ASP AlphaSmart Giveaway!
If you listened to our first live show then you already know that we’re doing a writing contest giveaway for the AlphaSmart that we talked so much about last month. This blog post is coming much later than I anticipated, so I’ll cut right to the point…
We’re holding a writing contest to give away an AlphaSmart along with some cash (Amazon Gift Card) prizes. If you remember back in our episodes with Libbie Hawker (Episode #016 and Episode #028) we talked about Charlie, the guy who needs milk. I bring him up because Charlie is the prompt for the writing contest!
So, here’s what you need to do to enter…
Write a story, no longer than 6,500 words, about Charlie and his quest to obtain milk. Now, keep in mind that Charlie is just a prompt. Feel free to get creative with the story you tell. It can fit into any genre that you’d like, so long as it’s something that can be published on Amazon!
(In short: no bestiality or incest!)
((More on the Amazon bit here, shortly.))
The deadline for submissions is June 25th, the date of our next live show! After all submissions have been received, Nancy and I will read them and select the winners.
Which brings me to…
We’ll be selecting around 10 winners at most, though only the top 3 spots will be paid. Here’s the breakdown of the paid prizes, including the AlphaSmart…
1st Place: AlphaSmart Neo AND a $50 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Place: $25 Amazon Gift Card
We’re also doing something fun with the top 10 entries that we receive (or thereabouts, we haven’t decided an actual cutoff, just yet). We’re going to take those entries, bundle them into an omnibus, and publish them to Amazon and all of the other major retailers! Now, we’re not looking to make any money off of this, so the book will be given away for free, but we thought it would be a fun way to share what we’ve got going on with the Author Strong Podcast.
(In case you’re wondering, we don’t retain any rights to your story. You’re free to publish it on your own elsewhere! The only tricky part is, you won’t be able to enroll your story in KDP Select, because the ASP omnibus will be distributed to all major retailers, not just Amazon.)
But wait, there’s more…
In addition to this, I’m going to record a training video to show you how I take all of the winners and compile them into a single ebook that is ready for distribution on Amazon and everywhere else! And what’s cool is that we’re going to make this training video available FOR FREE to EVERYONE who enters the contest.
I will likely be using both Scrivener and Adobe’s InDesign to create the book, so you’ll get a first hand look at what I do when I create my own ebooks and make them available for sale.
So, that’s it! The deadline is quickly coming up, and the submissions are starting to roll in, so if this is your first time hearing about the contest, or if you completely spaced-out and forgot about it, then it’s time to sit down with Charlie and start writing!
Again, the deadline is THIS THURSDAY, June 25th!
We’ll likely be announcing the winners during our live show at the end of July. By that time, we hope to have the book created and available for download as well!
I can’t wait to read all of the submissions! If it helps, I’ve gone ahead and put together a little Contest Guidelines Cheat Sheet, below, to summarize everything in one place.
Contest Guidelines Cheat Sheet
Deadline: Thursday, June 25, 2015
Prompt: Charlie, the guy who needs milk…
Word Limit: 6,500 words
Genre: Anything accepted by Amazon (Really, you can submit anything you want, but if it’s not acceptable by Amazon you will not be eligible to win.)
Submission Format: Any readable format. (If you’re a winner, we may request a certain format so that it can be compiled into an ebook, but for initial submissions, anything will do.)
Submit To: email@example.com
Prizes: 1st Place: AlphaSmart Neo AND a $50 Amazon Gift Card, 2nd Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card, 3rd Place: $25 Amazon Gift Card, 1st through ~10th Places: Inclusion in an ASP Omnibus, to be freely distributed on Amazon and all other major retailers, All Submissions: Access to a training course showing how the ASP Omnibus was created.
Disclaimer 1: You retain the rights to your creative work. If we publish your story in the omnibus, you will still be able to publish the book on your own. However, as the omnibus will be published to all major retailers, your story will be ineligible for inclusion in KDP Select.
Disclaimer 2: We retain the right to change any and all items discussed above. (Legalese is dumb, but necessary. We don’t expect to have to change anything.)