[UPDATE: This contest had been suspended, please do not submit designs. Here is why…
My sole goal in creating this contest was to take a creative process that was usually reserved for a small number of in-house designers and open it up to anyone else who wanted an opportunity to let their creative talents be considered for the cover of a book. And, I wanted people to be able to have a voice in then choosing what covers most appealed to them.
I genuinely thought it was a nice thing. Designers would get exposure through the public display and voting process and everyone could have a voice.
I was blown away by the response, though. Many people e-mailed excited about the opportunity, but then a post on a design website about the contest revealed something that, honestly, horrified me.
It seems there is a practice in the design niche for certain entities to run contests that, though they are dissimilar in many ways from what I was doing, are designed largely as a means to exploit designers, take the work product from large numbers of people and use all the creations in many different ways without having to pay for any of it.
I was mortified, especially to think that what I was doing could be in any way construed as exploitation. That is so very far from what my intention was. I shared how I believed what I was doing was different in the comments on that blog as well as below.
But, here’s the deal…I do not want to be associated with even the “perception” of exploitation, especially because I am a creative professional, myself.
Respecting those with whom I work and associate is ciritically important to me. It’s been a touchstone of everything I do.
So, I am discontinuing this contest, effective immediately, in an effort to demonstrate my sincerity and strong desire to distant myself from the practice of exploitation. I thank all those who’ve shared their voices on the topic and engaged me in conversation, without jumping to any conclusions about who I was.
And, of course, I apologize for any discontent or unease this has caused anyone. And, I thank everyone for understanding what began as a good-intentioned attempt to let people have a voice, but went astray.
Wishing you all, as always, a wonderful week ahead]
Announcing my big, bad and totally rockin’ Crowdsource The Cover Contest for my new book, Cash In On Your Passion®
Help me design or choose the cover of my new book and you could win $1,000, an iPod Touch®, a Flip™ Video Ultra Camera and much, much more!
It’s wildly unorthodox, I know…
But that’s not stopping me and my publisher, Broadway Books, a division of Random House, Inc. (“Sponsor”) from reaching out to you guys and everyone we all know online to help us come up with a killer-cover for my upcoming book, Cash In On Your Passion to be published in trade paperback in January 2009.
Simple fact—you guys rock! You’ve supported me, challenged me and inspired me. I’ve benefited so much from all of your thoughts and contributions. So, I figured…
Why not tap that same intelligence to help design and choose the cover of my new book?
Okay, sounds good on paper, but then I had to get my publisher, Random House division, Broadway Books, to go along with it. Fat chance, right?!
Honestly, I never thought they’d say yes, but it didn’t take long for my editor to come back with an enthusiastic thumbs up. They’re on-board. Woohoo!
But, here’s the deal, I’m not just asking for your designs and your votes.
I’m putting my money where my mouth is, offering…
- For the winning cover design – $1,000 and a shot at the cover of my next book from a major NYC publisher, and
- For everyone who votes on the designs – a chance to win an iPod Touch (8gb), a Flip™ Video Ultra camera (60 minutes recording time) or one (1) of ten (10) signed copies of the book
- Approximate Retail Value of all prizes: $1,618.00
So, here are the details for the first-ever Crowd-source The Cover Contest:
Submit your design by March 25, 2008 – Submit cover designs for Cash In On Your Passion to me at[DISCONTINUED, DO NOT SUBMIT DESIGNS] by 11:59 PM (EDT) on March 25, 2008 . Only entries submitted electronically in accordance with these Contest rules will be eligible for consideration. All entries become the property of Sponsor upon submission.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Title & subtitle to include: Cash In On Your Passion: How to make a great living doing what you love.
- Summary: Book shares the story of my journey from lawyer to lifestyle-entrepreneur, and, through a series of extensive case-studies and exercises, lays out a step-by-step approach to finding what you love and figuring out how to make it generate enough money to live-well in the world.
- Design-specs: Dimensions – 5-3/16” x 8” | JPG format
- Personal Info: Include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone-number and age.
- Legal mumbo-jumbo: Submit as many designs as you like. The winner will be required to sign an agreement (1) confirming for the benefit of Sponsor, the winner’s conveyance of all rights, including copyright, in the entry to Sponsor; (2) warranting that the winner’s work is original and not previously published; and (3) warranting that the winner’s work does not and will not infringe upon the copyright, or other rights, of anyone. The Contest is open to all legal residents of the fifty (50) United States who are 18 years of age or older as of March 25, 2008. Entries received from persons residing in geographic areas in which entry is not permissible will be disqualified.
