The 5 winners are of Holly Cupala's, Tell Me a Secret, signed booklets and swag are : (BTW you should be following these peeps!)
Please send me your addresses today and Ill get these out tomorrow!
Package A Winner - The winner of Kay Cassidy's The Cinderella Society package is Kelly (book hunter)
Package B Winner - The winner of 3 Middle Grade books from Little Brown is Emily Casey!
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Today, we have Kody to talk about The Duff. I met Kody on her blog before she got her deal so it's been great to see her journey! BTW, you can follow (stalk) Kody's awesome blog and on Twitter.
I have 2 ARCs to giveaway (1 is signed and will go to the 1st name I draw).
Hi Kody! Tell us a little about you. Tell us about The Duff in less than 140 characters.
Hi guys, I Kody and am 18. THE DUFF is about a cynical girl who deals with friends, sex, and self esteem. (wait, how many characters is that? :)
What inspired the story behind The Duff?
When I was a senior in high school, I was introduced to the word "duff" and it's meaning - designated ugly fat friend. I was sure I was "the duff" of my group, though my friends argued that this was their role. From there, it was a joke. I jokingly said I'd write a book called THE DUFF only my "duff" wouldn't be that sweet girl everyone regrets not getting to know better. Instead, my "duff" would be harsh, angry, and kind of a bitch at times. Little did I know then, a month later I'd be hit with the opening line of a book.
Ha, I think I was the DUFF of my group too. Now I'm just more of a DULL (Dorky, Under-appreciated, Literary, Loser! :) What have you learned about promoting books in your publication journey? What worked well for you? What was a waste?
This is hard. With the book not being out yet, I don't really know what has worked or what hasn't. I will say all of Little Brown's support - like BEA promotion - has DEFINITELY helped. Joining twitter has also given me some promotion, I"d say, as well as partaking in group blogs like YA Highway and the YA Rebels. I can't say anything has been a waste thus far - I think every little bit to connect with readers helps!
The Duff was the talk of BEA. What creative promotion ideas do you have for The Duff?
I mostly plan to keep my Internet presence up, be open and friendly and willing to connect with readers - especially my teen readers. As a teenager myself, I think connecting with teen readers will be my strong suit. And it'll be fun, too!
What is one of your biggest fears? (heights, spiders?)
Thanks girlie! :)
OK now down to business, as you could tell from last week's response - This book is in High Demand! :) So this is a serious contest - not for the weary! :)