Let’s Just Call it a Win-Win Situation…
I entered a book sales contest over at lulu.com. Before you read any further, head over and buy a book. Consider it the price of admission for today. Come on, there’s some really inexpensive downloads and ebooks over there. Help me win the cashola. It’s not much ($1500 first prize) but it’ll go a long way toward helping me to Write For A Living.
You didn’t go, did you? Aw, I guess I shouldn’t be so cynical. I’ll assume the best. All right, read on.
I’ll admit I’ve had some pretty good fortune with contests. I entered a film-making contest a few years back and won a car. When I was a kid, I won several contests, both in art and in writing. Once, I won a five hundred dollar savings bond (and you can just imagine how disgruntled I was when I found out it was only worth $500 smackers if I saved it for like a hundred years or something).
But I’ve also had some not so good fortune with contests. The last one I entered was a writing contest over at amazon, and I was sorely disappointed when one of my favorite books, “The Riverhouse”, got punted in the second round.
Thus, I have mixed hopes for this current contest over at lulu. Here’s what confuses me, though: I don’t want to seem snarky, but I am just a little incredulous. This is the title of one of the books that is currently ahead of me: “My First Book of Numbers: 1-10” Seriously? It’s a kids book, I get it, but look at the cover. Really? This is ahead of “The Girl on the Dock”? I am not so much complaining as I am simply incredulous. Perhaps there is some weird way that lulu.com calculates their numbers. Whatever. Sheesh. Weird.
Maybe I am misreading it and that book is one of the runners up for the previous contest. The website contest page is pretty confusing.
Anyway. I haven’t asked for much from ya’all, have I? And I always make it worth your while.
To paraphrase the Simpsons: “Give a hoot! Buy a book!”