Two weeks from today, The Profession goes on sale. We were thinking about having a contest with prizes to celebrate, but we decided that was much too complicated. So instead we’re giving away stuff without a contest.

An Un-Contest

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The two grand prizes—attorneys, take note: they’re not really “prizes”—are a Nook (WiFi) and a Kindle (WiFi), both to be loaded with the Random House Pressfield library: The Profession, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, The Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign and Killing Rommel.

Then we’ll throw in six signed first editions of The Profession to a lucky half dozen plucked from those who don’t get the Kindle or Nook. This is all as a thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered or simply stuck with the blog throughout the buildup to publication—and to every friend who has blogged or tweeted or Facebooked or just told their brother-in-law about this new book.

Enter your name and contact information before midnight this Friday, EST. We’ll keep this simple. I’ll assemble a list of the names, blindfold myself and pick eight at random, then announce the winners next Wednesday on the blog. I’ll contact the winners for their mailing addresses. The Kindle and Nook winners will get their e-readers by mail and their book downloads by e-mail (the Nook winner will get an eBook gift certificate from Barnes & Noble).

I’ll send the signed first editions myself. I’d give more but I’m the one who has to pack them and schlep them to the post office, so half a dozen will have to be enough. Any more would become Resistance.

Buy The Profession!

  • What a great opportunity… just finished Killing Rommel and looking forward to The Profession.

    Thanks for the un-contest!

  • John

    Hey Mr. Pressfield,

    You need to get down here to Ft. Campbell KY and visit a bunch of Screaming Eagles who think the world of you. In Afghanistan Your books were passed amongst my squad and helped tremendously with moral and to instill and even greater fighting spirit in all of us.
    You have spent enough time with the Leather Necks. Come give the grunts a try lol

    Soldier In Afghanistan

    • Kristin Kline

      I have been collecting Screaming Eagles military antiques for years…nice to finally meet one. 🙂

  • You have all been so generous already — but I can’t pass up the opportunity. I’m tossing my name in the helmet. Thanks yet again!

  • David Strom

    Very cool. Looking forward to a great book! Thanks for the un contest.

  • Hi Steven .. great idea and wonderful array of prizes .. so in advance congratulations who wins this fantastic set and the goodies to read them on.

    Appreciate the opportunity .. cheers Hilary

  • Loni McIntosh

    Thank you! Can’t wait to read it!!

  • What a great thing to do. I love your writing and am grateful for this chance to participate here. Thanks for all you do.

  • What perfect timing for The Profession. I read “Gates of Fire” while researching a novel I wrote (not yet published) about two brothers, one a SEAL and the other a private military contractor working for CIA. “Gates” is required reading in those communities, and I’m sure this next book will resonate too. Keep it up! “Do the Work” arrived at a perfect time for me as I press ahead with a sequel. Thanks.

  • Amazing give-aways.

  • Roger

    Too stinking cool. I keep putting off buying an e-reader hoping to win one some day. 🙂

  • I’ve been hoping to get an ereader for a long time. Thanks for giving us a chance!

  • Steven,
    Thanks for your great insight. The contest is awesome and I like the idea of the “un-contest.” Seriously, your material has severely challenged my thinking. Thank you!

  • Wow. So glad I get your posts in my inbox. LOL Please count me in!

  • I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
    Which is actually making it difficult to type!

  • JT Ellison

    You’re an easy person to support, Steven. You’re one of the most giving writers I’ve ever seen. Can not wait for The Profession. Blessings!

  • I love un-contests! 🙂 Your blog is wonderful, so helpful…

  • skip

    Best Wishes for a successful launch for “The Profession” !!!………..S/F…….sr

  • Sonja Eaton

    I am a huge fan! And appreciate all that you do, especially your Writing Wednesdays! Count me in.

  • Amy Dendy

    Thanks 4 the opportunity to access an ereader

  • wow, thank you! that’s very generous! i can’t wait to read the profession.

  • JB Kohl

    This is an awesome un-contest! An e-reader with books to boot. SWEET!

  • Steve Lovelace

    I like the idea of giving stuff away, especially ever since I read Seth Godin’s Linchpin. This was my first exposure to the idea of a “gift economy”. I like the idea of wealth, true wealth, being a measure of what you can give away, not what you can hoard. I recently came to accept such altruism recently, when my laptop was stolen from my hands as I wrote on the patio of my local Starbucks. I couldn’t afford another computer, but I had a friend who evidently had several laptops to spare. He hooked me up with a new laptop that was nicer than my stolen one. It was hard to accept the gift at first. I felt like a welfare case. But eventually I took it. Now I use it everyday, and I’m always seeking to give back to other people, even if I don’t have the financial resources to be as generous as I’d like.

  • Generous! Thank you!

  • Steven Pubins

    Resistance got me. I read your blog and put my name in the hat. Now, back to work!

  • Janice

    thank you for this opportunity. Looking forward to the book and maybe the win! Enjoy your day.

  • Jeanne

    What a lovely thing to do – an uncontest with unprizes.

  • Karilee Joseph

    Perfect ! A giveaway my Soldier husband and I could both enjoy ! Thanks so much !

  • LuAnn

    Hoping to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • laurie blum

    What wonderful book choices and awesome prizes to win!

  • Jennifer McGaha

    This is a great un-contest with Father’s Day just around the corner and all <3 Thank you for this!

  • Jennifer

    Perfect, I have been dreaming of sitting poolside reading some good books.

  • Amazing! Thanks for the chance at these great ‘prizes’ that are not prizes!

  • cathi carpenter

    I’m in Roger’s mindset too! I keep putting off buying or putting it on my “wish list” of things…. sigh! Hope I win…. 🙂

  • thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Katie A.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Ruthie B

    what a great contest…thanks for the chance!

  • Desiree

    Thanks! Love the uncontest!

  • Lillian Lane

    I love contests, so I love uncontests, too. My fingers are crossed.

  • Claudette

    Wonderful idea. Books and readers-hope I win one.

  • Nancy Foulke

    Would love to win one of these!

  • Michelle C

    Wow! What an awesome un-contest! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Elizabeth

    Thank for the giveaway!

  • Hi Steven

    I love everything you do, and I can’t resist putting my name in the pot as well.

    Thanks for sharing!


  • Jim

    Thanks for the new book can’t wait.

  • Thanks for this great opportunity. If I win, I can loan all my hard copies o your books to friends now…

  • Mememememememe!

    Pick ME!

  • Awesome! You’re an inspiring guy, Steven. Thanks for this. 🙂

  • Terrific, for me the value is in your back catalogue. I dropped Gates of Fire in the bath the other night 🙁 it was well worn. Can’t imagine the Nook drying out nicely on the radiator 😉

  • Athena Murphy

    I have listened to “Do the Work” every morning since I got the book about a month ago.

    Between DtW and “War of Art” Stephen Pressfield has finally accomplished what no one else on earth could do… making me into a real adult!

    Thank you so much for everything your writing contributes to my life and work on a daily basis. And that’s whether I win the freebies or not!

  • Amanda

    I would love to have one of these, I read so much that we’re running out of space to keep books! Great giveaway, thanks for doing it.