Today a big box arrived from Norton, filled with my ten copies of the ARCs–the Advance Reader’s Copies, otherwise known as galleys.

These are paperback, bound copies of the first pass typeset pages (errors and all), made expressly for the purpose of sending copies out to reviewers at journals and magazines which have a long lead time–a long time between the point at which the writers turn in their articles and reviews, and the time when those articles appear. Newspapers do this in twenty-four hours; a lot of magazines need three or four weeks or more, plus time for the reviewer to read the book and write the review.

Hardback copies of the book won’t be manufactured until January–after I return the first pass, the corrections have to be made (which will shift the page count), the book needs to be indexed, a final page count has to be made before the spine can be designed, the back cover and flap copy has to be finished…and then the book can take anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks to be printed and bound. So the ARCs give reviewers extra lead time; that way the reviews can come out right as the book’s being released, rather than weeks or months afterwards.

The front cover of the ARC is a paperback version of the final front cover (click on the pictures for a larger version).

The spine is printed on a plain white background,

and the back cover reproduces the information from the catalog page, along with a warning that quotes should be checked against the final (corrected) book.

Inside, the typesetting is close to its final form, although the graphic quality of the maps and illustrations is not very high.

It’s illegal to sell ARCs; Norton gives them away, and no one is supposed to market them as a cheap version of the finished book. ARCs occasionally pop up on eBay (do a search, and you may see a few). I don’t know what other publishers do, but Norton sends cease-and-desist letters to sellers who insist on auctioning off ARCs.

But I can send a few of them out for free. “Few” being the operative word. There were ten in the box. Three went to Peace Hill Press folks; I’m keeping one; I’ve already promised three to various expert readers….

So if you’d like a copy, way ahead of publication, here’s the deal. Post a response to this blog entry. On Monday, September 25, I’ll write down all the names of the people who have posted comments and toss them into a hat or something, and send an ARC to the person whose name I draw out first.

Not really a raffle, as you don’t have to buy anything to enter. But you do have to write a comment… and make your presence known.

Showing 179 comments
  • Diane

    So, is it satisfying to see the almost-real deal? I love the cover and can’t wait to get my grubby hands on it (-:

    Hope all is well with the men home and the hurricane gone.


  • Gina

    Oooh pick me! Pick me!

    Today I listened to Flylady’s podcast from last Thursday. A listener called in for advice on how to deal with a book writing issue. Anyway, Flylady referred to galley copies. Huh? Galley copy? Now I know. Thanks!

  • Linda Toy

    put me in the hat! i saw this on amazon yesterday and was disappointed that the release date isn’t till february. is your life getting back to “normal?”

  • Monica

    I’d love a copy. Put my name in, please.


  • Carole in DE

    Me, Me, pick me, please! This would go so well with our hs’ing this year; we are starting our history cycle over for the third time. The boys would so love to hear your account of the Ancients, and I would too.

  • Krissi

    I would gladly read your book! Put my name in, please!

    Krissi Wyss

  • Amy in NH

    Ooh! Oooh! Oooh! Pick me! Pick me!
    (with my hand way up in the air and said like Ahnold Hoshack)
    I’d love to have an advanced peek 🙂

  • Kathleen

    Yes, thanks. Love your website – thankful for your body of work. Best wishes, Kathleen

  • LB

    I’d love to have my name in the hat, please. Now I am just waiting, waiting, waiting.

  • Staci Thomas

    I love reading your blog. It is the only blog I read. I know virtually nothing of the professional writing/editing/publishing process and I have found it extremely interesting. I now know a little more about history than writing, thanks to Story of the World (by the way, your section on Eric the Red and Leif is brilliantly written…we read it today). I looking forward to knowing much more about history after I read your History of the World. Please put my name in the hat!
    Staci in FL

  • Lisa S.

    Okay, I’ll play. Throw me in the hat too. Don’t worry everyone-I never win anything!

    We’re having a great time starting through SOTW Vol. 1 for the second time here. Can’t wait to get my teeth into the “grown-up” Ancient World when it comes out.


  • The Tutor

    I would love a copy as well. Put my name in the hat too, please. I’m so excited, you’d think *I* wrote the book… sheesh! : )

    Thanks for doing this, BTW. Very cool!

  • PariSarah

    Ooo! Who did you decide on for your “expert readers”?

    I’d love to enter the “raffle.” Since no money is changing hands, I don’t think I’ll run afoul of my denomination’s anti-gambling resolutions.

  • Denise Vasilev

    Well Susan, congrats on the new book! They look great and I can’t wait to receive mine when Amazon ships it out to me automatically. Of course, should you feel compelled to send me an autographed copy of an ARC I certainly wouldn’t be one to complain.

