Contest: Name a Dandy, Win a Book

by Josiah Bancroft

Naming characters is one of the great pleasures of writing fiction. It's so much fun, in fact, that I want to give you a chance to join in. What would you name a dandy, a fop, a man about town? 

This to-be-named character is the sort of person whose wardrobe is fuller than his library, whose snuff box is always empty (might he have some of yours?), and whose version of "wit" relies upon the liberal application of winks and brandy. In short, he is an irritating, pompous, garrulous nitwit who plagues parties and chases ladies. (For further inspiration, refer to Lord Percy Percy of Blackadder fame.)

How this is going to work:

1. There are two ways to enter. You can Tweet your best name for a dandy to me @thebooksofbabel, #nameadandy, or you can post a comment below. Names should include a first and a surname; titles are optional.

2. The contest will close at noon (GMT) on Monday, September 26th.

3. There will be two winners. One will be selected at random, via a process that will likely involve slips of paper and a hat. The other winner will be selected by me for inclusion in the next book. That's right: you have a chance to name a character in the next installation of <i>the Books of Babel!</i> I will choose the winning name based on the entirely subjective criteria of personal preference. (I don't want to end up with a character named Foppy McFopperface.) By entering, you are agreeing to the possibility of having your entry appear in my books.

4. Winners will receive a signed copy of Senlin Ascends. (I'm not restricting the contest by region. Anyone, anywhere may enter. That said, if you reside on the other side of our fair planet, it may take a little while for the book to reach you!) Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 27th.

5. One entry per person.

That's it! Help me spread the word!