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Sneak Preview, Launch Info, and Free Stuff (Whoa!)

It's almost here!

In the past three posts, I’ve alluded to something big that’s coming soon.

It’s now almost ready! After six months of work from Jen & Omar—and a lot of effort from our side of things too—we’ll be debuting their masterpiece starting next Tuesday.

In this post: what it’s all about, why you should care (or if you shouldn’t), and also—your chance to win an illustrated world map or FREE copy of the new toolkit. Whoa.

Or keep reading…

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How It Started

Way back in the summer of 2013, I went to Jen & Omar with an idea: what do you think about helping the people who want to be like you? There are thousands of creative people (artists, designers, crafters, etc.) who would all love to earn a good living—but most of them sit on the sidelines of successful self-employment, either relegating their art to hobby status or giving it over to a company or studio.

How can we help them?

Over the next few months, I watched as they took off with this idea—and then greatly improved it.

I asked for 30-40 pages … and they gave me more than 130. I asked for “a few interviews” … and they did a few dozen. These guys were serious!

We went from writing a small guide to building something more like an Empire Building Kit—a complete toolkit to help creative people of all kinds make a good living from their great work.

Best of all, everything they made was highly practical. As I said in the introductory post, the greatest thing about their work is that no one can take it from them. It’s also replicable. If you’ve been struggling to turn your creativity into a career, now you can learn exactly how to do it.

Introducing Designed to Sell: The Unconventional Guide to Creative Freedom

After all the work, we’re now almost ready to release this to the world. (Hint: Tuesday morning at 8am PST).

We’re calling it Designed to Sell: The Unconventional Guide to Creative Freedom. It’s not just a product, it’s a solution. Are creative people destined to struggle! No! There’s another way.

There are also hundreds of pages of lessons and tips, all designed to help artists (broadly speaking) make the right kind of work and connect with customers.

As awesome as Jen & Omar are, it’s not just them—as mentioned last week, we’ve worked with more than twenty additional experts to ensure that the lessons are widely applicable.

How do you choose what to sell? How do you price your work? How do you handle fulfillment? What are the key factors that allow you to build a real business?

All of these questions, and many more, are answered through this new guide.

Oh, There’s Also a $5,000 Guarantee (WTF!)

Since I firmly believe that Designed to Sell will make you money if you invest the time, I wanted to give you something even better than “you’ll love it.”

Here’s how we’re going further:

If you study the materials in depth and don’t believe you can apply something from it to make at least $5,000 in additional income over the next year, let us know—and you’ll get your money back even if you like it.

That’s right—we want everyone who purchases the guide to not only love it… we also want them to use it! This is the best guarantee I could possibly come up with, and I’ll say more about it next week.

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I could go on and on about this product (you might have noticed), but I’ll try to restrain myself. Here’s the most important thing you need to know: this guide can help artists, designers, crafters, and “makers” of all kinds find creative freedom.

And … it’s almost ready.

Coming Tuesday, February 11th (With special bonuses!)

It’s been a lot of work to put all of these together, but it’s also been fun—so we wanted to make the launch fun as well.

We’ll have at least three special bonuses to reward our initial group of buyers, including something very special for the first 100 customers:

Preview of Notebook

Bring your ideas to life with this handcrafted sketchbook, created especially for Designed To Sell. Spiral-bound book is filled with 100 blank pages to capture the drawings, lists, and plans you’ll make during your artistic journey. Super-heavyweight bookboard cover features a design by Jen and Omar handprinted by the artisans at Igloo Letterpress. Each sketchbook comes with a special pencil which will serve as your key to creative freedom.

Limited, numbered edition of 100. These notebooks will never be made again!

The party begins on Tuesday at 8am PST / 11am EST / some other time in other places.

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Wait, Wait, There’s a Giveaway!

Oh right … there’s a giveaway. In celebration of reaching this milestone, we’ll be passing out a few things. If you’ve been reading along about Designed to Sell over the past couple weeks, or even if you’ve just stumbled on this post, be sure to enter!

All you need to do is post a comment saying “Pick me”—or perhaps something more creative—at the end of this post. Our biased judges, cats, and a random number generator will pick THREE winners on Sunday night at 9pm PST.

You can win…

DesignedtoSell-Cover

PRIZE #1: A FREE copy of Designed to Sell

You’ll receive the 130+ page PDF and all the supplemental resources, including a dozen interviews and the ultimate pricing toolkit.

Note that there are three versions of the product, and—naturally—this giveaway will be for the most comprehensive one. Once we launch, there will also be a budget version of the guide for students and starving artists.

To supplement the guide and help you with each aspect of running an art-based business, the following resources are also included:

  • Roadmap to Creative Freedom: A master to-do-list that covers each and every creative and business task you’ll need to complete to achieve creative freedom — from your first sketches to packaging you final product
  • Directory of Creative Business Resources: Our carefully curated list of recommended creative business resources. The directory lists products, services, tools, and suppliers that have been vetted by successful creative businesses
  • Ten Lessons We Learned the Hard Way: Avoid the common mistakes Jen & Omar made while building their six-figure art business.
  • Ultimate Pricing Toolkit: How to confidently put a fair and profitable price tag on your work
  • Finding Your Big Idea: A list of hundreds of marketable product ideas for artists working in virtually any medium
  • Crafting the Perfect Pitch: Get your product featured on top creative blogs and in legit publications. Includes pitch samples and DIY template

(And more … yes, there’s more. It’s the biggest package we’ve produced in more than a year.)

PRIZE #2: The illustrated map that started it all for Jen & Omar.

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After Jen & Omar designed and printed this map, nothing was ever the same. They’ve recently reintroduced a larger version in their shop (I have one at home!), but this one is free to a lucky winner. In fact, two of them are free—we’ll give away one copy of Designed to Sell, and two illustrated maps.

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OK, that’s it! We’ll go live with this project next Tuesday. Thanks for being around, and thanks as always for reading.

UPDATE: Thanks, everyone! We’ll announce the winners in the next post.

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998 Comments

  • David Bourbon says:

    Congratulations on another winning idea. Sounds fair, not to mention great! Was that biased judges AND cats, or are the biased judges cats? Just wondering.

  • Pick me. It’s not for me. It’s for my wife. She is an amazing artist who I am trying to inspire to share her incredible works with the world.

  • Pick me pretty pretty please!

  • Jason says:

    Looks like a lot of thought and hard work went into this. Props to you all!

  • Leah D. Hansen says:

    Heck yeah I’ll comment! This sounds really cool.

  • Ann says:

    Pick me! Pick me! 🙂

    I’m very excited for this launch–been reading all the posts and waiting….

  • Richard says:

    Count me in; thanks!

  • Julia says:

    Pick me, pick me, pick me!

  • Jacob says:

    This looks awesome.

  • Marc says:

    Good luck with the product launch, looks to be a great course!

  • Erik Hanberg says:

    I’ve sold 15,000 copies of my novels to date (all self-published so far) but I would love to get more ideas on taking it to the next level. Looking forward to the course!

  • Jess says:

    This is exactly what I need right now for my slowly developing side business…The kick in the pants to make it my dream job/life.

    Thank you!

  • OH OH!! OVER HERE!! PICK ME!! PICK ME!!

    (I’m the one jumping up and down, waving my arms like a maniac, trying to catch the free t-shirt at the baseball game)

  • Vinicius says:

    Aye, Captain, pick me.

  • Tara says:

    I wanna get a jumpstart on living a creative life! Pick me please!!

  • Elyse says:

    Awesome, this is exactly what I need! Pick me 🙂

  • Looking forward to seeing what deliciousness you are coming up with, this time!

  • Maddie Elliott says:

    Please pick me!

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  • Takki says:

    you got me , I am curious!

  • Jacqueline says:

    This would be perfect for me, please pick me!:)

  • Dan says:

    Thanks for all the hard work! I look forward to learning from your material.

  • Victoria Lee says:

    Best of all possible worlds.

  • Ali says:

    I would love to read your newest guide!

  • DeAnn says:

    Oh pick me please! I have been following your posts for this and am so excited to buy it for my friend who is trying to make a go of creative freedom – he makes amazing furniture but could use some guidance

  • Greg says:

    This is awesome. Love your work. Very excited to see more! Thank you!

  • Tijmen says:

    Looks awsome man! Better pick me!

  • Katrina McGowan says:

    Can’t wait to see the big reveal! Congrats on another great idea.

  • aLEX says:

    I want to win

  • Julie says:

    Hope to win this bundle of help for my small business!

  • Todd says:

    Looking forward to this! Loved the Art of Non-Conformity. I covered it in parenthesis, highlighter and dog eared half the pages. Thanks!

  • Ryan Snyder says:

    Pick me I won’t let you down!

  • Charissa Struble says:

    Absolutely brilliant idea and it appeals to the right-brain thinker that I am. I love books that are visual and interactive. I like to mark them all up with my notes, doodles, and questions. This sounds like such a winner! I hope I can afford a copy! 🙂

  • Phil says:

    So excited! Can’t wait for Tuesday. Ah well I suppose I’ll have to.

  • Amy says:

    pick me please:)

  • Jim says:

    Yay! Congrats! Can’t wait for the launch!

  • Laura says:

    Chris, my partner and I are moving to a much smaller city so we can (we hope) afford to buy our own house some day. But more than that, we want to get out of the 9-5 way of life! Pick me – give us a jump start. 🙂 Thanks for all your great work!

  • I have been struggling with how to sell my ideas. Please pick meeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jill says:

    Pick me! Or have your cat pick my cat!

  • Steve says:

    It would be great to be picked because I could use the content to encourage a lot of starving artists I know…and point them to your excellent resources. Many thanks for all you do 🙂

  • Tim says:

    Great job developing what looks to be another excellent toolkit for the unique and unconventional minds out there.

    I’m hoping you pick me and become the impetus that helps me go out on my own doing experience design consulting for small businesses.

    Thanks!

  • Sandi M says:

    Very cool!! I would love to win a free copy! It might be just what I need to get going!

  • judy poe says:

    Yes, please – pick me! See how polite I am???

  • Mateo says:

    ¡Elígeme a mí!

  • Tracy Graziani says:

    I can’t wait!! Please pick me!! I love winning stuff 🙂

  • Kami says:

    Pick me pick me!!

  • Nancy says:

    I am a teacher and have loved your previous offerings as they have given me a way to connect with high school students who need ‘other’ ways to find their niche.

  • Els says:

    Woohoo! Congrats on almost being ready to launch! Can’t wait til Tuesday 🙂

  • Andy C. says:

    This sounds awesome and it sounds like it could be applied to so much more than physical arts, like food or beer.

  • Wells says:

    This. Is. Stunningly. Exciting! Thank you, Chris, for always inspiring. Your book “the $100 Startup” is changing my world right now. My husband is a creative person and has been struggling for ages in various jobs that were clearly not his destiny. Here’s to faith, and the power to change!

  • Stacy Curtis says:

    Pick me! Can’t wait to see what you have for us.

  • Ching Chen says:

    I’d love to read it! Pick me!

  • Chris says:

    Can’t wait till “Designed to Sell” comes out. PICK ME, Pleaseeee, PICK ME!!!!

  • Brett says:

    I’d love to dig into this and find a way to take my hobby art to the next level.

  • Beth says:

    Pick me, please! Or, really, it’s for my husband. He creates amazing things out of wood and I’d love to give him Designed to Sell so he can learn how to make a living from his great work.

  • Susan says:

    Pick me! Pick me!!

  • Gigi says:

    Oh goodness, pick me!

    A few months ago I quit my first business to start working on my real passion full-time. I would love, love, love to have a copy of this resource and, since the budget is a bit tight now that I’ve quit my guaranteed money-maker and am pouring myself full-time into my art, winning a free copy would be something akin to having Christmas in February.

    Thanks for running the giveaway! And for all you do for creatives and entrepreneurs!

  • Sophia says:

    This is fantastic, Chris. Way to pay it forward. The more success you experience, the more you share with the world =)

  • Bryn says:

    This is awesome! Congrats!

  • Kyle Scheele says:

    Can’t wait for this. Looks great! Pick me!

  • Bert says:

    I’ve been reading the recent series of posts in great anticipation of this launch. My son (13) is a very talented artist and thinking this would be a great project to work together on to teach him how to build a business based on his creativity, but also spend some great time together being creative. Looking forward…

  • Brittney says:

    this is exactly what i have been waiting for! such perfect timing as I’m making the blueprint for my creative business. pick me!

  • Pedro says:

    Great stuff, must be awesome as usual! *pick me* (bouncing up and down like the donkey in Shreck 🙂

  • I am a visionary with a serious need for focused material to design my dreams. Please, pick me.

  • Priya says:

    I’ve been following Jen and Omar for a while, so would love to get that book. 🙂

  • Wouter says:

    pick me! pick me!

  • I am not designed to sell, but I wish I were, or at least learn how to sell well.

  • Count me in. I’d love to earn enough to actually pay taxes on this year! 😉

  • “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
    I am a true believer in this saying. We are all creators on a very deep level… but we still need a blueprint to follow and I’m hoping your new creation is exactly that – a blueprint. Free the Artists!

  • Joe says:

    “The Unquenchable Fire” … I have an 8-section book and CD layout that I am ready to start creating and launching. Now I want support and help.

  • Sounds great. My husband and I loved the $100 startup. He does spray paint stencil art and I like to craft with paper, paint and fabric.

  • Judith Gross says:

    This is so overdue for so many people including myself. Followed AONC for several years. It helped me start my business and work towards my dreams. Now I need to kick it up and start making more money from it and branch it out in some additional new directions I’ve been only dreaming about these past few years. I know this is the jumpstart I’ve been looking for. But, there are also so many people I know who could use this RIGHT NOW. I’d love to be able to get them on track by recommending it…and the best recommendation is actually proving it works by using it to reach a new level of success myself. Thanks.

  • Margaret Mae says:

    Man, I’d love to be chosen for this! It sounds so cool, I’d love to be a part of it and learn all I can!

  • ashley says:

    Me! Me! This book looks AWESOME!! As a new small business owner in photography, I’ve been looking for ways to be creative and be successful financially. Easier said than done. Excited for this book…hopefully a *free* one. 🙂

  • Alison V says:

    This SCREAMS my name! I can’t wait until Tuesday, I have been working on scheming to sell my creative work. I know this will give me the extra push I need. I loved the other book, and know I’ll love this one. PICK ME! I sound like everyone else and their mom, but PICK ME!

  • Jeff says:

    As with all of your products this one seems well thought out, practical, and helpful. I hope the cats, random number generator, and judges all line up so I’m one of the lucky ones! Do you take bribes?

  • Pauline says:

    Sounds awesome! I would like to win, so pick me, maybe? 🙂

  • Patti says:

    And pick me too!!! I’ve been enjoying going to the links of the participants in this projects and am totally wowed by their getting themselves out in the world… THis will be a fabulous resource…

  • Jana Bouc says:

    Sounds exciting and just what I need right now so put my name in the randomizer too, I’d love to get chosen to win.

  • Kevin Avery says:

    Looks like another high value product! Thanks for creating such awesome learning tools. I have learned a great deal about product launches from your emails alone. Oh… and “Pick Me Please!” I love maps.

