Wednesday, January 5, 2011

YAY! 100 Followers Giveaway

Many thanks to the new followers who have stopped by lately and added their tiny shiny faces to my blogroll. I appreciate each and every one of you, bloggy buddies! What a great way to start out 2011. I have now reached 100 FOLLOWERS, so celebrate with me!

Feel free to copy/use this badge for your own celebration when you hit 100 followers. Or email me at artzicarol [at] gmail [dot] com, and I can change the number to the one you're celebrating and send it to you. I can change the overall size, too.

For my giveaway celebration, FIVE WINNERS will receive their choice of:

1. A free, private chapter critique from me, 20 pages max (double-spaced, 12 point). I'm most familiar with MG or YA, and tend to do annoyingly thorough line-by-line critiques.

2. This adorable pair of animal decorations/ornaments. Notice the cute li'l spades!

3. A lovely pair of ornaments, a fox and Santa's sleigh, for next year's Christmas.

4. Junction 2020, my paperback POD novel.

New Year's Eve, 2019. Mari Stratton arrives at Stefanie Anders' New Year's party with her brother Randall and her hearing-impaired friend Lauren. Tony Rodriguez joins them when a collecting game begins in the fields outside prior to the New Year's countdown. When midnight strikes, Mari and the four others are propelled by a violent green storm into a confusing landscape where ruthless riders on horseback hunt them down. This bizarre alternate world features the things Mari adores as well as the things she fears the most. She must navigate this landscape, develop courage, and help figure out how to get back to the real world. This novel is the first in a five-part series but is complete and can be read by itself. Grade 6 Up.

5. Incarceron, Book 1 by Catherine Fisher, hardcover.

Finn is a 17-year old prisoner of Incarceron. He knows nothing about his heritage except for vague memories, and he is determined to escape the prison fashioned centuries ago as a solution to the chaos mankind created. Legend claims only one man has ever escaped, Sapphique. Claudia, the warden's daughter, also longs for escape--from a father who frightens her and from betrothal to an insipid prince. Finn and Claudia each discover a crystal key and are amazed to find that they can communicate with each other. As their trust in one another builds, each pledges to help the other. Grade 7 Up.

6. Dark Life by Kat Falls, hardcover.

In this futuristic tale, 15-year-old Ty has spent his whole life in a deep-sea colony. His family and the other pioneers provide fish and other food for the Commonwealth citizens who live aboveground in stacked cities following earthquakes and tsunamis that destroyed much of the Earth. The pioneers chafe under the harsh rule of the Commonwealth, a situation made worse when the subsea dwellers are ordered to capture a gang of terrorizing pirates. Ty is swept up in the hunt when Gemma, a "Topsider" orphan, comes to his community to search for her missing brother--who may have ties to the pirates. Grade 6-10.

To enter, do 3 simple things:
1. Become a follower if you're not one already
2. Leave a comment on THIS POST so I know you want to enter
3. Enter by Tuesday, January 11, 2011, by midnight PST

Six winners will be chosen randomly and announced on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.


Your Turn: Blogging
Have you reached 100 followers, and did you/will you have a celebration? how about 200 or 500?
When someone follows you, do you visit their blog and/or follow them?
Do you reply to blog comments, or does a busy schedule prevent you from doing that?
Do you agree that comment moderation (approving a comment before it can be posted) deters comments?


  1. Consider me entered! As for your questions...
    I'm close to 500 followers. I had a celebration at 100, but none since. I don't know if I'll have one at 500. I hadn't thought about it. I typically follow those who follow me, but if I can't get to there site or it's a weird one, I won't. I used to always reply to blog comments, but then I got too busy. I'm trying to start that up again with the new year. I think it's a good way to get to know people on a more personal level. Comment moderation doesn't bother me, but the word verification thing does. It takes twice as long to leave a comment that way. No offense to those who use it. I just think it saves time for your readers if it isn't in place. Okay, I think that answered everything.

