1000 followers. Really there’s only one thing to say when something like this happens: THANK YOU. You are more awesome than baby seals and Pumpkin Spice lattes. You are more awesome than Chuck Norris’ mustache. You are even more awesome than Zombies, but don’t let them know I said that.
Seriously. You. Awesome.
We need a contest, yes? Of course we do!
Here at The Bookshelf Muse, it’s all about becoming stronger writers together. So, in that spirit, check out these scrumptious prizes:
5-First Page critiques
2-First Chapter critiques
Special Drawing Challenge
It’s simple: SPREAD THE WORD about this contest! If you do, I will include you in a special drawing for a three month mentorship with me.
What the mentorship will entail:
–A three month partnership where I will help you in any manner I can toward stronger writing, publication, increasing your online platform and helping you with agenting questions/search
–I will help you build or improve your query (if needed)
–A full read of your manuscript, offering advice on improvements and helping to brainstorm solutions if desired.
–An in depth look at your web presence and suggestions to hone your blog, increase followings and make suggestions with other social media to strengthen your online exposure
–Emails to answer any questions you have about writing, blogging, getting an agent, leaving an agent or how the agent relationship works
So, do you need a mentor, someone to bounce ideas around with, brainstorm solutions, ask questions about writing or platforms? I may not be ‘book published’ yet, but I’ve been around and have picked up a few things. 🙂 I also have the good fortune of being agented by Jill Corcoran of The Herman Agency, and have written over 1200 critiques for other writers, helping them strengthen their writing. Maybe I can help you, too.
If you’d like to enter for the General Drawing, you MUST be a Follower (new or old) and leave a comment. That’s it, no big hoops to jump through. Just stop in and say hey, and of course I always appreciate tweets, blog links and general word spreading, but that’s up to you. 🙂
If you wish to also enter for the mentorship draw, you MUST be a follower (new or old) AND fill out this simple form I’ve attached. Normally I don’t do the form thing, but for something like this, it will help me stay organized.You don’t need to be at the query stage or anything, just a serious writer intent on improving. 🙂 If you think I might be able to help you on your journey, please enter!
Please do not mention this contest on forums as the form suggests you can. It’s come to my attention that several writing boards are feeling spammed because people are posting multiple threads about this contest in order to gain an entry. This was never my intent, and I feel terrible for any extra moderating work my contest has caused. This is totally my bad–I didn’t expect such a huge response, nor foresaw this happening. Apologies to everyone involved.
Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
Amazing 1000! Congratulations!
Gabriela Lessa says
Love the idea! Definitely count me in!
Love this blog! Thanks for the guidance and inspiration, Angela
Thanks for holding this contest! Your blog is so full of great information for authors!
Thank you for this contest! You’re fantastic! 🙂
Mary Jo says
Amazing contest offer! How generous. I could def. use a 3 month mentor. My YA novel mss is in it’s final revision stages, but needs more work before I can do my query letter any good! I’m at the beginning phase of researching agents, and would benefit from direction in this area, too.
Kate Higgins says
I’m glad I was told about this in time, great contest great prize for any writer!
Mary Witzl says
Wheeew — 184 comments? I don’t stand a chance! But for what it’s worth, I’m entering. And congratulations on getting a thousand followers! That didn’t happen for no reason.
Patricia B says
This is an amazing contest. Thank you so much.
callie forester says
Congrats on reaching 1,000 followers–that is truly an awesome accomplishment! So glad I saw this in time to enter!!
Wow what a generous offer and great contest, congrats on the big 1000
This is SUPER AWESOME, thanks for the opportunity! Glad to have found a great resource like your blog.
Jenna Wallace says
This is such a great contest! Fingers crossed…
M.B. West says
Congrats on reaching 1000 followers and thanks for the great contest! 🙂
What an amazing contest! I’d love to be entered in the general following. Congrats on 1100+
What an amazing contest! Congratulations on 1100+ followers. I’d like to be entered to win in the general following please.
Valerie Kemp says
What an amazing contest! Congrats on reaching 1000 followers!
Sue Fliess says
I am just refocusing and revising and could really use a fresh set of eyes on my ms. Would LOVE to win! Thanks for the contest!
What a great contest – whoowee! Thanks for the chance.
