Turn your idea into big bucks! Win $5000 for your book idea!
The plot must be based on the characters in a children's book called Christine Kringle, a story about Kriss Kringle's daughter. The story features other members of the American Kringle family as well as characters from France, Japan, and England.
If you think holding a contest to get an idea for your next book is slightly daft, then you'll love this: your entry must include proof of purchase of a copy of Christine Kringle.
In addition to the $5000 top prize, the winner will have his or her name listed as the the “deviser of the plot” on the cover of the book. The winner will receive no royalties.
The author of the Guardian blog suggested that the whole idea was “slightly lazy.” The blog readers chimed in immediately with comments such as “pathetic” and “desperate.” But then a new reader joined the conversation. It was Lynn Brittney, the author and publisher of Christine Kringle, and the brains behind the contest.
She pleaded with readers to lighten up and explained that there was nothing lazy about it and that she wasn't taking advantage of anyone. It would be a way for her to find out what sort of story her readers want and a way for her readers to have a chance to win a prize and have fun coming up with a plot. (Although the story is for children, the contest is open to both children and adults.)
The mood on the blog changed and everyone became more polite and sympathetic. Brittney agreed that there's a certain amount of desperation for all writers except for a tiny percentage of the best-selling authors. She pointed out that her book sells for only £6.99 in Britain. (It retails for $13.99 in the U.S.) The other writers on the blog told of their own desperate attempts to sell more books.
One commenter proposed a complicated (and satirical) plot for Brittney, to which she replied “it shows promise but you didn't include proof-of-purchase.”
So what are you waiting for? Get writing!