It's okay. You can admit it. I know you couldn't sleep last night (even with plenty of sheep to count :)) because you were So Excited about today's contest! :)
And today's contest is happening because tomorrow, May 7, Can't Sleep Without Sheep is coming out as an E-Book!!!
Here is the E-Book link for Bloomsbury! Can't Sleep E-Book - Bloomsbury
This contest has gone through a few metamorphoses, but has ended up as follows. You may participate in any or all of the 3 categories! :) (and if you've already read the rules you can skip a bit :)):
1. Write a jingle that makes Can't Sleep Without Sheep sound irresistible! So that everyone will want to read it!! On whatever electronic device they happen to have!!! The judges will look with extra favor on anyone who produces a video (sorry, they can't help it :)) For more details on writing your jingle, please go HERE)
On Monday May 6 - Tuesday May 7, please post your jingle of awesomeness on your blog and include the links to the E-Book (which I'm sorry you'll have to add tomorrow because the links don't exist yet!) Add your post-specific link to the list below so we can all come and be entertained by your jingle. (And as always, if you'd like to participate but don't have a blog, you may either post in the comments or email me and I'll add your entry to this post.)
On Monday May 13, we will vote for a winner. If we get fewer than 15 participants (*sob*) I will post them all here for popular vote. If we get 16 or more (YAY! :)) my lovely assistant and I will select up to 10 finalists for your voting pleasure.
Prizes for Category #1- The Jingle (given for 1st place if 15 entries or fewer, 1st-3rd if more than 16 entries) are as follows:
Winner's choice of one of the following:
#1 The Serenity Spa Gift Basket from It's Only Natural - a $55 value of organic soaps and lotions!
#2 A $50 gift certificate to Amazon!
#3 Tangy lemon bars, fudgy brownies, and sugared butter cookies from Sweet Sally's Bakeshop! (A $40+ value)
#4 Winner's choice of any 3 of my books, specially signed for whoever you like (A $30-$50 value depending on which books you choose)
#5 Winner's choice of my online picture book writing course (a $99 value) OR a picture book manuscript critique by yours truly (a $75 value)
2. Face Book post, Tweet, and/or blog that Can't Sleep Without Sheep is coming out as an E-Book for all platforms, including links (which won't be available until Tuesday May 7 when the e-book is actually available - I will add the links to this post as soon as I have them.) Make sure to tag me on your FB posts (Susanna Hill), mention me on your tweets (@SusannaLHill), and email me at susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com to tell me you blogged so I can keep score. You may post, tweet and blog to your heart's content all week - May 6 - May 14 at 9 PM EDT - and you will receive a point for every single one!
Your names will be entered into random.org at 9 PM EDT on Tuesday May 14, with the number of times you're entered equal to the number of points you earned (so if you tweet 14 times, your name will be entered 14 times etc.)
Prizes for Catogory #2 - Social Media Love (FB posting, tweeting and blogging):
The randomly selected winner will have his/her choice of either:
#1 A signed copy of any of my books PLUS the new Can't Sleep e-book on their choice of platform (which they may also choose to have gifted to a young friend :)) or
#2 A $25 amazon gift certificate
3. KIDS CONTEST!
Download The Sheep Drawing Activity so your child/children/preschool or kindergarten class :) can draw something for Ava to count and/or The Sheep Hats Activity so they can draw hats on the sheep and/or write entertaining captions for what the sheep are saying.
Kids Contest participants will also be voted on May 13, and of course there will be a prize for that too! The winner of the Kids Contest will receive either the new Can't Sleep Without Sheep E-Book on the platform of his/her choice or a signed hardcover copy PLUS a Folkmanis Sheep puppet!
All winners will be announced on Wednesday May 15!
Now. Fasten your seat belts. I have a sample (don't I always?), maybe two! And I also have an entry from Ruth!
Are you ready?
This video is a Hill Family Production featuring the musical talents for Eric who made up the jingle and is singing and playing guitar, the videography talents of Number Five who was roped in because I didn't have enough hands, and Yours Truly as actor/prop manager, producer and director! As you can see, we are amateurs at movie-making :)
Great Scott it took me about two days to get this to load! I hope it's running properly. You might have to turn your volume pretty high... Fingers crossed it works!
And now, at last, here comes video #2. Fair warning... don't put your volume too high and get ready to cover your ears :) Never let it be said that I'm not willing to make a fool of myself for my art :)
Here is Ruth's Entry:)
|Text/Jingle Copyright Ruth Benedum 2013|
Illustrations Copyright Mike Wohnoutka 2010
Now, all you talented people who have your jingles posted, please add your post-specific links to the list. We're all coming to see you! :)