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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bookmark Giveaway!



Last year I got a note from a reader asking if I would mail her bookmarks to pass out to her friends. She wanted to do what she could to help me spread the word about my newest book. I sent her the bookmarks and a free copy of the book as a little thank you for offering to do that and she was just delighted with the arrangement. And then I realized she'd just given me a whole new fun thing to do here on the blog. I filed it away for this new book's release.

And here we are. In just a few weeks, The Guest Book will hit the shelves. And I would love to get you guys out there spreading the word about it. But it wouldn't be right for me to ask you to spread the word about a book you haven't read yet, now would it?

So here's what I'm offering. For up to 25 responders, I'm offering to send a FREE copy of The Guest Book to you, along with 30 bookmarks that you in return agree to hand out to your friends. You can take them to church or your community pool or your mom's group or just stand on the street corner and press them into unsuspecting passers-by's hands. You can take them to your local indie bookstore or to your local library. It's totally up to you! The idea is that this will spark that invaluable word of mouth that the publishing industry desires. And you guys will be my mouthpieces.

So, leave your comment here. Make sure I have an email to contact you and I will do that privately to get your mailing address and get the book and bookmarks out to you. I hope that for some of you this will be something that you want to do. I know this won't be a fit to some of your personalities but I also know for some of you this will be right up your alley. And who doesn't love a free bookmark??

COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED. Thank you all so much for your amazing response! Y'all know how to make a girl feel loved!! I will contact you directly if you made it in. (I hate that I have to have a cutoff at all.) Books and bookmarks will be sent out the week of July 3rd. If you don't hear from me, please do consider buying the book and please do still tell your friends. I thank you, my publisher thanks you, and those smiling faces at the top of this blog really thank you. Baby needs a new bathing suit...
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71 comments:

Arlene Grimm said...

How fun Marybeth!! I love your books and will be glad to spread the word.

Anonymous said...

Hi Marybeth,

I've been reading your blog since before you published The Mailbox and have enjoyed seeing you develop into a fiction writer. I would love to pass out bookmarks (and get a free copy of your book!) up here in Canada.

Sherry (sherry.torchinsky@gmail.com)

K said...

I'm reading She Makes It Look Easy right now. I'd love to have a copy of The Guest Book and some bookmarks to pass out. I'm a long time reader but infrequent commenter (infrequent b/c I'm definitely not an organization queen). Thanks!

kmomisme(at)yahoo(dot)com

JottinMama said...

What a great idea. Cool way to get the word out.

So excited for you as you release your work :) May the Lord bless it!

Have a great day,
Kate :)

khthankful@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Marybeth, what a fun and generous idea.. I would love to do this for you, it would be a delight.

Sarah Gillaspie sarah_gillaspie@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited about your new book! I absolutely LOVED your others. I would be honored to pass out some bookmarks.

BethA (Beth.Arredondo@comcast.net)

Anonymous said...

Hi Marybeth,

I loved She Makes it Look Easy and know The Guest Book would be fun to read as well. I enjoy sharing what I've read with other people and would be happy to pass out book marks for you!
Just a quick question too. Do you have any resources for teenagers who like to write?
Thanks,
Rebecca
drechahnmom@gmail.com

Amy O'Quinn said...

(Waving hand wildly)...Me,me,me! You know I love your books, and I'd love to spread the word! I can't wait to read The Guest Book...I know it will be wonderful!

Amy O'Quinn said...

Sorry...you could probably get my email from my blog/website, but to make it easier, it's:
oquinn1(at)windstream(dot)net
Thanks, Marybeth! I think this is a fabulous idea. :)
Blessings,
Amy

Josey Bozzo said...

Marybeth,
I would love to do this for you. I have enjoyed your books and tell as many people as I can about them. But this bookmark idea is really great. I could give away 30 bookmarks no problem!

Thanks for this opportunity to help.
Josey Bozzo

Josey Bozzo said...

