Monday, August 17, 2015

What #RealmsFaire Can Do For You!

Anxious and insecure about marketing?

Mary Pax wants to help you get your name and books out in front of an audience. It's free, easy, and fun.

Get the following:

  1. You featured, including a nod to your books with links, on my blog prior to the 4th annual joust (November 9-13).
  2. You get a cool badge like the one I made for myself below.
  3. You will be featured for a whole week on this blog during the week of Nov. 9th.
  4. During the week of Nov. 9th a brief story/excerpt and you will be highlighted on one day.
  5. You'll be listed with a link to your site on the Realms Faire page on this website for one year.

If you win, you'll get the added benefits of:

  1. A free ad in the slider at the top of my blog for one year. You can see the 2014 champion featured currently.
  2. A championship badge and bragging rights.
  3. A custom printed Tumbler advertising you and your win (SEE Tumbler)

So what does becoming a knight and jousting entail? It's quite simple:

  1. Spots are limited reserve your slot today! Click HERE and check off 'joining 4th annual joust as a knight. Huzzah!' or email me / mpaxuathor@gmail.com
  2. When you get an email from me, send me the name you'll joust under and 3-5 book covers. I'll send you the nifty badge and 3 magic words. The magic words are how you'll score points during the joust.
  3. Send me 2 excerpts, or 2 stories of your knightly feats, or one excerpt and one story of your feats.
  4. Send your friends and followers to this blog Nov. 9-13th and tell them to leave comments using your magic words. You're allowed to post exactly what they copy and paste. You're allowed to bribe. Prizes will be awarded to commenters daily on this site.
  5. Have a load of fun while getting in some marketing. You'll be having such a blast, you won't notice you're working.
mpaxbadge example 

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Beware the Vortex
Evil is afoot. Chronos has accidentally created a vortex while cleaning his hourglass, plunging a few unfortunate souls into Lucien’s Bar, gateway to the Underworld. Now they are trapped. Lucien wants to keep them but will give each hapless victim one chance to earn their freedom. His condition? Enter a contest of skills with an Immortal opponent of his/her choosing.

Do you think you can survive a swordfight with War? How about wend your way through a carnivorous garden to get to Gaia’s treehouse? Or weave a portion of the Great Tapestry of Life while avoiding Atropos’ giant pair of life-ending scissors? Perhaps you’re brave enough to challenge Death to a peanut-eating contest? Or whip up a batch of punch with Jezebel, the Master Poisoner? Do you have what it takes to win your way out of Lucien’s grasp?

Your mission: on the day you appear in the contest, you will post on your own blog, or gather together your Facebook and/or Twitter friends and provide a link to this blog, pleading (begging works too) with your loyal supporters to come to your aid at http://riverfairchild.blogspot.com/ , and cheer you on to victory. Their comments will decide your fate. River will provide you with a few magic words to bolster the power of your minions. Plead well, for you will need their strength to endure. Others might seek to cast their votes with the Immortals.

Rewards? Yes! Besides winning your freedom (hopefully), each volunteer (that would be you) who is locked in the struggle will receive an Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. In addition, a few lucky commenters will be picked at random to receive a gift card at the end of the Faire. Four brave people have signed up so far. River needs one more to fill the week.



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Diane Wolfe is hosting the Unicorn Hunt!

You are charged with tracking down the unicorns!

Every day, a new blogger will host a photo. You will have to find the unicorns in the image, much like the famous “Where’s Waldo?” Leave a comment stating how many unicorns you find in that image. The most correct guesses wins.

Grand prize:
Ebooks: Hot Pink in the City by Medeia Sharif, 30 Seconds by Chrys Fey, One Good Catch by Heather M. Gardner, A Lizard’s Tail by Bish Denham, and The Circle of Friends Series by L. Diane Wolfe
Plus: a $20.00 Amazon or ITunes gift card

Five images - many unicorns - only one winner!


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House Waibel is hosting the Stockade Brigade. Warrants of arrest have been issued for select authors accusing them of witchery and wizardry. The pillory has been erected and the trial dates set.

Good people of Realmsdom, I call upon you to bear witness to these trials and offer your testimony for or against the author's crimes.

Points will be awarded for wordsmithing a comment in your best Olde English afore 8 of the clock in the Eastern time on the following scale:

5-Ye speak as one from the days of Queen Bess.
4-Ye could pass muster as a Ren Faire cast member
3-Ye could pass as a Ren Faire attendee
2-Ye wouldn't be foolin' yer mother
1-Ye stand out like the sun in a cloudless sky

An e-book will be given every day to the witness who scores the most points. Fear not, your daily score will be accumulated and the person with the highest score shall receive a special prize at the end of the week. So, brush off your Olde English and prepare to testify.


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Hero's beware! Here at the House of Hero's Dilemma, a new cliff-hanging adventure will dangle new heroes above the depths of destiny or despair. In 100 words or less, a hero will face a danger in story form.

Each day, the people of Realsmdom will decide the fate of these heroes in three sentences or less. If fateful endings are giving answer in poetic form, an extra entry for prizes will be awarded.

Daily e-book prizes will be awarded via random name-pulling from the entries. Everyone is invited to participate.

People of Realmsom, you have the power of storytelling might to decide the fate of the would-be heroes. Will they die in glory or shame, live in victory or defeat? It is up to you.

And, after you have decided the fate of the Hero's Dilemma, try your hand at the other Realms Faire Events for more fun and prizes!
 
 

17 comments:

  1. Realms Faire sounds like a really fun marketing opportunity. Best of luck to everyone planning to take part in it!

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  2. I just passed this along to a friend who I think would have fun with this. She's in the middle of a big move right now, but we'll see!

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  3. What a great opportunity. Good luck to everyone!

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  4. Sounds like lots of fun and excitement is in the works!

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  5. Thanks for stopping by, everyone! Realms Faire is going to be huge this year. :)

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  6. Wow, that is a LOT of cool stuff. Plus, you know, marketing, which a writer can never have enough of. Very excited to see this take place.

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  7. Wow, that is a LOT of cool stuff. Plus, you know, marketing, which a writer can never have enough of. Very excited to see this take place.

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  8. Thanks for the info and best of luck!

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  9. The Unicorn Hunt sounds like a lot of fun! I'm really happy to be helping with that and offering a prize. :)

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  10. Sounds like fun. I can't participate because I'll be on the run, but I'm cheering for you all.

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  11. You guys are a clever bunch! Have fun and I'll be there to see what happens.

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  12. Signed up and almost ready for the Joust, looking forward to the fun!

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  13. I love this time of year!

    I was pretty absent in 2014, so I'm looking forward to participating/voting in the jousts this year.

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  14. I love Realms Faire. You've reminded me I need to do my own Realms Faire shout-out. Adding it to my list of blog posts.

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  15. I'm so excited to be part of the Faire this year!

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