  2. Me, me, me! I'd like to be entered!

    I'm pretty new to blogging, so my stats are not overly impressive. Not even close to 100 followers.

    Because of that, I generally follow everyone who follows me as long as they seem to update frequently or have something interesting to say. I try to reply to all blog comments. Sometimes it takes me a couple of days to do so.

    As far as moderation, I like the feeling that commenting is not dependent on me. People can talk with each other or say whatever they want without me acting as some kind of gatekeeper. I would never not post a comment because someone chose to moderate their blog, but I don't love the moderation. As far as I can tell, most of the people who frequent literary blogs are respectful and thoughtful with their comments.

  3. Yay, Carol! Congratulations on reaching 100! *tosses confetti*

    I'm not having a contest for reaching 100 followers this time around. I did that for my last blog, so I decided to wait until I reach 250 for this one. I *try* to reply to all comments and at least check out the commenter's blog. With such young kids around, I'm lucky I get a post out everyday. :D

  4. Consider me entered, too! YAY.

    As for your questions: Yes, when someone follows my blog, I try to visit their blog and follow them as well. Sometimes, I have trouble getting to their blog, and so in those cases, I can't follow.

    I do try to respond to comments (by posting a follow up comment on that post) and I don't think comment moderation deters comments.

  5. I'm here for the party! Love to celebrate milestones. Congrats!

  6. Huge congrats for your 100 followers!!!

    Your critiques are awesome (highly impressed) so I'd love to be greedy and win another ;)

    I was going to wait until 500 to have a competition but that seems a long way off still, so I might revise my thinking. If someone follows me I will always try to visit their blog and follow back. I always try to reply to blog comments (by leaving a comment on my blog and visiting their blogs). Yes, I think comment moderation does deter some people.

  7. comment moderation should not deter comments, cos u never know its being moderated till you finish typing.
    I did 4 book giveaways for my 100 followers party, I will do something along those lines when i hit 250 too.
    Congratulations on your follower count and I love your shiny badge, the prizes look amazing too!

  8. Congrats, Carol. I'm waiting to get to celebrate 400. Less than 20 to go. Not bad considering I only had 14 followers a year ago.

    I have the arc for the sequel to Incarceron, but haven't read the first book yet. It's on hold at the library.

  9. Yay on getting 100 followers!!! I would love to win a critique:)

  10. Whoa!!! Congratulations!!!! I'd love #5! Thanks for the opportunity.

    I try to comment a few times a week and usually reply to the comments others leave me, unless I'm terribly busy.

    I turned off my comment moderation....

    Congratulations again, way to go!!!! Great giveaway, too! If I had a garden, I'd try for the adorable squirrels ;)

  11. Congrats on the 100 followers! That's awesome! I would love either of those books...they look great.

  12. I recently achieved 400 followers around the holidays. When I first started blogging two years ago I was happy with like twenty. Here's to 500 sometime soon I hope. Congrats! on your milestone.

  13. Congrats! And what a GREAT contest! I'm going to sidebar you and try to remember to give you a shout out tomorrow. Now to your questions: I had a contest. I gave away $50 in gift cards - you could chose $25 to Starbucks and $25 to Barnes & Noble or $50 to both. But your critique alone totally beats that so I'm IN!

  14. Congrats to you!!! I had a giveaway once or twice and now they seem like such distant memories... I think you've inspired me to get one together again soon!

  15. Congrats on 100! The contest I'm holding now is a celebration, too. ...although quite delayed. (long story) I had to check that my gift cards hadn't expired! Woohoo... no expiration date!

    I always follow those that follow me, unless it's highly sexual, commercial or just plain weird. lol

    I have a notice similar to yours about responding via e-mail. I always reply if there's an e-mail.

  16. Enter me!

    Congrats on reaching 100+ followers! That's awesome.

    I had a huge contest at 100 followers. I've had one other contest since - Critiques for Christmas. I have just over 300 followers now. I think I might do Critiques for Christmas every year and do another big one for 500, if I ever get that high.

