This post is for Round 1, and the voting period for my books is over. Thank you!
DABWAHA – ROUND 1
Welcome to the DABWAHA Tournament — the one online poll where authors can troll for votes without looking like a total tool, and where trash-talking is encouraged among all participants. Round One runs from Wednesday, March 16th at 12:00 AM (CDT) to Thursday, March 17th at 11:59 PM. Over those two days, there will be four voting sessions — one session every 12 hours. I assume that the voting order will be determined by region, but those ladies at Smart Bitches and Dear Author are so freaking mean, they might order the polls differently just to mess with our heads.
“Here There Be Monsters” and The Iron Duke are in Regions 2 and 3. You can see the full tournament sheet at the DABWAHA site (but this is NOT where you vote).
HOW TO ENTER
When to vote:
UPDATE: According to this schedule, you should be able to vote for “Here There Be Monsters” beginning at Noon until Midnight, Central Time, on Wednesday.
You will be able to vote for The Iron Duke on Thursday, March 17th, from 12 AM – Noon, Central Time.
Unfortunately, we do not know in advance when the voting for each region will take place, and so I can’t give you a specific twelve-hour span in which to head over to the DABWAHA site to vote for the books.
We do know that the first round of voting will take place Wednesday morning, March 16th, from 12 AM to Noon, (Central U.S. Time Zone). The second round will be from Noon to Midnight. The third round will begin on Thursday morning, from 12AM to Noon, and the final round will be Thursday afternoon and evening, from Noon to Midnight.
Last year, I picked a time — 11 AM and 11 PM — when I knew that I’d have access to the computer. Then I just remembered to go to the voting site whenever it was 11 o’clock. Maybe 7 AM & PM are better times for you, or 1 AM & PM. If you visit the DABWAHA site twice a day (morning & afternoon) you’ll probably be able to vote in all of the sessions.
Where to vote:
This one is easier to answer: go to the DABWAHA site.
Where do I enter the contest to win the bribe?
Use the forms at the bottom of this post (but not the comments). After you vote for “Here There Be Monsters” or The Iron Duke, you just have to let me know. I have forms set up for you to enter your name and e-mail address, so that I can contact you if your entry is picked as the winner. Each vote counts as an entry into the contest, so if you vote for both of my stories (filling out both forms at the bottom of this post) your chances of winning are better than if you only vote for one.
If you have trouble using the forms, go ahead and leave me a comment letting me know. Otherwise, let’s save the comments for more trash-talking, crowing, weeping (if my books lose), and general mayhem.
Any entries made before the book’s individual voting period begins will be automatically disqualified. I will keep the forms open for a few hours after the book’s polling period closes, so that you have time to submit your contest entry. Also, we’re operating on the honor system here, and I can’t know if you actually did vote for my stuff — but if you didn’t vote for The Iron Duke or “Here There Be Monsters,” please don’t enter. I have tons of giveaways on this blog; you’ll get another chance.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I enter if I’m outside the United States?
Of course! I’ll ship the bribe anywhere.
Do I need to be a tournament player/have a pick sheet to vote?
Not at all! Anyone can vote, even if you aren’t entered in the tournament. And if you have family, friends, a dog with his own e-mail address (and his own ISP) … have them come and vote, too! If they do, they can also enter my contest (and you can take the winnings from them privately.)
I heard you have a bribe notification service. Is that true?
Yes, it is. You can sign up here or in the blog post down the page. Be aware, though, that I will only send out the notification shortly before each round of voting — I draw the line at spamming you with a newsletter each time the 12-hour voting period begins.
Unfortunately, I only have a limited number of trading cards, and I’m saving up most of the money I’d spend mailing these cards to everyone to have even awesomer bribes further along in the tournament (if I make it that far.) But, you know what, I totally understand. There should be something for everyone … and since a little trash talking is always in order, it’s time to get back at Nalini for her post at Odd Shots on Monday. She might have said something like, “The Iron Duke wears dresses when no one is looking.”
Aside from being patently untrue (he only wears dresses when Mina is looking), my dear friend Nalini shouldn’t be pointing fingers. You see, every once in a while, Berkley publishes their catalogs before the revisions to the books and their covers are finalized … and one day, I happened to see the original cover (and title!) for Bonds of Justice. I learned that before our editor begged Nalini to revise her manuscript, the book had a much, much different flavor, and poor Max wasn’t just obsessed with Sophia.
If you voted for THE IRON DUKE, use this form: