Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Premiere -- Epic Contest and Vlog

(Response to "Riddle Me This" and "Good-bye...See You Soon")

This is it, folks. The moment you've all been waiting for. I would like to introduce to you the lovely ladies of GotYA: eleven stellar writers laying their thoughts out for you and the world to see. We might sound intimidating, but we're really quite ridiculous. Take a look:

Please make us feel good about ourselves and subscribe to our Youtube channel!

A few words from Debra:

Well, here you have it—our Brand Spankin’ New Awesome BLOG (thanks, Kathleen, for sprinkling the whole thing with a huge helping of awesome sauce)! It’s not that we didn’t love our old one, but the name was sooooooo long, it made some of our fingers ache just typing it. Plus, seriously, remembering the acronym? Tell me you never did this: “Is it OWPFT? No wait, OFPWF? OPTFW? Oh, crap, JUST SPELL IT OUT ALREADY!” And the fact is, most of us aren’t even old! (cough, cough)

And now for the best part of our name change and move—FREE STUFF!! Wait--did you REALLY think we’d kick off this crazy train, er, new blog, and not have anything for you?? Of course not!! In order to welcome our readers, new and old, and new bloggers Tahereh, Leah and Vee, we’re having CONTESTPALOOZA! Stay tuned in the coming weeks to win great prizes, including books and a 30-PAGE AGENT CRITIQUE! We also have tons of fun new bloggy stuff to offer, like weekly Flashback Fridays!!!!

And yes, I’ve used my entire year’s supply of exclamation points in a single post. That has absolutely nothing to do with our contest. Here’s some stuff that does:


FIRST PRIZE: Win a $75 gift card to the book store of your choice!

SECOND PRIZE: Win a $15 Amazon gift card and a copy of Beautiful Creatures


I entry for following our BRAND NEW AWESOME BLOG

1 entry for tweeting about our BRAND NEW AWESOME BLOG

1 entry for watching our vlog, then commenting your own fake bio line accordingly on our BRAND NEW AWESOME BLOG

Winner will be drawn randomly—no wait, picked in a random drawing (because drawn randomly makes me think someone is going to sneak up on you when you’re half-dressed in the morning or just walking out of the gym all sweaty with your hair plastered to your head and do a quick pencil sketch, and that’s just not cool) at midnight EST, Monday, April 19th. So what are you waiting for? Go! Do it now!

P.S. Anyone who followed us prior to midnight EST last night gets 5 extra entries—WOOT!

P.S.S. Can you tell we’re excited about our BRAND NEW AWESOME BLOG???


hannah said...

Love the new blog, guys!!:)

"oldish" follower +

Laura McMeeking said...

Yay! Now I can follow you and see when there're new posts!

+1 Follower
+1 Tweeted:
+1 Comment (sweet vid, guys!) (See bio below)
+5 (?) Followed earlier yesterday when Annie sent me the video!

Fake Bio: Laura - Highly sought after pigeon assassin (if you saw her balcony and windows, you'd know why!)

Catherine said...

Can I enter if I'm not in the US? I tweeted about you anyway :)

Fake Bio: Catherine is highly allergic to socks!

Amanda Hannah said...

Love, love, love the new blog guys!

V.M.Pettingill said...

Yay!!! Awesome blog guys!! Great job!

And since I'm in dire need of new books, I need to enter this! hehe

+1 Follower
+ 1 Tweeted (
+1 Commented (here and on youtube)
+5 Followed you a while back.

My bio (as I commented on the youtube video): Vero stalker of mailmen.

Kaitlin Ward said...

OOH a ragingly awesome contest.
+5 for following before midnight last night (sometime yesterday afternoon or morning--yay!)
Do I get another +1 for being a follower aside from the 5?
+1 tweeted:
+1 watched the vlog
Fake bio: Kaitlin has been a compulsive email checker since 2009.
p.s. I LOLed at Vero's fake bio.

Jennifer Walkup said...

Yay! I was wondering where you guys were moving. I couldn't figure it out. LOL.

Follower: 1
Tweet: 1
Watched Vlog: 1
Fake bio: Jennifer is an addict. Coffee, e-mail and writing.

