Character names to be sold on eBay

The eBay auction featuring sixteen authors which sell character names to the highest bidders will start on September 1. Thus, you have a chance to become a zombie in a Stephen King novel or a positive hero in the next thriller from John Grisham.

Other writers agreeing to sell a name in their upcoming books include Amy Tan, Peter Straub, Nora Roberts, Lemony Snicket and Dave Eggers. Not all are selling characters. Neil Gaiman has offered to include «your name, or the name of someone you love» on a gravestone in his upcoming novel. Snicket is offering «an utterance» by a certain character, but concedes the spelling may be «mutilated».

The most priceless preview comes from King, who writes that he will want his buyer to provide a physical description and nickname and that «a buyer who wants to die must in this case be female». The winning bidder will appear in King’s book «Cell» next year.

All proceeds from the event go to the First Amendment Project, a nonprofit legal group dedicated to free speech. The auction was started by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, who serves on the advisory board of the First Amendment Project.

Chabon, who also plans to sell one of his characters’ names, said almost every writer asked to participate agreed immediately. Still, the writers have reserved «the right not to use the name if it is offensive, mischievous, ill-intentioned or inappropriate».

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