    Denise V

  • Amy in MD

    What fun! Please include me in your drawing. It’s been a treat to follow the various stages of the book… and daily life in the midst of your work. Your writing continues to help me professionally and personally.
    God bless you!

  • Juanita

    Hi Susan,

    I’d love a copy! So if you could put my name in, I’d appreciate it.

    Would it help with brownie points (ie, multiple entries) to say that I’m doing ancient history with my gr. 7 & 9 children this year and I could really use a history spine that looks as great as this one does?


  • Padmé (Lynn in TX)

    I know that I and my 2 oldest would love to read this. My boys are faithful readers of your blog.



  • michelle

    I first read “the well trained mind” a couple of years ago and have just recently started homeschooling to of my 4 of my 6 children. It’s going well so far but I know now, how lucky I am to have this as a reasource. So getting in on this “draw” is quite the treat. Thanks.

  • Sherry

    I would absolutely love to get an ARC of your book. Please put my name in the hat, too.

  • Danika Cooley

    I would be delighted to get an ARC. I really can’t tell you how much I need to brush up on my history knowledge (or rather, gain the knowledge to begin with). How do you find the time to blog? Happy writing.

  • Heather

    Please put my name in the hat! I’m waiting, with great anticipation, to read the book and would be honored t both read an ARC and provide a comment. Congratulations Susan! The book looks great!

  • JFS in IL

    Toss me in, too. I hope one reader copy went to William McNeil, hubby really thinks he’d be a great critic (having written scads of his own world history stuff). Or, no…do authors “slam” the competition to keep their own books in demand? H’mmm….

    Actually, my hubby and his brainy family would love to collectively devour your book and I know they’d not be shy about any useful comments!

  • Jeff

    Throw my name in the hat please. Thanks!

  • Carolyn Bateman

    Susan, this is so exciting! Please put my name in. Love your blog and your books. Your new book looks fabulous. Thanks very much.
    Keeping my fingers crossed,
    Carolyn B.

  • Jeannette

    Oh, why not throw my name in, too.

  • Charlie

    To everyone but Susan –

    Being one of the Peace Hill Press folks, I got one of the copies. Susan is not paying me to say this: It’s phenomenal. I got home from work yesterday and started reading it. My wife was at a dinner / prayer group, so it was just my daughter and me (and the book). Engrossed, I neglected my poor daughter (2 1/2 years old) to the point that she threw her plate on the floor in an attempt to get my attention. But I’m in Ancient Egypt with the Scorpion King. What am I going to do? I put her in Time Out and keep reading. Eventually, Time Out is over, and we go through the get-ready-for-bed ritual. Once she’s down, I keep reading. I thnk I’m in India at this point. Sarah comes home, and I neglect her (and the dishes), as I’m back in the Middle East, with Gilgamesh. I stay up until midnight reading, and only stop then because I’m crashing. And I’ve still got 600-some pages left.

    It. is. good.

  • Staci in MO

    Put my name in the hat, please!


  • Connie Scholten

    No doubt you will have the most responses to this blog considering your incredible offer!! I’d love to be part of the drawing and can’t wait to have the opportunity to fill in my Ancient History holes that my public school education sorely left! Thanks to you, my children are well versed in Ancient History and listen to the CD’s for fun on road trips! Thanks for sharing your passion for history, your gift for writing and for presenting the material in an interesting way for young and old alike!!

  • Angela, Mother Crone

    I can’t wait to read the book…as I am hoping to use it as my spine to teach Ancient History at our homeschooling learning center next year! We love the “Story of the World” series, and can’t wait for this one to be released!

  • Henry Cate

    Please put my name in the hat. Thanks.

  • Matt

    Toss my name in, too.

    We’ve been using your Story of the World for our homeschool, Susan, and the kids have been enjoying it more than any other history curriculum we’ve tried. It looks like we’ve finally found a good curriculum, so I’m anxiously waiting for your new books to come out. Of course, if I were to get an ARC… 🙂


  • Julie M. Smith

    Pick me! Pick me!

    (said in a whiny voice, of course)

  • Heather

    I am so looking forward to this book coming out. We just finished chapter 22 I think of Story of the World volume 1 so needless to say it will be a while before our kids need this for their schoolwork. I want it as soon as it comes out for me 🙂

  • E

    I’ll spare you the request of the galley, but I’d love to see the real thing come February/March!

  • Heather Q.

    I want to be in on the draw! I love free books even more than regular books!

  • Taffy

    OOO, I would love a sneak peak. What fun!
    ~Taffy from Georgetown, Ca.

