Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Operation J2tW

I have nothing cool, hilarious or profound to say today so instead I'm going to direct all of you to something that is much more awesome and important than anything I could ever say, too bad it can't be hilarious too, right?

Most of you probably already know but if you don't here it is: My good friend Candace Ganger (at least her blog is normally hilarious) from The Misadventures in Candyland is holding just about the coolest contest ever. Yes the prizes are great and one of them is even a critique and special blog post promoting you from yours truly but the thing that really makes this contest great is the cause it means to support.

The following is from an interview Candace gave to my new bud Rose Cooper, because who can say it better than the lady herself:

Today through July 31st, I'm running the "I Heart Joy Like BR80" contest on my blog, The Misadventures In Candyland. Inspired by New Medicine bassist, Matt Brady (hence the BR80), and his HUGE heart via his work with the non-profit Joy 2 the World, my goal is to raise as much money and awareness.

Joy 2 the World generates micro-loans for the women and girls of Ghana, West Africa to help empower them. It's a huge thing to be able to make something of yourself and take care of your family. And for them, having clean water is even an issue-something a lot of us take for granted.

With my contest, everyone wins and there's FOUR ways to enter: Donate, Create, Buy or Listen. For all the details, on what that means, please go to my blog!

The prizes so far are AMAZING. Aside from Rose's generous donation, Michelle Wolfson, Sean Ferrell, T.H. Mafi and Tawna Fenske just a few of the names contributing. I'll continue to add prizes as they come in, and the more you enter, the more you can win. From gift cards to books to critiques and even a conference call so far.

So please enter! Spread the word! And help make history! If you choose the BUY or the LISTEN options of entering, you don't come out empty handed, and the difference you'll be making in these women's lives is priceless.

Here is a more detailed list of the prizes and who is offering them:

* (5) winners will be invited to attend a private webinar + query, synopsis + 5 page critique with superagent Natalie Fischer
* 30 minute phone call with superagent Michelle Wolfson
* 3 chapter tandem critique by authors Tawna Fenske & Cynthia Reese
* "Lost Dog," "Chasing Smoke" and "Day One" autographed book set donated by author Bill Cameron
* A copy of "NUMB" + 50 page critique by author Sean Ferrell
* A copy edit of your ms by supereditor Gretchen Stelter
* "We Hear the Dead" tee + ms critique by author Dianne Salerni
* Query letter + 3 chapter critique + special pre-order of "Across the Universe" by author Beth Revis
* One of (4) signed prints, (1) signed original, and (2) query critiques donated by author Rose Cooper
* One of (3) $25 Amazon Gift Cards + (1) 10 page critique donated by author T.H. Mafi
* Query, synopsis and 5 page critique donated by author Carrie Harris
* Query critique by author Matthew Rush
* ARC of "Dead Beautiful" by Yvonne Woon donated by Candyland

So obviously this is only my own oversimplified lazy version of an announcement about the coolest thing going on in the blogoshpere but please make sure to visit Candyland in general, but also the specific post about the contest for more info. There are lots of other bloggers talking about this right now as well, so don't feel like you can only get your Joy 2 The World news here.

Go out, spread love, pay it forward, and Babylon shall fall!


JE said...

What happened to the blog vaca? ;-)


Matthew MacNish said...

I'm still on hiatus, just not doing guest posts or any serious query stuff for two weeks. This was easy because I just copied everything and besides I do want to spread the word.

But thanks for lookin out for me JD!

Candyland said...

Thanks Matty!!! Every little bit helps!!!

Hilary Wagner said...

Awesome of you to post Matt! I saw this yesterday on Rose's blog!

xoxo -- Hilary

Will Burke said...

Those are some bitchin' prizes! I'll have to head over when I can (got a hungey baby at the moment)

Christina Lee said...

Heading over there!!!

Old Kitty said...

What a fantastic cause!!! Good luck everyone doing this and thanks for the info Matthew!

Take care

Sarah Ahiers said...

omg i was so confused because Candyland's blog is above yours in my google reader, and she has a similar post. I kept clicking on your blog and was all confused about why it was the same post...
yeah, i'm smart like that.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I blogged about this today, to spread the word. I'm giddy with the number of cool prizes, and the cause is FTW. Thanks for doing this! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Thanks for the link - awesome!

Ted Cross said...

Great contest. Matt, I just wanted to respond to a comment you made on Alex's blog and say 'I incorporated your awesome changes already!' I especially liked you pointing out that I use the word 'just' too often.

Matthew MacNish said...

Thanks Ted. You have no idea how good that makes me feel! I incorporated most but not all of the suggestions you made for my chapter right away!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is a huge list of prizes!

Rose Cooper said...

Thanks so much for posting, Matthew!!

Talli Roland said...

Thanks for the heads-up, Matthew - what a great contest from Candace!