get your signed copy of the new Ask a Manager book now

There’s just one week left to get a signed copy of 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.

The book comes out on May 1, one week from today. Some things you’ll find in the book, which is nearly all new content:

  • Principles for speaking up effectively at work in general
  • How to frame your concerns to your boss so that you get taken seriously
  • Ways to get what you want from coworkers
  • How to talk to employees when you’re the boss
  • Times when you shouldn’t speak up
  • Loads and loads of specific suggestions for a whole range of situations you might find yourself in, from how to handle a coworker who isn’t pulling her weight to what to say when you totally flubbed an interview

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!


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{ 27 comments… read them below }

  1. mwl*

    Clicked the link to learn that the offer is for United States only – which isn’t a surprise, but still disappointing.

  2. Cafe au Lait*

    I requested that my library purchase a copy. Hopefully we can get you into the hands of impressionable college students now and head off that stream of clueless applicants who have received bad advice from the career counseling office.

  3. LBK*

    The confirmation message for the signing sign-up says packages will be sent after 5/29 – I assume that is the correct date and it’s delayed because you need time to sign/send everything? But just wanted to call attention to it if that’s supposed to say 4/29, given that the book is released on 5/1.

    1. Ask a Manager* Post author

      Nope, that’s right — they’ll need to mail me the bookplates next week, I’ll need time to sign them and send them back, and then they’ll need to send them out.

  4. Anon for Book Review*

    I was a lucky winner of an advanced copy. I do hope library’s and career services centers purchase copies.

    I am about 1/4 of the way. So far it is great advice wrapped in Alison’s genuine humor – and hits the all to familiar growing pains of my 20+ years in America’s workforce.

  5. KR*

    I pre-ordered an copy off Amazon and a bookplate. I’m really excited to read it and honestly Alison I’m really happy to be able to support you and what you do here. I have learned so much from you and from the community here (and I’ve also received a lot of support from the open threads and I’m so grateful) and anything to help keep that going is worth it.

    1. Michelle*

      Ditto. Pre-ordered from Amazon and entered for a bookplate the first time it was offered. Alison’s advice has saved me a thousand headaches. Being able to ask or tell people directly what I want instead of tiptoeing around it, and realizing this is way working adults should act, has helped me so much. Thanks for everything, Alison!

  6. DataQueen*

    Had to scroll all the way back to November in my Amazon orders (and the way I amazon, that’s a LOT of pages) to find my pre-order. So excited! Happen to be out of town for the month of May, so i’ll miss the appearances, but maybe i’ll road trip to another city when the dates are posted.

    p.s. I was just typing this when my employee came into my office and started to back out slowly because I was on AAM – she knows if she comes in when I’m reading a particularly juicy letter, she’s going to have to sit through a dramatic reading of it! Yesterday, I got through almost the entire comment section from the letter about “exposing the horrible interviewer that actually wasn’t that bad” before she politely excused herself.

  7. Sarah in Boston*

    I pre-ordered the audio version and although I’m not sure where I’m going to put it, that is an acceptable bookplate pre-order (if anyone was wondering).

  8. LadyProg*

    Nooooo it’s a US only thing :'(
    I’m in Canada, pre-ordered right as it was announced!!

  9. Joe*

    Hey Alison, I’ve been meaning to post this on one of the free-for-all threads, and keep forgetting, and since you’ve got links to buy books here, this seems like an appropriate place for this suggestion: When you post links to books on Amazon, would you consider linking to instead of This gets the same Amazon site, except that a small percentage of every sale of qualified items (which is most of their inventory) goes to a charity of your (the purchaser’s) choice. A lot of people don’t know about this, and it’s a great way to raise a little bit of money for charity without having to expend significant effort to do so.

  10. Mango Baum*

    I got an email yesterday to say my copy is on its way from the UK :D (Australia)
    Now I’m impatiently waiting 8 to 12 days…

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