Giving Back to My Readers

April 4th, 2012

…And only asking for a little bit of love in return.

As you may know, we’ve had quite a run of success with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 42 weeks and counting. And that kind of long term appreciation for a book is a rare gem. As a thank you from me to you, representing all of my readers, and all the readers of my clients’ wonderful, amazing titles, I’m giving away something big this time. Not just a couple of books I had in my office, not even a limited edition tote bag or flash drive (made especially for my clients as holiday gifts).

No, I wanted to do something bigger. Something that thanks you for your love of reading and rewards it. Shall I get to the point?

I’m giving away a brand new Kindle Touch.

Guys, *I* don’t even have one of these. I’ve got a first-generation Kindle, which is the 1970s Battlestar Galactica compared to the Kindle Touch’s shiny new reboot.

So what do you have to do to win? Actually, there are three different ways: first, leave a comment here. That gets you one entry. You can also check out my Page on Facebook and like me. Another entry. (What can I say? I crave your validation!) Or, you can tweet about the contest on Twitter, mentioning me, @DaphneUn, and linking to this post. That gets you a single entry as well. Want a better shot of winning? Do all three! (Maximum number of entries allowed is three, so please don’t spam your friends and Twitter followers, or think that multiple comments here will do the trick. One entry for each method of spreading the word!) I’ll randomly pick a winner from all the entries on Monday, April 9th.

And thanks. For everything you do that makes sitting here and blogging and crawling through the slush pile worth it. Thanks.

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134 Responses to “Giving Back to My Readers”

  1. @_KateStanton Says:

    Amazing contest! I'd love to win a Kindle Touch! I tweeted about it here ->!/_KateStanton/status/187629

  2. Erica Says:

    42 weeks? that really is awesome. :) I tweeted @thebookcellarx and liked your facebook page as well.

  3. Andrea Thompson Says:

    Congratulations on all the success!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    FB like Andrea Pierce Thompson

  4. @PIOGreg Says:

    Congratulations on your success and thank you for your generosity!

  5. Genevieve Says:

    Such an awesome contest! 42 weeks is AMAZING! I tweeted about it here (@Genevieve_Thurs):!/Genevieve_Thurs/status/187

    And I also 'liked' your facebook (Genevieve Thursday). : )

  6. Ashley Turcotte Says:

    This is quite the giveaway! Hopefully 42 weeks will only be the beginning.

  7. Megan Anne Says:

    This is such an awesome contest! Also, I already had your facebook page liked. :)

  8. Julia Says:

    Thanks for doing this!! What a wonderful giveaway :) I retweeted your post here!/DaphneUn/status/1876322806… and liked you on facebook Julia N Lyle Keanini!! Thanks again :)

  9. tiz Says:

    Wow — I knew it was popular, but I how cool that it's done so well. I'd love to be entered for a chance to win.

  10. Kate Larkindale Says:

    What an awesome prize! Thanks.

  11. Stephanie Says:

    Glad to hear the book is doing well! I just bought a copy last month (at a local, non-chain bookstore, no less!). Congrats on its success. :)

  12. Susan Adrian Says:

    Wow! Fabulous contest! I just bought a copy of Miss Peregrine to read on my cracked, 1st-gen Kindle. :) Congrats to you and Ransom on the book's success!

  13. OliviaW Says:

    Ever since I saw Ransom Riggs' YouTube video about his photograph collection I've wanted to go trolling through my own flea market for some- hasn't happened yet, but it's on my list.
    After I finished Miss Peregrine, I said to myself, "This is the next Percy Jackson."

  14. J C Gregorio Says:

    Yowzers and congratulations! I 'Like" you and will tweet about this post haste! Also, thank YOU for all of the wonderful insights and links you post.

  15. @Saille Says:

    I hadn't realized it had been on for so many weeks! Very cool. I was attracted to it right away when I first saw it. Congratulations! (Fingers crossed.)

  16. @bethofpennswood Says:

    This is awesome! Congratulations on your success!

