Massive Followers Contest!


I am awestruck. Wow, what an incredible milestone!

Thanks for using the Bookshelf Muse as a resource for your writing & teaching! It is such an honor to serve so many great bloggers and to have such a wonderful & supportive following. I hope you continue to enjoy the thesaurus collections as I roll them out as well as the other posts on various aspects of writing.

I can't think of any better way to celebrate this huge number than by holding a contest for my followers with some MASSIVE prizes!

Here's what you can win:

-- A FULL NOVEL Critique (WC Max 85,000) I will read your complete novel and offer wide-angle feedback that will help you build a stronger product, including a focus on Characters, Description, Character Arc, Plot, Dialogue, Proportion, Style, Stakes, Resolution & Voice. You'll get 100% honesty from me on how to strengthen your book. Please note that this prize is not for first draft novels. Your work must be at the point where Grammar/Spelling/structure issues do not detract from the read. The more polished it is, the more you will benefit from my critique. All genres welcome except for Erotica.

--A Copy of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

-- A Writer's Gift Box Enjoy a fun box of goodies just in time for the holidays, filled with things a writer will enjoy!

-- A First Chapter Inline Critique A line edit of your first chapter, with emphasis on your hook and building a strong compelling start to your book. All genres welcome except for Erotica. (I'll give out 2 of these)

Interested in entering? Here's how:

1 entry for commenting that you are a follower (if you aren't yet, please join today!)
1 entry for linking to this contest on a blog
1 entry for linking to this contest through your twitter or facebook

CONTEST ADDENDUM: BONUS ENTRIES

Musers have reminded me I've not included sidebar linking and Livejournal! Yikes!

Mention the contest on your Livejournal (1 entry)
Link to The Bookshelf Muse in your sidebar (3 entries!)
(Big bonus points here!)

So that's a total of 7 possible entries per Muser! Contest runs until December 1st, so let's start seeing those comments!

99 comments:

Kelly said...

Yow!!! That is a whole lotta hits! CONGRATS!!!! (and I'm a follower...:)

Courtney Johnson said...

What a fantastic contest! The full crit is a fantastic prize.

I love this site, and am thrilled that you've git 100,000 hits. What a tremendous milestone!

I regularly follow your blog via RSS and often find myself here when looking for that little bit of inspiration. I enjoy recommend your site in crits as well - I have a couple of crit partners that didn't know you existed and were thrilled to find such a helpful and easy-to-use website. :)

PJ Hoover said...

Hey! I'm a follower! So there's one entry for me. Yay!

Rie said...

I'm a follower, or esteemed stalker as you call them.

Matt said...

Congratulations on 100,000 hits. That's awesome. Let me be the first to shout it out.

I'm a follower of the Bookshelf Muse! Woohoo!

Karen said...

Wow! What an incredible giveaway--I'm a follower, so +1. Will return with my blog and twitter links when I do them. :)

Hannah said...

I'm a follower, so there's one entry for me. ^^

courtney said...

I just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'll step aside on the entry (FANTASTIC prizes!!!!), but I am so thrilled & not at all surprised TBM has reached so many people. Congrats, Angela!!

Creative A said...

Awesome! Congrats, Angela. I'm already a follower so count me in :)

Martha Skye Martin said...

Hey, I need all the help I can get! I'm entering full boar! (Bore? Told you I need help!)

Congrats too!

Erica said...

Woo Hoo!
That's awesome :o) The link will appear in tomorrow's post!! Love this blog- and I'm thrilled you made it to 100,000 hits! Congratulations
:o)

dorkvader said...

is there any way to enter for only some of the prizes? because they sound really cool, but my book isn't written yet, nor has any of it been revised. i wouldn't want to get a prize that i wouldn't use, thus preventing someone else who would love to get it from getting it.
i'm a follower!
don't put me in the drawing if what i mentioned earlier doesn't work

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I'm a proud follower of The Bookshelf Muse - hip-hip-hooray! ;-)
Now,I have to go make a couple of links to please the prize fairy!
www.shannonkodonnell.blogspot.com

Inkblot said...

