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Thursday, November 8, 2012

So You Have A Contest...





Back in the very early days of the Goulet Pen Company, a customer/fan of ours named Wayne Mullins (of Ugly Mug Marketing) reached out to me because he was intrigued about the way we were running our business. This is back when Rachel and I were working together in our house, long before we had the great team helping us that we do today. As time went on, Wayne continued to keep in contact us as our business grew, always interested in the way we were growing our business.

 A couple of months ago, Wayne reached out to me about including me in his book, So You Have A Website…Now What?. I was all for it, thinking I might get a footnote or citation somewhere. Little did I know, I'd have my name printed at the start of Chapter 1, Turning A Hobby Into A Profitable Business. Wow! Talking further with Wayne about it, we thought it would be neat to do a contest to give away some copies of his book, and thus, this contest was born!

THE PRIZES

There will be 25 prize packages awarded to 25 individual contestants. Each package will include a copy of So You Have A Website…Now What?, a Clairefontaine 3.5"x5.5" notebook, and a Platinum Preppy fountain pen (for taking notes on the book!). Shipping is included and US as well as international contestants are eligible to win.

HOW TO ENTER

The contest will begin as soon as this post goes live on Ink Nouveau, and will end at 11:59 p.m. Eastern US time on Sunday, November 11th, 2012.

Entering is simple, just answer the few questions on our survey below and submit it. The answers will be hidden from public view, and will not be used for any purpose other than for this contest.


HOW TO WIN

All qualifying entries will be compiled into a master list and assigned a number. From this numbered list, we will randomly select 25 numbers using random.org and those will be our winners.

The winners will be announced during our live broadcast Write Time at 9, on Wednesday, November 14th at 9 p.m. EST. Wayne Mullins, the author of the book, will phone in as a live guest to tell us about himself and his book. We'll also post the winners the following day on Ink Nouveau as we post the recording of the Write Time broadcast.

You will only be eligible for one prize, so please only enter once. If we find that you have posted using multiple aliases in order to increase your number of entries, you will immediately be disqualified from the entire giveaway. We want this to be a fair contest, so don't be all sneaky, that's all we ask.

We will contact all winners after the announcement to coordinate getting prizes to them. If there is no way to reach you or if you don't respond to us within three days of announcing the winners (that means by Saturday, Nov. 17th at 9pm EST), we will consider the prize forfeited and offer it to an alternate winner. We will cover all shipping costs for the prizes, both within the US and internationally.

This contest is now officially closed, thank you to everyone who participated!

We're very thankful to Wayne for including us in his book, as well as providing the prizes for this contest. Be sure to check out his site, and pick up a copy of his book if you're interested. Thanks everybody, and good luck!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

24 comments:

  1. YAAY! Congrats on being CHAPTER ONE! And thank you for the giveaway!

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  2. Yes, congratulations to the Goulets, and I also thank you for a shot at a prize!

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  3. Congrats and what great recognition as a business owner. Also thank you so much for these giveaways. We all really are having fun with them and appreciate them.

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  4. Okay I'm in. Thanks for all the contests. They are so much fun. Please keep them coming. Some day I will win!

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  5. This is very generous of all involved. Thank you!

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  6. So cool that he included you in the book. I can't wait to read it.

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  7. Great contest!

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  8. This is great! Congrats and thank You!:)

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  9. Well... Just for discussion's sake [ ;) ]:
    For some reason I felt defensive while answering that first question, wanting to add "and here's my reason for answering X". When watching Youtube vids/reading FPN threads I keep getting the feeling that medium/broad and above are what's accepted as the "proper" nib widths (caveat: I love the semi-flex Noodler's nibs that give me a visual warning of when I'm applying too much pressure - I live with Carpal Tunnel which is what prompted me to look for non-ballpoint writing implements).

