Nathan Bransford, Author


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The One Thousandth Post Giveaway

One thousand! One grand! 1,000! 1k! A G! M in roman numerals!

Facts about the number 1,000:

- The year 1,000 started on a Monday on the Julian calendar
- The ancient Egyptians represented the number 1,000 as a lotus flower
- The 1,000th richest person in the world is worth just over a billion dollars.
- 1,000 years from now we may finally have flying cars no for real this time.

Also:

This here is the one thousandth post on this blog! And there's only one thing to say, which is THANK YOU VERY MUCH SERIOUSLY THANK YOU for reading, for commenting (I have read all 110,575 comments), and making this whole blogging thing so much fun for me.

And in honor of the thousandth post, I thought I'd give ONE THOUSAND QUERY CRITIQUES FOR COMMENTERS! Oh. Wait. Got that reversed.

Let's try that again:

THE ONE THOUSANDTH COMMENTER ON THIS POST GETS A QUERY PLUS FIRST FIVE PAGES CRITIQUE! Which can be done over e-mail at the commenter's convenience.

Will we get to 1,000 comments? Well, I'm not sure.... But then again, I didn't ever think I'd get to 1,000 posts either.

Thanks again everyone! Looking forward to 1,000 more.






1238 comments:

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Remus Shepherd said...

Well, let me be the first to say -- congratulations, Nathan!

Lauren said...

Congrats on 1000 posts!

Nathan Bransford said...

Let me help things along with this comment.

La La la's are a perfectly acceptable strategy, by the way.

Thermocline said...

And how many of those posts were on rhetorical questions?

a cat of impossible colour said...

Congratulations! I'll check back in at 999. Ha.

Jessica said...

La la la

Courtney said...

LOL - I wonder if people are holding off commenting because they want to be the 1000th...anyway, congrats and here is a post to get you one step closer to your mission!

Nathan Bransford said...

Lots and lots of rhetorical questions I think?

S. Kyle Davis said...

you realize you use blogger, don't you? stupid captcha 1000 times?

Violet Ingram said...

Huge congrats! I'm usually a lurker but this was huge. Very generous of you.

The Screaming Guppy said...

Congrats Nathan! Thanks for all the awesome and helpful posts!

teresa said...

It's also the 1000th anniversary for the city of Ha Noi, Viet Nam. All good things come to those who hit 1000. :)

Josh said...

Potent prolific posting, Batman!

And I think with an offer that sweet, you won't have any trouble at all getting to a thousand.

Alwyn said...

1000! Half way to Y2K!

Shelley Watters said...

Congrats on 1000 posts! Hopefully we can get you to 1000 comments too!!

Brenda Drake said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts! :D

M.A.Leslie said...

Well done and thank you for all of the knowledge that you passed on through all of the prior posts. Here is to another 1000.

Nancy said...

You know you're wrong about the flying cars. In 3010, people will look back on this blog entry and laugh at us all.

ljkuhnley said...

Congratulations!

Laurie said...

^_^ Nice sense of humor. Grats on the 1k posts - hell, I doubt I can make 250, so to me this is monumentous. The few posts I've read so far have been pretty damn interesting, so good luck with the next 1k.

His Lobster said...

Wow! 1000...that's a whole lot of well written witticism that makes many upon many people like me chuckle out loud while they're being kept informed. Congrats!!

ljkuhnley said...

Forget the flying car. I'm still waiting on my hover board.

Sarah W said...

Congratulations!

I'll help--la la la.

We can comment more than once, yes? XD

Nathan Bransford said...

Oh yes, multiple comments is probably the only way we'll get there.

Carrie said...

Congratulations, Nathan.

lynseymay said...

that works out as one good average you have there :)

SideKick said...

LA LA LAAAAA

PK Hrezo said...

Way to go! Let's move this along so I can be 1000. :)

Surly Jason said...

You know, I build automated web interaction programs for a living. I could get us to 1,000 posts in minutes flat ...

Considering.

M.A.Leslie said...

Comment more than once, ingenious.

La, la, la, la, la...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!

NiaRaie said...

Bananas are cool.

Josh said...

There once was an agent named Nathan... who...

Who...

..yeah, I got nothin'.

Rachel said...

Wow, congrats!

JohnO said...

