CRACK the CODE Celebration!

**CONTEST NOW CLOSED. CHECK IN TOMORROW to see if you CRACKED the CODE!**

I can't believe it. 2000+ followers! Continually you show us what a great community this is! And we are so grateful to be a part of it, we had to celebrate. So, a drum roll please, for OPERATION: CRACK the CODE!

You know those enormous vaults stuffed with millions of cash, jewels and gold bars right? Well, The Bookshelf Muse has procured one just for you.


When we hit 2K, Becca and I so desperately wanted to fill this steel bad boy with writerly coolness.  But, it's a big vault, and we're only two people.

So, in the spirit of what our writing & blogging community stands for, we reached out to a few SUPERSTARS who always go above and beyond to help others. And guess what?

The vault filled with LITERARY GOLD.

Shall we take a peek at what you could win?


From POWERHOUSE SCI-FI AUTHOR Beth Revis, a signed copy of Across the Universe

From WRITING LUMINARY Casey of LITERARY RAMBLES, a 10 pg YA/MG critique

From YA MASTERMIND Stina of SEEING CREATIVE & QUERY TRACKER BLOG, a 2 chapter critique (all ages/genres)



From CONTEMPORARY GENIUS AUTHOR Janet Gurtler, a 3 chapter critique of a YA, plus an ARC of IF I TELL.

From STRUCTURE SUPERWOMAN Laura of Laura Pauling's Blog, a $10 Amazon gift certificate toward SAVE THE CAT (Snyder) or another book & a Structural Analysis of your opening 3 chapters for  hook, inciting incident, and the start of the character arc.



From BLINDINGLY BRILLIANT MG/YA AUTHOR P.J. Hoover, a ten page MG/YA critique and an ebook copy of SOLSTICE along with a set of awesome trading cards 

From MG FANTASY AMAZON Author Janice Hardy, a first chapter critique (all ages/genres)

 From KIDLIT CHAMPION Martina of ADVENTURES IN CHILDREN'S PUBLISHING, a 50-page critique (all ages/genres)



From MA BESTIE BECCA, an ARC of Lauren Myracle's Shine and a 5K critique (all ages/genres)

From MISTRESS OF MIDDLE GRADE Shannon of Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe, a 10 page critique (all ages)


From ICON of AWESOME Julie of Julie Musil's Blog, a copy of PLOT & STRUCTURE (Bell)

And from ME, a Blog Assessment & a 5K critique (all ages/genres)

Oh and did we mention the GRAND PRIZE? (see below)


As Probst says on SURVIVOR...worth playing for?

HERE'S THE DEAL:  See all the Thesaurus Collections linked in the sidebar? Well, we've hidden 25 vault photos that say CRACK the CODE on 25 different entries. Find 5 and then enter THIS FORM listing where you found them. That's right, we're challenging you to a good ol' fashioned treasure hunt!

After you fill out the form, we will send you a combination code for the VAULT. Hang onto it...because on June 19th, we'll post the winning combinations. If yours is listed, click on it to see which prize you've won!

IF you find ALL 25 hidden vaults, you can enter for our grand prize--this awesome shirt!

So, start poking around! Need a HINT or two? Visit the blogs of the folks listed above and gather the clues!

CONTEST CLOSES MIDDAY SATURDAY ON JUNE 18th, SO GET CRACKING!! As always, tweets and mentions are appreciated but not required. If you do TWEET THIS, we have a hashtag too! #CRACKtheCODE

54 comments:

Angela Ackerman said...

It may take a few hours for us to send you your combination code upon receiving an entry. BUT, if you do not see it in your mailbox within 12 hours or so, just ping us and we'll look into it. Don't forget to check your spam filters as well, and GOOD LUCK!!

Anonymous said...

is this international? *hopes it it*

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Awesome! Man, I love that shirt. :) And congrats on this amazing milestone!

Angela Ackerman said...

Yes, anyone can enter--I think there is one prize limited to the US only but don't worry I'll handle it on my end. :)

Thanks for the congrats--happy playing!

Ava Jae said...

This was a fun, awesome idea for a contest! Congratulations on over 2,000 followers!

Eliza Tilton said...

what a fun contest! This site has been such a great resource. Thanks! And grats on 2000k!

aurora M. said...

I think this is a great contest!
Thanks for the chance.

Melissa Alexander said...

What a creative idea! Just love it. Congrats on reaching 2000 members! Couldn't have happened to a more deserving site.

Angela Ackerman said...

Guys, if you were looking early in the AM and only found 24, the 25th one is PANIC under the Emotion Thesaurus Collection. My bad--for some reason this post was not linked in the sidebar *embarrassed*

Angela

E. Arroyo said...

This is AWESOME! You guys are great!

tracikenworth said...

Oh, I'm so excited!! I got all 25!! Took me a lot of hair twirling/pulling to get the last one as I had to go back through to see what I'd missed. But it was fun!!

Heather said...

This is awesome! How fun! I'm off to try my luck...

Linda Kish said...

This was a lot of fun! Thanks.

Barbara Watson said...

Fun! And so many great resources here! Thank you for all the great prizes.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow! You two have really outdone yourselves this time. Amazing!! :-)

I'll be back...

