With everyone’s help, I developed the strength of TEN Grinches! Plus two.

Last Sunday, I launched a contest to help promote my entry in the MeeGenius Children’s Author Challenge.  Everyone who entered promoted their hearts out all week.  What’s more, MANY people who did not enter the contest did the same.  What meant the most to me, even more than the votes and promotion assistance, were the comments of support and encouragement I got from people about both the story and my promotion efforts.  At the end of the day, I wanted people to help because they loved the story as much as I did, and I was so heartened by all the feedback I got from you.  I can honestly say that whether I make the final round or not, this has been a tremendous experience.

As I said in my Gratitude Sunday post yesterday, at one point during the week I felt I would explode with gratitude.  In that moment, I decided there would be no “winners” of my contest because everyone would be a winner.  That’s right! Prizes for ALL who participated. After so many people did so much for me, I would have felt stingy and Grinch-like drawing only a few winners from those who entered.

I can still only provide one iPod Shuffle, 2 IndieBound gift cards and 3 picture books, BUT the other prizes will be unlimited, so the pool of entrants vying for the others will be much smaller – hence, a greater chance of winning.

So here’s how this will work.  First, you must have left a comment on my contest post, as that was how I was tracking official entrants (Erik at This Kid Reviews Books, you are the exception because you left a comment about the contest on one of my blog tour posts, so I put you down).  Provided you were officially entered, you simply need to leave a comment letting me know which prize you want.  If you want one of the tangible items, please list your first, second and third choices.  Here is what is available:

  • List of 100+ children’s book agents (the Big Kahuna) = Unlimited (You want it, it’s yours)
  • Critique of a full PB manuscript or first 10 pages of any other genre = Unlimited (You want it, it’s yours)
  • iPod shuffle = 1 available (If more than one  person elects this as a first choice, I will draw a winner from among them)
  • $25 IndieBound gift certificates = 2 available (Same as above)
  • One picture book of your choice = 3 available (Same as above)

In your comment, please state the prize you want and your email address so I can contact you offline about details.  Please note: the agent list will be delivered by December 31st.  I just want to go through it one more time to clean it up and make sure it’s updated.  It is all publicly available information, but things change quickly in the industry, so I’ll double-check the data.  Writing critiques will be turned around by January 15th.  All other prizes will be ordered and shipped this week.

THANK YOU again to everyone, those entered in the contest and those not. I truly appreciate you all!

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  1. You aren’t the Grinch, you’re more like Santa Claus! Fabulous idea and it warms my writerly heart to see how much support you’re getting.

    No prizes necessary for me, the real prize is seeing how awesome we writers can be to each other.

    • We need a like button here, don’t we? I agree, Tameri. It seems that kid-lit writers in particular are a super generous bunch!

  2. You are so wonderful, Julie ~ what a generous gesture! I hope A Troop of Monkeys catches the editors eyes . . . and hearts.

    I’ll take a critique of a picture book or 10 pages of another genre . . . someday. Nothing ready at the moment.


  3. Hi Julie! I must say it was fun to see how all your marketing strategies worked this past week. I hope you make it into the finals! I would love a copy of your agent list, which is so nice of you to offer up to anyone who is eligible. I can only imagine the amount of time that went into it. My email is jenberger75 (at) yahoo (dot) com. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  4. What fun to participate in this and see how supportive everyone is. Am still keeping fingers crossed for the story before the judges now. I would love the Agents list, think that is such an amazing prize!

  5. Julie,

    When will you find out how you did? I posted on facebook about your story, not because I was entering your contest, but because I think it’s outstanding! If it is not chosen as the winner you need to be submitting it to publishers. It’s really really good!

  6. Julie–I do love your book! I’d love to have the list of book agents if I could. Let the other prizes go to someone else since they are limited. I think you book will be a big hit! katekresse@gmail.com

  7. How fun! I would love the agent list for sure…thanks, Julie and crossed fingers over here. 🙂

  8. I’d like the Big Kahuna, Julie. But it doesn’t matter. I was just glad to try to get people to read and vote on your precious story. That’s after all, what all of this was about! Smooch!

  9. You’re so sweet, Julie! No prize necessary for me, certainly. I just hope you have success with TROOP! And if you want to swap mss sometime, that would be fun. I don’t know how good I am as a critiquer, but I’d be happy to try 🙂

  10. I am always glad to lend a hand and am one of your longtime twitter followers but will admit I LUST after the shuffle as I am determined to start exercising more. (besides that I am a reader not a writer)

    Your book is cute as the dickens and I hope to see it released soon 🙂 Hoping the tweeting helped I know quite a few voted and commented to me how sweet it was and asked when they could get it!

