To celebrate reaching 200 followers, a number I never dreamed would appear by my follower button, I decided I needed something as big and as special as all of you! Thanks to a member of blogging royalty, I think I've done it.
Elana Johnson, author of From the Query to the Call, has generously agreed to donate a query critique to the Grand Prize winner. I will add to that a free copy of her eBook. That caught your full attention, didn't it? I was lucky enough to receive a critique of my own query letter from Elana - you won't be disappointed! Her comments were invaluable.
+ QUERY CRITIQUE
But... one prize is not enough. After all, I have 2 hundred followers! Therefore, there must be another prize.
And a happy follower I am! Yay, Shannon!
I too am a happy follower! Congrats on 200! that is awesome. Well done. The blog is a credit to you.
Shannon, that's wonderful! It feels so good to be followed, doesn't it? Er, on a blog, of course. ;)
This is a very generous giveaway! Count me in. I'd love the chance to win either prize.
Happy Valentine's weekend, and all that jazz.
Oooh, yes! YOU are both so generous and kind. Please include moi:
What a great contest and great way to celebrate your followers - I just became one = )!
Congrats on your 200 followers!
Hey, I got MY bird-girl statue for my 10th wedding anniversary. :) Hope you get one, too. Going to post a new pic of her later. We have a full foot of snow here today. :)
Hi. From your future winner.
Congrats on the follower numbers, your high level of quality rakes us in.
Now, you KNOW that I'd follow you anywhere right? =)
And I always have some kinda comment going on. So. I shall put your contest on my sidebar today. Just because I love your blog, I love you and I know lots and lots of other people will love you too.
Great prizes. I would love the book. Hubby said I could buy it after we pay the Christmas off. UG! And the crit on the query. YIKES. I am preparing to query. I could definitely use it. And that second prize is great too. YOU GO GILRY! (^_^)
Oops, I meant to say CONGRATS! WOO-HOO!!!!!
Oh, I forgot, AWESOME prize!
Congrats on reaching a new milestone! I'm glad we could connect in the blogosphere! :-)
These are some very tantalizing prizes, Shannon. Count me it. I think you were like my fifth or sixth follower and I was your eighty-something-th. Now look at you with 200+! Way to go.
congrats on the 200 - Awesome contest. I already bought Elana's book - she's very awesome to do this for you. I'm not entering - I just wanted to say - whoo hoo!
I was your 199th I think, and you were my 9th. Yeah, I've got a long way to go. :-)
Congrats on your 200 followers. It feels great to know that others are following (on a blog only of course). To know that someone out there cares enough to follow your blog and take an interest in what you write.
Maybe one day I'll have 100's of followers as well. Hope you have a great weekend!
WOW! Congrats on the followers! So excited for you!
Now that is a great prize!! Of course I'd love to be in the drawing. :0) But I'd also like to congratulate you. I started blogging in Oct 09 and didn't think I'd ever have more than twelve followers. It's a lot of work to entertain and inform writers. LOL Luckily, we all love each other so much, it's worth it.
Sounds like a great contest. Need some query advice. Have a great weekend! :O)
Congratulations on going up and over 200. You are such a great blog friend to everyone that I'm not at all surprised.
I follow. I comment. I'd love to enter. :D
Like Tricia, I, too, can see how you'd have such a brood!
This is a great place to be.
We all know it!
Thank you for having us.
Shannon, looks like you're going to need a double mocha! I have watched your followers grow over the last months in amazement, and I'm not at all surprised. So glad to be on board, and always happy when you're able to visit me as well. But it must be getting hard to keep up! Have a super weekend.
Congrats. You're blog is such an uplifting and special place to visit!
Congrats! From the looks of your follower picts I must be #203 - it's an honor!
Great prizes! Thanks!
I'll link back from my blog when I post tonight. We'll see if I can't get you a few more followers.
Congrats on 200 followers! I know when I stop by your blog I'll leave with a smile. You're AWESOME!!
Shannon, how exciting!! Your sunny disposition makes it easy to follow. :) :) :) *you've been triple smiley-ed*
Those are some great prizes!
It is always fun to read your blog.
Ooh! I could definitely use a query critique soon. I'm working on it now. What a fun contest. And I'm so happy you have so many people interested in your blog. That is awesome! Congrats!
YAHOO! Congrats Shannon :) You so deserve 200 followers and I'm proud to be one of them. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words with us.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Got to love Elana's advice, what a great prize!
Congrats on the followers, Shannon!
Wow 200 followers! Congrats Shannon, I always enjoy your blog! :) You deserve it!
I am already a follower! :)
I love the easy contests! Thanks Shannon. You're the best!!!
Great contest and it is super easy to enter!! Congrats on reaching 200 followers!
200 followers is amazing! And here i'm all excited to have 65. i can't even believe there are that many people reading blogs.
Way to go!! You are so deserving of every one of those followers. Great contest.
200 followers is super fantabulous! Congratulations!
