Monday, August 1, 2011

August Giveaway!

FIRST: Are you looking for the YA Scavenger Hunt? If so, it's the post right below this one. That's right guys--I'm doing TWO giveaways today!

It's August! And, well, that deserves a celebration, no? No? Well how about this: it's only a half a year more before A MILLION SUNS comes out! Squee!! And guys, I cannot wait for you to read this book. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE was amazing for me because it was my first published book, but A MILLION SUNS is something special because it was the first book I wrote knowing that people wanted it.

And, well, you guys know me. I celebrate with giveaways :)

I've been preparing for this giveaway for awhile. Months. And I'm so excited to finally share it with you all.

First, the prizes:

 A custom made charm bracelet that fits with AtU!
The grand prize will consist of the VERY FIRST ARC of A MILLION SUNS! don't have any yet. But when I do get ARCs, the prize-winner will get the Very. First. One. 
The prize-winner will also get this very cool and very special and very rare charm bracelet. I've talked about how these bracelets came to be in more detail before, but basically, this is a custom-made, commissioned work of art that incorporates nearly 20 charms, each one specific to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, plus some beautiful beads. The details of this are simple AMAZING. You can read more about each charm here. The bracelet retails for $70--and is so worth it. It's so pretty!

A total SECRET! A mystery gift!
There will be FIVE runner-up prizes for this contest. What are the prizes?
That's a secret. But if you participate in the 24-hour scavenger hunt, 
you'll find out what the mystery prize is.
Here's a clue: the mystery prize will involve a key image relevant to A MILLION SUNS.

By Simon Semus
Well, this is a very creative prize. A book that took all my creative powers to make. A bracelet that drips with creativity. And so, to enter, you need to do something creative.

And I don't want to limit creativity. So here's the thing: you can do anything as long as you stretch your creative muscle a bit. But if you need some ideas, you could re-design the cover like the ones here. Or you could draw a picture or do some graphic design like the fan art here. (And PS: all those old pictures? They still totally count as entries in this.)

But I know that not everyone's good at visual arts, or maybe they want to do something beyond the norm to stand out. And I totally encourage that. 

Maybe what you really want to do is play outside with some chalk...
(This is a fan video Heather Zundel did for Gayle Forman's IF I STAY, a brilliant book)

Or maybe you'd like to blend artistic ideas? I have to admit, I've always been intrigued by the idea of making a custom My Little Pony. Can you imagine a bright-red-haired pony? 

Or perhaps you're a fashionista who likes to design t-shirts? What would you put on the front of an AtU t-shirt? Team Elder? The Godspeed logo?
Shirt found here.

Or maybe you like to quilt or sew?
This is a quilt a fan named Kim Walus made for Kiersten White. Isn't it amazing?
Maybe you're the next Rachel Berry and like to sing? (This version, btw, is made by the fab Kayla Olson)

WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO! It's all 100% up to you! All you have to do is come up with some sort of neat, unique, creative, fun thing that ties back to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE in some way. A clay model of Godspeed? A facepaint of the ship logo (found embossed on the hardcover)? A haiku about stars? Get some friends together and re-enact a scene from the book? A little design that can be used for pin-buttons? Use stage make-up and give yourself a wi-com? It's all up to you.

And since I'm asking YOU guys to be all kinds of creative, I decided to be a little creative myself, learn a little html (seriously! the entire widget is linked to different websites!), and make a button for YOU:

Now, I know it's going to be really hard to pick a winner. And judging from the last creative contest I held, it might just be impossible. I mean, come on. You guys are good. So, I'm going to give the grand prize away based on a drawing. 

BUT. I reserve the right to give an additional special prize of my choosing to someone (or more than one person!) if I see a creative work that is just by-and-far brilliant and above and beyond and leaves me gobsmacked. Which is really just a fancy way of saying that if you really impress me, I will give out MORE prizes.

ALSO. I am giving you a whole month to do this. So make it good! :D

  • Create something that is creative and linked to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE in some way.
  • Upload the image (or video, or text, or whatever) of the creative work online
    • This can be on your own blog or website
    • You can tweet the pic on Twitter, or add to Tumblr, or whatev
    • If you don't have a blog/website, you are more than welcome to add the picture on the Facebook page (and actually, if you do that, it would probably make my publisher very happy, and last time we made the publisher happy, they sent me an extra box of ARCs to give away to you guys)
    • And, failing all that, you are also more than welcome to email me the entry at bethrevis @
  • If you have the above widget on your website when I go to check it out, you get an extra entry into the drawing
  • You must submit your entry by midnight on August 31, 2011
  • This contest is open internationally
  • Leave the information of where to find your entry (the link and your contact information) in the following form. NOT the comments of this post. USE THE FORM BELOW:

  • Go here. The lovely ladies at The Secret of the Stars are handling the five mystery prize giveaways. :)
  • And to get a sneak-peek, open for only 24-hours, of what that secret prize will be, then go on the Scavenger Hunt detailed in the post below this one. And if you do that, you'll also get a chance to win a crap-ton of signed books and more prizes!
(Oh. And PS? If, um, you'd like to mail me your entry so I can decorate my bookshelves with it, I am *so* cool with that idea. My mailing address is PO Box 27, Union Mills, NC 28167. I will send you a pretty thank you card if you do this!)


Jewelz said...

This is too cool. Now I'm racking my brain to think of what creative thing I can do for it! My creative juices are flowing! Woo! Thanks for the giveaway! SO EXCITED!

Jessica said...

This is quite possibly the coolest contest ever. Across the Universe is on its way to me in the mail so I'll have to hurry up and read it so I can figure out something fun to contribute.

Books and making stuff are my two favorite things. This was my last book related craft project:!/_JessicaCline/status/28479542112

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness. You are so amazing Beth.
I have absolutely no idea what I will enter yet but I have a few ideas that could be really awesome.
CANNOT wait for A Million Suns.

chloesumner1317 (at) gmail (dot) com

Melissa/welachild said...

This is such a neat idea. I already know what I want to make, I just hope I can get it done in time!

Itwasemotional (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

Anyone else having trouble getting the widget?

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Okay, I'm going to (hopefully) come back with something uber creative by the month's close. That's my plan! So for now, thank you for the freaking awesome giveaway!


Lillian said...

The scavenger hunt is amazing and your contests are breathtaking! I can't wait to read the sequel--please enter me in your today only contest!

Anonymous said...

This is amazing, thank you so much for making it international! I already know what I'm going to make =) Also, please enter me for the scavenger hunt swag giveaway? Thanks!


NeuroHormone said...

You know I wrote a song after reading AtU? I think I might edit it and post it for this super nice creative contest! =D

A. K. Fotinos-Hoyer said...

thank you so much and please enter me for the giveaway :)


Emily said...

Wow! I will have to think of something awesome to do! Great contest!
Would love the chance to win a swag pack!


RivkaBelle said...

Ohemgee...coolest contest ever! I shall be putting on my bestest creative cap to come up with something epic! :o)


Anonymous said...

The scavenger hunt was awesome! Thanks for participating in it!

I absolutely loved Across the Universe and would love to be entered into your today only contest!

I also have a question about your big creative contest: how many times can you enter? Thanks!

Anna S. said...

Eep! The last comment with under 'anonymous' was me! ^_^; I just forgot to post my name...

Editor Cassandra said...

I can't figure out how to get the widget to work. When I click on get widget, it says "Sorry, the resource you are looking for cannot be found." :(

barmybex said...

Can you enter more than once?

I've done one thing but have another idea as well. can I enter both or do I have to pick one?

Awesome contest. :D

Kayla Olson said...

Beth! Somehow I missed this post until now—thanks so much for re-posting my video. :) And, what a FUN idea for a contest!

:) Kayla

Kayla Olson said...

PS: Since I'm lame and only found out about this contest today—the LAST day of the contest, and the day before I go have my baby (scheduled induction, FYI)—I just went ahead and submitted that video as my entry. It kind of breaks my heart that I'm not creating something new for this! But…I REALLY want a chance to read A Million Suns. :)