My Birthday Bash: Presents for You

Yeah, my birthday is almost here, and I decided this year to celebrate by giving presents to other people. And not just on my actual birthday, either. I’m giving away presents every day next week, plus a couple of presents starting today.

So what are your presents?

Total value of my birthday presents?

Absolute lowest value—$1720.33
Absolute highest value—$1987.43

But it’s more than that, really.

  • Because today five people will win. ($79.95 minimum, $159.75 max in presents)
  • Friday four people will win. ($103.60 minimum, $167.80 max in presents)
  • Saturday three people will win. ($107.55 minimum, $179.85 max in presents)
  • Sunday, two people will win. ($91.60 minimum, $123.60 max in presents)
  • Monday, two people will win. ($211.40 minimum, $243.50 max in presents)
  • Tuesday, two people will win. ($303.28 in presents)


  • Wednesday two people will win. ($564 minimum, $600 max in presents)

So the minimum total in presents I’m giving away for my birthday is…


And the maximum total in presents I’m giving away for my birthday is…


But that’s not all. EVERYONE who enters will receive one gift on Monday, October 13th.

The total value of my birthday bash giveaway including those gifts should be well over $5000. Could be a lot more. I’ll let you know once the confetti settles. ๐Ÿ˜€


Who can enter?

Anyone but my immediate family.


You could win twice, if you enter early. Here’s how:

Anyone who wins an e-book gift cannot win any further e-book presents, but will be re-entered for one of the full scholarships.

What if you win and you’re already a student in the Think Sideways course? Then I’ll refund the tuition you’ve paid to this point, and you are in free for the rest of the course.

Will I refund you for e-books you win but already own? No. Therein lies a madness of paperwork I will not even consider. HOWEVER… I’ll be very happy to send any prizes you win (INCLUDING a full scholarship if you want to be that generous) to someone you choose. If you win and this is an issue for you, contact me.


How do you enter?

Follow me on Twitter. Here’s my page:

It’s free, it’s easy, and I’m already discovering that Twitter is a lot of fun.

If you’re already following me, you’re already entered. If you’re already a Twitter member, go to my page and click Follow and you’re entered. If you’re not already a member, it’s free and it only takes a minute to join. Then return to my page click Follow. The Follow button is right under my picture on the top left corner.

I’ll print off the complete list of my Twitter followers every day, and do a random drawing from those pages, PLUS the pages from every day’s pages before. Yes, this means that if you start following me today, you’ll get one new entry in the drawing every single day. Yes, this will improve your chances of winning, at least a little. I have no way of figuring odds. I have no idea how many people will enter. Today, right this minute, you’re odds would be about 5:32. I expect they’ll get a bit steeper over the next few days.

I’ll announce the winners at around noon my time every day. On Twitter. ๐Ÿ˜€ (Except today, when I’ll announce at around two, because I am SO behind schedule.)

And I’ll do a final listing of everyone who won here after it’s all over. Probably on Tuesday the 14th. Finally, EVERYONE who’s following me on Twitter will get a link to one gift on that day.

So. Does that count as a cool way to celebrate a birthday?

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19 responses to “My Birthday Bash: Presents for You”

  1. slorri23 Avatar

    Started “Think Sideways” last nite, I really like it. I am looking forward to the year in “Sideways” its gonna be fun and maybe alittle hard to. Wish me luck

  2. Noucamp Avatar

    Many Happy Returns of the day Holly!

  3. slorri23 Avatar

    the weather here is still too warm for oct.

  4. slorri23 Avatar

    I will be glad when I can enrolll in Think Sideways

  5. Wolfhardt Avatar

    Wow, you are great.
    I can only present my best wishes for your birthday in exchange.
    So all the best from Germany and keep up the good work (what an understatement^^)

  6. JimG Avatar

    Thank you….and Happy Birthday, Holly.
    Your website is quite helpful and I’m looking forward to the Character Course. So far, fiction has proven MUCH harder for my brain than writing non-fiction.
    Thanks again.

  7. Alulawing Avatar

    Happy Birthday Holly!! I love your books.
    Your presents are fantastic. Hoping real hard for Scenes ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Darquefyre Avatar

    Have a great birthday.

  9. Darquefyre Avatar

    Mine is the 8th too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Holly Avatar

    My actual birthday is the 8th. You beat me by a day. ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. exiled Avatar

    So what day is your actual birthday? Hope you have a great birthday (mine is the 7th).

  12. Bill Avatar

    Wishing you the best on your birthday, Holly. Joined Twitter today. Looks like fun.


  13. Annalisa Avatar

    These are GREAT birthday presents you’re giving away! I already have the Language Clinic, Culture Clinic, and How to Think Sideways (working through them slowly here), but I am super psyched at the chance to win others. Boy, these presents are a lot better than the old mathoms the hobbits tend to pass around. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    P.S. On Twitter I’m artcat917. Thanks for the follow and the good wishes!

  14. chelebenard Avatar

    Happy Birthday Holly

  15. slorri23 Avatar

    Happy Birthday Holly, This is wonderful, I have just found “Holly” recently, and it’s been a “smash” Learning and Loving it.

  16. dpinion Avatar

    Very cool Holly! Even fathoming the amount of work you put into all of this makes your giveaways very generous indeed!

  17. elsie_at_ease Avatar

    Wow is an understatement. This is exciting!!

    Have a great birthday!

  18. Holly Avatar

    I do have fun. I think this will be a blast.

  19. Nicole Avatar

    Wow. WOW. You really know how to celebrate your birthdays, don’t you?

    I hope it’s a great one!

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