There are three things I'm really passionate about:
2) Kids reading what I've written (or just reading in general)
3) Inspiring young people to love literacy.
Seeing kids and teens discover the joy of being lost in a good book or developing stories of their own gives me the best kind of thrill. I love hearing from young people that they loved my stories or that I'm their favorite author. (Seriously, that birthday message tugged on my heartstrings something fierce!)
Prince Charming's Quest is just weeks away from release. As I've been planning and thinking what I could do to really celebrate this milestone with a bang, my sweet, amazing and genius hubby said, "Why not get schools involved?"
Have I told you my husband's a genius yet? He totally is!
We talked it out, going over the details and what would be involved and what the goal is. And this is what we've come up with:
Charming Academy Super School Giveaway
I've stated that I love watching kids read my books. I also love interacting with kids and telling them about writing, reading and the indescribable thrill of chasing one's dreams. This release, instead of just giving away a copy of the book to one person (though I'll get to that giveaway in a minute) I want to give a set of my books to one lucky school library as well as a day of Skype interviews. Sounds good, right? This is how it's going to work.
1) Nominate your school.
On Monday at 8:00am CDT, I will start the nomination post on my Facebook Fanpage. You will need to comment on that post with your school's name and get 5 people to like that comment. At 9:00pm CDT, I will add all the qualifying, nominated schools to a new contest page on this website. Once that page is live, voting will begin.
2) Vote for your school.
All nominated schools will be listed on a contest page at this website. On that page you will be able to vote for your school. Voting will take place from 9:00pm CDT on Monday, Oct. 19 through 9:00pm CDT Friday, Oct. 30. Each person can vote once per day. Votes will be tallied at 9:00pm CDT each evening to determine who is in the lead and how each school is doing. Votes coming after that time will be counted with the next day's votes.
3) Share, share, share!
Give your school the best chance at winning by sharing the daily Facebook post or simply sharing the contest page via Facebook, Twitter or email. Each person can vote once daily and the more you share, the more votes your school will receive! The more voters you have, the better the prizes will be.
Because we really want to get a lot of involvement in this giveaway, we've done a tiered set up for the prizes. The more unique voters we get, the better the prizes will become. Here's what it looks like:
50 voters - A day of Skype interviews with the author and 1(one) signed copy each of Charming Academy and Finding Prince Charming.
150 voters - A day of Skype interviews with the author and 1(one) signed copy each of Charming Academy, Finding Prince Charming, and Prince Charming's Search
300 voters - A day of Skype interviews with the author and 1(one) signed copy each of Charming Academy, Finding Prince Charming, Prince Charming's Search, and Becoming Prince Charming.
600 voters - A day of Skype interviews with the author and 1(one) signed copy each of Charming Academy, Finding Prince Charming, Prince Charming's Search, Becoming Prince Charming, and The Ultimate Prince Charming.
1200 voters - A day of Skype interviews with the author and 1(one) signed copy each of the entire series: Charming Academy, Finding Prince Charming, Prince Charming's Search, Becoming Prince Charming, The Ultimate Prince Charming, and Prince Charming's Quest.
Any school which receives more than 100 votes will win 1(one) Skype interview with the author and will be given the opportunity to purchase signed books for their library at a specially discounted rate.
And don't forget, your school isn't the only winner. Everyone who votes will be entered into the Ultimate Charming Academy Fan Basket giveaway! This will include 1(one) signed copy of Charming Academy, 1(one) signed copy of Prince Charming's Quest, 2(two) original illustrations (one painted in acrylic on 8x10 canvas and one colored pencil drawing on 9x12 paper), 3(three) handmade bookmarks, 1(one) hand-painted figurine of Zephyr, and a baggie of surprise goodies.
Doesn't that sound awesome? Here are some things to consider:
Which schools are eligible? Any school worldwide whether public or private is eligible. We are also accepting homeschool co-ops for entry. Please note that the books are in English and the interview will be conducted in English. Shipping costs may apply to book winners outside the US.
What if I miss the Oct. 19 nomination post? Not a problem! Simply comment on the most current contest post on Facebook with your school nomination and get it liked by five people. Your school will be added to the page during our evening tally. Voting for your school would begin after 9:00pm CDT that night.
Do I have to buy anything? No. There is no purchase necessary to participate in the contest.
How do the Skype interviews work? Schools which win interviews will need to contact me to schedule a date and time for their interview. The grand prize winning school will need to schedule a date and times for their interviews. They can be conducted with the entire school, with specific classes, or specific grade levels at the school's discretion.
I have children in different schools. Can I vote for both of them? Not on the same day. However, since you can vote one time each day, you can vote for a different school on different days. While both schools won't be able to win the grand prize, you can help both schools reach enough votes to win a Skype interview.
Why do you want my email address? We are using email addresses to keep track of unique voters. While two people may have the same name, no two people will have the same email address. Your email will never be shared and we will only contact you if you win the Ultimate Charming Academy Fan Basket or you opt to sign up for our newsletter. After the contest is over, any email which has not been opted to receive the newsletter will be deleted from our files.
When will we find out who the winners are? The winning school and individual winner of the Ultimate Charming Academy Fan Basket will be announced during my Facebook release party on Oct 31.
Any other questions? Please ask them in the comments and I will get to you just as soon as possible. Let's make this a huge success!
Jessica L. Elliott
Author, artist, mom and super-genius