Good luck everyone! (And, uh, me too…lol)
To One more navigator’s newfound muse, well-gardened breeze winding words’ wider hues; one wordsmith tinting greyer skies cerulean blue, one artist aiming authors’ airs earnestly true.
Pam Vickers says
I’m entering both! Thanks for this Angela!
Rachael Harrie says
What a great contest. Would love to win!
Blee Bonn says
Wow – this is amazing. I’m an old follower, I mean I’ve been following for awhile. 🙂
I’d love to be entered. Thanks so much for the contest!
I just entered. I love this blog and I’m an old follower, well maybe for three months now 🙂
Julie Hedlund says
I just entered – what a great contest. Thanks!
What a wonderful contest to offer! Thank you so much! I can’t wait for the drawing!
Wow what an amazing opportunity! Yay =D
Lenny Lee! says
hi miss angela! wow you sure got a cool contest. 1000 followers! i cant think how you could keep up with so much followers. i got just a few more than 100 and i cant ever get to visit all of them. i could need to be triple cloned. ha ha. im putting something on my blog for your contest and i hope it get lots of people to be in it.
mostly for me i could like to win one of those critique prizes. i hope you have a real nice sunday.
…smiles from lenny
beck nicholas says
am about to post on my blog too!
Great contest, I would love to be one of the winners! I posted about this on my blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
Wow! Over 1000 followers … that’s incredible! I’d definitely like to enter the contest. I’ll come back and fill in the form after I’ve blogged about the contest.
Tessa Quin says
Those are amazing rewards! And grats on your 1000 followship. I made a separate post about your contest on my BookAways – Contests and Giveaways blog (and filled out the form).
sally apokedak says
Oh, lovely contest. Please count me in.
I would like to enter the contest. The emotion thesaurus looks very useful. Thank you.
Valerie Ipson says
This is amazing opportunity–THANKS!
Thanks you all you do!
Katie Anderson says
What a great contest! Congratulations on reaching the big 1-0-0-0 🙂
Have tweeted out the contest, filled in the form, and will now cross my fingers for both competitions!
Jamie Grey says
Congrats on hitting so many followers! It’s great to see so many people finding this fantastic resource!
I’m entering both contests 🙂 *Fingers crossed*!!!
Creepy Query Girl says
awesome prizes! Thanks so much- I’m officially entered!
Amy Nichols says
What a great contest!
Solvang Sherrie says
What an amazing contest! I can’t believe I wasn’t already reading this blog.
Miles McG says
I’m new to this blog and just wanted to say hi (and enter the contest!). Thanks so much for doing this, and I look forward to reading more on your blog! 🙂
C. K. Bryant says
Great Contest. I’m a follower.
Fabulous contest! I’m keeping my fingers crossed because I need LOTS of help and support!!! Congrats on hitting 1,000.
Matthew Rush says
Wow Angela. Just when I thought you couldn’t possible get any cooler. You did.
This is an awesome idea! Congrats on so many followers! 🙂
Great contest…definitely enter me! I can use some writerly help for sure! 😉
Andrea Lorange says
Wow, great contest! Thanks!
Jen Chandler says
What an amazing blog! And the contest is fabulous! I found you thanks to Shannon O’Donnell 🙂 Thanks for this opportunity!
Congratulations on reaching a huge milestone and thank you SO much for the contest opportunity.
What an awesome contest. And congrats on the 1000 followers!
Thanks for the contest.
Grats on such a milestone! I know I appreciate all the thesaurus entries and resources you offer!
Athena Hernandez says
You’re awesome! Congratulations! When I grow up, I’m going to be just like you! I am an aspiring author and your blog has been a tremendous resource. Thank you!
Tracy DeLuca says
What an incredible opportunity for someone! I just stumbled upon your blog and am very impressed. 1000 followers is awesome and your giveaway is even more so!
M.J.A. Ware says
Wow, I think this is the most extensive support I’ve ever seen offered for a prize. What a great opportunity. -Thanks!
Sandy Shin says
Congratulations on 1000+ followers! 🙂
June Bourgo says
I’m a new follower, Angela, so glad I found her blog site.
Definitely want to enter this. What a fabulous prize of giving your time to aspiring authors.
Kate Larkindale says
Congratulations on hitting 1000 followers. That is just amazing!
