"Rant" - The Limited Edition & Possible Contest!
Hey everyone! I've been in Los Angeles this past week looking for an apartment. And I'm happy to say that I've found the perfect place and will be officially moving there (from NY) on Wednesday I'll be driving cross-country with a friend from San Diego. We're attempting to do it in 4 days so I'll arrive by no later than Sunday. Once there, I'll be setting up The Cult officially on the west coast. This won't affect any of you at all, but it will mean small changes, such as having a new address (to replace the PO Box in Jericho, NY). It will also mean that you'll be seeing me popping in at the Los Angeles readings Chuck does instead of the Manhattan ones. All in all, very exciting stuff. I haven't felt this good in years.
So why don't we talk about everyone's favorite topic: Chuck's next book! Yes, [b][i]Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey[/i][/b] will be released on May 1st. But what you may not know is that RandomHouse will also be releasing a [b]limited edition[/b] version of the book (pictured above). This edition will be signed by the author, specially packaged in a slipcase, and will have an exclusive 1200-word "Automotive Afterword" by Chuck that will appear nowhere else.
Standard pre-orders for this limited edition of 'Rant' are already up on Amazon.com. [b][url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385517874/officchuckpalaha/]Place your pre-order here![/url][/b]
BUT!!! Our good friends at [b]St. Helen's Book Shop[/b] have one-upped Amazon yet again. See, while the book may already be signed, St. Helen's is offering the opportunity to have it [b][i]personally inscribed[/i][/b] by Chuck! They will only be receiving 65 copies, so don't wait a second...
[b][url=http://www.sthelensbookshop.com/NASApp/store/Product?s=showproduct&isbn=NB10030419&affiliateId=palahniuk]Order your personally inscribed limited edition of 'Rant' from St. Helen's today!!![/url][/b]
Now, who likes contests? I know I do. Especially the ones that the good people at RandomHouse have concocted over the years to celebrate the release of a new Chuck Palahniuk book. This time around, I've been speaking with the lovely Lauren Chinn who works in the Internet Marketing dept. of Doubleday. Lauren has been cool enough to ask me what [i]I'd[/i] like to do with the idea of offering a limited edition copy of 'Rant' to someone on our site for free. And of course, that can only mean one word: contest! The first idea to that popped into my head was utilizing all the new video sites that are available online nowadays (YouTube, Break.com, MySpace etc) and have people make their own 1 minute movie shorts based on either a scene or an idea from a Palahniuk novel, or even an attempt at a short story. Hosting a contest like this would fall on The Cult's shoulders, and to be honest, I'm not sure we could handle it. But I can't ignore it's possibilities. So I'd like to hear from all of you on how we could make this happen.
For all of you that have no interest or understanding in how a contest like the above would work out, never fear, nothing is written in stone. Lauren liked the video contest idea, but had some wonderful ideas of her own to contribute, such as having fans send in their Rant Casey testimonials -- Rant Casey... Martyr or Madman? Or for all you designers out there, a tag or logo design that could then be incorporated into the theme of the official website Doubleday will be setting up for the book.
So I am now going to turn this long news post over to you. They don't call this forum a discussion board for nothing, ok? So let's see some feedback from you all on these ideas. I want to see people fine-tuning these ideas... selecting their favorites.... and even offering up their own contest ideas.
For those of you who simply can't wrap your head around all this talk about signed books, video contests and logo designs and just want to hear more about this amazing new book, there's already a [b]review[/b] up online.
[b][url=http://fancypantsincorporated.com/Book33.html]Read the first online review of 'Rant' here![/url][/b]
I can't vouch for the safety of this review. Meaning, if you want to go into the book blind, you may find some inadvertent spoilers. But I can tell you this: ARCs of 'Rant' have begun floating around, and the word on the streets already is that this is Chuck's best book in long time.
And so, once again, here are the Pre-Order links for 'Rant'.
Order From [COLOR=Cyan]St. Helen's[/COLOR] and receive the book personally inscribed:
[b][url=http://www.sthelensbookshop.com/NASApp/store/Product?s=showproduct&isbn=NB10030419&affiliateId=palahniuk]Pre-Order your [i]personally inscribed[/i] limited edition of 'Rant' at St. Helen's![/url][/b]
[b][url=http://www.sthelensbookshop.com/NASApp/store/Product?s=showproduct&isbn=NB10030418&affiliateId=palahniuk]Pre-Order your [i]personally inscribed[/i] standard edition of 'Rant' at St. Helen's![/url][/b]
Order From [COLOR=Cyan]Amazon.com[/COLOR]:
[b][url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385523297/officchuckpalaha/]Pre-Order your limited edition of 'Rant' at Amazon.com![/url][/b]
[b][url=http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0385517874/officchuckpalaha/]Pre-Order your standard edition of 'Rant' at Amazon.com![/url][/b]
Order From [COLOR=Cyan]Barnes&Noble.com[/COLOR]:
[b][url=http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9780385523295&itm=2&lkid=J14964744&pubid=K118406&byo=1]Pre-Order your limited edition of 'Rant' at BN.com![/url][/b]
[b][url=http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9780385517874&itm=1&lkid=J14964748&pubid=K118406&byo=1]Pre-Order your standard edition of 'Rant' at BN.com![/url][/b]
Order From [COLOR=Cyan]Powells.com[/COLOR]:
[b][url=http://www.powells.com/partner/29320/biblio/0385523297]Pre-Order your limited edition of 'Rant' at BN.com![/url][/b]
[b][url=http://www.powells.com/partner/29320/biblio/0385517874]Pre-Order your standard edition of 'Rant' at BN.com![/url][/b]
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