  17. @nickipaupreto Says:

    Wow! Incredibly generous of you! And congrats :)

  18. Alycia T Says:

    Congrats on the success! But the authors you represent are truly awesome (Maureen Johnson, Stephanie Perkins, Amy Spalding :) etc.) so I’m not surprised. PEREGRINES is on the top of my tbr list should I ever get through all my mss. Hope it has many more weeks of success!!

  19. Toni Says:

    FB Liked, RT'd and commenting now. Congrats and awesome giveaway!

  20. Suzi Says:

    A Kindle would be so very cool. Thanks and congrats on the great news. I retweeted Krista VD's tweet._ _!/KristaVanDolzer/status/187640668842242048

  21. KimberlyFDR Says:

    The long streak of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is well-deserved! It's a stellar book.

    Went ahead and liked you on Facebook, too :D

  22. stephscottil Says:

    Wow, awesome about the book selling so well! I enjoyed it.

  23. chris w Says:

    How awesome to win a something
    Thanks for the awesome contest

  24. Jeremy Shory Says:

    Arguably the coolest woman I follow ok twitter. Seriously. Thanks for finding ways to tie back.

  25. chris w Says:

    How awesome to win a ereader
    Thanks for the awesome contest

  26. Robin Reads Says:

    Wow, that is very generous! Thanks for helping to bring us readers such awesome books!

  27. Michael G-G Says:

    I've liked you on FB, Tweeted, and am now commented. Plus adding a little blackmail–April 9th is my son's 9th birthday. (But best of luck everyone.)

  28. Seán Dwyer Says:

    Impressive! And I'm doubly impressed because you count one of my favorite people among your clients. :)

  29. Feaky Snucker Says:

    OMG I hope I win because the 1st was my birthday, which I spent cleaning my house and then cooking dinner for 7 people!

    I tweeted here: Hey! AWESOME giveaway on an AWESOME blog! @DaphneUn

  30. Melodye Says:

    I came here by way of my friend (and your client) Julia Karr. Thanks for hosting this contest!

    In addition to this comment, I've clicked "Like" on your Facebook page. But even if my name isn't chosen for the Kindle Touch, I've added to my circle of friends–a win, regardless. :)

  31. Tory Michaels Says:

    Would love to win a Kindle, I liked you on FB too. :)

  32. Rebecca Enzor Says:

    I'm pretty sure that your page is one of the first that I ever "liked" on FB :) And I did RT and then tweet to let everyone know that they don't have a chance against me (unless my contest winning luck only extends to books!)!/RebeccaEnzor/status/187673

  33. Michelle Says:

    I tweeted and liked on Facebook!

    I loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! Thanks for the very generous giveaway.

  34. Tyler C. Says:

    This is why I tell people they need twitter.

  35. @Havyn416 Says:

    You are so awesome and your twitter feed also keeps me entertained.

  36. @Havyn416 Says:

    *always, not also

  37. @theoriginaledi Says:

    Wow, you are too cool! (Not that I didn't already know that, but still…)

    So here's my comment, I Like-d you on Facebook ages ago, and my tweet is right over there –>!/theoriginaledi/status/1877

    Whether I win or not, thanks for the opportunity!

  38. Margie Says:

    Hey – KT – If I win I will give you my not so old Kindle – assuming Amazon let's you do that :)

    Great job as always!

  39. Constance Lombardo Says:

    I would love a Kindle Touch! Thanks for the cool contest.
    And I 'liked' you on FB (Constance Lombardo)
    and congratulations with the success of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children!

  40. @lchardesty Says:

    Ooh! Shiny! Congrats to you and Ransom Riggs! And thanks!

  41. Rachel Thompson Says:

    That's quite the contest!

  42. @ellievlogs Says:

    Thanks for hosting this contest!

  43. Crystal Says:

    What a cool contest! Thanks!

  44. Dee Says:

    Great contest! I also liked you on facebook and tweeted @writeforapples

  45. Raewyn Says:

    Just want to say how awesome I think you are. Love your advice

  46. Emily Says:

    We love you and all your fabulous writers- thank you!