SQUEE! This is so awesome, Angela! You rock!
lchardesty at yahoo dot com
Very awesome of you, Angela! I’ll fill out the form after I do some pr.
Cherie Reich says
Wow! Over a 1000 followers. That’s amazing! Congrats on the huge success!
This is wonderful!! Consider me entered! Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful contest!
Dorothy Dreyer says
This sounds like an amazing contest and a great opportunity. You so totally rock!
Wow, what a fantastic opportunity! Congrats on reaching 1000 followers. Probably ’cause you’re awesome!!
Nicole Zoltack says
Awesome contest! And huge congrats on the 1000+ followers! You deserve it, this blog rocks.
Fabulous opportunity, thanks! 🙂
Sarah Billington says
If you’re like me and are good with characters but have trouble with plot structure – bite, scratch and claw your way to win this mentorship. Angela is a plot QUEEN.
She will help you make your work stronger.
Good luck everyone who enters!
Erica M. Chapman says
Congrats on 1000+ followers!!! Woo Hoo ;o) Angela, you are awesome! It’s so kind of you to offer such great stuff! Thanks for always having informative and helpful posts!
Hope you have a lovely day ;o)
yllektra (force-oblique) says
I would just like to say congrats on achieving 1000 followers! It is bordering on 1100 now! 🙂
Reena Jacobs says
Thanks for the giveaway. Awesome opportunity for whoever wins!
Nicole MacDonald says
Well done! It’s my dream to hit 1000 followers *sigh* one day 🙂 and WOWEE! What a fabulous prize! I’m so crossing my fingers for it *grin*
Congrats on 1000 followers. This site is always open when I write.
Thanks for all you do.
Sharon K. Mayhew says
I put it in my post today…. (as promised).
Have a great week!
Amy Cochran says
Wonderful idea. I’m sure hundreds will enter. Thanks for the opportunity.
Elana Johnson says
Congrats on the followers! And anyone who has the chance to work with you is lucky indeed!
Diane J. says
Wow, you are one generous person!
Patti Struble says
Contests – I LOVE Contests. Thank you so much for the opportunity. ‘Tis greatly appreciated.
Good luck to one & all.
And, thank you for doing this Angela.
I just have to say how totally awesome you are for doing this! And yay for 1000 followers! That’s amazing!
I heart this contest! What a fabulous way to celebrate 1000 followers:)
A writing mentor would feel like Christmas morning.
This is such a great idea. If I don’t win can I buy this fabulous prize package?
Enter me please Angela. 🙂
Christine Danek says
What a great contest. Congrats on the followers. I’m definately entering. 🙂
Christina Klizen says
Great contest! I’ll cross my fingers and hope this is my lucky day:)
Claire Dawn says
Thanks for the incredible opportunity, Angela. And congratulations on your 1000.
That’d be 1,000+++ by now, no doubt. Thanks!
Pippa Jay says
Thank you for this fab contest.
Amy Laurens says
Angela, you are amazing. Seriously. An inspiration. *cookies* Thanks so much for this opportunity :o)
(Long time follower AND I refer all my students to the emotion thesaurus for their creative assignments 😉 :D)
Flint Ory says
Thanks for the opportunity!
Yes, count me in!
I’m a follower!
How incredibly generous you are! THANK YOU!
May the universe send much love your way.
This is amazing!!!!
Shari Green says
Followers: No, YOU’RE awesome!
Angela: No, YOU are.
Followers: No, YOU are.
You rock, Angela. Congrats on all the followers!
Beverly Stowe McClure says
Hi, I came over here from Susanne’s blog. I’m following you and am tweeting about your contest. Nice to meet you.
Heather M. Gardner says
What a great contest!
Congrats on over 1,000 followers! Thanks for hosting such an awesome site and awesome contest! 🙂
Traci Van Wagoner says
This is wonderful. Thanks for doing this and thanks for your dedication to creating the thesaurus. It’s such a great reference and has sparked many ideas.
Tom M Franklin says
Congrats on crossing over the 1000 threshold, and well deserved!
Love contests, especially when the giver is so generous.
Thanks for the opportunity. We could all use a little help.
Great contest! I’m a huge fan of your blog!
Jessica Lei says
This sounds like a great opportunity 🙂 And very nice!