Let's hold a second contest: Guessing the exact time of the 1,000th comment. I'm being optimistic, and guessing 1:13 PM. Any other guesses?

His Lobster said...

It would be helpful if monkeys chimed in...
Just sayin'.

Charlee Vale said...

I will definately be watch this post! Congratulations!

CV

Beth said...

Only 36 comments so far? I'd think people would be totally all over this by now.

Amy B. said...

Figured I'd help the writers out.

Congrats, Nathan!

His Lobster said...

John O would that be EST or PST?

Beth said...

Hmm...lalalas are perfectly acceptable, you say?

Alwyn said...

Spamming this thread is clearly the only solution to get us to 1000. *cracks knuckles and begins to spam*

His Lobster said...

Or Mountain? Almost forgot about those folks in Colorado and such...

Quinn said...

Congratulatuons! I live in Korea so maybe when I wake up it will be closer to 1000 posts.

Tahereh said...

YAYYYYY it's a comment party!

Tahereh said...

la la laaa

Tahereh said...

la dee daaaa

JohnO said...

@His Lobster -- PST. We're on Nathan-time today.

BTW, want to add a time guess: Post this into your comment, and add above or below as needed.

JohnO: 1:13 PM PST.

Tahereh said...

fa la la

Alice said...

Congrats Nathan, yes, a real milestone. Whoo hoo and all that jazz.

Brian said...

Baba da boopie?

I hope Peter Griffin's nonsensical jibberish is all right too.

Grats, Nathan!

Tahereh said...

congrats on 1000 posts, Nathan! here's to a million more :D

Joann Mannix said...

How about a little, doo whaa, doooo whaa.

Tahereh said...

tra la la

Ann Finkelstein said...

I'll add one to the count.

Tahereh said...

mmmmmm bop

Laurie said...

I know! Lets ask questions about current blogging preferences of Nathan! *nods* Dyou use the blog ideas list? are they completely spontaneous? Give info!

Natalie Inger said...

I see you're at comment number 41. So I'll be checking in to comment periodically. But yes, 1,000 blog posts is definately something to be proud of! Congrats!

Elise Adler said...

Mazel tov!

teresa said...

adding one more ...

I want a hoverboard, too.

Brian Byrne said...

Blah blah blah

Laurie said...

I want a robot that gives hugs. (k, going to stop spamming now.)

Renee Collins said...

Well wow! Congrats on the 1000th post! I felt like The Shiz when I got to 100 posts. :)

His Lobster said...

@JohnO - Yeah that's what I figured but just wanted to be specific. ;-) And sure! I'm game for a side wager...

BTW, anyone interested in adding a time guess: Post this into your comment, and add above or below as needed.

JohnO: 1:13 PM PST.
His Lobster: 2:23 PM NBT (AKA PST)

Nathan Bransford said...

How about that football game last night?

bzial said...

This is my spam. I sell nothing, but I contribute to the 1000 comment goal. Woo ha!

Shawn Kamesch said...

Congrats, Nathan!
What should I comment about?

Porter Anderson said...

Orange rules! I think I'm here offering the 59th or so congrats, sir, to be followed by multiple la la la's. :-)

Ariane said...

congrats nathan! this is going to be a fight to the death when we get close to 1000...

Shawn Kamesch said...

Why, whatever you want Shawn! You could comment on the various effects of multiple personalities for example.

Renee Collins said...

For extra posts, a question. Nathan, what is your stance on Dr. Pepper? A fan? A hater? Do you prefer other beverages?

Shawn Kamesch said...

Ahh, quite right you are, Shawn. Quite right. Want to start us off with some starting points?

Joseph L. Selby said...

If this were television, techno music would begin playing and I'd craft an algorithm in less than 60 seconds that would simultaneously post 930 posts.

CURSES!!!

Shawn Kamesch said...

Oh, no, why don't we let others speak first.

Wordy Bird said...

Huzzah! Hurrah!
Here's to a googolplex more.

Amy said...

Wow - congrats! And thanks for being a daily voice of reason in the publishing blogosphere.

Mia said...

*hops in on comment party* Yay! Congrats on 1000 posts. That's brilliant.

:)

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Congrats, Nathan!

Deb Smythe said...

Busy here. Programing my time machine to land on comment 1000.
Engage...

Marjorie said...

Ah... just what I love love love. A green light to be a commenter like an energizer bunny.