Whee, contest!

I'm a follower, and I also blogged about the context over at Inkfever :)

Congrats on the milestone, and thanks so much for creating such an amazing resource :)

Vijaya said...

You have a fantastic site, Angela, and so I am not surprised one bit.
Those are some generous prizes ... count me in.

Arlene C. Harris said...

I am also a follower on RSS, so 1 point for me. But I would be hapy also to link to this on my blog. However I don't do Twitter or Facebook.

Would Livejournal serve instead?

off to post link on blog...

ps Congratulations!

Arlene C. Harris said...

addendum: not only did I post a link to the contest (point 2 for me!) but I've also added The Bookshelf Muse to my sidebar, right under the links to my other book projects.

here's the link to the link:

http://arlenecharris.blogspot.com/2009/11/shut-up-its-contest.html

Mary Witzl said...

Yay, congratulations -- and those prizes sound fantastic! I am a follower -- that's one entry, right?

And tonight I will link to this post on Twitter -- I've got a class to teach or I'd do it right now!

For anyone who's thinking about entering but not sure, I can attest to Angela's critiquing ability. That's the one I'm aiming for...

Yunaleska said...

WHOOHOO!!! That's so awesome! You deserve that many hits because it's a fab resource.

1) I'm already a follower (although I tend to lurk)
2) I've just twittered about the comp (unsure how to link but I'm under Nayuleska)
3) I've just put a post on review blog link is here....

http://nayusreadingcorner.blogspot.com/2009/11/great-competition-on-different-blog.html

Angela said...

YIKES! I totally forgot Livejournal and sidebar linkage! I've added these now, including 3 extra entries bonus for a sidebar link!

Thanks everyone for the kind words and constant support! You are awesome!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Okay, Angela - I'm a member, You're on my sidebar, I've linked to you on my blog post, and you'll be on my facebook by the end of the day. Sadly, I don't even know what a Livejournal is - bummer! Oh, well...6 out of 7 isn't bad! ;-)

Jesika said...

I am one of your followers. I feel we should get robes with hoods, or at least a shiny pin to put on our lapels.

Your blog is a viable and extremely helpful resource which I actually keep open constantly in case I find myself needing help.

And for double points: Blog post!

Mary Witzl said...

I've done it -- I've tweeted about you! (And I didn't even need my kids to show me how to do this.) A red-letter day for me too!

Rebecca Knight said...

HOORAY, and congratulations! :D

I just became a follower!

Arlene C. Harris said...

okay, and finally, posted to my LJ, which actually has higher traffic than the blog:

http://nthdraft.livejournal.com/53630.html

so that makes (count fingers) twelve! Twelve points! Mu ha ha ha ha... Or maybe four. Close enough.

What do you want, I'm an ENGLISH MAJOR, I don't do math... /snerk

Larissa said...

Ooh! I wanna win!

Okay - I'm a follower, I am linking on twitter (@lchardesty), I will post on my blog (lchardesty.blogspot.com), and I will figure out how to link you in my sidebar as soon as I figure out how...LOL.

Rie said...

You are in my sidebar as you always have been! I love this site, I use it for body language and emotions all the time.

David Scott Banghart said...

I'm following

Jaclyn :D said...

Im a follower now :D XD

And congrats on all those hits! :D

Natalie Hatch said...

You, as always, are my first port of call when I"m trying to work out what the heck my character is doing with their body/face. I am a stalker big time. Congrats on the 100,000 hits.

quixotic said...

I'm a follower and have shared this via my blog and my facebook.

Lisa Amowitz said...

Hi! I Twittered, Facebooked, linked you to BOTH my blogs...

http://lisa-amowitzya.blogspot.com/

and

http://sharingthebrain.blogspot.com/

AND blogged about your contest myself. I love this blog and have referred to it many times. I'm embarassed I've only just joined it!

DukTape said...