Sharon K. Mayhew says
OMgoodness! 1056 followers! That is awesome! I tweeted and fb’d (sp?). I’ll blog on my next post. 🙂 Congratulations….I’ve been telling you for quite a while how wonderful you are. Obviously, I am right. (big smile)
Medeia Sharif says
Congrats on your following! 🙂
Thank you, Thank you! Great opportunity.
Jaleh D says
What a kind-hearted thing to do. You have a great blog. No wonder you’ve managed to draw in so many followers.
Prof. Thule says
Awesome idea! I’ve become a follower!
Well I was filling out your form, because God knows I have been wishing for a mentor, but got stumped at what age for and genre you write in. Questions that render my brain blank. So that as they say is the end of that. But I will still tweet etc. about your contest for other less confused types. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂
Steph Sinkhorn says
I’d love to be entered for the General Drawing. Thanks so much for doing this! I love this blog.
Shannon O'Donnell says
Wow, Angela! You’ve outdone yourself this time. What amazing prize opportunities! You are the very best! 🙂
Another entry to the list! What a great opportunity!
Samantha Clark says
Great contest, Angela. Thanks!
I just followed you on Google, but I’ve actually been a subscriber through Google Reader for a while.
Thanks for the great blog.
Che Gilson says
Wow, a mentorship has been my dream for awhile now!
I’m now a follower, posted the contest on Facebook, and looking forward to hearing from you!
Michelle Davidson Argyle says
Fantastic contest! You know I love your site. 🙂
Andrea Mack says
Fantastic contest, Angela! Someone is going to get a very valuable experience – and five people will get some really useful suggestions. You are amazing!
E.J. Wesley says
I’m new here … great blog, awesome contest!
Judy Croome says
PS I forgot to say I became a follower, tweeted and linked on Facebook! 🙂
Judy Croome says
Thanks for this great opportunity. I’m so glad Robyn Campbell gave me the heads up!
Judy, South Africa
melody colleen says
Wow,Angela, what a generous opportunity! Trish is spreading the word, and I couldn’t resist entering. Thanks so much!
Robyn Campbell says
I’m in Angela. Sounds wonderful 🙂 I filled out the form. And now I can dream of a mentorship with you. 🙂
wandering wraith says
This is an amazing offer. Thanks for the contest. Please toss my name in the hat.
Elaine AM Smith says
Angela this was a great idea; an exciting opportunity!
Thanks a lot for this Angela! I`m all in, these prizes are incredible! Loved it!!
I’m entering this most definitely!!!
Andrew Rosenberg says
I’m in, did the form.
Tweeted, Facebooked, blah blah.
Don’t forget I gave you an award once! 😉
Deb Salisbury says
Wow! Fantastic prizes! You are wonderful!
Stephen Tremp says
Cool. Glad I came across this link at Clarissa Drapers blog. I will share this link on my Saturday blog. Great stuff here. I’ll navigate around it tonight.
Congrats on hitting 1000! Your site is a great resource for writers, Based on the spot-on critiques I’ve seen you do on Authoress’s site, I know how valuable your prize offerings are!
Bridgette Booth says
How kind of you! Thanks!
Ruth Donnelly says
What a great contest! I would love to enter.
Laurie Young says
This is a very generous contest. Thanks!
Laurie L Young
Awesome contest! Count me in!
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Awesome contest! Count me in!
Amie Kaufman says
Wow, what a fantastic competition – brand new follower, and I’m off to dive through the archives.
Jessica Subject says
Not only do you have great, useful posts, but you also have awesome contests. Please include me.
Janet Johnson says
What a generous contest! Who couldn’t use a little help? Count me in for sure. 🙂
I was just made aware of this site and already I’m involved in a contest? One can only hope… and hope… and hope..
Wonderful opportunity! I love this blogspot! ;>
Elizabeth Swigar says
Entered! Fingers crossed. Thank you for an excellent forum, I just signed up as a formal follower but have been a longtime reader, especially the Emotion Thesaurus.
Gayle C. Krause says
Unbelievable contest, Angela. You are so giving. Just your emotional thesaurus is a great giveback, but your offer of mentorship is amazing.
I’d love to win your contest.
Thanks so much! This is a great contest!
This is a really great contest. I may not comment often, but I read this blog often. 🙂
Angela, you are awesome, just like the others said. I can’t think of anyone I’d like to mentor me more than you.