I am in!

Nathan Bransford said...

Renee-

I do like the Dr. Pepper but am more of a Coca Cola Classic guy when it comes to the popular soda brands, and more of a Vanilla Cream when it comes to specialty types. How about you?

Anonymous said...

Would it be obnoxious of me to congratulate you 927 times?

Yeah, I suppose it would.

Congratulations, anyway.

Charissa Weaks said...

You Rock Mr. Bransford....I'll come back and post this about 800 times...

Kendal said...

Congrats on 1,000 posts! This is one of my "must read" sites. Love it!

Laurie said...

@ marjorie
energizer bunnies are cute. so're real bunnies, come to that. and watching budgies eat is cute too. See? we'll get nathan to 1k comments easy!

R.M.Gilbert said...

This

R.M.Gilbert said...

is

Joseph L. Selby said...

So riddle me this, Nathan. Now that you've read the LotR trilogy, which was better: the books or the movies?

Feel free to enumerate differing points in separate posts. :)

R.M.Gilbert said...

awesome!

R.M.Gilbert said...

Caught

R.M.Gilbert said...

it

His Lobster said...

I don't know about to the death...it would certainly be cool to win, but, I'm honestly just enjoying the witty banter and *amazing* singing ability this group appears to have. Nathan's blogs always provide entertaining fodder like this and I don't often partake, but, hey! 1000 is huge!!

bzial said...

La La La.

Man, too bad I have to go to work today. This is kind of fun.

R.M.Gilbert said...

on

Josh said...

Quickly approaching 100, captain!

R.M.Gilbert said...

Twitter...

Thermocline said...

Vote for Pedro

R.M.Gilbert said...

Will

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

You read all 110+k comments? Dude! I am so in awe.

Marjorie said...

Roses are red and violets are blue,
People think I am batsh*t?
Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo.

R.M.Gilbert said...

do

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Also, La la la...

Margaret Yang said...

Happy 1000. I learned a lot from your blog.

R.M.Gilbert said...

what

ocelott said...

That's a whole lotta orange wisdom.

R.M.Gilbert said...

I

Maya said...

Woohoo! Congrats!

bzial said...

Over 1/10th of the way there!

R.M.Gilbert said...

can

untitlement said...

One thousand posts! Wow! You've set the bar pretty high. I guess that's the difference between having something valuable to say (you) and rambling like lunatic (me). ;)

Congratulations!

-CB

Renee Collins said...

Nathan-Definitely a Dr. Pepper fan. I do like Coke, though. I tend to enjoy any of the brown sodas, for lack of a better descriptor. Not a big fan of fruit based sodas.

R.M.Gilbert said...

to

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Is this contest open for all eternity? Not that it will take that long ...

word ver: floofich ... floo powder for your fish

R.M.Gilbert said...

help.

Marjorie said...

Please go to "marjorie-cartoons" to see really really really "bad" art in caption driven pieces.

Mia said...

@}-;-'---

Wikipedia says that's a Rose. So....ahem. I can only really do that or a guy being chased by a shark....

____\0/~____(\~~_____

Porter Anderson said...

Maybe we could use our time trying to beat out each other for the 1,000th response to do something productive -- since you've been good enough to offer us 1,000 produtive posts, Nathan. For example, we could each suggest a word we should all try to avoid using because it's either grossly overused or incorrectly used most the time.

What's the takeaway? There you go -- how about TAKEAWAY? Are we sick of that one yet? :-)
-p.

Other Lisa said...

This could break the Internets...

Jennifer Schubert said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts, Nathan! Love the blog, it's been a huge help. Thank you.

R.M.Gilbert said...

What goes around...

Sori said...

aw, congrats on the big number! Love your blog.

Brian Byrne said...

I was introduced to your blog by Cherry Cheva, a writer for the television series Family Guy.

That was about 6 months ago, and I've learned so, so much since then.

Thanks for the 1000 posts, and here's to 1000 more, and then some!

Wordy Bird said...

And you're awesome!

R.M.Gilbert said...

...comes around.

Joy said...

Congrats on 1000 posts that made me a better writer. Thank YOU!

Wordy Bird said...

And I can't wait to read your book.

Maya said...

La la la

Brian Byrne said...

yadda yadda

Marjorie said...

