3rd Annual Blogiversary Contest — Prize: Me! Wait…er, What?

by Jami Gold on June 27, 2013

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It’s that time of year again. My three-year blogiversary is coming up on July 12th.  And I’m once again amazed by the fact that I’ve been writing this blog for three years. 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 (over 300!) 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 several thousand comments on my blog. 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 you’re a writer or not, whether you’re published or not, whether you’re a newbie or not. If you win, you decide how I can be most helpful to you.

Some ideas:

  • $25 Amazon gift certificate
  • Free registration to my Lost Your Pants? An Impatient Writer’s Guide to Plotting a Story workshop (will be offered this fall)
  • 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)
  • Analysis of story structure and story/character arcs for overall development and “book doctor” feedback
  • Mentoring/walk-through help on one project (blog/website, developing a premise, business plan, social media platform, etc.)
  • Email brainstorming (story ideas: digging out from plot hole, 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 (subject to my guest post policies)
  • 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.)
  • One of my remaining CreateSpace copies of Treasured Claim and/or copies of my other 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. (Yep, that means those of you reading this via RSS or newsletter should visit my site so you can wave hello in a comment.) 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 Wednesday, July 10th, 2013. The winner(s) will be chosen randomly and announced on my official blogiversary post on Thursday, July 11th. Good luck!

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

(Note: The comments go to two pages, so if you don’t see yours, don’t panic! *grin*)

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Febe Moss July 8, 2013 at 11:31 am

I would love a beta read from you! I visit your site at least once a week 😉

Jami Gold July 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Hi Febe,

You’re #48! 🙂

Aww, thank you! Good luck in the contest! 🙂

Maryanne Fantalis July 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Happy anniversary Jami! I was away on vacation when you published this, so I’m glad I still have time to get in on the fun. I have to say, you already give so much of yourself here on the blog, that’s more than enough. Every post is so smart and packed full of great information. You’re one of the first places I check whenever I have a question. I’m really glad I found you, out here in the blog-o-verse! 🙂

Jami Gold July 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Hi Maryanne,

You’re #49! 🙂

Yay! Glad you were able to get your comment in on time. 🙂 Thanks for all the kind words and good luck!

Taffy July 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I just finished reading about changing POV’s and hopped over here. I’d love have a beta reader. Or someone to come and do my ironing. That would be awesomesauce too.

Jami Gold July 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Hi Taffy,

You’re #50! 🙂

LOL! Eh, I say go wrinkly–that’s my plan. 😉 Good luck in the contest!

Melissa Sugar July 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Congratulations Jami, on three years. I hope you keep blogging for many years to come because I always learn something from your resourceful and informative post. And I love the humor you inject into each post. Hey, I think I’m number 50, yah, that means two prizes . Speaking of prizes, you have offered the prize of you with many appealing options. I love the contest and prizes and would love to win.

Jami Gold July 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Hi Melissa,

You’re #51! 🙂 And that means THREE winners! Yay! *tosses confetti*

Exactly–the prize is me, and the winners get to decide how I can be most helpful to them 🙂 Thanks for the congratulations and good luck!

Davonne Burns July 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Not sure how I missed this post, but congrats on 3 years! I might not comment often, but I always enjoying reading your posts. (I tend to be a quiet lurker.)

Jami Gold July 8, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Hi Davonne,

You’re #52! 🙂

I understand–I lurk frequently as well. 🙂 Thanks for the congrats!

Kaitlin R Branch July 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Well heck, I’d love you to read and review my newest novella Pandora’s Ring. It’s paranormal romance, right up your alley, and I can even send you a free copy. 🙂 I remember this contest from last year.

Jami Gold July 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Hi Kaitlin,

You’re #53! 🙂

Ooo, thanks for adding a suggestion to the list of prizes. 🙂 Good luck in the contest!

kim cleary July 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm

Hi Jami, A blogiversary contest is a great idea! I think I’d pick a beta read … not sure, you have so many talents. This is my first ever comment on your blog, but it won’t be my last! I got here after reading for your very interesting post about managing comments. Congratulations on blogging for 3 years and writing over 300 posts.

Jami Gold July 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Hi Kim,

You’re #54! 🙂

Aww, thank you for the kind words. 🙂 Good luck in the contest!

Susan Dunn July 9, 2013 at 7:04 am

Happy, happy Blogiversary! Love your blog, Jami, it’s always so detailed–and organized.

Jami Gold July 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

Hi Susan,

You’re #55! 🙂

Aww, thank you! Um, it probably won’t come as a surprise that I’m usually detail-oriented and organized in real life. LOL! Good luck in the contest!

ChemistKen July 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Congratulations on your blog. It’s even more of an accomplishment considering the quality (and length) of your posts. Thanks for all the hard work.

Jami Gold July 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Hi ChemistKen,

You’re #56! 🙂

LOL! Yes, I am rather long-winded. 🙂 Good luck in the contest!

Charlotte K July 10, 2013 at 1:33 am

Happy Blogiversay ! A friend recommended you and I’ve been really enjoying your blog posts ever since. Here’s to another three years! and another … and…

Jami Gold July 10, 2013 at 9:16 am

Hi Charlotte,

You’re #57! 🙂

Aww, thank you! And here’s to continuing to be able to think of blog topics. LOL! Good luck in the contest!

Morgyn July 10, 2013 at 7:08 am

Jami, sweetie, your spreadsheets are desktop saved on all my computers!

Congrats on the rockin’ great blog!

Question, today’s post, when I click for the character arc beat sheet, it goes to your main roundup area and none of them are labeled Character Arc or did I miss something?

Jami Gold July 10, 2013 at 9:30 am

Hi Morgyn,

You’re #58! 🙂

Great question! If you haven’t read the posts going with each of those worksheets, it probably wouldn’t be obvious which was which. Ooops. 🙂 I was referring to the Michael Hauge beat sheet, which is more geared toward the character arc.

I’ll fix that–thanks for letting me know! 🙂 And thanks for the congrats!

Morgyn July 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

Thanx! Speculated it might be, just wanted to check! Off to print this post.

Jami Gold July 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

Hi Morgyn,

Thank you for pointing it out! 🙂

Renn Hadley July 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I’d love to win a critique from you, hope I made it in time.

Happy Blogiversary, your posts have helped me so much along the writing way…

Jami Gold July 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Hi Renn,

You’re #59! 🙂

Yep, you made it time. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words and good luck!

Susan Jaymes July 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Wow three years at blogging. I’m just getting started and have only done it for a few months. I have a long way to go to catch up to you. Congrats and good work.

Jami Gold July 10, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Hi Susan,

You’re #60! 🙂

We all started from nothing, so I understand. 🙂 Thanks for the congrats!

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