Monday, January 13, 2014

Four Years of Blogging

I started In High Spirits on January 8, 2010 with a post called Optimism in a New Decade. It was just a few months before the release of We Hear the Dead, and WAY too late to build a platform of readers before a book launch – but I didn’t know that at the time! For a long while, my only readers were my husband, my sister … and then Katie Mills, aka CreepyQuery Girl. I’m not sure how I snagged Katie, but I do remember her as one of my very first readers!

It’s been an interesting journey since then, and a lot of cool stuff has happened in the last four years. There have been disappointments as well, but that’s the way of this business and life in general.

To celebrate how far I’ve come, I’m hosting a raffle this month – giving away one of everything I’ve ever published. The giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, or the European Union. I’ve decided to hold separate raffles for each item, rather than have just one and stick a winner with something they don’t want or already have.

The Anniversary Party door prizes are signed copies of:
  • We Hear the Dead + my very last WHTD t-shirt
  • Visions 1 and 2 : pulp fiction anthologies including my two adult short stories, Necromancer (horror) and Greydeere (fantasy)
  • The Caged Graves + a caged grave t-shirt
  • Very Superstitious: a charity anthology including my YA short story, Bloody Mary (historical horror)
  • An ARC of The Eighth Day + a set of temporary tattoos that go with the story


 To all my readers, thanks for making the last four years so amazing! I look forward to the next four ... and more ... with excitement and anticipation!


34 comments:

  1. Ha! First commenter and first one leave a comment for this contest!;) Some things don't change. The last four years has flown by, hasn't it? Scary.

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  2. Congratulations, Dianne. It's weird huh, when you look back on the last 4 years and see all you've accomplished. I think I'm going on 5 years myself. Let's hope for a few more.

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  3. Funny that Katie is the first commenter.

    I just realized that I've been blogging almost three years. My anniversary will be the end of February, I think. You've certainly accomplished a lot writing wise during these years. And I'm impressed that you kept up the blog with working too.

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  4. You are made of pure awesomesauce! Just thrilled for your successes. I already pre-order The Eighth Day, but I think another copy wouldn't hurt. lol

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  5. I won your Caged Graves t-shirt in another one of your giveaway and I love it. I wear it a lot. I'm like a walking Dianne Salerni advertisement and I'm proud of it. :)

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  6. Katie would be an awesome first reader! I've really enjoyed getting to know you through the blogosphere. I was so impressed by We Hear the Dead! The writing was just gorgeous, and the story was heartbreaking. Congratulations on how far you've come since the beginning! :)

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  7. First, I want to tell you (possibly again) that I recently read The Caged Graves and loved it.

    Next, I want to tell you that my doorbell rang about a half hour ago and it was the UPS man. It was my ARC for The Eighth Day. I can't wait to read it. I am soooo excited!!!!

    I did comment on your comment on my blog and you can go back and read that if you are so inclined.

    Lastly, I think it is wonderful that you are doing these giveaways.

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  8. Oh... and congrats on your fourth year!!!

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  9. Hi, Dianne! I didn't realize we share the same blogging anniversary. How cool! CONGRATS to you!

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  10. Congratulations Dianne! That is a lot of blogging. Here's wishing you continued success in the next four years. :)

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  11. Congratulations Dianne! That is a lot of blogging. Here's wishing you continued success in the next four years. :)

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  12. Congratulations Dianne! That is a lot of blogging. Here's wishing you continued success in the next four years. :)

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  13. Congratulations Dianne! That is a lot of blogging. Here's wishing you continued success in the next four years. :)

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  14. Congrats on four years! You've come along way, baby :) Looking forward to more.

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  15. Congrats on the 4 years of blogging. Glad you've been around and that I've gotten a chance to enjoy seeing the many steps you've taken with your publications.

    Very excited to see more good coming your way :-)

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  16. Congrats on your 4th blogoversary!! It's actually my blogoversary today as well - although my 1st. ;) Thanks for all the amazing reads, and the awesome giveaways - I'm super-excited to read The Eighth Day!

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  17. Aloha,

    Isn't it scary how fast time flies :)

    Congrats on four years - and here's to *lots* more success and less blech moments:)

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  18. So many great gifts! Tweeting now and congrats on your 4th anniversary!

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  19. Happy fourth blog birthday. Congratulations on your progress over the years. :)

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  20. You're so generous!!! So many great prizes and stories :)

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  21. Congratulations, Dianne! On both the blogiversary and all the fabulous books you've sent out into the world :)

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  22. Congratulations!! I only started my blog about 2 years ago. I can only hope that when I hit 4 years I've done as well as you. I got so excited about the giveaways that I entered the T-shirt one accidentally. Let me know if you're ever giving away e-copies of your books 'coz I can't accept physical things -- just virtual ones. (My whole life is becoming virtual!)

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  23. YAY, Dianne! Congrats on four years of blogging. My five-year anniversary will be later this year. You've accomplished so much in those four years, you have every right to crow a little.

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  24. Happy Anniversary. 4 years is definitely an accomplishment. And boy have you done a lot since you started. Thanks for all you do for the little people;)

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  25. Yay, four years! Happy blogoversary! That's really generous of you to offer a giveaway of your books. I can see that you're already getting lots of entries!

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  26. You know how excited I am for the release of your new book! I gifted everyone The Caged Graves for Christmas!

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  27. Happy blogoversary! So many awesome prizes!

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  28. Hi Dianne .. congratulations on the 4 years - funny how some bloggers start with a book, and then get blogging .. others like me start blogging and then think about publishing something ..

    Congratulations though .. and on all your books and the giveaways .. I'll sign in for the ones I know I haven't got ..

    Lovely range of prizes though .. cheers Hilary

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  29. Congrats on four years! I wish I found you sooner! Good luck as you get ready to launch another book. I'm looking forward to reading it, as well as hearing all of the "backstage information" about your experience. Thanks for all you do for the writing community!

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  30. Congrats, Dianne, for your 4 years of blogging and wow, what a giveaway!! *crosses fingers, hopes to win* :)

    How funny that you got into blogging AFTER your debut :) but I'm glad you did - I've fallen out of the blogosphere the last few months, but this is a blog I always like to return to!

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  31. Congrats on 4 years! I just discovered your work through Caged Graves and am enjoying it. Keep up the good work.

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  32. Just discovered you through Caged Graves and really enjoying your work. Keep it up! Congrats on 4 years.

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