Some one asked me how I pick the winners for my blog contest and actually, I don’t. I use Random.org to pick the winner–that is, after I add up the number of blog comments and tweets. Then the Random Number Generator does the honors, and a number pops up. Then, voila, we have a winner.
This week’s winner is Alana, who left the first comment on the blog. There is always a moment when I enter all the information and hit the “generate” button that I feel like I am in my own personal Las Vegas.
Who is going to win??
And then when I have the number, I go back and hunt through the entries for that entry. When there is 127 and the winner is 87, I sort of groan and get to work counting. But it was easy this week because it popped up with #1, and I sort of did a double take, and then did the line from Staples.
Wow, that was easy.
So, Alana, contact me and I will get your prize packet of an autographed Julia Quinn, one of mine and a stash of author swag that I coerced my fellow Avon authors to cough up. Which also happens to be the prize packet for this week.
I’m off this week to Philadelphia for PLA, the public librarian conference. If I were answering last week’s question of, who are your heroes, I would have to add my local librarians.
When I started writing in the late 80s, there was no internet, no Wikipedia, no immediate access to the countless people I have met via email over in England who have helped answer my countless questions about their villages, landmarks and history. I simply had my local library and the long wait of written questions sent via the post office to get my answers.
Weekly, I would go into my library and I swear the reference librarian would duck under her desk when she saw me coming. But I would give her my questions, and while I had a passing knowledge of Dewey–having worked in my hometown library all through high school–the librarians could always steer me in the right direction for hunting down answers or finding some obscure, out of print reference book that I had to get my hands on.
So when I get a chance to go speak to a room full of librarians, I always start with two simple words: Thank you.
That leads me to this week’s question, which is similar but a little different to last week’s question:
Who would you thank for helping you along that you might not have thanked? Comment below to enter this week’s blog drawing.
1) Leave a comment below and let me know who you might owe a thank you to, but they don’t know it:
2) Tweet the following: Who deserves your thanks? Tell the world and enter to win a signed book by #JuliaQuinn! http://elizabethboyle.com/blog/?p=2061 #contest
Do both and you are entered twice! I’ll give you all until midnight, PT, Saturday, March 17th to get your entries in.
Make sure to check back here Monday, March 19th to find out if you won. You’ll have a week to claim your prize.