ALT tour recap + Contest announcement!

This week’s been a bit of a rush for me. What began as plans for a simple interview and giveaway turned into a last-minute mission to organize a week-long tour. I sent out an email to several friends/authors, some of them responded, and the rest is history. I want to thank my generous hosts for sharing their spotlight with me, posing some excellent interview questions, organizing ebook giveaways, and for being so damn supportive. These last couple of months have reiterated to me just how tough publishing is, and it’s good to know I’m not alone in this struggle. Friends make this sort of thing a lot easier.

So, in case you missed it, here’s a recap of the ALT mini-tour stops. I’ve notated which giveaways are still active:

Now, as a way of capping off the week, I’ve a contest of my own to announce. While my darling editor fulfills a previous contract (something which will keep her busy until July), I’ve been afforded some extra time before digging into edits of my next novel, THE LIMINAL MAN. This works out, because I’m going to need that time to make a decision about the book. See, it’s a tough decision, one that will affect the way the book ends, and it’s because of this that I’ve decided to enlist a few beta readers. I already have two. I need one more.

So, I’m formally announcing the TLM Beta Contest.

This contest is to help fill that position. You do not have to be a writer or an editor. In fact, I’d prefer it if you aren’t. I want a “civilian” of sorts. A test audience of one. It will help if you’re familiar with ALT (and if you aren’t, I’ll give you the ebook absolutely free). All you’ll be asked to do is read the TLM manuscript and answer a few questions once you’re finished. No editing. No in-depth reading. I just need your opinion on the ending. That’s it.

So what do you have to do to enter?

This is the easy part. All you have to do to enter is tell me, in 100 words or less, why you think you’re the reader for the job. You can send me an email with the subject line “TLM Beta Contest,” or leave a comment on the blog and/or Facebook with your entry.

Let’s mark the deadline for entries at 11:59 PM Friday, April 22nd. That’s two weeks from now.

And what will you receive in return?

The lucky winner will get their name in the book’s acknowledgments, as well as a signed copy upon publication (tentatively first quarter, 2012) courtesy of Precipice Books.

This is a unique opportunity to read the book–typos and all–before it passes under the watchful eye of my editor (who gave her blessing on this contest). Furthermore, your feedback will help shape the way the book ends (and, possibly, what comes after).

So, what do you say? Interested? You’ve got 100 words to say so. In the words of Detective Joe Hopper, “Get to it, hoss.