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Blue Bike: the official pre-ordering & giveaway awesomeness

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by Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

Alright guys… this is it. It’s officially less than a month until Notes From a Blue Bike is released into the world and available for your bookshelves. And? That makes me giddy and nervous and humbled as all get out.

It’s pretty commonplace to see book launches on the Internet these days—it seems like there’s a blogger every week announcing their new paper-made baby released into the wild. And I’ve seen these launches happen a bajillion ways, so I know one thing I want to make sure and avoid… and that’s talking you into the ground about The Book.

It’s kinda funny sometimes, because you guys are really the reason this book can even happen. Seriously. I mean, the book industry today wants to make sure an author has an audience that’ll potentially buy the book, and well? You guys are the audience.

So I don’t take it even a little bit lightly that you guys make this blog and this upcoming book what it is. THANK YOU. And so the last way I’d want to say thanks is to hit you with the firehose of all the crazy—the book tour, the promotional efforts, the what-not. I mean, they have to happen, sure. But at the end of the day, I’m still the same girl, making soup for dinner and teaching the times tables to my nine-year-old. That’ll be me who you see on the tour as my family and I trek up the coasts. I’m very much a goofy, regular girl at the end of the day.

Notes From a Blue Bike, by Tsh OxenreiderBut I really am passionate, passionate about encouraging people that they can live counter-culture. If the words in Blue Bike about my own journey help a few people slow down in a culture that’s compulsively going 100 mph? And then another? And another? Well, the culture may very well change. How cool would that be? Amazing.

And so because I’ve been given this gift, I want to share it with you guys, and with anyone else you might find it a blessing. I’ll do what I can to make sure what I share is relevant, useful, and ultimately, not just about me and The Book.

Which thrills me to share two things about the book’s release: gifts to you for pre-ordering, and fun giveaways! Seriously—my publisher, Thomas Nelson, is going above and beyond to thank you guys for pre-ordering.

Fun freebies for pre-ordering Notes From a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

Pre-ordering

If you order the book before it releases on February 4, 2014, my publisher wants to gift you these things:

Buy one copy and you’ll receive:

A brand new e-book I’ve written called 20 Things I’d Tell My 20-Something Self.  I’ve written this solely for this offer, so you’re the only ones who will get it!

• My e-book, One Bite At a Time: 52 Projects To Making Life Simpler. Broken down into manageable chunks, this book provides steps, tips, links, and motivation to slow down and simplify. Welcome to sanity.

• A downloadable list of extra resources on each topic of the book. These will help you slow down a bit and live life with more intention.

A collection of sharable, printable, and framable quotes from the book.

Buy 5+ copies:

• All of the above, plus…

Free graphics of art in the book—whether you print them, pin them, share them with friends, or do something creative, all of the graphics from the book will be yours. I’d love to see what you do with them! Guys, they’re gorgeous.

Free Blue Bike poster featuring a quote from the book, great for hanging prominently as a reminder to slow down and enjoy the ride.

Buy 8+ copies:

• All of above, plus…

A bicycle necklace from my friend Lisa Leonard (available to the first 100 who respond!). Because who doesn’t love a new Lisa Leonard necklace?

Enjoy The Ride necklace by Lisa Leonard

The book includes a boatload of discussion questions, perfect for a Book Club! So now’s a great time to order in bulk, while these freebies are available. You can order in bulk, then have your Book Club buddies pay you back.

So, here’s what you need to do:

1. Pre-order a copy of Notes from the Blue Bike. You can order it right now from any of your favorite retailers—head here to order it on Amazon, here on Barnes & Noble, here on Book Depository, or anywhere else you love.

2. Forward a copy of your receipt to notesfromabluebike@gmail.com. (You must forward your receipt by February 18).

3. Once your purchase is confirmed, all of the digital content will be available to you within a few weeks. Posters and necklaces will be shipped within 4-6 weeks.

Isn’t that so awesome of them? I’m just in awe.

Giveaways

Guys, Thomas Nelson is also doing some seriously fun giveaways to celebrate Blue Bike‘s release. Like, I-wish-I-could-enter-them fun. They’ll have one per week for the next few weeks, so head over to the book’s website and enter this week’s!

Blue Bike is divided in to five categories—food, work, education, travel, and entertainment. Perfect for five different giveaways, right? And since this week they’re celebrating food, look what they’re giving away today:

kitchenaid mixer

For real. Get over there and enter!

Okay, I’ve officially overwhelmed you with info on this post. Any questions you might have? Any thoughts? Wanna just share what you’re watching these days? (Me: Downton. Except what is UP with last Sunday’s episode?!)

