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The Tower Guard Program


Posted by Luckers on Sep 29 2010 03:00 PM under in Towers of Midnight
On November 2nd, Towers of Midnight, book thirteen of the Wheel of Time, will be released around the world. Beginning at midnight that morning, Brandon Sanderson will kick off his U.S tour. You can get the exact times and locations of each tour stop below.

For each one of the book tour events, Dragonmount will be recruiting approximately 5-7 Tower Guards. The Tower Guard will get the rare opportunity to meet with Brandon and Harriet in a casual setting before the actual book signing, and discuss whatever you guys like. You can also get your books signed and personalized in advance. The amount of time you'll have to hang out will vary from city to city depending on Brandon's schedule, but right now we're estimating that it will be about an hour. And, of course, you'll receive an Official Collector's Edition 2010 Towers of Midnight Tour T-shirt. (Oh yeah)

In return for this opportunity, we're going to put you to work. Each member of the Tower Guard will be asked to help document the event in different ways. Some Guard Members will take photos. Others will take notes and do a blog write-up for DM to share with the wider community. Some will hand out promotional material to people standing in line. If the bookstore needs help organizing lines, one of the Guard will be there to help. If Harriet needs a glass of water, the Tower Guard will be there to take care of that.

Another important task for some of the Tower Guard will be to get involved on our message boards, and on our Facebook group to help promote the event. We'll probably ask that each "regiment" of the Tower Guard get together in person at the bookstore once before the event in order to work out the logistics and delegate tasks to be in charge of. You'll be provided with a packet of more detailed guidelines once the teams are assembled.

What are we looking for in members of the Tower Guard?
First and foremost, we're looking for people who are excited about this book release, and excited about meeting Brandon, Harriet and your fellow fans. Because being a member of the Tower Guard requires a lot of organization and initiative, we're looking for people who are proactive and willing to work a little bit. Age isn't a factor. In fact, we want to put teams together that have a diverse range of ages. If you have some good experience in organizing club activities, or have been a contributing member to the various online WoT communities, be sure to mention that in your application. Above all, tell us why you should get selected and why Brandon and Harriet might want to meet you.

What if I'm just a casual fan but still want to be a part of this?
No problem. You don't have to have been a part of a WoT community staff for the last decade to get involved. As long as you're willing to help with the tasks that need to get done, then we'll consider you.

Who's doing the selections?
Jason Denzel, Jennifer Liang and myself (James Luckman) will be going through the applications and putting together interesting and diverse groups. We don't accept bribes, and we hope you won't hurt us if you're not selected. We're expecting a pretty big turn-out of applications. Everyone will get a fair shot. We might even save some open slots to be filled by random selection.

Okay, so how do I apply?
We are now accepting applications. To apply, fill out the web form below. You cannot apply more than once, but you can list your first and second choice of events to attend. You cannot serve on the Tower Guard for more than one event, and we regret that we cannot choose you again if you were chosen as a Storm Leader last year.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM (U.S. Pacific Time) on October 8th.

We will review all of the applications and offer positions on the Tower Guard to people within a week after the deadline. This should hopefully give you enough time to get the day/afternoon/evening off from work or other commitments.

Here is a list of the book tour events.

Tuesday, November 2nd - Midnight
BYU Bookstore
Wilkinson Student Center (WSC) / University Hill
Provo, Utah 84602
*With special guest Harriet McDougal

Tuesday, November 2nd – 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
1725 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
*With special guests Harriet McDougal and Jason Denzel (founder, Dragonmount.com)

Wednesday, November 3rd - 7:00 PM
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45208
*With special guest Harriet McDougal

Thursday, November 4th - 7:00 PM
Borders
10720 Preston Road, Suite 1018
Dallas, TX 75230
*With special guest Harriet McDougal

Friday, November 5th – 7:00 PM
Books A Million
7000 Arundel Mills Cir
Hanover, MD 21076-1282
*With special guest Harriet McDougal

Saturday, November 6th – 2:00 PM
Borders
5871 Crossroads Center Way
Baileys Crossroads, VA 22041
*With special guest Harriet McDougal

Sunday, November 7th - 3:00 PM
The Harvard Coop
1400 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
*With special guest Harriet McDougal

Monday, November 8th - 7:30 PM
Barnes & Noble Booksellers – Lincoln Triangle
1972 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
*With special guests Harriet McDougal, Maria Simons and Alan Romanczuk ("Team Jordan")

If you cannot see the form below, go here to apply.


