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Book Release Contest!

Okay, we are less than a day away from the release of my next novel, Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto, and I am so super excited about the release I've decided to hold a contest to celebrate. It's a mega-awesome contest, too. I've got some great prizes for you, so read on...

The Contest
The main portion of this contest involves poetry. WAIT!!! Before you click on the Next button and go to another blog entry, check the prize list. It might be incentive to stick around. Okay, are you back? Are you satisfied? Good prizes, huh?

What I want you to do is to write a Love Manifesto haiku.

See, it's a short poem at least.

You can read the first six chapters of the book online or just read the flap copy. I don't care. Just be sure your poem is amusing and has the right number of syllables (that's 5,7,5 for the un-haiku-ed) and that it has something to do with Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto. Then, post it below in the Comments section of this blog entry.

Please, with haikus, one entry per person. So, put your best words forward!

There is always a conflict over whether a winner should be chosen at random or by merit, so I've decided to create a bunch of different ways of winning. Here they are:

1) Funniest: Since there is a lot of humor in Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto, I am making the number one, highest prize for the funniest haiku.

Prize: A brand new iPod Shuffle with your choice of a signed hardcover, CD audiobook or Playaway version of Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto. Tell me that ain't worth tossing together seventeen syllables!

2) Most Profound: Some people don't like to write humor and I don't want to put off those people. So, if you write a haiku that doesn't fall into the category of humorous, you can still win.

Prize: An iTunes gift card and your choice of signed hardcover, CD audiobook or Playaway version of Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto

3) Random Entry: Do you think your haiku-ing skillz suck? I don't care. Write one anyway. You'll still have a chance to win! Seventeen syllables about my book and you're in. I'll pick it out of a hat or maybe I'll lay out all the entrants' names and let a hamster poop on the winner. Whatever.

Prize: Your choice of signed hardcover or CD audiobook  version of Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto

4) Social Networking: Get the word about this contest out there! There will be multiple awards given out on this front. You can enter once per day on Twitter (tagging your tweet with @ericluper), once per day on Facebook (tagging your post with @Eric Luper), and once each day on your blog (if you use my name I'll pick up your entry on Google Alert).

Prize: For this section, there will be a winner every day from right this minute through Friday, June 11th. Each winner will receive his or her choice of a signed hardcover or CD audiobook version of Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto.

So what are you waiting for? Get haiku-ing everyone! And check back often to find out daily winners, lots of surprises and to see some wicked awesome haiku!

*Oh, and for the record, there will be a panel of expert judges so it won't be just me pointing my magic scepter at the various winners.
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