Friday, March 18, 2011

5, 4, 3, 2, 1… CONTEST!

5 Hundred Followers, I’m nearly there

4 Prizes, I’m going to share

3 Questions

2 Blogs

1 Elana

It’s time for a 500 Followers Contest. It’s hard to believe I just had a 400 followers contest last month. But it increased quickly when I joined Rachael Harrie's Writers' Crusade . (Thanks, Rachael.)

So, it’s time for a MARCH MADNESS contest!

You know Elana Johnson? She’s got a popular BLOG, an e-book From the Query to the Call From the Query to the Call, which helped me and is now FREE! ! She’s supported many author’s debut novels. Now it’s her turn to be supported. So most of the prizes are related to her upcoming book:

Mad-Awesome Prizes:

1. Elana Johnson's YA Dystopian Possession is coming out on June 11th. One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of the book after it’s released.

2. $25 Amazon gift card

3. 1 Possession bookmark

4. Your very own Question to Elana Johnson answered by Elana Johnson on VIDEO! In the comments section, ask Elana a question. The best, most original one will get his/her question ANSWERED on VIDEO on my blog in April!

(And if your questions are really good, I’ll compile them and interview her closer to the book release date.)

Jonathan Arnston is also having an Ask Elana two questions contest, so check out his BLOG.

Here’s what you need to do to enter

my mad-awesome contest:

1. Be a follower (1 point new, 2 points old)

2. Promote the contest (1 point each):





3. Leave a comment:

Tell me what you did

Total your points

Provide your e-mail address


Contest runs from 03/18-03/25 (ends at midnight EST)

Winners will be announced on 03/26 (My Birthday!)

Thank you for following, commenting, and for your support.

Love, Theresa


P.S. My last post seemed to resonate with a lot of people. If you haven’t read it, please check it out BELOW. I’d love to hear from you.


  1. Oh man! You're at 498, you only need two more.


  2. two more two more-- okay off to think about my Elana question!

  3. So many questions, so little time! Hehe! Elana is sure to be on the best seller's list in no time!

  4. Wow! You did just have a 400 contest! Congrats on nearing 500 already!!!! I heart Elana. I need to brainstorm a good question for her.

  5. Will have to give the question some thought.

    Congratulations Theresa, you are at 499 as I type. You will surely hit the magic number before lunch. If you haven't already! Will be back when I think of coherent question.

  6. Congrats on the followers, it's getting exponential now! Also, crazy awesome a few others I have to brainstorm a good question and do the linkage and what not and then I will count up my points :) I can't wait to read her book!
    Your last post was awesome and very reflective for so many, including myself. Thank you for posting it and have a wonderful weekend!

  7. YAYAYAYAYAYAYY!!!!! What a great event to celebrate!! Thank you for such fab giveaways!!!! Here's to your next 500+ followers!! Woo-hoo!! Take care

  8. Nice blog!
    follower 502- woo-hoo!
    3 points - new follower, twitter, facebook

    Question for Elana- I know what you like about Vi, what author doesn't love their MC, but if you were her friend (not creator) what one trait about Vi would annoy you?

  9. Congrats on the 500 followers!

    +1 new follower

    +1 tweeted -!/arick01/status/48779675446681600

    Question: How did you come up with the idea for the book? or How did you pick the name Zenn?

    Total= 2

  10. CONGRATS on so many followers! You are *this* close to 500. I bet you reach it by dinnertime.

    Old follower-2

    Um, hmmm, a question. Hmmm, see, the thing is, I read E's posts every day, and her tweets, thus, I swear, there isn't much to ask. Okay, how's this:
    How many times a week do you eat bacon?

    Have a lovely weekend, Theresa. :)

  11. old follower
    Elana question: You can tell a lot about a person by the clothes they wear. Can you tell us about the clothes of your main characters in Possession?

    Congrats on so many followers!!

  12. hi miss theresa! for sure miss elana is way cool!! for your neat contest i get 2 points cause of being a old follower for you. :)
    and i just now got it on my side bar. yippee i get another point. all together i got 3 points!
    ...hugs from lenny

  13. Congratulations on the followers! It's 500+ as I write this comment. :D Here's to 500 more!

  14. 500! Congratulations. My question to Elana what point did Possession possess here---what was the moment she KNEW she had to write it?

    And I'm going to Tweet this contest just as soon as I post my comment. There, am I qualified for awesome prizes?

    Thanks for reading my interview at unedited---guess what, my MC is named Jen!!! Don't think I even have any Michaels in the book though. :/

  15. Congrats! You are getting so many followers these days!

    Okay, I'll post on my sidebar for sure.

