No, no, no…I’m not going to award you $275 million for being the fourth visitor to my blog. However, I was just corresponding with one of my newest BFFs, Book Chic, about what sorts of giveaways might work in conjunction with the release of Frenemies (May 13, 2008—it’s in your calendar, right?), and that really got me thinking (which doesn’t happen often).
Oh sure, there are the usual offerings, like: A signed copy of the book! A bookmark! Stickers! Postcards! T-shirts! Action figures! (Actually, that last one might be pretty cool…especially since you could act out all the crazy cat-fights between Halley and Avalon.) Honestly, I’m not knocking any of these things. (You know I’m not about negativity anymore, right?). I mean, back when I was fanatical about my favorite band ever, I couldn’t get enough of all that promo stuff. I actually made a scrapbook and collected all their magazine clippings, postcards, stickers (I still have the scrapbook, btw), and even traveled to Ireland in hopes of meeting them. But I digress…
So, B.C. wondered if I might be doing a giveaway involving friendship bracelets or some such. Genius, right? (Especially since there’s a little something in the book that would totally work with that idea. Oh, how I tease!) Then I remembered how, when I was in middle school, I used to not only make friendship bracelets but barrettes for me and all my besties. (I know, totally weird—but it was so cool back then. Really). That’s when it hit me: I could hand-make a few cool prizes for giveaways—not just some cheapo, mass-produced stuff, but something so completely one-of-a-kind, people would either covet it or decide you were a freak to even want it in the first place (or both)! Hello? Who wouldn’t kill—or be horrified—to have an Alexa Young, author of Frenemies, original…right?
Okay, so I’m really about to get to my point, which is this: What would be an even cooler contest giveaway than signed books, bookmarks, stickers…or even (yes!), bracelets or barrettes made by moi? How about something that really captures the whole love-hate theme that is Frenemies? FINALLY, this brings me to just a few ideas I’ve had:
1. Yummy/Yucky Cookies. Hmmm. B.C. said they would arrive stale and that would annoy people—even turn them off of buying or reading Frenemies. But my idea is even more annoying than that! Specifically: What if I make a cookie that is kind of good, but kind of nasty—a cookie you can’t decide if you love or you hate. (Get it? Halley and Avalon can’t decide it they love or hate each other. Are you getting the symbolism and stuff?)
2. Fake knives. I’m talking about the retractable kind you can repeatedly thrust into your BFFs back! (Awesome, yes?)
3. “Love You, Hate You, Mean It” mix CD. A collection of songs characterizing the two-headed creature known as the frenemy. Examples: “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” (Tina Turner); “Friend Is A Four-Letter Word” (Cake); “Big Mouth Strikes Again” (The Smiths); “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Sinéad O’Connor)
So…whaddya think? Please let me know which idea you like best…or suggest one of your own (since mine are just silliness, OBVS!). If your concept comes to fruition, I’ll make/send you the very first one (what a deal!). You can consider it our first bonding experience as new BFFs. How rad is that offer? Um. Yeah!