Twenty Weeks of Buzz

The Twenty Weeks of Buzz is now over, but take a look at the fun we had below and start getting ready for next autumn, when we celebrate the publication of Russell Eleven!


We all had such a good time with the 2009 online celebration “Fifteen Weeks of Bees,”we decided to do another for 2010. This time, we were celebrating twenty LRK books, so it’s Twenty Weeks of Buzz.

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This is a party—your party. So although we’ll be doing our part—blogs, prizes, all sorts of things— will be a place for your Russell-based enthusiasm: artwork, fan fiction, ideas, guest blogs. To find out more, keep reading, skip ahead to the contest details , or download the press release here. You can also download double-sided flier here or a flier for the Indy Books “Birth of a Green Man” campaign here.
Click here for a Printable Press Release

Here’s what we have in mind, between now and the April 27th publication of The God of the Hive:

 

 

  • New book pages with group discussion guides and background info
  • Fan art projects: Russellscapes; Illuminated MyStory; story illustrations
  • Fan writing projects: What Holmes means to me; I ♥ libraries; fanfiction
 

 

 

 

  • Virtual Book Club discussions and interviews
  • Weekly drawings and contests of ARCs, hardbacks, paperbacks, and broadsides
  • A book tour in May, with an emphasis on libraries


And your part of the Twenty Weeks? Having fun. Yep, that’s mostly it.

For those of an artistic bent, we’d love to see your Russellscapes and other works of art (instructions are here—get started now!) For the literary, there’s fan fiction and love letters to look forward to. If you like crosswords and word puzzles, we’ll have those as well.

We’ll be adding to the schedule below as we go along, so keep an eye, and remember—spread the buzz! Download the press release here or a double-sided flier here.

