Want to win a prize? I’m celebrating the release of The Man Who Saved Two Notch on Kindle!

Click the image to buy my latest book!

My agent gave me his ok to release The Man Who Saved Two Notch on Kindle.  This is a common tactic by authors of almost every ilk these days.  Release the book on Kindle, generate some buzz and hopefully get picked up by a big publishing house.  To date, I haven’t created enough buzz to warrant more than careful consideration from the Big Six (although with the addition of Amazon to the publishing mix, some people have started calling it the Big Seven.).

So, I want to do my part to generate bigger buzz (Can buzz be bigger?).  In the past, I’ve done drawings in which I gave away a Kindle.  I’m going to do another drawing.  My plan was to switch it up and give away an iPad 2, but Apple forbids anyone from giving away iPads or iPhones without getting their lawyers involved. They can bite me.  So, I’m going to ask for your input on the prize this time.  Vote in my poll and pick the prize for the drawing!  Oh, and if you’re a Kindle-ite, click on the image of the cover to buy the Kindle version of The Man Who Saved Two Notch.

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Spread the Word Kindle Contest (Video)

Okay, I’m giving away another Kindle. (Yeah, I know I just quit my job. Shh! Don’t tell my wife.) This time it is strictly a word of mouth contest. The more mouths you recruit, the more chances you have to win. I won’t be doing a drawing this time unless there is a tie. The person who scores the most Spread the Word points wins the Kindle.

Two, Three, and Three

  • This content involves two of my books: The Takers and Lost Days.
  • There are three ways to spread the word about these books: Email, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • There are three places where you can access the ways to spread the word: Amazon, YouTube, and this blog post.

Amazon
On every Book page on Amazon, there are “Share Buttons.” Here’s an example:

Close up view:

  • You score one point each time you use any of the buttons to spread the word about The Takers or Lost Days.

Spreading the Word with Email
The email icon will open a window where you can enter the email address of a friend or family member. Also include this email address: kindlecontest@rwridley.com. Next, be sure that your personal message includes this text:

I highly recommend this book! Please help spread the word!

***Important – Be sure to include the following email address each time you use the “Email Share Button:” kindlecontest@rwridley.com. This is so I can track your points.

Spreading the Word on Facebook
The Facebook button will open a window so you can post to your profile. In your post, be sure to include this text:

I highly recommend this book! Please help spread the word! @Lost Days

***Important – Be sure to include @Lost Days in the post. This will allow me to track your posts. If you’re not a member of the Lost Days group you can join here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Lost-Days/184298540080

Spreading the Word with Twitter
The Twitter button will open Twitter. There will be a short, pre-written message with a link to Amazon. You will have room to type a short message. Please include the following message in your tweet:

Read this book by @RWRidley!

***Important – Be sure to include @RWRidley in your tweets. This will allow me to track your tweets.

YouTube
There are “Share Buttons” on YouTube. Here’s an example:

Close up view:

  • You score one point each time you use either of the buttons to spread the word about The Takers video or Lost Days video.

Spreading the Word on Facebook
The Facebook button will open a window so you can post to your profile. Be sure to include the following text in the email:

Watch this video! Read the book! Please help spread the word! @Lost Days

***Important – Be sure to include @Lost Days in the post. This will allow me to track your posts. If you’re not a member of the Lost Days group you can join here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Lost-Days/184298540080

Spreading the Word with Twitter
The Twitter button will open Twitter. There will be a short, pre-written message with a link to YouTube. You will have room to type a short message. Please include the following message in your tweet:

Read the book by @RWRidley!

***Important – Be sure to include @RWRidley in your Tweets. This will allow me to track your Tweets.

This Blog Post
At the bottom of this post you will see “Share Buttons.”

I’ve circled the Facebook and Twitter buttons.

  • You score one point each time you use either of the buttons to spread the word about this contest.

