Help Me Out Giveaway!

It’s giveaway time again! This time everyone who signs up will get something (my newsletter), and one lucky person will win a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble as well as his or her choice of one of two devotional books — Grace for the Moment (Volume 1) by Max Lucado or Daily Devotions for Writers (I’m a contributor to this one!). The thing that makes this giveaway different is that you will be helping me by signing up. Keep reading to figure that one out! :)

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is sign up to receive my free newsletter (sign-up is above my picture to the right). The deadline for the giveaway is noon CST on Oct. 1st. If you’d like to receive the newsletter at more than one email address, you may do that, but you will be entered only one time in the contest.

The newsletter is a brand new venture for me. For my writing, I’ve recently adopted the tagline of “Refreshing Spirits, Nourishing Souls”, and the newsletter will follow that theme as well as give me an avenue to share any publishing news I may have. I hope to send it out every two to three months — that is, with the help of my techie son-in-law! Shawn is the one who did the sign-up for me, in fact. (Thanks, Shawn!) I’m learning computer “stuff” slowly but surely, but I still need Kristin and Shawn’s help on the extras.

I need your help, too. In the publishing world now, agents and editors want to know what the author can do to help market his book. They want to know what avenues the author has to connect with readers (through speaking engagements, email newsletters, etc.). The term for this in publishing circles is “platform”. So… in order for my book ideas to be seriously considered by those in the publishing industry, I need to work on building my platform. By signing up for my newsletter, you will be helping me do just that. You will be helping me show agents and editors how I can connect with readers.

So who is ready to help me out?! I hope you all are :) You can help even more by sharing the news about the giveaway and giving the link to my blog to everyone you know. The more that sign up, the better — for me anyway! :) Thanks to everyone! I appreciate you all!!

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3

*Flickr photo by futureshape


  1. Hi Cheryl,
    I too believe that platform is hugely important in the publishing world. I’ll be happy to link to your giveaway and sign up for your newsletter.

  2. Done. If I can ever figure out how to do this myself, I will.


  3. Good afternoon Cheryl,

    thanks for the info. We are having fun and learning new things. may the Lord bless your adventure.

  4. Audra, Elaine, & Kat, thanks so much for your help! Elaine, the only way I’m getting this accomplished is with the help of my son-in-law. I am one lucky mother-in-law :)

  5. Hi Cheryl, I found you through a comment you left on Elaine’s site. I’m signing up! Hope that it helps! Plus I’d love to win the giveaway! :)

  6. Congrats on your new venture. Sign me up for your newsletter and the contest. You know how I love to win things!

    Keep writing!

    P.S. I hope your toe is better.

  7. Heidi, welcome to my blog — so glad you came over! Thanks for signing up. And yes, it does help!

    Kelli, wouldn’t it be something if you won another one of my giveaways? :) And yes, my toes are better — if only sandal weather will hold out. I’m still not crazy about the prospect of wearing enclosed shoes :)

  8. I’m visiting from Audra’s blog. I’m all signed up. Glad to help out a fellow writer!

  9. Hi Cheryl. I signed up for your newsletter. I can’t wait for the first edition. I hope it helps. You deserve to have your writings published!

  10. I am happy to enter your giveaway and will post it on my blog this week. May this bless your writing adventures abundantly!

  11. Cheryl,
    I subscribed to your newsletter but it said the form had expired. Did you get the subscription? Somehow I have doubts.

  12. Mari, thanks so much for coming over to help me out! Drop in anytime! :)

    Lisa, thanks for your encouragement and friendship — it means so much to me. It will probably be late October or November before the first newsletter comes out. I’ll need Shawn’s help again :)

    Nancy, so good to hear from you! I checked and your subscription did come through. Not sure what’s up with that message you got. Thanks for letting me know about it. Blessings to you this week!

  13. Nancy, I forgot to say “thanks” for the offer to post about my giveaway on your blog this week! Thanks so much — that will be a big help. Appreciate you!

  14. Hi Cheryl! Just want to say you’re sooooo right–editors and agents want to know you have a platform. So, way to go! I hope you knock their socks off!
    Hope to “see” you again next week. ;-)

  15. All signed up! Hope this helps – I’ll have to follow in your footsteps on down the road. :o)

  16. Vonda, so glad you visited my blog — thanks for the encouragment!

    Melinda, thanks for your help! I’ll be happy to return the favor one day when you start a newsletter!

  17. I’m here from Nancy’s blog and Yes I would love to sign up for your newsletter and giveaway.


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