RED ROOM invites writers to warm their house

If you’ve not visited Red Room, click over to their site. It’s amazing.

The first step is having an online presence by joining Now, it’s up to you to promote your work by sharing your online home at

Red Room Housewarming Party



Does any of this sound familiar? “Being a successful author is about marketing yourself as well as writing, and Red Room is a powerful tool to help you achieve this goal.”


If marketing your work and expanding your career aren’t incentive enough, we’ve added some fabulous prizes to help motivate you.

The member and author who bring the most guests to visit their Red Room pages between June 1st and July 31st, 2008 will EACH win one of the following prizes:

* Westin St. FrancisGrand Prize: You and a friend will join celebrity Red Room authors and Red Room CEO Ivory Madison for a dinner party at award-winning San Francisco restaurant Michael Mina.The grand prize also includes:
o A one-night stay provided by the luxurious Westin St. Francishotel.
o If the winner is not located within a reasonable driving distance of San Francisco, he or she will also receive airfare from anywhere in the United States to San Francisco.

* Second Prize: A US$250.00 gift certificate provided by Book Passage,a bookseller and community advocate. Plus, two of your favorite causes will be featured on pages throughout the month following the contest. Tea Towels by Kitchen Sink Drama

* Third Prize: A bistro apron with Oscar Wilde’s quote, “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations,” and a set of six tea towels featuring excerpts from stories by Kate Chopin, O Henry, D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Oscar Wilde, and Saki. Provided by UK-based Kitchen Sink Dramas,with an approximate value of US$200.00


To win, you need to bring the most visitors to look at your webpages on Visitors can be your family, friends, coworkers, colleagues, fans, or complete strangers. (They just have to be real people, not a web crawler.)

We strongly suggest visiting our Tips page to learn the techniques (and read success stories) that have helped authors along the way with their self-marketing efforts. We even have sample letters for you to invite friends to your housewarming party, or to invite them to join you in the Red Room.

For full details about the Housewarming Party, please see the official contest rules, then refer to the FAQ’s below.


Q: Are all authors and members included in the Housewarming Party?
A: All Red Room authors and members are automatically entered into the Housewarming Party, unless they are members of the Red Room staff, Red Room investors, certain high-profile Red Room authors who have graciously opted out, or Red Room authors who are somehow associated with the prizes being granted. (See full contest rules about eligibility.) Of course, if anyone chooses voluntarily to bow out of the contest for any reason, we will respect his or her wishes and remove them from the contest. If you would like to opt out, please email

Q: How can I keep track of my progress?
A: A counter on your Member or Author Page, when you’re logged in, will help you privately track your success along the way. (Your counter is only visible to you.) After the contest period has ended at midnight (CDT) on July 31st and results have been tabulated, the winners will be contacted directly. For specific details, see the official contest rules.

Q: What do you mean by “unique pageviews”?
A: A “pageview” means a single page was viewed. The more pages you have, the more opportunities you have for pageviews. For example, each blog entry gives you another page that people can view. That’s why writing a blog entry can be especially helpful for authors-plus, author blog entries show up on the List of Blogs, which is one of our most popular features).

The “unique” part of the equation means that it only counts once per month when an individual person views your page. So even if a person revisits the same page many times, it won’t count more than once. Uniques for authors will be measured against other authors, while uniques for members will be measured against other members.

Q: Will unique pageviews of every page count toward my total?
Unique pageviews of the following types of content will count toward your total:

* Author or Member homepage
* Podcasts
* Blogs
* Videos
* Published Works
* Article/Story/Poem
* My Profile pages
* Events and Appearances
* Image galleries
* Image uploads
* My Writing
* News releases and transcripts
* Editorial articles
* Published reviews
* Publishers
* Stories
* User reviews

To find out more about how will tally unique pageviews, please see the Official Rules.

Q: What’s in it for Red Room?
A: We need web traffic in order to make our amazing online community profitable and successful, and we’ve created an environment in which our interest in promoting our company is aligned with your interest in promoting your career.

As authors and members bring more people to the site, there are more writers and readers on the site to connect with and more people to appreciate and buy your books. Plus, although we’re pre-revenue right now, once we achieve a critical mass of traffic, a portion of revenue from your web traffic will go to your favorite causes.

Q: I read the official contest rules and these FAQs, but I still have a question. Who can I talk to?
A: If you contact our editors at we will do our best to answer your question.

Good luck!


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