Spreading the Word on Facebook
The Facebook button will open up a window so you can post to your profile. Be sure to include the following text:

Find out how to win a Kindle, and find out about a great book! @LostDays

***Important – Be sure to include @Lost Days in the post. This will allow me to track your posts. If you’re not a member of the Lost Days group you can join here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Lost-Days/184298540080

Spreading the Word with Twitter
The Twitter button will open up Twitter. There will be a short, pre-written message with a link to this post. You will have room to type a short message. Please include the following message in your tweet:

Win a Kindle! @RWRidley

***Important – Be sure to include @RWRidley in your Tweets. This will allow me to track your Tweets.

Above and Beyond Points
This a little subjective, but if you do anything that is above and beyond just simply spreading the word to family and friends you can win more points. Examples of above and beyond actions:

  • Posting a fan video on YouTube
  • Creating a Facebook fan page and inviting all your friends to join
  • Getting your local book club to contact me
  • Telling Steven Spielberg the book would make a great movie
  • Some other great idea that only you can think of

To Be Clear
You can earn points for spreading the word about The Takers, Lost Days, or both. You can spread the word about the paperback editions or the Kindle editions. Here are the links:

The Takers

Lost Days

Important Dates
The contest ends on April 8. I’ll announce the winner on April 11.

Free PDFs of Books in Free Kindle Contest

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Free PDFs of Books in Free Kindle Contest

The Takers by R.W. Ridley

Lost Days by R.W. Ridley

Forgot to provide the links to the free PDFs of the books in the Spread the Word Kindle contest.  Click on the images to download PDF.  They are also available for purchase here:

The Takers

Lost Days

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Spread the Word Kindle Contest

Okay, I’m giving away another Kindle.  (Yeah, I know I just quit my job. Shh! Don’t tell my wife.)  This time it is strictly a word of mouth contest.  The more mouths you recruit, the more chances you have to win. I won’t be doing a drawing this time unless there is a tie.  The person who scores the most Spread the Word points wins the Kindle.

Two, Three, and Three

  • This content involves two of my books: The Takers and Lost Days.
  • There are three ways to spread the word about these books:  Email, Facebook,  and Twitter.
  • There are three places where you can access the ways to spread the word: Amazon, YouTube, and this blog post.

Amazon
On every Book page on Amazon, there are “Share Buttons.”  Here’s an example:

Close up view:

  • You score one point each time you use any of the buttons  to spread the word about The Takers or Lost Days.

Spreading the Word with Email
The email icon will open a window where you can enter the email address of a friend or family member.  Also include this email address: kindlecontest@rwridley.com. Next, be sure that your personal message includes this text:

I highly recommend this book!  Please help spread the word!

***Important – Be sure to include the following email address each time you use the “Email Share Button:” kindlecontest@rwridley.com.  This is so I can track your points.

Spreading the Word on Facebook
The Facebook button will open a window so you can post to your profile.  In your post, be sure to include this text:

I highly recommend this book!  Please help spread the word! @Lost Days

***Important – Be sure to include @Lost Days in the post.  This will allow me to track your posts.  If you’re not a member of the Lost Days group you can join here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Lost-Days/184298540080

Spreading the Word with Twitter
The Twitter button will open Twitter. There will be a short, pre-written message with a link to Amazon.  You will have room to type a short message.  Please include the following message in your tweet:

Read this book by @RWRidley!

***Important – Be sure to include @RWRidley in your tweets. This will allow me to track your tweets.

YouTube
There are “Share Buttons” on YouTube. Here’s an example:

Close up view:

  • You score one point each time you use either of the buttons to spread the word about The Takers video or Lost Days video.

Spreading the Word on Facebook
The Facebook button will open a window so you can post to your profile.  Be sure to include the following text in the email:

Watch this video!  Read the book! Please help spread the word! @Lost Days

***Important – Be sure to include @Lost Days in the post.  This will allow me to track your posts.  If you’re not a member of the Lost Days group you can join here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Lost-Days/184298540080

Spreading the Word with Twitter
The Twitter button will open Twitter. There will be a short, pre-written message with a link to YouTube.  You will have room to type a short message.  Please include the following message in your tweet:

Read the book by @RWRidley!

***Important – Be sure to include @RWRidley in your Tweets. This will allow me to track your Tweets.

This Blog Post
At the bottom of this post you will see “Share Buttons.”

I’ve circled the Facebook and Twitter buttons.

  • You score one point each time you use either of the buttons to spread the word about this contest.

