Announcing the Totally Awesome INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY

Well, I’ve been hemming and hawing over what to give away for about a week now, and I finally decided.

First, let me tell you why I’m doing a giveaway. 

Bookworm Blues, my tiny, dusty corner of the internet, has reached a few cool milestones in the past week. First, I now have over 1,000 Twitter followers. Yeah, about 600 of them are probably spambots, but it’s the number that counts, right?

Secondly, yesterday when I logged onto my website stat counter thing, it was at 206,000. I just looked now and it was at 207,512 unique hits, which filters out all the spam hits as much as possible. Basically, since I started THIS website about a year or so ago, I’ve 200,000+ hits. Thats AMAZING. That’s also not counting the 100,000+ hits I had from my old website before I moved over here.

That’s worth celebrating, and it’s worth rewarding and bribing my loyal readers so they might keep coming back.

The dilemma 

I was stuck for a while on what to give away. You see, the thing is, I’m getting ready for cancer treatment and it’s not cheap. It will take me out of work for a while and medical bills are already making things pretty tight, so I don’t have a wad of cash to throw around. That pretty much ruled out shipping books internationally because that is EXPENSIVE. But many of my readers live in other countries, so it wouldn’t be fair to leave all of you out just because you have the audacity to live somewhere that costs a bit more to ship to.

So then I was thinking that maybe I could bribe a publisher to ship a book out for me. But I wasn’t comfortable with that, either. The problem with that is that most US based publishers don’t do international shipping. Also, what if you don’t want to read the book I’m offering?

See the dilemma? I have a wide and varried audience, and I’d like to appeal to ALL of you (because I’m thanking ALL of you).

Then, today in the shower (where most of my epic inspirations hit), I had an idea. What if I offered $15 USD to a random winner  for BookDepository? They do free international shipping and 15 bucks might get you a book or two, if you are smart about it and buy paperbacks. $15 also won’t break my bank and I won’t have to worry about shipping it. Plus, YOU will get to order whatever YOU want, not what I think you should read.

So, it’s settled. Here are the details for the THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR VISITING MY WEBSITE giveaway: 

1. Contest is open to EVERYONE who lives in the countries Book Depository ships to FREE OF CHARGE (there’s over 90 on the list, so that leaves it fairly open). For a list, visit this link.

2. To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post by midnight, mountain time on Thursday, January 31. 

3. A winner will be chosen at random. I will email you directly. You will have 48 hours to respond. If you do not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.

What you are winning and how it works: 

For the life of me, I can’t find a gift card/store credit option on Book Depository anywhere. I emailed them about it, but no response. So this is how it’s going down:

1. You will win $15 to buy whatever books you want. You sleuth the Book Depository pages and you email me, telling me what books you want to order along with your shipping address. (Please keep in mind, I’m going through cancer treatment and money is tight, so keep it within the $15 limit)

2. I will order these books and have them shipped to you.

So, there you go. I hope that’s not too confusing.

And once again, thanks for making this website so much fun for me to run. 

35 Responses

  • Wish you the best with your cancer treatment, Sarah!!

  • Johann
  • Jeffrey Petersen

    Robert Bennett sent me.

    That makes me sound like some kind of half-baked Internet-only terminator, come back from the future to kill you and take your hoverboards.

    What do you mean there are no hoverboards? Damn you, Skynet!

  • Those numbers are awesome! Congrats! Sad to hear the bad news about your cancer returning, though. I’m so sorry! 🙁

  • Thanks for the contest. May you continue to triumph over all adversity as you have helped others to.

  • sara hyman

    Please get well. Don’t forget to take the positive thoughts we are all sending you to help you thru any bad times ahead.

  • Tim Ward

    Congrats on your success here and thanks for your contribution to speculative fiction! I pray for greater success in your cancer treatment.

  • Antonis M.

    That’s so nice!! $15 is more than enough for a nice book-gift! Thank you soo much!!

  • Alex

    Wow such a generous soul especially when times are tough ……

  • Definitely hoping your treatment goes well, and you kick cancer’s ass for good!

  • Comment (although I am really doing it on a pro-forma basis 🙂 )

  • Joanna

    Best of luck in this new year, both with your treatment and your blog (I’ve only discovered it recently but you’ve had a terrifying impact on my to-read list already). ♥ Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Congrats! I’m so happy for you! 2013 is off to a great start for you, and I have a feeling that the year will carry on the way it started! Mazeltov!

  • I wish you all the luck with your cancer treatment.
    Great giveaway (and BookDepository doesn’t do in giftcards, I’ve checked it also for a gift for a friend of mine), and congrats with the great nimbers of your site. Hopefully I have half of that when my blog exists one year 😉 .

  • Hope an improvement in your cancer .
    Thank you for the giveaway and keeping up a blog.
    Just recently discovered it myself.

  • Gilad

    My mother had the same “best cancer to have” (what an annoying way to tell someone he got cancer) and she had a removal surgery a year ago and later the radioactive iodine treatment. I really hope we’re done with this nightmare and the same is for you. Where I live we have an Health care system so any health related treatment (including fertility treatments and drugs) is government-funded. Additional coverage for non-essential treatments can be arranged for a fee, which is generally shared between a citizen and their employer (there is a health care tax in the salary). It’s not 100% free, I have to pay 10$ a month and taxes from my salary (4% for national insurance = if you can’t work or live by yourself because of health-related problems and 5% for health insurance) but it’s still very cheap. I think it’s about time the U.S. will have a normal Health care system.

    • I have started hating the phrase “the best cancer to have.” Cancer is cancer, and it sucks. Especially when I’ve learned that it’s moved into my lymph nodes. I hope the RAI treats it.

      And yes, I agree. It’s time for the US to get a normal health care system.

  • Anddeea

    I really do hope you’ll get better and wish you that those hard moments will only remind you in the future how strong you’ve been.
    Also, thanks for the giveaway and congratulation on your achievements on your blog and wish you’ll have a lot more in the future.

  • Go, Sarah! Count me in.

  • LisaC

    Congratulations on your blogging milestones! Wishing you continued success and pulling for you in your cancer treatments.

  • sasalim

    actually i’m a random stranger who was googling around about giveaway.
    and tadaaaa i found your blog.
    anyhow, may you get the strength you need to go on. 🙂

    have a nice day. 🙂

  • Srdjan

    Thanks for giveaway, and I wish you all the luck healthwise.

  • Mark T

    Thanks Sarah
    I will follow you on Twitter, also.

  • Good luck with your treatment. You’re such an inspiration, being generous while life doesn’t exactly feel too great. You’re doing more just than making lemonade out of a lemon. Thanks for the giveaway. Keep being strong!

  • Jelena

    Thanks Sarah.
    Wish you all the best.

  • Spav

    Best of luck with your cancer treatment, Sarah. And thanks for the giveaway.

  • naugem

    That’s very generous.
    Hope all goes well with your treatment.

  • Veronika

    Thank you so much for the giveaway and opening it international!

  • You are such an Inspiration!

  • Lis L.

    Thank you so much for this giveaway! (:

    I’m following you on Twitter. 😀

  • Estela

    Thank you so much for the giveaway. I wish you the best and hope your treatment goes well. If I win I would choose Brave new world by Aldous Huxley

  • sarah, wish u all the best for your treatment. i really awe you because you’re willing to share while you need a lot of money . im praying for u and other people who are now fighting and struggling against cancer. gud luck sarah… love from indonesia….

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