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  1. avatar
    Marianne Campbell says:

    I REALLY think we would all love to see a picture or video of you riding a blue bike :-) It just seems right.

  2. Tsh, I’m so excited for you! I ordered your book way back in September and I’m counting the days until it arrives at my doorstep. Thanks so much for sharing your heart with us.

  3. Wonderful, beautiful book trailer. I can’t wait to read your new book!

  4. Congrats, Tsh!! Excited for you and looking forward to reading it!

  5. Just ordered :). I’m excited!! Can it… come out tomorrow instead?

    Oh Downton. I don’t want to spoil for anyone… so let’s just say… Oh, Downton. I feel for… some of you.

  6. Those are some serious fabulous giveaways. I mean, THAT NECKLACE. *swoon*

    And re: Downton. (Since you asked….) WHAT was Julian Fellowes thinking?! Cruel and unusual, to the characters AND the viewers.

    • Exactly. And where is this plot line going to go? I can see it only going downhill, to be honest – if it’s going to be culturally accurate, that is. Gah.

  7. Congratulations on your beautiful book, Tsh! It looks interesting and I will probably order it, since I’ve bought your previous two books and really enjoyed them. Additionally, I want to say that I love that you’re at least aware of the idea of “The Book” that blog readers are constantly, constantly inundated with. You clearly understand that blog readers love to read blogs, but hate the endless promotion about books. (Goodness, if I see one more Book Blog Tour spread across twelve different blogs, I think I might scream and just stop reading each of these blogs altogether!) So I think it’s particularly awesome that you’re aware of what a huge turn-off that is and how played-out that is getting across the blogosphere. Kudos to you! That said, I understand that leaves in a tricky place: you need to find another path to advertise effectively and get creative about promoting your book, and I can appreciate how difficult a task that must be. At the same time, though, I’m not sure how I feel about getting posters and necklaces and downloads in exchange for pre-ordering a book. My gut-level reaction is that it feels very manipulative, like you are trying to buy readers and positive amazon reviews. It makes me question whether people’s reviews will be genuine and for me, it just really clouds things. Shouldn’t a good book be able to stand on its own and just be a simple book, for the taking or the leaving? Doesn’t the idea that consumers need more than “just” a simple book to entertain or satisfy them go against everything The Art of Simple and your other work promotes? (I thought we were the ones who are trying to make do and find peace and joy with Simple, with Less?) Again, this isn’t an attack, because I’m truly trying to decide how I might handle all this myself, if I was the one trying to promote a book creatively and trying to please a publisher. It must be really, really hard to navigate. But at the same, this approach of essentially “bribing” would-be readers (a tactic I personally haven’t seen done anywhere else yet, that I’m aware of) gives me pause. I guess, all this to say: you would have had me with the book alone, Tsh. Now I’m not so sure. I’m going to hang in there with you and keep reading The Art of Simple for now, but, like I said, this all gives me pause. Best of luck to you, though! Truly.

    • Gah! So many typos. Sorry about that!

    • Thanks for your thoughts, Emily; I really appreciate them. Truly. And please know that any thoughts you’re having? I’ve almost certainly had them, too. Every one of them.

      First off, to clarify – this sort of pre-ordering incentive happens everywhere. I’ve seen at least half a dozen books in the past six months or so go this route, so I think it’s becoming more and more common.

      Another thing here to emphasize – no one has to get these freebies. These are simply fun things you can choose to get as a thank you for pre-ordering and supporting the book. Whether we like it, pre-ordering is pretty important in today’s book industry, for several reasons, and so it’s just a way Thomas Nelson is saying “thank you” for doing so. They won’t be available after February 4.

      And when we initially talked about it, I was insistent that the freebies be genuinely useful and/or beautiful—one of the mantras of this blog (don’t have anything in your life/home that isn’t beautiful or useful). These are simply a few pieces of art for your walls, if you want (they’re from the book), two ebooks, and a necklace. That’s it.

      I can understand how it might look manipulative, but from my end of things, I assure you it’s not. It’s just a fun way to bless readers, to say thank you. I’m not asking for reviews. Just fun freebies when you order before the release, that’s all.