  • Sandra Alawine

    I tried to think of a really good reason for you to pick me, but I couldn’t think of anything, so I’ll just have to throw myself on your mercy.

  • Elizabeth in Canada

    Will you mail it to Canada? I’d love a copy! If you don’t want to mail it out of the States, though, just skip my name and I’ll never know. 🙂


  • Sandy C.

    I would love to be entered into the drawing! I rarely win things, but I’ll take a chance at this one!

    My son just started college at the King’s College in NYC. It meets in the Empire State Building and he got to go to the observation deck his first night of orientation (without paying the express fee, no less!) I have read with great interest all your posts on trips to NYC.

    I can’t wait to read the book even if I have to wait till Febuary when the final edition is released. Thanks for this great offer.

  • Lara Kondor

    I would love to be considered too. Thanks.

  • Nicole Maki

    I can’t wait to read your new book!

    My boys are just about finished the fourth year of our first pass and we are anxious to get back to Ancients.

    To put it simply: You rock!

  • Doug P in NH


    Please throw my name in the hat as well.

    We are now in week three as new homeschooling parents, and seemed to have made some breakthroughs yesterday and toady as we get the schedule ironed out.

    We have also been having fun reading WTM and WEM, alternatively underlining passages where you managed to put into words what we were thinking.

    We also have fun reading about the farm. We took our place from nothing but fruits and veggies in 05, to dairy goats, chickens, guinea fowl and other assorted animals in 06. At least its never boring!

    Keep up the great work! Would be interested to know whether or not you have read much of Arthur Herman’s work – he is a fellow Virginian (not by birth but by residence anyway for the last 10 years or so).


  • JohnH

    Put my name in that hat, and please draw it out 🙂

    I may even write a review for the local paper after reading it, so that it’d be a review copy that actually went for a review!

  • JFS in IL

    Hey, Charlie should send his comments into Amazon as a reader review! Really!

  • Vanessa

    Pretty pretty please pick me!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Just reading the pictures makes me even more excited!
    Congrats on finally being able to see your book in almost-published form!

    Thanks ~

  • Beth C.

    Please include me in the drawing. I have been enjoying your blog since the beginning and greatly appreciate being “in” on the writer’s process.

  • Spunky

    Love your books. I’d love to add this one to my library. Thanks for the contest.

  • Nicole

    Okay, I will have to be in the hat. You sure got somments on this entry fast. I have never won anything this way but I might as well try. I have a friend who won their house and two scholarships for their daughters via this method, so perhaps I should have the friend enter in my place. Ha!

  • Janice in NJ

    Checking in. I’m enjoying your blog. I hope all is well. I’m up for trying my luck at a free copy. 🙂

  • Megan

    My mom has used your Story of the World with my younger siblings, but I graduated before they were in print. We used the Greenleaf Guides, which were good, but I’m really excited about your adult history book for ME! Please enter me in your drawing….but as a back-up I have it on order from Amazon!

  • Angela

    I’d LOVE to preview your ancient history book. As a librarian for a small private midwest school, I am always excited about quality books for our students. Please enter my name in the hat!

  • Leigh(momof3texaskids)

    Oh! Toss my name in too! I can’t wait to read this!


  • Nina Powell

    I love reading your blog and would love to be in the raffle to win your book.
    Thank you for making my homeschooling easier, and enjoyable.

  • Robin Brown

    I love books, and your books in particular have been so helpful to me! Enter me in! Thanks!

  • Luann in ID

    I would love to read this! Thanks, Susan. What a nice idea!

  • Mary S. in IL

    I would love this–I won’t have to wait! Thanks for putting my name in the pot!

  • Bunny

    Please add my name to the drawing. We are doing the first Story of the World and love it!! I am also following your suggestions in A Well Trained Mind. You are an inspiration to us all Susan. Thanks for all you do!!

  • Julie

    Wow — what an opportunity!

    Susan, you have been a blessing to our family’s homeschool. When I read the WTM about five years ago, I knew I had found the educational philosophy that would work for us.

    We now have two daughters graduated from our school, one daughter and two sons to go.

    God bless you for all you do to serve the homeschool community.

  • Colleen in NS

    Oh yes, please put my name in for the hat draw, too! Susan, you are SUCH an inspiration to me – I love reading your books and blog and seeing what a down to earth person you are, while carrying out the multiple cool things you do in your life!

    A friend of mine here who borrowed my copy then bought her own copy of WTM, is now reading my copy of WEM. Her husband picked it up the other day, and is devouring it and embarking on his own reading program now, with Don Quixote on hold at the library! I think she’ll end up buying WEM for them and their high school daughter. I love telling interested friends about your books.

