Saturday, May 14, 2011


(Or, How Blogger Tried to Hose Up My Give-Away)

Sadness struck me with the recent blogger black-out, because it happened during my first ever give-away. I lost my original contest post early yesterday morning, and had to re-blog about the contest. Unfortunately, I also lost the original comments and names of participants with the original post.

Even when Blogger support restored the original give-away post, the comments did not come back with it.

I gnashed my teeth for a full day, thinking how unfair it would be to continue the contest without all the people who deserved to participate.

And then, I remembered to check my other e-mail account. Voila! There, each in their own separate message, were all the comments and commenters. (Copied/pasted below for fun.)

Happiness and Joy. And now, happiness and joy belong to our winner:

Kayeleen Hamblin!

Kayeleen, please e-mail me at mkaley3 (at) gmail (dot) com with your address so I can ship JACOB WONDERBAR to you.

Thanks to everyone for playing!

And now, for my not-so-automated restoration of your lovely comments.


Kai said: “I'm in! Need all the help I can get w/critting. I love free books and can't wait to get my hands on this one. And I tweet. All good things.”
>Thanks, Kai! You've come to the right place.

Andrea Mack said: “A blog about critiquing sounds interesting! I signed up to follow (but I don't tweet yet so I can't do that part of your requirements). I mostly critique in Word docs, so I use the comment box, which I think is black ink.”
>Andrea, no worries about the tweeting. I like the word comment boxes, too.

Marewolf said: “I like purple! (And pancakes!) And I have a quick editing tip for when you are ready to revise your MS (this is after you've finished your rough draft & left it alone for a couple weeks like a good little writer): change the font, print it out, use a pencil (or purple pen) to make notes to yourself in the margins BEFORE you start editing in your computer :) Fun contest!
>Somehow, I knew you'd say you edit in purple. I got the idea for this contest from Marewolf, who just did a book give-away on her blog.

Aimee said: “Thanks for this! I'm in too. I'll tweet about it! :)”
>Aimee, thanks for stopping by and for tweeting.

Kayeleen Hamblin said: “I use a yellow hi-liter and a red pen if I'm using paper, but track changes in Word if it's on my desktop. And I've been looking forward to Jacob Wonderbar for ages.”
>Kayeleen, congratulations again!!!

Rena Jacobs said: “Text-to-speech software is my biggest tool for editing. Nothing takes the place of listening to my work aloud, read exactly as it's written. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to read this to my son.”
>Hello, Rena. I have text-to-speech on my kindle. I might try it for editing. Thanks for the idea.

Krista V said: “Great contest, Mary! I'm afraid I'm too impatient to wait (I'm planning to order JACOB WONDERBAR later today), but I did tweet about it, since it sounds like such a great book.”
>Krista, I don't blame you for ordering it already. Enjoy!

Mandie Baxter said: “Great blog!”
>Thanks, Mandie, and thanks for tweeting.


This was way fun, even with the blogger mishap. I'll have to do it again soon.



Kayeleen Hamblin said...

Yay! I'm so excited! I will share it with my brother who is 13, too.

Marybk said...

Oh, good! I'm so happy for your brother then, too!

Marewolf said...

Congrats Kayeleen!! Let us know how the book is :)

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