      Let me know if you have any questions or more thoughts, Emily! I appreciate it. :)

      • Thanks for responding, Tsh! I appreciate your addressing my concerns. I’m not convinced that just because a practice is “becoming more and more common” necessarily means it’s a GOOD practice (after all, isn’t Blue Bike all about going AGAINST the grain?!), but again, I do understand that writers and publishers need to get creative to sell their books these days. And of course, I definitely want to see books such as yours do well, since you’re a writer whose work I appreciate and care about! (It’s also worth considering that perhaps my frustration has more to do with the fact that THIS is what the publishing industry has come to. I think to myself, “Really? Now we’re gifting people in exchange for pre-ordering a book?” As an avid book buyer and reader, I guess some days I’m just sad about the state of the publishing industry, know what I mean?) At any rate, I do appreciate your explanation, and I can recognize the effort you took to at least make the pre-order gifts “useful and beautiful” (though I struggle to see the relevance of the Kitchen Aid mixer you’re giving away this week on the book site).

        Anyway, I hope my feedback isn’t coming across as hurtful or rude, because that certainly isn’t my intention! Mostly, I’m just trying to express the frustration I experience when, every time I turn around, it seems, someone else is trying to thrust some new THING into my hands. And while I obviously expect that sort of materialism–and know to look for it–in certain places–I can’t help feeling a little conflicted and slightly disappointed when it happens on a site like The Art of Simple, whose entire focus is simple living (a huge component of which is minimizing the value we attach to the material things in our lives). But I thank you for this little conversation; I will keep pondering all of this. I do appreciate your considering my feedback. Best wishes to you; congrats again on your book!

      • Thanks for responding, Tsh! I appreciate your addressing my concerns. I’m not convinced that just because a practice is “becoming more and more common” necessarily means it’s a GOOD practice (after all, isn’t Blue Bike all about going AGAINST the grain?!), but again, I do understand that writers and publishers need to get creative to sell their books these days. And of course, I definitely want to see books such as yours do well, since you’re a writer whose work I appreciate and care about! (It’s also worth considering that perhaps my frustration here has more to do with the fact that THIS is what the publishing industry has come to. I think to myself, “Really? Now we’re gifting people in exchange for pre-ordering a book?” As an avid book buyer and reader, I guess some days I’m just sad about the state of the publishing industry, know what I mean?) At any rate, I do appreciate your explanation, and I can recognize the effort you took to at least make the pre-order gifts “useful and beautiful” (though I struggle to see the relevance of the Kitchen Aid mixer you’re giving away this week on the book site).

        Anyway, I hope my feedback isn’t coming across as hurtful or rude, because that certainly isn’t my intention! Mostly, I’m just trying to express the frustration I experience when, every time I turn around, it seems, someone else is trying to thrust some new THING into my hands. And while I obviously expect that sort of materialism–and know to look for it–in certain places, I can’t help feeling a little conflicted and slightly disappointed when it happens on a site like The Art of Simple, whose entire focus is simple living (a huge component of which is minimizing the value we attach to the material things in our lives). At any rate, thanks for the conversation; I will keep pondering all of this. Best wishes and congrats again on your book!

      • Thanks for responding, Tsh! I appreciate your addressing my concerns. I’m not convinced that just because a practice is “becoming more and more common” necessarily means it’s a GOOD practice (after all, isn’t Blue Bike all about going AGAINST the grain?!), but again, I do understand that writers and publishers need to get creative to sell their books these days. And of course, I definitely want to see books such as yours do well, since you’re a writer whose work I appreciate and care about! (It’s also worth considering that perhaps my frustration has more to do with the fact that THIS is what the publishing industry has come to. I think to myself, “Really? Now we’re gifting people in exchange for pre-ordering a book?” As an avid book buyer and reader, I guess some days I’m just sad about the state of the publishing industry, know what I mean?) At any rate, I do appreciate your explanation, and I can recognize the effort you took to at least make the pre-order gifts “useful and beautiful” (though I struggle to see the relevance of the Kitchen Aid mixer you’re giving away this week on the book site).

        Anyway, I hope my feedback isn’t coming across as hurtful or rude, because that certainly isn’t my intention! Mostly, I’m just trying to express the frustration I experience when, every time I turn around, it seems, someone else is trying to thrust some new THING into my hands. And while I obviously expect that sort of materialism–and know to look for it–in certain places, I can’t help feeling a little conflicted and slightly disappointed when it happens on a site like The Art of Simple, whose entire focus is simple living (a huge component of which is minimizing the value we attach to the material things in our lives). At any rate, thanks for the conversation; I will keep pondering all of this. Best wishes and congrats again on your book!

    • I completely agree with Emily. This post was a huge turnoff. I don’t want to bribed into buying your book. I normally enjoy your blog, but this makes me think twice about what I’m reading. Buy my book and you might get a prize? No thanks.

