Sunday, October 3, 2010

Alright Book Hoarders: This Contest Is For You!

At the risk of speaking prematurely, I believe I'm approaching the final few miles in the marathon I'm running.  In other words, the manuscript of my novel is winding down, and by the end of this year, I'll be printing out a product.  Of course, it will only be a draft of several drafts to come, but I'm excited to be able to sit down and read it from start to finish.  It is really going to be a great day when that time comes.

I've been following a lot of writers on Twitter - some who are published and others who are in the process.  It is amazing what tips and advice can come from such a simple act.

Anyway, earlier this weekend, I stumbled upon a tweet that linked to this blog post: The #1 Thing You Must Do Before Writing a Book.  I was relieved to read the suggestion was to start a blog, as I have clearly already accomplished that task.

The article reminded me how important a blog can be for an aspiring writer.  It gets your name and ideas out there and allows you to begin generating an audience.  It allows people to know what you are working on, and hopefully, to anticipate a finished product.

Which brings me to my next blog contest.  Once again, it's so easy!  How could you not participate???

To be eligible for this contest, all you have to do is comment on ONE of my previous posts (previous contest posts excluded).  You can use my blog archive to navigate to a topic that sounds interesting to you.  There are 23 to choose from.  Once you have commented on at least one previous post, fill out the form below and register to win one of these book packages:

Book Package #1: The Classics
  1. The Odyssey by Homer
  2. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
  3. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  4. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  5. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Book Package #2: Before the Movie
  1. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  2. Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook
  3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  4. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Book Package #3: Book Store Top Picks
  1. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  2. Riding the Bus with My Sister by Rachel Simon
  3. She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
  4. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  5. Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks
Book Package #4: Best Sellers
  1. The Cold Moon by Jeffery Deaver
  2. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
  3. Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger
  4. The Motive by John Lescroart
  5. The King of Torts by John Grisham
Book Package #5: Young Adult Favorites
  1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  2. Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
  3. Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  4. Tangerine by Edward Bloor
  5. Night Hoops by Carl Deuker

 Contest Rules & Eligibility Requirements
  • In order to be eligible for this contest, all you need to do is comment on at least one previous blog post.  Remember, previous contests (i.e. Teacher Treasure Chest and Restaurant Gift Card) are excluded.
  • If you do not have one of the approved accounts accepted by Blogspot (Aim, Live Journal, etc.), select "Name/Url" from the drop down menu. Type your name (full, first name only, or make up a screen name - I don't care - your choice) and click submit. If you have a website, you may type that in the URL section, but that is optional. You can also post anonymously.
  • Click "post comment."  Please verify your comment has been published before entering.
  • After doing so, you must fill out and submit the entry form below. Otherwise, your registration will not be received.
ADDITIONALLY, you can receive extra entries by doing any or all of the following:
  • Advertise this contest on your blog (+5 entries)
  • Advertise this contest on Facebook (+3 entries)
  • Advertise or retweet this contest on Twitter (+2 entries)
  • I'll also add an entry if you become a follower of my twitter feed and/or my blog (+1 each - I will be notified of this through e-mail)
Entries must be received by 11:59 PM on Friday, October 8.  At that time, randomizer.org will automatically generate three (3) winning entries.  The winners will be announced on Saturday afternoon.  Each winner will receive the highest ranked prize package that is still available.  (The first generated winner receives first choice, and so on from there based on availability.)  The prize will be shipped out (or possibly delivered) at some point next week. 

Thank you in advance for participating. Good luck to everyone!

This contest is now closed.

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