  17. Yay! 100 followers, that's awesome! I just passed 50. :)

    Ooh, awesome giveaway. Critiques rock. Enter me!

    And as for your questions I plan on having a giveaway for when I reach 100 followers. I try and follow and comment on those who follow/comment on my blog. It's fun!

  18. CONGRATS!!!☆∴*★∵∶。◦°✰ (<- confetti) 100 followers feel like a big milestone, doesn't it?

    Hmmm, okay, I'll try to answer all your questions:
    I'm somewhere over 600 followers. I did have a 100 follower giveaway (I gave away the move the Hangover)...and then I had one more after that...I forget where...maybe 250 or 300-ish? I gave away On Writing by King, and Lola Perfume by Marc Jacobs. I haven't had any since. I guess I'm overdue.
    Yes, I try to follow their little avatar back to their blog to 'meet' them properly...BUT, sometimes they don't leave a comment and their follower avatar doesn't have a link back to their blog. This always stresses me out, because I worry they'll think I'm a snob/anti-social. And yes, I almost always follow back.
    I don't have moderation on (never have) nor do I use verify. (We hates word verification, precious, hatessss it.) And I try very hard to get around and visit everyone's blogs, because I want to. I love all my bloggy friends. BUT, it's hard. I do my best and pray I'm not hurting anyone's feelings if I miss a few of their posts...especially people that post every day. (I only post once/week-ish) As you get more followers you'll see how hard (impossible) it is to keep up. I like to really read y'alls posts and leave a real comment. I won't skim and leave some pat, insincere comment. Thus, it takes me time. I'm hoping that means my quality if not my frequency counts. *crosses fingers*
    But, as I told you a while ago, I try to focus first on those that leave me comments...then I move on to other blogs, if I have time. It's hard, and I don't think there is any one right way. And I don't know if I'm doing it right. I'm just doing my best. And I know that's what everyone else is doing too. :)

    Happy 2011! :)

  19. I'm at 80 followers, and I'll definitely do something special for 100! I'll keep my fingers crossed for this contest.

  20. What a great contest! (Please don't enter me, though. I've won my fair share.)

    I just wanted to congratulate you on hitting 100 followers! Yay! =)

    If you have chance, please stop by my blog - there's a new anonymous critique waiting for feedback!

  21. Woohoo! Congratulations, Carol! (though I'd like to ditto Shannon and ask not to be entered, even though I LOVE LOVE LOVE squirrels and that squirrels ornament is the awesomest!!)

    When someone follows me, I do try to go and visit them. I also try and visit the blogs of people who comment when they comment, though I've done a pretty poor job of that as of late.

    I do try to reply to comments. I'm thinking about switching to email replies, though. They seem more personal and more likely to be read.

    And, yeah, word verification might deter comments. I don't know. I have mixed feelings about it.

    Congrats again!

  22. I'm a follower. I've commented. Now, the fingers are crossed. lol

    Congrats on the 100. I've recently passed the mark myself. As for me, I haven't done any giveaways yet...but I've got one coming up. :D

    I like to follow people I find interesting. If someone follows me I may not notice at the time...but if they comment, I always try to get back around and return the favor,see what's going on in their life, etc.

  23. Congrats on surpassing 100 Readers. Go you.

  24. Congratulations, I just passed 100 followers as well.
    What a great selection of prizes; count me in!

  25. Congrats, Carol!! This is awesome! I'm close to 100 *eep* and will definitely celebrate when I reach that milestone! I'm thinking up prizes already. I do try to visit my followers and comment as much as I can and try to always respond to comments left for me. So, woo hoo to you! Count me in and thanks for an opportunity to win some fun prizes! Btw, I just gave this a shout out on my blog and you have a blog award there, too. Happy Friday!

  26. I follow all my followers, but it may be awhile before I get around to visiting everyone! I try to reply to my commentors by email, but many are noreply, so I drop by they're blogs first.
    I didn't do a 100 celebration - it blew up so quickly I didn't have time to think about it. Now things have tapered off, which is not so overwhelming! I want to get to know all my followers.