Oh goodness forgot the email. Sorry too excited I guess.

joseyboz@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

MaryBeth
I have your other books and absolutely love them,. Thanks for the chance to share with others.

Stephanie L Hanks

slhanks1975@yahoo.com

bp said...

Very fun idea! I look forward to reading your newest book and would have fun participating.

By the way, your book covers are always so great!

Thanks,
Bethany
preciousmoments2004 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Marybeth,

I start my day out reading your website every morning. What a blessing you are!

I would love to read your new book and hand out bookmarks to my church family and friends.

Thanks, Glenda Martin

glendamartin@frontiernet.net

jenny said...

Just happened upon your website today (from FiddleDeeDee's) - and I'm ALWAYS looking for good books to read! Thanks for the chance to win. God bless.

Anonymous said...

I love following your blog and have read The Mailbox. Haven't read She makes it look easy YET but it is on my list. I would love love to be part of this....and I am in Canada!!! Nicole
paddock6@shaw.ca

Bethany from Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom said...

Yes please!! I can't wait to read the book!

bethany lebedz at gmail dot com

Kristi Butler said...

WooHoo! Count me in, my friend! I would love to help you spread the exciting news!!
nckristib@aol.com

Devona said...

What a great idea Marybeth - i love reading your blog and have really enjoyed your first 2 books. I am in Alberta Canada and would love to "introduce" you to my friends!

Devona Gibson (dt.gibson@hotmail.com)

Jodie Bailey said...

Whether I make the cut or not, I am so excited to see your next book coming out! I still love "For the Write Reasons," which I got what feels like forever go. Happy for you, and will definitely spread the word!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

I'm absolutely ready to read your new book and spread the word about it at the bookstore where I work at, Marybeth! I'm so excited for you and your new novel! :)

You already have my e-mail addy, but here it is again anyway: evenstarheart{at}gmail{dot}com

Lisa said...

I'd love to help promote your books! I did that with The Mailbox after I caught up with you on Sunset Beach :-)

I post reviews on BN, Amazon, LT, and Goodreads, as well as blog.

Can't wait to read this; I need to read all your others as well!

Lisa

lmilstead22@gmail.com

Stephanie Cannon said...

Oh MaryBeth I would love to help spread the word about "The Guest Book"! I'm so excited, my email address is rcannon9439@charter.net!

Daphne Woodall said...

Great idea Marybeth and I loved The Mailbox and eventually made a trip to Sunset Beach. I know I'll like The Guest Book too! Thanks.
email contact: daphne@brnow.org

Melissa B. Tubbs said...

I would love to do my part to spread the word!!! Can't wait to read the new one.

A Nest in the Rocks said...

So disappointed that I'm number 26! I'd absolutely love to read and pass out if there's room for me.

~Carla Calvert said...

Hello (waving madly) from Florida...where any book set at a beach must be read!

I'd be honored to help spread the word about your latest novel - loved the first two!

Can't wait to read The Guest Book...the sooner, the better and the quicker word is spread.

Thanks for considering me...
~Carla
carlacalvert at me dot com

Sharon said...

Is this open internationally? If so, I'm willing to promote it on my blog.

shazsbookblog at gmail dot com

Krys said...

I would love to read your newest book and pass along teh bookmarks. No better way to spend the summer than reading and sharing good books.

Thanks!

Krys
Inlandcat@bellsouth.net

seesawfaith said...

I am now the girl in the back of the room jumping up and down screaming "PICK ME!"...

I am blessed blessed blessed to have a lot of friends that are "readies" like me. I would love to spread the love with bookmarks! I have also found that books do some really great witnessing where directly spoken words haven't worked before. Becoming emotionally attached to a character and then seeing how truth plays out in their life has helped a couple of my friends get it when trying to explain things just didn't make sense to them.

Can't WAIT for this book. It is already pinned to my must read books board on pinterest!

sbrand1997@hotmail.com

Shannon :)

Linds said...

I would love to help here in the UK too. My email is lal50@btinternet.com

ConnieTKuhn said...