Hey! I am not crawling just to win. I mean it. Your critique helped make one of my stories so much better. The one where you told me to mean up the Aunt. I meaned her up real good, and I even drew a picture of her to inspire me. LOL.
Well That was Easy. Thanks For the great contest.
I’m excited about this one! I love this blog. 😀
bryan sabol says
1,000 followers? Awesome!
Love the idea of the contest, too!
Susan Kaye Quinn says
Sounds great! Count me in! 🙂
Tabitha Bird says
Congrats on the followers.
What a great contest.
Verehnice, verehnice. 😛
So happy for you! Well deserved. This is great!!
Charity Bradford says
Angela, you know how to celebrate! Thanks for another great opportunity to win critiques. Whoever wins the mentorship is REALLY lucky!
Marsha K says
Very awesome! Thank you for the opportunity!
What a nice thing to do for your fellow writers. Thanks!
What a nice thing to do for your fellow writers. Thanks!
L.J. Boldyrev says
You rock, Angela! I won’t tell the zombies that you love us best. Promise. Except that one. *runs*
Karen Lange says
Congrats to you! How exciting, but not surprising. Your blog is wonderful. Have a great weekend!
P.S. I am a follower. Thanks so much!
Riv Re says
Lynnette Labelle says
Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone get to 1,000 before. Congrats! Great contest, too.
If you happen to know anyone who’s looking for a critique group, we have two openings. Send them to my blog. Thanks.
Congrats on 1,000 and may you have many, many more!
I decided not to enter for the mentorship, but I’d really love one of those 5 page critiques!
Sarah Nicolas says
Wow! You’re dedicated to this contest 🙂
This sounds very exciting! Thanks for being able to participate.
Kelly Hashway says
Great contest. I just entered!
Love your site and can’t believe I am not yet a follow! This is a great excuse. Thanks for the fantastic contest!
Alicia Gregoire says
This is great. Thanks.
Great contest, and congratulations! Thanks for all you do on the blog.
And I love the Chuck Norris picture. 🙂
Bish Denham says
WOW Angela! Congratulations at reaching 1000 Followers. What a tremendous offer. I’m posting a link in my sidebar right now!
Kay Theodoratus says
Love your thesauri. I think they’re one of the most useful things on the blogs … and your contest is too.
Great contest! (and site!) I’m definitely entering both~
Elizabeth McKenzie says
Congrats on the numbers. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it?
Awesome contests! (and site in general!) Definitely entering both contests!~
Congrats on reaching 1000, Angela! I’m so excited to enter this, and I filled out the other form, too 🙂 Thank you so much for the chance and for your generosity.
Kristi Helvig says
Congrats on 1000 followers–you rock! I’m definitely entering both contests. 🙂
Amy Allgeyer Cook says
Congrats on 1,000!!! You are full of awesome! And clearly people know it. 🙂
Wow! This is an amazing opportunity! Thanks.
Stina Lindenblatt says
Having just finished editing my ms based on Angela wicked feedback on my ms (which resulted in huge rewrites), I have only one thing to say: ENTER NOW!!! Your ms will love you for it.
And, Angela, congrats on reaching 1000 +. 😀
Tory M says
This is an incredible sounding contest. Count me in. Already filled out the form!
Jared Larson says
What an awesome opportunity. Thanks, Angela.
Susan R. Mills says
This is awesome! I will post about this on Monday because I already posted for today. Then I will come back and fill out the form. Thanks so much for this opportunity. I’m already a follower so consider me entered for the general drawing.
WooWee! You’re awesome too Angela! And to think, I started following way back when you only had several hundred followers.
Count. Me. In. This is fantastic! Thanks! 😀
Clara Kensie says
Wow, Angela. This is a fantastic opportunity. Thank you so much for this contest! I’m definitely entering. Good luck to everyone!
Yep. I’d love to enter this one. I need all the help I can get.
Carolyn Abiad says
Thanks for the opportunity!
Julie Musil says
We follow cuz you are AWESOME! Thanks for all you do for the writing community.
Laura Pauling says
Wow! I’ll definitely enter this one. And I’ll come back and fill out the form for the other one. Very generous of you, Angela!!
Vegetarian Cannibal says
We heart you too, Angela! 😀