  • Linda says:

    Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!

  • Grace Segal says:

    Shooting for the stars & my dreams! Could use a booster! I’d love to receive this fabulous new product! Thank you for the chance! Continued success, Chris!

  • Bunny says:

    Pick me! I love the map too!!

  • Niloo says:

    Pick me please. I need good advices to help me with my business so I can quit my full time job. 🙂

  • Tisha says:

    Hmmm…biased judges, cats and a random number generator…I’m not sure about the first and the last, but I know where to get catnip. Lots of it. Have your cat people call my cat people.

  • Luke says:

    I’m so lucky to have several wonderful artists in my family. This could change all of our lives forever.

  • Whitney says:

    I’m feeling lucky!

  • Grace Mendez says:

    I’d love a copy!

  • Amber says:

    Wow, this sounds great! It sounds like the perfect companion to your book, Chris.
    Count me in.

  • Norma Esler says:

    This sounds like an awesome product! I love being a creative person but sometimes making a living gets in the way. How great would it be to combine the two and earn a living from my creative endeavours! I am making progress toward this, but could certainly use some help. 🙂

  • Cindy Scovel says:

    More great work from AONC! Pick me please 🙂

  • Glen C says:

    Looking forward to it! Pick me?

  • Anshu says:

    I’m feeling lucky 🙂

  • Ellen says:

    Oooh, pick me! Sounds like a fantastic product!

  • Ben says:

    Keep up the good work. Congrats on helping others to help themselves. More of this needed. Oh yes, please pick me.

  • Alisha says:

    What a fantastic product. I also really liked Jenn & Omar’s website and products even though they got the capital of Canada wrong. Not Toronto – Ottawa. 😉

  • Cole says:

    It has been my dream since childhood to have my own creative business but I’ve been struggling with making it my reality. I would love to read this book!

  • Don says:

    Total Awesomeness,
    Congratulations on your new project and more so what you give to the world. Thanks for being the light outside the box. All the best. 🙂

  • Lisa says:

    If it’s anything like $100 Startup and Jen/Omar’s great stationery/maps, it’ll be a winner! Great team, great idea! Good luck!

  • Pick me please 🙂

  • Joan Charles says:

    Wow – amazing! I’ve bought a couple of your products (Art & Money and EBK) and I was so happy with them. I know this is going to be great, too. Best of luck!

  • Sherie says:

    Oh, pick me!! Please oh please! *does a little dance* (which you can’t see, but I thought it might be worth effort) =P So excited to find out more!

  • Lorca says:

    pick me

  • Candace says:

    Pick me! I need this in my life!

  • Nicolle says:

    This sounds like exactly what I need. I already have the ideas, the know how, the product and soon even the workspace, all I am missing is the insight in to how to get it going. Thank you for looking out for us!

  • Steven says:

    Pick me 😉

  • Nicole says:

    Oooh, oooh, pick me PICK ME!! :p The cover art on the new book is fantastic btw! I am getting ready to make some big changes once I sell my property for some capital, the book would be really good timing.

  • Liz Matney says:

    So much work went into this, I’d love to be picked to read it!
    Jumping up and down…pick me, pick me, pick me.

  • Kshitij Sharma says:

    Pick Me

  • Candice says:

    Pick me! I’m an artist, married to an artist, with a teenage daughter who plans to be an artist. We need this! (Okay, confession: the older daughter’s in medical school, so all hope is not lost).

  • Bryan says:

    Pick me! (I like a minimalist approach)

  • Gillian says:

    Thanks for offering these freebies and promoting a valuable resource!
    I hope I win!! I’m poised to start a new business where I’m sure I could use your tips.
    Thanks!

  • I have been following your bog for a long time, and have seen the work you do remove self and others imposed limitations from my friends and colleagues. I work with teens, mostly from the circumpolar north, and do my best to empower them to use your learnings and leanings to create an “interesting” life for themselves. If I had the the food fortune of being selected to receive your book and materials, I promise to use what I learn to further “catch the dreams” of the kids I work for, and alongside. We can change the “whirled” around so many of our kids. We just have to give them a way to see their lives in full color, instead of in black and white.

    Onward, the only direction that life can move!

  • Christina says:

    Fantastic work! Please pick me!

  • alwayslearning says:

    Congratulations on your next step and your careful work to make it exactly what you want. I love Jen and Omar’s work, website, and courage to go back to Ohio, despite loving NYC. I know if I win, I’ll be pushed to better consider how to market my one-of-a-kind fiber-art cards. People always ask me where I sell them, and I haven’t so far. They’re the mini version of my contemporary quilts that take days and days to make. So, please pick me! xxxooo

  • Lisa says:

    Great idea! I hope I win!

  • Danielle says:

    Pick me!! 🙂

  • Tiffany B. says:

    Pick Me! I can’t wait to get my hands on this! It sounds so awesome – you sir are very good at hyping things up!

  • Pick me, please! I am a CCAD grad as are Jen & Omar. Yet I have never yet been able to sell — and more importantly, RE-sell — any of my original art and designs once they are completed. While I’ve made a living selling my services and creating commissioned pieces, my originals continue to stack up against various walls of my studio and home. I need help!!

    Thank you for sharing this helpful resource.

    – Scott A. [CCAD Class of ’85]

  • Ana says:

    Pick Me! Pick Me! I love your site. One of the few I read almost daily 🙂
    Freedom yeah!!!! Let’s go live our dreams. There is nothing better than doing what you love and getting paid for it.

  • Alexandre says:

    I can’t wait!!!
    PIIIIICK ME… (“drink me” in wonderland)!

  • Sharon says:

    Pick me! Pick me!! This sounds amazing! And timed perfectly…I am so ready for this. THank you!!!

  • Mary Tracy says:

    Wow. No kidding your “guarantee” is very “guarantee-like”! I hope it helps lots of people and they go on to make super-awesome and badly needed art 😀

    Oh, and I wouldn’t mind winning either 😀

  • Marem says:

    I’m doing this for my daughter to give her the encouragement she needs. Pick us!

  • Monica Calderon says:

    I think my mother can benefit greatly from this. She’s a great artisan discouraged by the business side of it. Let’s see if I’m the lucky randomly chosen one!!!

  • Amber says:

    Ohmygoodness this is so exciting!

    You should pick me because…I have just devoured your two books and am currently setting things in motion to change everything. I am a graphic designer in an unchallenging 9-5 job…secretly working on nights and weekends to create a location free business so that I can live in the freedom I know I was made for. What wonderful timing for the release of this Unconventional Guide!

    Also…it is my birthday week.

    It’s my birthday, Chris. :’-(

  • Megan says:

    Awesome idea. And the folks behind it are obviously passionate about it too! 🙂

    Oh, and pick me… 😉

  • Michael Bray says:

    I’d like another opinion about how to better promote my wife. Let me see what I may be missing.

  • Tammy says:

    Love the idea.

  • BettyLou says:

    Am I really creative enough to earn money? Pick me and we will both have the answer.

  • Kat Bowers says:

    Oh fabulous, another great book that helps everyone from Chris! Congrats Chris. Thank you for also motivating me and making me THINK! Love it. Pick me.

  • Peggy Rains says:

    Pick Me! – Thanks! 🙂

  • Myriam says:

    I have dabbled with the possibility of doing something freelance/on my own, and I think this is such an awesome resource to answer all my questions and guide me! “Do what you love doing!”

  • Mic says:

    Pick moi!!! I’m an oil painter and so far I haven’t seen anyone come up with a highly practical guidebook with this kind of guarantee. If this works out, I’ll be sure to pass it along to my amazing artist friends who desire an income to fuel their art making machines.

  • Hannah says:

    Pick me! (Also, congrats — I hope you’ll find time to celebrate this accomplishment!)

  • Ted Taliaferro says:

    Hello….

    Please please pick me. I’ve bought pretty much everything you’ve published from audiobooks to the hardcover to even your Creativelive course. I am truly a fan.

  • Andrea says:

    Oooo pick me!!

  • Kelsey says:

    Hi, I don’t have much creative to say, but I am wondering how the cats will help you decide. Oh, and congratulations on the near-completion of another great project!

    On top of that, for my first comment ever I want to profusely thank you, because signing up for your newsletter was one of the best (and easiest) choices I have made. For brevity’s sake, I won’t list the many ways my life improved from a simple newsletter here, but I hope it suffices to say I am doing things I never thought I would. :’)

    If I could win, I would love to have one of the maps to start recording our and our friends adventures. I’ve been on the hunt for a good one for months!

  • Karolina says:

    this sounds totally rad! me wants.

  • Marli says:

    LOVE this idea! Stoked to learn more – thank you for sharing your brilliance, talent and passion with the world! PICK ME! 🙂

  • Jon Whipple says:

    This sounds fantastic. Perfectly timed as I work to revise how I conduct my business and life this year.

  • Rachel says:

    PLEASE PICK ME! (( \o_ )) (that’s me waving desperately)

  • Yuki says:

    Sounds truly like something we’ve all been waiting for. Thank you for creating it!

  • Celia says:

    Can’t wait! Thanks so much!

  • Barbara Winter says:

    Bravo! This sounds amazing (and I do not use that word lightly).

  • Beth Bellor says:

    Pick me. Although to be honest, if you don’t, I’ll buy it. But every dollar I save is one I can put toward my work, so … pick me. I’ll send your feline assistant photos of my feline assistant to ignore.

  • Ann Marie says:

    You’re awesome, as always, Chris!

    Pick moi!! 🙂

    My cat, Emma Kitty, would be excited too!

  • Susan Martin says:

    In the words of Seth Godin (okay, paraphrasing Seth Godin) – I’m not going to wait for you to pick me, I’m going to pick myself! If I don’t win I will find some other way to obtain this fabulous sounding resource and, more importantly, share it with others who I want to bring with me on the journey to artistic freedom, self-sufficiency and financial health.

  • Jon Knight says:

    pick me

    glad to see something like this

  • Busting with enthusiasm to discover how to share and exude my unconventional side. Pick me pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase – Flippa or is that ‘Flipped’

  • Cynthia says:

    Pick me! I’m a creative person being squelched by working in the corporate world for way too many years. I need an out and this book before my spirit and creativity die and are laid to rest! Pick me!!

  • Diana says:

    ABSOLUTELY IN, PICK ME!!!! I need all the ideas I can get!

  • Joe Abboreno says:

    Can’t wait to read, learn, and apply the techniques. Thanks!

  • Ami says:

    Pick me please!

  • Ms. Iris says:

    I want to stop floundering and start generating income, so $5000 sounds wonderful. I want to be able to make good on the promise I made to myself to never go back to a work environment that didn’t value me.

  • Amy Baker says:

    Pick me please!

  • Barbara says:

    Pick me! I am already 80% done on the manuscript of my first novel which I have high hopes for of being a bestseller. I have also had a psychic prediction that I will become a successful writer and I do feel it in my bones. I have already had some feedback from an experienced writer who thinks my story and writing is great.

  • Tonya says:

    I want to win! Excited to read it, and love the map too.

  • Rob F says:

    I would love to win even if I get picked by a number of random cat generators

  • Ashley Sozzi says:

    Pick me! 🙂 I am just starting out on my creative writing career, and am so happy to be stumbling on resources such as this! Good luck with the launch, and I look so forward to seeing what you will come up with next. I’m still working on Building an Empire of my own, and much appreciated your template for setting goals for the year!

    Thanks again! Oh and, pick me!

  • Matthew says:

    I am truly inspired…and ready for such a change.
    May all the hard work bless and empower many to do the same for others.

  • Cyd says:

    I’m a ripe, juicy orange so please pick me. I want to go to market!! Thank you!

  • Eileen says:

    Oh my. Me, please!

  • Milena says:

    I am soooo interested! Congratulations, I wish you all the best with your new product. 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    Oh! Oh! Pick me! Pick me!

  • Alain says:

    Pick me! I love the book, love the map, and am very excited!

  • Bill Gluth says:

    [Jumping up and down] Pick me…. pick me… I need guidance to achieve mass enlightenment of the world at large. This sounds like it would be helpful… pick me, please… Bless You (either way)…

  • Jason says:

    Both prizes look exciting. Thanks for your consideration!

  • Greg says:

    I would be honored to be chosen by a cat!

  • David says:

    Would love to try out the ideas from Designed to Sell.

  • Heidi VB says:

    I’ve waited long enough! pick me please!

  • Brent freeburg says:

    I would love to be part of this. I want to be more involved!!

  • Angelika P. says:

    I’m looking forward to reading this!

  • Helen says:

    Pick me!
    I need this manual! I´m struggling a lot to get the thing with websales…
    Thanks!

  • Patrick says:

    Hi Chris,

    Your products are always beautifully designed and produce (for me, at least) great results!

    And based on the response to this post, your business growth is significant (remember that post way back when you talked about trying to make a living at this web stuff ; ), so there must be some lessons from that alone.

    Congrats on all your success!

  • Vince says:

    Please pick me please!!!

  • Meg says:

    Pick me please. I have a dear artist friend who is ready to take off!

  • craig says:

    Love sharing your ideas with my soon-to-be-a-graduate kids!

  • Deon Aiken says:

    Yo Chris!!! You know I needs this to get my a$$ in gear so please pick ME. I’ll send you some of this Awesome GEORGIA Snow!. LOL.

  • Sharla says:

    piiiiiiickkkkk meeeeeee
    piiiiiiickkkk meeeee
    pick me!

  • Sarah says:

    Hi, I have been following you and reading AONC work for years but am still on the sidelines. I am inspired and hopeful for your new work will push me forward. In truth, I have been moving forward as I changed industries and my profession to align directly with my personal goals and creativity. I know there is a self-employment opportunity bigger than I could articulate but haven’t gotten to that point yet. Thanks so much for encouraging me through your work.

  • Zach says:

    Can’t wait for the big reveal! I’m in.

  • Matt says:

    Looking forward to the release!

  • Trish says:

    Since this is already mine just hook me up. You have my email and I just need the link to get my goodies.

    THANK YOU!

  • Kristi says:

    Hooray for creative freedom! I’ve yearned to take that step for years from the comfortable perch of my corporate job. It’s coming though. I know it. And your books, guides and blogs have been a steady, entertaining string of nudges over the years, so thank you.

  • Anita Horton says:

    Don’t pick your nose (like my primary age art students) PICK ME!!!

  • Rachel W says:

    Looks fantastic – hope I get lucky!

  • YES. i’m the one to pick!! YESYESYES!

  • Glad to hear there will be a ‘starving artist’ version, as I’m just starting out and the funds are limited. But I’d love to win the premium version!

  • Sara Fraser says:

    Excited for yet more unconventional brilliance! Please pick me 🙂

  • Morgan McDonald says:

    Pick me PLEASE! 🙂

  • Lena Wright says:

    Ohmygoodness you have no idea how much I want your cats to pick me! I almost pulled over to the side of the road to read the email when it came in today, but I was only five minutes from home so I held out. I’m that excited about this product though!

