Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ballad Contest Extended to Halloween

Okay, first of all, why did everyone let me get away with posting a Five Things on a Friday post on a Monday? Why did I even think it was Friday yesterday? I am counting on you guys to REMIND ME WHAT YEAR IT IS.

Second of all, remember the Ballad contest? The awesome one with huge prizes including a crit from all of the Merry Sisters of Fate, so long as you just take a pic of yourself with Ballad in a store? Well, the deadline for it is supposed to be the 10th, but a lot of folks are having problems finding it in stores. It's gone to reprint to fill demand so it'll be easier to find very shortly, but I wanted to give everyone a chance to actually, you know, ENTER. (and never fear those who have already entered, I will be drawing an extra prize out for all entries that come in before the 10th).

So the new deadline is Halloween. And here are the prizes and rules for entry. Capiche? Capiche.

Okay, first of all, the prizes.

The absolute grand prize about which I am enormously excited is

A 1 chapter (or 15 double-spaced pages, whichever comes first) critique by all three of the Merry Sisters of Fate:
me, Brenna Yovanoff (author of forthcoming FE in '10)( ) and Tessa Gratton (possessor of secret news I wish I could share)( ). These are my two critique partners, who read every manuscript I write before it makes it to my editors. They rip and tear my manuscripts apart and put them back together like nobody's business. I would not be who I was without them and I'm thrilled that they've agreed to do this.

The first prize is this swank messenger bag. Not just a swank messenger bag, but a swank messenger bag stuffed with a signed Ballad, a signed Lament, a signed Shiver, and a signed Shiver audio book.

And the second prize is stack of books all involving the paranormal and teens and death and good stuff:

a signed copy of BALLAD
NEED by Carrie Jones
GRACELING by Kristin Cashore
IMPOSSIBLE by Nancy Werlin
THIRSTY by M. T. Anderson

And the third prize is

a signed audiobook of Shiver (what? I have a lot of them)

And here are the rules:

To enter, you must find a copy of Ballad in the wild -- that is, in a bookstore of any ilk. You do not have to buy said copy of Ballad. All you have to do is whip out your camera or your cell phone and have someone take a picture of you holding it. That's one entry. That's it. You want another chance to win? Have your sister (or any person) pose next to you. Said person doesn't have to buy the book either. Or even hold a copy. She does need to be looking at the camera though. Want another chance to win? Have that random woman browsing the Sarah Dessen books stand next to your sister. Again, she doesn't have to hold the book. Or even know you. Just be willing to smile into the camera in proximity to someone holding the book. Each person in the photo represents an entry. So more people = more chances to win. Want visual examples? Of course you do.

This is ONE ENTRY. Notice James is holding the book and looking at the camera.
TWO ENTRIES. Dee is not holding a book, but she is eyeballing the camera. Vaguely.

THREE ENTRIES. Nuala is not holding a book either, but she's looking at the camera.

FOUR ENTRIES. None of them know the king of the dead, but he's looking at the camera (I think. His eyes are shadowed.) He doesn't have to hold that book, but he is anyway because he's so darn thrilled to be in it.

Then what I need you to do is take the photos and post them somewhere online -- I don't care if it's your facebook, livejournal, photobucket, mom's website, whatever, that's not important. The only thing that's important is that you link them here. You can embed them directly in the comment if you have the voodoo to do that. Or you can just send me a link. Make sure it's someplace I can see it and do a headcount. Bonus prize to someone who gets more than 20 people in a photo. ;) I'll think of something good . . .

Got the idea?



Donna Gambale said...

I love the drawings -- the king of the dead totally is ecstatic about his copy of Ballad! I'm not entering the contest because Frankie, my co-blogger/critique partner from the First Novels Club, is dead set on winning, so I'm going to let her run with this one.

Also -- I was your 100th Blogger follower, and I'm happy I helped you reach triple digits on here! (Plus it's much easier than remembering to check your livejournal every couple days like I'd been doing.)

Kristen said...

Okay, this may seem random to you.... but I dreamt last night that you came back to IL just in time for me to buy a finished copy of Ballad and get it signed by you. Yes, you are officially in my dreams.. Don't worry, you're not the only one creeped out by it.. my fiance gave me the strangest look when I told him about that dream.

Larissa said...

Hi, Maggie!
After four bookstores, I found a copy of Ballad. Here is the address where I posted the pic (on facebook): http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=125171&id=707491995&l=e54cc46064

The girls in the pic are two random ladies having coffee - lol. I am going to try to get another pic with more people in it. Stay tuned...

(Can you tell I *really* want that crit?)

ElegantSnobbery said...

Can I just say that you have completely thrown off my entire week? Because I totally read Five Things on a Friday, and thought, "Okay, cool - It's Friday. Yay." But now its not the weekend and I'm all confused. And I'm not even making that up. :D

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Hahaha, Larissa! I think that's the first Ballad I've seen at a Books a Million!

Larissa said...

I actually went there first, and they didn't have it. When I went again, there was just that one copy next to Shiver. I'm wondering if they didn't order me a copy after I asked about it...

Maggie Stiefvater said...

Also, Donna, thanks for being my 100th follower!!

And Kristen, it's okay, I dreamt I meant Justine Larbelestier and couldn't pronounce her name because I was chewing gum (which I don't do).

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