  47. Anna Meade Says:

    Thanks for all you do with YA and MG, very inspirational.

    Anna Meade on Facebook.

  48. Myrna Foster Says:

    I liked your FB page. You have some amazing clients. Thanks!

  49. Caillie Howard Says:

    Wow you weren’t lying about the giveaway being awesome! I also liked you on FB, same name (Caillie Howard). :)

  50. Laurel Landau Says:

    So cool! Thanks for the contest, what a nice way to make your readers feel all warm and fuzzy inside :)

    I liked you on Facebook and tweeted about the contest too:!/Laurelaireads/status/18781

  51. MarcyKate Says:

    Ah, I ADORED that book – thrilled to hear it's doing so well!

    I liked your facebook page and tweeted about the contest here:!/MarcyKate/status/187857471

  52. su Kopil Says:

    42 weeks and counting is awesome and well deserved for Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children! Congrats.

  53. Gina Says:

    thanks for this contest! i have this book on my bookshelf nd hadn't had a chance to read it yet!

  54. Carol Baldwin Says:

    I agree- what a wonderful contest! Just liked you on Facebook too.

  55. Bethany Dellinger Says:

    42 weeks! Fantastic!

    I'd love a chance to win too. I'm really behind technology-wise (no twitter or facebook account) but I will post the info on my blog, Literary Crush, at

    Thanks for sharing the news about MISS PEREGRINE'S success!

  56. Shannon S Says:

    I loved the book and the awesomely creepy pictures!

    Count me in on the contest!

  57. Laurie Muench Says:

    Thanks for this opportunity and congratulation on Miss Peregrine’s success. Tweeted and followed!

  58. jajmh Says:

    Yummy! I'd love to be entered in the contest. I need some more technology in my life.

    Jean Hall

  59. RuthAnne Says:

    Did all three! Thanks for the awesome contest :)

  60. C.L. Broggin Says:

    42 weeks is awesome. Thanks for the great giveaway. I've liked your Facebook page and I tweeted!/chauntikawrites/status/187

  61. Kim Fleming Says:

    What an awesome contest! I can't wait for the next Miss Peregrine's to come out so it can spend so long on the bestseller list too!

    I also "liked" you on FB. (Which, I thought I did already, odd.)
    And tweeted here:!/akseabird/status/187967488

  62. robin hall Says:

    Would love to win it!
    Yay for celebratory giveaways

  63. Emily White Says:

    What a great contest! Thank you! Honestly, I'm not surprised at all that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has been on the NY Times bestseller list for so long. It is an AMAZING book.

    I've followed you on facebook and have tweeted about the giveaway!!/Emily_T_White

  64. Kim Says:

    Read Miss Peregrine shortly after it was first published . . . then made my daughter read it. We both said it needs to be made into a movie–glad to see someone took our advice ; )

  65. Stephanie McGee Says:

    I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine's. That was a great read. Congrats on the success!

  66. Kristin D. Says:

    So excited! :) Thank you for the chance to win!

  67. @LianaBrooks Says:

    Commenting, liked you on FB, tweeted about you (@LianaBrooks). I love the cover for your book!

  68. @nerdhugger Says:

    Ah! This would be so amazing, since I've been thinking about getting an e-reader for a while. Love following you on Twitter!

    I also tweeted about the giveaway here:!/nerdhugger/status/18803520… Not sure if you need that. :)

  69. Kristin D. Says:

    I also like your FB page, and tweeted about your contest! :) (I am @kadamian on Twitter)

  70. A. B. Keuser Says:

    Ooo! I'd love to win this :D Also, it's so great about Miss Peregrin's!

  71. Emily Says:

    If I had a kindle, i might actually read my textbooks for class! See? You'd be helping promote education for the next generation if I won :P

  72. @MonicaMarieV Says:

    Thank you so much for your generosity on this. Anyone who loves shoes as much as you do is A-OK in my book!

  73. Sarah Pottenger Says:

    I would LOVE a Kindle Touch.

  74. Donelle Lacy Says:

    That's impressive and amazing! I love Miss Peregrine's. I hope there's a second one on it's way. And congrats to Mr. Riggs, bigtime!

