8 Crazy Nights of Freebies & Bargains for Freelance Writers

Carol Tice

8 Crazy Nights of Freebies & Bargains for Freelance Writers - Makealivingwriting.comNo matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, I’m here to make it a festive season for you.

Since I celebrate Hanukkah — which this year, starts tonight — I’ve decide to create my own online festival of light for writers, by bringing you a series of free offers and super-cheap discount deals. There will be a different offer each day!

Hanukkah is a festival of light and miracles…of the freedom to worship as you choose, a theme that’s more relevant than ever this year. Of believing you can banish the darkness, even when all seems hopeless. I’m hoping to enlighten some writers and bring them some serious help over next 8 days. Because when you’re able to get free help and go from earning peanuts to earning real money…it truly is like a miracle. Right?

While I’m announcing this 8 Crazy Nights extravaganza here on a blog post, if you’re not a subscriber to this blog, you won’t see most of the rest of these offers including some of my best-ever bargains for freelance writers. They’ll only be going out on email. So if you’re not a subscriber, you might want to sign up now.

Ready? Let’s get rolling…

Night 1: Starting Small

In my family, small gifts traditionally came first during this holiday, so I’m starting with one small free offer today.

Here it is: The first 18 commenters on this post will receive a free, 1-month pass to Freelance Writers Den (a $25 value).

(Note: If you’re already a Den member, this isn’t the freebie offer for you — stay tuned for more goodies!)

If you’ve always wanted a peek behind the curtain inside my exclusive membership community, here is your chance to head on in. Take a bootcamp, grab a sample contract, or ask a question on the forums.

How will it work? I’ll round up the first 18 emails from the comments below and forward them over to my tech team. They’ll be in touch with your Den access info.

If you’re busy this holiday season, no worries — your 1-month pass actually activates on the day you decide to use it and log in. Then, you’ve got 30 days to explore our resources, which include 300+ pieces of audio/video/contracts/scripts/templates/price guides and more.

When 18 comments have posted below, you can assume the free tickets are gone. I’ll post a comment and confirm that, too, when it happens.

That isn’t all the free stuff that’s included in my 8-day celebration, either. It’s just the beginning. Got a couple other offers to tell you about, too…

Free live coaching call + replay

Yes, this Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 11 Pacific / 2 Eastern, I’ll be taking any and all questions about how to earn well as a freelance writer in a live event — absolutely free. And I’ll be sending out the recording to my subscribers at the end of this festival of giving, next Sunday.

Participation info and that replay link are *only* going out via email to my blog subscribers…so subscribe to attend. (And if you’re already a subscriber, check your email — already sent you the details.)

Note: Nothing is for sale on this call. There is no hidden agenda I’m going to spring on you. Just a full hour of practical tips and coaching to say ‘thank you’ to my awesome subscribers.

Essay contest on Facebook

Would you like to win a bundle of all my offers during this 8-day season of giving? Then bring your best 200-word max, uplifting, enlightening essay to the Make a Living Writing Facebook page and post it on the “Contest: Bring Us Light” thread.

This contest will be running all week, until the last night of Hanukkah, on Sunday, Dec. 13. I’ll declare a winner at 5 p.m. Pacific time (so I can head off and light my menorah!).

To enter, post your essay, like the page, and share the post with your Facebook friends. Yes, likes for your essay *will* be a judging factor, so spread the word once you’ve posted! Full instructions and details on the prizes (including $350 worth of goodies for the grand prize winner!) are on the post over on Facebook.

I’m hoping we’ll get a stellar set of uplifting mini-essays in this contest and spread a lot of holiday-season light and joy. Post a success story, a confidence-builder, an inspiration you recently found. I can’t wait to read your entry!

How are you bringing light to this holiday season? Tell us in the comments below — and win a free month in Freelance Writers Den. (And remember to subscribe to get in on all 8 days of special deals and freebies.)

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  1. Cheryll Holley

    Thank you for the offer What a great idea during this holiday season! Happy Hanukkah!

  2. Tracy Bowens

    What a great off. Thank you. Happy Holidays!

  3. Mandy Lovelock

    What a fantastic offer- Happy Holidays to you too!

  4. Jeri H

    Thank you so much for your generosity! Learning is a gift we can all share.

