Thanks to everyone for participating in the LIFE AND OPINIONS OF AMY FINAWITZ contest! We had a great time reading all the entries. There were some tough decisions, since everyone was so gosh darn clever, but eventually Nancy Mercado, Laura Toffler-Corrie and I narrowed it down.
So without further ado here are the winning tweets...
FIRST PRIZE (signed book and critique):
Runners-up (an awesome batch of evil fortune cookies!):
If you're one of the winners, please write me an email with your address! Congrats!
Do you need some summer laughs? Of course you do! Well, good news. Laura Toffler-Corrie's debut middle-grade novel, THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF AMY FINAWITZ, will be released into the wild next week.
It's a hilarious novel, with a brilliant and wacky cast of characters, and I know you'll be that person who guffaws on the subway while reading it. Because I still do.
So. We're running a contest: a Fortune Cookie Twitter contest!
"Why fortune cookies?" you ask, innocently. "Well," I say, "fortune cookies play an important part in our heroine Amy's story."
One awesome way you can get a feel for Amy's fortune cookie flair is to read the sample chapter here. But here are some examples of fortunes Amy finds in the book:
- When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
- When you make change, come back a dollar.
- 7/5ths of all people do not understand fractions.
Your task: Tweet us your fortunes. What kind of fortunes? Well, fortunes specifically for writers! The fortune cookie you’d want to open if you were a writer working on a revision, or waiting for a review, or trying to get published, etc. The sky's the limit!
Let's start with the prizes to entice you.
- Follow author Laura Toffler-Corrie on Twitter: @LauraTofflerCor.
- Enter your fabulous, fortunes on Twitter. (Fortunes posted as comments to this blog post will be enjoyed, but not judged.)
- You MUST use this hashtag in your tweet: #amyfortune (If you don't use it, we'll never see it!)
- You may enter up to 10 (TEN) fortunes.
- As we know, good fortune should SPREAD. Share the love! Spread the word about the contest!
- Laura, Nancy, and I will be the sole judges of the contest.
- The deadline for this contest is 9AM Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 3rd (release day!). Winners will be announced Friday, August 6th. There are no exceptions to this! If any fortune tweets are sent after that time, they will NOT be read.
Now get thee to Twitter and start predicting!
First of all --
Happy Valentine's Weekend!
I hope you had a great V-day. Mine was really fun... and I got flowers from my valentine. They were so pretty, I had to post the picture so you could enjoy them too. And, not having received roses on valentines in over a decade, I can tell you they were a wonderful surprise.
Also, my valentine and I went to dim sum with my friends. Have you been recently? Oh my gosh -- so much food. And though it's delish, it's not the best for you. So it is a rare and wonderful treat.
And at the end of dim sum -- what else? The fortune cookies...
This time, my fortune read, "You will hear pleasant news soon." Uh... thanks? What the heck is pleasant news, anyway? I guess it was better than some fortunes I've received, but it was kind of anticlimactic -- especially when my sister's said, "Your lover will never leave you." No fair!! Who writes these things?
So, I actually save my fortunes. Here is a (blurry, I know) picture of the latest collection on my fridge's door.
Let's check for accuracy:
"You will have great fortune and luck." (Hmm... jury's still out on that one.)
"Your love life will change for the better." (Ok, this seems to be true... but I don't want to jinx anything.)
"Your financial situation will soon be improving." (Is the check in the mail? I'm not so sure.)
"You will receive an unexpected gift." (YES! The roses!! Although, wait -- this fortune is from a few months ago.)
"You will hear pleasant news soon." (Crossing my fingers that this is from my super agent about the draft of the MS I just turned in...)
Anyway -- in the spirit of the fickle fortunes of chinese food and love -- here is the final giveaway of Valentine's Week on Books, Boys, Buzz!
To enter, please comment about a fortune you received and if it came true. Extra brownie points if it's about LOVE! Extra double brownie points if it's funny.
One lucky winner will receive the prizes shown -- a copy of the YA anthology LOVE IS HELL (starring Scott Westerfeld!) and a box of delicious Emily's Love fortune cookies.
You have until Monday at 10 AM PST to comment here and enter to win! The winner will be announced later that day here on the Buzz Blog. Tell you friends to stop by and enter -- both weekend giveaways don't end until tomorrow!!
Good luck and xoxo!
Never Cry Werewolf - Sept 2009 HarperTeen
The Clearing - Spring 2010 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt