Monday, December 10, 2012

The Party Like Slim Dyson Contest

Hi folks! Today we've got some killer news for you.



Nope! Actually, we're releasing our new novel, "The Sensationally Absurd Life and Times of Slim Dyson," exactly one week from today! And that's not all. To kick off the release, we're holding a bad-ass contest to help get the word out. Like any good novel debut, this one needs a release party. And the best part is, you get to help us design it.


As you all know, the story's main character, Slim Dyson, is a homeless writer who finds fame and fortune, but still opts to spend his nights sleeping in the local shelter. Here's what we'd like you to do. We want you to throw Slim a killer book release party on Monday, December 17th.

To do this, simply create a post that details a fun, hypothetical party that Slim and his closest homeless pals would have a blast attending. Go nuts. Be creative. And have fun with it. A few commenters worried about "writing someone else's characters" but let me assure you, you don't have to write a mini Slim Dyson story, you just have to describe a theoretical party. As we told another person, it can be as long or as short as you want, it doesn't have to include pictures, and it can even just be something like this... 

"I'd throw a party at the YMCA and have my Uncle Tito play the kazoo. They have a ton of leftovers at Olive Garden, so I rooted through the dumpster after closing and brought breadsticks for everyone. And for the guest of honor, Slim Dyson, I brought him a leather jacket I fished out of the trash can. Yes, it smells literally like fish, but it'll look great on him."
 
There are a few rules, just to keep things interesting...

Homeless party rules:

1. Must be posted on Monday, December 17th, only.

2. Must contain a link to Slim and his book (we'll send you the link).

3. Even if it is hypothetical, the party can't be illegal: you can't just break into Lil Wayne's crib while he's out of town and steal all of his liquor (and his bitches).

4. You're homeless too, so you can't just throw this in your backyard and call it good. You don't have a backyard. The world is your backyard (was that deep?).

5. You can spend a total of $10. That's a whole day's wages of window washing at the corner of 18th and Broadway. Don't forget dollar stores!

6. The party must be able to accommodate 20-30 people.

7. You must have a gift for Slim, the guest of honor (don't worry, he's easy to buy for).

8. The fun part: tell us all about your party. Feel free to include pictures, videos, music, whatever. Go nuts.

9. You need to e-mail us as abeerfortheshower@gmail.com and let us know you're entering. Let's make this whole thing official. Otherwise, it's hard to keep track of who's participating. In exchange, on Sunday, December 16th, we'll e-mail you a link to the book, which is an automatic slam dunk on rule #1. How easy is this?

And then... a winner will be decided. But not by us.

After you put your post up on Monday, December 17th, we'll compile all submissions and post them up for voting, by you the readers, on Thursday, December 20th. The winner will be announced the following Monday, December 24th, and the winner will receive an appearance in our web-comic and a physical, printed copy of our yet unreleased horror novella manuscript "Lost and Found."


The novella will only otherwise be available as an e-book in a few months, but absolutely no one has read it yet. THIS copy will be a bound, original manuscript, signed by both Brandon and Bryan, and will be shipped directly to your doorstep. Much like Charles Manson, this is one of a kind!

So, get to it and help us design a great release party for Slim! It can be as long or as short as you want to make it, just make it good.

And also, just to remind you again, if you plan on participating in the contest, please e-mail us beforehand at abeerfortheshower@gmail.com and let us know (deadline is December 17), so that we can make sure we plan for and receive all submissions. Also, you'll need the link to the novel, which we'll e-mail to all participants on Sunday! And please, post on Monday, December 17th only! Thanks!

Cheers and stay classy, folks!

B&B

Beer: Shiner Bock
Music: Trampled By Turtles

37 comments:

  1. That's great! And a good idea for a contest. Oh what type of party could a homeless person have...Well, I'm sure it will involve Jenkem.

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  2. Hey, I'm the first in here, guess it pays to get up at 4 AM, woken up by thoughts of your dumbass husband being a total dick....Anywho, this is a great idea, will definitely make an effort to participate. Slim's a homeless guy uh? I like it, I like it....:)

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  3. You guys are so awesome. :-)

    What a great contest! Party and WIN. I approve.