Julie Musil said...

Congratulations on this huge milestone. You have helped soooo many writers with your amazing resources. Thank you!

Sarah Pearson said...

Oh this will be fun! Thanks for letting the internationals play too :)

Karen Lange said...

Wow, awesome celebration! Will have to get started this afternoon. Thanks to both of you, and congrats on the followers! :D

Angela Ackerman said...

Thanks everyone for the well wishes! But I feel like I should be cheering you guys because you did this! You make us awesome!

*pom poms*

Angela

Jenni Merritt said...

What a GREAT celebration! I just spent much too much time looking for all the words. And now I need more time to sit back and read these awesome posts! :)

erica and christy said...

Wow! What fun! Congrats on the 2k!!!

Becca Puglisi said...

So glad everyone is enjoying the hunt. Thank you all for being a part of The Bookshelf Muse!

Carrie said...

1) Congrats! Your hard work is certainly paying off. :)

2) You're giving me a reason to wander around the thesauruses all afternoon? YES! Thank you! :D

Linda: By the Book said...

Wow, this is so cool! Congrats on the 2000+ followers.
Hopefully I have the patience to find all 25 'cause I want that shirt!

PJ Hoover said...

I love this description of me. I'm going to keep it around and read it each morning.

Anonymous said...

Just stumbled upon your blog from Janice Hardy's link. Looks like great stuff. I'll be coming back to see more!

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

This was fun. I enjoyed getting to look through the entries in the different thesauri. It's good to remember all these things.

Congrats again on the followers. You guys rock the writing house!

Laura Pauling said...

Congrats Angela and Becca! What a great milestone and a terrific idea for a contest! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

You ladies are amazing - what an incredible list of prizes!! Off to have some fun... :)

Becca Puglisi said...

Welcome, Anonymous friend of Janice Hardy! And thanks, Janice, for the link!

Lisa Gail Green said...

Oh man! You guys are sooo awesome!! I'm not entering because I don't want to take chances for fabulous prizes from others. But I fully intend to cheer everyone else on!!!

Trisha said...

Woah, seriously awesome prizes here!!

Aldrea Alien said...

Just found all 25, not easy when I've only slow dialup and around 10% of the pages didn't want to load ... even with all the wonderful prizes, I don't care if I get nothing, I'm just hyped I found them all. :D

Congrats on passing the "2000 followers" mark. Personally, seeing how this is such a helpful blog, I'm shocked it didn't happen sooner.

erica m. chapman said...

SO fun!!! YOu guys ROCK. Thanks for continuing to post such great and helpful info ;o) *goes searching*

CONGRATS on 2000+ Whoooooooooo!

Solvang Sherrie said...

What an amazing contest, ladies! You guys rock!

Angela Ackerman said...

Thanks everyone for getting into the spirit and having some fun with us at the blog. You guys have been awesome too with all your mentions and tweets--we can't thank you enough for passing on the word, and for always being such great cheerleaders of The Bookshelf Muse. :)

Angela

Mindy Alyse Weiss said...

Thanks so much for everything you do for us--all the great info and this wonderful contest.

Lynda R Young said...

wow, an amazing competition! Congrats on your 2k+ followers!

Manon Eileen said...

Congratulations, I'm very excited for you :D I can't wait to dig into this contest! I love it, what a huge amount of goodies! ^^

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Fantastic idea with brilliant goodies - and so much fun, thank you! Here's to many more followers and wonderful blog posts (raising a virtual glass).

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You deserve all your followers and many many more.

I rushed home on Friday and showed hubby the site. He was impressed. More so than at my lame explanation at the party. ;)

Matthew MacNish said...

Wow. What a contest!

Pam Torres said...

That is an incredible list of prizes and congrats on all the followers. I'm usually a little late on the cool stuff, but I eventually find my way. Glad to have found your awesome blog!

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

What fun!

kristen said...

Hi Angela and Becca-
Sorry to be a pain, but I checked that I would like to be entered into all of the prizes, but after I sent it, started really looking at them and noticed I wouldn't have any YA material to critique. So please remove me from YA/MG contests with critiques.
Thanks
Kristen Johnson
kristengjohnson (at) gmail (.) com

Martha Ramirez said...

I am so happy for you! You deserve a million followers!

Janet Johnson said...

Wow! That's about all I can say. Wow! Awesomely amazing stash!

You guys are amazing. :D

Off to sidebar you.

Jeff King said...

Found all 25... What a chore, thx.

Dawn Brazil said...

Awesome contest. So excited. Thanks for having this.

tfwalsh said...

Love treasure hunting!!

Medeia Sharif said...

Congrats on the 2000+ followers! What a great contest.

Robyn Campbell said...

Congrads, Angela! I am so honored to know you. :-) Super fantastic contest, my friend.

Laura Ann Dunks said...

Great competition! You deserve it.

I entered about 2 or 3 days ago and I don't have a code yet. I'm hoping I didnt give you the wrong email address!

Laura
~X~

Jenna Wallace said...

Congratulations! I had a ball looking for the 25. I'll be speaking descriptively all day!

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