Awesome book shaped lamp

A lamp that glows when you open it.
Glowing Book Lamps


Edgar Allan Poe Lunchbox

I’ll even fill it full of your favorite cookies. Edgar Poe Lunchbox giveaway


Shakespearean Insults 2016 calendar

You’ll get my little book of Intimidations and Ultimatums as well.

Shakespearean Insults 2016 Calendar


Awesome book-pillows!

1545_olde_booke_pillowes1545_olde_booke_pillowes_sleep Win a bookish pillow (Perfect for late night reading)


The Zombie Guide to Good Grammar

This is a side project I’m working on – you can help if you want, I need zombie examples. Or enter to win a free book (it makes a great gift).

The Zombie Guide to Good Grammar 


Inflatable wizard hat for cats

(maybe you can make him disappear for awhile so you can type in peace). Wizard hat for cats (and HP stuff)Win and I’ll throw in these two Harry Potter plushies I got from Etsy, and the phoenix feather wand I got when I supported the Harry Potter castle.




Heated gloves that plug into your USB

I LOVE these… so great for typing in winter. Heated gloves that plug into your USB


Writer’s Tears whiskey ($50)

Make some Irish coffee and keep writing. Must be 21 to enter. Writer’s Tears whiskey


Iron cast tea pot set + tea ($75)

These heavy pots are a little impractical, but they’re beautiful enough to make up for it, so I had to include one.
Cast iron tea pot


$150 voucher at CreativeLive

Education is priceless: I got this voucher at a conference but I want to share it; there are some amazing courses on CreativeLive. I recommend Tim Grahl’s course on Selling Your First 1000 books, but there are lots of specific courses on marketing, social media, blogging and business. $150 voucher at Creative Live


Antique Typewriter ($175)

I bought 3 of these for a photo shoot and have given the first two away. Win the last one! I’m not sure that it’s functional, but they are pretty and add great ambiance. Win a typewriter. Put some style in your writing.

My course on book marketing ($197)

After writing a few books on the subject, I decided it’s much easier to show people how to do stuff online with video tutorials. This course is a guided walk through to making a stable book marketing platform that sells books on autopilot.

$197 Book Marketing Course


Free book formatting ($349)

I’ll format your book for mobi and epub, and your print book with InDesign to make it look amazing and professional. Free book formatting

Free ebook cover design ($629)

I’ll make you a simple (but awesome) ebook cover that will sell the book. I won’t give you total freedom, because authors very rarely understand what needs to be on the cover to attract the right readers. Here are some of the covers I’ve made for my own books.
Free ebook cover design


Free full-print book cover design ($829)

Same thing but customized for print (Createspace or Ingram Spark). I’ll take care of spine width, back cover copy, barcode, and everything else. If you’re entering for both the ebook and print book, and want to do the “write a blog post” option, you can just write one blog post, link to both diybookcovers.com and bookcovers.creativindie.com, then use your same post to enter both. Free print book cover design

Author Platform review and marketing plan ($2500)

I’ll review your platform, books and Amazon pages and suggest fixes and upgrades. I won’t do everything for you, but it should be enough to double your traffic and email list (and probably sales; but that entirely depends on how readers respond to your books).
Author Platform Makeover

The 2016 Nanowrimo Castle ($5000)

And then there’s this: one month free stay in a castle next November. Should be epic. It’s kind of insane. Click here to enter.

For Grammar Police…


I just added another giveaway on the BookButchers site; you can win some cool grammar mugs and stuff. Check it out.


Happy Holidays!

I’m doing all this for fun, and to thank my followers for an exciting year. If you like it, please share this page with your writer friends, or write a blog post about it, or share some of my free resources. Thanks!

PS) You should totally be running giveways to build your own email list, followers and traffic… I wrote an article about getting started HERE.