Spreading the Word on Facebook
The Facebook button will open up a window so you can post to your profile.  Be sure to include the following text:

Find out how to win a Kindle, and find out about a great book! @LostDays

***Important – Be sure to include @Lost Days in the post.  This will allow me to track your posts.  If you’re not a member of the Lost Days group you can join here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Lost-Days/184298540080

Spreading the Word with Twitter
The Twitter button will open up Twitter. There will be a short, pre-written message with a link to this post.  You will have room to type a short message.  Please include the following message in your tweet:

Win a Kindle! @RWRidley

***Important – Be sure to include @RWRidley in your Tweets. This will allow me to track your Tweets.

Above and Beyond Points
This a little subjective, but if you do anything that is above and beyond just simply spreading the word to family and friends you can win more points. Examples of above and beyond actions:

  • Posting a fan video on YouTube
  • Creating a Facebook fan page and inviting all your friends to join
  • Getting your local book club to contact me
  • Telling Steven Spielberg the book would make a great movie
  • Some other great idea that only you can think of

To Be Clear
You can earn points for spreading the word about The Takers, Lost Days, or both.  You can spread the word about the paperback editions or the Kindle editions.  Here are the links:

The Takers

Lost Days

Important Dates
The contest ends on April 8.  I’ll announce the winner on April 11.

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Author to Give Away Free Laptop – Skull-boy byline

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Dateline Chucktown:  R.W. Ridley is  giving away a free laptop to promote the release of his new book, Lost Days!  Watch the video below and then join the Lost Days Facebook group!

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And the winner of the Kindle2 is….

The entries have been counted, sorted, filed, and dumped into a space age tumbling machine to mix them up all professional like, and we have a winner. To find out who the lucky so and so is all you have to do is watch the video below. Thanks to everyone who participated. We had close to 1100 views for the video on Youtube, and that’s pretty darn good when you consider that the only places I pimped the contest was here, Twitter, Facebook, and once on Scalzi’s site. Yay, web 2.0!

BTW – I will be using the paper again, so for those of you who are concerned that a truckload of trees gave their lives for a silly little contest, rest easy because they actually gave their lives for silly little first (and second and third) drafts of my books.

Panic time! Entry deadline to win a Kindle 2 is Tomorrow!

UPDATE:  No longer accepting entries!  Winner will be announced on March 30.

The deadline to enter to win the Kindle 2 is March 22. That’s tomorrow, people! Hurry! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, Hurry! To get totally technical, you actually have until 11:59 pm on March 22.

Here are the details on the contest:

Qualifying Question: What species of nonhuman primate appears in the video? What video? See the links below.

Important Links:

The video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3rL6tHwmx4&feature=channel_page

The book: PDF – https://rwridley.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/the-takers-by-rw-ridley.pdf

The book: Paperback – http://www.amazon.com/Takers-Oz-Chronicles-Book/dp/1419609580/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1233599288&sr=1-1

The official Kindle Contest email address is kindlecontest@rwridley.com.

To Qualify – Identify the type of primate in the video (chimpanzee, gorilla or orangutan). If you respond with the correct answer, you will be entered into the drawing. Please send me an email with the subject line “I know the primate.” If this is not the subject line, your answer will not be accepted. In addition, if you earned spread the word bonuses for the last competition and you provide the correct answer to the qualifying question, the spread the word bonuses will rollover to this drawing.

Names – You must provide your first and last name. If you did not enter the last Kindle Drawing please let me know in the email.

How to earn 10 bonus entries – Tell me the name of the character in the book that the primate in the video represents.

How to earn 5 bonus entries – Enter “Never say their name!” in the comment section of the Youtube page (not my blog). Put your first and last initial in comment section to identify yourself. Here’s an example of how it would look if I left a comment: “Never say their name! – RR”. Be sure to let me know in the email that you have entered the comment on Youtube so I can track your bonus points. In addition, make sure I know your initials.

Spread the word bonuses – for each person that sends me an email telling me you told them about the contest, you get a bonus entry. As was done for the last drawing, the people you are telling about the competition should have the subject line “Loop me in on the Kindle Contest” on their emails.

Kindles? – If the video receives 5,000 views, I will be giving away a second Kindle for this drawing. In this case, if you win the first one, you will not be eligible to win the second one.

How to be disqualified – if you give the answer to the qualifying question in any public forum, blog, message board, website and/ or email, I will disqualify you from the competition. How will I know? Trust me, I’ll know. I have found that the entrants themselves have been a great source of information.

Dates – Entries will be accepted until March 15 22. The actually drawing will be on March 30.