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Win a free homesteading/garden/microbusiness consultation!

Homestead planAre you struggling with a thorny garden problem and can't figure out why your cucumbers keep dying or what that pesky weed is in your pasture?  Maybe you're more interested in breaking free of your job and need some tips to turn your microbusiness idea into a reality.  Or perhaps you've just moved to your dream homestead and are trying to decide where to put the chicken coop and which of those sticks in the yard are fruit trees and bushes.

We're here to help!  One lucky reader will win a free consultation to smooth their path to homesteading independence.  Two hours of email answers from me and Mark can save you weeks (maybe even years) of trial and error, and we promise you'll get your money's worth.  Use it up all at once, or have Walden Effect as your on-call mentor all summer.

The Weekend HomesteaderWhat do you have to do to enter our giveaway?  The paperback edition of Weekend Homesteader is now available to preorder (yay!), and we need help spreading the word.  This more polished version of the monthly ebooks I've been publishing for the last year contains 368 pages of full color photos and text to guide you on the path to self-sufficiency.  Even if you've read all of the ebooks, I suspect the $11 paperback will be worth a second read since I've added in dozens of sidebars and three all new chapters.  The Weekend Homesteader won't be in print until October, but you can preorder now and be the first on your block to hold a copy of the book in your hands.

To spread the word, choose one or more of the following options, then leave a comment below telling me how many times to enter you in the drawing.  (Each way you spread the word equates to one entry.)

  • Preorder the book on Amazon.
  • Tell your friends via facebook, google plus, your blog, email, twitter, or even plain old face-to-face chatting.
  • Leave a review on any of my ebooks on Amazon.  (You can see them all in one place on my author page, or just search for my name.  Please only leave reviews on books you've read.)
  • A very easy freebie for all of you --- click the "like" button on the Amazon page of my paperback.
  • Some other ingenious way of spreading the word --- you decide!

So, if you preordered two copies of the book, posted on facebook and your blog, and left two reviews, you'd be entered six times!  The more times you enter, of course, the more likely you are to win.  (Just be sure to leave a comment on this post before midnight on April 13 to tell me how many times to put your name in the hat.)  Thanks so much in advance for entering and helping spread the word!



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Ok I saw a mention of your December Homesteader on facebook from Prepper Chicks. I left a comment there about your paperback and on my own facebook page. I have preordered and am so happy you decided to put them all together like this in paperback. Thank you again for once sending me the hard copys so I could print them off and store them, but now I'll have an official version.
Comment by Erich Mon Apr 9 11:37:12 2012
I posted it to the Groaction Permaculture Online Group on facebook. It has 422 members and has been a pretty active group. Im actually moving today -- leaving my posh apartment in lovely Toronto, Ontario to spend seven months as an intern on an organic farm. I wrote in my post to permaculture group that one of reasons Im doing that is because Walden Effect has been a daily reminder to me that simple living is the best lifestyle. So that`s one ballot for me in your draw. Cheers! Thanks!
Comment by J Mon Apr 9 11:54:37 2012

Erich and J --- Thanks so much! I really appreciate the personalized word-spreading. It makes a huge difference!

J --- Good luck with your adventure!

Comment by anna Mon Apr 9 16:57:52 2012
Pre-ordered this morning, just went back and "liked" it and shared on Facebook. Can't wait for it to be delivered!
Comment by Debbi Mon Apr 9 17:58:20 2012
Debbi --- Thank you! I can't wait for it to be delivered either. :-)
Comment by anna Mon Apr 9 18:55:21 2012

Hi, Anna -

Aunt Adri sent Mom (and me) the news about your soon-to-be released book. I clicked "like" on the amazon.com page, on general priciples. Onward and upward.

  • Beth
Comment by Elizabeth S. Lowell Tue Apr 10 17:15:15 2012
Beth --- Thanks so much for "liking" the book, and dropping by to say hi!
Comment by anna Tue Apr 10 19:45:37 2012
Enter my name 5 times....I finally got around to leaving you some reviews! I've asked for the book for mother's day!
Comment by Fostermamas Wed Apr 11 15:35:50 2012
Fostermamas --- Thank you so much for your kind reviews, and for spreading the word at the same time you purchased the book. Smooth! :-)
Comment by anna Wed Apr 11 16:21:05 2012

Okay! I have "liked" it on FB, wrote a post about it on FB, pre-ordered a copy, and wrote a review for Incubation Handbook on Amazon.

I have been considering pre-ordering it for my Mother-in-Law and Sister-in-law. Do extra copies ordered count?

Comment by Emily Wed Apr 11 22:04:02 2012
Hi Anna and Mark! I've liked your book on FB and Amazon. posted a referral on my FB account, and posted about it on my blog:) I thought about making a giant sign for my front yard...but alas I know I don't have time to do so LOL :D
Comment by Mama Homesteader Thu Apr 12 02:45:33 2012

Emily --- Awesome! I read and really appreciated your Incubation Handbook review --- it's folks like you who keep me writing. :-)

More copies definitely means more entries!

Mama Homesteader --- Not only did you spread the word, you made me laugh. :-) Thank you!

Comment by anna Thu Apr 12 07:45:42 2012

One very unique homestead, $1,500 per acre, the opportunity of a lifetime