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Posted by Luckers on Sep 29 2010 03:00 PM under in Towers of Midnight

66 Comments

Wow, I don't think I've ever been first comment except on the podcast pages!
Good luck to all prospective Tower Guards! May the Light shine on you all.
Virginia
Too bad I live in Israel :P
Good luck to all trying to get in. Hopefully I'll make it in this time (didn't get in for the Storm Leaders last year).

Either way, I'll be there at the signing in New York. Hopefully we'll have just as much of a great talk about the series as last time so I would recommend people get there early if they want to talk with fellow fans.
Question...how can the Sacramento and Utah signings be on the same night?
The Utah event is at midnight. (basically the night before, but 12 AM in the morning.) Sacramento is the next evening
Good luck to everyone. I know I'm excited but even if I don't get it I'll be there.
I'm such a blond. Thanks Jason :blush:
Or... Brandon has learned to Travel.... (he wishes!)
Why is Dallas showing up twice on the list of Drop down cities? If you delete one of them, please make sure you don't delete all of the applicants that selected that particular Dallas.
the long awaited tower guard app... All you would be Marylanders beware! I've already applied. so... don't go applying... or anything... So excited to get the results. PICK ME PICK ME! lol... pathetic
You forgot Arizona again! I would have loved to be a Tower Guard!
Well despite wishing to be fully engrossed in ToM I think this is an awesome opportunity. Whether I get the opportunity or not it will be amazing to see everyone there. Good luck and thank you to everyone involved in this.
I don't think I've ever gotten a chance to comment on one of these pages before they are slam packed with other comments. I just applied for the Dallas event, and I hope I get it. I was at the event last year, but not as a Storm Leader. It would be awesome to have a chance at getting to be one this year.
How do we get confirmation that our app was received? Thanks!
Dallas was on the list twice coz I'm an idiot. It's all fixed now--and no one needs to worry, all dallas entries were recorded, no matter which you chose.
That's awesome. I was a little worried about that.
I hereby disband my anti-social tendencies and personality solely on the day of Nov. 2nd and apply for the honor of the Tower Guard. Regardless of whether or not I receive this honor I hope to see tons of other fans at the Provo signing.

Kiserai ti Wansho, hei.
I applied when I wasn't signed in, does it still work or do I need to apply again?
Is it just me, or is this tour a lot shorter then TGS?

What happened to Chicago?
why is there never a Austin, tx trip?!?!?!?! And why cant it be on a Friday or on the weekend, i do have to go to school... =( I would skip but unfortunately its not my decision... yet anyway. Brandon if you reallllllly ARE out there can you make a special trip to the BandN at the Arbaritum for us lovers in central tx?
why is there never a Austin, tx trip?!?!?!?! And why cant it be on a Friday or on the weekend, i do have to go to school... =( I would skip but unfortunately its not my decision... yet anyway. Brandon if you reallllllly ARE out there can you make a special trip to the BandN at the Arbaritum for us lovers in central tx?
How many people applied last year? and how many got in?
There were about 5 or 6 of us (Storm Leaders) at each of last year's events. I believe that somewhere around 1/3 of the applicants were selected, though that probably varied by city. This year since Brandon just finished up a long tour and there aren't as many locations, I'd imagine that the chances of being selected are lower. There are also a lot more people who know about the program and that will increase the number of applicants as well.

Good luck to all of you Tower Guard applicants! I look forward to seeing the Provo team there at midnight!
Just wondering, would it be possible, say a day after the deadline, to announce how many applicants there were in total? No need to make a huge article or anything. Just post it here or tweet it or something. (maybe applicants per location as well?) if not its okay.
to heavytabbs-
I have also applied for tower guard, maybe we will brother's in arms, and maybe we wont... :dry:


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