Hey, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this a zillion times already, but I wrote a book. It’s coming out in May, but if you are one of 10 people my random number generator deems worthy, my publisher will send you an advance galley copy. A galley is a copy of the book printed before all the proofreading is complete. It’s usually sent to critics and magazine writers so they have time to write a book review before the publication date. However, we’re also sending 10 copies to my lovely, blog readers! You can be the first kid on your block to read my book, AND you’ll gain deep insight into my psyche by examining my inability to hyphenate properly.
To enter, sign up for my email list here. That’s it. You don’t have to leave a comment on this entry, just sign up for the list and be sure to click on the link in the confirmation e-mail to finish the subscription process. You’ll get a free muffin recipe regardless and you’ll also get any news related to the book sent to your inbox. I promise not to sell or give your e-mail to anyone, nor will I barter it for low-fat cupcakes. I also promise not to spam you or try to sell you Viagra. On Monday, March 3rd, I will randomly pick 10 members of the list as winners. So, if you sign up for the list and then unsubscribe two minutes later, you will not be included in the drawing. You can always unsubscribe at any time you wish, though I have no idea why you’d want to do that, even if someone baked you a dozen low-fat cupcakes. I would also be really, really, grateful if you wrote a review of the book on Amazon/your blog/MySpace/Facebook/in the dirt on your windshield. Share the love! Get the word out! Just don’t spoil the ending! Oh, okay, you can spoil the ending. I lose the weight. Sorry to ruin it for you.
ETA: I forgot to mention this, but sadly the contest is only open to residents of the US and Canada. Sorry!
I have also set up an official web site for the book at halfassedbook.com (I wrote a half-assed book! I am a half-assed author! I have a half-assed site! How many half-assed jokes can I make?) From now on, I’ll be posting most of the book-related news over there, but I’ll also cross-post entries that are relevant here too. I don’t want to deluge people with book info unless they’re interested in it. I’m also writing a series of posts called “Blog to Book” over there which will chronicle the process of writing a book based on a blog. And while we’re at it, I set up a Facebook group you can join too!
Book release party
I also have two poll questions for you. First, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this a zillion times already, but I’m running the Indianapolis 500 Mini-Marathon on Saturday, May 3rd. I want to have a book-release party the night before the race where we can all meet-up and carbo-load together. You don’t have to run the race to eat the carbs. I need to know how many people would show up so I can figure out where to hold it. If you think you would attend a book release party in Indianapolis (probably downtown, but that’s negotiable) on the evening of Friday, May 2, 2008, please respond to the poll below. You bring yourself and I’ll bring my fat pants!
Second question: I will be ordering books to sell and personally sign at the book release party. I’m going to sell autographed copies of the book on my web site too. I need to know how many to order so I’m not also selling them out of the back of my trunk for the next 10 years. If you’ve already pre-ordered the book from Amazon, you can cancel your order any time before it is actually shipped and your credit card will not be charged. Would you buy an autographed copy of the book from me? You would have to pay shipping and handling costs and I’d probably sell it at or slightly above the suggested retail price ($15.95) since I have to take the time and effort to run the whole business off of my kitchen counter. I do not know if you would get the book before or after it is available in stores. Just know that I would ship it as soon as I could. Please let me know if you’re interested via the poll below.
ETA: I WILL ship books overseas if you pay for the shipping costs.
If you are using an RSS reader to read this entry, you’ll probably need to visit the blog to actually see the polls. If for some reason you still can’t see the polls, visit them here. Thanks! And don’t forget to sign up for the email list for your chance to win an advance copy!
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