Holiday Hootenanny – Post Game Commentary

Okay, so this isn’t a full on commentary. More like a little note, like on those cool little calling cards that rich folks get. Except I’m certainly not rich folks. And there’s no actual paper involved, heavy stock or not. It’s all virtual all the time here at Women and Words.

As some of you may have noticed, we had a little Hootenanny here that ended yesterday, and Andi and I want to sincerely thank everyone for their participation. To all the authors, thank you so much for your generosity. I cannot tell you how many emails Andi and I sent back and forth that started with “So and so is in! How cool is that?“We started planning the Hootenanny back in September (yes, it really does take that long to get it all organized and squared away) and we started with a “wish list” of authors that we wanted to include. We each came up with thirty names so that we wouldn’t overlap one another. Nothing worse than asking the same person twice. Talk about annoying. And the vast majority of those original sixty authors said yes.

For those of you who don’t know, my books are published with Bold Strokes Books, so naturally Radclyffe was on my list of folks to hit up. And I always feel a little guilty about asking Rad because, in my experience, the woman just never says no to that type of request. Well, she did me one better and offered one a day for the entire event. And that deserves a little acknowledgment. So, on behalf of Women and Words, thank you, Radclyffe, for your generosity this holiday season.

And did y’all see the list of participants? Holy crap. The talent up in here the last twelve days! Unstoppable. We had some true legends and some amazing new voices. And can you believe the generosity? “You want a book? How about two?”

To the readers of Women and Words, it’s impossible to know how an event will be received until it’s actually launched. Andi and I could have been sitting on an enormous dud. But y’all responded with such great enthusiasm! We had a lot of fun because y’all had a lot of fun and it showed.

Thank you so much to each and every person who left a comment. To the folks who played along and wrote their own elf lyrics, to those who provided sexy French lessons, to those who offered encouragement to all who participated, and to those who came back day after day, YOU are the reason we did this. We cannot thank you enough for playing along with us.

Happily Holidays to you and yours!

Jove, Andi, R.G., Carsen, and Stevie (The women of Women and Words)
P.S. and just so you know, the merry elves are recycling their red solo cups, and helping clean. 🙂

30 comments

  1. Although I did not win it was great fun. I did some Christmas shopping from the books offered, it worked out fine for me. Thanks for all

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  2. This was great! I hope to see this again next year. Big thanks to all who put this together and those who donated. This is a great way to be introduced to new authors and new genres.

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  3. Thanks to both of you for all your hard work. And thanks to all the authors for taking part.
    merry Christmas to everyone.

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  4. You ALL rocked!!! This little Hootenanny was a blast to play and made both my girlfriend and my Christmas all the merrier. On behalf of Donna Landers and myself…we wish EVERYONE the best for Christmas. May they be filled with wonderful memories to last a lifetime!! Here’s to the glorious New Year ahead!!!
    Cheers!! T.

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  5. Second everything Jove said. I was really pleased that virtually everyone we hit up said yes, no problem, where do we sign up, what do we have to do? And yeah, we did actually start working on this back in September. Heh! We tried to get authors from a variety of different houses as well as indie authors, and I think we did manage to get a wonderful variety of authors and books. That was just so great, that so many authors — and some didn’t know us personally — were willing to spread some holiday cheer.

    So thanks to all those authors, thanks to Radclyffe and Bold Strokes for their amazing generosity, and thanks to all of you, the readers, who make us do nutty things like a holiday hootenanny with books galore. Happy holidays, happy new year, and do stick around, cuz we try to have all kinds of stuff going on over here at Women and Words. Looking forward to seeing you again!

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  6. Thanks for introducing us all to so many different authors. I won’t have to troll the internet for some of the indie authors for a while. Merry Christmas Women and Words!!

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  7. Thank you all for taking the time to put this together and of course to all the fab artists who contributed. Will look forward to joining in again next year.

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  8. Thanks for all the planning and supurb execution of the giveaway. Thanks to all the authors who graciously donated their books and also a thank you to all that participated daily. It was wonderful to see all the comments posted every day, it makes me smile to see so many readers excited about the chance to win books.

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  9. This was wonderful. Thank you. I’ve already received the book I won (Life’s Little Edge – thank you Roselle Graskey!) and it is top on the list of my post-Christmas recovery plans.

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  10. Thanks to all for having this shindig. Looking forward to reading the book I was lucky enough to win from Lynette Mae.

    This blog is now permanently in my RSS feeder so I can follow along all year long. Thanks again and Merry Christmas!

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      • Haha, I subscribed to the RSS feed of this blog. So instead of being emailed when you post something, it is syndicated to my “google reader” where I can read any updates to all the blogs I’m subscribed to. If that makes any sense.

        Basically RSS allows me to read multiple blogs from one site so I don’t have to visit a dozen different blogs. And this concludes my lesson for the day. 🙂

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  11. Joyeux Nöel à toutes, et bon bout d’an ! Ho, ho, ho … 😀
    from the southern French Santa 😉

    And thanks again for the Merry Hootenanny,
    All won, even if books they didn’t get any. 😀

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  12. thanks to everyone for all their hard work..I loved opening the email every afternoon, to see what the elfs wrote…very thankful for Radclyffe since I won her new book. Looking forward to a GREAT read..Plus I have so many new authors that I will be reading this year…best Hootenanny ever…

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  13. I had such a blast on my first Hootenanny 🙂 Thank you Andi for letting me squeeze in at the last moment before you launched it! I’m so looking forward to next years and getting to know every one better!

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    • lol, when we were finalizing the schedule, Andi sent me an email – Okay, here’s the final schedule. I added so and so because xyz, but that’s the last person. I swear.

      Then she emailed again – Okay, so I added Yvonne…

      We both added several people after the ‘final’ schedule was completed, and I’m so glad we did!

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