Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Signature Contest + A New Title

I am so excited about today's blog post! I've got two announcements in store for you guys, neither of which will work without your participation!

First off, we have a signature contest. This idea came to me a few weeks ago, when I was randomly doodling one of my character's names over and over. As much as I might try to write it differently, it always looked like my handwriting.

Well, I have this thing for staring in awe at all the ways different people write the same things! (Don't ask, it's a quirk.) So that led me to thinking: why not have signature contests?

I think handwriting says a lot about a person. So I'm going to give you my characters "profiles" telling you how I perceive their handwriting (and therefore signature). They will be released one at a time throughout my social media accounts. But it's up to all of you to sign the names! You can do as few or as many as you'd like. It doesn't have to be a work of art, although you're welcome to do fancy lettering if you want to. All I need is a photo of your signature of the character's name.

There is no right or wrong here, as it's a matter of your style matching my character's style! So please don't get self-conscious and refuse to join in the fun!

As much as I'd like to give you all my characters for every story I've ever thought of ... I shall refrain. ;) Instead, I'm going to be releasing one profile at a time through my social medias (like the one above). You can reply with your photo in the comments, send them to me through a Google Hangouts chat, or through email (abiclaire98 at gmail dot com). If you want to post it on social media, please use the hashtag #sigcon and tag me @abitheauthor to make sure I see it! :)

My goal is to release one new profile each week (not sure how many I'll do yet) and announce my selections around the new year.

I know, I know. What's the prize? The prize is that you and your signature will get featured in the back of my book once it's published as a little extra for the reader.* And I will send you a handwritten thank you note signed by me for your effort!

*I guess I can't guarantee this if it becomes traditionally published. But you will at least make it in the acknowledgments and get a thank you note!

The second event of the day is much simpler. All you have to do is vote on a new title for Matinee Regulars. If you're particularly attached to that one, I would like to know, but at the moment I think it's too obscure and cryptic to actually catch a reader's attention. (It doesn't tell you much out of context.) I've been tossing lots of ideas around and I'm not 100% sold on any of them. But if all my potential readers are, then we're set! :)

The book has a smalltown, old-timey vibe in a modern world with a disgruntled young adult. Or at least that's the goal. So the title could hint at that? Or the cover alone could make it clear. So many decisions!

Below are just a few options I've come up with. Any other suggestions or feedback would be extremely welcome! I absolutely despise titling things. -_-

If the embedded form didn't show up, then click here. I'll take your thoughts for ten days (through Nov 21) and then make a decision!
Thank you for reading! Are you going to participate?! The more the merrier, so please feel free to share this around with any of your friends who might be interested! Be looking for my first character profile this Tuesday, November 14. :D


  1. The signature contest sounds fun. I don't think I can do it at this time, but I can't wait to see the results and learn more about your characters.


  2. Okay I started to fill out the Google Form but THERE'S NOT ENOUGH SPACE FOR ME TO SAY MY THINGS COHERENTLY so hi here I am commenting instead. *waves* XD

    So as far as the titles you have up there, I'd say "Legacy of Stars" catches my eye as the best one. *nods* But it does definitely have a fantasy feel? So idk? I'd definitely avoid "Ticket to Happiness" though because that one strikes me as pretty cliche. :D But I like all the other ones! I still think I like "Matinee Regulars" the best, though.

    As far as title suggestions go, you have "Weekly Matinees" up there, which make me think the character(s) go the matinee once a week? Do they go on a specific day of the week? "Mondays at the Matinee" << or something similar could work.


    1. Dude, you practically read my mind on some of that. Legacy of Stars is my favorite out of the options, but MATINEE REGULARS IS STILL THE BEST (in my opinion).

  3. I love hand lettering so I'm excited for the signature contest! It's going to be fun. :)

  4. Very cool idea with the signatures! We'll see if I get a chance to participate!


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