    Thanks for everything!

  • Kirsten in MO

    Oh! Oh! Pick me! Pick me! I never win anything!

    I love your blog and all the great pictures you post of your farm and kids. I look forward each week to your entries.

    Thanks for offering the book!

  • dangermom

    Ooh, I’ll sign up. Fun! My name is Jean.

  • Virginia in CAN

    Another faithful blog-reader here who can’t wait to read The History of the (Whole) World. I’m really greatful for all your work. This is our second year using the WTM principles and I must say you’ve transformed me into a history lover!
    Please enter me in the draw.

  • Robin in Tx

    Please add my name to the drawing!

    Remember the all-nighter when you were putting the final touhes on TWEM? I’m always so glad to watch a friend’s success, so thanks for sharing your experiences. Can’t wait to see the new book!


  • Sylvia C.

    Hello Susan, and thanks for the offer. I’ll buy the book when it comes out, but I would love a reader’s copy, and would surely enjoy reading it late at night after my work is done (I am a proofreader and copyeditor–which work I really should be doing right now, while the kids are sleeping). Then I could donate the new book to the local library. In any case I’ll push it on the librarian. (Have you thought of asking your supporters to do that?) She was glad to buy The Well Trained Mind for the shelves after I borrowed it through inter-library loan, and this is a pretty small town. Now I’m talking people into checking it out. I have been talking up your other books lately, too, since other people around me are thinking about whether they want structure in their homeschooling life.
    Thanks again!

  • Faith

    I’d love to have my name tossed in the hat! Thanks for the opportunity and your faithful work!

    -Faith in Kansas

  • Dana D.

    What a gracious idea! Add my name to the hat.
    Hope someone is working on the activity book simultaneously?

  • Virginia in CAN

    Whoops! That is… I’m grateful.
    Do I get another entry?
    Just kidding.

  • Mystie Swendsen

    Im brand new to homeschooling, 2 kids, 5 and 9. I am also a a mom with a book addiction. I LOVE any and all books, (but of course yours more than anyones)
    But most of all I love to win things (never having actually won any kind of lotto before!)
    So, please throw my name in the hat or whatever you choose to use.
    And most of all have a ton of fun on your book!!
    Thank you

  • shanmar

    What a nice offer. You are a brave woman! We are on year 3 of SOTW, so a sneak peek at my highschooler’s curriculum in 2 years would be fun. I could even pretend to be an expert and provides some nice reader quotes.

  • JRT in NC

    Yes, please include me for the raffle.

  • Barb


    My boys and I would love to have an advance copy of your new book. We look forward to its release so we will each have our own copy. Thanks for the “raffle”!

    Harmony Art Mom

  • Heather in WI


    Please put my name in the hat — I would love to win this raffle! 🙂

  • Cherie S

    Please put my name in, too.
    Thanks so much!
    Cherie S.

  • Jill, The Crib Chick


    I’m going to go ahead and post and take a chance, but I NEVER win drawings, or contests that involve chance. I don’t know if it’s God’s way of continuing to illustrate that I should never become a gambler, or what, but there it is.

    But please, please, please put my name in the hat!

  • Keeley

    What a great way to find out how many people are perusing your blog! =) Came across it a few days ago and have been having a marvellous time catching up from the beginning. It’s certainly given me a greater respect for the amount of work that goes into these books. WOW!

    Just drooling, hoping I get picked…. =) =)

  • Landi

    Please put my name in too. I will end up buying the book either way though. We are homeschooling our three children using SOTW and loving it. I can’t wait for the books to come out so I can read them myself and then hopefully begin using them for my son when he hits high school. Thanks so much for you entertaining and informative blog. I have enjoyed reading it.


  • meggan

    that’s a whole lot of comments- wow.
    that’s very kind of you to do.
    thanks susan.

  • Lynn in WI

    I’m in! Can’t resist a raffle! Especially with such a delicious prize.

    May I ask you a question? Is Newport News, VA named after Captain Newport of Jamestown/London Company fame? Sadly, we’ve never been to Jamestown and environs but we’re thoroughly enjoying reading Jean Latham’s This Dear-Bought Land. Looking at a map of the Chesapeake Bay, we noticed the proximity of Newport News and wondered if this was possibly where they’d see his sails returning from England.

    Thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask a local. 🙂

  • Deidre'

    I love history! I hated it in high school, but developed a love for it in college and made it my minor. I hope to help my kids to develop a love for it while they are young and not wait until years later to see how important the subject is to their education. Good luck on the book and thanks for the opportunity at a free copy.