Great contest, Shannon! I love Elana's blog, plus I've head $20 worth of books sitting in my Amazon cart for like two weeks now, but no money to buy them...sounds like this contest and I were meant to be :)
Cool contest darling :)
(not an entry)
Congratulations!!! 200 followers! How amazing... they must be like me and know how good you are!!!
The Amazon gift card and Elana's book will definitely get some great use if I win either one of them!
See, that's the kind of contest I'll do next time. None of this reading and judging stuff. It's hard, man!
Congratulations on the milestone, good lady!
Congrats on reaching 200!!
Congrats to you my friend! Huzzah for 200+!!
Congrats on the 200 followers! I'm always amazed on how many blogs you manage to follow at the same time as producing lovely posts for your own. :)
I'd like to be entered in your contest -- winning a free critique would be awesome! (and I wouldn't mind some new books from Amazon, either ;))
Congrats on 200 followers! Your blog is insightful -- not to mention beautiful -- so it's no surprise you have this many readers!
Great contest you have going on. I think anyone would be lucky to have a query critique from someone so knowledgeable. :)
Congrats on reaching 200!!!
I'm already a follower =)
Congrats on 200! YAY for contests! YAY for Elana Query critique and book :) Sign me up!!!
200! What's your secret?? Great job!
Holy smokes those are some GREAT prizes!!!
I am SO in!! That's awesome. You have a wonderful contest running!!! YAY!!!
Congrats on all the followers... I feel sorry for anyone who misses out on your posts!
Wow! 200! Congrats!!!!! I'm glad I found your blog!
Yahoooooo!!!! LOVE this one. Adding you to my sidebar. *crosses fingers*
Congrats on your 200 followers!!!
200 followers, WOW!
Congrats, Shannon. And why the hell not? Your blog is excellent :)
Congratulations on hitting 200! Great prizes. I think you and Elana are both awesome!
Congrats on 200 followers!!! I love Elana...definitely count me in!
Oooh what a super achievement. Yippee!
Congrats on the followers! You are awesome - and so sweet to say such nice things about me. I'm humbled!
I am a follower
Woohoo congrats on 200 followers SHannon! That's awesome, go you! Team Shannon all the way and I love this contest! Awesome prize and perfect timing!!!
Wow - 200 followers! that's awesome - Congratulations :)
Absolutely awesome prizes too!
Shannon--you are so sweet and thoughtful to have this for us. I like it! Thank you for dropping by my blog. It's always so nice to see you!
200 followers is amazing accomplishment - you deserve to celebrate. And what a great contest - Elana's book is outstanding!
Does Elana's comment count as an entry?
Congrats on getting 200 followers. I was happy to see I now have 36.
Congrats on 200 followers . . . looks like you're on your way to 300!
Wow! 200... pretty impressive! Congrats.
OMG, 67 comments and over 200 followers, this is a big day!
Yay to 200 followers! I'm glad to be one of them!
Hurray for 200 followers!
Sweetness. I'm a follower!!
Wow, congrats on the 200! You totally deserve it. *breaks out the party cake* :D
Shannon, two hundred followers is awesome! Congrats. :-)
What a great giveaway. Congrats on all the followers. :)
Wow, super cool and very awesome of you. Congrats on your milestone. Happy Valentine's Day, too!
Yay, count me in!!
Wow, that WAS easy!!
MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS on 200 followers, but it doesn't surprise me at all. You have a wonderful blog. :)
I put your contest up on my sidebar and posted about it. I'm a day late and a dollar short. *grin*
I'm unplugging this week. I hope I win, but whoever wins, congrats to 'em. =)
Holy Moly--TWO HUNDRED?! That is amazing, but not surprising. You are highly entertaining, friend.
And then a book and critique from Elana the Great? Awesome.
Thank you so much!
Great contest! I'm already a follower!!
Congrats on 200+ followers! What a wonderful contest.
Just became a follower:)
Congratulations on 200 followers! (I promise I am one - a newbie.) Great blog! Count me in for the contest :)
Hi Shannon -
I'm a brand new Follower. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.
susanjreinhardt (at) gmail (dot) com
Me, Me Me!!!! I'm a a follower, and would love a critique from Elana!!! Or her book!!!! Ack, great prizes!
Shannon, I love Elana J! She is so cool and wise. I may not win her book, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Congrats on 200!!! That is amazing! =)
200! I just started blogging and I have 12 followers--- congratulations on getting to 200! That is something to shoot for. I'm glad I found out about your blog...I also write PBs and hope to see them published.
Wow - 200 followers! Congratulations! And wonderful prizes, too. I'm looking forward to coming back for many future visits.
Congratulations on breaking 200! That's so cool! :D
I hope to get to the 200+ mark soon. Also being an aspiring writer and am working on a query and the contest is also enticing. Mostly, I am here to help a fellow writer/blogger. If you ever need some uplifting words, you are welcome by my blog as well! I look forward to checking out your blog as I can use the tips. Continued success!
