We come to the end

Five weeks ago I started a journey unlike any other.  I’ve entered writing contests before, but the finalists and winners were selected by a panel of judges.  The Boroughs “What’s in a Name” contest had been judged by YOU.  There’s been no feedback except after each round when the authors saw whether or not they advanced to the next round.  We don’t even know who we’re competing against because the only information about each entry is the song title and artist that inspired the story.

Five weeks ago I hoped I could at least make it to round 2.  I had worked on a promotion plan and put it into action as soon as the contest began.  Some things worked well (Facebook and Twitter) and others didn’t (joining the Kenny Chesney Facebook page).  But hey, live and learn, right?

Not only did I make it to round 2, but I made it to the 3rd and final round.  And tonight at midnight Pacific time, the contest ends.  It will be up to the folks at Boroughs to tally the votes and read the name of the winner on Friday night, July 19, at their Open House at the Romance Writers of America conference.  Will I be there?  Absolutely!  Will I be nervous?  You better believe it!  Do I think I can win?  Yes!  I’ve worked consistently to bug the heck out of y’all promote my entry and get your votes.  Will I be disappointed if I don’t win?  That’s another yes, but I have done everything I knew how to do to win.

You have one more chance to vote before midnight and then the curtain drops on this show.  So bop on over to the Boroughs website and cast one last vote for BETTER AS A MEMORY.   And let me take this opportunity to thank each of you for voting and for doing your own promotion on your Facebook feeds.

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P.S.  Yesterday’s winner of a $20 Amazon gift certificate is Linda Rogers.  Congrats, Linda!

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Weekend Edition!

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And because it’s the weekend and because the voting is still going on, I’m going to entice you once again.

Just vote for BETTER AS A MEMORY on the Boroughs website, then comment here or post on Facebook (tag me as Marilyn Lyerly Puett) or on Twitter (@MarilynPuett) and you’ll be entered to win a $20 Amazon card to be given away tomorrow.  That should keep you readers busy for a while with a couple good beach or poolside reads.

Meanwhile I have a writers’ conference to get ready for.  On today’s agenda is a manicure and pedicure, trying on everything I’ve put out to pack so I’m sure it fits and is not in need of being laundered and starting to pack.  I can go ahead and pack shoes, pajamas and robe, toiletries (I keep an extra set) and some other things.  I have a list and will check things off as I put them in the suitcase.  If you’re looking for a great packing list, my friend Andrea Laurence posted one on her blog today.

TGIF

That stands for Thank Goodness I’ve Friends.  Yeah, it’s a stretch (the acronym, not the friends part) but it serves my purpose.

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I wouldn’t be as far along as I am in my personal life, my writing life and the novella contest were it not for a little help from my friends.  So I want to say a big thank you to my entire circle of friends.  You know who you are.

And also, TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday)!  I have scads of things to do before I leave for the Romance Writers of America conference in Atlanta.  I’m so excited to see friends I only see once a year, or in some cases, once every couple years.  I’m excited about attending workshops and learning more.  And I’m uber excited about the Boroughs Open House on Friday where the novella contest winner will be announced!  I’m sure I’ll be a nervous wreck by then.

Keep those votes coming, folks!  You can click right HERE and vote once a day.

No contest today but I’ll have a big one tomorrow!

P.S.  The winner of the $10 Starbucks card is Sherida Stewart!