A chance to win a Tuckerization in my novella

I'm working on a novella that is due to be finished by August 1st. Over the weekend, I discovered that Clarion West Writers Workshop is hosting a Write-a-thon to help raise money for Clarion West Writers Workshop. For those of you who have never heard of Clarion West Writers Workshop, the organization's mission is to improve speculative fiction by providing high quality education through both one-day workshops and an intensive six week writing program. Clarion West is funded through donations, and of course, more donations means that they can keep their tuition low so that more writers can attend.

I've heard a lot of really great things about Clarion West. Since their Write-a-thon coincided with my impending deadline, I thought I might try and raise some money for Clarion West while having a little fun.

The fun part, of course, is where you come in:

If you go to my Write-a-thon page, you will see an orange button that says SPONSOR TERESA FROHOCK. This will lead you to a PayPal page where you can sponsor my goals if you like. Any donations to Clarion West are tax deductible in the U.S.

You do NOT have to donate to be entered for a Tuckerization in my novella. I know times are hard all around, and I just don't feel like it's fair to ask people to give money in order to be entered into the contest. However, even if you can't donate money, you can help spread the word by tweeting about the Write-a-thon and Clarion West.

Here is how my Tuckerization contest is going to go down:

Every Friday, Clarion West will email me with the amount of money that has been donated to sponsor my goals. I've decided to break the goals into tiers. If and when I reach a tier, then I will write a blog post that announces that we're reached a goal. Everyone who comments on the post that announces the successful completion of a goal will be entered for the corresponding Tuckerization for that particular goal.

Here are the tiers:

Tier 1: If I get $25.00 worth of donations, I will offer you a chance to comment and say why you deserve a Tuckerization. (Essentially, all you will have to do is comment--no need for an essay--you're all worthy in my book.)

  • The winner will be chosen at random.
  • The name will have to be modified to fit into the world I've built. For example, my protagonist's name is Travys, which is based on the name Travis (another Tuckerization).
  • With your permission, you will be mentioned by name in the acknowledgements along with the standard disclaimer that you are appearing in name only and the Tuckerization bears no reflection on you as a real person, etc., etc., etc.

Tier 2: If I get $50.00 worth of donations, I will write a blog post and offer you a chance to comment and tell me why you deserve to be Tuckerized as a walk-on character.

  • The winner will be chosen at random.
  • In this case, I will modify your name to fit my world and use a physical description based on you.
  • As I mentioned above, you will be mentioned by name in the acknowledgements along with the standard disclaimer that you are appearing in name only and the Tuckerization bears no reflection on your personality as a real person, etc., etc., etc.
  • I will also give away a copy of the novella (it will be ebook only, but I'll offer you the choice of either mobi or epub).

Tier 3: If I get $100.00 worth of donations, I will write a blog post and offer you a chance to comment and tell me why you deserve to be Tuckerized as the antagonist of my novella.

  • The winner will be chosen at random.
  • At this level, you will become a major character.
  • Things will not end well for you, but as I stated in tiers 1 and 2, the Tuckerization bears no reflection on your personality as a real person.
  • I will also give away a copy of the novella (it will be ebook only, but I'll offer you the choice of either mobi or epub), AND a signed copy of either Miserere or Manifesto: UF, winner's choice. The giveaway for the signed copy is worldwide.

The Write-a-thon goes from June 22-August 1. My page is currently live. The novella is tentatively entitled The Broken Road. I will be posting updates in addition to ways in which the story changes as it progresses.

Over the weekend, The Broken Road began with this paragraph:

Travys was born with his jaw clenched, the umbilical cord around his throat. A quick-fingered midwife had saved Travys’ life. She had breathed air into his lungs and brought his soul back into his body, but not his voice. She laid the silent babe next to his squalling brother and sent for the priestess. No one thought he would live through the night.

Technically, there is nothing wrong with that paragraph, but it didn't quite set the mood that I wanted for the story. Now the opening looks like this with the other paragraph coming in a few lines later:

The world in the west began to fray the year the twins were born. Summer rolled out all hot and close. Crops wilted in fields that cried for water. The people wore the burden of living like a yoke. They poured their blood into the soil. What grew couldn’t be named or eaten. Famine was a dirty bitch with yellowed fangs, but the hunger she put in a belly bit sharp.

Wild things walked the woods. Their howls could be heard in the dark. The game fled. The people resurrected the dead god and put him back on his cross.

So that is the beginning.

Here is your chance to support a worthwhile organization while getting some tips on the writing process. Join me for the Clarion West Write-a-thon and hopefully, we'll have some fun.