When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.
But that’s not why you’re here, is it? You’re here because you’re one of the many people who entered in the contest for an advance copy of my book. One of the reasons I ran this contest was to increase visibility of Vodnik. Before the contest, if you searched for “Vodnik” at Amazon, my book was the tenth result. Not cool.
It’s the first. Yay for that. 15 people liked it on Amazon, quite a few people emailed me to say they were surprised to hear I had a book coming out (does that mean I’m not spamming my friends enough?), and overall, I feel like the contest was a great success. We had over 60 entries, which for me isn’t that bad. I’m still a small fish when it comes to books and blogs. Not bad for a first giveaway.
As promised, I drew the lucky random number, which happened to be 47, and the winner is . . .
Congratulations, Trevor, I’ll be in touch soon–and well-played, everyone else. If you didn’t win this time, keep an eye out for another contest coming soon–to give away some advance e-copies of the book.
Also, be on the lookout for the first review of Vodnik from one of the major players next week. (Hint–it’s a good one!)