Monday, October 3, 2011

The October Contest

This is the greatest month of the year. Not only does the end of October bring Halloween, but the horror movie marathons fill cable channels, the leaves do their annual color-change magic (around here, at least), I convert leftover sub-flooring into tombstones for the yard (above), and I can hold a ridiculous contest.


Ridiculous as in awesome.

Grand Prize: You name and supply physical/psychological characteristics for a character in my next book. Here's the teaser: Four friends gather at their twenty year high school reunion to pay respects to a friend who died in high school... Within a week of their meeting, one of them is murdered. I'll leave it there, for now.

1st Place: You supply me with two characters (general types, e.g., plumber--you can name them if you wish), a situation, and a setting, and I write a piece of flash fiction (of at least 500 words) to share with the world.You may even name the piece, if you wish.

2nd Place: I will write a Friday Flash (of at least 100 words) with any title you supply.

So how do you enter?

Every time you do the following, you receive "points" (points like tickets in a raffle):

1. Comment on my blog anytime during October. 1 point

2. Tweet about the contest (include my Twitter handle: @aaronpolson) 2 points

3. Tweet about any of my books (include my Twitter handle: @aaronpolson) 2 points

4. Write a review of any of my books at Amazon, Goodreads, or Smashwords; better yet, post the same review at all three. 5 points each  (15 to post at all three...whoot)

5. Buy a book.  You'll have to let me know at aaron.polson(at)gmail.com.  5 points


To facilitate #5 (and celebrate October), I've lowered the price on all my self/indie published books to 99 cents at Amazon.com for the next week.  Get 'em while they're hot.

The contest ends on October 31st at midnight Central Standard Time; winners will be announced November 1st.


7 comments:

Milo James Fowler said...

Fantastic marketing strategy, sir. I salute you! Now to start thinking up some crazy titles...

Aaron Polson said...

Milo - The crazier the better. Heh.

AnthonyJRapino said...

Pretty cool contest, my friend. Nice use of the housing materials too! Now I want to make some headstones.

Aaron Polson said...

Tony - I had to clean out the garage, so...

K.C. Shaw said...

Sounds fun! And the 20-year-reunion-murder book sounds awesome in and of itself.

Nice gravestones. :)

Katey said...

OMG brilliant gravestones!

Also, brilliant contest. I am all over this.

Rabid Fox said...

Very cool stuff.

I threw out a little tweet today to get the word out: https://twitter.com/#!/WagTheFox/status/125198581320790016