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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

2011 Debut Author Challenge!!!

I am entering the 2011 Debut Author Challenge!!!

Over at http://www.thestorysiren.com/, master blogger, Kristi, is having a 2011 Debut Author Challenge, here are the deets:


"For those of you that are new to the challenge I will have a post similar to this every month. You will gain an entry into the prize packs for every review link that you submit. The debuts do not have to be released in the corresponding month of the post. That means, you can submit a link for any review title no matter the month of it's release. You don't have to post January releases in the month of January, and so on and so forth.


Here's this months prize pack: (please do note that prize packs are subject to change, anything added after the post date will be highlighted in red!)


The debut author challenge prize packs are only for those that are participating in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. Make sure that your blog is listed on the participants list otherwise you aren't officially signed up.


Filling out the form to submit your reviews can be confusing..... with their being so many non-bloggers participating in the challenge, I've tried to make it as simple as possible and at the same time simple on myself! Please note: You do NOT have to submit your reviews every month. This is only if you are interested in getting extra entries into the prize packs. As a challenge participant, you are automatically entered into the drawing every month. 

The form will ask for four things.
  • the title of the book
  • a direct link to your review
  • your blog name
  • the country where the title is debuting 


Obviously if you are a non-blogger your answers in the form will be modified. I KNOW THE FORM SUCKS! But it's easier on me to collect the information this way..... so it's not going to change. Sorry!


If you are reviewing titles at a book seller site (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Chapters, etc) please link directly to the books page, and not the book seller site. For example if I was reviewing Unearthly by Cynthia Hand at Barnes and Noble, instead of plugging in the link www.barnesandnoble.com, I'd put the link: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Unearthly/Cynthia-Hand/e/9780061996160/?itm=1&USRI=unearthly which would take you directly to Unearthly's page within the B&N site. For "blog name" please put the user name that you used to post your review, if it's not the same name that you used to sign up please submit them both. Example: Kristi/Story Siren.


If you are reviewing titles on YouTube, please link directly to your YouTube page. For "blog name" please put the user name that you used to post your review, if it's not the same name that you used to sign up please submit them both. Example: Kristi/Story Siren.


There are number of you that are posting reviews at The 2011 Debut Author Challenge Blog. You do not need to fill out the form. Instead fill out the form to submit your review to be posted. This will automatically give you extra entires.


If you are reviewing titles on Shelfari/LibraryThing. Please post a direct link to your personal account and not the hosts page.  For "blog name" please put the user name that you used to post your review, if it's not the same name that you used to sign up please submit them both. Example: Kristi/Story Siren.


For Goodreads users please link directly to your review.


It is simple to get a direct link to a Goodreads review:


1.) Click on the "My Books" link this should take you to the list of your "bookshelves"
2.) Click the "bookshelf" where the book is shelved.
3.) Once the list of books on the shelf is visable (you'll need to be in "table" view), go the left. You will see an "x" "edit" and "view"
4.) Click on view and this will take you to your review!
5.) Copy the URL that is in the address bar and paste it into the form!
6.) TA-DA!


I think I covered everything......"

This pretty much sums all the info on Kristis' blog, so if you want all the amazing stuff she is giving out, make sure go to her blog, http://www.thestorysiren.com/ and join, follow and enter the CHALLENGE!!

SOME of the Books I Plan on Reading:

Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
XVI by Julia Karr
Wither by Lauren Destefano
Star Crossed by Josephine Angelni
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Blood Magic by Tessa Graton
The Iron Witch Karen Mahoney
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

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