Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I Can't Believe It! And a giveaway!

It CAME today!  My new book!  I didn't expect it to arrive so quickly, and I'm SO happy with the way it turned out!

Please excuse morning hair and face. Too excited to get dolled up for the picture!


I am holding in my hand one of my dreams.  Granted, it's not the same as being published on Amazon or through a literary agent, but hey - it's a step in the right direction and I'm really proud of it.


The color edition of this book is more expensive than the black and white, and I went back and forth as to which one I should pick, but I'm so pleased with the color, and especially when it comes to the photos in the book, it makes such a difference:


I seriously cannot believe I'm holding a book in my hand with the words "by Ellie Schoenberger" on the cover. I can't even pretend to be modest or sheepish about it.  I'm thrilled.

As I wrote about before, the profits from book sales are going to fund Crying Out Now and The Bubble Hour.  These labors of love have reached hundreds of thousands of people, and I've reached the end of what I can afford to do on my own and still keep these sites going.  Some wonderful people (announcement coming soon) have volunteered their time to help me keep them going, but the actual expenses are growing (just to maintain the sites).

If you want to support these sites - if they have helped you or someone you love -and you want a "Best Of" compilation of my posts so far (talking about my journey through alcoholism/recovery, weight loss, my father's sudden death, cancer and the joys and trials of everyday life with two young kids) there is still time to receive it before the holidays.  The softcover (color) edition is pricier than normal, but it goes to a good cause.  You can also get the eBook edition (for MAC products) and pdf versions (for PCs) for $9.99.

But the book makes a great gift, if I do say so myself.  :)

Even if I never, ever sell another one, I still can't believe I accomplished this dream that has been on my list for ages.  Thank you to Heather of the EO for the idea, and to Blurb.com for making it uncomplicated to do for a technically challenged person like myself.

If you are interested in ordering the book or eBook, you can go here to do so.

Thank you to everyone who has supported these causes by buying the softcover or downloading the eBook or pdf so far.  I can't tell you adequately in words what it means to me.  And the thousands of people out there struggling with addiction thank you, too.

And if you think I should make it available in black and white at a more affordable price ($15.99) will you leave that feedback here?  I'm so in love with the color photos, but maybe it makes more sense to make it black & white so more people can afford it?  Unfortunately I have to pick one or the other. What do you guys think?

I am smiling from ear to ear today.  I am still working on a book of original writing that I hope to find agent representation for someday.  Someday.  Achieving this dream makes my confidence level to be able to achieve that next goal so much higher.

It's a good day.

I'm going to give away one autographed copy of my book!  If you have already purchased one (eBooks and pdf files count, too) or you purchase one in the next three days, leave a comment and I'll give you FIVE entries.  If you leave feedback on whether I should produce a black & white version instead, I'll give you TWO entries.  And if you comment and say you'd like an autographed copy, I'll give you ONE entry.

The winner will be chosen on Friday, December 7th via random.org:


Thank you!


28 comments:

  1. Congrats Ellie! I'm so happy for you :)
    I purchased the PDF, but I agree with you.....I want the REAL book!
    I am really enjoying reading it, you are such an inspiration
    Carrie

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  2. Yay, Ellie! This is just amazing and so inspiring. Color or b&W is tough, but I think that if you "market" this as a kind of "fundraiser" for CON and TBH, you should stick with color. For $32 you get a beautiful book and help support women in early recovery. Well worth the contribution!

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  3. Thanks, Carrie! If you purchase the soft cover, too, you get 10 entries, and so far your odds of winning an autographed copy look REALLY good! Where IS everybody?? :)

    Thanks for you support. Truly.

    -xoxo

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  4. P.S. I love the cover art and title so much I can hardly stand it. Anyone who knows that feeling (like ME!) will feel deep resonance (and appreciate the humor).

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    1. LOL, thank you. I loved it for the same reason - I think we have felt that way at some point (or in my case most points) of our lives. I'm starting to view it as a badge of honor, finally, to be different. -xo

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  5. I'll be getting the softcover as soon as I can. Congrats!!

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  6. I purchased the ebook for my iPad last week (I can send you the confirmation from Blurb if you need proof!) but would love to have a printed and personally autographed copy. And if it's feasible, maybe you could create both B&W and color versions of the book? It IS a tough call!

    Congratulations on the book, Ellie, and I really hope it helps your other projects grow and thrive!

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    1. Thank you, my friend. Thanks also for helping to spread the word, and for the feedback about color vs. black and white.

      (P.S. - no proof necessary! You have 5 entries) ;)

      -xo

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    2. Actually, you have 7 entries - 5 for getting the pdf and 2 for leaving feedback on the format! :)

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  7. Congrats to you! I would be in favor of the B&W option

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    1. Thank you,and thanks for the feedback! You've got your two entries!

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  8. What am amazing accomplishment! Congrats! I feel your happiness, thank you for sharing it with us. :)

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  9. whaaaa? Ellie Strong, you were well-named. I'm astonished at how you turned this out. Can't wait to read it!

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  10. I love the fact that you are making your dreams happen. I would love a copy of your book, just to remind myself of that. Go you!

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  11. SO excited for you Ellie. Can't wait to read it. (No need to put me in the drawing, just wanted to come to celebrate with you here as well as over on FB)! -K. Telling

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  12. Absolutely THRILLED for you!! Very inspired!! Can't wait to read it.

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  13. You are amazing!!!!

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  14. Am I too late? I hope not - I think you extended the deadline. Congrats on your book. So proud!

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  15. Hi Ellie,
    I bought a book but I would love to get one to give as a gift. How do I enter though? Can't wait to get mine in the mail!

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    1. You just entered! And you get 5 entries b/c you already bought one! :)

      -xo

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    2. SOrry - I appeared to have been logged on as The Bubble Hour, but that was me, Ellie, responding. ;)

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  16. Congratulations, Ellie! I just bought the ebook.

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