    Also, this Kindle contest is great. Thanks for hosting it!

  75. Mark S. Says:

    Congrats! Forty-two weeks and counting is a pretty sweet run.

  76. meredith Says:

    awesome giveaway!!!

  77. meredith Says:

    i liked your facebook page

  78. meredith Says:


  79. Ashley Says:

    A Kindle Touch would be such a blessing! :)

  80. @sarahplusthree Says:

    congratulations on your successes. :)

  81. brenda m. Says:

    Congrats on your success and thank you for generously sharing it!:)

  82. Maya Marlette Says:

    What a generous gift!

  83. Angiegirl Says:


    I liked your FB page.

  84. tracyworld Says:

    I really enjoyed reading "Miss Peregrine's Home" and am thrilled it's been on the bestseller list all that time. Go cool story/photo concept! Thank you for the chance to win.

  85. Susan James Says:

    I tweeted. (@sbjames) I liked. I commented. Here's hoping I win.

  86. Zoe Says:

    Congrats on your success!

  87. Deb Says:

    so well deserved on the book! it is a visual, literary treat. an amazing book…the kind you have to have on your book shelf and your e-reader! okay, I shall stop here, say congrats on it's success and THANKS fo the giveaway!

  88. Deb Says:

    I tweeted:!/DaphneUn/status/1883222961

    user @debamarshall

  89. Deb Says:

    and I liked you (and those crazy cool shoes!) on facebook. User name Deb A. Marshall

  90. ecfrance Says:

    Checked your blog for a daily dose of inspiration, and I find a Kindle contest?! Thanks for the extra bit of awesome.

  91. Cherie Says:

    Saweet!! I LOVED Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children! I'm a follower of your blog. Tweeted here:!/writercherie/status/188328

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

    ~Cherie (@writercherie)

  92. @vbartles Says:

    What a great contest!

    I liked your facebook page (Veronica Bartles)

    & tweeted about the contest (@vbartles)

  93. Nathan Says:

    I would like a Kindle, please! I have the Kindle Fire, and would actually prefer the Kindle Touch.

  94. Kira G. Says:

    I usually just lurk here, but hey. Free Kindle. :)

  95. Barry Huddleston Says:

    A book blogger can always use an ereader. Please count me in…

  96. Eamon Ambrose Says:

    First of all congratulations to you and Ransom on the success of Miss Peregrine’s it’s a truly special and unique book beautifully written and one of the best designed and presented books I have seen in many many years and Quirk were the ideal choice to publish. This book reslly helped me as I have struggled for years to read as I find it really hard to concentrate. I was an avid reader in my teens but as I grew older I found it harder and harder to concentrate on daily things. When I first saw the viral image of the cover in Twitter I was fascinated by the image being a fan of the weird and gothic it just screamed ‘read me!’. Thankfully I tracked down a copy (first edition too!) and it was one of the first books I have managed to get through in many years. Thank you and wishing you all continued success. E.

  97. Giles Hash Says:

    That sounds AWESOME! My wife loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I haven't read it, yet, but it's on my list :D

  98. Jeni Says:

    What a great contest. Thank you! And congratulations to you and Ransom Riggs on the success of this book. I loved it.

  99. Jon Del Vento Says:

    Thank you so much for you to have a giveaway for a Kindle Touch. That is such a kind thing to do. I really appreciate chances at things like this. I’m already following you on Twitter – @Insomniac_24_7. I’ve also liked your Facebook page as well – I love sharing these kinds of things with others to let them know about this kind of generosity. Again, thanks for the chance.

  100. Angela Says:

    42 weeks and counting? That's amazing! Congratulations.

  101. AV Johnson Says:

    Thanks for the chance to win one of these. My home technology is so 2005?


  102. katewhite223 Says:

    Woo hoo! Thanks for the rad contest!

  103. MT Fierce Says:

    I feel kind of guilty leaving a comment, but why not? I find it hilarious that I picked up "Miss Peregrine's" completely oblivious to your connection to it.

