get a signed copy of the new Ask a Manager book

Thinking of getting the new Ask a Manager book, Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work?

If you pre-order now, you can sign up for a free signed bookplate here. (Details are at the link, but basically you provide proof of purchase and we’ll mail you a signed bookplate.)

This offer is only available for pre-orders, so it expires on April 30 (but works if you pre-ordered before today too).

The book comes out on May 1 (two weeks from tomorrow). It tackles 200 difficult conversations you might need to have during your career, focusing especially on the awkward and cringey conversations that people dread the most – like telling your boss you made a major mistake or asking your coworker to stop dumping work on you. It’s nearly all new content.

What people are saying

“The author’s friendly, warm, no-nonsense writing is a pleasure to read, and her advice can be widely applied to relationships in all areas of readers’ lives. Ideal for anyone new to the job market or new to management, or anyone hoping to improve their work experience.”
Library Journal, (Starred) Review

“A must-read for anyone who works…[Green’s] advice boils down to the idea that you should be professional (even when others are not) and that communicating in a straightforward manner with candor and kindness will get you far, no matter where you work.”
Booklist, (Starred) Review

“I am a HUGE fan of Alison Green’s Ask a Manager column. I never miss it and always want more. This book is even better. It teaches us how to deal with many of the most vexing big and little problems in our workplaces—and to do so with grace, confidence, and a sense of humor.”
—Robert Sutton, Stanford professor and author of The No Asshole Rule and The Asshole Survival Guide

Order your copy now!

 Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Books-A-Million

IndieBound

Powell’s

Target

{ 65 comments… read them below }

      1. Detective Amy Santiago

        I pre-ordered the digital version, but I am going to order a copy of the actual book now. And I may also order one for my coworker.

  1. YB

    In the related posts section, it says one post similar to this is “my coworker self-published an X-rated book and won’t stop promoting it at work”. Is there…anything I should know about the Ask A Manager book before I order a copy for my grandma?

  2. krysb

    I totally just pre-ordered because I WANT the signed bookplate. Now I’m super-duper excited about this book!

      1. krysb

        Yes! I was going to wait until after it was released because my books-to-buy lists are out of control, but this is a game changer.

  3. Mark Monachino

    It says that a US mailing address is required – is there any way I can get the signed item shipped to Canada, even for additional shipping costs?

    1. Ask a Manager Post author

      Sadly, no. It’s U.S.-only. That’s how my publisher does it, and they’re the ones who will mail them out. I’m sorry about that! That said… if you really want one, email me privately and I will see if I can do it myself! (No promises, but I’ll look into it!)

      1. Clever Anonymous Name

        Are they personalised book plates? I’m in Canada and have a US friend visiting this summer, so could have it sent to her… but if it’s personalised, I’d want my name on it instead of hers. :)

          1. Clever Anonymous Name

            Thanks. On the plus side, I can have it sent to my friend, then she can bring it to me!

      2. JTS

        Great that your book will be out soon. I preordered the UK Kindle version so I can read at work without others knowing why I’m suddenly so knowledgeable.

  4. ScoutFinch

    I pre-ordered from my local independent bookseller. They just took my name and said they would call me when it came in.

    But I think I want to buy 2 copies for friends, so I may order 1 from Amazon as well and keep the bookplate for myself. ;-)

  5. Inadvertent Troublemaker

    This is great! Question though – I saw after I already submitted my info that they won’t be mailed until after May 29th, and I’m moving before then. Is there a way to change the address it’s going to? (or will it be coming in a plain-ish envelope that the post office will forward?)

    1. Ask a Manager Post author

      It should be forwarded since it should be in a first class envelope. (By the way, I’m not sure that it’ll definitely be post-May 29 — they’re just giving themselves up to five weeks to get them out.)

        1. Inadvertent Troublemaker

          Thank you! I’ll send you an email just to be on the safe side. Looking forward to the book!

  6. Pam

    Okay, put in the request. Now I need the virtual bookplate for my Kindle version. (Got the hard copy for my office)

    1. Justme, The OG

      My plan is to put in on my work bookshelf. Unless I decide I can’t trust my office mates.

  7. Lolli

    I can’t wait! I also want to tell you the Library Journal Review brings up a very important point. Your advice is good for all types of relationships. I have been using your calm, non defensive approach to workplace problem solving in my personal relationships too. When my husband brought up an idea of what we can do with our backyard, I brought up an issue I saw and started talking about it. He thought I was arguing with his idea and ‘putting up walls’ because I didn’t want to do it. I realized this is a pattern with us. Instead of getting into a long arguement over nothing, I said, “Oh, I’m sorry. I really like your idea. I just starting looking at the challenges and ways to address them”. Alison, we have been married 30 years and I didn’t realize that when my brain starts going 100 miles per hour, it is okay to stop and listen to him because we might be actually on the same page and not even realize it. I use your advice at work all the time too! Thank you so much for everything!!!!

