By now, if you’ve been reading along the Drama Box, you know that Harper Voyager just wrapped up planning my 2013 tour for EVER AFTER. (Cincinnati finally said yes, and Lansing shifted a day to accommodate.) And even though it’s quite large, I’ve gotten messages from so many fans asking me to come to their home towns.
My publicist is usually pretty no-nonsense when I forward these emails to her (Her typical response is “We’ll consider that for next year,” which is publicity-speak for “no.”). But this time, she got all excited when I sent in the reader requests, and said, “Want to do something fun this year? How about asking your readers to vote on one more tour market?”
I’m not dumb. These opportunities don’t come along often, so I said YES in a burning bunnies red-hot second! So here’s how it works: it’s a two-part reader-driven contest.
First, click the link at the end of this post. You’ll fill in your name, email address, the city you’d like me to visit and your favorite bookstore or library. (US markets only, please)
For this part of the contest, a city needs 100 unique votes to move to the finals (one entry per person/will be tracked via IP address, so please only vote once). And please, don’t force your friends and family to vote, unless they are Hollows insiders, too! Entries are open from November 27 through December 3, so act fast!
By December 4, 2012, if a city reaches 100 unique votes, it will be entered into the final bracket of the contest, hosted by Togather.com, a new website that helps connect readers with authors. Then, more voting!
The second round of voting will start on December 4, and we want to announce the winning event by December 27.
Once we’ve narrowed down the cities to a few finalists, we’ll set up event pages on Togather with a bookstore in each location. To register interest for the event, you can place a pre-order for my book through the site. Each book purchase serves as your ticket for the event, and you’ll automatically get added to the guestlist. The first city to buy 150 books WINS, and will be added on as the final stop on my EVER AFTER tour. (Note: Orders are only placed if the bookstore in your hometown wins the Mystery City contest. If not, then no money is exchanged.) If your store/city wins, the book will be sent to you on on-sale day from the hosting bookstore, and you have to bring it to the event for me to personalize. This is why I asked for you not to force your family and friends to vote–I want this to be really fair.
The city that reaches 150 votes first in the final round of voting WINS, and will be added on as the final stop of my EVER AFTER tour.