Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Operation "I Heart Joy Like BR80" Contest

Hello friends. I've had problems with Blogger, so this is a new "contest" post, only condensed. I hope by now, you know who New Medicine and Matt Brady are, but if you don't, they're the reason for this monumental giveaway. Matt Brady is New Medicine's bassist, and an avid supporter of the non-profit, Joy 2 the World, which generates micro-credit loans for the women of Ghana to encourage independence and empowerment (all pics via Matt Brady + J2W)
They're an amazing organization who helps build wells for clean water (as opposed to river water), create pre-k schools with hot meals, give loans to women for small business start-up and awards scholarships to those attending school.
To read Matt Brady's amazing journey in Ghana, click HERE.
To read more about Joy 2 the World, click HERE or HERE

To enter Operation I Heart Joy Like BR80:
1) G is for GIVE: Donate directly to J2TW. The more you give, the more entries you'll receive.
To donate, please click HERE or HERE or HERE or HERE
Total number of entries per dollar: 2 5
2) C is for CREATE: No cash? It's cool. Create your own graphic supporting this cause.
Total number of entries per graphic: 3
3) L is for LISTEN: To support my boys, download one or both of New Medicine's singles "Laid" or "The Takeover" on iTunes. To download, please click HERE.
Total number of entries per download: 10
4) B is for BUY: Buy a limited edition "Team Candyland" or "Team BR80" shirt for $25. Use the "BUY NOW" button to the right of the page.
Total number of entries per shirt ordered: 20

5P is for PROMOTE: Paste the banner on your web page or blog with a link to this page and spread to the good word!
Total number of entries for blogging/pasting/linking: 5

6) W is for WIN: It wouldn't be a contest without prizes! There's two groups, one for writers and one for readers so no one is left out. Also, entering at all is a win/win for you, and the women of Ghana!
For Writers:
-(5) winners will be invited to a private webinar + query, synopsis + 5 page critique with superagent Natalie Fischer
-30 minute phone consultation with superagent Michelle Wolfson
-3 chapter tandem critique by authors Tawna Fenske and Cynthia Reese
-Copy edit of 3 chapters by supereditor/superawesome (formerly of Baker's Mark) Gretchen Stelter
-50 page critique by author Sean Ferrell
-Query letter + 3 chapter critique by author Beth Revis
-Skype session and copy of ebook "From the Query to the Call" by Elana Johnson
-Query, synopsis + 5 page critique by author Carrie Harris
-Critique of manuscript by author Dianne Salerni
-Line edit of first 30 pages (YA) by author Valerie Kemp
-(2) Query critiques by author Rose Cooper
-Ten page critique by author T.H. Mafi
-Query critique + winner interview on blog by author Matthew Rush

For Everyone:
 -Autographed copy of "The Body Finder" + swag bag donated by author Kimberly Derting
-Autographed set of "Lost Dog," "Chasing Smoke," and "Day One" donated by author Bill Cameron
-A copy of highly anticipated "Numb" donated by author Sean Ferrell
-Special pre-order of highly anticipated "Across the Universe" donated by author Beth Revis
-Autographed New Medicine CD, autographed poster donated by Candyland & Photo Finish Records
-ARC of Yvonne Woon's "Dead Beautiful" donated by Candyland
-Pre-order of Kiersten White's highly anticipated "Paranormalcy" donated by Candyland
-"We Hear the Dead" tee donated by author Dianne Salerni
-One of (4) Signed prints + (1) signed original piece of artwork by author Rose Cooper
-One of (3) Amazon gift cards donated by author T.H. Mafi
-Copies of "24 Hours London" + "24 Hours Paris" donated by author Talli Roland

Something extra for those who donate $$$:
The chance to win a special "Candyland says Thank You" prize pack:
-Free Team Candyland or BR80 Tee
-$15 Gift Card to online store of your choice
-16 oz handmade candle in the scent of Buttercream Icing

How entries are counted: Email all proofs of donation, downloads, banner links and graphics to candaceganger@yahoo.com. T-shirt orders will be sent automatically to my inbox. Also, forward any questions, concerns or donation offers to the same email! Enter as many times as you'd like, in as many ways as you'd like. The contest will run through July 31st and winners will be announced Monday, August 2nd.

Team Candyland. OUT.


Unknown said...

What a great opportunity!!! I'm still thinking about what I'm going to give or do! I'll keep you posted for sure!!! :)

Unknown said...