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  4. A great idea! I can't wait to see what people come up with

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  5. I am SO out of my league here. That being said, I feel compelled to participate/support my Beer Boys. So, um, I'm in...

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  6. "Smell like gerkins!" that would be my party theme, sadly I am super lazy and drowning in assignments. I am looking forward to the book and see pictures form the contest. That's a super idea!!!

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  7. The cat thinks this is a grand idea, just too bad he is all the way in march with his posts hahaha needs quite a bit of warning at his sea. But I will vote with glee.

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  8. Oh, what a great idea! I wish you guys didn't have so many outstandingly talented writers following you or I'd give it a shot. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with, this is going to be fun to vote on!!

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  9. Wow - that's a lot of rules! I wonder if I have the dedication to see this one through... I do love winning prizes! :)

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  10. But that's only one week from now! There isn't enough time for this lazy dude!

    But I do like contests so I will try to give it a shot!

    Question: You say nothing illegal about the party? Does that include illegal or semi-legal street drugs?

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  11. $10 huh? Let's see... PBR, Elloise the Purple Cheetah-print hooker from Taunton square, and a Easter-themed table cloth with no table. I think I've got the makings of one stellar party. You guys can go ahead and send the manuscript my way.

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  12. Jaysis that's a Hell of a prize right there. I'm not too good with writing using other people's characters though, so I think I might have to sit this one out.

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  13. Great idea for a contest! I somehow doubt, though, that I am comedically creative enough to fulfill the requirements... and I can't imagine how to have a party for 25-30 and gifts for $10 or less. And keep it legal.

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  14. I love this idea guys, so much that I might give it a go. Even if it sucks I could maybe write up a version and give it my best shot. I'm going to have a blast working this out. That Charles Manson line really made me laugh by the way.

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  15. Sweet jumping jehoshaphat, just like Charlie Manson?

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  16. I've GOTTA think artificially inseminating velociraptors is much safer than the "hands-on" (so to speak) approach.

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  17. This should be fun boys. Looking forward to all the wacky shite your minions come up with. And then the voting begins. I will accept bribes, people.

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  18. Oh man I know all about hobo parties =)

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  19. That sounds like a lot of fun! I have another party on December 17th, my Christmas party at work. Seems like everyone wants to party that day. I don't know if I'll be able to come up with anything, but I'll be sure to be part of the voting either way.

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  20. The wheels are turning. Does this have to be G-rated?

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  21. Oh I'm so excited! What am I going to do? o.e

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  22. I hate to be the next guy who dates Taylor Swift. Is she looking for love or song material?

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  23. This is legit the most fun contest I've seen on blogger. I really want to do this but a big paper due December 17th takes precedence. Hopefully procrastination will kick in and I will work on this contest first. I can't wait to email you my submission!!!!!!

    (I seriously want to be animated by you talented drunkards)

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  24. Onya Slim, this is the ebook window washes have been waiting for, despite not being able to read it.

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  25. Oh, so cool! I have no idea if I'll be able to come up with something awesome for this, but if inspiration arrives before Sunday, I will email you :) Either way, I can't wait to read everyone's posts!

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  26. Sounds like a fun deal! Ya'll have the best ideas!

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  27. Wow, you guys are a regular book mill! I'll post about this tomorrow on link day to help get the word out.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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  28. Nice to see you boys cranking out the books. It is awesome!

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  29. Oooooo an advance copy?? I might give this a shot, even though I totally suck at parties....

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  30. Hum...I've been off the island and out of commission for awhile. I'll have to think on this, but it sounds like fun.

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  31. Fine, I'm here trying to do some research on the gala event after four hours of sleep, yeah, that's right, that's how serious I take this contest *ahem* what's that you say? Insomnia? No, I don't have insomnia, it's this contest that's keeping me awake! Where was I? Oh, the link I clicked on the Stupid Hoe perfume...noooo, that was distraction....ummmm, oh yeah....am I blind? Where is his (aka, Slim's) link to his gala event??? Am I as blind as Emma??? Don't add it after I post this either. I'm way to smart!! I did that to Dan on my own blog!

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  32. I feel like maybe if I'd read this sooner I would've had a copy of the new Slim Dyson book and some kickass new followers for Noses. Oh well. Good luck guys!

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