3 S.R. Johannes: Let's get this Par-Tee Started! BYOB!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Let's get this Par-Tee Started! BYOB!

It's almost here!

Marketing Mardi Gras starts Monday, Feb 15th.

To celebrate, I'll have awesome guests, marketing advice, daily prizes and a scavenger hunt for a two Grand prizes.

First - you MUST be a Follower of my blog and Elana Johnson's blog to win ANY of the prizes listed below. Loyal peeps get rewarded :)

Note: Elana is also running a fabulous contest next week for agent critiques and her fabulous ebook so you have nothing to lose by following us.

We gain you as a friend, you gain some cool free gifts :) (Plus we're fun!)

Three kinds of prizes are available for you to win:

1) Daily Prizes
Every day, I will do a prize drawing from the Followers/Friends who comment on that day's post.

In addition to the daily prize, a daily clue will be provided in the post that relates to the Friday's Scavenger Hunt Question.

Monday: Marketing to librarians (Elizabeth Bird, Librarian NYPL/Fuse 8)
  • Prize awarded to a post commenter (you must also be a follower) - free books
  • Clue #1 for the Marketing Scavenger Hunt will be hidden in the post
Tuesday: Frugal Marketing for Authors (Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of Frugal Marketing)
  • Prize awarded to a post commenter (you must also be a follower): Free ebook of Frugal Marketing
  • Clue #4 for the Marketing Scavenger Hunt will be hidden in the post
Wednesday: Marketing to Indie bookstores (Marietta Zacker, Literary agent/NYC Indie book Owner)
  • Prize awarded to a post commenter (you must also be a follower): A query/1st chapter critique by Marietta Zacker at Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. She will critique your query or first chapter and give you a follow up 30 minute phone conversation!!!!!!
  • Clue #3 for the Marketing Scavenger Hunt will be hidden in the post
Thursday: Double Header! The Zen of Blogging (Lee Wind, author of ebook The Zen of Blogging) and Greg Pincus on Social Networking
  • Prize awarded to a post commenter (you must also be a follower): - A free copy of Lee's ebook The Zen of Blogging
  • Clue #2 for the Marketing Scavenger Hunt will be hidden in the post

2) Friday's Followers Prizes
All you have to do is be a Follower by 12:00 AM (midnight) EST on Thursday night (Feb 18). I will do a random drawing from the Follower list on the left hand side for some great prizes. This will be announced on the following Monday.

2nd Prize:

3) Scavenger Hunt Grand Prizes
To enter, on Friday you will need to fill out the form completely. You will be asked to put in the Scavenger Hunt answer, tally any extra points, and tell me whether you are agented or not. Winners will be announced on the following Monday.

Point System - Your name will be automatically be entered into the drawing one time just for trying. If you get it right, you will get 2 points.

Extra Points: (You will get your name put in the drawing for each additional point.)
+1 Tweeted the contest
+2 Follow me on Twitter
+1 Facebooked the contest
+2 Friend me on Facebook
+2 Add me to your blogroll
+5 Blogged about the contest
+2 for following Elana's blog

+1 for following my blog

Grand Prize Package #1 - The Unagented Writer Package is for those who currently DO NOT have an agent and want one. This includes:
  • A lot of books on writing and querying
  • A query/ 3 Chapter Critique by my awesome agent, Alyssa Eisner Henkin at Trident Media Group!!!!!!!
Grand Prize Package #2 - The Agented Writer Package is for those who do not want an agent, have an agent, are on submission, have a book deal, or are published. This includes:
  • A lot of marketing books
  • Free 2 hour consultation with me on marketing you and your book
  • One free marketing item - design of a business card, bookmarker, postcard etc
***NOTE: Elana is also running a Great contest this week. We're offering extra entries for each other, but if you're interested in winning the prizes in her contest, you MUST ENTER HER CONTEST in addition to mine. She's having some great query critique prizes.

In other words, if you enter here, you are NOT entered there. They are two separate contests that we're promoting together. Does that make sense? If not, shoot me an email: sjohannes@bilaninc.com. Or you can leave any questions in the comments and I will clarify!

So go ahead and follow me today. The Par-Tee starts Monday!

Be there or be square!


Natalie Aguirre said...

I'm excited though worried I won't get the answer. Something to look forward to over the weekend. Thanks for the great contest.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Natalie if you read the daily posts - trust me you will get the answer :) I wont make it too hard.

Jennifer Swanson said...


I'm so excited for next week. I've even marked it on my calendar. Thanks for doing this!

Sherrie Petersen said...

That's quite a week you have planned! I'm exhausted just reading the post! Looking forward to it :)

Stina said...

Woo hoo, I already do most of the requirements. :) I guess we just have to tell you next week which ones we do, huh?

Btw, Shelli, I gave you a Happy Award 'cause your blog makes me sooooo happy (even if I don't win any contests). :D

Have a great weekend!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, my goodness! I get goosebumps just thinking about those prizes. Unbelievable. :-)

Stephanie McGee said...

What's the time cutoff on the daily prizes? (Just curious because on Wednesday I'm away from my computer most of the day.)

