Win a Manuscript Evaluation, a Kindle Fire, or a Scrivener Software Package!

The big day is here! Welcome to the official launch of Structuring Your Novel.You can purchase the book in paperback or the Kindle and Nook formats.

I need your help to ensure the book has a successful launch week, so please join the party! I’m celebrating all this week, culminating in a three-tiered Grand Prize giveaway, worth $3,500!

Win a Manuscript Evaluation, Kindle Fire, or Scrivener Software Package

Grand Prize

Prize A: A substantive edit of your novel (up to 120,000 words) by yours truly. Value: $3,300.

Prize B: A Kindle Fire. Value: $$$.

Prize C: Scrivener software package (for Windows or Mac). Value: $40.

Bonus—Hourly Prize Today Only: Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success E-Book (mobi, epub, or pdf).

From 6 AM to 11 PM, I’ll be drawing a winner from the overall pool of contestants every hour for the digital version of my bestselling writing-craft book Outlining Your Novel. Winning this prize does not exclude you from the Grand Prize drawing on Friday, but the sooner you enter this one, the better your chances of winning! Check back throughout the day to discover hourly winners, listed below:

6 AM: Ilona Chessid

7 AM: Douglas Thompson

8 AM: Cheryl Charles

9 AM: Walter F. Croft

10 AM: Jacqueline Houtman

11 AM: Davonne Burns

12 PM: Taylor Fitzgerald

1 PM: Sandra Gerth

2 PM: Micki Browning

3 PM: Carolyn D

4 PM: Sharyn Bradford Lunn

5 PM: Stacy Millian

6 PM: Karyne Norton

7 PM: Joanna Coleman

8 PM: Amy McBay

9 PM: Trisha Descallar

10 PM: Krista Sente

11 PM: Michael Colwill


The contest will run all week, and you can do several things to earn contest points and increase your chances of winning. For every contest point earned, your name will be entered once more into the pool (e.g., if you’ve earned 18 points, you have 18 chances of winning). (Note: no purchase is necessary to enter.)

You can win points by:

1. Buying a book. I’m trying to create a surge of sales to boost the book in Amazon’s ratings, so I’d like to encourage people to purchase this week. Email me copy of your sales receipt from Amazon or Barnes & Noble to km.weiland [at] ymail [dot] com.

Buy a book  = 10 points

2. Buy more than one book! You get ten extra points for each additional book you buy, no matter which day of the week you buy it on.

Buy additional books = 10 extra points per book

3. Tweet the following message each day of the week. Duplicate posts per day will be counted as one post.

Tweet about the book = 1 point per day, possible 5 points over the course of the week.

4. Share this post on Facebook. Be sure to tag me (@K.M. Weiland), so I can find and count your posts. You’ll need to “like” my page in order to tag me. Duplicate posts per day will be counted as one post.

Share on Facebook = 1 point per day, possible 5 points over the course of the week.

5. Post a picture of the book after purchase. Upload the picture (or your e-reader with the book’s cover displayed on the screen) to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog and email me the link.

Post a picture = 5 points

Deadline: Thursday, September 5th, 6:00 PM MDT.

Winners will be announced Friday, September 6th.

Good luck to everyone in the drawing, have fun, and thank you for helping me celebrate the launch of Structuring Your Novel!

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. Congratulations on the release. I’ve got OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL: MAP YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS. Love it. Here’s my tweet and FB links:

    • K.M. Weiland says

      Thanks so much, Donald! I’ve got you entered into the contest and all your points tallied. Best of luck in it!



    Tweeted. Congrats on the book launch

  3. I just sent you and email, and here’s my tweet:

    All the best with the release!

  4. Congrats Katie on the launch!!
    How do we enter the hourly bonus prize?

    • K.M. Weiland says

      Thank you! You enter the hourly bonus prize the same way you enter for the big prizes. I’ll be drawing names from the big pool of entrants throughout today and posting them here as winners of the hourly prize. This does not disqualify the winners from the overall contest.

  5. Just tweeted and also sent over my amazon receipt. How exciting! Love, love, love your book on outlining. Thank you for the opportunity.

  6. Davonne Burns says

    Have been looking forward to this for a while now!nGot my Kindle edition a few minutes ago and can’t wait to get started reading.

    Here is my tweet 🙂

  7. Kathy Kramer says

    Here’s the tweet:

    And the link to my Facebook Share:

    Going to work on the rest. 🙂

  8. Bought the book, shared on Facebook, tweeted, and hope your launch is a rousing success! Can’t wait to read it, but I’m at a writing retreat, and I am supposed to be writing!

    Still, had to share with the other gals, so I think some of them are checking it out as well.

    Will I be creating another massive Excel file? 😉

  9. I really want to get my hands on that book!

    Here’s my Tweet!

