Thursday, December 9, 2010

Epic Contest of Epic

As promised (and long teased)...today's the announcement of the Epic Contest of Epic!!!

To start with: some background. So, I decided a few months ago that I wanted to do three contests leading up to my book launch--one in October, one in November, and one in December. I decided early on that I wanted the December contest to be a sort of Merry-Christmas-Happy-Hanukkah-It's-December-Have-A-Present sort of contest.

So I thought: why not gather people's addresses and not announce who won--just mail the prize off and let it be a happy surprise in their mailbox? I told Penguin/Razorbill my idea, and, being the awesome people they are, they were all on board...and they helped make it even bigger.

And that's when the Epic Contest of Epic was born.

What makes it so epic?

The fact that there are 100 prizes.

You heard that right.

ONE HUNDRED PRIZES



Thanks to Penguin/Razorbill (have I mentioned I love them?), I'm able to offer up ONE HUNDRED PRIZES for this contest!! And since this IS the season of giving and all that, the prizes are going to come with a twist...I will not be announcing any winners. The prizes will just be shipped off, and hopefully Santa your mailman will put it in your mail box.

Wanna know what the prizes are?

Let's start with the smallest and go up.

67 Mini Swag Packs
Including:
Signed AtU Bookmark
Signed AtU Bookplate
Postcard

15 Button Swag Packs
Including:
Pin-button featuring AtU
Signed AtU Bookmark
Signed AtU Bookplate
Postcard

Those are the smaller prizes. But you know it'll only get bigger *g*

15 ARC Packs
Including:
Signed ARC
Set of three pin-buttons (1 large, 2 mini)
Set of Bookmarks featuring 
fellow debut 2011 authors (many signed)
Signed AtU Bookmark
Signed AtU Bookplate
Postcard





2 ARC & Watch Packs
Including:
Signed ARC
A super-rare AtU Watch
Set of six pin-buttons (one of each design & size)
Set of Bookmarks featuring 
fellow debut 2011 authors (many signed)
Signed AtU Bookmark
Signed AtU Bookplate
Postcard





Added into as many of the prize packs as I can stuff in them are collections of bookmarks from fellow debut 2011 authors, many of which are signed. The top three prizes are getting one of each; the rest are getting divvied up wherever I can squeeze them into the packaging. Pictured below are most, but there will be a few more surprises along the way...



To win any of the 99 above prizes, all you have to do is enter your address into the form below. I will pick a random 99 people (open internationally), pop their address on the envelope, and drop it in the mail. By the end of the month, you may open your mailbox and find a neat surprise waiting for you! I'll also be mailing out all the left-over postcards I have until I run out of postcards or funds for postage...

Now, a contest isn't a contest without a big-huge-amazing grand prize, is it? 

The Big-Huge-Amazing Grand Prize
Including:
Signed Hard Cover, First Edition of AtU
A super-rare AtU Watch
Set of six pin-buttons (three designs, two sizes)
Set of Bookmarks featuring 
fellow debut 2011 authors (many signed)
Giftbag of swag I'm planning on 
giving out at my launch party in January
Signed AtU Bookmark
Signed AtU Bookplate
Postcard



Since Penguin/Razorbill helped so so so much with providing prizes (I seriously couldn't have done this without them), there are a few strings attached to the Big-Huge-Amazing Grand Prize. All the other 99 prizes, all you have to do to win is throw your address in the pot and hope my label maker picks yours. But for the 100th prize, the biggest of them all, you have to do one of three things: fan the book on Facebook, post about the contest on your blog, or pre-order the book (on any online bookseller such as Amazon or the Book Depository; or through your local indie bookstore). It's not too hard--but it's my way of making sure Penguin/Razorbill can see that the goods they supplied for the contest paid off.

Questions? Leave them in the comment box!  

Rules and such: Contest ends December 20th. Prizes will be mailed soon after but winners won't be posted--hopefully you'll get a cool Christmas/New Years surprise in your mailbox! Open internationally. You only need to do one of the three qualifications to enter for the grand prize. If you did one of them before (i.e. you've already pre-ordered a copy of the book, or you already were a fan on Facebook), that totally counts. You can absolutely do all three qualifications, and I will love you more for doing them all, but you only have to do one to enter. I think that covers it...




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