Wow! The Tuckerization for Book Three Hits First Trigger
I mentioned yesterday that I had two auctions up for Patrick Rothfuss’s Worldbuilders charity drive. The first is for a ms critique of up to 7,500 pages. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one, but I’m pleased to say that it’s already past the $50 mark.
The second auction is for a Tuckerization that will be incorporated into Book 3 of The Lays of Anuskaya. When I created the auction, I thought it would be cool to include a couple of kickers. The first triggers at the $100 mark, and that’s where I the Tuckerized character raises in profile a bit, not to the point that they’re a secondary character, but they’ll certainly be “on screen” a bit.
In one day, the auction has already reached this first trigger. It’s up to $207.50(!) as of the typing of this post!
Um. Wow!!! I’m blown away by the generosity of the Worldbuilders crowd. Thanks to everyone who’s bid, not just on my auctions, but on all of them. I’ll have to admit that I was a bit tentative about this auction, firstly because I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about having an outside influence affect the third book, and secondly because I didn’t know if it would receive much attention. But now I’m really excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool, and I’m looking forward to working with the winner on creating a really cool character to benefit such a great cause. Here’s hoping it hits the second kicker, which triggers at $250. The trigger is described thusly in the auction:
In the event that this auction breaks $250, I will ensure that the character either dies in a spectacular way or performs some major, selfless, heroic act. I’ll try to give the option to the one who wins the auction, but I’m afraid that story must come first, and I reserve the right to control it as I see fit. But as this is the highest plateau for this auction, I will try my damndest to make it something you’ll like. As I mentioned for the $100 kicker, I’ll ask a few questions to try (if you agree) to use some personal details for the character.
I will also ask the winning bidder if they have preferences as to some of the various choices—such as whether they want the character to be an ally of the heroes or the villains, whether they would prefer Russian or Persian, and so on—and I will try my best to honor those choices, but again, the story will take precedence, and if it makes sense to add the character in a specific place with a specific role to play, I’ll do that. That said, you’re paying good money toward a great cause, and I’m going to do may absolute best to make it worthwhile for you.
Thanks, everyone, for spreading the news about Worldbuilders.