I Wrote Another Book – You Can Win a Copy

Long time readers of the blog know that several years ago, I wrote Where the Hell Am I Going?, a book about my literal and figurative journey after Where the Hell Am I Going Book Covergetting laid off just before my wedding. The month-long trip around the US was great for me to clear my head, and I decided to publish what I wrote on the road in 2010. (It’s still for sale if you’re interested in a quick and fun read: Amazon paperback – $14.99/Kindle – $9.99)

I loved writing that book and figured I would write another one of these days. But I didn’t predict that my next book would be something so completely different. When Globe Pequot Press asked me if I would be interested in writing a book in their “How to” series for home-based businesses, I figured it would be fun. And it was.

My book, How to Start a Home-based Blogging Business, is now for sale all over the place from Amazon to Barnes & Noble and everything in between.

Basically what I did here was write down everything I went through and considered along the way as I built Cranky Flier and Cranky Concierge into what it is today. It should be pretty easy to read and it goes step by step through various bits and pieces that will help you build your own blogging business.

Is this a definitive guide on how to startHow to Start a Home-Based Blogging Business a home-based blogging business? No. I don’t think that’s possible. There will always be a lot of different opinions on how to do things. I have, however, built a successful business this way, and I’d like to think others can as well.

To celebrate, I’m going to give away a couple copies of the book. If you’re interested, just leave a comment below and make sure to include your email address in the field as requested when you leave the comment. (It won’t be displayed to the public and you must include it to be entered.) You can say anything you want in the comment, just make sure you leave it by Thursday, March 21 at 1159pm. I will then use a random number generator to pick the two winners on Friday.

And of course, if you don’t win, the book is for sale at your local bookstore.

128 Responses to I Wrote Another Book – You Can Win a Copy

  1. This looks like a useful book.

  2. I’d be really interested to read your book. When it comes to blogging, I don’t know what I’m doing more often than I do, so, I ‘d love some insight. thanks.

  3. Greg says:

    I would definitely be interested in reading this book.

  4. Ben G says:

    I loved reading “Where the Hell Am I Going”. It was quick and fun, just like you said. I will definitely consider reading this one as I am currently developing a blog of my own.

  5. Jorg says:

    I’m also trying to win :)

  6. Bernard says:

    I would be very interested in a copy.
    Could mine be autographed?

  7. DC says:

    A proper use of the word “literal.” Hooray! Sorry – just a peeve of mine these days since it seems to have become fashionable to use it as synonym for “very” or “actually” among other atrocities. I’ll shut up now.

  8. Victor says:

    Congrats on the book!

  9. Ed says:

    Looking forward to a great read!

  10. Congrats on the new book! Look forward to reading.

  11. Phil says:

    Interested in reading this book.

  12. JR Ramos says:

    Add me to the game..

  13. JR Kelly says:

    Sounds like an interesting read… good luck.

  14. David says:

    Hope it goes bestseller!

  15. Mal says:

    I would love to read it and then when i have finished creating my blogging empire I will pass the book onto @airlinereporter so then he can do the same ;)

  16. Seems cool. Good work, Cranky!

  17. Arturo says:

    I always enjoy reading your posts!

  18. This is a fantastic guide that really takes you step by step through the process of starting your own blogging business. Brett brings valuable insight and useful information right to your fingertips. It was a pleasure to work on this book as his editor and suggest if you are not lucky enough to win a copy to definitely go out and buy one!

  19. ERP says:

    Congratulations on the new book! Enjoy the blog; hopefully will enjoy reading a winning copy of the new book too.

  20. Bill n DC says:

    I want to write a book. How do I start? I didn’t get laid off a week B4 my marriage.

    ;-) Best Wishes. working on my first Blog on a Trip – my December 2012 787 DreamLiner Nation-Wide Tour

  21. Evan Long says:

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  22. Pick me random number generator!

  23. Congrats Brett! However, I’m a little scared as I don’t think I knew I had a CF alter ego?!?!?!?!?!??!

  24. Sanjeev M says:

    I hope this book has the same kind of dorkiness and crazy visuals that you have on the blog. Fun stuff :)

  25. stephen says:

    I would like to read your ideas without paying for it :)

  26. Euan says:

    Congrats and looking forward to reading it!

  27. Mark says:

    Brett: As you know I am a big fan and have thoroughly enjoyed watching your Phoenix-like rebirth. Congratulations on your success, and remember us little guys on your way up. The best is yet to come my friend.

  28. FF says:

    I’d love to get a copy of this book! :)

  29. Alan says:

    Love your blog and love free books…..!

  30. BRog says:

    Loved the last one! Would pass this one on to my sister after reading as she is trying to follow in your footsteps….

  31. Name says:

    Sounds interesting

  32. Nathan Alexander says:

    I’d love a copy!

  33. Pickles says:

    I always enjoy reading!

  34. Stephanie says:

    I’d be happy to take one of the winner’s copies off your hands.