    I've always preferred thin lines though - when I was working on my first bachelor's degree I used to treat myself to a new, slightly thinner rollerball each semester before I started using fountain pens. Lamy's EF nibs are about as wide as I'm comfortable with these days, and that's still quite wider than the mechanical pencils (Staedtler 925 in 0.5mm and 0.3mm) that I use for drafting/sketches. Lately I've been using the (relatively) hairline Pilot 78G in Fine for my everyday non-pencil math stuff, while using the (comparatively) wide EF for my everyday non-pencil math stuff.


    I dunno... I just love them thin lines, and I'm (somewhat) willing to accept the scratchtiness that usually comes along with such nibs to get the satisfaction of thin, crisp lines.

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  10. Well... Just for discussion's sake [ ;) ]:
    For
    some reason I felt defensive while answering that first question,
    wanting to add "and here's my reason for answering X". When watching
    Youtube vids/reading FPN threads I keep getting the feeling that
    medium/broad and above are what's accepted as the "proper" nib widths
    (caveat: I love the semi-flex Noodler's nibs that give me a visual
    warning of when I'm applying too much pressure - I live with Carpal
    Tunnel which is what prompted me to look for non-ballpoint writing
    implements).

    I've always preferred thin lines though - when I was working on my
    first bachelor's degree I used to treat myself to a new, slightly
    thinner rollerball each semester before I started using fountain pens.
    Lamy's EF nibs are about as wide as I'm comfortable with these days, and
    that's still quite wider than the mechanical pencils (Staedtler 925 in
    0.5mm and 0.3mm) that I use for drafting/sketches. Lately I've been
    using the (relatively) hairline Pilot 78G in Fine for my everyday
    non-pencil math stuff, while using the (comparatively) wide EF for the rest of the non-pencil stuff.

    I dunno... I just love them thin lines, and I'm (somewhat) willing to
    accept the scratchtiness that usually comes along with such nibs to get
    the satisfaction of thin, crisp lines.

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  11. Congrats on being included in the book!

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  12. That's pretty interesting. I love my fountain pens, inks, paper, calligraphy, and have I too many websites with not much on them. This contest is for me! I can never decide what to do with all of my domains... maybe I should have one for each interest? - calligraphy -ink - paper - illustration - fine pens - office pens - Hmmm... I think I really could benefit from that book! It might help me organize.

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  13. From all my dealings with your company, I've come away thinking you should do some kind of instruction, lecturing or speaking on how to run and market a business. You've managed to assemble a singular kind of marketing magic backed up by a real-life service that most companies of all scales can only dream of. It's put into relief by how poorly your competition in general (again, large and small scale) handle business. My kudos to you.

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  14. Thanks! Yeah, it was totally unexpected!

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  15. Thank you! Good luck to you in the contest ;)

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  16. I know, I'm really flattered! I thought that in order to see my name in print I'd have to write a book myself ;) I'm glad you're enjoying the giveaways, this has really happened to be the month of giveaways! We're doing an Ink Drop contest every month now, we just wrapped up the Lamy Royal Red, and now this one. We have more planned for the future, but we might wait just a little bit to give ourselves time to recover! :)

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  17. Thank Wayne, he's the one that has so generously put together the prize packages. I get to do the easy part of talking about myself in his book and dolling out the prizes like I'm Santa Claus ;)


    Haha....oh, Shartvigs! I think that'll be a Write Time classic... ;)

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  18. They are fun! We're really enjoying them, and we will most certainly keep them coming ;)

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  19. Very cool indeed! He obviously knows a good thing when he sees it, haha! ;)

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  20. Thanks! This was a fun one to put together, I don't know that we'll be giving away a lot of books ongoing so this was fun to try.

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  21. I don't know if there really is a 'proper' nib size....is there? Most of the people I know just use whatever the heck they want ;) I personally love stubs, then mediums. I like to write big and bold, but then I have kind of a unique writing/work situation than most. I have the freedom to write however the heck I want and consume as much ink/paper as my heart desires! Most folks these days I think lean towards thinner nibs because of either bad paper, or because they're coming over from thinner ballpoints/pencils.

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