Hello! I'd like to thank everyone for coming this year to Indie e-Con. It was terrible fun, and I might have a cramp now in my arm from all of the typing and writing I've done. (Yes, writing. I keep handwritten notes of everything so that I don't loose them.)
Seriously, though, I posted more posts this WEEK than I did in my first three years of blogging combined, and my blog got more views each day than I normally get in a month.
So, first off, the games. If you click back to them I now have filled them all in with the answers. So who won the shiny books that they promised?
All of these are ebook prizes:
Day one - Match the Opening Line: Erika Mathews (All Correct) Wins: Her choice of one of E. Kaiser Write's Books.
Day two - Match the Quote: Erika Mathews (11 Correct) Wins: Adela's Curse by Claire M. Banschbach. (Although the randomizer gave me Promise's Prayer the first time ... she doesn't need her own book)
Day three - Match the Cover Art: Kelsey Bryant (All Correct) Wins: Promise's Prayer by Erika Mathews.
Day four - Match the Blurb: Sarah Allerding (All Correct) Wins: Marketing your Book on a Budget by Kathryn Jones.
Day five - Match the Upcoming Book: Erika Mathews (All Correct) Wins: Her choice of one of Faith Blum's books
The Grand Prize Winner: Erika Mathews. (She accumulated a grand total of 141 points!!!) She wins Marketing Your Book on a Budget in paperback!
Now for the participation prize.
There were a lot of you who did a lot of commenting and sharing, but there was one person who just took the cake and blew all of you away, accumulating 137 tally marks in my notebook.
And now for your prize.
You get: A birchbark bookmark provided by Tammy Lash, an ebook of your choice from Katy Huth Jones, an ebook of your choice by Jesseca Wheaton, and either an ebook of your choice by me or the chance to read any one of my WIP's (though I recommend one with an asterisk).
Check out the awards for the WRITING CONTEST, the BOOK AWARDS, and the WORD WAR.
Now, onto the future of Indie e-Con.
It will not be here on this blog. Sometime in the next week, I'll be launching a new blog, this one dedicated to the writing craft and, in particular, to providing resources to Indie authors to take them from "good" to great. Info to come on that. I will be copying all of the posts from THIS Indie e-Con to this blog, as well as any other post that I have in my backposts about how to write.
(Don't worry, this blog will still be where I talk about my own writing. I'll still be filling out tags here. Talking about my life here.)
I am continuing the radio show I had this week, on Friday nights, 8:00-9:00 CST, where I'll be interviewing Independantly-published authors. For the first half-hour, we'll talk about the author's work, and the second half, some form of writing advice. Also, my dad will have a show on Sunday Nights on that channel.
I do already have a theme picked out for next year (and for the year after that), so, yes, it will be happening. I'm going to begin work on it much sooner in the year than I did with this one, though, and hopefully, find some other people to help with the organization work. I intend to make it much bigger, better, and more exciting than this one.
To do that, I'd like your opinions, so if you could please go and fill out this survey, I'd very much appreciate it. And, yes, the giraffe is relevant.
Also, I have put together a mailing list with which I shall notify people of updates to Indie e-Con, as well as of promotional opportunities. You can sign up as a reader, author, or service provider, and it'll be awesome. You don't want to miss out on what's to come, so you don't want to miss out on this mailing list. (In fact, share it with all of your author and indie-book-loving friends)
Again, thank you so much to everyone who attended. You made this amazing, and I'm truly humbled by how this came together.
And now I'm going to go bed. I'm exhausted.