Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Thomas Nelson - $10,000 Contest Giveaway


From Thomas Nelson:

One of the highlights of our days in the Fiction department at Thomas Nelson? Receiving reader letters—either directly addressed to us or passed along from our talented authors. It’s critical to be reminded that at the end of our long days acquiring, editing, designing, selling, marketing, and publicizing books, those stories are reaching readers, striking nerves, changing lives. We want readers’ feedback. How stories have given you hope. Which authors’ series you can’t help from sharing with everyone you meet. We want to know what makes you stay up late in the night to finish a story, and conversely what turns you away.

We’re conducting a series of surveys—seeking answers from readers who love Christian fiction. Up for grabs is a free ebook for every respondent who completes the survery, as well as a $10,000 prize for one entrant. The responses we gather will help shape the future of the books we publish for years to come. As well as the data we’re collecting here, we’ll also seek more in-depth feedback from a panel we’ll develop over the next year. More details to come. The note below from one of authors gives a specific picture of how reader feedback shapes her work. In short, your opinion matters! We thank you for your time and appreciate your responding.

--Thomas Nelson Fiction

Dear Friends--
Your opinion matters. It really does. I love hearing from readers about what worked for them in a story and about what doesn’t work. Reader feedback changed the balance between romance and suspense in my novels. After the Rock Harbor trilogy, I wanted to write more suspense in my novels because that’s what I personally like. But readers really wanted more relationship and romance in the books so I moved back that direction to about the same mix of 50/50 that the Rock Harbor novels contained. I write for you even more than for myself.

I had no intention of setting a whole series of books at Bluebird, Texas. It was going to be only one book, but readers sent me requests in droves for more books. The fourth book in the Lonestar series, Lonestar Angel, will be out in October. The Rock Harbor novels were going to be complete at three. There are now five and I’m thinking about another one! All due to reader demand.

I’ve often asked for reader input on names and locations too. When I was struggling for a name for my hero in The Lightkeeper’s Ball, I turned to my readers. Harrison really fit my character, and my readers told me. Love that! When I was trying to decide on a location for the new Hope Beach series I’ve started, I asked readers. Their overwhelming response was for a series set in the Outer Banks so guess what I’m writing?!

That’s why we’re coming to you for answers. We want to give you what you really want! Don’t be afraid to let us know what you really think. We value your honesty and the time it will take to share with us. Looking forward to hearing what you have to say!

Your friend,
Colleen Coble





44 comments:

Ausjenny said...

Posted.

Jennifer AlLee said...

It's up on my blog: http://jenniferallee.blogspot.com/

Andi said...

Posted

CWAHM said...

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Pam at Daysong Reflections said...

Mine is posted. http://www.daysongreflections.com//?p=8968

CarlybirdK said...

Posted:
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Janet Ruth said...

Posted at http://a-long-the-way.blogspot.com/2011/08/thomas-nelson-10000-giveaway.html

April Erwin said...

posted at projectingA.blogspot.com

Jenny said...

Posted on my blog.

ppreacherswife said...

Posted!

Deena said...

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Mark said...

posted!

Becky Perry said...

I posted as well: http://beckyperry.us/?p=2100

Hisart777 said...

Posted!

Nora said...

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Heidi said...

Mine is posted. :)

splashesofjoy said...

Posted
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Loren said...

It's up :)

Peggy Blann Phifer said...

It will be up in the morning (Friday) at Whispers in Purple

Pattie said...

Posted :)
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LuLu said...

It's posted on my blog!

http://knitsandreads.blogspot.com/2011/08/chance-to-win-10000.html

~Lauri M

Jendi said...

Mine will go live on Sat the 20th at http://jendisjournal.com/2011/08/20/giveaway-from-thomas-nelson/

Jim Thompson said...

Posted at The Well-Dressed Branch.

Carol E. Keen said...

http://carolkeen.blogspot.com/2011/08/thomas-nelson-survey-to-win-10000-part.html

There is my post Bonnie! :)
This is fun, thank you!
Carol :)

Kay Walsh said...

This is fun and brings more people to my site. Thanks!

I'm posted.

Jennifer Bogart said...

I posted :).

stampedwithgrace said...

posted :)

Mocha with Linda said...

Mine is set to post Friday evening.

Adam Blumer said...

Posted. http://adamblumer.blogspot.com/2011/08/thomas-nelson-10000-contest-giveaway.html

Jason said...

My post is going to hit on Sunday.

Casey said...

Posted!

http://enjoyingthewritingcraft.blogspot.com/2011/08/blog-award-and-special-message-from.html

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Got it up this morning at A Fiction-Filled Life.

Julie J. said...

Mine is posted! Check out My Own Little Corner of the World!

IE Mommy said...

So excited to have won the first gift card.
Thank you BONNIE!!

I know I'm not eligible to win twice I really thing the TN contest is great...so here's my post:
http://www.theiemommy.com/2011/08/20/win-10-000-from-thomas-nelson/

Andrea said...

Posted: http://jonathanandandrea.blogspot.com/2011/08/thomas-nelson-chance-to-win.html

Charity said...

I posted mine here.

http://giveawaygal.blogspot.com/2011/08/thomas-nelson-giveaway.html

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MJ @ Creative Madness Mama said...

http://creativemadnessmama.com/blog/2011/08/20/thomas-nelson-10000-contest-giveaway/

1 week 2 days old!!

Molly said...

Posted! http://www.reviewsbymolly.com/2011/08/lookie-another-chance-to-win-10000.html

apple blossom said...

it is posted

http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/2011/08/win-by-taking-survey.html

jsparrow747 said...

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Jill said...

Posted at Artistic Blogger.

Margie Vawter said...

Posted today.

Jasmine said...

Posted!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Posted!