Week 1 results & New incentives!

September 9, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Total money raised:  $1,780 + $202 from our July Moonlight Madness sale = $1982.

Top teams:

Bon Bon Chocolate Mafia in the lead with $330

The Cystic Gal team close behind with $260 and Team RBTB in third place with $230

Total reported words written: 82,355

Total reported pages read: 30,759

(Did you forget to report? Did you report and we missed you somehow? E-mail info@unleashyourstory.com if you don’t see your words or pages listed on our website).

Prizes awarded

Top reader and Top Writer in Week 1 win a $5 Amazon.com gift certificate.

Because of the holiday I’m going to wait until tomorrow to give everyone a chance to report their week 1 reading and writing totals. Watch the website for an announcement.

$100 Books

Remember you will receive a book from the $100 book list for each $100 you raise up to $500. Winners this week are:

PJ Ausdenmore with $245 raised wins 2 books and has $55 to go for book 3.

Mary Elizabeth Peters with $235 wins 2 books and has $65 to go for book 3.

Rebecca Davis with $150 raised wins 1 book and has $50 to go for book 2.

The free book for each $100 raised continues through the event, or until we run out of books. Get yours this week!

Added prizes and incentives:

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has informed us that all Unleash Your Story participants who raise between $100 and $10,000 will be eligible for prizes from the CFF in addition to the Unleash Your Story prizes we are offering. Prizes include digital cameras, Blue-Ray disc players and more. Check out the list on our Prizes page.

Hit the ground running $25 B&N Gift Card

We did not have any participants qualify for the B&N gift cards by bringing in 15 donors in Week 1. We have to do something with all those gift cards and we are working on several ideas so keep watching for announcements of more ways to win those gift cards!

We will use one of the cards as an added incentive for the top fundraiser through September 14. The top fundraiser (cumulatively) as of September 14 will receive a $25 Starbucks card, plus a $25 B&N Gift Card.

We’ve also added a prize of $25 B&N Gift Card for the participant who brings in the most new donors this week (Sept 7-13).

Special incentive! From September 9-21

We need to hit the accelerator to get moving toward our goal. This special incentive should help make it easier for you to ask your friends, relatives, neighbors, etc. to donate.

Each participant who donates $25 between September 9 and 21 will receive a free book.

Plus! Each donor who donates $25 or more during this period will also receive a free book.  (Remember participants get a free book for each $100 raised, so this incentive should help participants rake in the free books). Let your donors know that they will receive a free book if they donate $25 or more by September 21.

A few tips:

1. If you don’t ask they can’t say yes. Take a look at your contact list and consider giving a few more people the opportunity to make a difference by donating.

2. Remember to mention in your invitation that all donors who give $25 or more by September 21 will receive a free book.

3. It helps to personalize the e-mail message rather than sending the form letter created by the CFF website. We have created a sample personalized message you can copy or edit as you like. View the sample message and more tips at:


As always, if you have questions, please e-mail us at: info@unleashyourstory.com


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Pacesetter Author

Lori Wilde is our 2009 Pacesetter Author.

Lori has sold 47 books to 4 major New York publishers--5 books coming out in 2009. She's prolific and dedicated to writing regularly to keep up with all those deadlines!

Lori promises to set a sizzling pace for all our writers to follow! Her goal for the event is 60,000 words!

To learn more about Lori, visit her Pacesetter Page

Michelle Buonfiglio Pacesetter Reader

We are proud to have Michelle Buonfiglio as our 2009 Pacesetter Reader.

Michelle hosts Barnes & Noble.com’s new “Heart to Heart” (H2H) daily romance fiction blog and is the creative force behind RomanceBuyTheBook.com (RBTB), a fun and positive place where readers and writers hang to talk love, sex, family, life -- and, of course, romance novels

Michelle's goals are to read 10,000 pages and write 10,000 words in her blogs and comments.

To learn more about Michelle, visit her Pacesetter Page


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