    My choices would be:
    1. shuffle
    2. one of your books

    Thanks so much for the chance, and anytime you need something, gimme a nudge always happy to help! I admire all of you writer folks out there !

  11. I have enjoyed your upbeat writing during this time of year.
    1. Picture book
    2, Picture book

  12. Congratulations on your great surge in the polls! Ron Paul, Michelle Bachmann, they could all take cues from you on waging a great campaign!

    Kount me in for the Big Kahuna, please. Kan’t wait to see how this all turns out! Like Joanna, my fingers are krossed!

  13. I’m so happy to see the marketing blitz worked to move you up. It will be interesting to see how many people “voted” in the entire contest. There were so many entries. I would appreciate the agent list, if possible. Thanks.

  14. Aren’t people wonderful? I had no idea about your personal contest, but voted for your book because it was great! I would love, love, love to hear your thoughts on one of my manuscripts someday! (I would also love to see that list of agents too!) =) Congratulations!

  15. Julie, what a wonderful gift! It’s so awesome how your story jumped in the rankings, and all the marketing tips we learned from your experience are invaluable. I have to ditto Susanna — would love to swap critiques with you sometime…perhaps for our first 12×12 stories? Can’t wait to hear the results for TROOP!

  16. Julie,

    I am so happy to hear about your march up the MeeGenius contest ladder!
    Keep your eye on the prize 😀 You have a cute story!!

    Agent list please :~>

  17. My email address should I win the awesome Agent List prize is
    lj DOT mozdzierz AT gmail DOT com

  18. Congratulations! So glad to hear how well your story has done! Would love the Big Kahuna! Thanks!

  19. How kind of you to offer everyone prizes! I really did like your picture book idea and I was happy to tell people about it. Thank you! Thank you also for counting me in even though I didn’t enter right 🙁 I would like for you to read the book I wrote (well the first 10 pages). My email is erik@thiskidreviewsbooks.com

  20. Congratulations, Julie, on doing so well so far in the contest! And how kind of you to offer so many lovely prizes. It’s so hard to decide between the agent’s list and the critique as both would be so helpful to me but if forced to choose, I guess I would select the agent’s list first. Thanks again for allowing me to be a part of your future success! My email address is tkd2lady@yahoo.com. Please keep us up to date with how things go with your book…

  21. Julie, you are too sweet! We, of course, were blessed by the opportunity to use the social media for the promotion of “Monkeys” Since there are enough to go around, I would choose the Big Kahuna first, and then the critique. Can’t wait for the results of the MeeGenius challenge…I’m rooting for you!

  22. Congratulations and best of luck!
    1. I would choose the Big Kahuna
    2. The Critique
    3. A Picture Book

  23. Holy smokes, Julie, you are so generous! I am blown away! I would LOVE the fabulous agent list, and can only imagine how much time and organization was required to develop it. I realize that the names and details can change quickly in this industry, so making use of this critical tool in the near future will be key. Another great motivator, Julie! Thank you! It was fun to see your clever “monkeys” climb. I have no doubt your story will be on store shelves one day. Best of luck!
    Jennifer DuBose

  24. Now that’s the best Christmas present ever! And it was also a gift to see how you used the various marketing strategies, a really useful experience for all of us! I have to ditto Susanna Hill…I would love to trade critiques some time if you’re up for it. Maybe on our first 12×12 drafts in January? Can’t wait to see the results of the whole shebang!

  25. This is great! Thanks Julie! I really hope you make it to the finals. If it’s not too late to put in my request, I’d like to be included in the drawing for the Ipod Shuffle please. Happy Holidays!

  26. Julie, I have been having a heck of a time posting on people’s blogs the last few days — some sort of weird techie glitch I can’t figure out. Did you get my email? If not, check your spam!

    Anyway, this is the comment I’ve been trying to send:

    “Now that’s the best Christmas present ever! And it was also a gift to see how you used the various marketing strategies — a really useful experience for all of us! I have to ditto Susanna Hill…I would love to trade critiques some time if you’re up for it. Maybe on our first 12×12 drafts in January? Can’t wait to see the results of the whole shebang!”

    Hope this one makes it through!

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