  • Uri says:

    This could really help my sister in law in launching her creative career, at 37 she has had it with her boring job, and is exploding with creativity, both visual/graphic and literaray

  • Miss Picky says:

    I’m Miss Picky. You definitely should pick me 😀

  • Cynthia says:

    Oh this is pure awesome, please count me in & I hope I can be one of your first 100 customers for this one! Love it!

  • Liam Corcoran says:

    Free Stuff…yea

  • Suzanne says:

    The suspense is tantalizing. I am eager to see the new toolkit. Thanks for stirring the non-conformist pot consistently. Keep stirring! Suzanne

  • Rachel says:

    Perfect timing, can’t wait for the boost, I need it!

  • Elaine says:

    Please choose MEE!! (rattles bag of cat treats at judging cats) – I have just taken voluntary severance from the day job to paint/do arty stuff full-time (jump before you’re pushed) and need a lodestar 🙂
    I’m excited!
    And terrified!!

    Also – congrats and thanks – loved Art + Money – worked wonders xx

  • Sarah says:

    SOOO excited for this! I’ve decided that 2014 is when I really launch my art out into the world…and it seems like this is going to be an awesome resource. yaaaaa!

  • Sebastian Jules says:

    Pick me. I am awesome and that gives me a unique perspective to inform you that you are awesome as well. Welcome to the club!

  • Kristin Marie says:

    I love the idea of creative teams working together to help and inspire others! Jen and Omar’s story was one of the most exciting to read about. My daughter and I would be thrilled to read this new book!

  • Jennifer says:

    Pick me, please. Pick me. All the best –

  • Antje says:

    Pick me! Wähl mich! të vini të më!يأخذني! Recollir! 接我
    Jiē wǒ! Vali mind! Hakemaan minut! Me chercher! πάρτε μου! મને પસંદ
    Manē pasanda!

  • Mark G says:

    Hey guys – PICK ME!!

    I have two kids, 14 and 11. Both are artistic (musician/photographer and cartoonist respectively) and neither fit conventional schooling or mainstream employment. As an artist (musician, writer and stand-up comedian) who has had to supplement his income in regular employment to get by, I need to show them a way they can do it and do it well, unlike Dad was able to. Designed to Sell sounds like their ticket…!

    Great product – looking forward to what it has the potential to birth in our family!

    Mark G

  • Frances says:

    Congratulations Chris on what looks to be another fantastic tool and resources for creatives!

    Looking forward to your launch on Tuesday.

    Cheers from ayes and Yay HQ,

    Frances

  • Brandon says:

    I look forward to reading the new book! I’m curious, do you think this book will be able to apply to writing as an art form as well? (Also, would love to be entered for the prize drawing!)

  • Tully says:

    Give me all your free awesomeness please. It would be perfect for where I am at, and would be great to help me personally. I love frameworks too. Moreso, I bet it would help me help those I do some consulting with build lives creatively and successfully. Very excited to see it.

  • Rita Wings says:

    I love Non-Conformity, biased judges, cats, and random number generators. I hope you love me back. Please pick me!

  • Jenn says:

    This is going to be a great resource for artists!

  • This is awesome! Pick me!

  • crystal says:

    Yeaaaaa! Please!

  • Ali says:

    Pickez moi!

  • Anthea says:

    Pick me! 😉
    I can’t wait for launch, and I’m hoping it’ll be at a price point I can buy – if not, it’ll still go on my “some day” list!

  • Theresa says:

    Future Winner and Success Story testimonial writer RIGHT HERE!

  • Jenn B says:

    Congrats on this new project, it sounds amazing. Surely with this masterpiece, I would be moving my little hobby on to extra income status!!

  • Francisco says:

    Pick my daughter. She’s 13, loves cats, and, more importantly, wants to be an artist. I would love to give this to her for her 8th grade graduation.
    Thanks!

  • Sheri says:

    I would be extremely delighted to be picked! I’ve been really pumped about this guide since you first announced it!

  • Kate Paone says:

    It’s always amazing to me when good people and fantastic ideas come together and create magnificent changes in the way we work and do business. I really would love a copy of all this fabulousness, but even if I don’t win, I can’t wait to get these resources in my hands, and this knowledge in my brain. Here’s to a wonderful launch and congrats to all of your magnificent souls for making this dream a reality!

  • Carlos says:

    Thank you Chris. This comes at the perfect time as I explore new career options

  • JP says:

    Timing is everything. I am getting out of career #2 and headed into career #3. This sounds like just what I need.

  • MFG says:

    Me. Me. Me.

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi, Designed to Sell,
    I am so pleased to meet you.
    I want to win, please!

  • Beth says:

    Please pick me!

  • Javi says:

    Pick me 🙂

  • Leslie G. says:

    Pick me! I have this hangup about not pursuing my creative efforts because I don’t know how to make a decent living from them, so this guide would be great for me to realize just how many options there are! As a bonus, my boyfriend would LOVE that map for his birthday on Feb. 14th!

  • Edith says:

    Very cool. Can’t wait to see it all.

  • Eli says:

    This looks fantastic! I consider myself an entrepreneur (of sorts!) but I’ve always struggled with finding a market for my creative work; I’d love to see how this toolkit could help.

  • Dianne W says:

    Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

  • Kent says:

    Pick me please. Can’t wait to get hands on a copy. I’ve been looking for product like this but couldnt find one.

  • Jon says:

    Pick me, please. I love the story of Jen and Omar in $100.

  • crystal says:

    Pick ME! I’m so ready for this! I looks amazing!

  • David Andreas says:

    I choose you! Ok, not really, but pick me and I will teach what I learn to at least three other individuals and document the results. Pay it forward!

    -David

  • Nell says:

    I am so looking forward to this. I am already gathering creative friends in a working circle to help each of us discover and create our own businesses, your guide will be of great use to us!

  • Bri says:

    I can has? This looks great! I’d probably be getting the student-priced version, so I’d love a shot at the full deal 🙂

  • Halina says:

    Yes please! That sounds exciting. Congratulations!! 🙂

  • Erin says:

    This will put my brother, sister-in-law and me on the map!!! Thanks for another fantastic product.

  • It would be an honor to be chosen.

  • Marti says:

    Hi. This is my year to unfurl, unfettered and unflinching, and to wrecklessly blossom (thank you Mary Oliver for the blossoming part). This awesome book can help me achieve my goals this year.

    Thank you! And Congrats! I remember the maps from WDS. Way to team up and go big.

    Marti

  • I am SO EXCITED about this one, and I would love to win. If not I will be anxiously awaiting Tuesday so I can hopefully get a notebook! 🙂

  • Maxime says:

    no risk, no gain. i’d love the book. fabulous cover! this is the perfect resource for me and my goals throughout 2014. wonderful to be picked. yes, yes i need this want this now! thank you.

  • Must. Have.

    Big. Love.

    Can’t. Wait.

    Okay, enough of THAT! I’m super psyched and can’t wait to have it and spread the word. 🙂

  • edge says:

    em kcip

  • Emily says:

    Skippity-bop-bop-bee-yoop-pick-ME!! This book is speaking to me! <3

  • Wendy Riches says:

    I’ve been slowly building notes, ideas and a plan for my new business over the past 6 months, and I really need the detailed kick-in-the-butt to start making this happen for REAL! I share your writing to creative friends on a regular basis up here in Portland North (Van, BC) 😉 Go Chris! Pick me!

  • Valerie says:

    Pick me. (I know where to get cat nip.)

  • Min says:

    Awesome prizes!
    I feel lucky today!

  • Katie B says:

    Ooh pick me, pick meeee! I was instantly reminded of this scene as I typed that – http://youtu.be/CIcHXgY0KKo

    Can’t wait for the big reveal!

  • Kirk says:

    I want to win a copy!!

  • eschapp says:

    I hope I get picked. Love all of your content and books.

  • Nancy says:

    This is really awesome! Looking forward to the launch next week! Hope I get picked 🙂

  • Lorrie says:

    Pick me. This would be an amazing way to kick start a product that I have been trying to move from the back burner GO! Seeing the actual steps would be so awesome as well as putting it all together for me. I would be so thankful.

    BTW, great idea!

  • I have been on the edge of my seat since reading the intro post, as I have toyed with photography, painting, ceramics, printmaking, etc. as hobbies for many years. I’m super excited to be a part of this adventure. Even though I will in all probably purchase this kit, as I have done with nearly all of your items, it would be even better to win a copy. Can’t wait!

  • Shannon says:

    No, no…pick me! I’m clearly the oldest one here and will surely die sooner than everyone else.

  • Bianca says:

    This product really sounds amazing! Loved the story of Jen & Omar.

  • Anita Chase says:

    Throwing my “Pick Me” hat into the ring! I’ve been an artist with a day job my whole life and trying to put together a 2 year plan to make the day job my creative work. This sounds incredible! Also, was just looking at a tiny map yesterday to try to decide a possible place to move so I can get more outdoor time, and thinking that I need to get a new atlas. 🙂

    Regardless of being chosen as an awardee or not, this looks like a great resource that I am looking forward to using!

  • Ailish says:

    On behalf of cat-loving entrepreneurs, pick me!

  • Oh, please pick me to win this juicy guide and all the luscious tidbits! I’m starting a new venture hand-dyeing natural fiber yarns for knitters, and want to ensure my success! My bright yarns will bring happiness to the world!

  • Tim Grover says:

    Memememe!!! Please? Sounds like a great product; good luck with the launch & thx for the contest! 🙂

  • Etienne says:

    im not sure if this is for me. still wondering if i can live a creative life or if i am too late, but would give it a try. pick me.

  • Margaret says:

    This looks like an amazing project! Please put my name in the hat and pick me! 🙂

  • Kristy says:

    Yes, please! This is exactly what I need to take my live event painting business to the next level! It looks like you created an amazing product that a lot of creatives need help with, Congrats! I’m loving the design. I can only imagine what the inside looks like….

    Oh, and a ‘me-ow’ shout out to the cat judges.

  • Kelly says:

    Use random number seed 495538113. Surely that will make it so you pick me… 😉

  • Andrea O'Reilly says:

    How do we bring people alive? This is the question that guides me in my travels around the world. Meeting new people, places and experiences and then bringing these back to create something meaningful for others. My ultimate journey is one that fuses my love of travel with creating something new. Right now I am working at incorporating my travel adventures into developing experiences at a small winery where people can “taste the experience.” If you Design it, I can sell it. Namaste. Andrea

  • Kimberly S. says:

    I’m a Graphic Artist and would LOVE to win this great resource. Congratulations!

  • Erika says:

    “Pick meeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” (she sings on a high note at the top of her lungs).

  • Mark says:

    Wow – you just continue adding value to the world

    Pick Me!

  • Agnes LNA says:

    This is exactly what I need to jump start selling what I make. It’s all about creativity!

  • Kerry G. says:

    This book looks great. Pick me!

  • Cary says:

    I have been waiting SO LONG for a book like this!! I’m a painter and am looking for ways to diversify, i.e. sell prints/multiples as well as unique/singular paintings. This book is exactly what I need. Ooh, ooh, your maps are so pretty too! Pick me please!!!

  • I’m about to graduate college and pursue a full-time career in commercial photography! It’s a tough arena to break into and I could use a little guidance =)

    Thanks!

  • Bob says:

    Pick me because I make y’all so damn proud!

  • Donna says:

    Looks amazing! Thanks for the opportunity, and well done.

  • I celebrate the phenomenal success of my two fellow CBUSRs — congrats! I’m looking forward to hearing more about your new project and helping spread the word of its launch!

  • Heather says:

    Congrats on the new launch. I’m crossing my fingers I am picked to win the Design to sell package. #PICKME

  • Sarah says:

    Ready to use the guide – and love it!!! 🙂

  • Danielle says:

    Pick me! Please! I have a feeling this new product is the thing that will get my business on the better (and by better, I mean profitable) track!

  • Sydney says:

    Pick me please! This is exactly what I have been looking for!

  • Maciej Wujciow says:

    This Tuesday is going to be a big day!

  • Kim says:

    This looks amazing! And is coming along right at a time when I am finally feeling like I’m ready to step up and do something different to get my creative business going. I can hardly wait for Tuesday (which is incredible because in general I don’t like Tuesdays).

  • Kelley says:

    If you think I don’t absolutely need some guidance on how to turn my hobby into a career, don’t pick me.

    If you think that this guide won’t provide me with any useful information, don’t pick me.

    If you think that I don’t need a “kick” in the ass to get out of my own way and make it happen, don’t pick me.

    Or, you could just pick me to win a copy of the guide…that’d be cool, too…

    Shine on!
    Kelley

  • Nha says:

    Don’t pick me. I’m gonna get my paws on a copy one way or the other.

    But … If you’re feeling generous, I reckon my sister could create wonders with this. Pick her.

    Awesome job! Please don’t ever stop what you’re all doin. x

  • Laura M. says:

    Who says artists don’t help each other? Great product! Would love to learn from it!

  • Rosalind says:

    I love you and Jolie! The work you do is inspiring to artists such as myself. I love to sell, and love to sell my art….I would love some tips that make it easier and more profitable….starving artist be gone!

  • Angela Burns says:

    I am really excited about this book! I would love to be picked to win a free copy! Pick me too please!

  • This sounds awesome! I’d love to win a copy 🙂

  • Lee Sowden says:

    Sounds well cool, count me in.

  • Paul B says:

    Sounds exciting, can’t wait till Tuesday. Pick me, pick me, pick me 😀

  • Maria says:

    Yesss, pick me!

  • Tim M says:

    Pick me…after all, I’ve chosen myself for success. You could too!

  • Curt says:

    If I am selected, I promise to use the power of this book only for good, never for evil.

    I promise not get all annoyingly goofy about winning, either. I won’t say things like “Squeee!” which is something I never say anyway, so no worries there. I promise to be grateful, and to apply everything I learn with sincerity and humility.

    I also promise to end this comment with 802 characters remaining. No, 794..damn!

  • Glenn says:

    nujac m’I .em kciP

  • maria says:

    Pick me please 🙂

  • Debi says:

    “Pick me”

  • Pick Me! This looks awesome. I can’t wait to see and hear it!

  • Tessa says:

    I’ve just worked out I’m talented. I sure hope the randomly generated luck is on my side!

  • Jenn says:

    Chris, this sounds phenomenal, and I’m so excited to see what Jen and Omar have put together – they were one of my favorite stories in $100 Startup!! (Oh, and pick me! Please.) 🙂

  • My wife seriously needs this! We have been trying to figure out how to market her creativity and failing. This is coming out at the perfect time!

  • Jeremy says:

    I have something big in mind which I plan to start implementing in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully it will lead to a very unique form of creative freedom, fueled by a pastiche of my interests! Looking forward to this!

  • Frances says:

    I hope your cat picks me!

  • Chris says:

    This sounds fantastic. Pick me! 🙂

  • Nikki says:

    I remember this couple from the $100 Startup book (which I loved). Please PICK ME. This is my year to get out of my own way and stop letting fear hold me back. It would be wonderful to have a guide to turn to when fear begins to creep up on me. Thank all of you for taking on such a project and for being generous with your experience and knowledge.