  • Miz Booshay

    “Sir, you should have made your presence know”
    ~Scarlet O’Hara

    Thanks for the fun.

  • Nicky

    Can’t wait to read this book, i have always struggled with history until i started reading SOTW with my children now it is stsrting to make sense, please put my name in the hat, we are in New Zealand though so i hope thats ok.
    Well done on all your great work.

  • Amy

    Please put my name in!

    This is my first year homeschooling two of my three boys (the next one will join us next year). We are really enjoying doing Story of the World I. The books listed in the Activity Guide have been great. I wish I could have studied history like this when I was little! Now I can’t wait to get the “adult” version. Good luck with your book.


  • Michele T. in WA

    Susan, I enjoy reading your blog. Please include me in the drawing. Thank you!

  • Kathy

    We started a co-op based on the Well-Trained Mind. First day was today! Does that get me bonus points?

  • Carrie K.

    Count me in!

  • Elizabeth B. in NC


    Do you still get a rush from seeing your name on a new book? I got excited, and it’s not even my name!


  • Dana

    Oh, I’ve heard so much about your work and have not yet had a chance to read any. I’d love a copy! I’d love to have my name in the hat, too!

  • Elena Z.

    I just started using Story of the World with my class this week and I loved the first chapter. . . it got them all talking and excited about history and I think one about archaelogy. So, count me in the lottery! Thank you.

  • The Odas

    We have loved keeping up with your life, family, writings, travel, through this blog. Would you please add our families name to list! Thank you for making History and learning am absolut joy, and delight.

    Homeschooling in Hawaii,

    The Odas

  • Marlisa

    I am using The Story of the World series with my 7 yr old daughter and her 4 yr old brother. In public school, I snored my way through history and barely got Cs…now, I find myself completely intrigued and after 29 years, I’m finally putting the story of the world together. Better late than never, I suppose. We are grateful for your hard work and look forward to studying your new book. We would be thrilled to be entered into the drawing as well. Blessings to you!!
    The Eyre’s in Virginia

  • Lizzie in Ma

    Wow, I have been waiting for this since your interview in TOS!
    Please add me to the hat!

  • KarenDV

    I’ve been reading your blog with great interest and anticipation for many months now. I used SOTW 1 and 2 with my son last year and realized that I had made it all the way through grad school without ever having an ancient history class outside of bits and pieces in various Bible classes. So if anyone needs this book, it’s me! Put my name in that hat!
    Thanks for reminding us that learning doesn’t stop when you flip the mortarboard tassel,

  • Betsy Price

    Would you also autograph it?

    Love the work of both you and your mother!

  • Wendy A.

    It looks awesome. I’m sure I’ll buy a copy, but would love to be put in the drawing. Thanks to you my job as a homeschool mom is a lot easier. I am definitely benefitting from your experience and hard work, as are my children.

  • Korrie

    Ooh, yes…if I win, I would like it autographed, too!

  • Pam in MD

    What fun! I go through phases of being “lucky,” so here’s hoping the planets are aligning. Congrats on getting to this point in the publishing process!

  • Jacque Dixon

    Ok, I am finally at the right place. I had left a comment over at Dana’s….
    Wow! I would love to have this book! It looks fabulous!
    I’m in!
    Thank you!

  • Urailak

    Please enter my name in the drawing, too. Thanks so much!

  • Delbra

    Wow. I am awed as usual in your accomplishments. Congratulations and I cannot wait to read your latest. There’s got to be some way to use Charlie’s comments. He painted a picture that said it all. Thank you.

  • Barbara Kellogg

    Wow! this looks great. I would love to have a copy, so put my name in the hat, please!

  • TESEmom (Elizabeth)

    Please include me in the drawing. I would really love to have the book. I do enjoy your blog.

  • Sara R

    Pick me!

    My son loves history because of you.

  • athena

    I’ve never won anything before so I don’t expect to win anything now. I do want to make a comment though, which is that I enjoy reading your blog.

  • leslie

    Hi, I’ve been following you and your work since the 1st edition of TWTM. I would love a copy. Please include me. Thanks for thinking of us.

  • Rachel

    I can imagine the sweetness of that moment when you opened the box of ARCs. Thanks for giving us, your faithful readers, a chance to taste a small smackerel of it, too. 🙂 Please include my name in the drawing.

  • Terry

    I have read TWTM and my kids love using The Story of the World we are starting our 3rd year and the kids love the activities you include and the maps. I have learned so much in studying history chronilogically! This has been a blessing to our family. We also used First Language Lessons from you mom. This was such a fun book for the kids, I wish it went on further than 2ng grade!

    I hope to get your new book as well!

