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01-20-2007, 06:35 PM
Hello! I hope it's ok that I post this here. My friend and I are hosting a contest and I wanted to tell you guys about it.


The book industry faces many challenges. People seem to have less time to read and it's tough to compete with the television and Internet. Any new or aspiring author knows how hard it is to make his or her voice heard amongst the chorus of "publish me!" "Notice me!" "Buy my books!"

In many cultures around the world, Valentine's Day has converted the month of February into the month of love. This February, two aspiring authors are taking their love of reading and their admiration for debut authors and combining them into the "Debut a debut!" contest.

Take a first-time author for a spin on your "To Read in 2007" list and give yourself the chance to win great prizes! Gift certificates to Borders (http://www.bordersstores.com/) and more!

During the week of 12 Feb through 17 Feb, read a book written by a debut author and post your review by 17 February. Send Susan (susanwestofmars@gmail.com) or Erica (rashenbo@gmail.com) the permalink to your review and you will be entered in a drawing for some great prizes.


Some Rules
A debut author is an author who has had their first novel published between 01/2006 and 02/2007.

Accepted publication types are ebook and in-print novels from established royalty-paying publishers or e-publishers; if you're not sure, e-mail us the name of the publisher. POD, vanity presses, or Publish America books are not considered for this contest.

Reviews can not be previously printed online or in print. The review of a debut author's novel must be posted between the dates of 02/12/2007 - 02/17/2007. Prize drawing will occur 02/19/2007 and winners will be notified via email.

Multiple entries are allowed.

The Prizes
2 randomly drawn participants will receive a $20.00 Borders gift certificate. Other prizes announced closer to the contest.

How to Enter
1. Buy, find, or borrow a novel that is an author's debut. (see list of some debut novels at WestofMars.com (http://www.westofmars.com), West of Mars -- the Meet and Greet (http://westofmars.blogspot.com), or Writing Aspirations (http://writingaspirations.blogspot.com))
2. Read the novel.
3. Write a review. It does not have to be a professional review. Provide a brief plot synopsis and then mention your likes or dislikes or other thoughts you had while reading.
4. Post the review online - either on a website or blog.
5. Send the permalink of the post to West of Mars or Writing Aspirations in an email message or post a comment to the main contest post with a link to your review.

Remember, the review is to be completed and posted during the week of 02/12/2007 - 02/17/2007.

A post will be created on West of Mars and Writing Aspirations with links to all book reviews submitted.

Don't miss your chance to get some press! West of Mars and Writing Aspirations are in the process of gathering your names and titles to help our contest entrants find great books to read. Please send us links to your website, or just your name and the title of your debut novel that was published between 1 January 2006 and 1 February 2007. If you have any promotional items -- especially copies of your book -- that you'd like to donate, we'd love to offer them as prizes.

01-21-2007, 01:29 AM
That's a cool idea

Did you do the graphic for the competition yourselves?

01-21-2007, 11:34 PM
Hi Talia,

Well, the Banner I had someone make for me from Writing.com and paid them with Writing.com credits... the other two I made. :)

Not real fancy, but just some little images to dress it up a bit.

We are working on our list of authors now and we'll have a post up soon with some links to authors and books for those folks that don't know how to find a debut item.

01-22-2007, 04:50 AM
Thanks Rashenbo. I am putting together a blogroll for psychologists and we were trying to work out how to get an image for our blogs. We found a website with cute mojos so we might fiddle with that

good luck with your project

01-30-2007, 01:54 AM
Thanks for posting this, Rash.

If you guys haven't been to the sites lately to see the list of potential authors, it's close to 200. I'd imagine that any fiction lover would have a hard time NOT finding anything on the list.

We are also getting quite a nice stock of prizes. So nice, in fact, I'm plotting ways to keep them all for myself.

(you know, I ALWAYS threaten to do that and then never do. Plot to keep them, that is. And then, since I haven't plotted, when the time comes to hand out the prizes, I always leave empty-handed and vowing to never again throw a contest that I can't enter. And what do I do? The same damn thing.

(Maybe I just like giving things away and watching people connect with something new. That must be it.)

01-30-2007, 10:29 AM
Great idea and cool contest! Thanks so much for hosting it.

02-02-2007, 05:18 AM
Dawno, I just got word of your generous prize offer! Thank you so very much!

I hope you'll enter the contest, too!