CRACK the CODE Celebration!


I can’t believe it. 2000+ followers! Continually you show us what a great community this is! And we are so grateful to be a part of it, we had to celebrate. So, a drum roll please, for OPERATION: CRACK the CODE!

You know those enormous vaults stuffed with millions of cash, jewels and gold bars right? Well, The Bookshelf Muse has procured one just for you.

When we hit 2K, Becca and I so desperately wanted to fill this steel bad boy with writerly coolness.  But, it’s a big vault, and we’re only two people.

So, in the spirit of what our writing & blogging community stands for, we reached out to a few SUPERSTARS who always go above and beyond to help others. And guess what?

The vault filled with LITERARY GOLD.

Shall we take a peek at what you could win?

From POWERHOUSE SCI-FI AUTHOR Beth Revis, a signed copy of Across the Universe


From YA MASTERMIND Stina of SEEING CREATIVE & QUERY TRACKER BLOG, a 2 chapter critique (all ages/genres)

From CONTEMPORARY GENIUS AUTHOR Janet Gurtler, a 3 chapter critique of a YA, plus an ARC of IF I TELL.

From STRUCTURE SUPERWOMAN Laura of Laura Pauling’s Blog, a $10 Amazon gift certificate toward SAVE THE CAT (Snyder) or another book & a Structural Analysis of your opening 3 chapters for  hook, inciting incident, and the start of the character arc.

From BLINDINGLY BRILLIANT MG/YA AUTHOR P.J. Hoover, a ten page MG/YA critique and an ebook copy of SOLSTICE along with a set of awesome trading cards

From MG FANTASY AMAZON Author Janice Hardy, a first chapter critique (all ages/genres)

From KIDLIT CHAMPION Martina of ADVENTURES IN CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING, a 50-page critique (all ages/genres)

From MA BESTIE BECCA, an ARC of Lauren Myracle’s Shine and a 5K critique (all ages/genres)

From MISTRESS OF MIDDLE GRADE Shannon of Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe, a 10 page critique (all ages)

From ICON of AWESOME Julie of Julie Musil’s Blog, a copy of PLOT & STRUCTURE (Bell)

And from ME, a Blog Assessment & a 5K critique (all ages/genres)

Oh and did we mention the GRAND PRIZE? (see below)

As Probst says on SURVIVOR...worth playing for?

HERE’S THE DEAL:  See all the Thesaurus Collections linked in the sidebar? Well, we’ve hidden 25 vault photos that say CRACK the CODE on 25 different entries. Find 5 and then enter THIS FORM listing where you found them. That’s right, we’re challenging you to a good ol’ fashioned treasure hunt!

After you fill out the form, we will send you a combination code for the VAULT. Hang onto it…because on June 19th, we’ll post the winning combinations. If yours is listed, click on it to see which prize you’ve won!

IF you find ALL 25 hidden vaults, you can enter for our grand prize–this awesome shirt!

So, start poking around! Need a HINT or two? Visit the blogs of the folks listed above and gather the clues!

CONTEST CLOSES MIDDAY SATURDAY ON JUNE 18th, SO GET CRACKING!! As always, tweets and mentions are appreciated but not required. If you do TWEET THIS, we have a hashtag too! #CRACKtheCODE


Image: OpenClips @ Pixabay


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, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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[…] Is your hero a safe-cracking thief? Host a bank vault break in (Becca and I did something similar HERE.) The goal is to attract YOUR IDEAL AUDIENCE by tailoring your event to something they specifically […]

6 years ago

[…] help us celebrate the great writing community we belong to, so if you haven’t yet entered, GO HERE to do so! Our Prize Vault is packed with Books, Critiques, ARCs and other awesome […]

Jenna Wallace
9 years ago

Congratulations! I had a ball looking for the 25. I’ll be speaking descriptively all day!

Laura Ann Dunks
9 years ago

Great competition! You deserve it.