I would love to give your bookmarks away. I'm so looking forward to reading The Guestbook!

jennifer G said...

You know I would love to spread the word! Plus it would give me another novel to recommend to my students to read by you! You know The Mailbox is on my required reAding list next semester. :)

Anonymous said...

Great idea, would love to spread the word. Your books are such a blessing . My e mail paula@cervenka.com. This Granny needs this. Thank you. And God Bless

Pam said...

Don't know if I'm too late for the giveaway, but even if I am, I will still spread the word about your upcoming book release : ) You're a great writer, Marybeth, and I have so enjoyed your other two novels and know this one will be just as enjoyable! Can't wait to read it!

Alycia Morales said...

Marybeth,

I'd love to help promote your new book. I've loved each of them thus far. I'll also blog about it and promote it on my social networking sites.

Will you do email interviews, too?

My email is amoralescmc at yahoo dot com. Thanks for the opportunity to win a slot! :)

Elizabeth said...

Greetings Marybeth! Would so love to help you wowmanhood!

Elizabeth said...

So excited I misspelled womanhood! Perhaps it was suppose to be wowmanhood though now that I think about it and you! Blessings all over you and your family!

Kim said...

I'll be spreading the word about the Guest Book if I win or not. I just got She Makes it Look Easy and can't wait to begin it.

Alicia Hall said...

Loved The Mailbox and can't wait to read The Guest House. My favorite thing about being an avid reader is sharing great books with friends, or any passerby who will listen. I would be honored to be a spokesperson for The Guest House!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the offer! I have read your books and wait with great expectation for The Guest Book...

Blessings on your ministry,
Maria in CT

mariazematis@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I will put bookmarks in both of my offices' waiting rooms and hand them out at Bookclub !! Me! Me!
Jan Ward your FB friend

Anonymous said...

Hi MaryBeth!

I would love to pass out some bookmarks! Although, I think I have a better idea. . .why don't you come up to MN for a book-signing, and I'll just introduce you to my friends then!

Can't wait to read the book!

Kristine letsstamp2day@yahoo.com

Barbara said...

What better way to spend a summer day than reading a good book. I will pass out the bookmarks and spread the word.

Erin said...

Well...I am number 45 here so I'm thinking I've missed the boat, but I'd love to do this for the book, MaryBeth!(I am also familiar with the "you snooze you lose" rule, so I probably should have stopped by earlier today!)

I'm leaving for Florida this weekend days and will be there for a couple weeks so if you're interested in me doing this for you down in FL, I'd be happy to give you an address you could mail book/bookmarks to down there!

dehummel98@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hope I am not too late....would love to win your book and the bookmarks. I promise to share the book (place in church library) and the bookmarks.......I shared your previous book with library.
Thanks.
jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net
Jackie S.

Patricia said...

Your email just came through. Looks like I missed out. If you have extras keep me in mind.

http://itstimetoreadmamaw.blogspot.com/

Editor and Publisher Shelly Burke said...

DARN! Looks like I'm too late--but I would love to read The Guest Book and review it in the "Nebraska Family Times" and share bookmarks! I loved "She Makes it Look Easy" and am looking forward to finding "The Guest Book" and reading it too.

CONGRATULATIONS on your new book!

Anonymous said...

I would love to do this for you! I really enjoy reading your blog. I'm an avid reader, have read 52 books so far this year (decided to keep track so I could remember what I've read and pass it along)! I am always looking for new books and authors and enjoy recommending them to my friends. Your new book sounds great and I can't wait to read it.

lkgeisler@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Would love to spread the bookmarks around southwest VA!
Shannonmorris4375@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Marybeth, I would love to pass out bookmarks for you and to encourage others to read all of your books. I wish you much success with "The Guest Book". God's blessings. Sue
schedler@centurytel.net

Anonymous said...

wow what a great idea and so generous... I LOVE to read, but since my mom's sudden passing a month ago, I have slowed down. She and I would read books and then talk about them... this sounds like a perfect book for me to start back up with! And share the word about your new book! Thank you... Christine
Christinemlark@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I loved The Mailbox and She Makes It Look Easy! I live in NC and have visited both settings. It's cool to read and be able to visualize the sets! Love to read books by Christian authors!
Just so you know I'll be purchasing the new book if you don't choose me! Can't wait!