  • Tracy

    We’ve enjoyed your other books and look forward to the release of this one!

  • Lizzy (an AF wife)

    Count me in please! It’s great to be a part of such a fun little (blog)community. Let us know who the lucky winner is!

    Lynn in WI, we live in Newport News right now, because my hubby is stationed nearby, and from the little I know about “Newport’s News” you are correct. The Jamestown colony was about to give up, but Christopher Newport saved the day!
    ha! I’ll let Susan give us the indepth version…?
    Blessings y’all!

  • beth

    hi Susan! I’m reading throught you SOTW vol.3 this year with my kiddos, and we’re enjoying AND the Activity book that goes along with it!
    I look forward to reading the other volumes as well now.
    Count me in for the drawing!
    thanks & blessings~

  • Mindy

    I’ll throw my name in the hat! 🙂 THanks, Susan!!

  • Beth in NC

    Was this just a ploy to see how many people are reading your blog? The friend who told me about your blog refuses to ever post anywhere so if I win, I promise to share with her. That’s okay, isn’t it? We just can’t sell it, right?

  • Lara

    okay…I’ll bite….[chomp!]

  • Jien (in NY)

    Hi. I am nine yrs. old and I have finished “The Story of the World” curriculum up to Vol. 3, and for independent reading I am reading Plutarch’s lives from the sereis of “The Great Books of the Western World”. That truly fascinated me
    I would like to add your latest accomplishment to my library of history books.

  • Kate

    Wow, see, all you have to do is have a contest and you see how many lurkers you have on your blog. :+) Don’t enter me–I know I will see it anyway and others should have a chance. I am just excited for you. (I do look forward to my “official” review copy though, when the time comes!!)


  • LMA

    Hi. I would like to be entered in the contest also!

    The book looks very exciting!

    Best of luck editing.

  • The Vilensky Family

    We’d love a copy. Thanks for offering a chance.

  • April in NC

    I’d love to be included in your raffle! I’m just so excited to have the prospect of such a great resource, both for myself, and also for my children. (My twins are only 6 years old now, so I can count on all the books being out before we hit high school, right!?) I just wish I’d had access to these books when I was homeschooling high school!


  • Lori

    Enjoy your books and your blog — delurking out of greed! :^)

    I once won an espresso machine at a hardware store raffle. I don’t drink coffee, though…

  • Jenny T.

    Yay! What a delicious treat for those of us who simply can NOT wait until next Spring!!


  • ChurchPat (formerly Pat H)

    Reading your blog and drinking coffee is a great way to start the homeschool day.

    It would be a privilege to own an ARC of your book.

    Grace and Peace to you and your family!

  • Jessica J.

    I can’t wait to read your new book! Please put my name in the hat.

  • Verity in Alberta

    I would love to have a galley copy. It would be such a great read-I might have to put school on vacation though. As my name suggests, I live in Canada, so if it’s US only then I’ll Move! Just kidding-getting money for schooling is too cool.(that’s just in Alberta though)

  • Lori

    I can’t even imagine how amazing it would be to see a book I wrote in print, with cover graphics and everything…I’d love to give a home to one of your galley copies.

  • Lark

    I’d love to have a chance to win!

    Just had to tell you that, at our co-op yesterday, a little 6-year-old girl told her astounded teacher all about the Fertile Crescent, Sumer, and the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt. Having completed the first SOTW two years ago, I knew right away what her history curriculum was. Sure enough, her mom confirmed it for me.

    Your work has generated a love of history in this young generation. Thank you!

  • Andrea Masiewicz

    Oh I am so excited as I’ve been waiting for this like forever!! Pick me, pick me.

  • Krisann

    I would love a chance to receive and advanced copy. Please add my name to the hat. 🙂


  • Mrs. L

    Oh – Galleys! It’s like birthing a baby, isn’t it? Can’t wait to see the book! Well, so I don’t have to wait, why not just ship me the galleys – you know, save all that trouble! I’ll even give you my FedEx account number for shipping! 🙂

    Thank you so much for the opportunity, and congratulations!
    Mrs. L

  • Melanie

    Just thought you’d like to know that someone all the way from Perth, Western Australia is following along. That was the purpose of the draw, right? To “draw” out who was reading. Anyway, I read your book, WTM from our public library several years ago and am encouraged to know that there are others out there, including your family, who are living and educating as you are. I have been a teacher and teacher educator in the past. The Lord showed me about the trivium while I was doing education research back in 96. I came across classical education websites in my research and the Christian world view ones were an intuitive fit with the educational “vision” the Lord had given me. Nothing new under the sun! Paths well travelled. My husband and I have had three daughters since then. There’s a small number in Australia who are of like mind and action. Our family has moved to Phuket recently (husband’s work) so I’m a bit isolated in terms of homeschooling community. Now and then I drop in on your blog and publishing company to see what’s happening in your part of the world. Isn’t the internet great sometimes! Sawatdee Kaa!

