Reminder – final day to win a free book publishing deal from FastPencil

Today is the last day to enter our contest to win a free book publishing deal from FastPencil. Winners will receive their first printed book, a free ebook and free shipping. All you need to do, is click here and leave a comment telling us what you’ll name your first book. It’s that simple.

The contest runs till 5pm EST today, so if you have not yet entered, hurry up!

FastPencil is an online service that lets you completely self-publish your books. You create your book on their site (or import it from a blog), then you can design it, publish it as a printed book or ebook, and even start selling it on Amazon or one of several other retail sites.

Gadling giveaway – publish your first book with FastPencil

Earlier today, I introduced you to FastPencil, a new way for budding authors to turn their stories into real books and ebooks.

If you have the inspiration to become a writer, or if you’d just like an affordable way to create your very first book, then pay attention! Gadling and FastPencil are offering you the chance to win a free printed book, free eBook and free shipping. With this prize, you can write your own book in the FastPencil system (or even import blog work or other content) and be the first person to order your own book.

All you have to do in order to win one of these prizes, is leave a comment with what you’d name your first book.


  • To enter, leave a comment in the section below telling us what you’d name your first book.
  • The comment must be left before Thursday, January 21st 2010 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
  • Approximate retail value: $40
  • Fifteen winners will be selected in a random drawing to receive a coupon code for one free book, one free eBook and free shipping & handling.
  • Winners will be notified by email.
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • Click HERE for complete Official Rules.

Share your travel stories with the world — publish your own book with FastPencil

Until recently, travel writers had just a few options if they wanted to share their stories with the world – you could blog about it, set up an email list, or try and write your own ebook with hopes of selling it on sites like eBay.

Online publishing house FastPencil has entered the scene with a new lineup of services that can turn you from online blogger into book or ebook publisher. With FastPencil, you can write and physically publish a book. The service takes care of every possible step – from writing tips, to the actual printing and distribution process. Best of all, they can help turn your writing hobby into a profit. Prices are very reasonable, and start at just $4.28 for a 100 page book.

Once you have written and designed your book, you can select a price (depending on the profit margin you want), then you sit back and let FastPencil do the rest. Your book can be purchased in the FastPencil Marketplace, or (for a fee), you can have your masterpiece distributed to Amazon, Barnes & Noble and thousands of other retail partners. You can even have FastPencil take care of an requesting an ISBN number for your book.

The obvious advantage of FastPencil is that you don’t need to find a publisher for your work – by publishing your own book, you can make a name for yourself, and with a little bit of luck, you’ll start selling your first book, and make money off it.

Later today we’ll post a contest where you’ll have a chance at winning a free copy of your first book and ebook!