ignore the Sat dec 5 date...crazy-wierd blogger! party going on today Mon 12/7!
Welcome to the party .. we've been waiting for you.
What are we celebrating?
A contract!! Wahoo! With A Name Like Love sold to Farrar, Straus & Giroux, look for it Fall 2011
And, today's blog party is all about my personal writing numbers
Key numbers along my journey correlating to key prizes and goodies for you!
a bit of pre-party business: in order to win any of the prizes below, you must be an official follower of this blog and must leave a comment on today's thread. Party ends at 6:00pm Mountain Time. Sorry, but I will have to be firm on this time deadline. Please feel free to invite actual friends, but don't post this link on any of the free or give away public forums (that just takes the fun and fairness away from it all). Don't worry, by the end of this post, that last rule will make more sense. Prizes will be determined by a random drawing and announced tomorrow (except the last prize...which is explained later in this post)
And the numbers are....
8 this represents the number of years that I worked consistently on this writing thing. It also represents the number of our first prizes to be given away -- Italian Sodas (in the form of a $5 Barnes and Nobles gift cards to 8 lucky winners...you can really get a soda in their cafe, or use it towards a book). That takes care of our drinks for the party.
3 this represents the number of completed novels I wrote before selling one. It also represents how many people will be getting a copy of my favorite book released this year - The Help by Kathryn Stockett (a fantastic must read...this will be talked about at many-a-conference for years to come as an example of excellent characterization, I am sure) -- prizes given in the form of a $20 Amazon gift card (so you don't really have to get that book, but I'd recommend it). This covers the entertainment portion of our gig today.
5 this represents the number of months my novel was on submission. It also is the number of people who will be receiving a collection of my favorite treats: Swedish fish, five gum, York peppermint patties and whatever catches my eye at the store. The treat combo pack will be mailed to you. This takes care of our party food.
So we have drinks, entertainment and treats....what's missing?
oh, yeah one more thing.....
LOTS - this 'number' represents YOU -- the amazing people I have met through blogging. The supportive comments along the way telling me not to give up when a rejection landed in my mailbox or not to feel discouraged when my work got a less than favorable review. You all encouraged me, supported me, laughed with me and reached a *virtual* hand out when I hinted life was less than peachy from time to time. So, in honor of YOU, my final gift is the element of party music.
Everyone who is an official follower of this blog and who leaves a comment before 6pm Mountain Standard time (up to the first 100 commentors..if it ever gets there but just in case) will receive
a CD of my favorite Christmas songs.
wa-hoo!!! That's right -- you get a CD!!! (up to 100 cd's OR 6pm, whichever comes first)
So, we have drinks, treats, entertainment and music.....it's my way of saying thank you.
sincerely, from the bottom of my heart. Your input and friendship is appreciated and this exciting turn of events would mean far, far less if I didn't have you all to share in the celebration :D
(final note: don't forget to check back tomorrow for a list of our prize winners and details on how to actually get your free cd of my favorite Christmas music!)