So, I decided to try something a little different. I've made up a false document, several actually, and posted them in a manila folder to various local and national papers, radio, book review magazines, sci-fi magazines, and some of my favourite authors. The document and fake newspaper clippings ask the reader to look into a mystery, involving a cover up, conspiracy, murder, and all the bits that make a mystery fun. The articles and documents involve new characters and characters from my first 2 books, as well as, wait for it, ME!
That's right, I'm trying to break down the 4th wall here and engage these people in my writing at the same time.
Here are a few examples of the bits and pieces in the manila folder posted this morning...
There's also a letter from a concerned wife, a memo with some very revealing information about Excelsior Technologies (the fictional corporation in my books), as well as a heavily redacted document with clues littered through it as to what really happened.
There is also a CD with copies of both novels, just in case any of the people I have sent this to actually want to read them.
Will it work? No idea. Does it look amateurish? Just a bit. I only hope that it will make people pause before adding it to the ever increasing pile on the floor.
So, what do you think? Interesting idea or completely insane?