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Contest Alert! Describe your book for a chance to win a Discover Publishing Package from us.
Nevena Georgieva
Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:03 AM
Joined: 2/9/2012
Posts: 438


There's hardly a better way to get more readers on Book Country than writing an original and intriguing book description. That's why we're launching the "About the Book" Contest

Write an awesome "About the Book" for your title on Book Country and you might win a Discover Publishing Package ($249) from us.  

 

Here's all the info you need to enter the contest!

 

Read the instructions and still have questions? Ask them below. 

 

 

 

Nevena

Book Country Coordinator

--edited by Nevena Georgieva on 3/4/2014, 11:41 AM--


Mimi Speike
Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:03 PM
Joined: 11/17/2011
Posts: 1014


I will be entering this contest, if only to get my thinking focused on promotional copy. This sounds like great fun. Excellent idea!
Nevena Georgieva
Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:54 PM
Joined: 2/9/2012
Posts: 438


Woo hoo! Glad you like. 

 

You have some time to work on the copy, Mimi. The contest ends on March 18th, so you have a couple of weeks to come up with a smashing book description. 

 

Good luck!

--edited by Nevena Georgieva on 2/27/2014, 2:54 PM--


Mimi Speike
Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 6:27 PM
Joined: 11/17/2011
Posts: 1014


I have one question. I have a very old version of my book posted. It has changed considerably, but I'm not ready to put the new one up yet. do I need to in order to enter?
Timothy Maguire
Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014 7:36 AM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


I'll also be entering this, but before I do, a question. Will you be judging the entries on what they are when they're entered or what they are at the deadline. In other words, do I enter now and spend the next fortnight whacking my entry with a hammer or is it hammer first, then enter?

In the interests of providing an open challenge and/or unintentional hilarity, here's my entry:

http://www.bookcountry.com/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=2990

Good luck everyone


Nevena Georgieva
Posted: Friday, February 28, 2014 9:37 AM
Joined: 2/9/2012
Posts: 438


Mimi, 


The version of the book is irrelevant! We'll judge based on what's in your "About the Book" Section on March 18th--when the contest ends. So, to enter, all you need to do is go to the contest page and enter your first & last name + the URL of your Book Details page (where we can read the About the Book). Makes sense?


Tim, 


I am sorry to say that the contest is only open to the U.S. You can read that in the contest official rules here. We're working with legal on hammering out rules so we can be more inclusive in the future, but, alas, we're limited to the U.S. for now. 

 

Best,

Nevena

--edited by Nevena Georgieva on 2/28/2014, 9:39 AM--


Timothy Maguire
Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 7:26 PM
Joined: 8/13/2011
Posts: 272


Yeah, I should have realised that. It's what I get for not reading the terms & conditions. Still, I'm a lot happier with my new description, so there's that.
DCLabs
Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:12 PM
Joined: 10/15/2013
Posts: 78


Well shoot, you can disregard my contest entry form then.  I forgot to read the small print!  Silly me, I should have known since most contests are US only.  Live and learn!
Mimi Speike
Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 1:03 AM
Joined: 11/17/2011
Posts: 1014


Help! I've rewritten my 'About the Book' for the contest, but I can't figure out how to replace the old one. Also, was there a word limit? I have 338 words.

 

--edited by Mimi Speike on 3/16/2014, 1:23 AM--


Nevena Georgieva
Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 10:08 AM
Joined: 2/9/2012
Posts: 438


Hi Mimi, 

The character limit is 2,000 characters. That's the limit for the "About the Book" field in general, so the online editor wouldn't allow you to enter more than that. 

I just private messaged you with the steps to enter a new About the Book description. Let me know if it makes sense!

Nevena


Nevena Georgieva
Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 1:09 PM
Joined: 2/9/2012
Posts: 438


Also, a quick reminder that the contest ends tomorrow at midnight! =)
Mimi Speike
Posted: Monday, March 17, 2014 2:38 PM
Joined: 11/17/2011
Posts: 1014


My thing is up, and I'm quite pleased with it. I did find that my paragraph structure did not hold, so I've inserted dashes and spaces to indicate breaks.
Mimi Speike
Posted: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 4:11 PM
Joined: 11/17/2011
Posts: 1014


Well, this was interesting, and it was fun. But, in retrospect, I'm not entirely pleased with my entry. I had mucho trouble keeping it under the word limit, and I cut corners. I have now rewritten it as I would have liked to do it, with about two hundred (okay, maybe three hundred) extra characters, a bit more explanation and a bit more transition, and I have something now that I believe I will use to promote my e-pub, when the time comes. 

.

Book Country, this was an excellent idea. Got any more ideas for light-a-fire-under-their-asses competitions? I'm ready!

 

--edited by Mimi Speike on 3/19/2014, 4:12 PM--


 

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