  35. Chris says:

    Congrats! Looks like a great read. Many thanks.

  36. Steve says:

    The first book was a great read. I look forward to this one, and any more to come…

  37. Pat Lilly says:

    Congratulations on the new book!

  38. John says:

    Congratulations on your new book. I wish you well.

  39. Brennan Pardee says:

    Congratulations on publishing your second book!

  40. chbrown03 says:

    Congratulations! I didn’t know local bookstores still existed!

  41. Seth says:

    I enjoy your blog and wouldn’t mind reading your book for free!

  42. Congrats, Brett on #2 Book! Looking forward to reading it!

  43. D-ROCK says:

    Well, as a big Cranky Fan, I couldn’t believe that I didn’t know that you previously wrote a book! I musta missed that post! So I just ordered both of them off of amazon (gotta love having a Prime Membership!) If I win, I will donate the copy to a worthy cause!

  44. Dave D says:

    Brett! Every since I found you blog, I love it and always can’t wait for the next posting. I haven’t read your first book but I’m downloading it now and looking forward to the second one. Thanks for all you do for us airline geeks!

  45. Frank R says:


    I love the airline industry and thank you for all your useful information. I can honestly say that I have saved money on tickets because of the nuggets of info that you’ve provided. I am also an “airplane and airline nerd” and love the industry.
    Thanks for the words, keep up the great work.


  46. Ron says:

    I would like to read this book

  47. Uri says:

    congrats on the book!

  48. I look forward to reading it!

  49. giles says:

    looks like you solved the secret to getting comments! FREE!

  50. Nigel Long says:

    Brett: Look forward to reading your second book.

  51. Nick says:

    I would like to write a book titled “Where the hell have I just been” about all the places we go, and then ask ourselves what are we doing here, and how fast can we get out!
    Ps Have not read any of your books as yet, as I’m not a big reader and my attention span is not good, as there is so much more fun things going on around us all everyday

  52. ed says:

    if your book is half as good as your Cranky Flier blog – it will be very entertaining / educational and a good read! Many thanks!

  53. AS I am planning on (for some time) to do a biz blog, I think your book would be great. My idea: To sell random number generators in Latin and Sanscrit so that other businesses can use them to give away stuff. Brilliant, huh?

  54. Potcake says:

    Published not once, but twice! It must be a great feeling.

  55. Paul F says:

    Not wanting to leave obtaining a copy of your book to chance, I purchased one of two remaining copies from Amazon (says more are on the way) – so they are indeed flying off the shelves. Anxious to read it as I do enjoy your blog!

  56. malbarda says:

    Brett – I checked out your first book on Amazon and it is hilarious to see what the Amazon algorithm offers as “other recommendations”. The word “hell” in a title does not sit well with Amazon apparently…

    I did a screen grab but I can’t post a picture here. But here are some is some of it “copy/paste” style:

    Customers Viewing This Page May Be Interested in These Sponsored Links (What’s this?)

    Am I Going To Hell

    Search for Am I Going To Hell eHow, Tips From People Like You

    Is Heaven & Hell Real?

    The Bible does not teach that there is everlasting Hell fire. Free book

    I Am Going

    Search for I Am Going. Look Up Fast Results now!

    The books Amazon suggests are all titles with “Jesus” in the title. Perhaps there is still hope for you? ;-)

    (I will email you the screen grab)

  57. Harlan says:

    I’ve always enjoyed writing and would love to author a book sometime. Right now my efforts are confined to journaling and writing purely for my own pleasure. Best of luck with your new book!

  58. Ben Davis says:

    I’m always up for a good read! I’d love to read your book!

  59. Chicago Chris says:

    Looking forward to the new book!

  60. John says:

    Look forward to reading your book.

  61. Dirk says:

    So during my next missed connection, while waiting for my Cranky Concierge to do his magic, maybe I can read your book :-)

  62. JC Edwards says:

    Your new book is just what I need for a project -and for doing something productive and fun during all those hours I spend at airports and airborne.

  63. SteveZ says:

    Congrats on being published twice! My wife is interested in getting her blog off the ground, and aspires to be a “real writer,” too, so your book would be perfect for her (after I read it!).

  64. tls1fla says:

    Just curious!

  65. JC Edwards says:

    I look forward to your new book to read something productive and fun during all the hours I spend at airports and airborne.

  66. Mike says:

    Congratulations! I hope it sells quickly and often. Another 12 or so books and you’ll match Darryl Jenkins!

  67. Andy S says:

    Win by luck not by content of the comment? I’m surprised it’s only 2 pages of comments so far

  68. Love this thanks.

  69. Congratulations on your new book! I hope it’s very successful.

  70. Barbara says:

    Congrats! Love everything you write.

  71. Jose says:

    Sounds like an interesting read.

  72. KP says:

    I read you blog all the time so your book is probably very good!