Howdy! I'm a follower, and I twittered The Bookshelf Muse, too. Congratulations on the 100k!

Kathy

ElanaJ said...

Kewl contest! I follow you. Sometimes it borders on stalking. :)

And can I just say that you read my first chapter when I won a different contest and it was awesome. So this is a great prize for whoever wins!

Kathleen A. Ryan said...

Congrats on the 100K hits!

I'm a follower, and I will tweet about this fabulous contest and announce it on FB, too.

I will blog about it (I'll get back to you when it will run, with a link) on http://www.womenofmystery.net

Trish said...

Hey, Congratulations, Angela. I’m a follower and you’ve been on my sidebar since I first started my blog. I’ve added a new post to this contest on the top page of my blog. I’ve Twittered it, and Added a link to Face book. I’ve also added a link to my Aussie group of authors Down Under. I’ll go and twitter again now. Anything I’ve forgotten?

Oh, I just remembered. I better go and tell my critique group over at CC.

Heheheh, I love a contest! Yay!!!! Skip ety dooda day

Jessica said...

Eek! I'm going to have to link to you soon. :-)
What a great contest and HUGE congrats on the hits. :-) You offer really great ideas and descriptions.

Mr. H. said...

Ooh! OOoohh! I love this place (not brown-nosing, I really do!) I'm in!

L.J. Boldyrev said...

What a great message to wake up to!

I am a follower
Posted on my blog, http://ljboldyrev.blogspot.com/2009/11/holy-writers-contest.html
as well as a sidebar link to the contest(and if you scroll down a bit I have a permanent link up there)
I tweeted: http://twitter.com/LJBoldyrev
I facebooked: http://www.facebook.com/LJBoldyrev

Thank you for hosting such a wonderful contest.

Susan said...

Congratulations on snatching those hits! I love this blog and recommended it to my critique group. Now,I'm a follower and I added your link on my blog's sidebar. I'll write a post about your contest and send word on to fellow writers. Will also mention it on my Facebook. Hey...how many entries does that make? Great idea for a contest.

Aimee said...

I am a follower, posted a blurb on my blog (http://beautyofthewrittenword.blogspot.com/2009/11/tuesday-but-no-teaser-yet.html) complete with a link back to this contest and posted the link on my Facebook.

Roy Buchanan said...

Yeah, Angela! What an outstanding achievement. You rock girl. :)

Anyway, I guess I'm more of a lurker/stalker than a follower at present, seeing as I don't drop by regularly. Hope that counts for one.

You are linked on my Facebook account:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/profile.php?v=info&ref=profile&id=687231845

That should count for two.

No blog yet as I don't think anyone would want to read about my boring life and I don't Tweet or have a site, so I guess that's about all I can enter.

Keep up the excellent work. I recommend the site every chance I get. :)

Hazardgal said...

What a smorgasbord of goodies! Have linked on my twitter, Muse Mountain blog and facebook! You are a busy lady! Have a great Thanksgiving.

Roy Buchanan said...

Not sure if a link on CC counts. If it does, then I guess that would be three for me. :)

Hazardgal said...

Congrats busy lady! I have tweeted, blogged about this on Muse Mountain and Mountain Muses and on Facebook. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Corey Schwartz said...

What an awesome contest! I'm following now (Though I don't write novels so you might not want to enter me)

Deb Salisbury said...

I'm your 298th Follower! Many thanks to Lisa Amowitz for pointing me in your direction. I'm impressed with the info you offer.

You're now in the side bar of my writing blog, blog.debsalisbury.com and I'll be adding you to my 'links for writers' post tonight.

Congrats on 100,000 hits!!!

Shevi said...

Congratulations on getting 100,000 hits! That's amazing. I'm now following too.

Kristi said...

Hi there - okay, one entry for being a follower and one for posting on my blog - www.theblackquillcrits.blogspot.com
Thanks for doing the contest!

Deb said...

Congratulations on hitting the 100, 000 hits mark. And what a fantastic contest, too!!

