Worse, my other book Stalking the Wild Dik-Dik has slowed down on the selling front after backlisting like a champ for a few years.
So what to do? Write the new book or try to get new readers to pick up the old one? Well, both would be the smart approach. But damn that day job... where's the time to write a book?
To drive a little traffic to my last book and hope that someone who hasn't bought it already will buy it (it's really cheap on the used list), I'm going to have a little contest.
It goes like this:
1) Go to the Amazon listing for Stalking the Wild Dik-Dik.
2) Look for the answers to these questions.
A. How many pages is Stalking the Wild Dik-Dik?
B. Does the last line in the second paragraph of the product description make any sense?
C. In the product description, was Marie described as "irrepressible," "groovy," "irregardless," or "unflappable"?
3) Send the answer to me, along with your name, e-mail address, and mailing address. Send to marie at mariejavins dot com. Subject line: bag drawing.
I'll print each e-mail. I'll put them all in a sock or hat (depending on how many there are) and randomly choose one. I will force Denise or Roberta to watch so that no one suspects I'm just eating the bag and not really doing it. That person will get this handmade safari-print bag, that I made myself. I actually designed it for Tracy's trip to Botswana, but it's been so popular that I made a few more.
Enter by Friday night! That's 11:59 pm on Sept. 4, 2009. The drawing will happen on Saturday and I'll send out the prize on Tuesday morning after the holiday weekend. Shipping is free.
Depressed that you might not win? Sharpen your rhyming skills. Here's the BONUS ROUND... make a short rhyme that involved either the term HIPPO or DIK-DIK or both and send to me with the subject line: rhyme. Rhymes are due by midnight on Monday, September 7, the four-year anniversary of when I was chased by a hippo. We'll vote on them here next week!
No obscene rhymes please. Unless they are hilarious.