MBee said...

+ 1 for following
+ 1 for twittering :
+ 1 for vlog (sweet cover of crazy train btw)
Fake bio: MB, whose friends & family had to hold a reading YA intervention. There's been no sign of recovery.

Great job guys! I gave a thumbs up when I subscribed to the youtube site as well!

bianca_riot said...

If you live outside of the US can you enter?...
if you can..

+1 I am Following
+1 Tweet:


houndrat said...

Yes, for our initial contest, we'll ship outside the U.S.!!! :)

Thanks for entering so far, everyone! We're really excited!

erinjade said...

thanks a lot you guys! i opened my laptop all determined to accomplish things this morning, and instead i'm here devouring your shiny new space. }:-(

very angry at you all for distracting me from my revisions but following anyway, because: NEED BOOKS!
and also, because i saw a couple familiar faces here of my own blog followers. :D

+1 following
+1 watched vlog (it rocked, by the way)
EJ: whose house is always clean, work and chores always done and who still finds time for friends and family, because she writes books in her sleep.

Kathy Bradey said...

5+ Followed before cut off
1+ Tweeted (too dim-witted to know how to paste the URL -1)
1+ Watched the Vlog

Fake Bio: Kathy lives in Monte Carlo and is the proud owner of a Swiss Bank Account.

Pam Harris said...

+1 Follower
+1 Tweeted--have no idea how to link it up here, but my user name is @pamharris81
+1 Fake Bio

Pam: Compulsive stalker of YA blogs

Cambria Dillon said...

+1 for following
+1 for Tweeting (
+1 for vlog-watching and bio-making
Fake Bio:
Cam's on a mission to hijack Sour Patch Kids from around the globe. Her muse thanks you.

SuzanneWrites said...

Great vlog! :D

+ 1 for following
+ 1 for tweeting (@suzannewrites)
+ 5 for being an old follower (not sure about this but I definitely followed before the contest was posted)
+ 1 for vlog watching and my fake bio

Fake bio: Is the owner of her own private zoo and absolutely insufferable without coffee (though she denies it).

Heather Dougherty said...


+1 Followed
+1 Tweeted (@heatherdough)
+1 Commented on your amazing youtube video
+5 Followed you a while back.


Fake Bio: After Bringing Sexy Back, she left it on the counter at the 7-11 when getting a Slurp-ee

ChristaCarol said...

Haha, this was great!

+1 for following
+1 for tweeting (@christacarol)
+5 for being old follower???
+1 for subscribing to vlog, and watching its awesomeness, and here's my fake bio:

Changing the world one poopie diaper at a time, whose alias is the Dark Chocolate Hoarder. Never leave your chocolate unguarded....

Misty said...

+1 Followin' you all day and all night
+1 Sweet Tweet (@mistyprovencher)
+...uh, don't know how to do the other stuff yet!

Hey, you should erase the first commenter...that Moskowitz chick is trying to masquerade as old!

Livia said...

+1 followed
+1 tweeted (lkblackburne)
+1 fake bio

Fake Bio: Banana farmer and hunter of mad jungle cows. said...

+1 I'm following (but could you add a subscribe by email option?)

+1 And I tweeted! -

JEM said...

Awesome contest! Glad I found you ladies before yesterday :)

Josin L. McQuein said...

Not sure why I never hit "follow" when you were OPWFT - must have been the psychological ramifications of "old". But, I follow you now, and it's all official-like.

Now, which one of you is going to ask Mac to change the name of the thread at AW?


Kate Hart said...

Love the new digs. Nice work, Kath! :)

+5 for early follow
+1 for tweet
+1 for watching your vlog:

Fake bio: Can't stop the sparkle.

Mystery Robin said...

So glad I found this - thanks Kortizzle!!

+1 following
+ 1 tweet:
+1 fake bio: Privateer captain of fabulous steampunk submarine - or maybe I just write about it...

janflora said...

