Okay, so a few weeks ago, maybe longer, I found this site on M.J. Rose's Buzz, Balls, & Hype. I gave it a try and entered to win a book, no strings attached. They give you five to choose from.
Now, you have to understand--I never win anything. Ever.
I once came close to winning a jackpot at Bingo (the only time I've ever gone). It was blackout (where you have to cover the whole card), and the jackpot was something like $300 or $600, I can't remember.
You can see where this is going. If I'd have won, I would remember the jackpot size. I was close...I had one square left to fill. As the caller kept shouting numbers, my hands started to shake so much that I risked messing up my whole card if I allowed myself to touch it. My heart pounded so hard that my ribcage ached, and my breath came in short little gasps. I was going to win something!
And then someone called Bingo.
Went to the Seneca Nation casino with my mom and her friend. I was out $20 (all the cash I allowed myself to bring) within half an hour.
I. Don't. Win.
So, I entered all my info for this book giveaway thing, knowing that I couldn't possibly win even if I was the only entrant.
Whaddaya know, I won a book. It was very exciting for me, you have to understand. I won something!
I didn't enter for a couple weeks, feeling that I should give others a chance. Then I got an email reminding me to enter, and thought...hey, what the hell.
Yeah. I won again!
I'm loving this. I get free books, and...I get to feel like a WINNER.
That, to me, is a win-win situation.
The books I won:
Book 1: The Love Season by Elin Hilderbrand (Tried finding her website to link to it, but no luck. But awesomeness! Just discovered she's a PA native. Woot! Evidently from around Philly somewhere).
Book 2: Sweet Swan of Avon: Did a Woman Write Shakespeare? by Robin P. Williams
I might just keep on doing this. After winning two whole books, though, I couldn't justify keeping it to myself. Go! Enter! Win! (Can you tell I was only a cheerleader for one year in junior high?)
If you don't feel that you are possibly on the edge of humiliating yourself, of losing control of the whole thing, then possibly what you are doing isn't very vital. If you don't feel like you are writing somewhat over your head, why do it? If you don't have some doubt of your authority to tell this story, then you are not trying to tell enough. --John Irving