Looking forward to all the giving and generosity! And just having fun.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

These posts sound wonderful. Can't wait!

Catherine Denton said...

Wow, you know how to do a contest!! It sounds really fun and you have awesome prizes. Looking forward to it.
Winged Writer

Unknown said...

Okay, I knew you and Elana had something up your sleeves for next week, but...wow.

Can. Not. Wait.

justJoan said...

What a fun contest . . . or rather week of contest stuff. =D Thanks for doing this. I look forward to trying my hand at finding the clues.

Kimbra Kasch said...

Sounds like fun. And since it's a 3-day holiday - maybe I'll actually have time to play.

Janet Johnson said...

Can't wait!

Elana Johnson said...

Dude, this party is going to rawk the HOUSE! Can't wait for Monday!

Sara {Rhapsody and Chaos} said...

I'm excited for the contest :-)

*off to make sure I'm following you on twitter*

Unknown said...

Wow! You weren't kidding about partying. You have seriously gone all out. I'm excited for Monday!

Alissa Grosso said...

Wow, that's an awesome lineup. I can't wait!

Jackee said...

Sooooo exciting! I think you might just be a genius.

Jemi Fraser said...

This is so exciting! I can't wait. Hmmm - maybe I should take the week off work :)

feywriter said...

Next week is going to be awesome! Can't wait. I sent a friend request on Facebook.

~ Mary Jensen

Corey Schwartz said...

Wow! How awesome. Good thing I didn't pick next week to unplug!

Paul Greci said...

Shelli, that's a great line up of people. You really provide a great service in educating people about marketing. I'll look forward to next week's posts. Thanks!

Kerri Cuev said...

Wow! Very exciting! I'm bringing the virtual strawberry cake with vanilla frosting, heavy on the sprinkles!

Thanks for taking the time to put this together Shelli!

Christina Farley said...

This is so exciting! Thanks for making my dreary winter so fun!

VR Barkowski said...

Can't wait for next week! Looking forward to those posts. Yay!

Hardygirl said...

Oh my goodness. The pressure . . .


lisa and laura said...

Holy crap. I can't wait for Monday!

Steena Holmes said...

Talk about the perfect way to start the week! Awesome!

Bish Denham said...

That's an awful lot of stuff going on! Exciting.

Heather Kelly said...

Woo-hoo! Scavenger hunt! I love those. I'm in!

PJ Hoover said...

It sounds awesome! Good thing I'm following!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you guys are really doing it up right. Great contest.

Jemi Fraser said...

Shelli - I have an award for you over at my blog :)

Anonymous said...

Shelli, how do we let you know we Tweeted, added to blog roll, etc.? Thanks for the contest!

Unknown said...

I'm entering though I am the worst Scavenger Hunt player in the universe. :)

Gail said...

Less than 2 hours 'til it's Monday! Can't wait!!!!!

Robyn Campbell said...

Uh, I'm no good at stuff like this. But I follow and I follow Elana so I'm in! Sounds cool. But we don't blog, facebook, tweet, until Friday right?

Thanks Shelli!!

Robyn Campbell said...

Shelli, I am going to give you the link to my facebook now . My facebook isn't working from home. So I had to drive to town (a big deal when you live on a farm miles and miles from the coffee shop.)and I need to get back to Christopher. I can give you my tweet and blog post from the house.

Here's the link to my facebook though.

Unknown said...

I am kinda in love with you and Elana right now...just sayin..

Sarah Ahiers said...

wOOt! Already a follower! Woo Hoo!

As i told Elana regarding her contest, i will FB friend you and post a link when i get to a computer that doesn't block it.

Also there will be a blog post this evening regarding the contests

Stephanie Thornton said...

Whoa! I just wandered over here from Elana's blog. These contests have awesome prizes!

Shannon O'Donnell said...


I'm following Elana (Duh!)
I did a blog post and a sidebar link and you are already on my blog roll
I facebooked the contest and will friend you

Thanks! :-)

Mary E said...

HI Shelli,

What a wonderful blog! I've already learned a few things just from reading past posts!

Just Joany said...

I'm excited about these contests. I'm a follower, now, on both blogs and looking forward to future visits.

~ Just Joany
Red Wagon Flights

Scott said...

So far . . .

. . . sent a friend request on Facebook
. . . added you to my blogroll.
. . . blogged about the contest (well, it will show up tomorrow).
. . . already follow Elana's blog.
. . . follow your blog.

I searched for you on Twitter, but didn't find you. Then, I started scrolling through Elana's followers because I figured you're following her, but pretty much gave up because of lack of time this morning. Will continue my hunt later today. Oh, and the 'facebook the contest' option will happen tomorrow as well since I'm on Networked Blogs and they post the same day as blogger does. Woo-hoo!


Crystal said...

AWESOME CONTEST, Shelli! Thanks so much for this! Looking forward to reading all those posts! :)

Unknown said...

Ooh... Prizes :)

Thanks for throwing a party. *dances*

Anonymous said...

Lots of fun! Thanks for putting this together! :)

CL said...

And Happy Mardi Gras!