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#BlogFlash2013 “the war of chocolate” (chocolate)

21 days, 21 one prompts, an infinite amount of ideas.. 

Day-8-Chocolate

the war of chocolate

commenced with glee and ferver

the gutter girls win

(haiku #6)

Willow Pillow, Chocolate Queen

Willow Pillow, Chocolate Queen

If you are confused? Do not worry, unless you were part of the chocolate wars within a specific publishers Street Team. Instead of creating something sexual and lovely about how incredible chocolate is. How it saves lives for those around us (as women) during Shark Week, or how it eases the pain during a painful breakup. Some would argue it is part of the nutritional pyramid. I know my daughter Willow has loved chocolate since before birth, when I ate it she stopped kicking, I felt better and life was good… plus it is FUN to eat!

But my haiku presents a question I would like to pose to both readers, bl0ggers and authors. As an author what do you hope to gain by giving us chocolate, other than worship? As in, what would you see it doing for your book marketing? As a reader do you think about clicking like on FB page to get a chance to win 3lbs of chocolate? As a book blogger do you stop to think about this, or do you really just see the chocolate? Do ethics play a part in this? Does the book play a part in this? Heck, I love winning chocolate but I played this last week in many of these events and I found a whole new group of friends, The Gutter Girls, and they love to read, do events win and support each other. I love these gals, but I have to ask… just what are groups of rabid contest players do for publishers street teams and self publishing authors?

Do you participate actively in contests? What are your thoughts on the above?

The challenge

~ March 1st – 29th (weekdays only)ch 29.
~ Write a 50-100 word post for each daily prompt on your own blog .
I am choosing to write Haiku each day pertaining to the prompt plus a little anecdote or opinion.

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6 Comments

  1. I know people who will do anything for chocolate, but does it bring long-lasting commitment and dedication? Or does the gratitude last as long as the melt-in-the-mouth feeling?

  2. You know, the only chocolate I ever won was a huge chocolate Cthulhu (plus a couple gummy Old Ones), and I haven’t eaten it, because… that would be sacrilege, eating Cthulhu, right? I like chocolate, but with three 3 broken, sweets often cause pain now, so I don’t eat as much as I used to. However, my mother-in-law sent me some truffles for our anniversary which I have been eyeing… they’re the really good stuff.

    Oh, I need to see if any of the books I recommended made the ABNA quarter finals. I read some really good ones, and I read some really crap ones. Off to do that now!

  3. Really great post Kriss! I get the feeling I miss a lot of stuff that happens there while I’m sleeping.

    For me I decided quite a while ago that I’m only doing giveaway entries (for whatever prize) if it was something I was interested in doing anyway. I gained a lot of Facebook likes on my page from it being a giveaway entry option but the likes aren’t doing me a darn bit of good because people weren’t really interested in my page or my blog.

  4. I have been considering putting more effort into starting a street team. I never thought of using chocolate as a motivator though. That’s genius!

  5. I hardly ever enter contests, mainly because most of them state “addresses in Continental US” and I’m in the UK!! However, I’m now considering whether to do some sort of chocolate giveaway when I launch my next book. Hmmm . . .

  6. That’s a great post, Kriss! Chocolate is definitely a great short term motivator, but I’m not sure it buys long-term commitment!

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