Blogiversary Contest — Prize: Me! Wait…er, What?

by Jami Gold on June 28, 2012

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My two-year blogiversary is coming up on July 12th.  Wow, I’ve been writing this blog for two years already? How can something feel like yesterday and forever at the same time?

Mostly, I’m amazed that I found that much to blog about, not just in the number of posts but the length of my posts.  (I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve come up with a blog topic and said, “Oh, this one will be short,” and ended up between 1000 and 1200 words.  *sigh*)  Between my posts and my replies to comments, I’ve easily written over a quarter-million words on my blog in the past year.

And I’m not the only one. During the past year, my readers have left around 3000 comments on my blog (not including my replies).  That’s an amazing amount of conversation and shared stories and tips, and it’s all thanks to you.  You’re the reason I blog.

To thank you, I’m celebrating by holding a contest.  For those who weren’t around last year, let me back up…

A blogiversary contest—that’s pretty normal, right?  But there’s a reason I call myself insane.  There’s a reason I write paranormal.  There’s a reason my motto is, Why be normal?

I don’t want to do normal.

So for this contest celebrating this blog and all the readers that make it awesome, the prize is…me.

Well, not “me” literally, but my time and/or money.  You get to pick what that means.  (Disclaimer: Subject to reasonability, privacy concerns, and legality.  I haven’t landed in jail yet, and I don’t intend to start now.  *smile*)

I want this contest to be for all my readers, whether they’re a writer or not, whether they’re published or not, whether they’re a newbie or not.  If you win, you decide how I can be most helpful to you.

Some ideas:

  • $25 Amazon gift certificate
  • Critique of your first chapter up to 5K words (Note: I write honest and detail-oriented critiques, and I’m a grammar-Nazi.  You’ve been warned.)
  • Critique of your synopsis and/or query letter
  • Beta read up to 25,000 words (includes feedback on overall premise, characterization, and pacing, but not in-depth editing or grammar)
  • General feedback by email brainstorming (story ideas: digging out from plot hole, blog/branding ideas: coming up with tagline, etc.)
  • I’ll write a guest post for your blog
  • You’ll get to write a guest post for this blog
  • Three books from my general blog contest collection
  • Pick my brain about anything (grammar questions, copies of the writing advice documents I’ve collected, a list of the writing advice bookmarks I’ve saved, copies of my blog customizations, etc.)
  • Sneak peek at one of my completed stories (The perfect gift for any agent. *snicker*)
  • Or anything else you can think of…within reason.  *smile*

To enter, leave a comment.  It’s just that easy.  Maybe tell me what you’d like to win, or make up a funny choice to amuse us all.  Introduce yourself if you’ve never commented before.  Or tell me how stupid you think this contest idea is.  Whatever.  It will all count.

In addition, I’ll pick an additional winner for every 25 commenters (not including my comments).  So if 1-25 different people comment on this post, I’ll pick one winner.  If 26-50 different people comment, I’ll pick two winners.  And so forth.

This contest will close at midnight EDT on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012.  The winner(s) will be chosen randomly and announced on my official blogiversary post on Thursday, July 12th.  Good luck!

Do you want to win something?  If so, tell me about it!

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Jordan McCollum July 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

Aw, man, I was hoping for a life-size cut out. Sigh.

Jami Gold July 3, 2012 at 9:41 am

Hi Jordan,

Ding, ding, ding! You’re #51. 🙂 We’ll now have at least THREE winners.

LOL! Yeah, I can understand that–target practice. 😉 *practices sticking thumbs in ears for a “nyah nyah nyah, you can’t hit me” pose*

William July 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Hey Jami!
New follower (you were my “first”, remember?) and I just want to congratulate you on your anniversary: Happy anniversary! I keep shuffling around on the blog to see if I can find any more good articles I haven’t read already!
You know how you did your “How NOT to write a story’ on the Green Lantern movie? Here’s another one: Sleeping Beauty and the Huntsman. Sigh. Such great promise, but it ended up being more style than substance. (Kind of reminded me of “Legend”.)
Anyway, congrats again and good luck in all your endeavors!

Jami Gold July 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Hi William,

You’re #52. 🙂

Ooo, I haven’t seen that Huntsman movie yet. Now I want to see it just to witness how they missed the mark. Hee.

