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Before I talk about the Fur-Face summer launch promotion/prize draw, I just want to say how much I was blown away by all your kind words about the launch of my debut novel yesterday. You guys are fantastic. I’m proud to know each and every one of you and I’ll carry warm memories of June 1st 2010 for the rest of my life.

“Okay, Gibbs,” I hear you say. “Enough with the mushy stuff. Tell us what goodies are up for grabs.”

With pleasure. I’m in full agreement with my friend, Jim Hines ([info]jimhines), and his ‘You owe me nothing’ philosophy. That said, I’m perfectly happy to encourage your purchase and promotional support with a thrilling rewards program, so without further ado I’m delighted to announce:

The official Fur-Face summer launch promotion/prize draw(s):

Here’s what we got:

THE MAIN DRAW is open to anyone who’s bought a copy of Fur-Face and has forwarded a copy of their email-receipt to me (at
jon@acatofninetales.com) by midnight (US/Eastern) on August 31st 2010.

Prizes are as follows:

First Prize: An I are a writermug (as featured at
Zazzle.com), like the one modeled by the handsome looking chap in the photo, whoever he is.

Second Prize: The opportunity to name an animal character* with an important role in Barnum’s Revenge, the sequel to Fur-Face.
*subject to author’s final approval

Third and fourth prizes:
The opportunity to name a minor animal character* in Barnum’s Revenge, the sequel to Fur-Face.
*subject to author’s final approval

The next six winners
will receive a Quake eBook of their choice (courtesy of those wonderful people at Echelon Press).

Last but not least, ten more winners will receive a special ‘Fur-Face’ edition CD, featuring the music from the Fur-Face book trailers along with a selection of my personal favorite recordings from my days as lead-warbler in the rock band, Gentleman Jones (the link takes you to our website, which no-one's been able to update for about six years).

As if that wasn’t enough, everyone who enters the main draw will receive, by email, a free MP3 version of The Spirit of Adventure by Gentleman Jones, as featured on our Weird Stories album – an album sadly no longer available (by popular demand).

Cover image featured
on the Weird Stories album

Not enticing enough, eh? Well, there’s more.

Between now and the end of the promotion at the end of August, there’ll be six what I like to call ‘Thanks-for-helping-me-promote-Fur-Faceprize draws (in the middle and at the end of June, July and August).

Each draw will feature three prizes: The winner will receive a Quake eBook of their choice and the two runners up will each receive a special ‘Fur-Face’ edition CD, featuring the music from the Fur-Face book trailers along with a selection of my personal favorite recordings from my days as lead-warbler in the rock band, Gentleman Jones.

You can have your name entered in the TFHMPF draws by sending me a link to where you did one of the following things between June 1st and August 31st:

A: Promoted Fur-Face on your blog.

B: Featured a Fur-Face book trailer on your blog.

C: Added Fur-Face to your ‘to-read’ list on Goodreads or equivalent (each venue counts as a seperate entry).

D: Posted a good review of Fur-Face on Goodreads/Amazon or equivalent or your blog.  Each venue counts as a seperate entry, but please don’t do this unless you actually read and enjoyed the book. 

Once your name’s in the hat, it stays there, so if you promote Fur-Face on your blog before June 15th, your name will be in all six draws, BUT, it gets better.   You get an extra entry in the draw, every time you do one of the above, you can even do A and B multiple times, though only once per half-month. EVEN MORE EXCITING, if you’ve bought Fur-Face, those extra entries go in the main prize draw too!


I'll do the first 'Thanks-for-helping-me-promote-Fur-Faceprize draw on Sunday, June 20th and select winners from eligible entries posted between June 1st and June 15th (those entries will be joined by the ones featuring postings made between June 16th and June 30th in the second draw etc.)

I hope this all makes sense. If you have any questions/suggestions/observations, I’m all ears (as you can see from the photo).

ETA: Today, June 2nd, Fur-Face is #1 on Omnilit.com's Best Seller List.  A huge 'Thank you' to everyone who helped put it there.  It may not be the NYT list, but I'm still chuffed  

And #1 again today, June 3rd

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Jun. 2nd, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Is there a kindle/mobi version?
Jun. 2nd, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
Hi Jennifer, I believe the Kindle version will be up today (I just checked, but it's not there yet).
FUR-FACE: Kindle version - jongibbs - Jun. 4th, 2010 09:34 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: FUR-FACE: Kindle version - jennifer_brozek - Jun. 4th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 2nd, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
A virtuoso performance of tooting your own horn!
Jun. 2nd, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)

Lol, I don't like to do it often, but when I do, I figure I may as well do it as best I can ;)
(no subject) - karen_w_newton - Jun. 2nd, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 2nd, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a plan! :)
Jun. 2nd, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
Albeit a complicated one ;)
Jun. 2nd, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
You are the king of promotion! Can I hire you when Finder comes out? I pay in cookies. ;)
Jun. 2nd, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
I'll be glad to assist in any way I can :)
Jun. 2nd, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
I bought the HTML version from Omni books yesterday, but if I buy a PDF version from Amazon, can I enter twice?


very fun promotion :D
Jun. 2nd, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
No need to buy it twice, remind me in your forwarding/draw entry email and I'll send you the PDF version.

And thank you very much :)
(no subject) - asakiyume - Jun. 2nd, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - jongibbs - Jun. 2nd, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jun. 2nd, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
I don't, but give me a day and I will have ;)

What's the Banner Park address...and thank you :)
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(no subject) - jongibbs - Jun. 2nd, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jun. 2nd, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the PUBLICATION! (my "l" was sticking...)
Jun. 2nd, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Hehe, no problem, and thank you :)
Jun. 3rd, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Sorry I didn't post yesterday. I was busy at work and got home late.

I just read the first chapter and I'll be buying it too:D
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
Excellent! And thank you :)
Jun. 3rd, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
hahaha, I sent you the LJ message before I read your blog. Noted...
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:30 am (UTC)
Jun. 3rd, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
I'm so glad the launch went well.

I didn't get round to saying (because this week has been interesting, as so many of my weeks are, right now) but you can always have a guest spot on my blog if you need more PR.
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
Thanks, Gill. I'd love to do that - you can never have too much PR. I'll be in touch soon :)
Jun. 3rd, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
WOW! You know how to party! Well, I will post for you tomorrow. (Of course, everyone I know . . . I met through you.) LJ is going to be covered in FUR! I love it. And I'm tickled pink you are No. 1. Not surprised at all. Not one bit.
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
Well, thank you, Tracy :)
Jun. 3rd, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
PS congrats on the daily best seller list!!!
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
Lol, I know it's no big deal in the great scheme of things, but it was a pleasant surprise all the same :)
Jun. 3rd, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)
Jun. 3rd, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
Re: Yes...
Thanks, Elizabeth :)
Jun. 3rd, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
Just to note, it's showing up on Amazon now.


Can't yet purchase it, but it's there. Congrats!
Jun. 3rd, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thanks Ed. Apparently the publisher got an email from Amazon yesterday saying 'You really want to charge people to read this crud?'

Just kidding...I hope. I've notified Karen Syed at Echelon, hopefully she'll get it sorted quickly.
(no subject) - temporus - Jun. 3rd, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 4th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
Furst Omnilit, then the world!
Jun. 4th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
Lol, now that's what I call an ambition ;)
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