The latest novel from author/filmmaker Peter Christian Hall is American Fever: A Tale of Romance & Pestilence. It follows a blogger in New York writing about the world five years after a devastating bird-flu pandemic had laid waste to much of the United States.
And now YOU get to help him sell the book!
Publisher Arterial Witness is offering a $1,000 prize to the filmmaker that can create a 73-second video trailer for American Fever that also uses an original song by Gang of Four’s legendary guitarist, composer, and producer, Andy Gill.
The contest is embracing the rise of crowdsourced projects and taking an almost egalitarian approach to advertising.
Hall said in his email, “There’s a world of enterprising talent out there in film schools and tiny production companies — scouring magazines, websites, and the great DSLR blogs -- itching to make an fast impact with great images.”
In an age when a book can start off as a fan-fiction for a popular series about vampires and be launched to literary stardom (as in British author E. L. James with her 2011 hit erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey), the world is taking a new approach to the creation and selling of books.
Some would question this approach, but I find that since the story is told through blog posts that this is an appropriate means of conveyance for the story. In a way, it’s a continuation of the narrative themes laid down in Bram Stoker's Dracula, a story told through journal entries and news articles.
To learn more, go to http://arterialwitness.com/video-contest/video-contestabout/ or http://www.americanfeverbook.com/
And American Fever is actually already available to read online for free at www.americanfeverbook.com