  5. Yolanda Joy

    A great offer – if this is “small”, I’m looking forward to the next 7 days!

    • Carol Tice

      Well, there are only 18 tickets to this one…all the rest of the offers will be for EVERYBODY. 😉

      • Yolanda Joy

        Ah, that explains it! Love the excitement you’re creating over the holiday season… and can’t wait to join you in the Den 🙂

  6. Harriet Cooper

    Happy Hanukkah. I like how you took the concept of light and adapted it to writing. I don’t know about you, but I looked forward to potato latkes tonight.

    • Carol Tice


      • Harriet Cooper

        Really have to check my typing before I hit Send. I look forward …. big sigh.

        • Carol Tice

          Remember, you’re covered by my Universal Comment Typo Insurance policy! We know where you were going with that, no need to apologize or correct. 😉

  7. Ann

    Chanukah Sameach Carol to you and your family.
    What a great way to start a week of lights.

    • Carol Tice

      Back at ya!

  8. Scott

    Thanks for the offer, this cheered up my day seeing you talk about Hanukkah.

  9. Tracy

    I have always wondered about the den but can’t afford to spend money much. Happy Hanukkah.

  10. Anthony

    Happy Hanukkah Carol!

    • Carol Tice

      Thanks, Anthony. 😉

  11. Amanda

    Always wondered about the den too. Thanks and happy Hanukkah!

  12. Tina Cromwell

    Happy Hanukkah. Thank you for all the wonderful gifts.

  13. Munender Singh

    Wow! This can’t be ignored. This is the best offer I got in 2015.

    Wonder what are the other gifts in Santa bag this year.


  14. Jane Fazackarley

    Thank you for making these special offers available and for all of the sound advice you give.

  15. Abdul Jawula

    This is awesome. Thanks for creating the 8 nights of offers and freebies.

  16. Jan

    Great way to sample the den!

  17. Daniel Mullan

    Have a great Hanukkah holidays, Carol. I’m looking forward to seeing inside the Freelance Writers Den.

  18. Michael Wilts

    Always fun see what goes on behind the curtain. These resources should come in handy. Thanks for making these available! Cheers!

    • Carol Tice

      And…I think this is 18, and everyone above here is in. I need to check a couple names above and make sure they’re not ALREADY Den members and ineligible, but everyone above this mark is definitely in! Back shortly with a final verdict.

  19. Theresa Hamilton

    I am always encouraged by your posts. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us, Carol!

  20. Alicia


    As someone who walked away from her religion years ago, I often forget how powerful traditions are – and how important it is to remember the core meaning they convey. Light and hope in darkness, the element of something bigger and better than our current situation. Thank you for expressing these sentiments and sharing the gifts. Have a wonderful Hanukkah.

    • Carol Tice

      Thanks, Alicia! I feel like this winter, it’s been such a dark time — terrorism and random mass shootings. We need to turn toward hope, and light. I’m so excited about this week! Lot of planning went into it, and I hope people enjoy. Can’t wait to see what’s going on over on Facebook with the essay contest!

  21. Anthony Dejolde

    Great treat! Thanks, Carol!

  22. Maria Palmer

    Would love to take a free seasonal peek inside the Freelance Writers Den

  23. Lek

    Did I make it? 🙂 Yes I did. Yippee!!!

    • Carol Tice

      Lek, by my count you’re #23…sorry you didn’t make the first 18!

      But the good news is, anyone who’s interested should join the Den waiting list NOW. We will likely have at least one day of new-member opening before the end of the year, but I’ll only tell that list. Go to http://freelancewritersden.com and make sure you’re on there!

  24. Ken Felsher

    Happy Chanukah Carol! What a wonderful reminder that there is good in the world during difficult times. Counting down the hours until the first candle and latkes.

  25. Wendy Arleen

    Thank you. As always, you have the most useful information and have helped me keep the faith.

  26. Vanessa

    What a great opportunity to check out the Freelance Writers Den! Thank you!

  27. Olga

    Am I too late ?

