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Book Bomb Contest Results

You people amaze me. I feel honored to be associated with you. The online community has great power to do good, and yesterday you did a lot of good for Rob Wells. He posted last night on Facebook that he felt a little like George Bailey, and I can see why.

I checked Variant's Amazon ranking on Wednesday night before I posted my contest post. It was listed at #7,643--which is not bad for a debut national hardcover. Last night, when I went to bed--just a little over 24 hours later--Variant was at #56.

#56!!!!! That is more than a 10,000% increase! Rob Wells surged up the Teen sub-lists as well, ending up well into the Top Ten company of Suzanne Collins, Christopher Paolini, and Stephenie Meyer. Finally, Variant ended the night at #1 on Amazon's "Movers and Shakers" list.

Any book that breaks into Amazon's Top 100 gets noticed and has great potential to gain sales momentum, so your purchases have helped in more than one way. HUGE thanks to all of you for every hardcover purchased, every Kindle edition downloaded, every post and tweet and plurk. You made a difference.

Counting up the contest numbers this morning, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for your generosity. Some of you chose to email me your report, feeling shy about posting in public. That's fine; if you did that, I happily included your entries. Altogether, I counted almost 200 entries, which floors me. When I came up with the contest idea on Wednesday evening, I didn't know whether anyone would enter. I wondered whether the $50 I would put toward the grand prize would be better spent on just buying four more copies of the book.

Um, no. Participants in this contest bought a whopping 104 copies of Variant--and those are just the folks who reported to me. I know that your spreading the word generated many, many more sales. Thank you. I am near tears as I type this. Thank you.

Now, to announce the winners! I used the random number generator at RANDOM.org and came up with the following results:

The Grand Prize winner of a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate is Karen Merrell!

The Runner-up Prize winners of a signed copy of my cookbook Comfortably Yum are



Emily M, who contributes at Segullah!

Congratulations! And thanks again to all who entered. Winners, I will email you privately for your addresses.

Now that the Book Bomb is over, there is more you can do. Read the book and post your reviews of it on GoodReads, LibraryThing, and Amazon. Choose it to discuss in your book groups. Recommend it to your librarians and the English teachers at your middle and high schools as a great book for reluctant readers--especially boys. And above all, continue to pray that Rob finds complete and lasting relief from his Severe Panic Disorder soon, so that his life can get back to normal.

All yesterday, as I saw Rob's numbers rise, I thought about what Camilla Kimball said often, "Never suppress a generous impulse." Bless you all for taking her words to heart and living them.

Reader Comments (8)

Thank you for hosting the contest--I think it helped a lot of people have the extra kick to buy a book and make the difference. I know a lot of us linked HERE as well as to amazon and to Larry's original post about the bomb.

Love that Camilla Kimball quote. I'll have to write that one down.

I'm touched and honored to have been part of it, in some small way. And I'm with you on praying that Rob's situation, both health and financial, improve and stay well.

November 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette

Thank YOU, Luisa. I can't imagine anyone feeling more grateful right now than Rob is and you had such a huge hand in that. I'm floored by the good of this community--floored by the good in you. Although, I shouldn't be. You've always been so giving, so thoughtful. I'm proud of you. Love you.

November 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterL.T. Elliot

I'd like to thank you, Luisa, for hosting this book bomb, and also for writing a really cool cookbook that I am excited to receive! (I'd also like to thank Melanie J for linking to it, cuz that's how I found out about it.)

I really thought this was a fantastic idea, and I followed Twitter all day and excitedly watched the rankings rise. Now I'm excited to read the book, review it on Goodreads, and then make some amazing food with my new cookbook. Yay!

(Thanks again!)

November 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Yesterday was a seriously huge happy day for me, and a big part of it was watching everyone rally around Rob like that. Heart-warming, is what it was. Thank you so much for inviting us all to join you in participating, I'm so glad I did!

November 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly

Fantastic outcome, more good to come I'm sure. Thanks for giving in to this impulse, and congratulations to the winners.

Oh, and the book? Arrived a day early - yes! - and is Most Excellent.


November 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbc

I'm so grateful that you let us know about the book bombing and to be introduced to a (new to me) quality author was the best part. Can't wait to read the book and to share it with my eldest son.

I'm thrilled for Rob. I hope that his book continues to do well and that he recovers soon.

November 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany W.

Thank you so much-I love cookbooks and I'm excited to try yours. And Rob has done so much for the LDS writing community that it was wonderful to see how greatly he is appreciated.

November 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily M.

Thanks for the fun contest! Its been awhile since I've won anything, so this definitely gave me an extra boost for the month :)

November 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkaren

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