Guess what? I have three wonderful suprises for you today!
- To begin with, I’m running my very first contest!
- Secondly, I wrote a special guest post for Lorraine Reguly from Wording Well.
- The third surprise is that, together with Lorraine, we are running another contest on her blog.
Each contest will have different rules, too, so you can enter one or the other — or both, if you really want to increase your odds of winning!
What You Will Win
On The Blind Blogger, I’m offering a signed copy of my book, Leading You Out of the Darkness Into the Light PLUS one hour of free coaching to the winner to one lucky person.
On Wording Well, I’m offering the exact same two things.
I’ll tell you more about these contests in a moment, and what you have to do in order to enter each one.
First, I want to tell you how and why these contests came about, and say a few other things.
How and Why these Contests Came About
To begin, I want to express my thanks to everyone for their positive responses to my book being available in print.
When I wrote about how it felt to hold my book in my hands, I had no idea it would elicity so many wonderful responses from everyone. The support I’ve received on social media as well as in the comments section has been amazing. I am humbled to hear so many people care, and took the time to let me know.
I also didn’t know just how good a photo I had taken. Everyone says you can see my joy shining through in it, and many have said it’s the best one yet. Funny that all the way through my weight loss progress, I never took one as good as the one of me holding my book for the first time.
Now, it’s no secret that Lorraine is a great friend and supporter of mine. She is also the editor of my book, and often does online improvements for me. I sometimes have her change things on my websites, my social media pages, and my posts. When she suggested I write a post about the process from the time I finished the manuscript until it was actually available online, because this might be something people would want to hear about, I agreed. When she invited me to do it as a guest post, I jumped at the opportunity.
I have to admit that I missed the first deadline she gave me for submitting the post. I was happy to hear that it hadn’t hurt her blog by not having it when she wanted it. So, I thought I should make it up to her. From that came the idea of giving away a signed copy of the book as part of the guest post. Then I thought of also offering one hour of coaching.
Lorraine said that was great and gave me suggestions on how to do it. She explained the benefits of using comments or Rafflecopter and suggested we try both.
How to Enter the Contests
So, on her site, on the guest post I wrote, you can enter a contest to win a signed copy of my book simply by leaving a comment and explaining why you want or need my book and/or the free coaching.
On mine, you will have a simple form to fill out, through Rafflecopter, so that you can win both a copy of my book plus one hour of free coaching. I’m asking people to LIKE my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, and Tweet about these two contests. I’m also asking people to follow Lorraine on Twitter and like her Writing and Editing Services page on Facebook. Since she is the one who put this whole thing together, I wanted to do something extra for her.
How Long the Contests Will Last
Each contest will last one week.
Why I’m Being So Generous
I want people to know how much I appreciate their support for me as I’ve been on this journey. I also want them to know just how much I really want to help people. Naturally, to help more people means generating income. And getting noticed is a big part of that. So, I’m hoping these give aways will be a way to do both.
How the Winners Will Be Chosen
Through the contest on my site, the winner will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter.
On Lorraine’s site, I’ll read through the responses and choose a winner based on what people say. The winner’s name will appear at the end of the post after a week, and I will contact that person through email, privately. From there, the winner will let me know where to send the autographed copy and we will figure out the best way to connect so that I can provide the promised hour of coaching. Generally, coaching is done through Skype or Google Hangouts, but it can also be done via phone.
Sharing is caring
With most of my posts the sharing is to help me. But in this case by sharing the post you may give someone who needs it an opportunity to get a book that may actually change their lives. Did I say that? Yes, and more importantly, I believe it. So please share with your friends, family, coworkers, and social media networks.
Thanks again. Your encouragement, love, and support has been invaluable. Remember to be kind and loving to yourself.
Take care out there now, Max.