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Thursday, November 3, 2011

The end of my Third Campaign (and the Winners of the Third Campaigner Challenge)

My Third Writers' Platform-Building Campaign is now at an end, and I wanted to let you all know how much fun I've had over the last two months. I've loved getting to know you and I've made some truly awesome friends--and you all know how much this blogging community rocks! I'll be running my Fourth Campaign next year, so keep an eye out for announcements if you want to take part :)

Thanks so much to all who took part in my Third Campaigner Challenge! We had 131 awesome entries and hundreds of people voting on those they liked the best. The time has come to announce the winners, woot! But before I do, did you read my earlier post about publishing your Challenge stories? If you didn't, make sure you pop over to take a look. Cat Gerlach is compiling your stories (if you want one or more of them published) in an ebook, and all proceeds from the sale will be donated to Harry Moseley's cancer research fund. We'd love you to take part, whether you're a winner of a Challenge or otherwise! If you do want to take part, make sure you let Cat know asap, as she'll stop taking entries the day after tomorrow so she can get the ebook published.

The time has come to announce the winners, woot! Winners have been chosen in three categories:
  1. 4 People's Choice Awards - chosen by you in the voting (by clicking "Like" on the entries);
  2. 12 places awarded by the judges, who've done an absolutely fantastic job of winnowing 131 entries down to the top 11 under the supreme organizational genius of J from Concrete Pieces of Soul; and
  3. 5 random prizes (chosen by Mr. Random.org).
Before I reveal the winners, I'd love you all to offer up a huge thanks to J, who has single-handedly administered the judging for this Challenge. I also want to thank the judges, who've generously given their time to choose the entries they think best and most deserving of a prize. And my thanks go again to the awesome people who've helped me out with the prizes for this round: K.T. Hanna, Rachel McClellan, Jeigh Meredith, Claire Hennessy, and Candy Fite. They did an amazing job administering the prizes and communicating with the prize donors (who generously donated the 130+ prizes you've seen be awarded). To say thank you, would you please pop over to all these peoples' blogs and follow them if you haven't already :)

And now to the winners and their prizes...*drumroll*:

Peoples' Choice Awards

First Place (tied) – LadyJai: A Proposal (91 votes)
First Place (tied) - K.T. Hanna: Do Unto Others (91 votes)
Second Place – Jessica McKendry: Synbatic Island (69 votes)
Third Place – Alynza: The Tacise Project (54 votes)
Fourth Place – David Powers King: Ghost by the Seashore (37)

In First Place (tied) Lady Jai has won a choice of Children’s Books or Picture Books donated by Susanna Leonard Hill (in Susanna’s words: Winner can choose what they want: (1) A little kids vehicle package which would include one each of THE HOUSE THAT MACK BUILT, AIRPLANE FLIGHT! and FREIGHT TRAIN TRIP!, all hardcover or (2) two hardcover picture books of your choice (choose from PUNXSUTAWNY PHYLLIS, NOT YET ROSE, CAN'T SLEEP WITHOUT SHEEP and APRIL FOOL PHYLLIS - one each of two different titles or 2 copies of the same title))

In First Place (tied) K.T. Hanna has won a partial manuscript critique (up to 25 pages) or query critique donated by S E Sinkhorn from Maybe Genius

In Second Place Jessica McKendry has won a critique (25 pages) donated by Rachele Alpine from Freckle Head

In Third Place Alynza has won a first chapter critique donated by Sheri Doyle

In Fourth Place David Powers King has won a signed hardcover book “Hideaway” by Dean Koontz donated by Roland Yeoman from Writing in the Crosshairs (US/Canada shipping only)

Judging Round

The prizes below have been awarded based on the standard of your entries, as judged by a panel of judges (and thank you to everyone who volunteered!). Once the judges had determined the 11 Finalists, I decided which place each Finalist would be awarded. And boy was it hard, the entries were all SOOOO good!

