Contests? Giveaways? Do I have to? by Gretchen Archer
The problem isn’t contests or freebies—I love a good contest and I’m happy to donate books—the problem is my daughters. I want normal contests. I want to pick a random commenter and send them a signed book. This summer I was in the dead space between book releases, when (I should have been writing) my daughters (grown, both out of college and navigating their mid-20s) decided I needed to stir it up, no resting for Mom, and presented me with their dream contest, Burnt by Davis. My main character, Davis Way, can’t cook. She’s good with bad guys, computers, and disguises, but she can’t boil water. Thus, a recipe contest.
First, a logo. Then a dedicated email address to gather recipes, then rules, announcements, many announcements, instructions, the begging over social media, all very graphic-intensive. The recipes began pouring in—maybe too much begging—some, honestly, inedible. One of the first I received was for fig salami. Salami made of figs. (Really?) All too soon, it was time to choose a winner. (Where were my daughters when the real work began? At the pool. Sleeping late. Out of town. Hungover. Shopping. Busy.) So I was on my own for more graphics and a prize pack, including (this was fun) the cutest aprons, really, if they hadn’t cost an absolute fortune, I’d have kept one for myself. Four months later when the final winner was chosen and I shipped the last package, I felt like I’d been freed from four months in a bad reality show, Recipe Wars. The good news? I have TONS of great recipes! More good news? My daughters will happily cook up a complicated, expensive, time-consuming, but oh-so-fun contest for you too. Just holler. I’ll get them right on it.
Gretchen Archer is a Tennessee housewife who began writing when her daughters, seeking higher educations, left her. She lives on Lookout Mountain with her husband, son, and a Yorkie named Bently. Learn more and order your copy of Double Strike here.
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