Beacon Star Comments on Facebook Sept 10, 2018 13:43:37 GMT -5
Post by Jenny on Sept 10, 2018 13:43:37 GMT -5
Hi all... Searcher Tinaj alerted me of a new note posted on The Beacon Star's FB page....
I share it here for all to see (It's a public group and notice, but I know some aren't on Facebook)-- The prize is confirmed to be $5000, gold coin, and $1 added for each sale of book.
I've been a fan of arm chair treasure hunts for as long as I can remember. Of course I got started with Masquerade and then delved into The Secret (the treasure hunt, not the secret) and even the Whistle Pig. It was when A Treasure Trove hit the streets that things began to heat up and as one of the "tweleve" winners I got to have lunch with the author. Through forums and e-mails I also interviewed some other authors (and one of their widows) and was able to gain some insight into the art of the arm chair treasure hunt. I came up with a list of things that should be considered in making a hunt. One, don't put the prize in a place where it could put a hunter in danger. Forrest Fenn is a current hunt where people have had unfortunate accidents trying to find the prize and that is certainly something I would like to avoid. Second, put it in a place that shouldn't have to be disturbed, and someplace anyone can visit at any time. The Secret has prizes that are buried, and trying to dig in these spots would certainly be controversial today. Third, include real-world places as part of the hunt. This is where it gets tricky. In A Treasure Trove trees were used and one was famously cut down with the token still inside. So something a little more permanent would have to do. Fourth, expect sharing. Sure, one person can solve everything but sometimes it takes a village. Fifth, be precise. Leave nothing to chance or ambiguity. And sixth, make it worth the effort.
I wasn't going to advertise my hunt but rather let it be found naturally. What is this weird book? But at the last minute I decided against that and at the very least I created a Facebook page and a Reddit group and announced it on a few forums. I actually hid the prize several years before so it's been out there a while. No digging is required and my clues will take you to within a few inches of it if all are solved. There is no guarantee on a permanent real world location but I'm pretty sure the place I picked will be there a long, long time. Of course, anything can happen. I visited my runner-up site and it was completely dug up and gone and it had been there over a hundred years. There are several real-world locations with clues but as things progress I'm sure these places will have pictures or descriptions posted. It's human nature.
So, that covers all my rules except coming up with a good prize. I'm not a millionaire but I came up with the idea of adding a dollar to the prize pool for every book sold, that way maybe a building prize will draw interest. But seeing as I am an unknown author and this is a first time try sales were not so good. So I decided to add $5000 to the prize pool to get it started. And, of course, a gold coin that was purchased many years ago for $2200. So, there's the gold coin, five grand, and the plus is a dollar for every book sold (which is a drop in the bucket at the moment).
I waited to post this as I just traveled all over the country for work and I stopped in to visit the site. It's still there, right where I put it all those years ago. When you know it's precise location you can literally just reach out and pick it up.
So, there you go. I've worked on this for many years so hopefully I've covered all the bases. Again, I'm going into lockdown until the next time I have any info. Take care and happy hunting!