  • Deanell says:

    I believe in timing and I believe in the value of inspiration. I also believe in others, namely my mom. She has been a creator my entire life but lacks confidence. Her skills blow me away and her belief in others astounds me. What I would like to do is help guide her to success. I would like to provide her with tools, like purchasing her URL and helping build web content and hand her a guide. It takes a village. I’d love for this product to be part of our village.

  • Kara says:

    With an imminent graduation that seems to be getting here faster by the day, I’d love it if you’d pick me!

  • Anne says:

    Very excited about this! I’ve marked the release date in my calendar – would be thrilled to win a copy. Thank you!

  • Sharon Schwartz says:

    Scegli me! Vælg mig! Välj mig! Choisissez-moi! Please pick me!

  • L. A. Silberman says:

    Am hungry for ways in which my creative side & my practical side and can make peace and work in harmony. Pick me.

  • Lisa DeLay says:

    Pick you nose in private. Pick me in public. 🙂

    Thanks for the resource!

  • Larry says:

    This looks amazing. And knowing Chris’ history, (AONC, WDS, $100 Startup, Pioneer Nation) it will be amazing. Can’t wait to see it.

  • Hannah says:

    Sounds wonderful. Pick me! (Please.)

  • Karen says:

    I would so love to win! thank you for the opportunity

  • Colleen S says:

    I can’t wait to see what it is.

  • Brian says:

    I’m in. 🙂

  • Steven says:

    I would love either of those! wonderful idea

  • Carolyn Torgersen says:

    Here is the requisite “pick me”, but let’s face it, this is so full of awesomeness that I will sell stuff on Ebay if I need to in order to get my hands on this.

  • zsu says:

    Great idea! I would be happy to be picked. 🙂

  • Alexis says:

    I’m sending out my intention of you picking me into the universe. So this 18 year struggling graphic artist, and yoga teacher can finally say to her husband ” it’s ok honey my income this month paid our rent and groceries. We’ll use your income for our travel list!” 🙂

  • Sacha says:

    I love bacon and tits!

  • Dan says:

    Zut Alots! Congratulations on the new launch. It sounds great!

  • Dana says:

    I love this, and I can’t wait for the launch!

  • Mary Ann says:

    Please pick me!!! I would love to share my creativity but have no idea where to start.

  • Kathy says:

    Oh please pick me! Awesome idea that’s sure to help many!

  • Logan says:

    I’d really enjoy the book to help me get my photography business going

  • Susanna says:

    My husband has been a struggling designer for years and is about to have a career change so he can financially support the family. I have been trying to make extra money beside my part time work selling my designs without any luck. I am sceptical but I am also very interested in reading this book.

  • Josh K says:

    Pick me, please! I love it!’

  • Dave says:

    Pick Me, Pick me 🙂

  • Colin Robinson says:

    I can make money as artist, people told me I never would but now they will see I was telling the truth. PICK ME!

  • Christine says:

    So excited for the launch! Pick me, pick me!

  • Eryc says:

    Wow! That’s a very promising product. I’d love to take it for a test drive! Thanks for another killer piece of content that should add some tremendous value. I have not yet begun to blow sunshine up your umbrella! 🙂

  • Brady says:

    I am only going to say this once: Pick me.

    Pick me.

    Please, really, pick me.

    I’m an embarrassment to my friends and a burden on my family.

    Pick and pick hard, and let the picked be me.

    I’ll wait in your nose until you pick me.

    Are you a porcupine, or did you just pick me?

    I’m like a red ripe apple waiting to be…what’s the word?

  • Andrew B. says:

    Pick me!!!

  • Jules says:

    Please pick me. I’d love this read!

  • Brian says:

    I just finished a startup accelerator and I am looking forward to comparing that to what Jen & Omar have to say.

  • Paige says:

    Pick me! Do you take bribes? 🙂 I can make you some awesome jewelry… leather, sterling silver, a few gemstones… 🙂

    Ha ha seriously- love your site & books, love Jen & Omar’s stuff… would be an honor to win the guide. 🙂

  • Russo Titouan says:

    I’m in, you’re doing an amazing job, and as a student in design, still exploring and broadening and struggling to discover all there is to discover, this is one great find!! Good job!

  • Antonino says:

    I’m intrigued, pick me! 😀

  • Mathilde says:

    Pick me

  • Sonia D. says:

    This is really cool! Pick me please 🙂

  • Cindy says:

    Pick me, pick me!!!!!

  • Cynthia says:

    This sounds Awesome… I’ve been sitting on the sidelines way too long! Time to get out of the box and become the Artist I know I can be! So Please Pick me! I’m ready! lol

  • I would love this, please!

  • Jarick says:

    This is exciting stuff! I’m…excited! I want in.

  • Dudley says:

    Yes please pick me! We painters need all the help we can get.

  • Hello, it’s me — the one who is destined to win! Thanks so much — can’t wait to find out more. I hope to be as (if not more) awesome as Chris is someday!

  • James Martindale says:

    Pick me”–or perhaps something more creative–at the end of this post.

    Haha wow I’m so literal /:

  • liz london says:

    This is very exciting news! I have been looking forward to taking this Newest Adventure with and for newest The Artists World Tour.
    Perhaps the people participating in this program can have a World Art Show Exhibition!
    Just one of my many brainstorms…
    Best To All…

  • Jen Gresham says:

    Looks like a great addition to the Unconventional Guides, Chris. Seems like you’re going through your own burst of creative energy lately. As they say here in the UK, well done! And as I say here on AONC, pick me, please. 🙂

  • Karen F says:

    This is perfect timing – my husband is a very talented artist who is about to strike out on his own. Would love to give him this to support him along his journey 🙂

  • Sarah says:

    I would love to read this!

  • Jen says:

    Thank you so much for making this. The guide sounds amazing and just what I have been looking for! Can’t wait to get my fingers on it.

  • Taylor S. says:

    Sure would like a map.

  • Melissa Renfrey says:

    Awesome giveaway!! I would LOVE to win…can’t wait to read Designed to Sell!

  • Holli says:

    I was inspired in 2010 when I bough The Art of Nonconformity. Then, I bought Art & Money guide but needed more – looks like this is it with pricing and pitching help…

    Pretty please pick me!

  • Zack mccullock says:

    PICK ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Linda Kaban says:

    Pick me please!! I have FINALLY been able to pay off all my debts which were dragging down my spirit. Just last week I was able to buy a new laptop for the first time in 8 years. I am now mentally free to create again.

  • Diane Larkin says:

    Creativity like oxygen is essential for life. It energizes
    us , helps us to solve complex problems and
    brings beauty into the world . Bravo for
    creating a resource that honours the creative expression.

  • Bill says:

    A great concept – even if it does include cats… my dog is the one one not impressed.

  • Nicole says:

    This is absolutely for me, I can’t wait to get this! This is my next step 🙂

  • Erika B says:

    Pick me! Excited to read the new guide 🙂

  • Karin says:

    Looks like a phenomenal guide — can’t wait to see it!

  • Randy Gabriel says:

    Trying to reinvent myself after being downsized and losing my job in the fashion industry. I think this product sounds amazing and I would be so grateful to win-so would my puppy who loves kitties:)

  • Daniel says:

    Can’t wait to read this. And if I could get this for free would be even better. Please PICK ME!!! 🙂

  • jen says:

    I SO love that you are creating all this great content for artists and creatives!
    Yay! Thank you!
    …pick me! Pick ME! Please PICK ME! 🙂
    <3

  • Pick me! I’ve been wanted to get my freelance social media and copywriting business off the ground for a while now, and I know that Designed to Sell will provide me with the road map I need to get there! 🙂

  • Kate says:

    Perfect timing! I am working on starting my own business right now. This would be a great help!

  • Deborah M says:

    I am determined to be different this year– please pick me.

  • I’ve been eagerly looking forward to this launch! I’ve enjoyed creative freedom for 25 years, but I’m ready to take a further leap and sell more of my artwork retail rather than mostly on consignment through art galleries.

    I’m sincerely hoping what I learn from your newest product and the work I’ll put into implementing it, will help me better connect directly with more collectors of high end artwork.

    Thanks for all the work you put into AONC and all your projects. Just hearing about them helps me be more inspired.

    Victoria

  • Amy Simpkins says:

    Pick me!! So exciting!

  • Valerie says:

    So awesome! Such and exciting inspiration!!

  • John King says:

    I have already picked me, but hoping your random number generator picks me, too!

  • Heidi says:

    i’m designed to *win* — pick me please!

  • Danielle says:

    pick me please 🙂

  • Brian says:

    Chris: I love your work. But it’s not for just “anyone”. It’s for people who are willing to chart their own course. Creative, imaginative, stubborn – yes, THOSE people. One of these days, our paths are going to cross – you and me – and on that day, I’m gonna smile, shake your hand, and tell you “thank you” for all the thinks you’ve done.

  • Pick me because #CreativePeopleAreWeird

  • Claire says:

    I love cats.

    And that question, too : How do you price your work?
    My answer sucks.
    I’m pretty sure I would love yours. Come on, don’t blush ; well, at least I guess it can’t hurt to have another point of view.

    Did I mention I love cats ?

  • Shazia says:

    Pick me please!

  • Valerie says:

    What is the pricing?
    Can’t wait!

  • Jacqui Dinsbergs says:

    Sounds MOST interesting! Looking forward to this.

  • Lynn Cook says:

    I’m loving the make $5000 or get your money back guarantee, because I seriously need to make some money from my art. Thank you for the challenge!

  • wendy says:

    Oh, yeah, this is the Thing and I want it now!

  • Beth says:

    What an incredible gift to the world you all have created … Thank you! And pick me, pick me, please:) This will help me fund my family’s extended trip to Hawaii where we will plan the next phase of our life together (my dream right now:)… And I stay home full time with a one year old so I can use some magical good fortune to help us thru these long winter days!

  • Alanna Tyler says:

    This guide would be perfect for my husband. He is a genius of food, photography, and graphic art. Designed to Sell will help him put it all together and create a fantastic location independent business!

    Thanks Chris for inspiring again!

  • Janine says:

    Free stuff. I am usually not in for that because it is mainly useless. Who needs another way too big free t-shirt, bag, dvd, or whatever when you are travelling? But this is awesome. Pick me!
    I am currently staying at a horse farm, working in exchange for food and a bed, in the afternoon trying to make money with my website. I need the right tools, like I have when I am cleaning up the horse shit. I just haven’t found them yet. So, pick me!
    Designed to sell might be the answer for making my dream come true: to live in a van, wake up at the Norwegian coast, drink water from a stream and sit in the midnight sun with my laptop. So one more time: pick me!

  • Please, oh please, pick me fine folks,
    I sure hope this competition is no hoax.
    Your guide sounds like it would be fantastic,
    so I thought I would go above and beyond to do something drastic.

    Here I have written a poem of desire,
    in hopes that this will help me acquire
    the attention and laughs of those who read it.
    This is a little bit cheezy, I have to admit.

    I promise if I win to share it with everyone I know
    Raving about the creations of Jen, Omar & Chris Guillebeau.

    Winning this guide would sure make my day,
    It would take all my troubles away.
    So I ask again, once more my friend,
    please pick me in the end.

    – A poem by Jake Jorgovan

  • Jess says:

    I have a vision. I’ve had a small sum of money set aside for 2+ years from a generous art commission but I’ve held on to that small sum of money too tight. I need a guide to help me spend that money and put my art/design into the world. Pretty please with a Gin Tonic on top pick me.

  • Mylinda says:

    It sounds like another wonderful resource. Pick me!

  • Kelly Gammon says:

    Looking forward to next Tuesday! Pick me, pick me, please!

  • Pick the smile on my face after feeling the energy moving by reading your e-letter :-)!
    This is the movement the world needs: guts enough to dare to share! Great guys, keep up the good work!

  • Victoria D. says:

    Pick me please, it’s time to strike out on my own after raising four kids. I wish you the best success and keep writing.

  • Kara says:

    Just quit my job to write and travel full time, so this would be a great time to win. 🙂 So please pick me.

  • Kevin says:

    Great post, fantastic idea and love the implementation story (“way back in the summer of 2013” and you guys have powered through to what I know will be a fantastic product in 6 months.)

    Inspiring.

    Good luck with your launch–you’re going to change lives!

  • Trev says:

    Love the Unconventional Guides, but curious to see how this one applies to actors/filmmakers. Especially now in 2014, when the unions are freaking out and the internet is still the Wild West. So much of an actor/filmmaker’s career is dependent on the right people seeing your work, and while it could be argued that “do good work, and lots of it” is a sound business plan, I wonder what nuggets I might be able to apply from something that looks like it’s geared towards designers, photographers, writers, musicians, etc. So: pick me!

    Thanks for the work you do Chris and company!

  • Daisy Sandoval says:

    Love your work it really inspires me! Pick me, pick me please ! 🙂

  • Kenzie says:

    This looks like a wonderful resource 🙂

  • Nadene says:

    Wow, I am SO excited for this launch! I launched my dream biz (a boutique ad agency for extreme sports/adventure companies) almost exactly a year ago.

    I was reading “The $100 Startup” at the time, and have often thought of the “map couple” as inspiration over the past year. Just signed up for your newsletter a few weeks ago, and one of the first emails was about them… it’s a sign!

  • I can already tell from the number of comments that this product is going to be a huge success. I plan on getting a copy and if I love it (I’m sure I will!), I will recommend it to my brother, sister and to so many of my great artistic and creative friends.

  • pohlod says:

    Pick me!!

  • Wendy Reese says:

    In a world where responsibility is passed
    and the blame game excels,
    Knowing there are those in this world
    who chose differently
    live their vision
    and strive for greatness
    not only for themselves,
    bit for others
    inspires ME to keep taking
    one
    single
    step
    towards MY dreams to help others.
    Thank you for creating this, for being expansive, and for giving all of us who aren’t able to buy a chance to win…in so many more ways than the obvious.
    infinite love + gratitude!

  • I’m a writing who’d like to sell more copies of her book, drive more traffic to her website — totally unheard of! But . . . pick me anyway! Thanks for all you do, Chris. And unbiased cats.

  • Tasha says:

    Very, very intrigued… Pick me please!

  • JenA says:

    I would so appreciate it if your cat picked me…although I don’t know how my dog would feel about it. 🙂

  • Beth Huffaker says:

    I’m on pins and needles waiting for this to be released! Of course, it wouldn’t suck to win it either :O)

    Thanks!

  • Trenton says:

    Pick me!

  • STEPHEN HARRIS says:

    Pick me. It’s not for me. It’s for my daughter. She is a great artist who I am trying to see her creations expand on a larger scale.

  • Frela Ferrell says:

    Just recently, my young adult son has been in need of some inspiration. A few weeks back, I lent him my copy of the book about starting businesses for $100. It’s been great.

    I’m thinking, and guessing, that this new book might just be the icing on the cake.

    He is worthy of such a gift.

    I don’t REALLY need the proverbial icing but I would like some. 😉

    I’ll join the others by doing a bit of a dance and begging ;). Frela raises her hand.

    Thanks for your time!

  • Daisy says:

    Pick me, please! I want this for my daughter, a photographer. She is a brilliant artist. If you don’t pick me, I’ll buy it for her, but if you do pick me, you’ll know the book will go to someone who will truly benefit from its wisdom!