For everyone: Vote on your favorite design!
I will post the top 20 designs in a new post on this blog for everyone to begin voting on March 26th, 2008. Vote on your favorite design between 12:01 AM (EDT) on March 26, 2008 and 11:59 PM (EDT) on April 6, 2008. Voting will close at 11:59 PM (EDT) on April 6th, 2008. If you would like to be reminded when the top 20 designs are posted, please subscribe to this blog. Limit one vote person.
On or after April 6th, 2008 the five designs with the greatest number of votes will be submitted to the Sponsor’s Design Department. They will then select one (1) contest winner and then consider it for the cover of the book, along with in-house designs. The entries will be judged on the basis of the best cover design that accurately reflects the books’ content and sends a message to the reader about the content of the book and which will, in the opinion of Sponsor, best help sell the book. The decision of the judges will be final and binding in all matters relating to the contest.
Winners Announced on April 20th, 2008
- The winning contest-designer will be notified via email and then announced and will receive the $1,000 prize.
- Everyone who votes will be eligible for a random drawing on April 20th to receive:
- First-Prize – An iPod Touch® (8gb)
- Second-Prize – A Flip™ Video Ultra Camera (60 minutes recording time)
- Third-prize – 10 people will each receive one (1) signed copy of the book upon its release in January 2009
- Winners will be selected in a random drawing from all eligible entries received.
So, if you’ve got a design in you and you’re looking to potentially land the cover of a book and grab $1,000, get me your design by March 25th.
And, even if you’re not a designer, I want the benefit of your vote.
Make sure you are subscribed and, on March 26th, I’ll post an update with the top 20 cover designs for you to vote on. Share your voice and you may just win a very cool prize.
[More legal stuff that has to be here]
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
Employees of Sponsor including its corporate affiliates and parent companies and members of the immediate families of such individuals and person living in their households are not eligible to enter. All applicable federal, state and local laws apply. Contest offer void wherever prohibited or restricted by law.
Winner may be required to execute affidavits of eligibility, tax acknowledgment forms, liability releases and, except where prohibited by law, use of name and likeness releases and return them within seven (7) days of issuance. Return of any prize notification as undeliverable, or failure of potential winners to accept the prizes, respond to notification attempts or return completed releases within required timeframe will result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected at Sponsors’ discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if, at any time, following selection of a winner any portion of the prize becomes unavailable for any reason. No refunds or credits for changes. No portion of any prize may be combined with any other credit or offer. Prizes are nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made. All taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners.
For the name of the winning entrants, available only after April 20, 2008, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Broadway Books Marketing Department, 1745 Broadway, New York, New York 10019.
BY ACCEPTING THE PRIZE, THE WINNERS AGREE THAT SPONSOR, ITS SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, PARENTS, ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION AGENCIES, AND ALL OF SPONSOR’S OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS, WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND WILL BE HELD HARMLESS BY WINNER AGAINST ANY LIABILITY FOR, ANY INJURY (INCLUDING DEATH OR DISMEMBERMENT), LOSS OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS AND PROPERTY WHETHER SUCH INJURY, LOSS OR DAMAGES ARE DUE IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM THE ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE OR MISUSE OF THE PRIZE OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS CONTEST OR PARTICIPATION IN ANY CONTEST OR PRIZE-RELATED ACTIVITY. SPONSOR ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY COMPUTER INJURY OR DAMAGE RELATED TO OR RESULTING FROM ACCESSING AND/OR DOWNLOADING ANY CONTEST MATERIAL.
All entries become the sole property of Sponsor and none will be returned. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate or misdirected e-mail, for technical, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete, garbled, corrupted, or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt or processing of the entries in this Contest. Sponsor (including its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries) is not responsible for errors in printing or electronic presentation of the Contest. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by a computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor that negatively affect the administration, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. In the event the Contest must be terminated, a notice will be posted on the Contest web site. In the event of a dispute regarding online entry, the entry will be deemed submitted by the authorized holder of the e-mail account submitted at the time of entry. An authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by the Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for arranging e-mail address for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. A potential winner may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the winning entry. Rules are subject to any requirements and limitations imposed by the FCC and any other state and federal agencies having jurisdiction.
All disputes and questions regarding the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of any participant, and the Sponsor, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than New York. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. If any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these Official Rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.
The Sponsor of this Contest is Broadway Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 1745 Broadway, New York, New York 10019.
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