Monday, December 28, 2009


Happy New Year everybody! Yes, I know it’s not yet, but I have a great contest for everyone!

I’ve never been one to make resolutions. For me it’s a surefire way to do the opposite of what I wanted-lol. But this year, I think I’ll make several resolutions.

My first two are to blog more often and to be more generous.

So with those two things in mind I came up with the New Year’s Resolution Contest!

The Rules:

  1. Post in the comments your top TWO resolutions for 2010 for ONE entry.

  2. Be a follower or become one for another entry.

  3. Mention this contest in a post on your blog, or link to it on your sidebar, or both for another entry.

So if you (1) post a comment with your resolutions, (2) are a follower or become one, (3) mention this in a post on your blog AND/OR (4) link to it you can get a whopping FOUR entries!

See, that’s easy.

The Prizes:

A brand new hardcover copy of Suzanne Collin’s Catching Fire!


A $20 Visa Gift Card to buy whatever you want! (I like chocolate and I wear a size 8 1/2 shoe...just in case you were wondering.)

*Contest ends Sunday January 3, 2010 @ 11:59 EST.* I’ll have an impartial person (my mother) draw the name from a hat.

Have fun and I can’t wait to hear some of those resolutions for 2010!


Solvang Sherrie said...

How funny -- I don't usually make resolutions either. But I do have a goal for this year: sign with an agent and get my books in print. Have I jinxed myself by putting it out there?

Tamika: said...

Sounds like fun, I'm in...

1. Write M-F at least a 1000 words.
2. Relish my family with more love than they can hope for.

Cheers to a year of hard work and a lot of love!

Tina Lynn said...

My top resolution is to OWN 2010. This is my year. There are a thousand tiny resolutions to go with that which include becoming a better writer and getting published. Does that count as two?

I'm already a follower and I shall blog about your contest tomorrow.

Susan R. Mills said...

What a fun contest. I just became a follower. My top two resolutions are as follows:
1. Not to set unrealistic resolutions.

2. Do one thing every day just for myself. (Ha! Is that selfish or what?)

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Fun contest! I'm a new follower. Resolutions (besides getting an agent)
1. To compete in the Provincial Swim Meet in March.
2. To polish my second ms. and write a third.

Karen Denise said...

Sherrie, I have that goal too and no, we haven't jinxed ourselves. We have to speak it into exsistance--I think that's how that saying goes.

Tamika, love the 1000 words a day. I was doing that during NaNo but haven't been able to do it since. And love is always the best resolution because it comes so easily!

Tina! You OWN it girl!

Susan, thanks for following! Love your first resolution-lol.
And no, doing one thing just for yourself isn't selfish at all. Good luck with that!

Terrylynn, Thanks for following! The swim meet sounds awesome. Wish I was a strong swimmer. I'll be polishing a ms too. Good luck with the polishing/writing!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I love a good contest!

1. Get our house sold and move into the home of our dreams.

2. See The Naughty Boy Factory have some degree of success (agent maybe?) *crosses fingers and toes*

already a follower
will post and link on my blog
= +4 :)

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, great contest! I'm in...

New Year's Resolutions:
1) Nap less. Work out more!
2) Be more efficient and organized.

I'm already a follower.

MG Higgins said...

Ooh, I'm in. I'll follow as soon as I'm done commenting. Rather than resolutions, I'm going to call them "goals." In 2010 I will:

Sign with an agent.
Complete my YA ms.

Wheee. Bring it on!

Bethany Mattingly said...

My two New Year Resolutions are:
1. Do my absolute best to get an agent and a book deal.
2. Finish book 2 of a series I'm working on.
I'm already following and I'm about to post a link on my blog for you!

Suzette Saxton said...

Fun contest!


1. Write M-F
2. NOT write Sat-Sun.

I'm a new follower. ;)

Lynnette Labelle said...

Great idea for a contest.

My resolutions are to find more writing time and to start my editing/online teaching business.

I'm a new follower. Nice to "meet" you.

Lynnette Labelle

Tere Kirkland said...

Hey, we wear the same size shoe!

I resolve to read more, and I also plan on growing my hair out so that I can donate it by the time summer comes.

I'll link to your contest in my sidebar!

Too Cute To Be Very Interesting said...

1. I won't commit myself to a word count per day, but I do resolve to at least *open* my WIP once every day. This may encourage more progress. :)

2. I will excercise on the elliptical runner at least 4 times per week, and will lose 5 pounds by the end of January.

kanishk said...