  • Heather Wardell says:

    I posted my first novel as a free download December 31, 2008. Since then it’s been downloaded nearly 400,000 times and I have thirteen other novels out too. I love what I’m doing, and I’d love to do even better so I hope you pick me because this course sounds amazing! 🙂

  • PD says:

    Come higher water or hell
    I’m destined to read
    ..Designed to Sell

  • Pick me!!! 🙂

  • Lalee says:

    we both lost our jobs
    I’m haiku, he’s keen graphics
    husband & wife team
    * * *

    A friend gave me your book (The $100 Startup) for my birthday. I love what you blog and represent. My husband and I both lost our jobs recently and figure, that’s the Universe’s way of telling us to take another direction. We’d love an opportunity to win a copy of designed to sell. In any case, THANK YOU for all that you do!

  • robyn says:

    Every single story shared here in the comments deserves a free copy, that’s for sure! I’d love to learn some good ways to improve what I’ve already started, to be honest.

    I finally decided last fall to take this hat-making thing more seriously as a business, and put some time and effort into my Etsy shop. I was blown away by the response, and am so excited that it’s been able to provide even the smallest bit of extra income for our family!

    I also love that folks get excited about the “one for one model of the shop” – for every hat that’s purchased, I give one away to someone in need.

    Now I’m looking to keep going without getting overwhelmed by having a toddler and a newborn (coming at the end of the month!) along for the ride, expand the types of hats I sell while still being true to who I am as a hat-maker, and yes, increase profits while also increasing how many hats I can give away.

    But I’ll buy either way, so if you’re going biased here, pick one of the other amazing stories!

  • Craig says:

    I would love to have one of those maps! Pick me please!

  • Leif Stenlund says:

    When I was a child I wanted to be a artist or a writer. My mom said: No way, son. You’re gonna get a real job. So I did. But I was never happy. Now I am editing my first book, partly thanks to Chris. Is this my time to break free from labour slavery and begin the labour of love?
    I don’t know. But I will fight for it.

    Pick me.

  • Mike says:

    Don’t pick me. Nope. Please don’t. Picking me would be an awful idea. Maybe.

  • Sarah Wilton says:

    Designing makes my heart SING
    so please award me a copy
    to make the register go DING!

  • Don says:

    Pick me. 🙂 Thank You.

  • Annette says:

    It would be wonderful if you would pick me. I am feeling a bit lost and it would be great if I could find my way doing something creative.

  • Isabel says:

    Pick me please!

  • Lauren says:

    Please pick me!! This sounds like an amazing resource!

  • jr cline says:

    Pick me Pick me
    lol
    Sounds interesting. If nothing else it would be interesting to see what it is about.

  • Makeda says:

    Pick me! Thanks – An aspiring seamstress and renegade craftswoman

  • Eddy says:

    This sounds like a great product! Congrats on all the hard work that must have gone into creating it.

  • Dorinda says:

    Pick me! I’m ready to embark on the creative adventure and secure my freedom! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

  • Sigrid says:

    We are SO happy to imagine ending the old concept of ‘starving artists’. As creators, we splash positive energy, beauty, color and light into dark corners – it’s time!

  • Chad K. says:

    Ooh, ooh… I *NEED* one! Random generator cats are a rare and fickle bunch. Here’s hoping their whiskers are sensing my readiness for making this buidness happen.

  • rebecca says:

    mappily hoping for even more* goodness and guidance from “designed to sell”. (*i liked art + money and would love to be swept off my feet with this offering!)

  • Marcin W. Dabrowski says:

    Well, if it’s random drawing — then I’m in. If it’s not — I don’t know yet how to sell my creativity to you, but I think I will after I read the book. 😉

  • Toni says:

    I have been wandering aimlessly in the creative world for years not knowing that all I needed was a map and a toolkit.

  • sheri says:

    please choose this unemployed designer / artist looking for help towards creating my next career opportunity! 🙂

  • Pick me! I have a whole household of starving artists who need your help!

  • Caroline says:

    That sounds like a great product, I’ll probably buy it, unless a nice cat-judge picks me.

  • PawelM says:

    I think I’m designed to be picked;)

  • JT says:

    Dear Chris + co: this is you- Jack Gilbert, “A Brief for the Defense”

    Dear kitty cats: meow

  • Jadranka says:

    Interested!

  • Send me the wining notice!!
    Great seeing you practicing what you teach. I’ve got lots of product concepts and look forward to making them meet the market.

  • Wendi says:

    Loving your ideas, enthusiasm, and moxie to get others on board for success through others’ hard-won insights. Rock on! I’m a visual notetaker, and am jonesin’ for a new sketchbook–hoping to ramp up new ventures as a graphic visualizer and author. 🙂

  • Stacy says:

    PICK ME! I need something new to read and would love it if there was some helpful life application. Most of my books are about things like slavery and India and important yet depressing worldwide issues. I’d love to spread my wings and learn something new – especially if it’ll help me change the world. I like changing the world.

  • Andrew says:

    Pick me – please! 🙂

  • Natalie says:

    This is so exciting! Can’t wait to check it out!! 😀

  • Liz Strauss says:

    Great job on what is sure to be a fabulous help for creative people everywhere.
    Congratulations!

    Liz

  • Kait says:

    Ooh! Yes please! Pick me! 🙂

  • Daniel W. says:

    Wow, looking forward to this one, sounds promising. So pretty please, with sugar on top, pick me!

  • Linda G. says:

    I’ve been waiting 30 years to launch my own biz. Have the product prototype designed and I think it will be a big hit! I think your course could help… Please choose me for a free copy!
    Love, Linda

  • Kellie says:

    I can’t wait to read it!

  • Lyn says:

    This is so exciting!!! Love FREE!!! Please include me in this special giveaway!

  • Chris Oakes says:

    Pick me! This sounds great – can’t wait to see it next week!

  • chris moseir says:

    this comment is designed to win.

  • Rose says:

    This is so awesome. Please pick me to win Prize # 1.

  • Chris says:

    Pick me is great, what is better is to first pick yourself. It’s a hard thing to do but why would someone else back you if you don’t first pick yourself.

    So pick me, I’ve already picked myself.

  • Angie says:

    Please pick me!

  • Stephanie says:

    This sounds fantastic! I am in regardless but would love to win either of the prizes.

  • Lisa Orgler says:

    We are all so thrilled to see your new publication! Best wishes!

  • Carlton says:

    Sounds awesome!! I can’t wait for the release so I get read it.

  • melissa p says:

    sounds great…pick me!!

  • Maciej says:

    I am ready to rock with this guide as my freedom companion.
    Thanks!
    Maciej

  • Isaac says:

    This sounds like an amazing product. Pick me please! This would be perfect for my wife you is a super artist but needs help selling her work in the online world.

  • Yana says:

    I’ve been scrolling for a long long time to get down to this comment box so I think it’s only fair that my chances in the prize draw are doubled (heck, make that trippled). Now I’ll close my eyes and cross the fingers. I was shortly considering holding my breath too but then I remembered Tuesday is too far away to hold it. I could try until Saturday morning but I think you’re not flexible on the launch date, right? Just excited, that’s all.

  • Daria says:

    Fantaastic. This is what I’ve been looking for!

  • Vanda Sousa says:

    WARNING: If you don´t pick me, I’ll buy your guide anyway!
    I’m a creative gal trying to find a way to earn a living from my passion. I’ve started a project last year to create a community of others like me. We’re looking for solutions to turn the bubbly creative potential in our city (Lisbon) into something big and help our economy at the same time. Feels like you’ve read my mind!

  • Laura says:

    I’d love to win this. Thanks!

  • Retta says:

    This looks great!

  • Annie says:

    Pick me. Pretty please? =)

  • Looks like an awesome amount of information. Can’t wait to see more.

  • Luke Reisdorf says:

    Pick Me! Please?

  • Julie says:

    Awesome resource! Greatly desired by this family which currently has way more creativity than money!

  • Lara Buelow says:

    “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” – Carl Sandburg. Putting together all the pieces of the puzzle. PICK ME!!! XOXO

  • Kate says:

    It sounds excellent!

  • Janice Pridgen says:

    I have really enjoyed all of your articles or blog. Everything has been extremely interesting to read. It would be nice to win– I never win anything. It would be nicer to have a second income or a first for that matter. I’ve been trying to get my website or lack thereof off the ground this past year but that one is not working– facebook however is a different story. Anyway, just thought you would like to know that I like the way you write and I will follow any endeavor you continue to pursue. Thanks.

  • Mark Loader says:

    Pick me please. I’d love to see and learn from what you have all created.

  • daven says:

    Awesome. Looking forward to it!

  • OMG – pick me please!! I’ve moved countries to live with my beau but my living room wall is still empty. If this map was big – I’d love one to emend me about all my family I’ve left behind in Poland.. Homesickness is the biggest thing for expats xx

  • Ben says:

    Yey, that´s awesome!

  • Terry says:

    This program sounds like it will be perfect for my son, the jewelry designer. Looking forward to your launch.

  • Cindy J. says:

    Me, me, me! I would love to win. I need all the help I can get!

  • daven says:

    Awesome. My wife and I are working on a creative project as we speak. Having this resource would be amazing. Pick us! Pick us!

  • Angel says:

    Congrats, Chris, Jen and Omar!
    How incredibly awesome!
    You three rock and I’d LOVE to win one of the giveaways!
    Pick me for all 3! 🙂
    Thanks so much for being such an inspiration.
    Keep knocking it out of the park!

  • Patrick Tramma says:

    I’d love to give the giveaway to my niece who’s just finish art school with a mound of debt.

  • David Greene says:

    Pick me, I don’t have a cat… and don’t really want one. But this offer sounds great.

  • Your Art + money guide started me on the path, but years later I am still not paying my way. Pick me and take me the rest of the way 😉

  • Vickie Lucas says:

    I need to win!!! I really need to win!

  • Maggie says:

    I’m ready to start my empire!

  • Im looking forward to the launch being revealed, wishing VERY GOOD LUCK TO YOU 🙂

  • Luis Tobias says:

    Great job! I want to participate 🙂

  • Daniel Rheaume says:

    Pick me!…I’m saving my creativity for the book 😉

  • Cannot wait for this to come out! The #100 Startup rocked my world so I’m looking forward to the adventures that this book will take me on. Congratulations to your team!!

  • Sarah Jordan says:

    Looks like a great contest! Thanks for the opportunity. I’d like to win so I can help more people become hoop dance teachers by selling my course. Good luck everyone.

  • Linda says:

    Pick me – I will be getting on a plane from Detroit to LA during the launch and will not be able to participate 🙁

  • Maureen says:

    Wow! Pick me, please. Congratulations, Looks like great product.

  • Jason says:

    Sounds terrific!

  • Paulina says:

    Dear random number generator: you’re looking great today!

  • Sheralyn says:

    So excited to see you making a product like this! I’ll add my own “pick me!!!” to the chorus! 🙂

  • grant says:

    I love this. Pick me!!

  • Lewis says:

    Ohhh, oohhh, pick me, pick me!

    Looking forward to seeing this launch!

  • Ken Duncan says:

    This is me posting a comment…and of course hoping to win! Have always enjoyed your blog!

  • Julian C. says:

    I’d love to get the book for my girlfriend, she’s a truly amazing dancer and I think this would give her the push she needs in order to truly shine…..so pick me!!

  • Sara Stroman says:

    Dear Cat Judge,

    Pick me! Only because I quit my job, barely have money saved, and have dedicated 2014 to growing and thriving my business. I REALLY think this tool can help me, especially since I won’t have the money to buy the program when it goes on sale. Please? Meow?!

    Thanks for your consideration!
    Sara

  • Sophie says:

    Pick me pick me! Sounds fantabulous 🙂

  • Kristen says:

    Pick me! This shit is awesome. 🙂

  • Jenn says:

    Pick me! I am ready to try doing things differently! My sleeves are already rolled up!

  • Davida says:

    The product sounds absolutely amazing and a great help for an artist really in need of a break.( I’m one) Couldn’t help but wonder how you will decide who will receive the gift of ” The unconventional guide to creative freedom” too ? whoever it is will be one very lucky artist so please count me in. Thanks. Davida

  • Alex says:

    I have been reading your blog for ages and trying to apply what I have learned to my creative life…and then, just when I thought I might have to struggle to make my art pay…there you and your friends are. With something just for me and those like me. I thank you. Your writing is engaging and inspiring and I look forward to seeing your ideas and approach applied to something so meaningful to me. I look forward to next part of my creative journey with you. I will do this. I will have my artistic life…and I’ll do it on my terms, hopefully with your help?!

  • giorgia says:

    Pick me, please please pretty please with sugar on top and Puss in Boots’ big eyes! I’m rebuilding my life and career completely right now, this would not only be a very useful tool, but also a good luck charm for me. Thank you! 🙂

  • Curtis says:

    Excellent idea! I’m all in for a virtual roadmap to freedom!

  • maria says:

    I would love any of the three!!And more info!! Best luck!

  • sonja says:

    Chris, I am an artist trying to figure out how to go part time at my “normal” job so that I can be in the studio and growing that biz with the goal of supporting myself full time. The new book would be perfect!!

  • Sam says:

    This is going to be ace! Please pick me.

  • Jo Olive says:

    I’m trying to think of something witty but I’m only one coffee into the day so I’m settling on PICK ME.
    With two creatives in one studio and one house we’ve carved out our creative freedom to a point but there’s always room for more! Massive good lucks for the launch.

  • chewy says:

    Would love to read this!

  • Pick me please!!

  • Rachel says:

    Pick me! Looking for some inspiration and guidance in this whole “adult” business.

  • Travis says:

    Finally! Answers to the questions that haunt me.

  • Crystal says:

    Yay! Pick me!! Time to ditch the assigned and choose my own path…

  • Olga says:

    Love all your ideas. Please PICK ME.

  • Lauren Vanessa Zink says:

    Pick me. I have goldfish crackers. I happen to know that biased judges, cats, and random number generators all get hot for goldfish crackers.

  • Cassie Adams says:

    Taking the first step………Pick Me !!!!!!

  • Sara says:

    Creative freedom + ridiculously awesome packages with knowledge from ridiculously talented people? Pick me, please and thank you!

  • Yeah! I’m the winner. (suggestive thinking on my part).

  • Nick Foltz says:

    I need something to revolutionize my life. Even if I’m not picked, I would love to work for you Chris.

  • Debs says:

    Sounds great, pick me….alternatively I’m in the UK – where will I be able to buy this and will all versions be available in the UK at the same time as elsewhere??

  • Kimberly says:

    I can’t believe you wrote a book especially for me! I can’t wait until it comes out…

    Fantastic work on the cover art too, us creative people love a bit of eye candy and (it might just be me here) also seem to have an affinity with cats 🙂

  • Kristie says:

    This toolkit makes me wish I were an artist, good luck with the launch!

  • I love that you’re building a product that empowers people to take control of their creativity and livelihoods. Would love to learn more from Jen, Omar and everyone else!

  • Kathy D says:

    It would be thrill and an honor to be picked for any of these prizes.

