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April 22, 2007

Patricia McLinn Contest

Filed under: Writing Life — aliceaudrey @ 12:27 am

I do a little work for Patricia McLinn.  I help her handle submissions to her contests.  The last one she ran involved questions that could only be answered if you had read a book released by a small press.  It didn’t get a lot of response.  Previous contests didn’t tie in that closely to her work, and brought in hundreds of entries.

She has asked me to help come up with a contest idea.  I’m drawing a complete blank.  Has anyone here ever read any of her books?  Most of them are Heart-warming Harlequin Super Romances generally set in Illinois or Wyoming, and tend to include lots of people and some reference to sports.

Any ideas for a contest for her?  I’m thinking it should be something people could answer without reading her books, but that relates more closely than “What’s your favorite flower.”  I’d greatly appreciate any suggestions anyone here comes up with. 

In the spirit of TessaD and Amy/India I’ll give one of my copies of her books to someone who comments here.  Unlike them, I’ll give you a few days to come up with something.  I’ll post the winner Wednesday.




  1. Um, you could try the blogging contest again, but I’ve been told it’s best done around release dates.

    It’s basically getting bloggers to blog about a book around a certain, critical time period–better known as the release date. Depending on the author, some involve copying and pasting something (might contain an excerpt, a book cover and a short bio of the author), but others involve the reader creating content (this would include reviews, and if the author is willing to put in the time, interviews).

    JMHO, but I prefer the latter.

    What I’ve been seeing writers do lately, though, is getting readers to run contests on their blog for them. Taking Alison Kent as an example, she had a bunch of bloggers post different excerpts, the book trailer (which wouldn’t post for me, damn it), and the book cover. Then we’d put the winner (blogger chose the winner) in contact with her. Ouch on shipping, but I think Alison got the books for promo use from her publisher.

    Has she tried doing a guestblogging tour?

    (don’t put me in the drawing…the honest truth is that I’m not a fan of Super Romance)

    Comment by miladyinsanity — April 22, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

  2. You know she doesn’t blog. She barely answers her email these days.


    Comment by aliceaudrey — April 22, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

  3. When I say guestblog, I mean she writes a post for a blogger, who posts it on her blog and usually the guestblogger hangs around to interact with the blog’s readers for a day (just answering question etc).

    Comment by miladyinsanity — April 22, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

  4. I don’t think Pat has ever stepped into the blogoshere at all. The kind of contest she’s after is the one she puts on her web site.


    Comment by aliceaudrey — April 22, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

  5. Hmm. How about take five or six little thumbnail pictures – details from her book covers out of context (clasped hands, a bouquet, etc.) and challenge people to identify the covers they come from? That way the answers are all there on her site, but it takes a bit of work.

    Comment by TessaD — April 23, 2007 @ 12:21 am

  6. Get people to get other people to sign up for her mailing list.

    I’m looking at her contest entry page, so basically, what you do is tell people to put the email address of the person who told them about Pat inside “Answer To Contest Question.”

    And part of the contest rules are that the winner (someone who recommended Pat to someone else) has to be subscribed to Pat’s mailing list at time of drawing. Um, she might need to do two drawings to get people to sign up though–one for newbie to mailing list and for the recommender.

    I hope this makes sense.

    Comment by miladyinsanity — April 23, 2007 @ 7:04 am

  7. How about naming a character?

    I’m actually thinking about running one so that I can get the names of the “other” team members of Wild Ghost Chase.

    So, she can try it out and see if it works!

    Comment by Ericka Scott — April 23, 2007 @ 4:42 pm

  8. Escellent ideas everyone. Thank you. Now to go flip a coin and see who the winner is.


    Comment by aliceaudrey — April 24, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

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