  73. Simon C. Pitt says:

    Congratulations on your second book.

  74. McQ says:

    I’m looking forward to your new book.

  75. Ileana says:

    finally, a how-to which is easy to read and actually gives you details and not a lot of wasted information, thanks.

  76. C Croom says:

    Enjoyed the first book tremendously. Hope this one is as entertaining.

  77. AD says:

    If you wrote it then I’ll read it.

  78. cahdot says:

    i like the title what were we thinking when we visdited_______________

  79. Hovig says:

    Congratulations!! Enjoyed the first book. Looking forward to the next.

  80. Hope Smith says:

    Congrats from another fellow CN specialist who really needs to learn how to blog.or maybe I should take lessons from Stacy

  81. Mary Gregory says:

    You’ve generated a great following of avid aviation fans and have a plethora (how do you like that word?) of great travel knowledge and helpful tips! I would love to win a copy of your new book!

  82. I’m really disappointed that your new book isn’t named, “How I got to where the hell I was going.”

  83. I would prefer the title to be “Why the H___ did I return home?”

  84. Ryan says:

    If it is even half as good as the blog I am sure it will be a worthy read!

  85. Lynda says:

    Love to read your new book! Thanks for the contest!

  86. I love the blog. Thanks! I would love to read the first book…… and also the new one. Great contest!

  87. Johnny Jet says:

    Congrats! That’s awesome

  88. That’s awesome Brett. I can’t wait to go buy the book.

  89. gba says:

    Congrats, I’d love you read it!

  90. I’d be interested — it sounds like something you’d be an awesome writer about.

  91. Maher says:

    Congratulations!! I would love to read your new book, read the previous one.

  92. Biggles209 says:

    Sounds like a great read

  93. BarryATL says:

    Interesting… I wonder if this will be a record number of comments for a single day. :)

    Congrats on the new book.

  94. Rohit says:

    Brett, can we purchase an e-book version?

  95. LT_DT says:

    Sign me up please.

  96. Eric says:

    I know reading this cranky how to book will be easier than reading the something for dummy book because it relates to aviation.

  97. Randy Martin says:

    I love reading and would like to try your book. Thanks!

  98. Josh says:

    Looking forward to reading your new book.

  99. Camilo Becdach says:

    Looking forward to the read!

  100. Congratulation Brett!!!
    I am looking forward…and waiting your new book..
    Best wishes for new…..

  101. Joe says:

    Way to go, Brett! I hope to make one of the LAX plane spotting/In N Out sometime. I have some fun United chachkies to share with those in attendance!

  102. Cyndi says:

    Love your blog…have learned lots! Cant wait to read your second book!

  103. I have been an avid reader since I discovered the blog a few months ago!

  104. Jack says:

    let’s see….you want free comments….I want a free book……a win win….lol! You have an entertaining writing style so it should be a good read……congrats!

  105. B.L. Gould says:

    Congrats on being published again!

  106. gobluetwo says:


  107. dan says:

    i read the blog but don’t post very often

  108. ed says:

    Been following your blog since forever, can’t wait to read your book!

  109. Jeff M says:

    Thanks for the drawing! Good luck with the book.

  110. mangoMan says:

    If I win I will give it to my daughter who’s starting her own blog. Congrats on the new book.

  111. Lucas says:

    Congratulations, and lots of luck with the sales!

  112. Matt S says:

    Double meat animal style. With a side of A380

  113. Chris says:

    Also available in Europe ?

  114. JR says:

    Congrats, Brett! Hope it becomes a bestseller.

  115. TC says:

    Brett, here’s to a successful continuation of the Cranky Flier brand. Much success to the sale of your book. Looking forward to the read and if it is anything close to the first book, it will be a success.

  116. Gregg says:

    Glad I just read your post so that I could get my comment in on time for the chance to win a copy of your book! Best wishes to you on continued success with your blogs.

  117. Josh says:

    Looking forward to reading your book!

  118. razzle says:

    why not? great blog you have and i’ve been reading for a long time…would love to read your book. Congratulations.

  119. Nick says:

    Very excited to read your new book!

  120. Nick says:

    Looming forward to reading your new book!

  121. So very cool, Brett! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog…especially when you have written about the US-AA merger. I have recommended your blog to colleagues and clients. I look forward to reading your books! Blessings!

  122. Sandy Wood says:

    Congrats! I cannot imagine where you found the time to write another book. What with all your posting, all the traveling for meetings, research+, and running the biz too, how is it possible to do it all and maybe sleep as well? Hope to learn the answer in the new book!

  123. CF says:

    Thank you everyone for the comments. There were 126 that came in, so using random.org, the first winner is number 12 (Phil) and the second was number 9 (Victor). I will send you both emails to get your information so I can send you each a copy of the new book.

  124. Axelsarkis says:

    Damn, I missed this one… I got a copy of the last one a few years ago; I’ll need to complete my Crankyllection and purchase this one.

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