    And for Elana, questions, questions, hmm...

    At some point in writing Possession, did you just know, "this is it!"?

  16. Woohoo! 500 is huge Theresa!!! Congratulations :)

    Great contest - I'm off to think of a question .... :)

  17. oooo free amazon gift card. I'm totally going to promote this.

  18. Theresa .. you've made it - well done .. better change that to 600 contest ..

    Congratulations .. yay! Cheers Hilary

  19. Congrats on the 500+ followers, Theresa, buddy Crusader! Woo!

    And I REALLY want Elana's book. *drools* Other prizes are great too.

    Old follower=2 points
    Promoted on Twitter=1 point
    email: artzicarol[at]gmail[dot]com

    My question for Elana: How did you get the seed idea for POSSESSION--a dream? A random thought in the shower? ;o)

  20. Yay Theresa! Our question for Elana (because we like to be different) is: We want to know about your first book. You know, the one you trunked that you wish no one knew about? Tell us about that one - what didn't work about it and how you knew it needed to go away.

  21. Congrats on the followers. I'm a new follower and posted on Facebook. It's awesome that you and Jon are doing this contest.

    Here's my question: After seeing the debuts of your friends in the Class of 2011, what have you learned about creative ways to market your book and what are you using from what you learned?

    2 points

  22. Your contest is cooler than mine. I only got as far as 3-2-1.

    Thanks for the mention and for being contest-partners with me!

  23. Congrats! As of now, you're at 504, wow.

    Awesome contest, but don't enter me in it since I won something from the last one. Good luck and have a great weekend!

  24. What a cool contest. I'm trying to figure out what to do for my 500 follower contest.

    I've already preordered POSSESSION. Can't wait to read it. :D

  25. Congrats on the 500 girl!!

    +2 for me (old follower)

    My question for Elana... If you were in Vi's place, which boy would you choose?

  26. Congrats Theresa, so many followers, well-deserved.

  27. Great contest and congrats on all the lovely smart peeps you have. Just wanted to say, "hey, have a good weekend."
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  28. Great contest, thanks!

    +2 for me (new follower and promoted on Twitter).

    Elana: What has been the biggest surprise on your journey to becoming a published author?

  29. This has been on my wishlist for ages. :)

    Old follower 2 point & 1 twitter:!/projectfraeya/status/49134623980130304

  30. You did it! You did it!!! You're at 505 right now--whoot! whoot!

    Very nice... Wow, great contest. I just want a copy of Possession, but I'll wait to buy one and support our friend.

    I've only been following Elana's blog a short time, so I'm afraid my question is answered there. Oh, well. I'll ask anyway:

    Dear Elana, How long did it take after the book deal for you to get your own goon squad? ;p

    wooo~ <3 :D

  31. Hi Theresa. Congratulations on going over 500 followers. In fact if you add your networked blog followers to your Google followers I count 680 at the moment! It's well deserved, as you have a great blog.

    Million thanks for putting a shout for my Counting to 200 giveaway on your side panel. Much appreciated.

    Hope you have a lovely day on the 26th :-)

  32. Congrats on hitting 500! And Elana is awesome . . . what a great way to celebrate two things at once. :)

    Old follower, plus you're on my sidebar, so +3

    Elana, you have helped so many people in this writing process in so many ways. What is the one thing that helped you the most?

  33. Congrats on breaking 500 followers! That's amazing.

    I'm an old follower.

    My question for Elana is the same as Lydia's. At what point in the writing did she know that this was "the book?"

  34. Awesome contest! Will post this on FB! :) Yay!

  35. Congratulations and wow for your contest!

  36. I am game!!!

    Thanks for telling me about the contest Ms. Theresa Brown Milstein, I am following your blog and I posted about the contest on FB.

    with warm regards

  37. I follow you, In fact, I saw you go to the grocery store yesterday.

    Congrats on the 500 plus followers! Whoooo!

  38. Congratulations!
    I'm a follower and I mentioned it on my blog post today and shared it on Facebook - 4 points.

    Thanks for hosting such a great contest!

    Oh, and a question... What was the favourite part of your writing/publishing journey, Elana?

    denizb33 at gmail dot com

  39. Hello! Congrats on 500 followers! What an achievement! Not long before you reach 666=)

    I cannot wait to read Possession and I would like to ask:
    Have you ever had writer's block and if so, how long did your longest bout of writer's block span? How do you get over it?

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    +2 Old follower.
    +1 Blog Post:
    +1 Sidebar:

    4 points.