Amy Allgeyer Cook said...

Hello!
I just followed you so 1 entry for me! :)

Steena Holmes said...

What an accomplishment! Congrat's!
I'm now a follower, posted a link on my blog AND put your contest on my blog's sidebar!

Arlene C. Harris said...

I do have a question about the prizes involving critiques: what if someone does not have anything that far polished and ready to go? When would the prize "expire?"

I say this in the vain hope of winning one, but I don't have anything beyond first and second draft ready to go.

strugglingwriter said...

I am a follower :)

Alice said...

What an awesome contest. I always have you bookmarked but now I am an official follower..that's 1

I added you in the sidebar on my blog that's 3 more
http://wilmaswimzees.blogspot.com/

and I posted on facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1180029605

So that's 5, I think. But I am hungry. LOL

Thanks bunches!

JDMills said...

Ok I'm following you now, so I guess this is my entry

Louise said...

I don't think I've posted on here before, but I use the site very often. :D

It is fantastically useful! :D

I've posted a link to this on facebook before. How do I show that on here? :)

Aimee said...

I am adding to my previous entry, I now have your blog linked in my sidebar (along with, following, the blog post, and facebook link listed in my last comment)

Angela said...

Wow tons of entries! Keep em coming!

To answer your questions, what I will likely do is the first name I draw I will award the fullMS critique to and give them a 'first right of refusal', meaning that if they do not have anything suitable for critique, they can pass it to another winner and choose one of the other prizes.

Should someone win who has a MS needing critique but it needs a bit of work to polish it up first, that's fine as well. The winner and I will determine a time frame for the novel to be submitted.

As for Facebook links, unless we're friendsies, I can't see it, but I'll take you at your word, so no worries! (feel free to friend me though if you like--I love FB friends!) You can find your way to me by using the link in the sidebar to our Bookshelf Muse Group on Facebook!

Oh I am excited! Are you excited? I can't wait to award these prizes!!

Stephanie Thornton said...

Yay! I'm a follower now! What a great milestone!

And I'm linking on my sidebar too- yahoo!

fiveunderfive said...

I love your emotion thesaurus. I'm a teacher and I've shared it with my entire staff. I'm finishing up a middle grade novel and I've referred to it many times to get ideas!
I'm now a public follower and I've listed you on my blog! How many entries could that be?:) Thanks

S. Slates

dorkvader said...

this is so cool! i'm so excited that those that don't have things ready for critique can enter.
i'm a follower.
i put you in my side bar on my blog (i think that counts for on)
and i will post about this contest
http://www.dorksideoftheforce.blogspot.com/

Nancy Naigle said...

I'm a follower and I tweeted about this.

What a fabulous gift to give. Thanks!
Wish me luck!
Nancy

Karen said...

Love your emotion thesaurus, by the way! I just added you to my blog sidebar, so +3. Yippee!

www.novelsduringnaptime.blogspot.com

Alicia Walker said...

I'm a new follower! I just found your site via a friend's tweet. So glad! And now I will tweet this.

Alicia Walker said...

Angela, are you on twitter? I retweeted this contest, but I can't find you via your name to follow you on twitter.

Alicia Walker said...

Now you're on my blogger sidebar (right under Literary Rambles). You can find it at: http://www.mindifiwrite.blogspot.com
Yay!

Weronika Janczuk said...

I'm a follower. :-)

Also, I've linked to this on my Twitter.

Angela said...

Alicia, I am on Twitter...but until now I haven't been active. *hangs head in shame* You've inspired me to get it together!

Tweeters can find me here:
http://twitter.com/AngelaAckerman

Please friend me and share your tweet tips in the blog post above-I'd appreciate the help!

Thanks everyone for all the great entries! Good luck to all!

Rohi said...

Yo, I am a follower. One entry.

Valerie said...

Awesome contest! I'm a new follower

+1 entry for commenting that you are a follower

+3 I also linked to your contest in my sidebar and added your link to my list of book bloggers on my other sidebar!

