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Sunday, February 5, 2012

A contest just in time for diversity month!

I stumbled across a contest that fits perfectly with my diversity theme this month.  The contest involves promotion for a new book, which happens to be this:

"THE MARIA PARADOX, written by Drs. Rosa Gil and Carmen Vazquez, is a unique self-help guide for Hispanic women and the men who love them.

The authors challenge the machismo-reinforcing idea of “marianismo,” a centuries-old belief system that in effect tells Latinas: "Don't forget a woman's subservient place; never put your own needs first; sex is for making babies.”

Filled with self-help exercises, this clearly written manual offers practical advice on how to build support networks, overcome passivity, forge career paths, change or get out of abusive relationships and increase sexual fulfillment.

Filled with real-life success stories and wise, compassionate advice, THE MARIA PARADOX details how Latinas can enjoy the best of both worlds.

The book can be purchased from all major online retailers. The authors can also be found on Twitter and on Facebook."

The contest portion of this gives me a chance to win a query critique, 30pg. critique, and a 20 min. Skype call with a real, live (and successful) literary agent.  All I have to do is share this book info. with you, my wonderful readers.  And since the topic of the book fits with my theme this month, naturally, I have concluded that I'm destined to win.  And I could definitely use some advice from an agent right about now.  However, should you desire to knock me down and get your own shot at this fabulous prize, you can find the contest info. here.  We all know, the year of the writer means seizing such wonderful opportunities.  

On a side note, I would love for you to comment on the effectiveness of such marketing campaigns.  With social media being touted as the place for authors to be, do you really see a lot of sales because of it?  For example, sharing a FB page for a book in order to win a contest.  Do you really care about the book page or just the prize?  Do you even look at the book page?  I would love to know your thoughts on social media marketing. 

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