    I’ve been doing a lot of *inward* journeying and am finding that my creative voice is seeking new and better outlets. It would be ideal and a little surreal to be able to make $$ with whatever manifests. It sounds like this guide would be a perfect boost to the next level and beyond.

    Thanks for all of your inspiring work!!

  • Jennifer says:

    How fun! Can’t wait to see where this goes. Sign me up! 🙂

  • Will this work for musicians also? It sounds like it might, but can you clarify? Thanks!

  • Angela says:

    Australia needs this, my friend Gail the big hearted, modern landscape artist needs this, so pls pick me. Chris, you’ve been a big part of my Art of Emigration team since 2011, with me while we emigrated to Sunshine Beach Australia from Devon UK with 3 kids, 3 dogs, leaving behind our own theme parks, home, family. We love life and adventures. Please now inspire Gail with this gift. We’ll rock it in Australia for u!

  • Toy Laing says:

    I decided to finally start my own business doing what I love most…So I typed “how to start a business” in the search bar, and the “$100 Start Up” article in Forbes immediately got my attention. That initial search (which I’ve done dozens of times before) eventually led me to this site which has been totally motivational and inspirational for me. I cannot wait to start living exactly the way that I want! By the way, it would be quite fitting for you to pick me because Feb.11 is my birthday….it’s the right thing to do 🙂

  • vibha says:

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  • Bandi says:

    Gimmie gimmie gimmie, please

  • Andrew says:

    Pick me pick me! I cant wait to read it!

  • Annie says:

    Looking forward to seeing how this has come together, with all the hints … Congrats on reaching the finish line!

  • If I’m picked, I’ll get pickled.

  • Amanda says:

    Yep, officially excited, can’t wait. Would love this, are there laws about this much inspiration. Thanks for sharing this amazing stuff. Best wishes for an awesome launch!

  • Abby says:

    This sounds so exciting! Please pick me!

  • Sheila says:

    I love cats! If I win I will donate the proceeds of the sale of my first piece of art to a local animal charity… Greenhill Humane Society or similar. Plus, I will adopt a kitty! Ok… I will probably do those things anyway, but I’d still like to win!

  • Miso says:

    Don’t you fu*king dare to pick me!

  • Deborah says:

    To the cats, cat owners, biased judges, number generators and any other means and persons involved in deciding who will receive this guide for free… My vote is for someone who is making it, progressing, doesn’t have the “I am disparate vibe of “I can’t make it without it”, as the information is only as good as the person who is able to successfully apply it. So, to the person who is u

  • Really appreciate the thinking that is going into this product, and its launch. It sounds really relevant and looks very fun to implement. Thanks.

  • Marianne says:

    I’ll be your greatest challenge. Pick moi!

  • Bob says:

    Please “Pick Me!!!” I need all the help I can get! I’m a challenged soul. You pick the topic and I’m challenged.

  • pick meeeeee!!!!!! please please please pick meeeeeee!!!!!!!!!

  • Pick Me! Pick Me! My Picker is broken, but I hope your’s isn’t!
    I would love a copy of the book.. I have published one book and I’m in the process of writing five more this year. I also have a ton of ideas/products I plan to bring to the market place.

  • Mike Sharp says:

    This looks INCREDIBLE!!! I can’t wait to devour it and pass it onto other creative friends!
    Please pick me!!

  • Laura says:

    And then…something wonderful that you’ve been waiting for comes along! The something that, deep down inside, I know will change and challenge everything!

  • I’ve got plenty of things spinning around in my brain, and some things on my art desk, but no clue where to start with figuring out what, where, and when to sell…HELP! (C’mon, computer…pick me?!)

  • debbie says:

    Thank you for colouring outside the lines and encouraging others to, too!
    And for offering these amazing prizes 🙂

  • neil simpson says:

    I would love to road test this 🙂

  • Ellie says:

    Congratulations! Definitely looks interesting and hopefully a kick up the bum to finally get out of the government job I currently reside in!

  • Cyndi says:

    Saying “Pick me” as I’m clicking my ruby red slippers!

  • Chris says:

    I can write ‘pick me’

  • Jon says:

    I’m excited to see the project!

  • I love seeing all that talent and zeal from fellow Buckeyes. And… pick me. Please.

  • Shannon says:

    Very creative stuff you are doing. I would love to participate, and will be telling my daughter to check this out too… Starving artist in LA, could use some pointers ; )

  • Lik says:

    I want one! 🙂 Hope to be on my way to the creative freedom soon 🙂

  • Deborah says:

    TO THE BIASED JUDGES, CATS, CAT OWNERS, NUMBER GENERATORS, AND ANY OTHER INFLUENCES ON WHO WINS, I would like to submit that the product is only as good as the person who can successfully apply it. So, to get the most marketing and advertisement for your efforts, give it to a person who is making it as Jen and Omar. They are able to apply it, therefore, it will be known to all and you will generator more sales. I have learned this lesson the hard way by being a “if you don’t give it to me I won’t succeed person for years. The “this will solve all my problems, give me the ability, magic or fairy dust to finally live my dreams.” Or, if you don’t give it to me I can’t afford it, so give me a handout and then I can make it. Well, that is my vote. Congrats on a tool to solve the needs of many! As almost all web bloggers say, identify a problem, come up with a solution, bingo. Thanks for sharing this valuable information and may everyone realize the tools work when you know how to apply them and can apply them successfully. Pick me! I am a teacher who is putting out curriculum for 21st Century Learning for kids who need to learn 21st Century Skills, i.e., soloentrepreneur skills

  • Emmaline says:

    Golly, what a lot of comments! I am so excited about this product, I cant wait for the launch. I remember reading the $100 Start Up and feeling a real affinity to the story of Jen and Omar and I am even more excited now that I know they have worked with two letterpress businesses to create this guide- how helpful would that be to me as a struggling letterpress artist myself? So, like so many others I will utter the magic words…”pick me!” pretty please with a cherry on top!

  • Heather says:

    Pick me! Cats love me and I’ve decided to seriously pursue my passion. Your blog is one of my favorites.

  • Marisa S. says:

    oooh… prizes! I want to win!

  • Shannon says:

    This looks great, and is very timely for me as I am launching my own freelance business!

  • Merry says:

    Me, me, me, me!

    Or do re ME!

    Or gimme, gimme, gimme!

    but mostly, Pretty Please!

  • Mailande says:

    Woo hoo! I’d love to win this! 😀

  • Rosie says:

    I always look forward to new Unconventional Guides! Would love love love a map too 🙂

  • Louie G says:

    You don’t need to pick me, I’m DESTINED to win! Hahaha!

  • Kathy W says:

    This sounds like exactly what my mother needs to make money from her artwork. I could use it to make a career from my photography.

  • Shelli says:

    Commenting 🙂 Yes, yes, yes I would love to win either!

  • Jen says:

    …haiku alert…

    dear random number
    generator or feline,
    i hope i get picked.

  • Paris Marc says:

    This sounds amazing. Good luck with the launch (though I’m sure you don’t need it)!

  • LINDA says:

    Very cool. Lactic acid in this dojo? Pick me! Yay!

  • Thanks for being the one who inspired me to follow through with my first website, which I launched a few weeks ago. I started the plan after hearing you talk at a book signing for the $100 Start-Up. Keep the great info coming!

  • Im ready to pick me and make my dreams come true!!!

  • Randy Gabriel says:

    Hoping my first post went thru

  • Shawn says:

    Pick me!

  • Naz Laila says:

    Looking forward to this guide Chris. Again another amazing product from ANOC team. Best wishes for the launch.

  • Pick me teacher, I’m ever so smart!

  • I’m sure a solution this exciting must be a bit pricey, pick me, I can’t wait to save up for this great thing.

  • Kerrie says:

    I will definitely put this guide to good use. I’ve been a freelance artist for several years now, but I’d like to boost my income up ABOVE poverty level and beyond. ha. 🙂 Looking forward to reading it.

  • Renee says:

    OK, now I am even more curious. Please count me in!

  • Co-creating, collaboration and creativity, three of my favorites. Excellent example of inspiring leadership. Way to go!!

  • Julie says:

    I would be extremely grateful if you picked me 😉

  • Melissa Burford says:

    That’s fabulous, congrats on the launch I can’t wait to see the whole thing. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • My son is a musician and artisan who makes wooden toys for children. I would love to win this for him!

  • Shane Green says:

    Fantastic idea for a book. It’s sure to be a ton of help.

  • Doris says:

    You are one hell of a ballsy guy! to give that guarantee, I mean. Well, if I’m lucky to win a copy I need only to buy one since I want one for myself and one for my sister who’s building a creative biz right now in Hong Kong.

  • My husband and I are both at career crossroads, longing to be creative entrepreneurs. Pick us!

  • Liz says:

    C’mon random number generator!

  • Emily says:

    OhhhOoooo, pick me!

  • Tom says:

    Wow, this is great.. PS. Pick me!

  • Eden says:

    Pick me please. It’s for me, my wife just started her business which is where the link leads to (thanks to my years of telling her how the internet can lead to a lifestyle business) she goes and does it while I hold the fort down with a J.O.B and keep the family fed. Now it’s my turn, I’ve had the Holstee Manifesto on my vision board since 2010 and would love to hear how they “cracked it”. Thanks Chris

  • Katie says:

    Pick me! Pick me! (jumps up and down waving hand in air!). Awesome stuff, hope to see fewer ‘starving artists’.

  • Ok, pick me to help this engineer break out of career imposed creativity limitations! Thanks.

  • Huijing says:

    That’s a long list of comments, but I’m still gonna try for it. Pick me!! Thanks!

  • SteveG says:

    I totally enjoyed “The $100 Startup,” and I look forward to reading this one. Good job.

  • Lisa says:

    Whoa…lots of entries. Appreciate being included in the giveaway for the intriguing new product you’re launching! Thanks!

  • Joseph says:

    For many years, the environment in Singapore has not been conducive for the creatives, but that is changing. What is left now is for creatives to get over themselves and take bold steps forward. Looking forward to testing this out!

  • Jeanne says:

    I’m as random as the next guy… it could be me.

  • Jason says:

    Pick me, please!!

  • Jeff says:

    Pick this guy, Mr. G!

  • KK says:

    Hi Chris, I think this is exactly what I have been needing and looking for in the past few years. Thank you very much for sharing!! =D
    Hope you will pick me! =D

  • Lauren says:

    I love seeing all of the great comments and original poetry on here. Does the book have any business ideas for writers? Sounds interesting. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  • Anna says:

    Thank you for doing this project, Chris.
    I’ve been suppressing my creativity for years. Things changed in my life. I am ready to release it. I believe your Unconventional Guide will help me a great deal. Please, pick me. Could I convince you if I say it in 7 more languages?
    elegir me, di scegliere me, bitte wählen Sie mich , выбери меня, välj mig, wybierz mnie, επιλέξτε μου.
    And if you don’t, thanks for the opportunity anyway.

  • Teresa says:

    Trying to figure out how to start My Crochet Empire. I know there is more to it all than just opening an Etsy store! This would help tremendously!

  • Nic says:

    Winners are grinners. Pick me!

  • I got something the cat judges won’t be able to resist: raw but slightly warmed liver! Pick me, Puss, c’mere now, smell this? Want some?

  • Bel says:

    Have been looking forward to reading this for ages! Thanks Chris, En and Omar!

  • Carrie M says:

    Hi! I have a question: is this kit most relevant for visual artists, or can artists of the written word benefit too? Also, would the resources still be helpful if I live in Canada? Thanks for making awesome, helpful things.

    P.S. Please pick me 🙂

  • Emily says:

    Would love a copy – pretty please! Sounds awesome.

  • Elizeth says:

    Please select ME!! I NEED AS MUCH HELP AS POSSIBLE!

    WAIT!!! QUESTION!! QUESTION!!! Can and will this guide help a meal/food/restaurant business?

  • Lauren says:

    Awesome!!! Super excited for this – I am passing this link on to my cousin who has wanted to start her own baby clothes business for awhile but worried whether or not she’d have the skills to run a business. I’ve always believed in her… but now she can believe in herself too with the help of this toolkit! Wahoo!

  • Rick says:

    Change all starts with DECIDING!!! There, I did it.

  • Rob Y says:

    This is awesome 😀

    Looking forward to seeing the final product soon!

  • Michael says:

    Pick me when you pick em

  • Sara says:

    CANNOT wait for this one – but will have to wait a tiny bit because I’ll be off wandering when this guide launches. Either you’ll pick me for the giveaway, or I’ll purchase upon my return. Congrats & looking forward to it!

  • Samantha says:

    Would love to read this guide — there are so many ideas swirling in my head, and it’s time to pick one and go for it! Thanks very much!

  • Carrie Ure says:

    Chris, you are the master of the launch! I love watching this unfold and can’t wait to see more at Pioneer Nation!

  • Varsha Dhankani says:

    A series of books I have read in the past few months- Ken Jennings’ Maphead, Jacob Lund Fisker’s Early Retirement Extreme and then your website, have had me dreaming about quitting my day job to make and sell art. My situation is a bit difficult in that I absolutely love my day job too! It is intellectually challenging and yet allows me time to invest in making art (I am a scientist). In preparation for eventually owning my own business, I have kept up with art on a daily basis to hone my skills for the grand finale when it’s time to sell it. I gain a lot by your inspirational and off-the-track articles. Keep it up!

  • Kathy Piatt says:

    That’s an irresistible guarantee…must be a fabulous book! I’m unemployed right now and would love to start something creative. Thanks for all the hard work!

  • helen quon says:

    Pick me, pretty please.

  • Rich says:

    I feel this is my time to shine! Pick meand I will pay forward my good fortune.

  • Kim Upright says:

    No need to choose me. I am more interested in making an investment that requires both of us to stick to our commitment.

    On the other hand if I choose to purchase your program are you willing to up the anti with a side wager on the guarantee? If I use this program to make an extra $10K (verifiably) this year – you will grant me a lifetime pass to the WDS.

  • sendaiben says:

    Pick me. I’m sleepless in Sendai 🙂

  • Fred Emmert says:

    How much does it cost for a cup of your energy ? Been following you since you spoke at Chapman University. Look forward to each e-mail AND stop to read it as soon as I get to it. Anxious to REALLY be a $$$ making ARTIST.

  • Insert pick-me related creative comment here.

    Great work Chris 🙂

  • Daniel says:

    Love your blog. Pick me!!

  • Kevin Logue says:

    Pick Me!

  • I’ll be starting a new job on Tuesday so I won’t be able to step aside to purchase your products at launch time! Maybe these products can help me to never ever need to work a ‘job’ again? – Pick me of course!

  • Missi says:

    Pick me, pick me!!!

  • Gina says:

    Brilliant, this is such great news. Thank you for putting this together! Please, help me help others. Keeping my fingers crossed 🙂

  • Becca Tilley says:

    Would love you to pick me! I am excited about this guide… I am praying I will be able to afford it. I do a lot of study into productivity, creativity, authenticity, business, marketing, and making money from art. A lot of the time I have to pass on courses and such like this because I just can’t afford it, and I can find a lot of pretty decent resources for free if I dig hard enough. But because this is you, Chris, I am very tempted to actually get this one. Well done and I’m so looking forward to hearing more about it.

