Bonus Blog: Valentine Giveaway

It’s February, Valentine’s Day is coming up, and everyone wants to give gifts to their loved ones. Writers are my favorite people. I adore everyone who reads this blog and I wish I could give gifts to each and every one of you. I can’t do that. But I can give my favorite how-to book of all time to one lucky reader.

I put together a gift box that includes a paperback copy of the best how-to book ever: WRITING THE NOVEL FROM PLOT TO PRINT TO PIXEL by Lawrence Block.


This gift box also includes…

  • A notepad to track your writing goals
  • A seven-year pen
  • A laptop sticker
  • And a tote bag

But wait! There’s more! It’s Valentine’s Day, when things come in pairs, so I’m making a second gift box that includes a copy of the first two Detroit Next novels, TWISTED and ZONERS.


I’m also including…

  • A super cute pillowcase with typewriters on it
  • A blank notebook
  • A laptop sticker
  • And a key chain

Want to win a gift box? Just leave a comment below telling me two things: which how-to book was the most helpful for you on you writer’s journey, and a place I can contact you. (Email, website, or Twitter.)

I’ll draw two random names from the comments to this blog post on February 14, 2019 at 22:00 EST so be sure to comment before then!

And of course I have not one, but two notes.

First note: You don’t have to subscribe to my blog or follow me on social media to enter, but I’d be pleased if you did. (I’m @ AlexKourvo on insta and the twitterz)

Second note: this giveaway is open to everyone but I can only mail stuff to US addresses. If you live outside the US and I draw your name, I’ll send you a $10 Amazon ecard so you can buy Lawrence Block’s book yourself.

Leave me a comment with a book recommendation, and I’ll announce the winners on Valentine’s Day.


Alex K.


Update: The winner of the Lawrence Block book was KirstiJones and the winner of the Detroit Next books was Kodermike! Congratulations to the winners.

And thank you to everyone who shared their favorite how-to book with me. I love to see what you’re reading.


11 thoughts on “Bonus Blog: Valentine Giveaway

  1. 1. Tie between King’s On Writing and Bradbury’s Zen and the Art of Writing.
    2. Twittering at @kodermike 🙂

  2. 1. The Writer’s Digest Handbook of Novel Writing. (By the editors of Writer’s Digest.)

    2. @AwkwardCeleb on Twitter

    This is fun! Thank you.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway Alex, I found your blog recently and all your reviews are super helpful! Really difficult to pick my favorite but I’ll go with a recent one.

    1. Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody
    2. Twitter: @matthuston

  4. Hi Alex, David Morrel’s book called
    Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing: A Novelist Looks at His Craft, was an eye-opening read. I follow his advise on writing letters to myself about my writing, story, character etc. happy valentine

  5. Two old ones:
    Viki King, How to Write a Movie in 21 Days
    Rennie Browne and Dave King: Edit Yourself Into Print

    I’m not entering the contest. I’m so delighted to know about the “Detroit Next” series. I just bought all four ebooks, will recommend them to the Ferndale Sci-Fi Club and the head librarian, and to Susan at Pages Bookshop in Detroit (ask her about a reading/signing). I loved the stories by “M.H. Mead.”

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