Thursday, October 20, 2011

Giveaway: Great Books for Writers

By Leah Hultenschmidt, Senior Editor

As I was planning the post, I didn't realize we'd have our own bump in the night--lots of rain led to a bit a ceiling leak in the apartment. Which meant moving bookshelves, mopping up, draping everything we own with towels, and all kinds of fun.

This morning, though, it's all blue skies and sunshine and the perfect time to announce a Twitter contest that can help writers smooth out any bumps in your path.

Sourcebooks will celebrate the National Day on Writing on Thursday, October 20th, with a “Name Your Favorite Author” Twitter contest and giveaway.

Every two hours (between 9amEDT and 7pmEDT) Sourcebooks will give away a collection of writing and publishing titles to a randomly selected winner who Tweets the name of their favorite author using the hashtags (#dayonwriting #favwriter. The winning package includes copies of Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents 2012, Writing Great Books for Young Adults, and 77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected.

Established in 2009 by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Day on Writing celebrates composition in all forms—from stories, poems, and letters to text messages, videos, and audio recordings—and demonstrates how writing is a vital part of our everyday lives.

Tips for writers, writing resources for educators, and more information on the National Day on Writing and the National Gallery of Writing, an online gallery that showcases submissions from writers of all ages and talents, can be found on the NCTE website.

For more info about the giveaway click here.


  1. Hi Leah - what a great idea and wonderful way to help support writing.

    It's tough to pick a favorite author, when I have so many!

    I'm off to re-tweet your blog. If everyone who comments re-tweets, the word will definitely get out there!

  2. Thanks, Colleen!

    Here's a tweet to get you (and others) started if you want:
    Who's your fav writer? Chance to #win 3 writing resource books! #favwriter #dayonwriting @Sourcebooks

  3. Everyone loves free books, Leah! This will be a great promotion.

  4. I'm late to this game, but I can retweet too! Why only 77 reasons, though? Makes me want to read that one first.

  5. Sounds great! I posted on facebook since I'm still haven't joined the 21st century on twitter. Guess there's a reason I'm a historical author!

  6. Leah, every time an aspiring author writes to me for advice I preach a sermon about how much help Jeff Hermann's book was to me!