Monday, August 22, 2011

Last day to Enter The Little Universe Goodreads Giveaway

Today is the final day to enter The Little Universe giveaway at Goodreads. As an author trying this for the first time, it's already been an interesting experience. We'll see what happens in the near future after ten winners receive free paperback copies. Will they read it? Will they write an Amazon review or one at B & N or Smashwords? That's sort of the expected yet unspoken agreement (if they like it) posted in the guidelines at Goodreads. (Maybe they'll also receive a tactful reminder letter with their author-signed copies.)

On the first day that the books posted, approximately 100 people entered to win. Since then it got sidelined on the website by being several pages in, no longer on the recently listed page and far from the ending soon page. Perhaps today it will see a bump in number of new entries. Here's what it looks like at Goodreads:

The Little Universe front cover by Jason MatthewsThe Little Universe
by Jason Matthews (Goodreads Author)
What if you could create a universe…more

Enter to win 

Giveaway dates: Aug 09-Aug 23, 2011
10 copies available, 502 people requesting
Countries available: US
Closed to entries in: 13 hours 8 mins 45 secs (clock counts down on their site)

The exposure alone is encouraging, currently over five hundred people have at least checked it out. If half of the people who win free copies actually leave a review or recommend the book to others, that will be a major success for my $100 investment to buy and mail ten books within the United States. Perhaps half is an optimistic number, we'll see.
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Monday, August 08, 2011

Love this 1970's Anti-Marijuana Commercial

Remember in the 80's when first lady, Nancy Reagan, used to recommend we Just Say No Thanks to drugs? It was pretty wise and effective advice that has clearly slowed the growth of recreational drug use in America. As a precursor to that, this 70's video (was it really made in the 70's?) accomplished just as much to curb the future leaders of this great nation from experimenting with marijuana, and thus ruining their lives forever.
This video is 4:21 long, but I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be 4:20. Enjoy.