  104. Alwyn Says:

    Thanks for the contest! I would love to have an e-reader but a bit broke for one at the moment. Probably because I spend all my money on books anyway :) I read Miss Peregrine back in the summer when I was sent to Paris for work (weirdly that's the third book of yours that I have read in Paris!) and loved it!

  105. Winnie fryer Says:

    Great book, would love to read it again on a kindle!!!!!

  106. Ella Schwartz Says:

    Thanks for a great contest! I liked your facebook page (Ella Schwartz). Congrats on the success!

  107. Kaitlin Says:

    Wow. What an amazing giveaway! I hope I’m the winner!

  108. Leah R. Says:

    Hi! Tweeted, Liked and now commenting that I don’t gave a reader at all. I would love to win, so I will keep my fingers crossed!

  109. Addy Hall Says:

    This is fantastic! :D If I win. I will donate all of my proceeds to cookies. But then I'll steal them back after I eat those cookies. I'm tired and I make no sense. I love you.

  110. Jillian Says:

    Ahhh I loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! So quirky and fun and such a great read. Would love to celebrate its 42 weeks by rereading it on a prize Kindle Fire! :-) I'm an English teacher and I just had a lot of success doing a unit with my AP kids in Providence reading novels on e-readers at our school. I never thought I'd convert before that, but they actually taught me how to utilize the features, and it would be so cool to have my own now! Great giveaway; thanks for sharing!

  111. sharlalovelace Says:

    Yay…pick me!!! lol…okay now I'm going to Tweet it.

  112. Erin R. Says:

    What an awesome prize! You’re the best :)

  113. Emily Says:

    Hooray for Daphne!! And Ransom too. So exciting to see people’s dreams coming true. :)

  114. Samantha Says:

    Congratulations! What a generous giveaway!

  115. Margie L Says:

    Awesome contest! Happy Easter as well to you and yours!

  116. maliK Says:

    Aunt kate I love the peculiar children book nice job with the agenting but would love a kindle even more love you bye.

  117. Emma Says:

    I loved Miss Peregrine’s! Such a wonderful concept, beautiful photos, and a brilliantly-told story!

  118. Deena Says:

    MISS PEREGRINE was a fave of my school's Newbery Club — all the teens wanted it to win the ALA's award! :) Congrats on the awesome success to you and Mr. Riggs!

  119. May Richard Says:


  120. May Richard Says:!/FireStarBooks/status/18920

    tweeted :)

  121. May Richard Says:

    Liked your fb page as May Richard

  122. Jennifer Markland Says:

    I loved the book, and I know I am not alone! I liked your page as well on facebook.

  123. Jenni Parish Says:

    Thank you for all that you do to help bring amazing books into the world!

  124. Stephanie Dow Says:

    Congratulations on the success of Peregrines! I just went and picked it up from my local Barnes and Noble! Thank you for the incredible contest!

  125. becca h. Says:

    What a great prize! Thank you for such a fun contest! And congrats :)

  126. Chersti Nieveen Says:

    What an awesome contest!

  127. Shimon Lerner Says:

    Tweeted, liked and commented. Would love a new kindle!

  128. ***Dave Says:

    Wait, so I just have to comment here to potentially win? Awesome!

  129. @LSMatson Says:

    Ok, FWIW, I love the '70's Battlestar Galactica. :D *dates self* You're amazing. Your blog rocks, so do the books you represent, and you treat prospective clients/querying authors with incredible respect and professionalism. *offers cupcakes and warm wishes for the perfect pair of summer wedges*

    Count me out for the Kindle (don't need it :D) but I wanted to say you're one of the coolest agents out there, and this contest is a prime example of why. Congrats on your success! So happy for you & Ransom! yay!

  130. Tammy Darling Says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ymmat83 … at …
    ymail … com …

  131. Ariel Says:

    Congratulations on Miss Peregrine's! We've had a pretty hard time keeping it on the shelves at the secondhand bookshop where I work, as well. =]

  132. DaphneUn Says:

    Shimon, send me an email with your mailing address. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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