February 26, 2008

HUGE GIVEAWAY! WIN FABULOUS PRIZES!

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!

xo

7 comments:

James said...

I would probably kill (or slightly maim) someone for an Alexa Young original Frenemies bracelet. I wouldn't want the barrette because as much as it would make my hair look lovely and all, it would pretty much make me look weird as well, lol.

I like the fake knife and mix CD ideas, though the mix CD could easily be sent over the internet and then it wouldn't be an Alexa Young original anymore. The cookies would be a bit tougher because it'd be hard to get that mix of "do I love it or hate it? Hmm..." thing going on.

Also, yay for name-dropping.

BC

Lilith Silvermane said...

How about a Sugary and Salty type deal? It's the best of both worlds!

Something nice, (to everything except your hips) and Something.... um.. salty. I can't say salt isn't nice.

I make a divine Bacon Baklava, you could try something like that!

Nicole B. said...

I like the idea of an Alexa Young original. =] I'd definitely wear an Alexa Bracelet everywhere I go. ^^ It'd join my class ring in things I never go without wearing.

Anonymous said...

Or what about something that is a mixed bag of sweet and sour candies?

But, really, the reason for my wanting to leave a comment is this: I would like to point out that we have been friends (never enemies!) for over 20 years now and I have never received a bracelet from you. I do have a few specially made music tapes from our high school years - and I must say you are a genius at compiling music. But I think I need one of the bracelets... badly. Count me in for some competitive fun. :)

XOXO,

Bec

ALEXA YOUNG said...

Yay for over 20 years of friendship with Bec...right?! Okay, but here's the thing: I made those bracelets and barrettes for my friends in MIDDLE school--and that was before we even met! Soooo...that's why you never got one. I do love the sweet & sour candies suggestion though. That could be perfect. And speaking of sweet & sour...you are correct that we've never been enemies--but we have had a few less-than-BFF moments, right? What I love is that we've weathered those storms (okay, maybe just minor rainfalls) and are stronger for them. Some say you can't have a friend forever...but I think we may defy that yet! Agree? And I so owe you a phone call. What a bad friend. :( XOXOXO

Anonymous said...

I'll let you off about the whole middle-school-coveted-bracelet thing but that doesn't mean I still don't want one. ;) I would also like to remind you that we lived together for a short time and are STILL friends. Heh. If anything can cause instant death to a friendship, that's it. OMG, those were the days. Fun times. Yep, we've had our "moments" but we survived them and now all I want is for you to move closer to me cuz I miss you so much. Yeah. This is a forever friendship. :) Let's chat this afternoon.

XOXO,

~Bec

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