    1. Maude Lebowski

      OMG this, yes, this. I have found AAM so useful in dealing with my partner, too. E.g. when he’s p1ssy about something asking, “We can do x or we can do y. How would you like to deal with this in future?” – invaluable.

      1. Flash Bristow

        This is why I enjoyed the recent podcast with Captain Awkward. There’s so much crossover, if you think about it. Perfect match. Even with the bonus content, I would have liked much more!

  8. HR Evil Uncle

    Cool! I ordered two books, one for each niece from Amazon last week. This will be an even nicer unexpected gift.

  9. Emily, admin extraordinaire

    Ordered! And I went ahead and bought the Greatest Showman bluray that was in my cart while I was at it. Oops. ;)

  10. AlmostAcademic

    Thank you for including Powell’s as a link for pre-order! They’re my favorite bookstore and I was planning on getting it through there anyways, so it’s helpful to have the link right there :-)

  11. Flash Bristow

    Hi Alison, congratulations on your upcoming book, how exciting! Does the bookplate offer extend internationally?

    Also, your review quotes refer to “(starred)” – I’m wondering if this was a placeholder and you now want to insert the number of stars, to advertise how much the critics love your book? Just a thought, otherwise it seems a bit odd!

    One more question (sorry), previously you commented that presales are great for authors. Can you outline why? I’m guessing it shows the publisher that there’s a demand, or secures you an advance based on sales – or ensures that people order while it’s fresh in their mind rather than forgetting later on?

    Congrats again and I hope it sells fantastically, not just among your loyal readers here but among the people who need to learn from it (past boss, I’m thinking of you!)

    1. Ask a Manager Post author

      Unfortunately, the bookplates are U.S. only. I’m sorry!

      A starred review is a thing that some publications do, where they’ll put a star next to some reviews to indicate that they think a book is particularly outstanding in its genre. It’s not a number of stars though. Just a single star for each book where they do it.

      Pre-sales: Here’s a good explanation about these:
      https://parnassusmusing.net/2014/08/20/whats-the-big-deal-about-pre-sales-anyway-author-tony-earley-explains/

      And thank you — I really appreciate it!

      1. Flash Bristow

        Thanks for such a detailed and helpful explanation! I’m in the UK and I’m used to seeing **** (ie, 4 stars out of 5) on reviews, so I was confused, as you saw. Today I learned!

        No worries about the US only offer, sounds like it’s out of your hands. The reason I asked is that my favourite fiction author Tess Gerritsen sent out signed bookmarks to anyone who sent an SAE. So I went to the effort of sourcing US stamps with the right postage for airmail to the UK – Tess even sent a letter about how impressed she was that I managed to do that! Anyway, that’s by the by. I was just asking in case you were sending yourself, but I totally get that it’s a promo run by your publisher. I hope you understand why I asked tho!

        I’ll shut up now! Congrats again. No need to reply.

      2. Chocoana

        I don’t live in the US but my sister does. Can I have the bookplate shipped to her even though the book order will be in my name and will be ordered in Canada? I am a huge fan and would *love* to have the bookplate.

    1. Ask a Manager Post author

      Well, you might not want a bookplate for an e-book, since there won’t be anywhere to stick the bookplate! (Normally you stick it inside the book.) But let me know if I’m wrong in what you’re asking! (And really, if you just want one anyway, I’m sure that the purchase number for the ebook would work.)

      1. Mimmy

        Ah okay…thanks for the clarification. Serves me right for not looking up what a bookplate is *insert blushing emoji*

      2. Elizabeth the Ginger

        Maybe for digital pre-orders you could post a photo of your signature and we can admire it online. ;-)

  12. Fernando Garrido

    So sad I don’t have a US mail address and have ordered the book to be delivered here in Austria.

      1. Ismis

        I will be ordering (after payday!) from Australia – same same, but different :)

        Maybe you should consider an international book signing tour!

  13. learningToCode

    I derped a bit and put in my info from my digital order (I’m on a sick day, so silly cloudy sick mind).

    I’d be cool with sticking it anywhere, though :P

  14. Katherine

    I really wish you had mentioned in the email that it was US only. I got all excited when I couldn’t find anything on that that suggested there was any kind of limit and now am extremely disappointed.

  15. Tottenham

    Looks great! Any possibility that you will also be reviewing resumes in the near future for a fee?

  16. Those Flowers Are an Institution

    Congratulations! I’ll have to check if my favorite bookstore here in the Philippines will be able to get a copy.

  17. Brett

    Is there actually a hardcover version?
    Only seeing the softcover when I do the redirects off the Random House site.

  18. ScoutFinch

    I put a pre-order in yesterday with IndieBound. Ii have not received a receipt from them yet, but they did get their money from my PayPal.

    I have a transaction number fro PayPal, but I am thinking that I need the transaction number from IndieBound. Is that correct? if so, i will email them tomorrow.

    So excited about this.

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