Denise Kaiser said...

After reading your other novels, I would LOVE to help you spread the word about The Guest Book!

The bookmarks are a great idea and it would be a joy to spread them around in the Peach state :)

Thanks for your sharing your life and love for the Lord with your readers. God bless!

My e-mail is: rdkaiser5@yahoo.com

Caroline said...

What a good idea to help spread the word! And, yes, who doesn't love bookmarks? :-)

I would love to help spread the word, as well, if possible. I love reviewing books (and reviewed The Mailbox on my blog - both my mom and I enjoyed it!). Like a few other commenters, I wasn't sure if you were picking 25 out of all the comments here, or just the first 25 to respond. Either way, thanks for involving your readers!

.:Heather:. said...

Not sure if you were just taking the first 25 commenters but I wanted to respond in hopes that I would get to help you spread the word of The Guest Book. :) I've been a blog follower for quite awhile now & am hugely blessed & encouraged by your writing! Can't wait to read The Guest Book {and, I will totally spread the word about it-bookmarks or no!} :)

Amy Jo said...

What a FUN idea! I absolutely love your writing style. Cannot wait for The Guest Book to come out. Blessings!
whowangus(at)yahoo(dot)come

Stacey said...

Please send me a copy! I really enjoyed reading your book, The Mailbox. You are an excellent storyteller and i look forward to reading your new book! Please email me at sully4 (at) machlink.com
Stacey

Kristin said...

I am excited to read your new book. I would for sure give at least 2 to ladies I am in a book club with who aren't Christians. I am working to encourage them to read Christian fiction in a hopes that they would come to know the Lord. I also have so many people in my life who are readers that I could give them to.
Thanks for doing this this is fun.

Anonymous said...

I'm probably late on this, but I would love to help if I can
Harrinr@vmcmail.com

Thanks,
Renea harrin

hobbymomof4 said...

I would love to have your bookmarks so I can encourage my friends to read great, clean, Christian fiction. I love your work!

debdp said...

MaryBeth-- As a homeschool mom of 4 who also has "a story to tell" and is feeling pressed by God to do so (!), I have found your blogs to be a respite and a source of inspiration to visit. Thanks for your open heart in your sharing and writing! I would love to hand out bookmarks and read your book!
Debbie Diggs Phillips
Lexington, NC
ddiggsphil@aol.com

Vonnie said...

I would Love to do that cause it's something I can do....not doing much now anyway!

Jeannie Adams said...

Mary Beth,

I would love to win this contest and promote your book. I love your previous two, and can't wait to read this one.

Thanks!

Jeannie Adams
vtasu88@gmail.com

Suzanne said...

This is a GRET idea!!

I would love to help you out with getting the information of your new upcoming book to people in my area.

Suzanne Yates

Anonymous said...

I would love to do this for you. I completely loved your first two weeks - bought them, read them, and are now passing them on to friends. I am so looking forward to your new book. This would be a really fun way to tell others about The Guest Book.
Caryn
caryn@bowserfamily.org

Anonymous said...

Hi Marybeth,

Congratulations on the upcoming release of your newest book! I'd be thrilled to read it and happy to distribute the bookmarks. My background is in marketing and public relations, so I understand how important word-of-mouth is in promoting something new!

Smiles,
Natalie :o)

natcap11@juno.com

Shannon said...

You've probably already got your 25 but I'm still happy to help spread the word by passing out bookmarks!

Lisa said...

Even if I don't win a book- Can I still get some postcards to hand out?

Lisa

Lisa said...

Postcards=bookmarks in this case!

xoxo
Lisa

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