I'm making this game up on the spur of the moment because...um, well, I can.
A few weeks ago, I spotted my book in my local WalMart for the first time. I was so ridiculously, dorkishly excited that I started taking pictures of it.
Then I enhanced my dork quotient by asking a stranger to take a picture of me with the book:
I swear it wasn't a sales tactic. I was just genuinely giddy, and probably a little socially inept.
But within three minutes, every single copy of my book had sold. Apparently, acting like an idiot draws attention, and drawing attention to a book tends to make people want to buy it.
I filed the experience in the back of my brain, not quite sure what to do with it.
This is where the game comes in, and here's how it's played:
- Go to your nearest WalMart, Barnes & Noble, or any other local bookstore you know has a copy of Making Waves.
- Do whatever it takes to get a stranger to purchase it.
- Email photographic proof of this transaction to me at tawnafenske at yahoo dot com, along with your snail mail address.
I know this sucks if you live somewhere without a bookstore or a WalMart. If that's the case and you really, really want to play, I'll still consider entries that get into the spirit of the game. Like, um...let's say you send an email to all your friends urging them to buy Making Waves, and you include all the links to purchase it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble or Powells Books or IndieBound. And let's say one of your friends replies and says, "hey, I bought it, thanks for the suggestion."
I'll count that.
I'll probably count just about anything that demonstrates an effort to urge strangers or friends to purchase Making Waves. And I'll be eternally grateful if you show proof of success in one form or another.
Deadline for entries is this Sunday, September 4 at 5 p.m. PST. Email me your evidence by then, and you're in the game.
Questions? Leave 'em in the comments.
And thanks, guys. Really. I mean it.