How is it possible that I'm not already one of your followers?! What have I been doing all this time!
I'm clicking the follow button as soon as this comment posts! Count me in :)
So nice to be in such good company. Happy 200!
Congrats on 200 followers. Big accomplishment. And great contest!
Congrats on 200 followers:)
congrats on reaching 200 followers!! I'm sure you'll soon be seeing many more :)
I would love either of those prizes! I just met Elana this weekend. Congrats on you 200 followers.
I'm a new follower. So happy to be here. I'd love a chance at either of your prizes.
Congratulations on reaching 200 followers! That's a big accomplishment.
Congrats on 200! :D I'm over from Elana's blog, and just became a follower. Hooray!
What a great contest! Congrats on 200 followers!
Hi! *waving* Congrats on breaking 200!
I'm follower number 223 and found you from Elena Johnson's blog.
Hey, I've got comment 100! (at least there were 99 before I hit the button.)
Thanks for the contest!
Amazon GCs are the best (followed by any sort of critique, of course!). Congrats on 200 followers!
whatinabox at gmail dot com
Congrats on 200+ followers!
Great contest, and congrats on so many followers!
I'm new to your blog, so I'm looking forward to getting to know more about you! Congratulations on 200 followers. Someday, I'll be there.
Thanks for doing this contest! 200 followers is alot!
Wow! 227 followers! That's awesome!!
Count me as a loyal one, and enter me in the contest. :)
(There's a free book giveaway going on at my blog this week too. Stop by to enter!)
Wow! I am excited. I'm a new follower and I'd love it if you'd enter me in the contest.
~ Just Joany
Red Wagon Flights
Ooh, just found this blog, but am now a proud follower.
I am in awe. Over 200 followers and a really cool blog. I just signed up!
What a great prize for the contest! Thanks!
Yay for 200 followers! Yay! I will be running to the library now to find some of your books. :D
Great prize. Congrats. on 200 followers!
234 followers now! Woo-hoo!
Great prizes and I look forward to stalking your blog.
This is a serious amount of followers and comments here! Congrats! I, am of course one, and I've commented. *does happy dance*
Frankly, I hadn't heard of you until now, when I read Elana Johnson's blog. But this looks like a good blog too.
This is a great idea for a contest. Congratulations on making it past 200 followers. I know what you mean about being surprised. I'm at 22 and can't imagine making it that far. But you never know.
Congrats on making it to 200 followers, Shannon!! =D
200! Wow! I haven't even figured out how to set up my blog for followers yet. Congrats!
Hello! I would love to win a critique from her and would love to follow:)
Holy smokes you've got a lot of entries!
I'm already a follower. Thanks for the chance :)
Congrats!!! I think I'm 201!!
I've been happy to be a follower for some time! Congratulations on the Big 2-0-0!
I would love to enter the contest.
Consider me a follower. I'm glad I stopped by.
Wow, you have 124 comments on this post alone!!!! Congratulations on the over 240 followers. How exciting is that! Hundreds of people reading your words. :) I've been a follower for a while, so I'll have my fingers crossed for that critique. Keep up the good work, Shannon. :)
Congrats on reaching 200 followers! Amazing. And thanks that I didn't have to jump through a bunch of hoops to enter. Following and commenting, I can do. :)
What cool prizes, thanks for having this contest :)
New follower here. Grats on the milestones!
I don't follow much - I prefer to lurk! :) But I will follow for a chance at your lovely prize. Thanks for the great contest!
I'm glad I found your blog! Now you're bookmarked and ready to go! LOL!
Congrats! And, wow, you BLEW through 200. You're well on your way to 300. Ooooh! I would so love to win either of your prizes!!!
Wow! You're already up to 247 followers. You'll have to have another contest!
Congrats on 200+++ followers. I happened to stumbled across you blog via Elena's blog and am so excited. What a great giveaway!
WOW! just about missed this - home from vacation in the nick of time. I'm a follower. congrats on 200!
Thanks for the contest, Shannon! I didn't roll down far enough on Elana's contest to see this last week!
I am follwing you now :)
Whoa, look at all these comments! And 200 followers? You are really rocking!
200 followers AND a contest? How did I miss this???
I'm such a slacker. How did I almost miss this? GREAT CONTEST! But holy smokes, look at all these entries. WOW. Congrats on the many followers. You deserve it.
Ooh, awesome contest! Congrats on 200 followers!
I am liking this contest. Thank you and Elana for having it. 200 followers? I'm one. What I wouldn't give for 200 followers!
By the time this contest is over you might be up to 300 followers. Congrats.
How exciting to have 200 followers! Yippee!!
Wow! Congrats on 200 and now you are getting to 300! :)
I'm a little late on the bandwagon. Damn unplugging week. I missed so many contests.
What a great contest! I'm a follower of yours now! (And a great way to find your blog.)
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