Before The Beauty of Different, I thought that the majority of the work that happens in the writing a book was, you know, the writing part. It turns out that the writing is only the beginning -- there's also the marketing part of the book, as well: getting the book in the hands of various members of the press and other reviewers in the hope that they'll read the book and comment favourably.
As it happens, I often get books in the mail asking me to review them on Chookooloonks, from various publishers around the country. Because I love to read, I'm always happy to receive a book; however, I don't generally review books. It got me thinking: since I'm not a reviewer and I get so many books, I can only imagine how many books people who are actually in the business of book reviews end up receiving. So I decided that for my book, I wanted to do something beautiful and different in the press kit my publisher and I sent out, to make sure that we stood out in the deluge of books that the potential reviewers must receive.
So we put our heads together and came up with a special kit: in addition to including the book (and a few small prints of some of the images included), we added a bunch of items that were special to me, that were constantly a part of my day-to-day life as I wrote the book:
I'm so thrilled with how this turned out -- particularly the original art, which we commissioned from local Houston artist, Mars Woodhill. I was so thrilled in fact, that we decided that I should do a giveaway for one of these kits.
So! To enter for 1 chance to receive a press kit for yourself, please leave a comment below.
However! If you'd like to help me spread the word about the book, and you have a Twitter account, I'll automatically enter you for two chances to win! Simply leave one comment with a link to your tweet saying the following:
A book about people who are beautiful and different: http://bit.ly/d2stwG Just like you.
But there's more! If you'd like to help me spread the word about the book and you have a blog, I'll automatically enter you for three chances to win! Simply leave a comment with a permalink to your blog post with language and links like the following:
Get it? In summary:
Leave a comment saying anything below for 1 chance; or
leave a comment with a link to your tweet about the book for 2 chances; or
In other words, you can potentially leave a maximum of three comments for a maximum of 6 chances to win. Please limit your entries to only one of each type of comment.
I'll leave comments open until midnight Thursday night/Friday morning (November 5th), and I'll announce the winner (picked at random using Random.org) on Friday morning.
And of course, thanks so much for spreading the news, everyone. Good luck!