Welcome, Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-A-Thon participants! Need a break from reading or cheering? Then why not try your hand at a hodge-podge proposal? You could win one of the fabulous Read-A-Thon prizes…and have a little fun, I hope!
Here’s what you must do to participate in the Hodge-Podge Proposals Mini-Challenge. First, grab a pen and paper, open up a text file, or fire up your memory and list:
- The first name of any character in the book you’re currently reading (or just finished)
- The make or model of your current car, whichever you like better (if you don’t have a car, use one you’ve had or would like to have)
- A job you think would be especially fascinating
For example: (1) there’s a Tasha in the book I was reading as I wrote up this post; (2) I drive a Hyundai Elantra and like the second half of its name better; (3) I think being a professional recipe tester would be really interesting.
Ok, do you have your three things? If not, stop reading now and list them! When you’re done, keep reading to find out what you do with them.
Numbers 1 and 2 become the first and last name of your new character, and 3 is his or her occupation. Now briefly pitch me a new series in the genre of your choice based on this hodge-podge character!
For example: Tasha Elantra, professional recipe tester extraordinaire, is highly sought after by all the world’s top chefs. Her company, Tested by Tasha, is thriving. Then suddenly, every recipe she tries falls flat. Is Tasha losing her touch? Are her high-profile clients dropping the culinary ball? Or is sabotage on the menu? Each book will bring Tasha one step closer to uncovering the truth and include one of Tasha’s favorite recipes for readers to try at home!
To participate in the challenge, leave a comment with your character name and occupation, your series synopsis, and a way to contact you. (Alternately, you can post your proposal on your blog and leave me a link and contact info in the comments.) I will draw one winner at random a few minutes before Read-A-Thon Hour 15 begins and pass the winner’s name along to the Read-A-Thon prize committee. Winner will also be announced on the main site and will be contacted about choosing a prize.
Good luck — let those creative juices flow!