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Monday, September 29, 2014

Tick Tock, the Giveaway Knocks

Very few entries coming in. I'm chalking it up to the fact that I gave such a long deadline, but if it turns out there isn't enough interest I'll cancel the giveaway. 

I don't want people to be afraid to sign up for the newsletter either. Knowing me, the chances are good you might see one newsletter a year just to announce I'm still alive and kicking.

This brings me to a strange conundrum with the rise of the internet. I have so many online friends. Every so often one of them becomes very ill--or worse, dies. I don't like to bug people but on the other hand, I worry when it becomes too long since I'd seen them around the net.

Is there a proper length of time to wait before you inquire whether that person is alive and well? Have you ever been surprised to hear about a friend's poor health or untimely death?

Spread the word about the giveaway!  
Enter now and beat the rush. :o)

The Great Design Giveaway
• Four Winners
• Prizes: Two digital covers, One web site banner, One bookmark/postcard
• Promotion Ends October 12, 2014

Need a book cover? How about a header for your web site? Or a postcard? Then you're in luck! If you've never tried me, or even if you have, here's your chance to try your luck on getting one of these projects designed for FREE by a professional graphic designer.  

• First, sign up for my newsletter.
• If you want to win one of the prizes, send me a short blurb for your book, or a short description of what you'd like to see on your web site banner or bookmark/postcard.

Subscribe and Enter here.

Put Great Design Giveaway in the subject line.

I will choose the winners based on which description wows me into inspiration fastest. 

The Small Print 
 • All designs are limited to the art stock I have on hand. (Don’t worry. It’s a big library.)
• Cover art is for digital only.
• Web site banner is for design only. You’ll have to provide the size specifications and upload it to your site. This can be a banner for Facebook, blog, or personal web site.
• Bookmark/postcard  is for a two-sided layout.
• Winners are not obligated to accept the layout I design, but they are allowed minor changes.
• All designs will be showcased on my gallery wall.


Mike Keyton said...

Hmm, just thinking what I'd do if you 'vanished' without prior notice for three weeks. I'd probably write a terse line 'what gives?'. But that's because you're consistently present. For someone on line less regularly I'd probably wait proportionately longer, but with much the same question, perhaps more tactfully expressed 'How are you doing?' Hopefully not with the Joey inflexion from 'Friends'.

Maria Zannini said...

Mike: By week 2 I'd get antsy. 3 weeks sounds reasonable, unless they're really good friends and forgot to tell me they'd be on holiday. (Yes, you told me.)

Re: Joey
I can hear you now doing the Joey impression with an English accent. :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

I've been known to send e-mails to friends asking "Hey! You still alive?" It's when they don't answer that I begin to really wonder. So far the only ones who haven't answered were apparently ones I'd pissed off (although I had no idea what I did to piss them off). Still, they could have replied and told me to eat it or something. Just to let me know they were still alive.

I can't imagine inquiring about someone's well-being is being buggy. I'd feel honored that someone thought about me like that at all.

By the way, I shared this with my RWA chapters. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: I've had it happen where I contact someone but get no reply.

I can only assume the worst, but hope instead they had decided to give up all internet and live on a beach in Bora Bora.

PS Thanks for sharing with your group.

Angela Brown said...

There have been a number of people jumping ship from blogs, FB and Twitter just to unplug for a bit. Some have been nice enough to forewarn but for others, well if it's someone that's regular, like at least once a week then suddenly nothing for a month, a gentle prodding e-mail should open the doorway to finding out things are well...or otherwise.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've been upset numerous times now by losing online friends, one of which I didn't even know had health issues.
Good luck with your contest. I'm going to tweet your post.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

The whole marketing, building the excitement thing is so onerous.

I love creating a story. Frustrating not to be able to get them in reader's hands.

But the reaching out, selling...I hate.

There are so many other things for folks to be busy about. No surprise I can't even get a beta reader for a really fun book.


Maria Zannini said...

Angela: I always expect a mass exodus during the summer months and around Christmas. That's why I thought this time I'd be safe--but maybe not.

Time will tell.

Maria Zannini said...

Susan: It brings to mind that even in this age where it seems there are no secrets, some people do keep some things close to their chest.

I hope I'm one of them. :)

Thanks for tweeting!

Maria Zannini said...

Mac: Well, school's back in session and start of all the holidays is around the corner. I'd like to put this giveaway to bed before all the whirlwinds start.

Jenny Schwartz said...

How had I not heard of your giveaway? I'm blaming a crazy life. Off to share -- although I really want to win the prize.

Maria Zannini said...

Jenny: You've had your hands full with the move and all. I'm just glad to see you. :)

Thanks for tweeting and sharing!

LD Masterson said...

I've had three blogs I was following end with a post from a family member that the blogger had passed away. I've also seem online discussions about having a plan for someone to unplug you from all social media when you die. It's a whole different kind of advance planning.

If someone just disappears, I guess it would depend on how often they normally posted. A daily poster, I'd start to worry about after a couple weeks. A once-a-week person, probably a month or two.

Maria Zannini said...

Linda: I'll never forget the announcement I made on a big SFF newsletter informing our group that one of our members had died.

It was surreal. We knew this person--and yet we didn't. I was very grateful that his son contacted us so that we could share the news.

Suzanne Brandyn said...

Maria, I intend to enter the competition, but I've had no internet, or very little so I've been popping in quickly.
If I hadn't heard from someone within three weeks, I'd give them a nudge. :)