I've been thinking for a while that I should maybe hold my first contest, and today's the day! Something happened that gave me JUST the kick in the pants I needed to get it sorted.
I received a lovely email from my copy-editor, with a thoroughly copy-edited word doc of Entangled attached. This was all very exciting - yet another stage towards publication ticked off. But it was also more than a little bit mortifying... in that she pointed out that there is one particular word that I JUST use to damn much. That word, my friends is 'JUST'. I JUST can't believe that I JUST wrote 'JUST' all the time instead of JUST thinking of a better word once in a while. It's JUST... aaaargh. Truly embarrassing.
So, bad news for me. But good news for you (yay!). So here's what you have to do...
In the comments below, take a guess as to how many times I used the J-word. And please tell me which prize you'd like/are elibible for.To help you out, I'll tell you that the entire ms is approximately 80,000 words.
The winner will be the person who guesses closest to the actual number, which I double-checked myself out of pure disbelief.
Now, the prize... Well, you have a choice. (OK, if you like in the UK, you have a choice. If you're lucky enough to live abroad, you'll be stuck with prize B - sorry!)
Prize A: A copy of Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver. It's got romance! It's got wolves! It's got quiche! Seriously, people, you'd be crazy not to go for this prize.
Prize B: Aha! It's a MYSTERY PRIZE. Only the winner will find out what this is. And they'll only find out if they choose it. Mwahahahaha! I am evil, it's true. Of course, if you're abroad, this is what you're stuck with, but don't worry because it's awesome. Maybe.
So, get guessing. And get your friends and family guessing too. Or don't, because then they might win and you will feel sad. The contest is open until... um... I dunno... Sunday 11th April.
(Gawd, I can't believe I'm sharing the true scope of my ineptitude with you people. That's JUST how much I love you.)
P.S. If you happen to KNOW the actual number because I shared my mortification with you today, you ain't allowed to enter. Soz.