Please go to all my blogs and leave comments... click on my name here to view my blog list.

I have a great interview with "Jerry, the Marble Faun" at marjorie-digest.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!

Brian Byrne said...

Yep, really looking forward to picking up a copy of Jacob Wonderbar! Will it be available in the UK?

minawitteman said...

Congratulations, Nathan! I'm sure we can get you 1,000 comments on this post. :-)

untitlement said...

I like Diet Coke with a sploosh of Dr. Pepper -- an odd habit acquired in my days as a brown-uniformed fast food slave.

Nathan Bransford said...

susan-

Well, almost all. I sort of lost track for a while there on the first Be An Agent for a Day.

Katzie said...

thanks for your thousand blogs! I have learned a lot through you. ^_^

Reesha said...

Congratulations, Nathan!

Nathan Bransford said...

Brian-

Yeah, it should be!

untitlement said...

Does sploosh count as a word that should be banned? ;) Is it a word?

Mesmerix said...

I don't think you should dare your readers like this, Nathan. It's bound to happen.

His Lobster said...

@Mia-I love the guy and the shark... :-)

Reesha said...

I'm rather in a celebratory mood today 'cause yesterday I finished my WIP.
So here's some more excitement feelers going out to you, Nathan!

Ermo said...

Congrats Nathan! Love this blog.

Ok, if you guys want to go relax, I'll take care of the next 800 or so comments...

Charlee Vale said...

Maybe I'll just comment every hundred!

Meredith said...

Congratulations!

Polly said...

I think I am #1000 if we are using some strange number base. Everyone else, you're out!

Josh said...

Oooh, now it's getting good.

Reesha said...

Oooh, not to mention all the excitement that's gradually building up for NaNoWriMo.

(Say what you will, it's still stinkin' fun whether or not it produces good novels or not.)

Laurie said...

God you guys had to mention coke classic... that's horribly evil. I'm dealing with coke-withdrawal atm, and is not fun. On a serious note, though. I really have enjoyed the posts I've read, though I've only been reading a week or two...

bzial said...

The post needs more controversy to push the comment count up

e.g.

All of your political, philosophical, and moral beliefs that differ from my own are incorrect! The authors that you like, that I do not, are also evidence of your questionable taste! Your beverage choices are also questionable at best!

minawitteman said...

Congratulations, Nathan! I'm sure we can get you 1,000 comments. :-)

Ariane said...

Nathan, I asked this in a previous post but I think it got lost, and I might as well ask it again now that we're killing time! Do you see any downside to publicly posting a query/pages for critiques? Do agents look at these things and would it negatively impact your impression if you later get that submission?

Porter Anderson said...

untitlement -

Yes, I think SPLOOSH certainly counts. :-)

Del said...

In the future, I want a device that will let me communicate over long distances even when I'm not at home.

And by "future" I mean later on today. I really need a replacement cell phone.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Congrats! Here's my contribution toward one thousand comments. I may come back later.

Karla said...

I'm pretty sure I've consumed 1,000 cups of coffee while reading your blog. :)

untitlement said...

I'm trapped in an ATM vestibule with Jill Goodacre!

Kaitlyne said...

Wow, in the two seconds it took to get from reading the entry to commenting, you went up 8 comments. At this rate, you should totally get there.

Anyway, congrats, Nathan! The truth is, your blog is just a lot of fun to read. You talk about relevant things in a fun and clever way, and you're good at making me laugh. That alone wins you points in my book. :D

Seriously, though, thanks to you for putting the time and dedication into something like this.

Reesha said...

Lalalalalalalalalala

Jeanne said...

Thank you for 1000 great posts. I've learned so much. Thanks.

Nathan Bransford said...

joseph-

Definitely the books for me. I watched the movies first (horrors, I know), then read the books, then went back and watched the movies and spent my time shouting THAT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED THERE.

The movies are great though, I can't imagine them doing better, it's just that it's virtually impossible to beat a great book.

What do you think?

robinellen said...

Congrats :)

Tracy Hahn-Burkett said...

Congratulations, Nathan. And thank you a thousand times over for all the excellent advice and support you give to us struggling writers.

Oh, and about that flying car ... start saving your Jacob Wonderbar advance: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/09/flying-car-production-could-start-within-three-months/1

Bittersweet Fountain said...

One thousand is a large number! Congrats!