  10. Just tweeted & bought the book! Sent you an email with receipt. Looking forward to Sunday afternoon on the deck reading your newest release 😀

    Plan on reviewing the book for my book review blog as well and sharing as a resource for my bookish friends who are working on that elusive first novel, including myself!

    thanks for the great contest!

  11. I tweeted:
    And posted on Facebook (as Rachel Kimberly Hastings)

  12. Just bought a copy of your book for kindle. Best wishes to you!

    • K.M. Weiland says

      If you haven’t already, be sure you send me the receipt (at km.weiland [at] ymail [dot] com), so I can add the points to your entry!

  13. Lizbeth Gama says

    I can’t wait to buy my copy real soon 🙂 Here are the links to my tweet and facebook post for the day:

  14. Best of luck with your book launch! 🙂

  15. I bought the book! I already read and enjoyed Outlining Your Novel so buying this was not a hard choice.

  16. Congrats! I am on it….

  17. Oh my goodness, how exciting! I’ve been following your wisdom for a few years now, and you’ve never steered me wrong yet. 🙂


  18. Just a quick note to say thank you! As one of the hourly winners, I’m now in the fortunate position of having to decide which book to read first! Best of luck on your new book launch. Thanks for this opportunity.

  19. I shared on facebook and twitter.
    Very exciting contest and very tempted to ask for this terrific looking book for my birthday this week. 🙂

  20. Ah, you know I ALREADY bought it on August 22! (Totally brilliant book, and perfect timing as I’m in Outlining and Plotting mode)

    And of COURSE I will spread the lurve!

    and here:

  21. Katie,

    Happy Labor Day, and day two of your book launch. Here are my posts for today:




    Thank you for this opportunity! 😀


  22. Do we have to post our links here? I don’t recall seeing that direction in the rules. But since there are others here that are doing the same, I’ll do it too!
    Here is the link to the Facebook post:
    And here’s the link to the tweet:

    Congrats btw! I bought a copy of the book and sent you the receipt in the email. 🙂 I know this will help me tons! Thanks for the opportunity!

    • K.M. Weiland says

      Thanks so much, Samantha! No, you don’t have to post your links here. As long as you’ve tagged me, I’ll be able to find and record your entries on other sites. But if you’re having trouble tagging me or just want to make double sure that I see your links, feel free to post them here as well.

  23. Just got my copy now! I’m excited to read it.

  24. Ambiguous_A says

    Congrats! And here’s my tweet:

  25. Awesome! Congrats! And I’ll be downloading my copy asap. 🙂

  26. Good luck with the launch and congratulations! I know a lot of hard work went into this. I’m looking forward to getting a copy for myself. I don’t need the manuscript critique since my children’s books top out at 20,000 words but the Kindle Fire or Scrivener would be awesome! Tweeted/Google+’d it, LinkedIn’d it and Facebook’d it. Hope it helps spread the word!

  27. Congrats!!! So excited for you.

    I tweeted!

  28. Katie,

    Happy Book Release! I tweeted and posted about your giveaway and book launch on Google + today.



    Warm regards,


  29. What Post am I supposed to share on FB to get into the giveaway?

  30. Kate Bowyer says

    I’m proud to say I bought the book yesterday and just emailed you the receipt.

    I now know what I’ll be doing this weekend and it’s perfect timing since I just finished your outlining book a couple of days ago.

    Outlining has worked for me in the past though your book helped me with zeroing in on a good structured way of doing it. I’m making my notes off of the book and after reading your new one will be starting on a new story-thank you!

    • K.M. Weiland says

      You’re so welcome! Totally makes my day to hear Outlining was useful to you – and hope Structuring proves to be as well.

  31. I bought your book and sent you the receipt by e-mail, and I tweeted about the contest:

  32. Wow, I must have a dozen how to write books. Some good, some bad, some unread, some not able to read past a few pages, some left me wondering why I’d wasted my money, and of course some had loads of information. However, this book knocked my socks off, sat me back at my laptop inspired, and looking at everything with a fresh perspective.

    Tweet: … @K.M. Weiland
    Facebook: @K.M. Weiland

  33. Fabulous contest!

    I have tweeted:

    Posted a pic of my eReader w/ Structuring Your Novel on it:

    And obviously purchased Structuring Your Novel from B&N. I have emailed you my receipt using your email form. I tried emailing directly first using the address above (using proper @ and . of course), but it bounced back as undeliverable. Not sure what was up there, but hopefully you’ll get it through the email form.

    Thanks! And good luck with your launch!

  34. Emailed you my FB post, (I Don’t like posting links to my FB wall on blogs. Hope you don’t mind)

  35. Are entries still being accepted today? I know the winners will be announced some time today, but I’m not sure what the entry cutoff is.

    Was thinking about sharing this on FB for my writer friends if today’s the last day of entries, but didn’t want to put it out there if entries are already closed.


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