  • Dana says:

    Pick me 🙂

  • Him says:

    Pick me! I’ll study in depth.

  • Angharad says:

    Last summer I read $100 start up and vowed to kindly hand back my lovely and very rewarding job as Head of Fundraising for WaterAid to my boss, to get back to doing hands on creative projects I love. It never happened. This Christmas I read $100 start up again, and on Jan 6th I resigned. It took a while but I’m about to make my hobby my lifeline – it’s scary, exhilarating and everything in between. I’d love the help of crazy people who have made it work for them.

  • Chrissy says:

    The maps are beautiful. It would be a wonderful addition to our home.

  • MatCoes says:

    I’m beginning to trickle out my creative product. I would love a boost to turn the trickle to a flood.
    Good luck with the guide!
    -mat

  • Tim says:

    Pick me, hey congrats and good luck….

  • Janet says:

    Pick me! I can’t wait to see this offer! It sounds very interesting. I hope it’s affordable!

  • Matt says:

    Can’t wait to chk it out and help evolve my hobby turned part time gig!

  • Shea says:

    OooooOoohhhhhh pick me?! This sounds awesome, can’t wait for the release!

  • Cathy Brooks says:

    I hope you find my message amongst all of these! I am an artist who started a small business a year ago and would really benefit from your ‘Designed to Sell’ guide!!

  • Johanna Hudson says:

    this is SO cool! Cant wait for the book!

  • Ashley F. says:

    I’m very much looking forward to this tool kit – it sounds like it is going to address many of the things I struggle with in my business. Also, that map is just straight-up rad 🙂

  • Jes A says:

    Can’t wait, this looks like amazing (as usual)! Free things are also always fun! 🙂

  • Afzal says:

    Pick Me! I’m ready to sell 😉

  • Emmy says:

    Sounds fantastic!

  • Amy says:

    Yes! Just what I need! Pick me! Pick me!

  • Ratana says:

    Pick me, pick me! (Hand waaaaaaaay up in the air as I jump up and down excitedly.) 🙂

  • Martin says:

    Pick me, please!

  • Gavin Duncan says:

    PICK ME! PICK ME!

    Hey Chris, Pick Me!

    I’ve bought the Frequent Flyer Guide – so far 2 free tickets yaay!

    I’ve bought the Empire Builder Kit – I don’t work for the “Man” any more!

    I’ve been subscribed to your Blog since 3/22/2010 and have recommended you to many, many people.

    I STILL haven’t quite got to releasing my creative talent and realizing my dreams, but it’s almost, almost there…

    Gonnae help me out here?

    Best regards and best wishes

    Gav

  • Hmm….I am not 100% sure yet what my offering would be but given how creativity and inspiration is in this guide I am sure I could settle on something! Please pick me! 🙂

  • Kyla H says:

    Whoa is right! This is a lot of great stuff. I’d love to win the Designed to Sell toolkit or that beautiful map!

  • BDB says:

    Please pick me? Cheers!

  • kirstin says:

    Looking forward to this!

  • Jerry says:

    Pick me. I will be shedding the day job into retirement soon…I want to take to the world!

  • Kevin says:

    This guide will be my ticket out of employment as a designer for the government! Even if you don’t pick me (but you should), I plan to get this guide the second its available! I’ve been waiting for this since buying my first two copies of $100 Start Up and reading about Jen and Omar.

  • Winnie says:

    Looks pretty fantastic, would love to be chosen! 🙂

  • Jami says:

    Can’t wait to see what you all put together! Already shared it with one of my friends.

  • Tiffany says:

    I’m entering for a friend who is so talented and could really use this guide! Thanks for your inspiration!

  • Andrea says:

    Wow, my daughter-in-law’s jewelry business could use this spark to get her on track! Pick me! Thank you so much for this amazeballs work and dedication to helping others.

  • Deb says:

    Pick Me!!
    I’m an emerging textile artist/designer from Melbourne Australia and this couldn’t come at a better time! I’ve suddenly found myself with a week off work (my day job) to recover from surgery so I’m super eager to get this product in my hot little hand and devour it while I’m couch-bound. I just wish I could get it today!!

  • So excited! Pick me 🙂

  • I love your work Chris. Looking forward to the launch. I am certain that it will be everything that you say it will be

  • Jackie says:

    Can’t wait. I hope the random number generator picks me.

  • Jill says:

    On Monday I had a mini-breakdown/breakthrough over my inability to figure out a way to transition from working for the man to working for myself. Fear is a formidable foe. Was it Tuesday that your initial email about this project landed in my inbox? Maybe…the timing, though, was perfect. A toolkit for doing exactly what I’m having trouble doing! The Universe is really, really awesome. And so is everyone who put their efforts into this project and are helping all of us get to where we want to be.

  • Chere says:

    Pick me pretty please! |I’m just getting started and could SO use the help! 😀

  • Joe says:

    Pick Me, Please 🙂

  • Corinne says:

    I’ve been wanting to learn more about selling prints to help turn my art business from a part-time endeavour to a full-time business. Would love to win this course. Pick me! 🙂

  • Irshad says:

    42.

    Because it’s the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, I figure it must also be the way to get picked here.

    Also, check this cover of “The Sound of Silence” out, just discovered her today – http://youtu.be/JiaE1l27gMc – now, wasn’t that experience worth giving away a beautiful book?

    THanks!

  • Loewyn says:

    Pick my daughter!! Loewyn is an amazing and dedicated photographer who would rather starve then do anything else …. and as frugal as she is, she might enjoy rising above the poverty line, if she laid hands on the materials you are about to unleash! She doesn’t know I’m replying to this, but she will thank me if she gets any of your goodies!!!

  • Leslie Shiner says:

    I know just the person who is ready for this kit. Pick me and I’ll pass it along to my daughter.

  • Rachel G. says:

    I am even more excited for the launch of this now. Graphic designers unite! Really looking forward to the tips and information.

  • Rachael says:

    Not quite pick me….pick me on behalf of my teen kids who could try this out and perhaps have a different career path than they seem to think is inevitable!

  • Sam says:

    Pick me!

  • Tom Owens says:

    Pretty please, with catnip on it, cat judges…pick me. Actually, I’m competing for my wife. And she draws the most awesome cat portraits! I’d love to help her give her artful, cat-ful creations some marketplace traction. This toolkit would be the perfect Valentine bonus (in case the reality of my V-Day cooking doesn’t match the great expectations.) Truly, Chris, you’ve helmed another inspiration that will change lives. That makes you the ultimate in guides! Thank you!!!

  • John says:

    Pick me. I’m entering on behalf of Fred, my pet duck. (He says, “Quack!”)

  • Seth Haley says:

    Pick me! Or my Wife! Or friend, or someone! 🙂

  • Malcolm says:

    Would love to have this! Hey cat, pick me!

  • Michael S. Armentrout says:

    You have piqued my interest!

  • Joey says:

    Wow, I really can’t wait for this. My I fiancée and I have been talking about doing something like this, and suddenly it’s like the universe was listening and dropped this into our laps. Great timing!

  • Paula says:

    Looking forward to seeing what y’all have created. And of course I hope you’ll pick me.

  • Rebecca Phillips says:

    Such a great idea! I read about Jen & Omar in your book and am taking the leap and going to the National Stationery Show this year to launch some new products.

  • Patricia Cook says:

    I would love to win a copy of Designed to Sell! Pick me pretty please.

  • Eric says:

    Oooooh! Yes, please!

  • Grant says:

    You won’t pick me, but I’ll say pick me anyway.

    Again I’ll ask if this guide will be good for content creators? People who make audio and video content for the web. Thanks.

  • Kathy says:

    This sounds amazing!

  • Debra Calkins says:

    I’m so looking forward to this one. It will be great to figure out how to get my work out. Thank you for thinking of this and then doing it.

  • Leah says:

    If you pick me I will help you promote it by sharing it with my friend network and telling them about what I like in the guide!
    Also I think it will really help me achieve the dreams that I’ve been slowly losing my grip on. I don’t want to lose them but it’s so hard to stay on track. I believe I have more to contribute to the world than what I am currently doing and I could use the extra help to make it happen.

  • Don’t pick me, I pick myself 😉 But seriously, pick me.

  • Ann says:

    Seriously, I need this. Just resigned on Monday; you gotta pick me! (Please)

  • Cinnamon says:

    I loved your motivating guarantee. I admire how you just throw it all out there.

  • Lisa says:

    Oh… Please please please!!

  • jamie says:

    So exciting!

  • Vanessa says:

    Designed to Sell sounds perfect to play the Yoda to my Luke, the Henry Higgins to my Eliza Doolittle, the Mr Miyagi to my Karate Kid, the … you get the idea. Anyway it sounds as though it is going to be fabulous and exciting and full of great ideas and I’d love to win a copy – especially as, looking at the age of my inspiring mentor examples, I think I could do with some fresh ideas!!! 🙂

  • Julie B says:

    Very excited about this new project! Creative minds want to know… And I’d love to win a map – Love Jen’s and Omar’s work~

  • Natasha says:

    This is brilliant.

  • Becky B. says:

    Cats are the picker of choice. They pick the person at a party that needs a nudge to socialize a little more, step out a little bit. The cat inserts itself to be an icebreaker or even conversation piece. They are knowing and don’t make rash decisions. Yes, the perfect picker. Congratulations Chris, Jen and Omar!

  • Alyssa says:

    So excited about this product! Struggling with all the decisions of getting my own business going.

  • If you pick me, I will write a review on my blog (as I did with with “The $ 100 Startup”: http://medialdigital.de/2013/03/15/das-100-dollar-startup/). Okay, if I win the map – which looks great – I’ll probably have less to say than about the book 😉

  • With 3 novels on Amazon and elsewhere, (feel free to Google me) with a screenplay adaption of one of them in the editing stages, the world has yet to discover me. Been lost in the crowd apparently. I’d love to tap into the ultimate guidance source to propel my writing career so I can write full time. So….. I’d love the chance to set things in motion and show ’em how it’s done! Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Nissa says:

    Pick me!! Sounds awesome.

  • Katie H says:

    Love the graphic design and typography. Fantastic. PS – pick me

  • Nancy Barnes says:

    Here’s hoping you are biased in favor of an older, single woman who was once owned by an amazing cat for 18 years and really has no preference as to what number you come up with. Just PICK ME! Please.
    Thank you.

  • Chuck says:

    Pick me! Pick me? Please pick me.

  • Neil says:

    Good luck with the launch. Excited for another Unconventional Guide.

  • daphne cohn says:

    I’m reading $100 startup right now. It’s excellent. I look forward to reviewing it on my podcast. I can only imagine that the program the three of you have put together will be outstanding. Thanks to all of you!

  • Francis says:

    Good Day! I know I need to start somewhere and I think this is the place where I should start. Confirm and acknowledge my belief! Select Me!!

  • Pamela says:

    You have inspired me in countless ways to get out there and explore the world, this is just icing on the cake. And the guarantee makes it priceless.
    Now, it only there were a way to make that random number generator pick me. . .

  • Trey says:

    This guide looks awesome. I’d love to win so pick me, please.

  • looloo says:

    Love all the products you’re inspiring us with to get out there and live our dreams.. and of course I want to be a winner of your giveaway!

  • Martine says:

    I’m so grateful that you all decided to take things a step further and give us the nuts and bolts of running a creative business. Can’t wait for the launch…best wishes!!

  • Patricia says:

    Would love to have this new product! Congrats!

  • Gretchen L says:

    Pick me! I’ve been rediscovering my colored pencils this evening and that renders me unable to come up with anything verbally witty.

  • William says:

    Chris: Thank you for the inspiration.

    Jen and Omar : Thank you for all your hard work.

    I wish you all the best.

  • Chris Scott says:

    Pick ME! This would be a gift for my PREGNANT wife. wink wink…it is true

  • Austin says:

    This looks really quite amazing ! Looking forward to diving in

  • Garrett Gee says:

    sign me up!

    also looking forward to next months pioneer nation!

  • Joshua says:

    Stories like J&O are so encouraging. Pick me so I can start building my Empire!

  • Pick me. Pick me. This looks amazing. I’ve already made a commitment to 2014 being my first year of self-employment. I also have a starving artist brother. So it’s like a two-for.

  • Brad Hussey says:

    Ooh! This would be fantastic. Pick me please:)

  • I would love to win the illustrated map to remind me that taking a chance and just doing one small thing can change your life forever.

  • Kip says:

    Awesome idea! I like the ideas you’ve put out there. Pick on me!
    …..
    ….

    ..
    .
    Wait a second…

  • Lara says:

    Yeehah!

  • Kevin V says:

    Pick me! Patterned and developed with the $100 Startup, my business, Sports Sync, which teaches baseball pitching mechanics with music, would get a huge boost with this manual just as my product will be launching.

    Good luck to everyone else who entered and enters!

  • Christina says:

    I’m really looking forward to this!

  • Elvin says:

    Hello tool kit, goodbye ramen noodles.

  • Ron Swanson says:

    Pick me, Pick me, Pick me!

  • Martin says:

    The excitement is building! Looking forward to the launch next Tuesday. Cheers!

  • Nine says:

    Please pick me, random number generator!

  • Sounds Awesome 🙂 I’m an aspiring professional magician so… YoU will PicK Me ****

  • Susan says:

    Well, there’s about a million people wanting to be picked, but you can’t win if you don’t comment.

  • KL says:

    Map is amazing!

  • Tansy B says:

    Looking forward to reading this, whether I win or buy a copy 🙂
    Got a lot of ideas and inspiration from the $100 Startup. Looks like this guide will be just as good. Hope there are some mega-introverts included in the interviews, that’s the problem I struggle with most in my design work.

  • Scott Dempsey says:

    Sounds like this product will change many lives: thank you!

  • Anabel says:

    Hi! I love it and I’m ready to be picked. I’m so excited that I am willing to make an offer if I’m picked: If you’re right and I make $5000 or more in the first year, I will pledge half of those earnings to a worthy cause.

    So pick me and everybody wins!

    Anabel
    http://www.redcanvas.ca

  • Srushti says:

    Pick me, because I’m worth it. 🙂 Thanks!

  • Jody Maberry says:

    This give away is better than a free t-shirt. Pick me.

  • Nicole says:

    I have written a book and am in the editing process I would love your new project to help my project (aka my love child)

  • Sophia Hyder says:

    Congrats on this accomplishment! I REALLY hope to get picked! What you have just created is so timely for my transition in starting a new chapter in my life. I’m selling my house, my belongings, and focusing on three things that make me the happiest: working to make my ethical fashion label: Evolvemint a success, travel and exploring the world, and living my life knowing I’ve done the best I can do everyday.

  • MDR says:

    Lots of good stuff here.

