To celebrate the arrival of the print edition of Bully at Ambush Corner, I’m holding a contest to give one lucky reader a free copy. Or is it only one lucky reader?
(Be sure to read all the way to the end or you’ll be sor-r-r-y. Not to mention you’ll miss some of my superbly superb writing.)
In order to get the launch off to a running start, or at least to a strolling start, I’m giving away a free copy of Bully to a lucky reader who posts a comment on this blog. Since I’m not very savvy about online random number drawings, the winner will be determined by the very precise, scientific method of someone (me) writing each participant’s name on exactly the same size of paper, and with eyes tightly closed, drawing it, not from a shot glass, but from a cereal box, from a mixing bowl, or, preferably–in order to accommodate the massively massive horde of entries–from a packing crate. I know there will be a horde of entries, because each one of you is going to spread the news of the contest via word of mouth, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, e-mail, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. (I’m channeling the King of Siam here. If you don’t understand that reference, watch the movie “The King and I.” You’ll enjoy it.)
The contest will run until October 1 at 5 p.m. PDT. Naturally, I have the option of extending it, but I certainly won’t end it early, since I want to give everyone plenty of time to come up with a clever comment to post.
For those of you who don’t want to wait and learn if you’re a loser or a winner, feel free to go online and purchase Bully immediately. Please note, however, that one Amazon seller has the book listed for $47.17. I wrote to him/her and asked how s/he arrived at that price, but haven’t received a reply. It left me wondering what else might be included with the book, perhaps his or her firstborn or the cat that keeps missing the litter box. If so, I understand, and even somewhat sympathize, but if the seller doesn’t want the surprise goody, I doubt you do either. So avoid that copy. It would be wonderful if I could sell every copy at that price, but I suspect that what I would sell is—one copy.
Now I’m going to beg. I’m down on my knees, my humble, pleading, aching knees.
(Cute, aren’t I?)
Please, once you’ve read the book, go on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. (Dratted earworm!) Then write a review. I refuse to send out free copies of my book to garner reviews, not because I’m—ahem—cheap. I am, after all, giving away my contest copy for FREE. I refuse because I don’t like trying to guilt strangers into writing a review. I also don’t send money to any of those sites or publications you pay to write a review of your book—whether or not they’ve read it. (Bet some of you didn’t know those existed. Stick with me. You’ll learn something new every day.) I want regular readers to write my reviews for me, positive or scathing, because I think people trust those reviews. If I get enough reviews—I think the minimum is fifteen—I would also get the option of having my book posted on a free promotional site. (Okay, okay, perhaps I’m not entirely above guilting people into helping out, but if you’re reading this blog, to me, you’re not strangers, at least not total strangers.)
So here’s your assignment, should you chose to accept it. (Another reference some of you will recognize.)
1. Post a comment.
2. Spread the word.
3. If you lose the contest or simply because you don’t want me to go shoeless this winter, buy the darn book. It costs about as much as a couple of Caffè Mochas and won’t make you fat.
4. Write and post a review.
(“Dragging myself up off my aching, but cute, dimpled knees now,” she said wearily.)
Boy, this begging wears a girl out.
Until next week . . .
Goodness! Almost forgot. If comments number more than 25, I’ll add a second copy of Bully and a second WINNER!
Admit it. I ROCK!