This is very cool. And I’m not just saying that because I’m participating–I’m saying that because of all the other authors who are involved!
Check out the list: BECCA FITZPATRICK (Hush, Hush; Crescendo); SHANNON HALE (Princess Academy, The Goose Girl); BRANDON MULL (Fablehaven, Beyonders); JANETTE RALLISON (My Unfair Godmother, Slayers); KIERSTEN WHITE (Paranormalcy, Supernaturally); (and ME). WOW, right?
As a fundraiser for the uber-worthy non-profit organization KIDS NEED TO READ, which provides books for underfunded libraries, the group of us is auctioning off spots in our books for a character named after YOU!
So if you’re looking for a really exceptional gift for yourself, or someone else, look no further. This is obviously it.
The auctions will start Saturday, Oct 29. Here’s the scoop:
Touch immortality and go down in literary history! Several critically acclaimed, bestselling authors are auctioning off character names to benefit Kids Need to Read, a national nonprofit foundation that promotes childhood literacy and addresses the crisis in library funding that currently exists in the United States.
If you are one of the winning bidders, you will have a character named after you in an upcoming young adult novel by one of the following participating authors: Robin Brande (Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature; Doggirl), Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush; Crescendo), Shannon Hale (Princess Academy, The Goose Girl), Brandon Mull (Fablehaven, Beyonders), Janette Rallison (My Unfair Godmother, Slayers), and Kiersten White (Paranormalcy, Supernaturally).
Should you win one of the auctions, the author agrees to use your name in an upcoming book. The character that is bestowed with your name may be a secondary or minor character, may have villainous tendencies, or may die at some point in the book or series. The character may have many or very few of your actual characteristics. The author is simply using the name for a character, not transporting your personality into the book. Also, editors have veto power over any name. (So if your name is Ima Jockstrap, you might be out of luck.) If an editor vetoes your name, you will be entitled to a full refund from Kids Need to Read.
The Kids Need to Read Literary Immortality Auction will take place at our eBay store beginning Saturday, October 29, 2011 and ending Thursday, November 3, 2011. There will be a separate auction for each author. All auctions will run concurrently. Bidders will be able to bid on multiple auctions.
I may have to bid on this myself! I loved Shannon Hale’s Austenland so much (soon to be a movie!), I would love for her to put me in some scene involving the Mr. Darcy lookalike. Oh, wait–that book was already written. Hm, maybe I can talk her into doing a revision . . .
Looking forward to seeing all of you at the auction!