Twenty Weeks of Buzz: Contest Details

Week One: Newsletter Drawing This week’s winner, drawn from the newsletter list, wins a T-shirt from the LRK CafePress store or a “Venomous Death” mini-broadside. Joe Pace was this week’s winner. Congrats Joe!
Week Two: Newsletter Drawing This week’s winner, drawn from the newsletter list, wins a T-shirt from the LRK CafePress store or a “Venomous Death” mini-broadside. Donna Swedberg was this week’s winner.
Week Three: Sherlock Holmes Contest Celebrate Sherlock Holmes’ birthday (January 6) by sending us your thoughts on: What Sherlock Holmes means to me. You may write an essay or letter (maximum of 500 words, extra points for under 250) or conduct a very brief conversation, or do a piece of art and scan it, or… What does this character, considered fiction by most of the world, mean to you? Send your entry to bees@laurierking.com, and we’ll pick a winner on Sunday (January 17) for a prize of a t-shirt from our Cafepress store or a “Venomous Death” mini-broadside, and post the winning entry on Mutterings the following week. Elizabeth Burden won the guest blog contest.
Week Four: Puzzle 1 The first puzzle of the Twenty Weeks is made up of ten LRK titles and 24 character names, which can be found in any direction: up, down, or diagonal, and written either backwards or forwards. The clues will be posted on Thursday January 21, and the answers on Sunday January 24. A winner will be drawn from the correct answers sent in to bees@laurierking.com. You can scan it or take a photo and send us that, however you like, just so we get your finished puzzle by the end of day on January 24. Click here to see and print off this week’s puzzle, or here to see it with clues. Have fun!
Week Five: Newsletter Drawing A name will be drawn from among those who open the newsletter in the first two days to be our second winner of: an Advanced Reader Copy of The God of the Hive! Here’s where you can sign up for the newsletter and make a try for the ARC.
Week Six: Newsletter Drawing This week’s winner, drawn from the newsletter list (sign up here for your chance to win!), will get a T-shirt from the LRK CafePress store or a “Venomous Death” mini-broadside.
Week Seven: Puzzle 2 Can you determine why this odd snippet of free verse might be of interest to readers of The God of the Hive?  If so, send your answer to bees[at]laurierking.com by Sunday February 14 and you’ll be entered into a drawing for “A Venomous Death.” Download the puzzle here, and check back here for the answers!
Week Eight: Newsletter Drawing
This week’s winner, drawn from the newsletter list (sign up here for your chance to win!), will get a T-shirt from the LRK CafePress store or a “Venomous Death” mini-broadside.
Week Nine: Newsletter Drawing
This week’s winner, drawn from the newsletter list (sign up here for your chance to win!), will get a T-shirt from the LRK CafePress store or a “Venomous Death” mini-broadside.
Week Ten: Puzzle 3 Another puzzling challenge from Our Friend in Connecticut. Some of you have seen a version of this before, but that only makes your life easier, doesn’t it? Send your answer to bees[at]laurierking.com (changing the word “at” to an @ symbol) by Sunday, March 7 and you’ll be entered into a drawing for “A Venomous Death.” Download the puzzle grid and clues over at the Puzzles page, and check back next weekend for the answers!
Week Eleven: Sherlockisms The Sherlockism is a pithy turn of phrase as favored by Mr Sherlock Holmes: “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” ”I saw no one.”
 ”That is what you may expect to see when I follow you.”Now, you have an opportunity to exercise your own tart pithiness. This year, we’re asking for a Sherlockism that Laurie can slip into the as-yet-without-title novel for 2011. The prizes: an Advanced Reading Copy of The God of the Hive, and your name in the thanks page of the next Russell and Holmes, plus a copy of that hardback when it comes out.Sharpen your pencils and/or your quills, and let us see your brilliance by emailing your submissions to bees@laurierking.com by Sunday the 14th. The winner will be announced on Mutterings probably Monday the 15th, with all of the submissions listed on the Sherlockisms page.
Week Twelve: Puzzle 4 Puzzling characters, those two. This week we have another crossword from our puzzling friend in Connecticut. Download the puzzle grid and clues over at the Puzzles page, and send a photo or scan of your answer to bees[at]laurierking.com (changing the word “at” to an @ symbol) by Sunday, March 21 and you’ll be entered into a drawing for “A Venomous Death.”
Week Thirteen: Puzzle 5 For our last puzzle, a before and after game, with a bee-autiful twist. Download the puzzle over at the Puzzles page, and send your answer to bees[at]laurierking.com (changing the word “at” to an @ symbol) by Sunday, March 28 and you’ll be entered into a drawing for “A Venomous Death.”
Weeks Fourteen and Fifteen: Fantasy Library To celebrate National Library Week (April 12), send us a description of your fantasy library (in words, pictures, or anything else) to bees@laurierking.com, or mail them to me at P.O. Box 1152, Freedom, CA, 95019. Either way, you have until Friday, April 9 to come up with your vision of the perfect library. The winner gets two pieces of literary art for their walls—“Birth of a Green Man” and the small version of “A Venomous Death,” plus a full set of all the LRK books for a library of their choice. See the Fantasy Library page for more details.
Week Sixteen: Beekeeper’s Gallery This week kicks off the first of our four art contests during the Twenty Weeks of Buzz: The Beekeeper’s Gallery. Head on over to the Gallery page and cast your vote for your favorite artwork (from the 2010 entries only) before Sunday, April 18, and then check back here next week to find out the winner.
Week Seventeen: Illuminated MyStory This week is the second of our four art contests during the Twenty Weeks of Buzz: Illuminated MyStory. Head on over to the MyStory page and cast your vote for your favorite artwork before Sunday, April 25, and then check back here next week to find out the winner.
Week Eighteen: Russellscape This week is the third of our four art contests during the Twenty Weeks of Buzz: the Russellscape. Head on over to the Russellscape page and cast your vote for your favorite artwork before Sunday, May 2 (please cast your vote only once), and then check back next week to find out the winner.
Week Nineteen: Mary Russell Colo(u)ring Book This week is the last of our four art contests during the Twenty Weeks of Buzz: the Colo(u)ring book. Head on over to the Beekeeper’s Gallery to see the submissions, and stay tuned for the full version of the Colo(u)ring Book soon to come.
Week Twenty: Art Contest Grand Prize
This week, Laurie chooses a grand prize art winner from all four contests. Click here to see the entries, and stay tuned for more grand prize drawings next week!