Congrats y'all, I like the new name, though we'll miss you on Wordpress... but really, you gals are not *that* old anyhoo :)

I am following here and on twitter now, so that's
+2 I believe

I am having issues getting to vlog, but that's probably my computer...I'll give it a spanking and see if it cooperates ;)

wrig9945 said...

I followed blog

wrig9945 said...

I tweeted:

wrig9945 said...

Watch vlog-fake bio: Darlene reads every book she ever buys!

sharigreen said...

Fantastic new site! And the vlog is awesome - well done!!

+1 follower
+1 tweeted (,
+1 vlog bio thingie...

Shari is owner/operator of a shelter for orphaned dust bunnies.

Cherie J said...


+1 Following
+1 Tweeted

Kay said...

Lurked at AW since I qualify. (I take comfort that other not young adults still have the "voice".)

Not entering the contest.

SM Schmidt said...

I'm super excited to finally hear about this (new) blog! Good luck
picking a winner, all these entries are amazing.

+1 Tweeted (
+1 following
+1 watched the vlog & fake bio

Fake bio: Is a Google Easter Egg

Hmath said...

Kay, no lurking :) Come out and play!

CoachMT said...

But... but... I AM an old person writing for teens! Oh, well! New blog looks great! Major muscles!

Following and watched!

Bio: Alan is an April Fool... oh, wait, you said fake bio... uh, Alan's class song was Pyromania by Def Leppard... um, yeah, that one's true too. Crap, I'm bad at this lying thing!

Lisa_Gibson said...

+1 for following
+1 for tweeting @lgibsonwriting
+1 watched awesome vlog and did my fake bio

Bio: Provides therapy for insane schnauzer and deftly dodges the hairballs homicidal cat tosses her way.

Lydia Kang said...

I'm a new follower and the new blog looks awesome!

Sarah N Fisk said...

+1 Following!
+1 Tweeted
+1 Fake Bio: Her sister thinks she's famous because Martha Stewart follows her on Twitter.
+5 I was the 27th follower of the BRAND NEW AWESOME BLOG

La-La-La-Laurie said...

I'm a prefollower. (?)

Laurie plans to make her living by skinny dipping in every body of water in the world (your pool included).

Shelley Watters said...

Yipee!!!! And your vlog was hilarious!

+5 Old follower (I was #32!)
+1 Tweeted (I can't figure out how to paste the URL, but I'm SK0609)
+1 Following
+1 Fake bio

Shelley - Writer by day, paranormal ghost hunter by night.

Lara said...

Yay! What a great idea for a blog!

Sheri Larsenッ said...

Okay, here's the deal. You guys are TOO funny!! Absolutely loved the vlog. Way cool. I found you off of Neverending Page Turner. So glad I have. Wished I'd found you sooner, but oh, well.

+1 Tweeted you here:
+1 Gladly became your follower.

+1 Line: The Evolution of Woman on YA! Gotch'ya.

Bee said...

OH.MY.GOD. That video effing killed me! *bows to awesomeness*

+1 Followed
+1 Tweeted (@bee_muses)
+1 Watched VBlog

Fake Bio: Bee ~teleports into people's minds and reveals their stories to the world.

Anne said...

+6 Old follower
+1 Tweeted & blogged (

+1 watched amazing vlog

Fake Bio: Anne is an infamous cupcake smuggler by day/ allergy sufferer by night

Margay said...

+1 Follower
+1 Tweeted:


NovelEagle said...

Glad to see you've stopped pretending you're old.

Fake bio: Peggy claims to be the reincarnation of Sappho of Lesbos, greatest female poet of all time and superlative inventor of words.

in which a girl reads said...

+1 follower
+1 tweet

ooooh I like this new blog! :D

Brodie said...

LOL that vlog is beyond awesome. You girls rock! And I love the new blog!

+1 Following
+1 Tweeted -
+0 Because I'm having a total mind blank and can't think of a witty fake bio other than Brodie is #fail.

Awesome contest, thanks!

Shveta said...

I winced at the three-pounder being too heavy to lift, because that's probably where I am right now. D'oh!

Tag line: Shveta--jumping off swings in search of the perfect blackberry or the coolest book. (Sometimes she even doesn't fall and break her nose!)