  • Melanie

    This is Melanie from Australia/Phuket again. Not trying to get two entries into the draw! (Tee hee hee!) Just thought I’d post my two eldest girl’s blogs for any parents of interested children out there. They have just started blogging and have posted photos and interesting bits about Thailand for young readers. This is an ongoing diary style project where they tell about their adventures in their new home. (You know – writing for real purposes and audiences about authentic experiences and all that jazz!) They would love to hear from children in other countries. Even better if those children do homestudy like they do. Still better if you study Latin – this would be quite encouraging for them as they are just halfway through their first year. We also have Skype if anyone wanted to talk. Those addresses are: and
    Ariel is 8 and Charis is 6. You could email me at [email protected] if you intend to communicate. Cheers!

  • Barbara

    Please put me in the hat. Love your body of work. Can’t wait to read this one.

  • Kim

    What fun! Thanks, Susan. Whether I win or not, I look forward to reading the book.

  • Laura D. in ON

    Count me in for the raffle, too, please!

  • Gretchen

    We are just beginning our home school adventure and enjoying The Story of the World. Please put my name in the hat too!

  • Brenda N

    The book looks great. Throwing my hat in for the lottery, too. I also look forward to reading the book someday.

  • John

    I look forward to winning! Hey! I’ll even pay for the shipping to CA. 🙂

  • Renee

    I love your books, and can’t wait to read this one. Even if I have to pay for it!

  • Katrina Firmin

    Please put my name in the hat. I used to work in a bookstore and the staff got to keep advanced copies of books all the time, so I used to have quite a collection. Thanks!!!

  • Sally

    I’d love to read this. Your works have helped me and my son grow as learners.

  • Christina Jones

    Hi Susan!
    This is a treat! Thank you so much for all your work. I would say you have changed my life, or at least my outlook on it. I have just started my first of 3 boys with the Story of the World. I have read much of the well trained mind and am working diligently on the Well Educated Mind (Just on Jane Eyre!)

    I really can’t thank you enough!

  • Erin Livs

    Susan – I thoroughly enjoy your books and blog and appreciate your thoughtful contributions to education. I’m enjoying the fruits of your labors as I begin homeschooling my 5 -five year old. I also really appreciate your perspective as the product of a homeschooling education… it’s refreshing to have someone share similar thoughts.

    oh, yeah and count me in for that raffle. I’ll take a good, free book any day, especially yours. 🙂 do we get it autographed?

  • Sarah Donis

    Please add me to you drawing! I am just beginning homeschooling with my 5 year old son and am excited to be learning more about history along with him. I have really enjoyed your books and website. Thanks.

  • Mom2Three

    Ooo! Susan, throw my name in the hat! Looks like a lot of names . . .

    I hope you are feeling better soon!


  • Sarah

    Okay, throw me in the hat. I’m struggling to homeschool 2 right now with a 6 month old baby!

  • Terry Bain

    Me too. Great idea to give away some of the ARCs to readers and whatnot.



  • Aubrey

    I recently was at our local library and they had a big box of what I now know to be called ARCs that they were giving away. It was so great to go to the library and come home with free books! So please put my name in the drawing. I’d love to have one. Thanks!

  • Melissa

    I have learned so much from reading Story of the World with my kids. I can’t wait to read this book!

  • Michelle in GA

    I have enjoyed Story of the World so much! Put me in the drawing-and thank you so much for making history our favorite subject!

  • Christine

    My kids and husband love listening to the Story of the World on CDs, and I love the guidance given for us fledgling afterschooling parents! I can’t wait for this book to come out, and would love to win an ARC to jump start!

    Thanks for all that you do.

  • Debbie

    Please put me in the drawing as well…if I don’t win, well, I’ll just pay for one when it comes out next year. It looks great.

  • Carla V.

    Wow, that looks great!! I’d like my name to be included too please 😀

  • Robin in NC

    Would love to have my name added to the drawing also! Thanks!

  • Beth S

    Please add my name to your drawing! What a prize!

  • Alexa in NY

    I’d love to have it, just like everyone else here. What nice work you do.

  • Jennifer

    Wow… just found your website/blog looking for release information about this series… I’m totally waiting rather impatiently 🙂 I’m bookmarking your blog and now will follow the events as they unfold.