Woohoo! It's epic! Okay, let me see what I can do.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

You already know that I <3 you. Best of luck with this. I love it. I will surely give you a shout-out on my blog!!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I'm so lame, I was going to write a comment asking you what BR80 meant. And then I said it out loud while I was typing it.

Oh ... duh.

Great contest, Candyland! I will plug this on my blog later this week!

LTM said...

awesomeness--you're up! Great prizes, too! :o)

Matthew MacNish said...

YAY! This is so awesome and I'm quite proud to be taking part. I don't have a lot of money to give to things like this even when I KNOW they're worthy, so I really want to thank you Candace for figuring out a way I can donate my time instead. You are the bestest EVAR!!!

Oh and the winner of my crit will also get an awesome post dedicated to their generous philanthropy and the awesomeness of their query (after I have fixed it up proper) on the coolest blog that ever was thrown together clumsily at the very last second.

Matthew MacNish said...

Also I will be commenting twice daily while Jessica's on Ithaca because I would like the honor of taking over as top stalker - er I mean commenter, on Candyland.

Lenny Lee said...

hi miss candace! wow thats a lot of stuff to think about. i like helping. my brothers say be careful on giving to things but i know i could trust you so im gonna send you some money from my allowance.
...hugs from lenny

Vicki Rocho said...

You have redefined EPIC. I'm blown away by the prizes, by the cause, by the generosity of others oozing off the page.


Unknown said...

Just posted about it! And I added a bit of a prize in my own post to sweeten the deal for my readers...

Dawn Ius said...

You continue to amaze me Candy. I'll definitely post this to my blog and twitter. And of course, will donate to a cause so dear to you. xo


Good for you raising money for such a terrific cause! Can't wait to see who gets which prizes? How will that part work?


Tahereh said...


The Urban Cowboy said...

Awesome of you, I will definitely put up a little link love later.

Carolyn V. said...

SWEET! You rock! =)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I echo what Vicki said - epic has reached a new height. You are awesome Candace, and I totally <3 you! :-)

J.A. Souders said...

What an awesome thing to do. I will def pass the word on this and see what I can do to provide motivation on this for my readers.

Olivia J. Herrell, writing as O.J. Barré said...

Wow! Great cause and great prizes, I'll be back!

~that rebel, Olivia


Ooh, I like the new prize format much better. Though I'm admittedly a writer, I'm already dialed in w/ critique partners, an amazing agent, and a wonderful editor. I'm much more interested in winning books & goodies like that, so thanks!


angelatarantula said...

one word: amazing! gosh i really can't describe how awesome this whole thing is. Thanks so much for introducing me to this cause!

Angela Z

Jackee said...

This sounds so amazing! I'll see what I can do...

Martina Boone said...

Just tweeted this and will include it in our Friday round-up. This is an amazing cause, and a wonderful opportunity for writers! You rock for putting this together!



Katrina L. Lantz said...

What a great idea! Here's something more contests for writers should be doing--giving to charity!

I emailed my entries.

Cara said...

This is such an awesome contest! Definitely posting a link on my blog. (:

Jessica Bell said...

Okay, okay, I bought a shirt. I couldn't resist. I'm in. :o)

Jessica Bell said...

I've also got you pasted/linked at the top of my blog posts. You're infectious! INFECTIOUS! ;o)

JE said...

Okay, I've got the banner on my blog, but I'm having linkage trouble (tech support is not my thing). I've pasted the website address underneath it, so I hope that helps!


Jaimie Teekell said...

I emailed you my donation proof! Thank you! Looking forward to the results.

Lindsay said...

Whoo, I just bought a t-shirt. :)

suzanne said...

Hi Candace,

I just emailed you a receipt for a donation and I put a link to the contest on my blog:

I think it is a great cause that you are supporting. Microcredit makes such a difference in the lives of women.

Good job Brady.


Linda G. said...

I just reactivated my old iTunes account,and downloaded & listened to both "Laid" and "The Takeover." What a great band! The salty language in "The Takeover" will give even me, with my notoriously potty mouth, a run for my money. ;)

I already have a wonderful agent and great crit partners, but I love the other prizes you have listed!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I just ordered my Team Candyland shirt, Candace! Count me in. Sorry I'm so late to the party. :-)

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Lydia Kang said...

I'm so psyched! Thank you!!!

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Okay, I've got the banner on my blog, but I'm having linkage trouble (tech support is not my thing). I've pasted the website address underneath it, so I hope that helps! ~JD