Here are the Finalists and their prizes:

First Place: Kelly
Second Place: Avery Marsh
Third Place: Elisabeth Barrett
Fourth Place: Grillyfish
Fifth Place: The Chipper Muse
Sixth Place: Carrie Butler
Seventh Place: David Powers King
Eighth Place: Michael Haynes
Ninth Place: Barbara V. Evers
Tenth Place: Alynza Smith
Eleventh Place: Babydoll

Congratulations, you all really deserve it!!! Your prizes are:

In First Place Kelly has won:
  1. Critique (up to 30 pages) donated by Reinhardt from The Reinhardt Experience
  2. $30 Amazon Voucher donated by Matt Zandstra from Inflatable Ink
  3. Fully guided private tour of West Ireland + guest room for one night donated by Fiona Claire from The Ageless Druid (Fiona says: I am a professional tour guide, living in and writing about Ireland. I can offer a fully-guided private tour in the west of Ireland (valued at 150 Euros), as well as a lovely guest room for one night. If any of your authors are writing about Ireland, this might be a big help for them). 
In Second Place Avery Marsh has won:
  1. Editing (4 hours) donated by Bill Jones from This Page Intentionally Blank (Bill says: I can offer up to 4 hours' worth of editing services. I'm a Grammar Guerilla, probably useful to those grammatically challenged writers). 
  2. Book (PDF) “Ultimate Justice, A Trey Fontaine Mystery” written and donated by Ryder Islington from Ryder Islington’s Blog
  3. Book “Ribbon of Darkness” written and donated by Julie Coulter Bellon from LDSWriterMom
  4. $25 Amazon Gift Card donated by Cat von Hassel-Davies from Cat Rambles
In Third Place Elisabeth Barrett has won:
  1. First Chapter Critique (romance preferred) donated by Elizabeth Moss from Elizabeth Moss Regencies
  2. Book “Techniques of the selling writer” by Dwight V Swain donated by Aimee L Salter from Seeking the Write Life
  3. $25 Amazon Gift Card and “Bristol Boyz Stomp” written and donated by Doreen McGettigan 
In Fourth Place Grillyfish has won: 
  1. Manuscript Review of Three Chapters donated by Kris Yankee from Adventures that Score 
  2. $10 Amazon Gift Card donated by Brinda Berry
  3. Picture Book “Thanks to Tank” by Maureen Howard donated by Clar Bowman-Jahn from Clarbojahn’s Blog (US shipping only) 
  4. Signed Map from “The Dragon and the Crow” donated by T.B.McKenzie from Magickless
In Fifth Place The Chipper Muse has won:
  1. Critique (1 Chapter or Short Story up to 15 pages) and a digital copy of the Romantic suspense Breathe Again written and donated by Bonnie R. Paulson
  2. Book “Variant” by Robinson Wells donated by Donna K Weaver from Weaving a Tale or Two (US only)
In Sixth Place Carrie Butler has won:
  1. Critique (First Chapter) donated by Michelle from Oh! For the LOVE of BOOKS!
  2. Book “Making Waves” by Tawna Fenske donated by Coleen Patrick (US only)
In Seventh Place David Powers King has won:
  1. Book “Writing Magic” by Gail Carson Levine donated by Julie Hedlund from Write Up My Life
  2. Retro51 Rollerball Pen (choice of red, green or black) donated by Lesann Berry from Lesann Berry’s Blog
In Eight Place Michael Haynes has won:
  1. Book of winners choice (up to $10 from The Book Depository) donated by Trisha from Word + Stuff
In Ninth Place Barbara V. Evers has won:
  1. Book “A Happy Book for a Happy Baby” written and donated by Kristen Fairgrieve from Kristen Fairgrieve Write Create Inspire (US shipping only) 
  2. Ebook “Voodoo Dues” written and donated by Stephany Simmons
In Tenth Place Alynza has won: 
  1. e-ARC of Debut Novel “HUSHED” written and donated by Kelley York from Flowers for Ghosts 
In Eleventh Place Babydoll has won:
  1. Book (PDF) “The Devil to Pay” written and donated by Maria Zannini from Tales of Otherworlds
Remember, you've been chosen from 131 entries - how awesome is that!

