In honor of m_stiefvater‘s new release, BALLAD, we’re helping her hold a massive contest. She concocted it herself and wrangled brennayovanoff and I into helping her out, which we were thrilled to do! (If I’m totally honest, BALLAD is my favorite of Maggie’s three released books. I ❤ it and you will too!)
FIRST, the prizes.
The absolute grand prize about which we're enormously excited is:
1 chapter (or 15 double-spaced pages, whichever comes first) critique by all three of the Merry Sisters of Fate:
Maggie Stiefvater (LAMENT, SHIVER, and now BALLAD!), Brenna Yovanoff (author of forthcoming FE in ’10) and Tessa Gratton (possessor of secret news we wish we could share). We’re all critique partners, and read every manuscript each other writes before it goes out to editors or agents. We rip and tear the manuscripts apart and put them back together like nobody’s business. None of us would not be who we are without each other, and we’re thrilled to be turning our attention to YOU, dear readers. 😀
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? Maggie has 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 pose next to you. She 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. Want visual examples? Of course you do.
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 we need you to do is take the photos and post them somewhere online — we 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 us a link. Make sure it’s someplace we can see it and do a headcount. Bonus prize to someone who gets more than 20 people in a photo. 😉 We’ll think of something good . . .
Got the idea? Okay, to give you plenty of time to find it in the wild, we’re running this baby through October 10th, which is the second Saturday in October. Pleeeeeennnnny of time to find it.
You can post your links here, or over at Maggie’s journal. Good luck! And God speed! 😉