This is a giveaway. But I'd like to do it a little differently.
While I was away on vacation, Simon & Schuster sent me a big handful of advance reader's copies of the new Pay It Forward: Young Readers' Edition.
It's scheduled to release on August 19th. It's the same book, edited by me, just pared down to a solid G rating. And it's suitable for kids as young as eight.
I want to give some of the ARCs away.
But rather than draw names out of a hat, I'd like it if you'd tell me why you want one, and one you'd do with it if you had it. You see, this book is for kids, and the people who read and follow this blog are adult readers. With any other of my books, the answer to that question would be you'd want it to own and read. But all who are reading this post would be better suited to the adult edition. The idea of this edition is to get the Pay It Forward idea into the hands and hearts of kids, kids who weren't even born when the book and the movie first came out.
So what would you do with one of these? Are you a teacher? Do you have kids of your own whose lives you shape every day? Do you have other ideas for how to get this book into the hands of kids?
Just let me know in the comment section. I'm not deciding yet how many of these I'll give away. I'm going to wait and see the responses and then decide. I probably don't have one for everyone, but let's try it and see what happens. And if you don't win one, read my post entitled "No Losers." This giveaway counts toward that magic number seven.
As always, please read some basic instructions for entering:
Leave a comment below to be entered. Please DO leave your email address in the comment form. I promise I won't use it for any other purpose but to notify you if you win. Please DON'T leave your email address in the body of your comment unless you want everybody to see it. And remember the "author" in the comment form is the author of the comment, not the book. In other words, you. In each of these giveaways one or more people comment as "Catherine Ryan Hyde" because they see "author" and think it means me. Please use your own name, otherwise I can't enter you, because I have no idea who you are!
***One very important addition: If you're reading this blog on Goodreads, please click through to the original post on my website and leave your comment there. Otherwise I'm afraid I'll forget the Goodreads people one of these times when I go to draw names***
I'll run this for about a week. Good luck!
Okay, folks. It's been a week, so I'm closing this to comments now. In the next day or two I'll choose ten people to receive ARCs. The rest of you... if you'll be patient, I'll send you a finished copy when I get my finished copies from the publisher next month. If they don't send me enough author's copies, I'll order more. I just feel like the quality of answers and the level of commitment to the PIF ideal be in the "no losers" category. I'll email you all for mailing addresses.
All right. Here are the ten people I chose to receive advance readers' copies. I went heavy on the teachers because school will start for many around the time this book is released. I thought the timing would be more important in their cases. The rest of you, if you will be patient, I will offer you a free copy when the finished books are available to me.
The ten: Mrs. D, Amy Behlke, Isabella, Michelle Cherney, Judythe Guarnera, Jody Grove, Joan Dooley, Theresa Comilla, Julie, and Kathy Cauffman.
But I will email you all to request mailing addresses.
Jody Grove, your spam filter marked my email to you as spam and refused to deliver it. If you see this, please add me to your safe sender list and contact me, either by comment or by my email address on the "contact me" page. If you don't see this, I don't see what I can do. Sorry.
A small announcement: I sent out 23 emails offering a finished book. I have the books now, and I'm preparing a mailing... but I've only heard back from 16 of you. I know it's easy to get swept up in a spam filter, but I don't know how to remedy that. In case any of you come back to the blog to see who got the books, please contact me. If you left a comment on this blog before I closed out the contest, I'm ready to send you something. But I need your address.