Random Prizes 
  1. Kathy McKendry - Book donated by Scott Stillwell from Just a few lines… (US/Canada shipping if poss) (Scott says: The winner can choose one of the following: "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline or "Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes" by Johnathan Auxier)
  2. S.B. Stewart-Laing - Book “Blank Slate” written and donated by Heather Justesen (ebook if outside US)
  3. Liz A. - Book “Life, Liberty and Pursuit” written and donated by Susan Kaye Quinn (US/Canada shipping only)
  4. Melodie - Book “Without Alice” written and donated by D.J. Kirkby
  5. Patient Dreamer - Hardcover book: “Tales from China: World Favorite Fables” (first edition printing) edited by Steve Jackson and Mirando Sibo Paul and autographed by Miranda Paul, donated by Miranda Paul
Congratulations to everyone who won a prize today!!! Unless you receive an email from me, I'll be contacting the donors and asking them to email you regarding your prize.

Lastly, don't forget to check out my earlier post about publishing your entries if you haven't already.


Grillyfish said...

That is so exciting! Thank you so much Rachael and also huge thanks to all the volunteer judges and to J for coordinating it all!

Also congratulations to everyone else who won - all the entries were so good :)

Lorelei Bell said...

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to the donors of prizes, as well as to Rachael for a fantastic challange.

Clarbojahn said...

I want to make a correction on the title of "Thanks to Tank" the prize I'm giving away. It was written by Maureen Howard not Bobbi Carducci. I made a mistake when I said that. Bobbi is president of the Young Voices Foundation that held the contest of children's stories by kids and I got mixed up when I stated the author. Please accept my apologies. Of course the prize is just as good as ever.
Thanks, Clarbojahn

Congrats to Grillyfish and all the winners! And thanks to Rachael for all the wonderful challenges and for hosting the author campaign!

Sarah Tokeley said...

Congratulations to the winners, huge thanks to the judges and thank you Rachael for organising the whole thing, I've met so many new bloggers over the past few months :-)

Rachael Harrie said...

Thanks so much guys, you're very welcome! It's sad to see my Campaign end :(

No problems at all Clarbojahn, and thanks for letting me know. I've amended my post to put Maureen's name in :)



Christine Rains said...

Congratulations to the winners! Everyone did such a great job. The Campaign was so much fun. Thank you, Rachael. You're awesome. :)

Jess said...

Thanks so much Rachael and everyone who voted for me for second place in People's Choice Award!!

Denise Covey said...

Rach, thank you for running another successful campaign. Due to other commitments I had to drop off the radar here, but have still taken a keen interest.

Congrats to the worthies who won prizes. There's been some great stories penned. Looking forward to the e-book.

All the best for your writing Rach.


elizabethanne said...

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you, Rach, for hosting the campaign. I met new people, learned about different genres than my own, had my mind stretched by the challenges, and had fun.

Stacy S. Jensen said...

Congratulations to the winner. Thanks Rach for the campaign.

Chipper Muse said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm honored to have won a prize. And congrats to the other winners. I was so impressed by everyone's writing!

catherinemjohnson.com said...

Congrats everyone, that's awesome! Well done Rach!!!

Meradeth Houston said...

Congrats to all the winners! Thanks so much for everything Rach--this was an awesome campaign!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my! Thankyou so much. I just heard through an online friend on facebook. My emails are overrun of late so hadn't got through them..... Big Thankyou and hug to you and all the judges, to J and to all the other winners and everyone that took part to make this such an awesome campaign. I really had no idea what I was getting into, but amazed even myself at what I could do. Thankyou, thankyou.
Will certainly look forward to the next one.

K. M. Walton said...

First, congratulations to all of the wonderful winners!

Second, I'd like to say a GIGANTIC than you to Rachael--and everyone else involved--for such a great campaign experience (my first).

Coleen Patrick said...

Congrats to all, this was an awesome campaign!

Aldrea Alien said...

Congratulations everyone! ^_^

Carrie Butler said...

