Win a signed copy of Maggie's new book

Would you like a signed copy of Before the Lights Go Out, my new book about the future of energy?

The book comes out on April 10th and pre-orders have already started shipping. Between now and the end of April, you can earn a fun prize for telling other people about my book.

1) Tell people on your social networks that you're reading Before the Lights Go Out. This applies to Facebook, G+, or Twitter. When you talk about it, be sure to tag me in the post—@maggiekb1 on Twitter, Maggie Koerth-Baker on Facebook and G+—so I know that you mentioned the book.

In return, I'll send you a sticker with my signature and personal thank-you. You can put it in your printed book and create an instant signed copy. Or, if you're an e-book reader, you can put the sticker on ... something else. Maybe your e-book reader. Maybe your pet/baby. Either way, it's yours!

UPDATE: I had another part to this, offering cookies to people who would write reviews of the book. It was meant to be fun. But, talking to a few people, I think that cuts too close to bribery. So I'm canceling that part of the contest.


      1. So now that the cookies are off the table, what do I have to do to get them in my stomach? Could I send you a copy of my fabulous-fabulous book in exchange for a plate? I’ll still take the burnt ones. :-)

  1. This is misleading.  Winning a signed sticker to place inside a purchased book is not the same as winning a ‘signed copy of Maggie’s new book’.  I don’t have plans to purchase the book, but read the post in hopes of finding out how I might win one.

    1. Note that I am not making this offer to journalists. I’m making this offer to a wide range of non-professional Internet users. I’m not bribing journalists. I’m giving people who were going to buy the book anyway an incentive to tell their friends about it. 

      1. No you are not. You are actively soliciting positive reviews using bribery (good reviews get a cookie, bad reviews get burnt cookies/no cookies).

        This is not only very unethical, but that you can’t see that this is effectively the same thing as an article YOU cited about being paid for good reviews is disturbing: Someone shilling for you on Amazon doesnt’ make a difference if they are a ‘professional’ journalist or a random person.

        E.G, how is a cookie different from other payment?

        1. I have to agree with Nick. It stinks of astroturfing and violates WOMMA agreements. : Sorry Maggie.

        2. Count me as another for believing that soliciting reviews in exchange for cookies, especially if you start making judgements about which reviewers gets cookies, crosses the line. Good luck with your book though. Love the site and your contributions.

      2. Thinking about it a bit more and talking with other people, I think you’re right. I’m canceling that part of the offer. It wasn’t well thought-out on my part and does come too close to bribery to be okay. 

  2. I ordered it last week and it should arrive today or tomorrow, and I will do as you ask. I won’t tell anyone about the cookies if you want to send me some despite your decision. Hey, maybe you’ve got extras, it has nothing to do with any book reviews.

  3. I’m  a little shocked people think this is unethical. Encouraging people to write a review in exchange for some goodies is a pretty normal thing to do. It’s like offering someone $5 to take a survey. If you asked people to write good reviews for a prize, that would be troublesome, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. You’re just encouraging people to share their views. I’ve spent my whole adult life working in PR, and have done similar campaigns many times, and as long as you take the good reviews with the bad, I don’t see the problem. It’s just a clever way to market the book. I say carry on. 

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