I teased you Thursday with me being excited about my first glimpse of the HOLLOWS INSIDER, which, if you missed it, is the Hollows world guide, the definitive source for all things Hollows, with spells, character descriptions, species descriptions, interoffice memos, murder and mayhem. The last two were kind of accidental as I slipped a story line in among the dry facts. It’s not necessary to read it to enjoy the regular Hollows books, but much like the novellas and shorts, it expands your understanding of the characters and world tremendously. It was also a chance for me to cut loose and develop all sorts of tantalizing tidbits like what an After Hours Runner Pass looks like.
Needless to say, it’s illustration rich, with all of the photos for the newspaper articles coming from you, the readers–I hope. This is your chance to be a part of the Hollows in a very real and public way. Those chosen will not only get a signed copy of the finished product, but also a full-color, signed page (I’d call it a page proof) of the upcoming Hollows graphic novel, BLOOD WORK, due out July 12, just as a second thank you. Here’s how you participate:
Over the next couple of months, I will be coming to you with a visual description of a photograph that will be featured in the HOLLOWS INSIDER, more specifically, a newspaper article. You recreate the photo with your friends, send it to me, and then do what I do a lot of–wait. (grin) At the end of the week, I’ll pick out three to five of my favorites, post them on my webpages for you all to see, and send them to my publisher. My editor will pick the final winner. (This is where the real wait comes in. Months and months, probably.)
The winner will be the one who matches my description the best. I will be leaning toward upfront and real photographs that look like newspaper photographs–no brandished wands, no pointy hats, no photoshopping pixies in. I would love to see a hint of paranormal elements if it fits easily, but it has to be subtile, looking as natural as earbuds in a teenager’s ear. (Err on the side of caution with this. Less if more. Maybe take one with the paranormal stuff, and one without.) Before your photo can be included into the HOLLOWS INSIDER, there will be a standard release form to be signed that grants my publisher all rights to the photograph and assures them that you took the photo and that everyone in the photograph agrees it can be printed. The only thing you’re going to get out of this is a signed copy of the book, a signed page proof from BLOOD WORK, my undying gratitude, and bragging rights into perpetuity. -grin-
I need about a dozen photographs, and I’d like to run each contest for a week to give you a chance to plan and take them, (or find them in your photo archives) but I might double up once I get a good system for you to submit them to me. And again, winners will be those who pay attention to what I’m looking for and match it.
To Enter: Photographs are to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org I would prefer you to submit a lower resolution photo that fits within 640 by 480 pixels, but keep your high resolution copy in case you win. If you crash my inbox by sending me huge pictures, it won’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy. You can send me two photographs of the same subject matter per contest. Submit them using an email address that will be good through October so I can get back in touch with you. The contests are open to US and non-US residents, and there’s no cash value for the prizes. Odds of winning depend upon how many people enter. The winners will be chosen by me and my publisher on the basis of how well they fit the specified criteria, and is contingent upon signing release forms. I can’t think of anything else except to please be sure that you own the rights to the photographs before you submit them. (i.e., take the pictures on your camera, don’t lift them from the web.) Pictures that you have taken in the past are okay.
First Photograph! Something easy for this first one. I’m looking for a picture of a casino boat at the quay. Ideally it will be cold, as the paper runs in December, and I’ll let a bit of photoshopping slide if you want to get creative and get Saladan’s name on the boat somewhere. The caption under the photograph is going to read “Saladan’s floating casino before it exploded.” This can be taken at night or day, close or distant to show the Cincy skyline if you you are lucky enough to live there. Perhaps one taken inside the boat. Be creative! And no worries! If you don’t have access to a floating paddle boat to take a picture of, I’m going to have lots of other opportunities that are not so location specific.
I will accept photographs of the casino boat until Monday noon, EST (May 3rd) I’ll post my 3-5 favorite pics on Tuesday so you’ll know if you’re in the running or not.