Have You Ever Imagined Being a Character in a Book?

Just think about this for a moment…

Have you ever read a book and found yourself imagining how the story would go if you were a character in it? Perhaps you imagine yourself as the hero, or the hero's love interest, or perhaps even the villain? Or maybe you would prefer to be that one person who knew everything ahead of the rest of the characters—the wisest, or most powerful of them all?

Perhaps you've taken it further and written your own fan-fiction to live out this fantasy. Or perhaps you've found one of those write-your-own-story apps where all you have to do is select a few options to create the story, giving your name to the main character.

But it's not the same, is it? It's nothing like being a part of your favourite romance novel or epic fantasy.

But here, you've stumbled across something almost as good…

Be in One of Stephen Hayes's Novels

Stephen Hayes is an author from Australia who writes novels (usually quite long) in the young adult fantasy/scifi genres. You can learn more about him at his official website. He is no stranger to the idea of being a character in a book because he has imagined the same thing in his reading, and now he wants to give you that very chance—or something very close to it.

Yes, the next time you pick up one of Stephen's books, there's a chance you'll find yourself as one of the main characters, if you like. Or maybe it won't be exactly you, but an improved version of you—the you that you wish you were. It's your fantasy, isn't it, so why not?

So How Does It Work?

It couldn't be any simpler :

  1. Go to the contests page to see a list of the currently open contests.
    • A contest may refer to a single character in a book, multiple characters in a book, or multiple characters in a series. The exact nature of the contest will be explained when you view its details.
    • If the contest is for a series, that means the winning character or characters may appear in multiple books.
    • If there are no contests open when you check, no worries. Just bookmark the page and check back later. Or, to make matters even simpler, you can subscribe to Stephen Hayes's RSS feed or the mailing list to have any news sent directly to you.
  2. Select one of the contests to view the details of the contest, the book, and the character or characters whose position in the book can be yours. If you find one you like, click the button to enter the contest.
    • It doesn't cost a thing to enter, and if you're really enthusiastic, you can enter many times (or many contests).
  3. The entry form is quite extensive and will be presented to you in stages. Go through it carefully, filling out the profile of your character.
    • You will be required to provide your real name and Email, and location if you choose (city/country).
    • You will also have to agree to the Disclaimer, Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This is important to make sure you understand exactly what to expect from us when you enter a contest.
    • Then once you have proven that you are human through a simple captcha, you will be free to slowly work your way through the character profile. It can match your true personality, or it can be a more ideal version of you—or it can be something else entirely. It's your character, so don't be afraid to be creative.
  4. Once you're done, your entry will go in the pot, and all you have to do is sit back and wait for the draw. You will be notified by Email if you are successful or not.
    • If you're not content to wait, there is something you can do in the meantime to increase your chances of winning (more on that once you're entered), or you can just keep filling out the form over and over to give yourself the best chance of winning. There is no limit to how many times you can enter.
    • If you're successful, your character will appear in the story, exactly how you specified that he/she should. All winners will also receive a free copy of the book in the format of their choice (Kindle/Nook/Audible/Paperback), and a mention of their real name and location (if provided) on the acknowledgements page.
Does this sound good or what?

So What Are You Waiting For?