We have only four days left of the Advent Calendar. *sniff* I told you the ending would come too fast! Not too fast for our wonderful helper elves, however, who have toiled day and night with ten spreadsheets to manage all the record-keeping for this event. Oh, wait, the tenth spreadsheet might be punishment lines for getting kinky with the spreadsheets. 😀 Most importantly, they’ve helped to keep yours truly sane this past month (no small task!) Please give a big thank you!
- Emily Tilton
- Kate Richards
- Kathryn Blake
- Michelle B
- Penelope Hasler
- Tara Finnegan
Also, let’s give a round of applause to the astonishing 32 Perfect Attenders so far! This number may go slightly up or down (in addition to attendance) when I see how many people have achieved every point possible (early sign up, bonus post, and a comment on every post) in addition to regular Perfect Attendance (a comment on every post OR a comment on all but one post and a comment on the bonus post). Of the 33 Perfect Attenders so far, 22 people (denoted with an asterisk) have also earned every point possible. I’m thinking they’ll be called Platinum Perfect Attenders. 😀
|Angie Kroemer (angieia)*|
|Katie T (robskatie)*|
The Long Bean, Renee Rose, Octoberwoman, Michelle Palmer, Kitty, Katy Beth, and Angel, have *almost* achieved Perfect Attendance. Missed it only by one day! However, don’t fret. Each day’s attendance means one more entry in the grand prize drawings. With 23 grand prizes, one or two more holiday cards, and 125+ books left to award, there should be many happy, smiley faces on Christmas morning. 🙂
Plus, helper elf Michelle B (with assistance from Tara Finnegan) has prepared a gift for EVERY Advent Calendar player! Yes, EVERY player! I won’t spoil the surprise, but be sure to check on December 25th. Even if you only played one day, you will still get to take home a nice souvenir of this year’s fun.
A note about prize distribution:
On Wednesday, I will put up the closing post (*sniff*) and the grand prize announcements. I will also announce the official Perfect Attenders (also with a recognition of Platinum Perfect Attenders? 😉 )
Most likely, I will email each Perfect Attender with the specifics of your prize(s). It looks like Perfect Attenders should each receive two books and perhaps more.
Claiming prizes is your responsibility. If the prize donor does not receive an email from you within four days (by the end of the day December 29th), he or she is free to contact me and request a new prize winner. Due to the volume of prizes, donors, and winners, you will not receive any notification if this happens. By not replying by the 29th, you forfeit your prize(s).
If you have contacted your prize donor and have not received a response by the 28th, email me and helper elf Kathryn Blake.
Thank your prize donor!
Please, please, please send your donor a thank you note after receiving your prize. It is not enough to say “Thanks for the prize! Now how do I get it?” You must say thank you after receiving the prize. Grand prize winners, send me an email confirming your receipt of your grand prize.
Several Advent Calendar players have asked me how to “take care of our sponsors,” as I have requested everyone to do. Here are a few ideas, but remember that prizes are a gift.
No author may solicit reviews directly or place you on advertising/mailing lists. If an author does so, please let me know and he or she will be removed from future events. Advent Calendar (and the three smaller events, Spank or Treat, Love Spanks, and Spankee Doodle), are community events rather than advertising, and you are under no obligation except to play nicely, say thank you, and have a good time. 🙂
1. If you receive a book and enjoy reading it, let the author know. We love to hear from readers who enjoy our books.
2. If you love the book, tell your friends. Word of mouth is a wonderful way for an author to get new readers. If you have accounts at Amazon, Blushing, Goodreads, etc. leave feedback about the book for other readers. Reviews, even if they’re not 100% positive, make a huge difference for authors.
3. If you have a blog, talk about the book there. “I read this book and enjoyed it” posts are a wonderful gift. Especially for me because I write emotionally provocative stories, I love to see people’s responses. Most other authors do, too.
4. If you receive a gift from a company, such as a gift certificate or discount, be sure to say thank you, not just for the gift, but also for the company’s support of the event. So many times, winners send me wonderfully excited responses to their prize announcement, but the companies don’t get to see that excitement. A thank you from you, the prize winner and potential customer, means much more than the thank you notes I send. 🙂
Phew! Any other miscellaneous items of business? This is what happens when I don’t stay on top of the daily announcements.
By the way, you may want to think about your favorite comments/moments of the past month. Something special will happen tomorrow…