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Time to vote on the most creative/helpful Gabriel: Zero Point posts, winner receives Kindle Fire/Nook Tablet!

UPDATE: The poll has closed as of 11PM ET Friday the 27th. I have the official screenshot of the results and will post them on Saturday. Thanks everyone!

As Rafiki would say, it is time.

Last week, I asked all of my friends, followers, and fans (the three Fs, in social media parlance… okay, I made that up) to help me spread the word about the release of my new prequel novella, Gabriel: Zero Point. I had a huge outpouring of support, and gave away $50 in Amazon gift cards to five random winners last week. But now, it’s the big one – the Grand Prize.

The esteemed accounting firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers has compiled (I made that up again – my family and I) a group of nominees for everyone to vote on. These nominees were chosen for having the most creative, most comprehensive, most helpful posts or series of posts that spread the word about Gabriel: Zero Point. And while retweets and shares were very helpful, they don’t quite rise up to the grand prize level. I was looking for original social media posts, creative reviews, consistent campaigns, and so on.

I found SEVEN. And now I leave it in YOUR hands to choose ONE. That final winner, as of 11:00PM ET on Friday the 27th, will win their choice of a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet!

Yes, this is now a popularity contest. Those of you nominated, spread the word to your friends and followers to vote for you. Friends and followers of those nominated, vote and continue to spread the word. Vote early, vote often (though only one entry is counted, sorry). And those of you who see a post or campaign that catches your eye that you thought was the most creative and helpful, throw a vote their way.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: I will award one last Amazon $10 gift card to ONE random commenter on this post, so even if you’re not nominated and have never heard of any of these people (who are awesome, by the way – you should get to know them), you can still leave a comment and qualify for the gift card.

Contest closes at 11PM ET Friday, and the winner will be announced Saturday. So without further ado, here are the nominees (in alphabetical order), a link to what they’ve done, and the voting box:

  • Shay Fabbro for her blog review (If you like military scifi or just scifi in general, or if you like tough guys running around kicking the crap out of bad guys, then you will DIG Steve’s Evan Gabriel trilogy!)
  • W. E. Linde for his blog review (this prequel installment of the Gabriel story is filled with Umstead’s signature elements that bring his characters and his universe alive.)
  • Debra L. Martin for her blog post announcing the debut, which she spread throughout her Triberr contacts
  • Rob Pruneda for a consistent Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus campaign throughout the week
  • Twisted SciFi for spreading the word in the context of marketing techniques used by scifi authors online
  • Tom Stronach for his blog review (A good read and good value for the money and, I am sure,  a good addition to the first three books.)
  • Eric Swett for his blog review (The pace is quick and the action is heavy, but the reader learns more about Commander Gabriel and why he is the man he is in the rest of the books.)

There they are folks. Now tell me who’s the best…and who gets the Fire or Tablet!


  1. April 23, 2012 at 11:18 am

    They are all so good, it’s hard to choose just one!

  2. April 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Congratulations to everyone who made the effort, so I’ve had a look over the selections and voted for the one that seemed to resonate more with me, purely subjective:)

  3. April 23, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I am a random commenter. I make random comments.

    Love the book Steve! I can’t wait to see what you do next!

  4. kayostheory
    April 23, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Random comment! Also, shameless plug for Shay, she is awesome!

  5. April 23, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Happy to be included in such great company Steve! Your contest is an example of brilliant marketing! Can’t wait to read the book!

    • April 23, 2012 at 11:57 am

      It’s seriously awesome! As are the others in the trilogy of course 😀

  6. April 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Having fun promoting Steve’s book and the contest. Grabbed a print copy with the new cover of Gabriel’s Redemption too. I’ll definitely be adding the entire series to my new SciFi collection.

    • April 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I totally need to get the paperbacks with the sweet new covers! 😀

      • April 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

        You should! Steve did a great job on the new cover. The 5×8 size of the book is perfect for the page count, too.

  7. April 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Steve is becoming the marketing man to watch– and it helps to have great products. Way to go.

  8. April 24, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Congrats to you all! The support of the online writing community is amazing, isn’t it?

  9. April 24, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I, too, am a random commenter. I voted for Shay – she rocks! Good luck with the book and your giveaway is phenomenal.

  10. darkheart92
    April 24, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Random comenter! Voted for Shay she’s a cool chica 🙂
    Best of luck 😀

  11. gingercalem
    April 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Go Shay!! 😉

  12. EllieAnn
    April 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Fantastic! Congrats to you all.

  13. April 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I voted for Tom because I think he’ll make a fine president–what? Wait? He’s not a US citizen? Crap. Okay, I voted for him because his blog makes me laugh and his reviews have turned me on to some terrific books.

  14. Chall
    April 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Good Luck Shay!

  15. Michael C
    April 25, 2012 at 10:27 am

    They’re all really good, I think that Shay’s will get my vote though.

  16. April 25, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I love Shay!!! She is not only an amazing Professor, but a great friend!! I get to hang out with her all summer through Camp Hope!!! I can’t wait! Go Shay!

  17. Angel Robertson
    April 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I hope to use the Amazon gift card to purchase your books! I trust Shay, and if she says that these books rock, I trust her! I love a good read! Goooo Shay!

    • April 26, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Steve’s books are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!! You’ll love them. But just fair warning…you’ll be seriously crushing on Evan Gabriel 😉

  18. Esperanza
    April 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Good Luck Shay!!!

  19. Lynne K
    April 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Good Luck Shay!!!!

  20. Turi Woelfle
    April 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Go Shay!!!

  21. Brady Ehlers
    April 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    SHAY FABBRO all the way!!

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