You can help decide…

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:


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.


reason-of-insanityWhile 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?


7 Responses to You can help decide…

  1. Beth R says:

    It does make me curious and want to see the video to see what its all about. Kind of a cool idea

  2. diane says:

    Unique and great perspective. Readers have an influence upon so much connected to books and reading. The author is definitely someone special to do this. It can generate more interest in his books.

  3. Darby Lohrding says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    I like the idea for his readers involvement! It’s definitely something just beginning – this 3rd dimenson of reading involement. For I just heard of another book where you read a chapter and then view a video on-line, read a chapter, view……
    I would think this builds customers commitment. I’ll guess we will have to wait and see!
    Would love a chance to read this author, for I have not had a chance to as of yet!
    Thanks so much,
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  4. Crystal B. says:

    What an interesting idea. Having reader involvement is a good way for the author to generate more sales.

  5. M. L. Kiner says:

    “The Hong Kong Connection” is a legal thriller about a gutsy female attorney who takes on high ranking International officials. It’s a taut, rollercoaster of a ride from New York to Palm Beach to Washington D.C. to Hong Kong. The plot is expertly woven, the characters persuasive, and the dialogue snappy and spot on.

  6. Liza says:

    I really want to go check out his site. Makes me really want to know more about his books. I’ve never read any of his books, but this promotional idea seems like gold to me.

  7. RobynL says:

    wow what a neat idea to get across to the readers what is going on; love it. I have never heard of this author either. Please enter me.

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