win a copy of the new Ask a Manager book

Want to win a copy of the new Ask a Manager book?

My publisher is giving away 25 free copies to readers of this site, and you can enter to win one here.

Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work will be published by Random House/Ballantine on May 1. It’s nearly all new content that you haven’t read here, and I’m so excited about it!

The book tackles more than 200 difficult conversations you might need to have during your career (with your boss, your coworkers, your employees, or your job interviewer) and gives you the wording to do it … focusing especially on the awkward and cringey conversations that people dread the most. If you like reading about awkward situations and getting advice and scripts for addressing them, I wrote this for you.

The giveaway ends on March 25, so enter now!

And if you don’t win a free copy — or if you do not like the tension and suspense of contests — you can pre-order your own at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Powell’s, and pretty much anywhere books are sold.

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    1. View from the top

      Yup. I just assume Alison means US-based readers when she says readers, honestly. It saves disappointment later.

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    2. Maggie

      I figure I just need to show extra initiative in order to win, even though I’m outside the US. ;)

      (Kidding of course. It’s just that that letter before this one… @@ ;) )

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    1. Harper

      It deleted my smiley which makes my comment sound grumpy! Don’t worry, I know it’s hard to run international giveaways.

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    2. I Coulda Been a Lawyer ;)

      If it makes you feel better, please know that 99.9% of Americans love Canadians. And the ones who don’t are just wrong.

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  1. jenniferthebillionth

    I’m so glad that this is a regular contest with a drawing! I’m not fond of the contests where they want you to explain why you deserve to win. Sometimes I’m just a private person.

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      1. LeRainDrop

        I already pre-ordered the Kindle version, too, but entered the sweepstakes anyway. A signed bookplate would be awesome!

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    1. Florida

      That’s a great idea. I ordered a copy but I might tell my library about it too. The world would be a better place if more job applicants and employees had this kind of advice.

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  2. WellRed

    I am going to put in a plug for remembering your local independent bookstores as well. As Alison says, pretty much anywhere books are sold. I am ordering a copy for myself and two for friends.

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    1. ScoutFinch

      +1 I am going to buy a paper copy because:
      a. I am grateful that I have the resources at this time – it has not always been that way
      b. I want to support Alison & her labors
      c. I want to support my local bookstore

      I hope some folks win who otherwise would not be able to fit it in the budget. Been there. Sending good juju to those folks, hoping for better times.

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  3. k.k

    I’m glad the release date is just in time for graduation season! Now I have a go-to gift; this is perfect for someone about to enter the workforce.

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  4. Amity

    Alison, does your supervisor know you worked on this during work hours? I’m torn on whether or not I should let the higher-ups know….

    Sorry, this reminded me of that thread and I couldn’t resist. Congrats on publishing! I can’t wait to read it!

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    1. NDC

      I find it hilarious that one of the links at the bottom is to the question about the coworker who is peddling their X-rated book at work :D

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  5. alison

    “You may also like:
    My coworker self-published an X-rated book and won’t stop promoting it at work.”

    lol

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  6. NewBoss2016

    I vaguely remember pre-ordering the book, but I can’t for the life of me remember what bookstore I used. I just moved, so I am hoping it ships USPS so it will be auto-forwarded to my new house! If not, my house’s new owner is going to have an awesome new book!

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      1. NewBoss2016

        I looked all through my email(s), and I couldn’t see anything. I didn’t think about my bank statement! Whoops. Thanks for the good suggestion.

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  7. Belle

    Is it one entry per person or can you enter once every day?

    Can you tell I am really hopeful of winning…

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  8. GRA

    “or if you do not like the tension and suspense of contests”

    This is why I love this site so much. You get us, Alison.

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  9. LG

    Yay! I have requested that my library order it but this would be even better! I’d love to read it and then be able to loan it out. I am so excited about your book and hope it does really well. (I’m on a budget or I’d pre-order it myself!)

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  10. Can’t remember my name

    I’m getting ready to retire at the end of this year, but I am going to buy a copy and leave it in the lunchroom for all my younger colleagues. I have benefitted in the past from free advice from Alison and it’s time to how my appreciation by spending money and sharing!

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  11. Laura in NJ

    I think I’m going to skip this; it seems more inclined for people lucky enough to have a job and won’t have anything for those of us still struggling to get an interview.

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    1. Ask a Manager Post author

      Actually, there’s a whole section on talking to your interviewer! (The book is divided into four sections — talking to your boss, talking to your coworkers, talking to your employees, and talking to your interviewer).

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