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Digital Camera Giveaway: Buy a new copy of “Half-Assed” to enter

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My mother still uses a camera with film, the kind that needs to be developed. When I won a Kodak M340 EasyShare camera at the BlogHer conference this year, I gave it to her, hoping she’d learn how to use the new gadget. Four months later, I saw the camera on her bookshelf, still in the unopened box.

“Mom, have you used your new camera?”

“Uh, no, I haven’t,” she admitted. I think my mother will remain committed to film cameras until the stores stop developing her film. With her permission, I took the camera back, and tried to think of someone else to give it to. None of my friends or family are in desperate need of a camera, so I thought, “Why not do a giveaway on the blog?”

So, that’s what I’m doing! This contest is open to anyone in the United States. To enter, all you have to do is buy a new copy of Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir any time between Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2009 and January 31, 2010 and forward a copy of the receipt to me. I must receive your entry by February 15, 2010. You can scan or photograph the receipt and email it to me at blog (at) pastaqueen (dot) com, or you can send a copy to my PO Box at:

Jennette Fulda

Re: Camera Contest

PO Box 2629

Indianapolis, IN 46206

Every book purchase counts as one entry. You can make as many purchases as you want. Please note, you need to buy a new copy from a bookstore or online shop, not a used copy.

You already have a copy? That’s great! Buy one for a friend! You don’t want to do that because they’ll think you’re calling them fat? That’s ok, just send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your entry and I’ll send you a notecard to insert into the book letting your friend know you don’t think they’re fat.

In February, I’ll randomly choose the winner of a nice, new, shiny camera. Good luck!

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Sarah • December 1, 2009 at 10:54 am

That’s ok, just send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your entry and I’ll send you a notecard to insert into the book letting your friend know you don’t think they’re fat.

Hehe, this made me laugh!!

I’m actually with your mom on this one – I’ll keep using my old-school camera until the stores stop developing the film. It’s nice to know that I’m not the last one out there!


Tami • December 1, 2009 at 12:12 pm

my father still uses a film camera. he is back at mailing the film off to someone….i dread the day he no longer can….he doesn’t understand the www he says.


Tiffany S. • December 1, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Awesome giveaway. I LOVE the idea that you’ll include the “You’re not fat” note.

I bought your book last Feb! And I have a camera…so I’ll let others be the lucky ones (and I think I’ve even lent my copy of your book out, come to think of it).


Lesley • December 1, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Whoa, I added a copy of your book to my Amazon shopping cart last night on a whim. I think I deserve to win the camera because apparently I’m psychic! :D


Shh • December 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Brilliant! What a great way to sell books!!


Helen • December 2, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Jennette Fulda, your blog was mentioned on the front page of the region section of my local newspaper – and they were promoting your NEW book! Here is the link:



Rahim • December 2, 2009 at 7:46 pm

I know people who still use “film” cameras too. I guess you can put them in the same category as people who still buy cd’s in the record store.


Joanna • December 2, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Does it count if I bought it the Wednesday, right before Thanksgiving and read it front to end by Friday? I loooved your book and it was easier to relate to you than some of the other weight-loss memoirs I’ve read, possibly because you are fellow dork around my age. I might be one of the few females that read your book that smiled at the random game references. Also, I’ve actually lost about 50lbs so far and I’ve been stuck between 210-220 for over a year now! Its driving me crazy! What can’t be helping is that I’m eating a bag of Fritos while writing this comment because I convince myself that exam week is a valid excuse for junk food. However, I don’t see how I will make it through a night of quantum physics without some Swedish Fish….


Donna • December 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm

I really want to buy one for my niece, but she is very overweight (I’m guessing 300 lbs.) and I know she’ll know. What to do, what to do?


Susan Dean • December 13, 2009 at 2:49 pm


Does a kindle edition of the book count?

Thanks!! :)



PastaQueen • December 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm

@Susan Dean – Yeah, the Kindle version counts.


CG the Foodie • December 25, 2009 at 11:55 pm

I actually found your Web site after buying your book on my Kindle (bought it a week before Thanksgiving, oh well!). I just wanted to say thank you for writing it. I have read it and will probably finish reading it a second time before January. Thank you.


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