Thank you so much, Rach! (Also, thanks to the judges who put me through and those who donated prizes.) I really, really appreciate it. This Campaign has been nothing short of fantastic, and it's all due to your hard work. I've made so many new friends and found so many new blogs to follow. I can't express my gratitude enough.

Congratulations to everyone! I'll see you all here next year. :)

Tina Moss said...

Wonderful experience. Thanks so much for running the campaign. I met so many amazing bloggers and writers. And congrats to all the winners!

Kelly said...

Thank you so much, Rachael, and to all the judges and readers! And congratulations to all the winners and all the participants!

I hope I speak for many when I say that this campaign has really made a difference in my life, from the people I've met, to the things I've learned about the industry, to the other blogfests I've learned about on your campaign notice board, and finally to the positive influence on my own writing!

If you hadn't run this campaign, none of this would have happened for me. :)

And while I might still be planning a trip to Ireland, I would not have gotten the opportunity for a personalized tour and a place to stay! Excellent research for my historical novel, in any case.

Thank you, again, everyone.

Tia Bach said...

Thanks, Rachael. This was my first campaign and I can't wait for the next.

Thanks to the judges, too, and all the wonderful participants.

I learned so much!

K.T. Hanna said...

Thanks to Everyone! This was a fantastic experience and I've enjoyed meeting so many people.

These challenges were fun and literally challenging haha!

Hope to see you all for the next one!

C.L. Fite said...

Thanks, Rach & to all who participated! I've had a blast with this campaign!!!

Can't wait for the next one...

Sheri L. Swift, Author said...

Congratulations to all the winners! It has been so fun getting to know all of you! ; )

E. Arroyo said...

This was fun! Thanks Rach for all your hard work and the wonderful donations by the judges and participants. It was a blast.

Golden Eagle said...

Congratulations to the winners!

This has been one awesome Campaign. :)

Gail Shepherd said...

Rachel, you are seriously my hero. What a wonderful campaign. I made lots of new friends, and you provided a wonderful way to launch my new blog. I will definitely be back next year! Many, many thanks.

Catherine Stine said...

Thanks, Rachael, for hosting this. I had great fun participating!

Jess said...

Congrats to the winners! I had so much fun participating in the campaign and I met so many wonderful bloggers. Thank you for hosting, Rachael!

Heather said...

I had a fantastic time and made a ton of new friends. It was truly a pleasure getting to know all of you. Congratulations to our latest winners!

Claire Hennessy said...

Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you soooo much for organizing this fabulous Campaign, Rachael. It has been amazing. I love blogging and have found some excellent blogs to follow. Cannot wait til the next one (although also looking forward to a bit of a break - it has been quite intense!). Thanks again, enjoy your break.

MC Rogerson said...

Congrats to the winners and a million x thank yous to Rachael for arranging the campaign. It's been loads of fun - I'm looking forward to the next one already!

Katharina Gerlach said...

I ended up with 175 stories from 81 participants. Including foreword and description of the challenges, the eBook will be roughly 45K words! I'm awed. Thanks a lot, pals!

I'll try to get it up on Smashwords, Amazon and B&N asap.

Tia Bach said...

Cat, That's amazing. Thanks for all your work on that. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!!

Unknown said...

A great, big congratulations to everyone -- especially YOU, Rach, for your incredible organisation skills!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

It went by so quickly. Looking forward to number four.

Cindy said...

Wow, it's over already? Congrats to the winners.

Abby Fowers said...

This has been a fabulous campaign! Congratulations to all the winners. I am a huge fan of David Powers King.

Thanks so much for doing this campaign. It has been truly wonderful to network and get to know more writers. :)

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations to the winners!
And thank you Rach for an awesome campaign.

Avery Marsh said...

I'm a little late but... Whoo! I can't believe it.

Congrats to all the winners. Thank you to everyone who voted, to the judges, donors and volunteers and especially to Rachael.

Can't wait till the next one! :)

JF said...

congrats to all. I am determined to get in on the next one. We're clamoring! JF

Rachael Harrie said...

Thanks so much guys :) It's so sad it's over, but not long until the next one :)



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