Well, the deadline for the “Loneliness and Revelation” contest was about a week and a half ago. All the contest entries are visible in the photo section of my Facebook “Fan” page.
I have to admit to a little embarrassment here. Yes, I was hoping that the contest would help improve the book’s visibility, and popularity, and also help to get people out of their shells and involved in their communities. But only two people entered the contest so far. The contest doesn’t seem to have worked, really.
So here’s an announcement: since I know a number of people who wanted to enter but haven’t yet because their copy of the book hasn’t arrived yet. So, I have decided to extend the deadline to Saturday, 30th April.
For a while I thought that only two people entered the contest because $100 is not enough incentive, given that the “price” of entry, the purchase of a copy of the book, is around $14 (US). Juniper pointed out to me that one reason people might not have wanted to enter the contest was because they may not have wanted to be photographed in association with a book by a pagan writer (even though the book itself is not really a pagan book). Well, if that’s true, then I suppose I owe just about everybody an apology. It isn’t my purpose to “out” anyone who doesn’t want to be outed.
But yes, I admit the purpose of the contest was also to increase the book’s visibility, popularity, and sales. But it’s not only about the money, for me. Even if the books sold a thousand copies per month, I would not be quitting my day job. It’s about the ideas that make the world go round; it’s about initiating a dialogue about important topics in our friendship circles and communities; it’s about directly addressing the most serious problems in our lives, and figuring out what to do about them. I’d like to help people that way, but to do that I need help too. So, if anyone has suggestions for other ways to promote the books, I’m all ears. 🙂