A Day of Wonder: Get Drawing Out the Dragons for free.

I’ve been saying for a few days now that I felt like doing something Epic. And this is what I chose to do.

Drawing out the Dragons is, I believe, my best, most vital, most necessary work. The responses I’ve gotten since releasing the ebook in April have, at least in part, shown me that my readers feel the same way. But still, as passionate as the comments, letters, and reviews have been, it’s difficult for someone to really explain what the book is, and what effect reading it can have on someone’s life.

A line from one of my favorite films keeps coming to mind: “No one can tell you what the Matrix is. You have to experience it for yourself.”

The Kickstarter project to do audio and print editions has been dealing with a similar conundrum – it’s hard to present just what the book is in simple terms; it’s more of a motivational experience than a literary one.

People who share their own thoughts about the book have been immensely helpful, as have my online friends and associates who are both prompting people to read the book and to support the Kickstarter project. I myself am still the most effective advocate – but I have other work that has to be attended to as well – and besides, it’s a bit monotonous to read post after post by one person talking about a book, even if that person is the author.

The only thing simpler, which may be even more effective, is to allow the book to speak for itself. So I shall.

Starting right now, in mid-afternoon of Sunday, July 3rd, and going until midnight tomorrow, July 4th, the ebook – in all three formats – of Drawing out the Dragons is free. And in that span of time, I want to give away one thousand copies, and see if we can’t accelerate the public dialogue about it to a nice respectable level.

I need the help of ALL of you who have supported me and my work – and especially, those of you who have been touched by this book. I want you to send a personal note – not just post a link on the winds of the net – but actually CHOOSE ten people of your own acquaintance to write to suggesting they download this book. Friends, family, colleagues… Anyone whom you feel may benefit from reading it, or especially, who may NEED to read it, right now. Tell them what it is. Tell them why they should read it. And then tell them how to download it.

There is no reciprocation expected or required, and there is no limitation on the number of downloads during the timeframe of this offer. If you know more than ten people you feel would like it – write to more. Twenty. Fifty. A Hundred. Right now, until midnight tomorrow, the book is free to download and read.

What everyone who does read it chooses to do then is entirely up to them. As all good choices should be.

EDITED TO NOTE: The holiday promotion ended (after a six-hour extra extension!) at 6am on July 5th. I hope everyone who took us up on it is enjoying their book!




A Day of Wonder: Get Drawing Out the Dragons for free. — 4 Comments

  1. Thank you, James Owen, for offering your book free online! I read it in a couple of hours. You know how the Universe gives you just what you need when you need it? I have been struggling with a couple of decisions for about a year. I think after reading your book I may be able to come to decisions sooner. At my age (62), the consequences of making choices may be a bit different than they were at a younger age.

    When I moved across the country at age 30 I had just read Carlos Casteneda’s “Journey to Xtlan”. He wrote about recognizing the window of opportunity and then go through it. Moving was something I just needed to do, and I knew I was intelligent enough to make my own life in a new place. At age 45 I moved from CA to WA. Now I am considering moving back to NY, and all the practical reasons say not to, but my heart wants to, or so I think. So I am still at the stage of considering everything, and then I will decide.

    Thank you so much for sharing your story in Drawing Out the Dragons. You have inspired me much like I was inspired long ago! I will be sharing your book with a student of mine who just graduated high school and doesn’t know for sure he is good enough to pursue his dream.

  2. Oh man, I just saw this. My laptop had a dead battery all weekend (and I’d left the power cord at school), and I’ve been busy all morning. The deadline’s coming up, and I wasn’t able to help. Here’s hoping that a whole bunch of people took up my slack.

    • How about I add six hours to the deadline for you, brother Jase? You hit up all the family, friends, and colleagues you want to hit up about this, and we’ll leave the link active until you’ve had a chance to do it. Fair enough?