      • Oh, and also, this isn’t a giveaway. A giveaway doesn’t require readers to purchase anything. You might consider changing the title to your post.

  8. I am so excited to read this! It’s been on my book list since you mentioned it, like, a year ago :)
    Sarah M

  9. Congratulations, Tsh! I’ve always felt like somewhat of a misfit not being able (or wanting) to keep up with this crazy, fast world. Looking forward to your new book.

    And can I just say how amazingly supportive your publisher is???

  10. Congratulations on the upcoming release!! I’m psyched to finally get to read it. :)

    I pre-ordered it back in November from Amazon, any idea how I can send a copy of my receipt? I can see it in my orders.

    Thanks and once again, Congrats!!

  11. If I buy an e-book, does that qualify as well? (Just trying to watch a budget and shelf space!)

  12. I own every one of your books (so I already have 52 Simple Bites), but I had to get this one, too. We are preparing our family to move to Africa, and the storm of preparations necessary whirls around me while we try to live life at the same time, so I could use a good book to curl up with that would encourage me (as much as I should have ordered the ebook, I just couldn’t…)!

    • Sounds like an amazing journey you’re about to take, Jennifer! I’m honored to have you as a reader. Thanks so much.

  13. So excited to read this book! I enjoy your words and thoughts so much!

  14. Eager to read your book. Enjoyed the trailer! It did it’s job, in now I am even more excited to read your book. Reminded me why I started reading your blog in the first place.

  15. Congratulations Tsh! This is really exciting. Looking forward to your book tour!

  16. I think I pre-ordered awhile ago, so now I just need to find that receipt!! And I am so very excited, Tsh, for the message in this book. Hoping to meet you in Portland!

    Watched Downton last night and almost threw up in my mouth. What a bad feeling they left me with… :(

  17. I tried to post this comment in the relevant reply area above, but it wouldn’t post there for some reason. Anyway, thanks for responding to my comment, Tsh, and for addressing my concerns. I’m not convinced that just because a practice is “becoming more and more common” necessarily means it’s a GOOD practice (after all, isn’t Blue Bike all about going AGAINST the grain?!), but again, I do understand that writers and publishers need to get creative to sell their books these days. And of course, I certainly want to see books such as yours do well, since you’re a writer whose work I appreciate and care about! And while I do appreciate your explanation, and can recognize the effort you took to at least make the pre-order gifts “useful and beautiful,” I have to say that the concept of gifts-in-exchange-for-pre-ordering remains a turn-off for me. I can’t help thinking, “Really? It’s come to THIS?” (And yes, I realize I don’t have to accept the gifts, but the fact that they’re being offered at all is what rubs me the wrong way.)

    Anyway, I hope my feedback isn’t coming across as hurtful or rude, because that certainly isn’t my intention! Mostly, I’m just trying to express the frustration I experience when, every time I turn around, it seems, someone else is trying to thrust some new THING into my hands. And while I obviously expect that sort of materialism–and know to look for it–in certain places, I can’t help feeling a little conflicted and slightly disappointed when it happens on a site like The Art of Simple, whose entire focus is simple living (a huge component of which is minimizing the value we attach to the material things in our lives). At any rate, thanks for the conversation; I will keep pondering all of this. Best wishes to you and congratulations again on your book!

  18. Congratulations, Tsh! I’m so excited for this book, this labor of love, this glimpse into your family’s slow living movement. Your sweet promo video was just a tease – beautifully put together.

    And that mixer?? To die for. What a fun and creative way to announce your book!

  19. avatar
    Kelly L. says:

    I pre-ordered the book and devoured most of it in a couple days of squeezing in reading time in between class drop-offs, playing with the kids, chores, homework time, and time with my husband. Lots of food for thought in there!

    I was just wondering about the giveaway – are they having trouble processing the proofs of purchase? I’ve inquired every couple weeks and always get an automated response that they’ll begin sending out free gifts the week of Feb. 4. It’s now March 5. I wonder if I misunderstood what the deal was and if anyone else already got their free e-books, etc?

    • I have been wondering the same thing. I purchased, sent in my receipt, and I have only received an auto response that they were reviewing receipts. I have tried to follow-up, but I get the same automated response. I have purchased books before with an offer of free ebooks, etc, and it has never taken this long.

  20. Hi Tish! I was excited to get my extras this week. I tweeted about this too, but I can’t get the ZIP file of quotes to open. Any trouble-shooting tips you can send my way?

  21. Whoops! Sorry I misspelled your name….I was typing on auto-pilot and know better. Sorry Tsh!

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