Monday, November 7, 2011

The First Official Classy Author Giveaway

Happy Monday morning, everyone! (did you see how I tried to get myself psyched for the week by being all chipper right there? I'll let you know how it worked.)

It's time to finally announce the winner of my giveaway of Lauren Myracle's SHINE. If you didn't hear the story behind this giveaway, please take a moment to hop over to the post and check it out.

There were twelve entries, so your chances were awesome. Here's the number I drew:

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And here's the comment that went with it:
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Congrats, Heidi! I'm so excited for you to read SHINE. Email me your address to I can get a copy to your Kindle or your doorstep, whichever you'd like.

Now, for a REAL post.

I got into an email discussion with some of my critique partners last week about some authors we "know" via their blogs and Twitter presence. Some authors act like normal people and sometimes normal celebrities (I'm allowed to use oxymorons at 5:30 AM!), and then some authors?

 Class. It. Up.

I mean, seriously. Can't you think of at least one or two authors that you admire not only for their mad writing skills, but also because of how utterly and completely CLASSY they are?

Well, I can. And I'm going to practice my one most important author skill right now and kick off a giveaway series that celebrates classy authors.

First up: Beth Revis!

Here's Ms. Revis. She looks up to you. Seriously. She says it on her blog.
(And I got this picture over there, so it's totally not creepy.)
Beth Revis is the New York Times Bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and its sequel A MILLION SUNS, out January.
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*Gasp* That cover gets me every time.

Ms. Revis gets Classy Author status in my book for a couple of huge reasons. First, because of her responsiveness to her fans - both via Twitter and Blog comments. If I tag her in a tweet, she always, always, ALWAYS responds.  She's stopped by this little old blog to comment when I've mentioned her or a topic she's passionate about ("Delighted to Be Devastated," go check out her comment!) She answers questions from regular fans on her Tumblr all the time.

And this brings me to mention her crazy-inspirational support of the writing community. 
On a personal note, when I started querying, I dropped her a line on Tumblr to ask for a one-line pep talk. She wrote me a SPEECH. And this was before I had a Tumblr account, so I was basically just some anonymous freak writing a Book Full of Crazy for all she knew, and she spent fifteen minutes of her busy famous life replying to me.

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Classy. Class-y.

As if stuff like that isn't awesome enough, she also provides inspiration for the writing masses. (And we are. Masses.) This summer's WriteOnCon featured Ms. Revis giving the most inspirational writing speech I've ever heard, in which she showed off all NINE of her "drawer novels" and told us to never, ever give up.

See, even though Ms. Revis is a New York Times Bestselling Author, and she doesn't really need to interact with the handful of random twitter or blog fans, and most certainly has already paid her dues to the writing community...she keeps going anyway. Keeps going with the "thank you"s and support.

 And if that doesn't make her a Classy Author? I don't know what does.

So! To celebrate Ms. Revis and the sheer awesomeness of her books (I devoured both ATU and the ARC of A MILLION SUNS Penguin so kindly sent me - they are beautifully written and completely emotionally captivating - )

 I am giving away a copy of either ACROSS THE UNIVERSE or a pre-order of A MILLION SUNS!!! 

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below. You get an extra entry for following the blog and for tweeting about it - if you tweet, please include this text:

I entered to win a book by @bethrevis in @LeighAnnKopans' Classy Author giveaway!

And let me know if you are a new follower and/or tweeted. Duh.

Even if you don't feel like entering, go tweet at @bethrevis and let her know how classy she is. Obviously, she deserves it.

Good luck everyone! And, as always, THANK YOU for reading!


  1. I LOVE LOVE Beth Revis for all the reasons you mentioned!!! Across the Universe was FANTASTIC and I can't wait for A Million Suns.. so I hope I win.

    I'm tweeting this right now!
    awesome giveaway!

  2. I would LOVE to have a copy of A MILLION SUNS. I'm tweeting this right now, as well. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  3. I first saw Ms. Revis' inspirational video earlier this year at WriteOnCon and I still love it just as much as the first time. Rejection hurts, but the process makes us stronger as writers.

  4. And...I just tweeted about it because everyone should come check out this great giveaway and video :)!/kimberlyFDR/status/133550345661067264

  5. I'm a follower and I loved Across the Universe! It's one of my favorites.

  6. Oh my goodness! Thank you; this is so touching!!

  7. Awesome giveaway! I've had you on my blog-roll for a while, but I don't think I was a follower until now (dumb blogger). Anyhow, I tweeted!

  8. Very cool! :D
    I follow your blog now too, good luck on the book! I'll be rooting for you!

    Grace Radford-Tingley


  9. Thank you for the giveaway! I read Across The Universe and I loved it. That is why I want to read A Million Suns. :)

    I am follower and I tweeted.

  10. I love Beth Revis! She is super-awesome and so very accessible and friendly to her readers. :o)

    I'm a new GFC follower (RivkaBelle)

    and tweeted:!/RivkaBelle/status/133587939409133568


  11. I loved ATU. And I can't wait to read A Million Sons. Beth really is great. I was a total dweeb in front of her, when she signed my copy of ATU. She was nice though and complimented my dress. ;0)
    Thanks for the giveway.

  12. This is one of my favorite books!!

  13. Oooh, I've wanted to read that forever! I hope I'm picked. (I'm an old follower.)

  14. Beth's web presence is really great, she seems like a really cool and nice person. That is why I'm interested in her books! I'd love to win Across the Universe (especially since the title is from a Beatles song and the fact that the book is sci-fi YA). I am a new follower of your blog.

  15. Great classy author choice, and I'm glad you included that inspiring video too. I already have Across the Universe but would LOVE A Million Suns, so thanks for the giveaway! I'm a follower.

  16. Love her! Thanks for the contest!! I tweeted as a current follower.

  17. I just wanted to say this post is awesome, Beth is awesome, you are awesome.

    Don't include me in the giveaway, you spoil me enough :)

  18. I never knew how much I loved her until I read this post. She rocks! I tweeted. I'm a new follower (curse me!), but really, an OLD follower. :)

  19. Thank you so much! I'm a winning newbie--so I just keep telling everyone I know....I WON SOMETHING! I WON SOMETHING!

    And then to top if off--I won something AWESOME!

    You're the best!

  20. How did I miss this yesterday? Awesome post--and Beth seems super cool (and classy). :)

  21. Across the Universe was one of my favorite books this year. Beth is AMAZING - I informally stalk her. xD

  22. Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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