The Contest.

In the interest of being fair, I’ve decided to make the little contest I’m having on Facebook available to everyone.

This will also keep people from joining Facebook just to participate. I don’t want to encourage that kind of behavior. Seriously. Facebook is like a deep well that you throw all of your available free time into. I wouldn’t wish it on any of you…

So here’s the deal.

You take a picture of your brand-new shiny paperback. Your picture reflects your deep, innermost feelings for the book. Maybe it’s funny. Maybe it tells a story. Maybe it’s full of blatant, tawdry sexiness in an attempt to appeal to my base desires.

At the end of the month, I will look at all the pictures, post the best of them in a blog, and give out fabulous prizes. Trust me. They’ll be fabulous. I have some full-color promotional maps here that have never seen the light of day. Galley copies of the book. Some first edition copies of the UK edition. Maybe I’ll even give out one of the old manuscript copies of the book I have laying around….

Anyway, here are the rules.

1. The picture doesn’t need to include you, but it does need to include the paperback.

2. Photo manipulation is legal, but by no means required.

3. Multiple entries are allowed.

4. Pictures will be judged on their general coolness. Categories may include: “Most Awesome,” “Most Funny.” “Most Sexy” “Most Dramatic” and “Most Best.”

4b. I reserve the right to add extra categories. That way, if your picture delights me, but it doesn’t fit into any pre-determined category, I can still give you a prize.

4c. Since the international readers won’t have access to the US paperback, I’ve created a new category to allow them to use their own native copies of the book: “Most Foreign.” This will be the one category you don’t have to use the paperback for.

For example:

You can post your photos up in the appropriate facebook group, or e-mail them to the following address: paperback.contest {swirly at sign}

If you send a picture to that e-mail address, make sure to include:

  • The photo(s). (duh.)
  • Your name.
  • How you want the photo to be credited, if it’s different than your name.
  • Your mailing address. (Where to send your fabulous prize.)

Contest is over at the end of the month.


This entry was posted in contests, fan coolnessBy Pat12 Responses


  1. maarten
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 7:20 AM | Permalink

    Think, think, think…. What would be cool in Holland… Windmills, cheese, marihuana?[think the last one always does it]“Name of the wind, your natural high” ;D

  2. Anonymous
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 9:39 AM | Permalink

    I my country(germany) even the hardcover edition isnt realesed yet -_-

  3. TK42ONE
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 1:12 PM | Permalink

    You mean I can’t use my Fabio cover? Damn!

  4. roseneko
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 3:37 PM | Permalink

    Bah. Too late, already signed up for Facebook. Fortunately I don’t think any of my friends use it, so it won’t become a huge timesink for me. (Yes, yes, famous last words, I know.)That said, I have a great idea for a photo contest entry. Now to get all the props and find the time to shoot it…*rubs hands in anticipation*

  5. Captain Joe
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 3:45 PM | Permalink

    Oh, the sheer possibilities. I don’t know where to start. ‘Most Foreign’, it’d have to be. Hmm… perhaps a blatant display of raw masculinity, involving a koala somehow, and beer…Are you averse to tasteful nudity, Pat?This is gonna take some thinkin’. Be creative, Joe, be creative. Eh, I think I tapped my imagination well dry with beer and a koala.This is going to be an all-nighter.~~Captain Joe

  6. Neonpinkpenguin
    Posted April 17, 2008 at 3:01 AM | Permalink

    This has nothing to do with cool pictures though I’m sure I could come up with one….probably involving corn or something equally bland-Ohio doesn’t have too many ultra-exciting props or scenes at its disposal. Anyway, I just bought The Name of the Wind yesterday while I was at the grocery store and I wanted to let you know that I’m digging it, so much so that I had to learn more about who wrote it. I tend to let little seeds of curiosity take over and have to stop what I’m doing (like reading a rad new book) and satisfy them. So…long awkward comment made short – thanks for the good read.

  7. susan
    Posted April 17, 2008 at 2:51 PM | Permalink

    Ohhh, this is difficult. And I already see I have competion in Holland. So a Windmill or a flag is maybe not the best idea….

  8. Jordan R
    Posted April 17, 2008 at 6:11 PM | Permalink

    “most sexy’Is this a blatant plea for nude photos! Shocked I say!

  9. Robert
    Posted April 17, 2008 at 7:21 PM | Permalink

    Have your read Pat’s College Survival Guide, Jordan? It shouldn’t be so much of a shock, methinks. =p

  10. Anonymous
    Posted April 19, 2008 at 5:51 PM | Permalink
  11. Anonymous
    Posted May 4, 2008 at 3:01 AM | Permalink

    I have such a great idea for this! Hopefully I can take a pic tonight and send it through :)TaraNew Zealand

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