  • Sara Ellefson

    As a homeschooler, reading through your blog is very interesting. I’m always trying to figure out what other homeschoolers actually DO with their days. When I first started looking into HSing our kids, I really wanted to just live with several HSing families for a week at a time to get a better idea of what this whole thing was about. My dad would tell me about the only HSing family he knew who “did things right” where the poor lady sounded like a slave to her three boys’ education–getting up hours before them to put lessons together, reading late into the night to make sure she coordinated their lessons. From the sound of it, she had no time for such unimportant things as eating, sleeping or even breathing! I’m so happy to see that success can come without the cost of giving up my life! Thanks so much for opening up your life so I can peek in and get a feel of what homeschooling can really be like–enjoyment of your kids, your life, and education!


  • Marcy in Montclair

    A galley. I thought it was on a ship. And to think we were just getting the hang of it. We are loving our SOTW, reading chapter three tomorrow of volume 4. I’d LOVE to read the adult version next!

  • Kay

    Well it’s worth a try. My children are wiser after reading your books. So please pick me. Hope and pray you are recovering from your illness. Blessing to you and your family, Kay

  • Anna

    Oh, please put my name in the hat!

  • Carrie (in WA)

    Thank you for doing this. I would be thrilled to be included in the drawing.

    (P.S. We are enjoying SOTW II immensely–for the second time–and are, to understate it, ecstatic that you are writing the history of the whole world in time for us to enjoy it age appropriately. Whee.)

  • Jessica

    Wow, number 160…here’s my entry for the long-shot chance of receiving the ARC! Please add me to list of names to be drawn! So exciting…

  • Caryn

    Please add me to the big list, too. As a back-of-the-book indexer, I read too many galleys or proofs that promise to be far less interesting than this one!

    My teenage dd wants to read this with me–makes me wish she were younger, so it would be her history spine for the year 🙂

  • Sunshyne

    Oh wow! This would be soooo cool. Please put my name in the hat!

  • Unique

    Need any help with your proofreading?
    I’ll be reading cover to cover anyway. 🙂

  • Freeman Hunt

    Please include my name as well. Can’t wait to read the book. 🙂

  • 3TeachingMeInRichmond

    We would LOVE to win a copy! Thanks SO much for the incredible offer! **Crossing fingers** (and toes) 🙂

  • Angie (from WI)

    Hello, Susan. My husband and I met you at the HEAV conference in 2005, when I came all the way from Wisconsin to meet you and your mother and hear you both speak (a worthy trip). I’d love to be one of the first to read your latest book.

    We are using SOTW IV this year and I must say that it is the best of the set. You even make the Balkan Wars understandable, which is saying something.

    Best wishes,

  • Gina

    My first blog and introduction to you body of work. I would love an advance copy. Gina.

  • Malissa

    just throwing my name in:)

  • Tanya

    Please put my name in the hat! Thanks.

  • Jenny Savage

    Can’t wait to read the book

  • Colleen Davis

    I have so many of your first print copies, some of your unbound copy paper copies and I would love to add this one to my collection.

    I also like the idea of a “grown-up” Story of the World!!!

  • Michelle (Cheller)

    Hope it is not too late to enter. I love your Story of the World books.

  • Alice Fisher

    I have all of the Stories of the World. My children and I love to read them and listen to them in the car. I am convinced that learning history in order is the the only way to really understand it.

    I would love to get a sneak peak at the adult version.

  • BarbH

    Whoops! Sorry i posted to the blog entry above this one by accident! I was puzzled that it only had 20+ responses. Now this is much closer to what I expected!

    Please enter me in the drawing. I can’t wait to read this.

    About 5 years ago I remember getting a copy of something you offered early – maybe the SOTW I Activity Guide? Anyway, I really appreciated that and I have all of the SOTW books and guides now. I want to thank you for your hard work in publishing a great history series for Grammar stage students. I would not know what to do without it!

    Thank you!

  • melissa

    Just started Vol. 4 of SOTW w/our 8 & 9 year old daughters, it seems just yesterday we were in the Ancients. I join with the many who wish History had been presented in such a manner when I was a child. Wouldn’t it be dreamy to have the adult version for our next go-round? What a fun way to share w/your readers!! Thank you for showing us that you’re a real mom, where life happens! SO encouraging!
    We’re thrilled to have a shot at a ARC!! Thanks!

  • Jackie in AR

    Oh, I am so glad I checked your blog tonight!

    Please throw my name into the hat. I would love to get an early peek.



  • shane

    Please add my name to the list of folks wanting to be included in the drawing!

  • Anna

    Please add my name to the hat!


  • Anne

    Is it too late? Put me in!

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