MorganB said...

I am now officially a follower!

dyockman said...

+1 I am a follower.
+3 I linked to you on my Blogroll
+1 I twittered about the contest (http://twitter.com/DYockman/statuses/6206001516)

I want! I want! Oh...and I am so glad a CP pointed me your way! Great resource!

Shonna Slayton said...

Found you on Twitter today...what a great contest. Sign me up for three points: RSS follower, twitter, and blog:
http://www.routinesforwriters.com/

jessieharrell said...

What a great contest - I tweeted and posted on Facebook. I'd be a follower too if I could figure it out, but I'm not the cool. :) I'll be back for sure though.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

I'm a new follower. The contest is great, but your blog is fantastic! I'm so glad I've found it!

Elspeth

Karen said...

Ahh, my final 2 entries:

Twitter (@naptimewriter)
blog post: http://novelsduringnaptime.blogspot.com/2009/11/before-i-forget.html

Thanks again for such an awesome contest!

Okie Book Woman said...

Just signed up to be a follower. I love your site. I look at it often while I'm writing to get some great ideas. Thanks so much for doing this.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I follow! I was sidelined by NaNo and just saw this. Anybody else arriving late, Angela's critiques rock!
Congrats on the 100K. Too awesome.

Brittany said...

I am a follower of your awesome blog!

Here is a link to my Twitter where I tweeted the link: http://twitter.com/Brittany1159

Here is a link to my blog where I posted about it: http://addictedtowriting1.blogspot.com/2009/11/awesome-contest.html

3 entries for me!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Follower here, I also have your blog linked to my sidebar. That's 5 points. Woo! Awesome contest.

Liz S said...

I'm a new follower. One entry (so far) for me. Great contest!

Liz S said...

I've also twittered and linked to your contest on Facebook. Is that one entry or 2? ;)

Bingqilin00 said...

New follower and commenter as of today!

Bingqilin00 said...

New follower and commenter as of today!

Bingqilin00 said...

New follower and commenter as of today!

Stormy said...

I just heard about this contest (and blog) on a blog I read religiously and subscribed. I'll tweet about it too. ;)

twitter.com/storiestorm

dorkvader said...

oops! i lied
i'm a follower=1 point
i blogged about this=1 point
i put you in my sidebar=3 points
so i'm at 5, not 3
http://www.dorksideoftheforce.blogspot.com/
if you'd like to read it :D

Sandy Shin said...

Yay, congrats! That's a lot of hits!

1) I'm a new follower. :)
2) Here's my tweet.
3) I blogged about it on Wordpress blog (which I will link to my Blogger soon).
4) I also blogged about it at my Livejournal.
5) I also link to the blog in both my Wordpress and Livejournal sidebars. :)

Lisa said...

I've become a follower, posted on my blog about your contest, and also posted a link on my facebook. What a great contest! I'll enjoy reading your blog. Thanks!

Corey Schwartz said...

Okay, why not. I wasn't going to enter because I don't write novels, but when you said "last chance" I just couldn't help myself. Hate ot be left out of anything :)

Robyn Campbell said...

Hey Angela! Whew, I made it just in time. I would love to win the crit. Man! Anyway blogged about it, facebooked it, put it in the sidebar of my blog. Six ain't bad. :)

Congrats on the wonderful milestone. Happy, happy time. :)

Lisa and Laura said...

What an amazing contest! Congrats on all the hits and please enter us. We're new followers!

Joyce Wolfley said...

What a generous offer. I'm a follower!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi -

Great contest! I became a Follower.

susanjreinhardt (at) gmail (dot) com

Thank you.

Tara McClendon said...

Congratulations on such a huge number! This was a great idea for a contest.

gale said...

I'm now a follower! A great idea!

Victoria Dixon said...

I am now a follower and wish I'd found you earlier! Cool idea, though. ;D

camatlarge said...

Congrats on 100,000+ hits. I'm now following and entering your amazing comp.

Thanks :)

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