  40. New follower on GFC!

    My question: I'm sure you love planning and plotting (as do I), but do you hate revising as much as I do?

    danaan at gmx dot at

  41. Congrats on reaching 500! That is awesome!! I love reading your teaching stories. I also loved being a sub, but that will end on Tues. I am starting back to work in the banking industry. Ugh.

    Old Follower +2
    DreamyCowgirl @

  42. I forgot to ask Elana a question. She is great!

    Question: If you could be any one animal for a day, what would it be?

  43. CONGRATS on 500!!! Wow ;o) Awesome contest! I LOVE Elana ;o)

  44. congrats for 500!!! How awesome!
    I'm an old follower +2
    I added a note and link to this contest on my latest post +1
    I'm about to go tweet it too +1
    total: 4

    Question for Elana: Where do you find the time to write and blog and generally be so active in the writing community and still have a life?

  45. Congrats!

    +1 new follower
    +1 tweet -!/DonnaS1/status/49661868280791040
    total - 2

    Question - What is the most challenging part of the writing process for you?

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  46. Impressive 510 followers! Yay!
    I can side bar your contest, but I'm not a facebook/twitter kinda gal.
    My question for Alana is when you have an idea for a novel how do you go about putting it down on paper? :O)

  47. Congrats on the 500 followers.

    I think I'm following already, and I'll post this in my sidebar.

    Q for Elana; how did you come up with your story idea for Possession?

    donnahole at gmail dot com


  48. +2 I'm a follower
    +1 i twittered

    If you spent the day with Vi, what would the two of you do?

  49. Many congratulations on 500, that's fantastic - you have a wonderful blog!

    I'm intrigued by Elana's new book...

    Raising a toast to the next 500!

  50. Congratulations to both you and Elana! I've used From the Query to the Call, too, and it is so, so awesome! She's so amazing to offer it to us for free!

    My question (because she has such an amazing blog I have to wonder this): How much time to do you spend daily on blogging? How much on writing?

  51. Great contest!

    Old follower and sidebar lady- 3 points :)

    Question for Elana: If you live the life of any YA character (not your own) and truly experience their journey, who would it be and why (cool clothing, food, boys, and overall adventure are are valid reasons...bacon elements too)?

    Also: If your book POSSESSION was an ice-cream flavor, what would it be and why?

    Email: aycockj (at) gmail (dot) com

  52. Woops--missed a word in my first question--that's supposed to be: If you COULD live the life of any YA character...

  53. Congrats on 500, Theresa! Great contest!

    --Lacey @ sisters in scribe

  54. Congrats on the followers! I thought I was a follower already, but apparently not. So now I am. :) Great contest, thanks so much!

    New follower - 1
    Elana - What are you going to do to celebrate the release of your book?

    Thanks again,

  55. Congrats, and thank you so much for the book! That was very nice of you.

  56. YAY! I am an "old" follower and i will tweet this now. So, +3?

    Okay, Elana: Do you ever envision yourself quitting the teaching profession to become a full-time writer, or are you a lifer? ;-)

  57. Wow, I'm late today and already you are at 516.

  58. Great contest! Congrats on 500 followers!

    1. 2 points old follower
    2. Twitter +1
    Facebook +1
    3. 4 points total
    Elana question: I know you typically ask people to pick between chocolate and bacon. If you could only eat one of those again. Which one would it be?

  59. This is awesome Theresa. I heart Rach too. I read your previous post which I'd missed. It is food for thought.

    I'm an old follower - 2
    Twitter (to do when I leave here)-1
    Total - 3

    Elana, why did you decide to provide us with your book for free? This is so generous and helpful.

  60. Oh, Theresa, happy birthday for Friday!!! (((hugs)))

  61. I am an old follower, but do we really have to use the word "old"?

    I would totally tweet or post on Facebook, but I have been so lazy about keeping up with both that it wouldn't do you any good.

    Congratulations on your 500!

  62. Just read your BFF post, and it was a little sad. I've been thinking recently how that would make for an interesting book character -- so quiet that everyone projects their own thoughts onto them, always missing the mark.

  63. Congrats on your HUGE following Theresa! I tweeted (@KristineAsselin) I couldn't find your twitter addy...

    I'm an @ElanaJ fan, so I would love to win.

  64. Following directions here...

    I think that above post gives me three points. My email address is krisasselin at yahoo dot com.

    And I'd love to know more about Elana's marketing campaign. She's everywhere! Was it planned? organic?

  65. Fantastic contest, Theresa - and a big congrats on 500 followers! Well deserved!

  66. 516 followers! Congratulations and a great contest to celebrate! :)

  67. Congratulations on so many followers!

    I'll set you up on my sidebar, though I'm very new to the blogging world so not many followers on my site who'll see it (yet).

