Friday, 26 November 2010

SHADOWS ON THE MOON ARC GIVEAWAY!

That's right - my post title deceives you not. The time has come - as long promised and awaited - for me to give away ONE PRECIOUS COPY OF SHADOWS ON THE MOON!


Do I seem a little excited to you, readers? You bet your sweet bippy I am! I only have THREE of these little babies in my clutches, and this is the first one to be sent out alone into the cruel, cold world *Sob*.

The winner will recieve a signed and (if they wish) dedicated copy of the uncorrected proof this book, along with any other goodies I have hanging around at the time, including (but not limited to) signed postcards and fridge magnets, bookplates, scented Japanese fans, chocolates, sparkles and kittens (well, maybe not kittens). I will send the prize anywhere, up to (and including) Utter Pradesh, Outer Mongolia, Deepest Peru and the Polar Icecap.

This book will not be released in the UK until July 2011, and at present I do not plan to give away any other copies, since my mum has dibs on one and I'd like to keep one for myself. So if you want it, this is pretty much your only chance.

What do you have to do to get your eager little hands on this fantabulous prize? Well, here's where it gets interesting, my lovelies. I need you guys to help me out.

You see, when I started this blog, I was a wee, naive little creature, unschooled in the ways of blogging. I thought that if I posted interesting original content on a regular basis and made a sincere effort to interact with readers, I would soon have a thriving audience. And at first, it was so. Within the first month, before I could even catch my breath, I had over a hundred followers! What's more, they were the most faithful, intelligent and enthusiastic followers I could hope for.

But I've noticed that my follower count has pretty much remained completely static for the last three months, and since I am now slightly more savvy as to the way authors usually draw readers to their blogs, I realise that in order to increase this number and reach more readers, I'm supposed to 'friend' influential people on Goodreads and Facebook, stalk and follow certain key blogs, and make comments all over the place, even when I have nothing to say. Apparently this is the reliable way to increase blog traffic.

Um. No. Not gonna. It all seems a bit fake to me, to be honest, and I have enough trouble keeping up with the people I really do want to follow. Plus, stalking is creepy. However, I would still like more people to learn about my blog. Because I believe in my blog. I think more people *should* get the chance to hear about it, and read it, and ask me questions about writing and publishing and get honest answers. And you guys do too, right? So what I want is for you to be my emissaries. I'm not going to tell you how. I'm not going to ask you to post links. I just want you to go out and there talk about The Zoë-Trope. Tweet it, Facebook it, stick a link in your blog, chat to friends about it, whatever. Go forth and find me followers.

If, by Christmas, the number of blog followers has reached 200, I will pick a winner from among all those followers to recieve the ARC. And I will also post a video of me singing the blues (live and unaccompanied) on YouTube. Anyone that knows me knows that singing in public is one of the very few things that gives me stage-fright, so I'm really sticking my neck out here.

That's it. That's all. 200 blog followers by Christmas. Since the number of my followers is already 114, that means you only have to find...(counts on fingers, scratches head, gets out abacus) 86 new followers. I really, really hope you can do it. Even if it does mean squawking like a chicken on YouTube.

Come on...you know you want it...

43 comments:

Victoria said...

i 'll do it for free if i get to see you squawking like a chicken on you tube :-)

meghaz said...

Aaaaaah! Oh Zoe, I love you so. I shall try my best and do ANYTHING to get that book. I can assure you you will have more than 200 followers buy Xmas.

Nattasha said...

I'll do my best to help Zoe. I'm amazed you don't already have 200 followers :)

Zoë Marriott said...

Victoria: I'm not sure if you're a normal blog reader or the member of my family called Victoria (who I know occasionally reads this blog for the purpose of mocking and laughing). But in either case, no followers, no squawking. So get to work!

Meghaz: That is very kind of you - and reassuring. I worried I might be setting too steep a challenge.

Nattasha: Thanks! Me too, actually :)

Vivien said...

I'm going to try really hard!! I want to read this badly so I'll help you out :)

Cass (Words on Paper) said...

Go and plug the giveaway on the major giveaway venues. It might be a bit fake, but the follower count will shoot upwards infinitely.

I feel a bit icky adding giveaways I have not set, so I'll just post some links:

http://www.bookworminginthe21stcentury.com/search/label/Link%20a%20Contest%20Thursday

http://www.candacesbookblog.com/2010/11/saturday-situation-link-up-your_26.html

I think those two are the most well-acknowledged within the YA community, but there are so, so many more.

The cover looks beautiful. I'm sure it's even nicer in person. My luck has been terrible lately, so I'll just bid everyone else good luck.

She Known As Jess. said...

Yepppp, definitely want. I doubt I will win but still its fun to just add my name to the list :)

I'll see what I can do. I finally made an account, so that is one :) one is better than none so I am told ;p

Cannot wait to read it, so going to buy it when it comes out!

buddyt said...

