Friday, December 23, 2011

'Tis The Season of Giving

Thank you all for entering my contest, spreading the word, and cheering me on. Thanks to you guys, we've raised $1,573 for World Vision.


And guys? That's pretty darn awesome, in my opinion.

But I know the question on most of your minds is: WHAT ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY?!


Well, as you know, there were 1,573 entries. And up there above is 200 prizes. With the addresses all carefully hidden from view. The point of the giveaway is to be a surprise--so if you win, it'll show up in your mailbox (for US residents, probably by the end of next week--international might have to wait a bit).

Here are some statistics for your viewing pleasure!

  • By pure chance, the very first person who entered won one of the big prizes.
  • At least three people that I talk to fairly regularly on Twitter won (I recognized the names as I was posting labels)
  • There were a little over 30 international winners, including 2 of the big prizes
  • The state with the most entries was... Texas! Washington, Virginia, and California were after that.
  • The city with the most entries was... Portland, Oregon!
  • The international country with the most entries was... Canada!
  • Last year, an old college buddy won a prize. This year, one of my college roomies won a prize! (But sorry, Lori, it was just a postcard.)
  • One of the winners was a former student at the high school I worked at, and although she wasn't in my classroom, one of her besties was, so I got to know her, too. I think she'll be surprised!
  • My husband still doesn't know how much it cost to mail these out. Let's keep it our little secret, k?
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Have a wonderful new year!

38 comments:

Dayse D. said...

You are the most amazing person. I just don't have words. And world vision is such a good cause. I've donated a lot to it this year (mostly because of the youtube vloggers).
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU TOO.

Lori T. said...

This was such a generous giveaway, not only for the prizes but for your donation. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Gabrielle Carolina said...

Sort of crossing my fingers mine was one of the names you recognized since we are tweet-buds.

Will be seeing you in Chicago in April, BTW! : )

Christina said...

Thank you so much for the chance at winning some of your prizes but I think the best gift was the money that was for the World Vision charity. Though, I can't wait to see of I won (most likely not) but we all keep on wishing.
Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year!! Thank you Mrs Revis for your generosity and thank you everyone who participated!

Christi said...

Thanks for the great contest! I didn't win anything in last year's contest, I hope I'm luckier this time around!

Have a happy!

Eliza Tilton said...

what an awesome donation. I like that you put it for where needed most. Good call. Have a very happy holiday!

Emily said...

regardless of whether I won, glad to have contributed a small part. Now I will go stare at my mailbox.

Patricia said...

This was probably the best giveaway I've ever entered! 1573 entries seems to be so much! And I really have to agree with Dayse D.!

Happy Holiday to you. I hope you'll have a great new year!

(And congratulations to all the winners!)

April X said...

Hooray for $1,573 for World Vision! They're one of my favorite charities :) Thank you for hosting this HUGE giveaway!

YzhaBella's BookShelf said...

Way to go for World Vision! Great event Beth!

Kara said...

I agree with Emily, now I have to go stare at my mailbox :) Great giveaway Beth and thanks for making it such a great surprise! Congrats to all the winners and thanks for letting us contribute to World Vision, really awesome!

Beth, I pray that God reimburses you for not just the postage costs but for every effort you put into this, you truly blessed A LOT of people with this giveaway and with World Vision. You are not just a talented writer, but you managed to touch the entire world with this giveaway :) Blessings to you and yours and Merry Christmas!
Kara

LitzaLou said...

This is amazing! How awesome are you? I hope my sister gets a package! I mean, I hope I get one too... but I really hope she gets something. :) Thanks!

Dark_Calling said...

what a tease...arrrrrrrrgh! LOL

I'd really love to thank you for hosting this...more importantly the charity part!
Thanks a lot! Whether I win or not, I HAVE to get your book :)


Fingers crossed

thank you

Katherine said...

Thank you for such an amazing giveaway! Fingers crossed. What an awesome event you did for World Vision. Happy Holidays!

Myrna Foster said...

Merry Christmas! :o)

miki said...

Thanks you for this great giveaway. I will have to wait a bit to see if i won something since i'm international

Merry Christmas

Sam said...

Wow.....$1,573......woah.....that's a lot! I'm so excited! EEEEK! Thanks so much for the chance! :)

aparajita said...

thats a big amt. u raised....

Aleksandra said...

Wow, $1,573, that's great! Congrats to the winners & Happy Holidays, Beth!

