Viral blogging contest: Do We Have Hand?

UPDATE To see if you have been entered, please check here. I have listed all the entrants that I know of. If I haven’t caught you, leave a comment and I’ll get you on the list. No worries if the image doesn’t load. Contest will end on September 5, 2006. The contest is only open to those who are 18 years or older. I don’t want to get an unhappy parent suing me for corrupting their children!

WIN $200 AMAZON Gift certificate from by participating in a blogging experiment to bribe encourage bloggers to participate, we are putting up some semi-cash, a book, goodies, and an ARC. Here’s what you can WIN:

  • $200 Amazon gift certificate
  • Signed copy of Slave to Sensation
  • New Zealand goodies chosen by Singh
  • ARC of Christine Feehan’s October release: Conspiracy Game

Jane here from We are running a viral blogging experiment to see if bloggers can have an affect on the real world market. This idea was inspired by Anne Frasier’s blog entry about her dwindling print runs. (I can’t find the exact post). The “hand” term is stolen from a famous Seinfeld episode where George tries to gain “hand” in his relationship by doing everything opposite to his instincts. (no original ideas here).

I chose Nalini Singh’s Slave to Sensation because I really loved the book and because she is a new author without any significant exposure. Ms. Singh lives in New Zealand and will be doing limited promotional work outside the internet (ie no signings). Slave to Sensation is her first single title mass market. She’s written 5 category romances. I had never heard of her when she emailed me to ask if I would review her book.

The chances of Singh making it onto the USA Today bestseller list or any other list is not great. I wondered when I read Anne Frasier’s blog post what effect, if any, could 100 bloggers do to a mass market book and a relatively unknown author.While Dear Author has NO affiliation with Berkley or Singh, in the interests of keeping it in her voice, we did ask the author to supply the blurb. Intrigued by the experiment, she’s also offered to match our $100, taking the prize to $200. On Thursday, I received a copy of the ARC to Christine Feehan’s upcoming book and called the publicity office to see if I could give it away in this contest. The publisher said okay.

What is the experiment exactly? We are trying to get, at least, 100 bloggers to blog about this book. Simply put up the following code which includes a blurb and a link to the cover image. You can add whatever else you want. The only goal here is exposure and whether exposure does anything to the real world market. You must include the permalink or trackback link because that is how we will keep a record of all the entrants.

If you want to know more about Singh’s book, you can visit her website. Rosario gave the book an A. Romantic Times rated it 4 1/2 stars. My letter will be up tomorrow and I don’t think it’s any secret that I will be giving it an A. We understand if bloggers don’t want to participate, but we hope they will.

You can download the code that you need to participate at here.

You can see how the blog post will look here.

If you do not have a blog, but you are willing to post the contest and blurb, simply email me at jane at with the link to where you posted and I’ll enter you into the contest. The entrants will appear on this page so keep checking back to make sure I’ve caught you.


By Jane Litte