Monday, September 19, 2011

You Could Be Famous. Like, Movie Star Famous.

This is how awesome my publishing company is.

Dan Cohen, a fellow author at Spencer Hill Press, has the most amazing opportunity for all of you.  He wants to make you famous.  Like, movie star famous. 

His book, Masters of the Veil, is getting ready to come out in March 2012.  But before that, he needs a book trailer.  And he, along with SHP, came up with just about the neatest idea I have ever seen.

Here it is (from the publisher's website):

Want to be in a book trailer? Now's your chance! 

Here's the deal: Sam Lock, the star player of your beloved Carver (Texas) High School football team, just choked during the crucial play of the championship game.
We want the reactions of the fans, and you are the fans.

First, wear green and gold. Have fun; feel free to use face paint, accessories, etc., like you have a ton of school spirit. Alternatively, go goth with a tiny green and gold "C" on your black nail polish or something. You can dress like a nerd, a cheerleader, a stoner, a jock, a member of the marching band, a seriously over-involved booster parent, or whatever you'd like. Have fun and be creative!

Second, talk into the camera as though you're being interviewed by the local news or by one of your school's video bloggers. You're angry or dismayed or otherwise in shock, since football is practically a religion in your Texas town (don't go overboard on the accent, please!). Read the opening chapter here if you'd like to improvise your own lines. In fact, improvisation is encouraged.

Here are some suggested lines. You can use just one or send us takes of several. We prefer several short clips, rather than one long take.

"He choked!"

"What a loser! He could've gone pro!"

"He'll never live this down."

Or you can just sob hysterically while a friend hugs your shoulder.

You may enter as many times as you like; please have your submissions in by November 30th, 2011. By sending us the clip, you are consenting to allow us to use it for the book trailer, but everyone who appears on camera needs to print and sign a release form (download a PDF here) as well. If you're under eighteen, please have a parent sign, too.

The release forms can then be mailed to:
      MOTV Trailer
      Spencer Hill Press
      PO Box 247
      Contoocook, NH 03229
Or scanned and sent as PDF attachments to:

Digital clips can be sent as attachments to:

Everyone who submits a clip will receive a Masters of the Veil rack card signed by the author. If we use your clip in the trailer, you'll receive an advance reading copy of
Masters of the Veil (shipped to a US mailing address) inscribed to you by author Daniel Cohen. 

Now isn't that coolest thing ever?!  I mean, how could you pass up an opportunity like this?!  Yes, I am excited!  Hence all the exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  <---see? 

You really need to do this, my dear readers.  Because 1. being in a movie is way too awesome to pass up and 2.  I need to finally see what each one of you looks like while doing crazy things.  Please don't make me miss out on that. :)


  1. What a cool idea! I hope people take advantage of this opportunity. :)

  2. This is such a great idea! I hope he gets a ton of submissions!

  3. Love this blog post! A really interesting read! Followed!

  4. Hi, there! I popped over from Creepy Query Girl's blog -- a little late for bloffee, but still hoping to meet some new friends!

    I LOVE this idea for a book trailer. And what a cute way to involve readers!

    I'll send this link to my high school daughter, who's a bit of a ham, and see if she wants to participate.


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