Everyone’s a Winner!

Congratulations to all of the winners in No Bad Language’s first book giveaway:

  • Please Look After Mom (1 and 3) to Debra L. (1 F) and Clearly Kristal (4 F)
  • How It All Began (2 and 4) to Liz P. (2 F) and Cheryl F. (3 F)
  • Power Questions (1, 3 and 5) to Heather S. (1 NF), Eric S. (3 NF) and Jim W. (4 NF)
  • The Lost City of Z (2) to Rita W. (2 NF)
  • The Art of Immersion (4) to Mary T. (5 NF)

I got a very nice note from one of the winners, who commented, “I NEVER win!” And this is the reason I added two additional copies of the novels to the prize pool.

In December, I attended a couple of professional organization holiday parties. Despite buying a series of raffle tickets literally as long as my arm, I went home prize-less after the first party, while the tables to my right and left took home two and four prizes each. At the second party, the emcee assured us that the number of prizes pretty much corresponded to the number of raffle tickets in the drawing. With four tickets left to draw, neither I nor my guest won.

So, with a palpable feeling of “I NEVER win” still hanging over me, I felt the entry pool was small enough that I couldn’t bear to tell anyone they’d lost. Please don’t sue me!

I would like to give special recognition to Power Questions co-author Jerold Panas, who donated three copies of his terrific guide to improving the quality of any conversation in business or in life. Jerry also took the time to autograph all three and his generosity is greatly appreciated.

A Computer Selected the Winners

I used the List Randomizer at random.org to ensure fairness. Here’s how that worked if you’re curious:

  • Every valid entry was assigned a number based on the order in which people entered. These are the numbers that appear after the names in the winner’s list above.
  • One list comprised only those folks who were interested in winning nonfiction prizes; the second list was for people interested in winning a novel. These are the letters that appear after the winner’s names above.
  • There were two lists of books, as well: nonfiction and fiction. Each book was assigned a number, shown above.
  • Then, I let the computer do the randomizing.

Here’s the computer’s verdict (winner’s entry numbers are in the first column with the book number in the second column):

Winners of nonfiction prizes in No Bad Language book giveaway.

Winners of nonfiction prizes in No Bad Language book giveaway.

Winners of fiction prizes in No Bad Language book giveaway.

Winners of fiction prizes in No Bad Language book giveaway.

A big “thank you” to everyone who entered. Look for another giveaway next year!

2 thoughts on “Everyone’s a Winner!

    • Hi Mary,

      That’s so kind of you! I hope you enjoy The Art of Immersion as much as I did.


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