  • Peter Jowett says:

    Love to win the book and the map

  • AmandaM says:

    Yay! Looking forward to reading and since Tuesday is my birthday…pick me! 🙂

  • Ruben says:

    Pick me!! I’m from Mexico

  • L. A. Sugai says:

    Chris i heard you on Coast to Coast ,Then I got to meet you at a cupcake party and book signing in Reno…The Art of Nonconformity changed my life.then I gave it away. I got a copy of 100$ start-up and gave it to my son with 100$ as a bookmark. I’m an artist, deserted by my husband and home free (rather than home less) He took the money and my home but i still have my talent I must restart my life at 57 and finally embark on my career. I’ve been praying for inspiration then this popped-up Sounds corny but this is the answer to my prayers please choose me and I will add another story to the second book I have rubbed this post with catnip and tuna for good measure and the cats thanks for everything so far….. keep it coming and passing it on

  • Genelle says:

    Waving, not drowning! – could seriously do with this toolkit right now … and from what you’ve been posting, sounds like one of your best ones yet!

  • Between The $100 Startup & the forthcoming Designed To Sell, how can 2014 not prove to be my best year yet?

    With anticipation,
    Nelson

  • Harry says:

    Pick ME!

    This sounds so interesting…and exactly what I want to do!

  • Natasha says:

    I would love to get one of the giveaway copies for my dad! He is a fabulous artist who, after 30 years in career graphic design, is finally taking a leap of faith to do his own stuff!

  • Matt Jensen says:

    Hello, dude.

  • Sara says:

    Sounds like some mighty fine reading material.

  • Allison says:

    Yes, please!

  • yes I’m determined enough to scroll all the way down past a thousand comments to get myself entered. I’m a sucker for any Chris guillebeau product and love this couples lucky story. hope I win so I don’t have to buy for once! lol

  • Exciting News. Happy Snow day Chris. Chwazi m!

  • David says:

    I would love to have that map. A question though – am I eligible to win if I live in Australia?

  • Åsa says:

    Can’t wait to read this new book of yours! Thanks for passing on all these fabulous resources and tools!

  • anne s. says:

    WOW! It seems the biggest question here is How did you identify this ‘gap’ and choose this project to be developed ? We all love ‘step by step’ books (eg The $100 startup, Lonely Planet guides to ..everywhere ) but is the truth really that the resistance to do the work to be free (of a boss, of a mortgage, of limitations) is that we’re afraid and that stops us from finding the way ?

  • JJ Biener says:

    This looks like an amazing product. I would be interested in seeing how these techniques would apply to something that doesn’t necessarily have a physical component, namely music. Looking forward to the release and getting some more specifics about the product. Good luck.

  • Laura says:

    Perhaps a cat will pick me. 🙂 I am hoping for pointers and tiny, doable steps to set me on my way.

  • Susan says:

    Pick me! I would love to receive anything from you as I have always enjoyed your work!

  • Maria Carkagis says:

    Pick me Please. I found the Empire Building Kit very interesting but not a real fit – maybe this one will be the one!

  • Grace says:

    Pick me please! I’m very intrigued by this book!

  • Josiane says:

    This looks like a fantastically valuable resource, and the guarantee is brilliant! I’m sure I’d learn a lot from that guide, which would enable me to bring more good stuff into the world and to help my clients do the same, which would be awesome.

  • Malini says:

    Pick me! Please. And thanks in advance 😉
    This sounds like a great product. Looking forward to it.

  • Elly Klein says:

    Pick me!

    I’m a gift book writer. I published my first book, Men Are Like a Box of Chocolates (the most delicious relationship advice book ever!) with a non-traditional publisher, and now it’s a hen’s night / bachelorette party event running in multiple cities. While that’s all well and good, the reason I strayed from the original plan (writing gift books for a living) was because of the almighty $$$.

    I’ve done Marie Forleo’s B-School, Laura Roeder’s Creating Fame, Derek Halpern’s Blog That Converts, Michael Hyatt’s Get Published, met Chris at Pro Blogger in Melbourne and I’m FINALLY getting the chance to come to World Domination Summit this year. I’m trying to build a fan base online via my funny, cheeky and fearlessly honest column (with video intro), Elly is a Four-Letter Word, but it’s tricky because I write about so many different things.

    I’m in the process of moving from Sydney, Australia (my hometown), to New York City, where I’ll be working on five new books and trying to get a literary agent. Whether my book is published by a traditional or non-traditional publisher, I still have to make a name for myself as an artist. Really looking forward to Designed to Sell!

  • Mindaugas says:

    Hi, mister!

    Pick me!

    I want to have better inspiration than Sochi builders had 🙂

  • Carla says:

    This is so awesome! Good luck with the launch!

  • Luis Galindo says:

    Pick me! Elíganme! S’il vous plaît! Herzlichen Glückwunsch! :-)))

  • Joe Clancy says:

    Love your work Chris.

  • Wow! I would be over the moon to get picked for this! what a great inspiring story of Jen and Omar. This kind of story needs to be shared with everyone who is struggling to overcome fear of their art exposure and get seen, and be heard for their talent.
    So excited to hear of this project as I know deep within I am an artist in her awakening.:)

  • Datsun says:

    please don’t pick me

  • Sara says:

    Me ! Me ! Pick me ! Please ? 🙂

  • ED says:

    Can’t wait! Plus I REALLY want that map.

  • Bonnie says:

    Best wishes from Hong Kong!

    I’d definitely want to learn more about how to use my art to make the world a better place. 🙂

  • Fab says:

    “Pick me”!!!!!

  • Eugene says:

    This looks great! Can’t wait to check it out.

    Oh, and please pick me! 🙂

  • Barbara says:

    Love, Love, Love! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! All You Need Is “Designed to Sell!”

    Much appreciation for all your work. I would cherish this.

  • ST says:

    PICK ME!

  • Dawn Love says:

    I’ve put on my best away team red shirt just for the occasion! Ready to be picked for a great mission. 🙂

  • Jim Krenz says:

    I am a sleight-of-hand magician—so I am “forcing” you to pick me! Help me sell my magic to other magicians!

  • Chris says:

    Pick the other people. No, that’s wrong. Pick me instead so I can help my wife build up her business.

  • Arpita says:

    I have a cat that loves to travel the world! And you know what I need to fulfil her dream? An illustrated world map! My cat says “meow pick me” (hey don’t raise your eyebrows, I know her well enough to know what she said 😀 ) Also, maybe the biased judges would want to know that I was in the audience when you came to Mumbai for your book launch 😀 (I was too shy to ask any questions though )

  • Monica says:

    Yes please! A little start up I am part of is languishing in a bit of confusion (apathy?) and this could be just the kick in the pants it needs. Pick me please!

  • Beatrixe B says:

    Wow this sounds like a lifesaver… so don’t pick me, your cat shouldn’t pick either, I mean if you or your cat pick then what will there be left for the random generator to do, think about the poor thing, you’d rob him of his only wish and talent:)
    P.s. this is such a nice idea, count me in please 🙂

  • Emre says:

    pick me.. why? ‘cos you should.

  • Irwan Cornelius says:

    PICK ME! I’ve been a struggling designer for 5 years or so now and still trying to make ends meet. I struck it out on my own after being employed for 3 years but I’m still trying to get that one big payday. I get on with whatever I can, sometimes resorting to instant noodles as dinner. Please please please guide me. I need help! I need an intervention and this guide might be the one for me.

  • Evan says:

    I would prefer it if you picked me.

  • Olive says:

    It’s fate. I was just complaining to my bf today about wishing I had a guide on this journey. Pick me!

  • Paul says:

    Can’t remember ever in my life seeing such a incredible list of comments as this, screaming for attention, pleading, self-centered, “me me me…pick me…me me me!” along with a few sycophantic approval-seeking words of praise.

    On one hand, quite sad to see. On the other, once the contents of this product are actually revealed, I truly hope it will provide everyone with the catalyst for action, confidence and clarity leading to success.

    May all beings be happy.
    May all beings find creative freedom.
    Ready to go!

  • Nic says:

    This guide is, what I´m looking for for months, thank you very much

  • Stephanie says:

    I would love to win this book or the map…they are both amazing contributions.

  • Vane SM says:

    Congrats Chris and team! Sounds great! Eager to see how it unfolds on Tuesday 😉 I am still working through Art&Money, and for sure this will be the perfect follow-up! Thanks for your work! Again! PS. Cats will be a little bit overwhelmed with so many people for them to pick into; me just wanting to comment and say thanks 🙂

  • Renee says:

    Yes, please! Pick me.

  • littlepurplegoth says:

    Wonderful to see so many people keen to get out there and underway with an artist-based business.

    Of course, I’d like a copy of this as well 🙂

  • Razvan says:

    Pick me 🙂

  • Marion Preez says:

    Pick me – I picked you.

  • AJ says:

    I’m in!
    Let’s win this thing!

  • Adrian says:

    This looks like it could be the right thing at just the right time for me. I was already aware of Jen & Omars’ inspiring story and am just starting out on my self-employed adventure.

  • John says:

    My wife picked me, and so should you. No deposit no return. Nearly 35 years of non-conformity still yields a wonderful life.

  • Susannah says:

    Exciting! I’d love to share this with some very talented friends.

  • Reghan says:

    This looks amazing, and the timing could not be better!

  • Lucy Chen says:

    This is exciting! Pick me!

  • Shelly M says:

    I humbly ask you to “pick me”. Iam a middle aged woman struggling to start life anew in a totally non-conformist way,which is the only way true to my core beliefs. This would completely give me the kick start I need to succeed to bringing my inner creativity to the outer world.
    Thanks for your time to read.

  • Carolyn Bivens says:

    If your cats selected me, I would make sure others benefit. As a cancer survivor and part of a pet therapy team (my dog LOVES cats), we volunteer in the infusion ward of a local hospital. We make some beautiful crafts and work to sell them locally with a portion of the proceeds benefiting those who need diagnostic services but can’t afford them. We NEED to know the right way to expand our business nationally and maybe even internationally.

  • Simon says:

    Please show this man how to use his beautifully designed net to catch more fish.

  • Kelly Luna says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this since you first alluded to it. Can’t wait for the launch! Thank you so much for this project and the opportunity to win.

  • Linda says:

    About time you visited the UK Chris – Plenty of cats here.

    A system for creative businesses – long needed I think, I look forward to reading it.

  • Tyler says:

    Pick me..Cause I like free stuff..and I’ll try to use it to its utmost potential.

  • Just what I’ve been wishing for, so am excited to see “Designed to Sell” in the flesh!

  • Jolie says:

    Congrats! Pick me!!

  • Lori Greene says:

    I have been an independent artist for over 20 years and I am still struggling. I would love to learn some new ideas!

  • Meagan Wiseman says:

    This sounds amazing! Pick me!

  • Brian C says:

    My wife has always been good at creating things but useless at selling. The result is our house is overflowing with her hand made ashtrays, piggy banks, rugs, etc. but she has earned no money from them. I hope this book will help her to turn that around.

  • Anjan says:

    Please please please! I desperately need the WORLD MAP!

  • Gary M says:

    Please pick me! Designed to Sell looks like it would be amazingly helpful for those of us who are preparing to unleash our ideas on the world! =)

  • Judit says:

    Pick pick pick me please! köszi 🙂

  • beth west says:

    Pick me! I’m a ‘starving artist’ and would love some inspiration and encouragement. The kit sounds great!

  • Mike says:

    I could use a guide or a map. Thanks.

  • Ella says:

    pick me!

  • Mel says:

    Awesome project, awesome giveaway. If I could grab a free copy, I’ll be the happiest creative on the internet. Please pick me!

  • Shelley says:

    Want. No, need. Must have. Please, pick me. Thank you!

  • Terri says:

    Love the idea of some guidance through this toolkit. I feel like this could finally help me understand how to launch selling my fine art photography. Pick me. 🙂

  • Todd LaRoche says:

    That’s a great idea. Count me in.

  • Christopher W says:

    This is awesome. Count me in!

  • Rob says:

    Eenie, meenie, miney, moe. Random number ME!

  • Jacob says:

    Random number generators always pick me 🙂 Excited for Designed to Sell!

  • Ruth says:

    Never would I ever see this day coming…

    That I would have to resort to random number generator language…

    @$:;!-+]*{£!!!

    请选我吧!

  • Rachel says:

    Sounds like an awesome product, designed by 2 super successful creative people! My husband and I are testing the idea of starting a creative business and this sounds like an amazing tool!

  • kayla says:

    Pick me!! I never get picked!

  • Mike says:

    I’d love a copy! Pick me! =)

  • Rui Branco says:

    Pick me, pick me. I truly believe that it is possible to have a nice living creating. I have a podcast about creativity, and I try to help the creative people realise that it is possible like Marc Ecko says, “Selling you, without selling out”!

  • BrigidKO says:

    I’m so excited about this! And, the release is perfect timing, as I finally made a decision to push my work out into the world as much as I can and I need guidance!
    I make clothing/costuming from recycled materials, specifically from innertubes from cars, motorcycles and bicycles and recycled leathers. Everything is hand crafted and unique. I’m excited to make it work, and I’m excited for the help. Pick me! Thank you! brigidko.com

  • I’d like to hear a review from someone who reads this who has also read Alyson Stanfield’s “I’d Rather Be in the Studio”.
    Oh, and pick me…

  • Matt J says:

    Very cool that you’ve put this together. I love the idea of supporting different kinds of practitioners with replicable business models to help them do what they love and bring it into the world more efficiently. Would love to win, thanks for the opportunity!

  • Kari says:

    I am counting on the cats to be on my side and choose me, because I want that book (and a map too, but I will buy that if I win) C’mon cats!

  • NIDHI D says:

    Pick me (: (:
    I’m young and doing studies… love designing & would like to have the kit to enter my new venture….!!!

  • Tamara says:

    Pickmepickmepickmepickme. Me me me me — pick me!

  • Leah says:

    gimme

  • John says:

    I need something to help me figure out how to build my creative side into something that generates money, even if it is not six figures. I will be buying this if I don’t win the free copy.

    So pick me and keep up the great work.

  • I LOVE CUPCAKES
    (aka: pick me!)

  • Monica says:

    I am a super-creative Gemini with OCD and ADD. I don’t conform very well, and I am so excited that you are going to PICK ME (please) to win this fabulous prize! I’m tired of working for the man- even though he’s a decent man, I’d rather be selling my own creations. Look! Something shiny! Pick me please! Love your blog and your work. Thanks for working to inspire others. (Coded message to the cat: mrra mrrow rrrrrr aow)

  • Justin says:

    BOOBIES!!

    Ok now I have your attention.

    What is a perfect addition to this guide? A human guide through the information and practical application of its lessons.

    So join me on the course based upon the designed to sell guide and for $25 we will together work through the fuse and apply it’s learnings to your circumstance.

    Alternatively, I will be selling a finger exercise game based upon who can scroll through this post the fastest.

  • Ted says:

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  • guy says:

    Awesome content, that looks exactly the kind of thing my Wife needs to help launch her creative business over her in the UK.

  • Mary Mag says:

    Pick me please, please, please.
    Thanks!

  • Beth Sroka says:

    I would love this! I’m slowly growing my first business and can’t wait to launch a second this year!

  • RENZ says:

    I see an open highway

  • Holly Clark says:

    I’d love to win 🙂

  • I’m ready to win!

  • France says:

    I’ve danced with my art all over the world, but still have spaces available in my dance card. I want to see it filled!

    Your input seems impactful….cheers