I have that goal too and no, we haven't jinxed ourselves. We have to speak it into exsistance--I think that's how that saying goes.

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Shelly Quade said...

Great contest!

I generally abstain from setting goals, as well, as that's the surest way to ensure that I won't accomplish it (case in point: NaNo).

However, my employer wants me to start setting goals, so I guess I should be mature and actually work on what I want, rather than trying a "no pressure" approach that also generally achieves nothing. (You can laugh at me - everyone does. ;))

SO - with that lengthy introduction, my resolutions/goals for 2010 are:

1. Get something published.

2. Lose weight/get healthy.

katie said...

I don't think I have ever had a New Year's resolution. =]

1-Meet some new people.
2-Finally start working out.

I'm a new follower!

Jean said...

My New Year's Resolution would be
1) Get Good grades in school
2) Start losing weight and exercising xD

Follower (+1)
Sidebar posted

Stacie said...

My resolutions are:

1. To meditate more often.
2. To eat healthier.

I am now a follower.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I am not making any resolution this year, but THANKS for following my blog! I have returned the favor :).

jdcoughlin said...

Always on my list...

get organized
get in shape

Never gonna happen, but they're there.

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

Great contest! Here are mine:

Write at least one more novel, if not two.

Do some form of exercise that involves more than lifting a fork to my mouth.

I'm already a follower (+1) and I'll give the contest a mention in tomorrow's blog post (+1)which will be about the rest of my resolutions :) so will fit right in.

Thanks again for the contest. :)

Natalie said...

Okay, here are two of my goals:

Finish (totally finish--edited and revised to perfection) my current WIP by June.

Write 1000 words a day BEFORE I can blog.

Happy New Year!!!

Diana Paz said...

Okay, here are my two (but I don't usually make them either! Ha!):

1) Finish my wip. As in, edited, revised, polished, as brilliant-as-can-be finished.

2) Get an offer from an agent.

Thanks for the chance!


Karen Denise said...

I'm seeing a theme here: Agent, Writing everyday, finish WIP's...they all happen to be my resolutions too.

Keep em coming!

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Tracy said...

I'm a new follower!
My resolutions will be to:
1. Finish no less than 3 of my WIP.
2. Edit and query one of those books.

Guinevere said...

Fun contest idea! I'm getting an error message, but I will be a new follower as soon as I get Blogspot to cooperate. Here are two of my (many) resolutions:

1. Write a new novel in 2010
2. Find an agent for my other novel, Shards

Diana Paz said...

I blogged about your contest today, yay for another entry!

Sharon Mayhew said...

Great goals, Karen. You have a great contest going here and of course I'll post a link to it. :)

New Year's Resolutions: (only two????)
1. revise my business plan
2. stick to my revised plan...
(3. be happy)

Have a wonderful 2010, friend!

Kelly Lyman said...

Great goals and great idea for a contest!

My 2010 Goals:
1. revise my WIP and start the query process by June
2. begin my next story

Good luck to you in this new year!

Amanda The Semi-Published said...

Dang! Now I have to resolve to do something or not to do something. Okay, here goes-
1)I will get back to working out at least once a week.
2)I will keep the house and finances organized.

Phew! There I did it! Now, can I live up to it?

Well, I already follow your blog, so I guess I'll go make a post about the contest. :)

Possum said...

I'm glad I found this entry! But my two resolutions (out of a few) include:
1. Blog daily with an expection of two excuse days a month
2. Read two new books a month

I'm taking it month by month, but I'm sure I'll be able to handle these resolutions.

And I'm about to follow you. =D Plus I think I'll mention this in my blog entry.

Good luck.

Christina Farley said...

Great blog you have and thanks for the shout out to my contest! I love your contest idea. So fun. My new year's resolution? i've been thinking about that alot lately. I suppose to get an agent and finish my two current books.

Falen said...

Fun times! Who doesn't love a good contest?

My top 2 resolutions are to start a blog (Done!) and to finish the WIP.

I'm now a follower (and your blog sounds awesome, btw)

I've posted a link on my blog

And i've added a sidebar link.

For a total of 4 entries!


Diana Paz said...

Just popping in to say hello and check once more to make sure I got all my entries in. *crossing fingers!*

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oops, missed this one. Guess my resolution should be to check out my blog favs a little more frequently (that and my facebook). :D

Good luck with your resolutions!