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Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Character Named After Colbert Spawns A Contest

Okay, a couple of weeks ago I told all of you about I how named one of the characters in my Amor and Summer Secrets series after Stephen Colbert. You know, the comedian on Comedy Central who has helped elevate spoofing the news into an art form. Well, I’m thrilled to report that Phase II of my “Campaign to Get on the Colbert Report” is now in full swing.

It took a lot of editing, camera work (filmed by my talented cinematographer husband, Jordan), re-shoots, and script work, but I’ve finally come up with a video that I think will explain exactly how big of a Colbert fan I am and why I think he needs to hear about my young adult character, “Madam Colbert.”

Fair warning, if you’ve never seen the show, some of the jokes might fly a tad over your head. The video is really geared toward the Colbert fan. But even if you’re only mildly curious, take a look. It’s kinda funny—at least I hope so. And when else do you get to see a YA author poke such fun at herself?

So without further ado, here it is… The Worldwide Broadcast Premier of:

Drum roll please……

There you have it, folks! All the reasons why I think Stephen Colbert needs to “Better Know” my young adult series. Come on, wouldn’t you love to see Madam Colbert join the ranks of Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle, the mascot of the Saginaw Spirit minor league hockey team, as a classic Colbert namesake?

I know I would, which is why I’m launching a free book giveaway to help bring my character to the attention of “Papa Bear” Stephen Colbert! So get your links ready for:


The Prize:
A signed copy of Amigas and School Scandals
A signed copy of Adios to All The Drama
An exclusive Amor and Summer Secrets Bookmark

All you need to do is post a link to my YouTube video somewhere on your blog, website, or MySpace page and send me the link (either via my blog comments or the Contact Me form on my website).

Number of Eligible Contest Entries To Win:
--Posting the YouTube link enters you ONCE.
--Embedding the YouTube video enters you THREE TIMES.
--Forwarding the link to someone who works at Comedy Central (forwarded email verification needs to be sent to me) enters you SIX TIMES.
--Forwarding the link directly to someone who works at the Daily Show or the Colbert Report (forwarded email verification needs to be sent to me) enters you TEN TIMES. (Plus, if anyone does that, I’ll probably throw in a few extra prizes. Heck, a bunch of extra prizes…).

I will announce the winner next Friday, July 24th by 5pm EST. So get the links clicking and send them over. I want to bomb the Internet with this video, so spread the word! And thanks everyone for watching!

POP CULTURE RANT: General Hospital
Okay, I’m just gonna say it. I loved Karaoke night. When Robin and Patrick sang the Dirty Dancing song, I nearly fell off the elliptical machine. You know how embarrassing it is to laugh at the gym while wearing headphones? No one can hear what I’m laughing at. And to make it worse, when they look at the little TV on my machine and see a soap opera airing, they stare at me like I’m special. But I don’t care. It was worth it. I just wish they had Kelly Monaco sing in her Bo Peep outfit a la Vegas.



Nice giveaway!

+1 I posted the link on my blog + twitter here - http://twitter.com/lafemmereaders
+3 I embedded the video on my blog here: http://lafemmereaders.blogspot.com/2009/07/diana-rodriguez-wallach-video-contest.html
+6 I forwarded an e-mail to Comedy Central - it was a contact form so I don't get a copy of it..but here's what I wrote:
"I thought you'd want to know that Young Adult Author Diana Rodriguez Wallach is a huge fan of the Colbert Report, she has made a YouTuve video expressing how she even named a character in her book, "Amor and Summer Secrets" after Stephen Colbert, so here is her youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqze_AvmHMo&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dianarodriguezwallach.com%2Fblog%2Fblog.html&feature=player_embedded - Thank you for your time..have a nice day!"
+10 I couldn't find a contact form for Colbert Report but I did find Stephen on twitter and I wrote him a message about it - here's his twitter: http://twitter.com/StephenAtHome

-Hope I did enough to promote hehe! Thanks again for the contest it was fun!


July 17, 2009 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Diana Rodriguez Wallach said...

Thanks, Eleni! You're awesome! You are now entered to win on all counts. :)

July 17, 2009 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger RKCharron said...

Hi :)
I loved your Video & hope you get on Colbert!
I Tweeted your Blog & video.
I don't have a website yet.
Good luck.
Best wishes from Canada

July 17, 2009 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger John Barclay said...

Hi Diana.

I've posted a link on Facebook and have encouraged my FB friends to take a look at the video AND to buy you books!

July 18, 2009 at 8:04 AM  
Blogger YAthenaeum said...

Thanks for having this contest! I hope Stephen Colbert sees it!

I posted the link on my blog here: http://yathenaeum.blogspot.com/2009/07/this-week-in-ya-july-18-2009.html


July 19, 2009 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Diana Rodriguez Wallach said...

You guys are awesome! We will get this to Colbert yet!

July 19, 2009 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Bianca said...

So, I found this contest on another site. BUT OMG. General Hospital is the best, right???? Robin & Patrick are the best. <333 AND Spinelli was amazing. /end rant

Anyways. I will be posting the the YT link on my blog at wickedgoodbooks.blogspot.com


infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

July 21, 2009 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger WordVore Prod said...

Oh hey...I mailed my entry to info@dianarwallach.com the day the contest was posted but i'm not too sure if it reached you.
I twittered about this to Stephen and included you in the RT (my username: ProdElektra).
I was FB messaged Opus Moreschi, one of the writers of the Colbert Nation. I have the screenshot as evidence:P
I also blogged about it here: http://prodelektric.blogspot.com


July 23, 2009 at 5:11 AM  
Blogger Book Sp(l)ot said...

I posted the youtube video: http://book-splot.blogspot.com/2009/07/video-veneris_24.html and linked to your post in my post so that even though the contest is ending in... 51 minutes (if it's Eastern time), people can still post it :D


July 24, 2009 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Diana Rodriguez Wallach said...

Thanks, guys! I'm tallying the entries now! Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner...

July 24, 2009 at 4:59 PM  

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