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Day 13 of the NO EXCUSES 3-Week Author Blog Challenge: What kind of contest could you hold?

I was in third grade when a favorite aunt who was visiting from out of state helped  me sell the most raffle tickets for our school carnival. The prize was a 10-speed bike. It was years before I could actually ride it, but it was a momentous achievement. The summer I was 16, I entered a radio station contest to win tickets to see the Police play at Shea Stadium – and I won. It was one of the most memorable concerts I ever attended. One contest took effort – the other was literally the luck of the draw. Both required my engagement and participation.

Enter To Win words on a red box with a slot for entering your tickets or entry form to win in a lottery, raffle or other game of chanceDAILY PROMPT

Each day, we have a prompt upon which the authors may base their posts – or they may opt to write on the topics of their choice.

The Day 13 prompt is:

Contests are a great way to inspire interest in you as an author – and in your book(s). Social media is one way to host a contest – but the options are virtually limitless. What kinds of contests could you hold to generate the participation, buzz, and involvement of potential readers? What kinds of prizes could you offer – other than the obvious, a copy of your book?

AUTHORS – use the link below to add your November 9th post to our list!

READERS, be sure to check out our PARTICIPANTS page to see the list of bloggers who are taking part in the challenge, and READ THEM! Then, if you like what you read, be sure to share the posts on your social media networks so our bloggers get the best exposure possible.

If you’re just learning about the Challenge for the very first time, don’t let the late hour sign-me-updeter you from joining! Fill out the REGISTRATION FORM, read the Guidelines, and begin blogging away! You’ll qualify for the contest to win a $35 gift card to the bookstore of your choice IF you back-post for all the days you’ve missed so far AND add your name to the MisterLinky for each date. Details will be sent via email upon your registration.

We’ll check in daily for a recap of the prior day’s best blog entries.

Here’s to a great contest idea!