Megha said...

That's a LOAD of money o.O But it's going to charity! Thank you!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Unfortunately UK isn't one of the very popular countries :(

barmybex said...

Congrats on raising so much. That's awesome, well done!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed and eyes open. I'll be obsessively checking the mail for weeks to come now. :D

Julianna Helms said...

AWESOMEREST GIVEAWAY EVER.

You rock, Beth.

Merry Christmas! :D

Blacky said...

The best giveaway ever!
Merry Christmas!

Kat said...

What an awesome donation to World Vision.

And thanks once again for the great giveaway! I'm hoping that I won something. *fingers crossed*

ephrielle said...

That is so sweet! I love the surprise idea. Hold everyone in suspense just a bit longer. Now it makes sense why you are the writer and we the readers. You have the art of suspense down. How many of us will be running out to the mail box as soon as we can each day. Or perhaps even waiting for the poor mailman. What a job, they get to deal with all us cooped up impatiently waiting types. Maybe, I ought to give the mailman some Christmas treat to make up for the creepy nature of my waiting. That should cover it right? Oh, and hey I agree what the husband doesn't know won't hurt him. At least when it comes to books. Happy Holidays! Of course, thank you for entertaining reads and your sharing nature. It is nice.
Hope, Love, and Happy Endings
@HLHappyEndings

Angela Brown said...

This giveaway had a different epicness to it. Not only did you give 200 prizes, but a charity benefitted as well. I'm floored with the beauty some authors have in their heartfelt desires to share their writer-happiness with readers and others.

This was wonderful. Whether I won a prize or not, that's fine. But this charity gained...so I'm glad I got to be a part of that.

Hoping your holidays are wonderful, joy-filled and stupendous :-)

Tiffany Mahaffy said...

I am so glad that you got such a great showing!! You donated to such a wonderful cause and win or not I am glad I was a part of it. I have to admit tho I would love to be one of the Canadian's that won lol. I will be be checking back in here for sure to see all the excited winners!!

Sommer Leigh said...

I am totally in love with what you did for this epic giveaway. Thank you so much for the chance to be a part of it!

Mia said...

That's great!
I hope that I'm one of the international winners. Any prizes going to Norway? :D

marykateisgreat9@gmail.com said...

Hello Beth Ravis!!!!! I am your biggest fan!!!!! I loved your book so much!! I never knew about the contest, i am a little bummed, but i am so happy for the people who won! I am eleven years old, and i was in love with your book! I dont have enough money to buy it though. I want to earn money, but i am a little to young to do anything. My mom wont give me the money though. I am too excited for the book A Million Suns to come out!!! I cant wait that long though. Please email me. I would totally understand if you didnt though. Congrats to all of the winners though!!!

Jolene and Family said...

Such an amazing giveaway and with so many entries, I about passed out when I got a package in the mail today! I literally squealed when I opened it, and I enjoyed the "Mommy is crazy" looks from my kids :) My day is made, and I am so thankful :) Thanks soooo much :)

Elizabeth @ Tattered Spines said...

Just saw my mailbox! THANK YOU so much! For Christmas I gave the gift of ATU signed and personalized and my friend was ecstatic and can't wait to read the book, and now I got a gift as well! Thank you again! <3

Rebecca Enzor said...

Wow, shipping must have been almost as expensive as the donation! Congrats on such a successful contest and fund raiser!

Kristina said...

I'm not surprised the most entries came from WA and OR, with all the rain and bad weather we all sit inside and read :)

Randi said...

Congrats on raising so much for World Vision! :) And thank you so much for the swag pack!

Chelsea Rafferty said...

I just wanted to thank you. I totally forgot about this giveaway and then I received Across the Universe signed copy along with a few bookmarks, a small beautiful Koi print (love) wish that one was bigger :D took an art class a few semesters ago and I love bigger drawings because you can see better where they made their lines and how it all got created :) I'm thinking I might try a Koi fish sometime though for fun :) I'm not any good with color but I'm pretty good with charcoal :) But yes, just wanted to say thank you very much :) I definitely lucked out! I'll definitely keep your secret safe from your hubby, he doesn't read your blog does he? LOL :)

Anonymous said...

Just came home from visiting family to find a signed copy of A Million Suns in my mailbox!

Thank you so so much! I loved Across the Universe and can't wait to read it!

-Lisa

Merenwen said...

Just got your postcard, thank you! :)