I entered about 2 or 3 days ago and I don’t have a code yet. I’m hoping I didnt give you the wrong email address!


Robyn Campbell
9 years ago

Congrads, Angela! I am so honored to know you. 🙂 Super fantastic contest, my friend.

Medeia Sharif
9 years ago

Congrats on the 2000+ followers! What a great contest.

9 years ago

Love treasure hunting!!

Dawn Brazil
9 years ago

Awesome contest. So excited. Thanks for having this.

Jeff King
9 years ago

Found all 25… What a chore, thx.

Janet Johnson
9 years ago

Wow! That’s about all I can say. Wow! Awesomely amazing stash!

You guys are amazing. 😀

Off to sidebar you.

Martha Ramirez
9 years ago

I am so happy for you! You deserve a million followers!

9 years ago

Hi Angela and Becca-
Sorry to be a pain, but I checked that I would like to be entered into all of the prizes, but after I sent it, started really looking at them and noticed I wouldn’t have any YA material to critique. So please remove me from YA/MG contests with critiques.
Kristen Johnson
kristengjohnson (at) gmail (.) com

The Pen and Ink Blog
9 years ago

What fun!

Pam Torres
9 years ago

That is an incredible list of prizes and congrats on all the followers. I’m usually a little late on the cool stuff, but I eventually find my way. Glad to have found your awesome blog!

Matthew MacNish
9 years ago

Wow. What a contest!

Stina Lindenblatt
9 years ago

You deserve all your followers and many many more.

I rushed home on Friday and showed hubby the site. He was impressed. More so than at my lame explanation at the party. 😉

Rosemary Gemmell
9 years ago

Fantastic idea with brilliant goodies – and so much fun, thank you! Here’s to many more followers and wonderful blog posts (raising a virtual glass).

Manon Eileen
9 years ago

Congratulations, I’m very excited for you 😀 I can’t wait to dig into this contest! I love it, what a huge amount of goodies! ^^

Lynda R Young
9 years ago

wow, an amazing competition! Congrats on your 2k+ followers!

Mindy Alyse Weiss
9 years ago

Thanks so much for everything you do for us–all the great info and this wonderful contest.

Angela Ackerman
9 years ago

Thanks everyone for getting into the spirit and having some fun with us at the blog. You guys have been awesome too with all your mentions and tweets–we can’t thank you enough for passing on the word, and for always being such great cheerleaders of The Bookshelf Muse. 🙂


Solvang Sherrie
9 years ago

What an amazing contest, ladies! You guys rock!

erica m. chapman
9 years ago

SO fun!!! YOu guys ROCK. Thanks for continuing to post such great and helpful info ;o) *goes searching*

CONGRATS on 2000+ Whoooooooooo!

Aldrea Alien
9 years ago

Just found all 25, not easy when I’ve only slow dialup and around 10% of the pages didn’t want to load … even with all the wonderful prizes, I don’t care if I get nothing, I’m just hyped I found them all. 😀

Congrats on passing the “2000 followers” mark. Personally, seeing how this is such a helpful blog, I’m shocked it didn’t happen sooner.

9 years ago

Woah, seriously awesome prizes here!!

Lisa Gail Green
9 years ago

Oh man! You guys are sooo awesome!! I’m not entering because I don’t want to take chances for fabulous prizes from others. But I fully intend to cheer everyone else on!!!

Becca Puglisi
9 years ago

Welcome, Anonymous friend of Janice Hardy! And thanks, Janice, for the link!

Jemi Fraser
9 years ago

You ladies are amazing – what an incredible list of prizes!! Off to have some fun… 🙂

Laura Pauling
9 years ago

Congrats Angela and Becca! What a great milestone and a terrific idea for a contest! 🙂

Kayeleen Hamblin
9 years ago

This was fun. I enjoyed getting to look through the entries in the different thesauri. It’s good to remember all these things.

Congrats again on the followers. You guys rock the writing house!