Author Template

Useful Info for Authors

Below is a sample template for a post. You do not have to copy this template, but you are free to do so.

Information in this template is for the BLUE TEAM. Obviously, change this to RED (GREENGOLD, etc) if that is the team you are on.

Variable information that you will need to add is in PURPLE.

Post Title:  YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM--but there is also a red team, a gold team, a green team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by DATE, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.


[Insert head shot of author you are hosting on your site.]

Today, I am hosting author name on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! [Insert author bio that will be provided for you here.]

Find out more information by checking out the author website or find more about the author's book here! [Include links to the author website and the book buying link here.]


[Insert the book cover image & book description here.]

[Insert whatever the content the author will send to you here. This could be a short story, or a password to a website, or a cover reveal, etc. Please check to make sure that it's formatted correctly.]

And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, hosted author's name, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is [insert favorite number here]. Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the blue team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author! [Insert a link to the next author here.]

Note: some authors will offer an additional, individual giveaway. If you want to do this, please feel free to do so.

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