  28. Nicole

    I know we’ve passed 18 but I just wanted to say that this is really very kind and thoughtful of you. As a single mom with 4 kids, I struggle during holiday season. It is nice to see someone giving and truly celebrating what these holidays are about. Thanks for bringing some light to my day. =)

  29. Teresa Kuhl

    Carol, like everyone, I love your stuff! However, I am going out on a limb here, but I haven’t seen you post the limit. You also asked what are we doing to bring light to the holidays? I just had to share- After months of not bringing in any income, I had a really nice $500 gig this week- so I will be helping, well, keep the lights on! Just paid the electric bill!!

    • Carol Tice

      Consider entering the essay contest over on my Facebook page and sharing your story, Teresa! Giving away a TON of prizes in that.

  30. Rohi Shetty

    Happy Hanukkah, Carol. Thanks for all the contests.

  31. CK Luther

    Outstanding as usual. Happy Hanukkah

  32. Pat Miller

    Happy Hanukkah, Carol. Thanks for all the gifts.

  33. Wayne Drury

    Not to be a stick in the mud, it appears the folks on the East Coast had a 3 hour advantage. Already a posting at 9:05 am, and it is only 8:15 here on the West Coast. I will sulk for a few minutes, but get over it (ha). Always great information Carol and Happy Hanukkah.

    Onward and upwards, never accepting those low ball jobs is the only way to make a reasonable living writing.

    Best wishes from north of the Border in Vancouver.


    • Carol Tice

      I DID warn subscribers on email yesterday that this contest was going to go out early. 😉 And don’t worry, lots more goodies to come!

  34. Laura Yeager

    love your generosity. hope I win a free month of writers’ den.

    • Carol Tice

      You’re out of the first 18 posts…but see my note above about our Den opening coming up.

  35. Kevin Preis

    Thanks, and have a happy Hanukkah!

  36. David Nist

    Love everything you do for writers. I saw yoye offer early, but was singing for the Christmas concert at church… Couldn’t respond!

  37. jean compton

    Yay! Hope it’s not too late!

    • Carol Tice

      See my note above…the first 18 went quick! But many more free and ridiculously affordable offers are coming in the next 7 days. 😉 And the Den will be open for new members at some point this month…be on the waiting list.

  38. Sharon

    Hi, I’m new to the site, but excited to check everything out and see if I catch any great deals. Chanukah sameach!

    • Carol Tice

      Be sure to subscribe, Sharon — many deals such as the participation info for the free coaching are only going out on email. 😉

  39. Bluma Schur

    Thanx again, for offering a wealth of information to your subscribers!
    Happy Chanukah!

  40. Barb

    Don’t know if I made the cut, but I appreciate your blog and would live to see the den. Happy holidays!

    • Carol Tice

      Barb, see above — the 18 free passes are gone, sorry! But MANY more giveaways, insane deals and freebies are coming in the next week. Feel free to come over to Facebook and do the essay contest!

  41. Williesha

    Happy Hanukkah! I won’t be available to celebrate the entire week, but this is a really awesome idea and a fabulous way to boost your email list and Facebook engagement. I love it.

    • Carol Tice

      Thanks Willi!

  42. Peggy

    Happy Hanukkah. Hope you have a blessed holiday. This is a very generous act on your part. Unfortunately, I was not one of the 18, but I imagine you will have other great gifts to bestow.

    • Carol Tice

      I DEFINITELY do! 😉

  43. Darla

    I’m so excited about this! Thank you Carol, Happy Holidays!

  44. Gynger Fyer

    I would love to have the free membership!

    • Gynger Fyer

      Nevermind I see that it’s gone thanks anyway

      • Carol Tice

        No problem — the good news is it is just $25 a month for a whole 30 days of access to the site and all its trainings and community support. If you’re interested get on the waiting list as we WILL have an open day sometime later this month.

  45. Jenn

    Hi Carol – I clicked on the link in your email today (for the $8.88 deal) and saw two error messages:

    “This recipient does not accept payments denominated in USD. Please contact the seller and ask him to update his payment receiving preferences to accept this currency.”

    “At this time, we are unable to process your request. Please return to and try another option.”

    Can you please help? Thanks!

    • Carol Tice

      Hopefully by now, you got the resent, working link in the second email!

  46. Larry Elkan

    Any chance you are counting to 18 in groups of 4? lol

  47. KWS Adams

    Thank you for sharing. I love freebies :), and couldn’t fail to thank you for sharing this great one..

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