30,000 Hits…and a Give-a-way!!

The Bookshelf has received 30,000 hits! It’s hard to believe that our little blog is chugging along like this, and that it’s helping so many dedicated writers. 30,000 hits is nothing to sneeze at, so we feel the need to rejoice. Coming as this milestone does so close to Thanksgiving (the 27th, for us Americans), what better way to celebrate than with a contest we like to call…


In the comments section, post your guess as to the exact weight (pounds and ounces) of the turkey Becca will be cooking for the fam. Angela will keep an eye on things, since she’s not the one roasting a–ack! Almost gave away the answer there. Anyway, she’ll let you know if the correct weight is higher or lower than the previous guesses, after which point everyone is free to guess again. When the exact weight is given, the winner will be crowned (have to do something with the leftover bones, after all).

The prize? The winner will get a Critique Workshop on the query letter of your choice, which will be critiqued via email by Angela and Becca. In our experience, it takes a bit of back-and-forth to perfect the dreaded query; we’re dedicated to doing what it takes to get that letter just right. We’ll keep at it until you’re happy with the results!

Gobble, gobble, everyone!


Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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19 Responses to 30,000 Hits…and a Give-a-way!!

  1. Vijaya says:

    Congratulations on the 30K hits and to Helene for winning a query critique.

    Feeling thankful for your wonderful blog.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Kelly says:

    Congrats on 30,000 hits!!!!

  3. Becca says:

    Holy moly. If I ever need to figure out anything logically, I’m calling Helene. Congrats!

    And for the record, there are only 9 of us. But everyone brings their own tupperware to take some home. What can I say, we like our leftovers :).

  4. Hey! Coolio!

    I’ll pop my sad little query over to you before the turkey coma* sets in.

    *Darn those sleep-inducing L-tryptophans!

  5. Angela says:

    She may be sorry, but you won’t! Your guess is right on the money…21 pounds, 6 oz. Congrats!!

    Thanks to everyone for playing! Helene, you can forward your query to us using the emails listed in our profile, whenever you like. We’ll workshop it with you, back and forth until that sucker is fantabulous!

  6. Gadzooks! Auntie Barb is going to be sorry on weigh-in day. That gravy’s going to chew up all her flex points.

    Old guess: 20 lb 7 oz

    New guess: 21 lb 6 oz

  7. Angela says:

    Thanks, Mary! You’ll have to guess higher…Becca’s relatives are real turkey professionals.

  8. Mary Witzl says:

    I can never resist a guess-the-weight challenge — not that I’ve ever won one in my entire life.

    I’ll guess 18 lbs 7 oz.

    Congratulations on 30,000 hits!

  9. Angela says:

    Higher, C.R.Evers! Uncle Bob is planning on breaking his personal best on the turkey-to-veggie ratio!

  10. C.R. Evers says:

    I’ll guess 20lbs 3 oz

  11. Angela says:

    Nope, Auntie Barb decided to go low fat last week so she can drown everything in gravy this year. Go higher!

  12. Okay, so maybe Auntie Barb is going off her Weight Watcher flex plan for the day and plans to over-indulge a teensy bit.

    Old guess: 19 lb 4 oz

    New guess: 20 lb 7 oz

  13. Angela says:

    Thanks for letting us know, Goldchevy! We’re glad it helps!

    Turkey technicalities: Higher for Goldchevy, lower for Sharon! Keep those guesses coming!

  14. Sharon says:

    Okay, I’m going to take a ‘stab’ at this. How about 22 lbs.?

    Sharon (svz from BBs)

  15. goldchevy says:

    I haven’t posted anything on your blog, bit I use your Emotion Thesaurus all the time. Thank you so much for putting the time and effort into that.
    The turkey thing sounds fun. I am going to guess 16 pounds 2 ounces.

  16. Angela says:

    One guess at a time, and i’ll let you know asap whether you need to go higher or lower, then you can guess again.

    Helene, lol on your logic! Good guess, but go higher!

  17. Okay, I’ll play!

    A quick google search says to base the weight of the turkey on 1 lb per person and allow a bit extra for leftovers, so I’m basing my guess on a family of four, plus parental units on both sides and maybe uncle Bob and auntie Barb show up with their rugrats, so

    Family of 4
    Inlaws 2
    Outlaws 2
    Uncle Bob (eats enough for 3 people)
    Aunti Barb 1
    Rugrats 2

    Total: 14 servings plus leftovers

    Thus, my guess: 19 lb 4 oz

  18. Just_Me says:

    Can we guess multiple times?

  19. Becca says:

    Mmmmm. Yummy turkey.


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