IA lready a Follower via GFC and so are almost all by friends so I probably can't add to your numbers.

However maybe I can win the ARC !

Thanks.

Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks everyone! Work hard :)

meghaz said...

I bet I won't win. I never do.

Deborah said...

Like you Zolah, I'm not one for begging followers for my blog but to be in with a chance of winning I'm willing to do it for you :-)

urbanfairy said...

would any of your books be suitable for a 14 year old girl who is an avid reader and loves books? i never really read books till i was a mum (hangs head in shame) and struggle to help her find books/authors she likes. any help much appreciated. annie (from a request from your friend on folksy ;)

Zoë Marriott said...

Meghaz: you never know! You've as much chance as anyone.

Deborah: It's much appreciated, thanks!

Urbanfairy: Absolutely! My books are aimed at 12+ and they definitely hit the spot for female readers - lots of romance, strong female characters, adventure.

Zoë Marriott said...

Cass: Advice taken!

Alex Mullarky said...

I totally agree with you about the fakeness of following influential people etc. I follow blogs I like to read. The end. Hence my fabulous FOUR followers. xD I will spread the word on my blog regardless!

Zoë Marriott said...

But I'm sure they're four of the best followers EVER. Thanks, Alex.

Isabel said...

OMG!!!! I want want want it!!!! I'll definitely get a Google account now so I can follow and try to win, because I want this book so much that I think I'd faint if I won this. I'll be telling everyone I know that they need to follow, even though I've been spreading the word since September.

Zoë Marriott said...

That is a *lot* of exclamation marks, Isabel - I can feel your enthusiasm!

Isabel said...

Believe me, you can only feel an eentsy weentsy portion of it. :)

EVA SB said...

I've tweeted I do hope you reach 200 soon because I'm dying to see that video!!

Congrats on receiving those precious ARCs and thanks for sharing one of them with us.

Little Miss Becky : ) said...

I've just found your blog and I'm a new follower, but I've been excited about Shadows on the Moon for awhile now, since spying that gorgeous cover on Goodreads---I do love a good fairy tale reimagining! Good luck reaching 200 followers, I'm sure you'll be there in no time. I'll do what I can to spread the word!

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks EVA and Becky! I'd clearly better get polishing my vocal chords...

bfree15 said...

I'm a little late but I will definitely try and get the word out there for you not that I’ll be much help. Shadows on the Moon looks so enticing sitting in your hand, I want it in mine even if I don’t win and have to wait until July.
Good luck Zoe to getting over 200.

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, bfree. I'll be crossing my fingers.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I will expose my ignorance. What is a blog follower and how does a person become it? Not by merely reading your blog regularly I take it?

Catherine (Shannon/Muumi from ABE)

Zoë Marriott said...

Basically you set up a google account and then press the 'follow' button in the right sidebar of the blog here. I don't think you need to set up an actual blog or anything. Can anyone else help here, since I'm a technofail?

Anonymous said...

Oh phooey. I don't want a Google account. I guess I am out of the draw then. :(

Love your blog anyway. :( :(

Catherine

Zoë Marriott said...

Catherine, this seems to be a problem for a lot of people - the Google thing - so I'm going to have a think about a way to make it fairer, okay? Stand by for Wednesday's post.

Jan von Harz said...

Great Giveaway and it brought me to your blog via word of blog. I will put the giveaway on my blogs sidebar. Hope you reach your mark.

Nic @ Irresistible Reads said...

I just found your blog although I had already heard of Shadows of The Moon. I am a new follower and will do a post about your blog in the next couple of days and also a link on goodreads. Thank you for the great giveaway :)

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, Jan and Nic - that's marvellous! The more the merrier!

donnas said...

Getting close. Im sure you will make it.

Zoë Marriott said...

Exciting, isn't it?!

Lady Kay said...

I'm following now, and I tweeted about it. This book sounds really interesting (and you can thank Lexie from Poisoned Rationality for pointing it out to me). Thanks for the chance to win, and now I'm off to Amazon to look up your other books!

Quick question: Will this book be available as a digital edition as well, or only paper?

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, Lady Kay. I'm told there *will* be an ebook version of the Shadows, but I don't know all that much about it. I'll post more info on the blog when I get it.

Llehn said...

I'm a new follower so you're one person closer to your goal Zoe :D

Love your books :D

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, Llehn. It always helps to hear that!

Sharli said...

I tweeted and shared on FB
And yes, I do know I want it :P

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, Sharli - best of luck!

GABY said...

Hi Zoe! I'm a follower and I also tweeted about this giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/magabygc/status/11400239290261504

Hope you get more followers!

magabygc AT gmail.com

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, Gaby!

Holz said...

Hi! Im a new follower:) Also tweeted about your generous giveaway!
http://twitter.com/#!/Marsh_92/status/12610652291993600

hope you achieve your goal of 200 followers=]

holz_twilight@msn.com

Zoë Marriott said...

That's great, Holz. Thanks.

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