I loved Legend, but you’re right, it was very heavy on style and light on content. I liked the music and I’m a cinematography groupie, so it worked for me. 🙂 Thanks for the congratulations and good luck in the contest!

Sophia Chang July 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Yay more winners!

I love choose-your-own-adventure type contests like this. Congratulations Jami!!!

I’d probably go for the cash, since I purchase my whole life on Amazon.

Jami Gold July 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

Hi Sophia,

You’re #53. 🙂

LOL! I’m not far from purchasing my whole life from Amazon. If my local grocery store partnered with them, I’d be doomed. 🙂 Thanks for the congratulations!

Sonia Lal July 4, 2012 at 11:09 am

Happy second happy birthday!!!

Jami Gold July 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Hi Sonia,

You’re #54. 🙂

Thanks–and good luck in the contest!

Becca July 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

How exciting! I’m just starting up a new blog so we have – almost – the same blogiversary!

Your books all look fascinating and fun. 🙂

Jami Gold July 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Hi Becca,

You’re #55. 🙂

Ooo, fun! Good luck with your new blog. 🙂

Reetta Raitanen July 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Happy Blogiversary, Jami! Two years is a great milestone, especially when each post is top notch and always brings a new perspective to a topic that so many write about. And I like your posts long 😉 More Jami = better. Keep up the great job.

Kudos to Renee for asking about gathering your posts together as an eBook. I would be happy to buy it too.

Jami Gold July 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Hi Reetta,

You’re #56. 🙂

Aww, thank you! It’s a good thing you like my posts long because I really don’t think I could do them any other way. LOL!

Kathleen July 4, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Wow! Those are some great prizes, I wouldn’t even know where to begin to pick (though I will if I must=)).
I started following you a while ago and am so glad I did!
Congrats on two years=)

Jami Gold July 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Hi Kathleen,

You’re #57. 🙂

We can hope that you get the opportunity to pick, right? 🙂 Thanks for the congratulations!

Renay July 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

Hi Jami,

Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary. 🙂 I have enjoyed reading your blog, the information and advice you give have become invaluable to me.

Thank you,

Jami Gold July 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

Hi Renay,

You’re #58. 🙂

Thanks for the kind words about my blog–good luck in the contest!

Stina Lindenblatt July 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Congrats on your blogging birthday, Jami. I look forward to many great more posts.

And I never say not to a prize of a critique. 🙂

Jami Gold July 6, 2012 at 10:27 am

Hi Stina,

You’re #59. 🙂

LOL! Exactly. All these people commenting about how they don’t need a prize. *pshaw* That’s like saying they don’t need chocolate. 😉

Beth July 7, 2012 at 8:09 am

Hi Jami,

This is an awesome idea! Congratulations on the blogiversary. I’ve been reading for a couple months now, but this is my first comment. I have no idea what I’d like to win yet! I’ll have to mull it over, if I’m lucky enough to win.

Jami Gold July 7, 2012 at 11:35 am

Hi Beth,

You’re #60. 🙂

Thanks for coming out of lurkerdom to comment and give congratulations! 🙂 Good luck in the contest!

Shonda July 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

A friend sent me your blog on “The Hard Work of Writing: Do you Embrace it?” Yeah, like embracing a hard hit to the face during a boxing match. I am brand new in this business and have no clue on “What I know” vs. “What I don’t know” and it hurts sometimes. At times my pride is all but gone. On the day I read your blog I was feeling low. After reading it, I smiled and got ready for round two.

Happy Two Year Blogiversary!! and thanks for the smile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jami Gold July 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Hi Shonda,

You’re #61. 🙂

Yay! Good for you on getting back up after that boxing match hit. I won’t pretend it’s easy, but the only way to truly fail is to give up. Good luck and thanks for the congratulations! 🙂

Marcy Kennedy July 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

You know how sometimes you think you’ve done something and then realize at the last minute that you actually meant to but forgot. This is one of those moments. I actually thought I commented on this post when it first arrived in my inbox. Turns out I didn’t. Oops 🙂 I hope that after two years I’ll still be blogging strong the way you are! Congrats on hitting such a milestone 🙂

Jami Gold July 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Hi Marcy,

You’re #62. 🙂

LOL! Why yes, I do know what that’s like. 🙂 Thanks for the congrats!

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