So I recently learned about something very neat and fun that critically-acclaimed author Randy Singer is doing.
He is allowing readers to participate in helping determine the verdict of a court case in his upcoming legal thriller, The Justice Game (Tyndale House, July 2009), which features a court case centered on the gun debate. The verdict voted on by the readers will be written into the story and readers will get to learn the verdict when the book is released in July.
Singer has produced a short, online video that mimics a cable news report. Featuring real-life talk show host Lorri Allen as the lead news anchor, the video shares the latest updates on the trial at the center of the book interspersed with segments of the closing arguments direct from the courtroom. At the end of the video, viewers are directed to a special section on Singer’s Web site to render their verdict. There is also an excerpt available on his site should you decide you need more information before rendering your verdict.
You can access the video and vote on the verdict at: www.randysinger.net
I think it is very cool that an author is using reader involvement and feedback to help create the story and it definitely makes me want to know more about the book (a book that already sounds fascinating). I feel that it is a unique approach to creating buzz for a story and I encourage you all to go check it out and vote.
While I haven’t read this author yet, his books sound really good. And today I am giving one of you a chance to check out his work by giving away a copy of his book, By Reason of Insanity, to one lucky commenter. I’ll randomly select and announce the winner on Sunday, Jan. 18.
All you have to do is leave a comment below sharing your thoughts about Singer’s plan to get readers involved. Does it make you more curious about the book? Is it something you’d like to see more of?