This summer, I plan to re-release Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors. I previously discussed the idea here, and I’ve decided to go for it and see what happens.
This is where you come in…
So…What Do I Want?
In 750 words or less, I want you to share your best road trip tale. It can be funny, sad, touching, or strange — maybe all those things combined (or something I didn’t even mention).
Why Do I Want You to Do This?
Because…I want to add back-of-the-book content to the re-release of the Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors e-book, and I think it would be very cool to publish some of your road trip tales with that added content. (Think of it as the literary equivalent of DVD bonus material.)
Who’s Reviewing the Tales?
I’ll read the stories you send, and pick a big handful of my favorites. Then a couple beta readers and I will select our top 10 or so tales to go into the re-release of Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors. (And who knows, I may publish even more than 10 tales…or at least throw the others up on roadtripfromhell.com).
What’s in It for You?
The author of the favorite road trip tale will win a Kindle Touch*:
* If no one tale stands out, the top tales will be assigned random numbers and a drawing will be held for the Kindle Touch.
What’s in It for the Rest of You?
For those who don’t win the Kindle Touch, your story may end up in the back of the Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors re-release, or on roadtripfromhell.com.
There’s really not much more than that! Just email your essay to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All entries due by June 30, 2012.
Remember: 750 or fewer words!
The [Not So] Fine Print
By submitting a road trip essay, you’re giving me the right to use your tale in the back of the re-release of Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors. You’re also giving me the right to use the essay on roadtripfromhell.com.
As for me, I claim no rights to your essay. If you want to release it someplace and say, “Hey, I’m hoping to have this groovy essay in the back of this Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors book, so check it out!” that’s fine.
I don’t see a need to make this any more complex than that.
That’s it — get writin’!
I’ll give it a shot! Hope you get some great tales! 🙂
Christopher Gronlund says
CMS: Excellent! I used to be a part of a storytelling group (kind of like The Moth), and we had a night with a lot of road trip stories. Some hysterical stuff showing that even though the tales are all their own, the experience is quite universal.
I hope some great stories come in, too!
Jan Wristen says
Thanks for the opportunity, Christopher! I just sent it off.
deacon mcclendon says
I’m on this.
Paul Lamb says
If my road trip involves planes and trains, would it qualify?
Christopher Gronlund says
Paul: Sure! While the book is slanted toward a road trip, I’m flexible.