There was no rhyme or reason to how I picked the winner of the ARC for The Clockwork Prince. Thank you my new followers!
When I started writing a few years ago, I thought finishing the book would be the hard part. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Though I have to say joining a critique group and learning how to be a better writer is definitely one of the best things to come from the post-writing part of this...if that makes any sense at all.
My critique partner labeled herself a query-whore...I think this process turns all of us into one of those. You spread yourself around indiscriminately, just hoping someone will love your story as much as you do. As of this moment, I'm a committed writer--waiting on the one agent who I agreed to give an extra two weeks to. Then, I'm back out there throwing myself to anyone who might want me. And the best part is, the rejections haven't bothered me...yet. Maybe it's because the few positive responses I've received push me up so high that the negatives can't bring me back down.
So, Jamie, congratulations! Let me know what you think of The Clockwork Prince. E-mail me your mailing address to heather(dot)rebel(dot)books(at)gmail(dot)com and I'll get it out to you as soon as I can.
Anna Banks (major name drop here ;) is my critique partner and she has given me an ARC to her book Of Poseidon which comes out in May from Feiwel and Friends. In a couple months--probably around February/March--I'll do a similar contest for her ARC. Right now, I know she's doing a give away on goodreads.
In the mean time, stay posted and I'll be more faithful on reviewing the books I devour and keeping you informed on my journey to getting published.