Charlee Vale said...

wahoo!

I find the words we have to type for verification very interesting.

Micusly.

Mira said...

Wow - 1000 posts? That's....alot.


That's such an enormous amount of work you put into this blog - building this comprehensive resource for authors.

Thank you seems paltry - but thank you!!

cheekychook said...

Brad Womack is the new Bachelor.
Seriously.
What year is it??

Reesha said...

I wonder how many actual posts there have been if you deduct the number of times a post has been re-posted.

Not that I'm against re-posts. Being reminded of certain things again and again is needed.

Anonymous said...

Congrats!

I love to read your blog. It's very helpful. Thanks for writing it!

Erin

kaitlyne said...

Wow, and up another 11 in the time it took to write that. :)

Really I'm just writing now to bump it up a few more notches. I'd love to see this thing hit 1000. Have you ever gotten that far before?

His Lobster said...

Hey Nathan, how'd your search for Joe M. go last night?

Reesha said...

What are your plans for the next 1,000 posts, Nathan?

Diane T said...

What if I don't want to comment?

Oh, damn.

ps. For fun, people should add their word verification so we can see who gets the weirdest one. Mine was "borty."

Sophia said...

Congratulations, and many thanks for your helpful, thought-provoking and interesting blog!

Anthony said...

Bravo on 1000 - keep up the good work! There, see, that's not a rhetorical question :)

Reesha said...

Word verification: herinsh

Reesha said...

Word verification: dowind

Mira said...

So, onto the posting. We get to post? As much as we want?

This is like Christmas wrapped in the Fourth of July topped of by my Birthday!

We get to post as much as we want and say whatever we want!!???????

It's a dream come true.

And the only movie I ever found that was better than the book is the Wizard of Oz.

Reesha said...

Word verification: gralpwal

Ok, I'm done with the word vers. They're just getting odd.

reader said...

La. La. La.

Porter Anderson said...

Will it translate to the German as JACOB WUNDEBAR?

Writer Tessa said...

Huge congrats on your 1000th post!!!

Reesha said...

How do you fit a giraffe in a refrigerator?

Porter Anderson said...

Close to the 200th response ...

Reesha said...

Just open the door, shove it in, and shut it, of course.

Reesha said...

How do you fit a zebra in a refrigerator?

reader said...

Did anyone else see the movie, THE TOWN this weekend?

I did.

It was bloody good, I say, and I might even see it again. I like Boston accents and violence, yes I do!

Anonymous said...

crime-in-italy

Ermo said...

No movie could be better than a book in my opinion unless the book just isn't very good.

Reesha said...

You open the door, take out the giraffe, shove in the zebra, and shut it.

Emilie said...

Looks like I'm 189th comment but I'll be back! I need you!!! Thanks for all the great stuff, loving it.

reader said...

Also, Congrats to Nathan on a one thousandth post and whoever wins the giveaway.

Krista V. said...

Thanks for all you do, Nathan. Your blog - and now forums - continue to be one of the best industry resources on the Web.

Candyland said...

CONGRATS!!!! WOOO!!!!!!WISHING YOU A CANDYLAND KIND OF DAY (IN ALL CAPS)!!!

Reesha said...

Ok, so the Lion King is calling a meeting of all the animals in the animal kingdom. The monkeys are there, the alligators are there, etc.
But one animal is missing. Which one is it?

GAD said...

Congrats! 1000 posts! I am impressed, but then, I'm easily impressed. :)

Nathan Bransford said...

ariane-

No, I don't really see the downside. People say you're going to have your idea stolen, but I think that risk is pretty overblown, and I think the benefit of getting feedback outweighs the risks.

Mira said...

So, first of all, the most important thing. I cut my hair. I cut over 2 feet and donated it to Locks of Love.

The moment after it was cut, I was like: OMG, PUT IT BACK ON.

Now, I love it. It freedom. I get up, wash it and ta la! It's done. It's sort of frizzy, though. I wish it would sit down and lay flat.

Adele Richards said...

Your blog is rapidly becoming my favourite.

Reesha said...

Ok, so you're at a river that you absolutely have to cross. It's shallow enough to walk through but alligators live there.
There are no bridges or boats. How do you get across?

realitybypassbooks.com said...

Now the real question is... how many drafts was that to hit 1000 posts!

Congratulations

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