    In fact, I'm so new I don't have a twitter account...

  68. Look at how huge your blog has become. So exciting! Congrats, my friend. XO

    My question to Elana would be: How do you come up with so many great ideas for social networking?

    Great contest and great prizes! :o)

  69. Sounds great! But is it open for foreigners?


  70. Great contest!

    So Elana, who was the hardest character to write and why?


  71. Congratulations on hitting 517 followers! Wohoo! I can only hope to be as successful as you. Love this contest! I'll be sure to join and tally my points soon. For now, I just wanted to drop by and say hello and thanks for your kind words regarding my post on the Japan tragedy.

  72. Congrats on all the followers!!! How cool!! I'm adding you to my list, and I'm definately in!!!

    I am... adding you to my sidebar, advertising on FB (both my personal profile and my 'fan' page) and I'll tweet, but I have no clue how to give you a link to that... I'm tagging it #500forthesubstitute so you can find it ; )


  73. Okay, so I'm an old follower, and I promoted on Facebook, so 3 pts (yeah!).

  74. Wow, Theresa. You don't really need me with all these other great followers **mopes** Just kidding! The more the merrier!

    I get 3 points, old follower and posted on my blog here:

    Question: "Ms. Johnson, first I have to say that I love the song, "Waiting for the End" so thank you for posting the lyrics. My question is, how did you know the Young Adult genre was your perfect fit?"

    Thank you! Looks like a good story!

  75. CONGRATS, Theresa!! I thought I had commented on this post before but apparently I haven't. I'm so happy for you - 500 is definitely a huge milestone to celebrate and you deserve it completely!

  76. I'm an old follower from way back....2 points!

    I don't know if I can promote the contest too well as I gave up Facebook for Lent...I know, yes I am that crazy.

    I am an old blogger who had to shut down my old blog due to a hacker who amazingly turned out to be my psycho sister but I refuse to let mean people keep me from writing so I'm back. And my time away from Facebook will be spent her, reading your delicious blog!

    My question for Elana would be:

    I'm reading a book right now and with each turn of the page, I keep thinking, "I can write better than this!" I am a former newspaper columnist but have been dabbling with a novel for a few years. How does an author get to "I know I can do that!" to actually doing it? Where does the confidence to actually finish a novel come from, especially when there are so many other people out there doing the same thing? I guess that's like two or three questions but oh well...Thanks!

  77. Holy mother of missed blog posts!! How on earth did I miss being here all week? And why didn't I hear about this contest sooner?! *bangs head on table*

    Okay . . .

    +2 old follower
    +1 FB
    +1 sidebar

    = +4 total

    Dude! You are a teacher. I am a teacher. You have kids. I have kids. You travel to awesome writing conferences. I don't. *sigh* How do you make that work, in terms of money and time????? I wanna go to. :-)

  78. 3pts
    ? for E:
    If you and the WriteOnCon ladies formed a band, would you be a lead singer, back up singer, or what instrument would you play?

  79. Oh wow, I can't think of a good question. But I will say that Elana is AWESOME and such a loyal writerly person. Her blog and WriteOnCon are amazing.

  80. What a fantastic contest!

    I can't wait to read Elana's book.

    Congrats on the followers.

  81. Congrats on all the followers! I'm an old follower, so +2 for me.

    And the question for Elana: What's your ultimate retirement destination? (As if one could ever retire from writing! HA!)

  82. Yikes Theresa! I've been in the bed and am too late to help you with this. I am so very sorry. Congrads girlfriend. What a great giveaway. :-)

  83. WooHoo!!! Congrats on the 500 follower and now more from what I see.

    +1 new follower
    +1 twitter-!/bookflamereview/status/51384927735914496
    +1 Sidebar-bookflame.blogspot
    +1 post-
    my question is.. are there any characters that you can personally relate to in your book?

  84. Congrats!!

    +2 old follower (under Krysta Banco)
    +1 twitter:!/YearofTiger86/status/51402078475649025

    total points= 3

    My question: If you found a genie's lamp what would be your three wishes?

  85. I think the world of Elana. she STILL takes the time to reply to my comments on her blog.

    My question for Elana is, if you could sum up everything important to you in three words, what are they?

    +2 old follower, +1 twitter

    And Theresa! Thanks for your note to read the previous Like Mandarin post. I had a friendship similiar in some ways. I certainly related to Like Mandarin. It's a powerful book. Thank you for sharing your Mandarin story.