  27. Hey,
    Congrats on 100...I reached 100 on New Year's Day and that was pretty cool. I consider myself entered and would love the critique :)

  28. Those are some great prizes - congrats on reaching 100 followers! I did have a contest for 100 followers, and I was so, so excited! It's an awesome feeling.

    I do follow back those people who follow me unless there's something on their blog that offends me (I think that's only happened once), or it's written in a language I don't understand. I try to visit and comment on the blog of everyone who comments on mine. And I don't mind comment moderation, though I don't use it myself. Luckily I haven't had the need to, but I would if I felt like I needed to.

  29. Congratulations on your followership!

    The prizes are fabulous!

  30. Congrats on 100 followers! What a wonderful milestone! :)

    I did have a celebration when I hit 100 followers. It's a fun way to mark the occasion.

    I do try and follow those who follow me, unless I disagree so completely with their philosophy that I can't get on board with them. But that's rare. And I try and comment on most blogs when time allows (okay which doesn't always happen...).

    I respond to comments on my blog but don't usually email a response to comments. The time factor is the reason for the latter. I disabled comment moderated and word verification since it is time consuming for me and my visitors. Have had very little problem with spam.

    Happy weekend!

  31. Congrats! This is awesome!

    I'll be reaching 100 followers soon and will definitely have a celebration. Parties are always fun!

    I do always visit the blogs of new followers and will almost always return a follow if it's a writing blog. I respond to almost all comments for people who have a public email. I also give commenting priority to those who comment on my blog somewhat regularly. I don't moderate comments or use word verification, but would if the need arose.

    Congrats again on your important milestone!

  32. Congratulations on reaching 100 followers! What a fun give-a-way!

    I have around 300 followers. I had a blog party with a bloggy friend (jackee) when we both hit 200 followers it was a lot of fun. We did 18 days of random questions....and random prizes.

    I haven't thought about doing anything else yet...

    I try to reply to comments via email if the commenter has it set up that accept emails via their blog comments. I also go to their blog and leave a comment.

    I always worry when I don't see my comment that it will never show up. I like it when a comment comes up right away. Word verification takes extra time, but at least you know your comment made it up...

  33. Happy 100! ;) I love your critique giveway, what a fab idea. My first 100 I celebrated with virtual champers, I still felt as though I was new to writing and blogging so learning the ropes. I will do a giveaway when I can put together a good set of prizes but need time to to this which is hard these days. I do follow back comments, RL can be hectic so if I can't get back the same day, I will definitely do it asap. Comment moderation - totally agree with that it deters, especially if you're flying through posts.

    Have a lovely week! ;)

  34. Hi, Carol! It seems for the past week or so, you have been the comment above me on quite a few posts. It looks like I picked a good time to come check out your site. My blog is fairly new and I have yet to hit 100 followers. The good news is, it's started picking up and I'm thoroughly enjoying all the fellow writers I'm meeting. When I hit 100, I will definitely plan something (and contact you for the great graphic...) When I get a new follwer, I always visit their site and leave comments. I have a number of different accounts I follow from, and sometimes, I bookmark them directly in my browser. I keep up with all my followers, but I am trying to keep my dashboard manageable so I vary how I do so. I always reply to blog comments, and sometimes will e-mail the person directly if I sense a discussion being started based on the comment they left me. I did worry about comment moderation at one point, but since everyone seems to use it, I think it's sort of the norm.

  35. This is VERY fun... and congrats on 100 followers! I'd love to be entered (especially for a critique...although I'm a non-fiction girl so that might not be very good for YOU! :)) I'm going to go follow you now!

  36. Congratulations on 100 followers! I would love to win Incarceron. Thanks for the chance!

    tabbylewis (AT)

  37. Congrats on 100 followers! And both DARK LIFE and INCARCERON are being made into movies over at Hollywood ;)


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