May 5th, 2008

Is this anyway to make money?

It sounds like there’s a team of folks who are calling LA-area bookstores and claiming to be authors who will soon have or who have recently had a signing – and now they are in a spot of trouble. Their car’s been towed, or stolen. They need $150 or $200 wired to them right away through Western Union.

They’re not shy about claiming to be someone famous, as well as unknown. Callers have claimed to be Ray Bradbury, Russell Banks, and Nick Hornby (down to the English accent).

“Berman speculated that this gang has several members -- one black man, one English guy, one woman -- to make impersonation easier. "It's like the Mod Squad or something."”

This seems like a lot of effort for not a lot of money. Maybe it’s the thrill of it all?

Read more here.

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Sometimes good things really do happen to good people (and good writers)

I remember back in July being excited about seeing this in Publishers Deal Lunch:

How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets author Garth Stein's THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, a heart-wrenching but also humorous and uplifting story of the family dog's efforts to hold together a young family in the face of illness, death, and a divisive custody battle, to Jennifer Barth at Harper, at auction, for publication in June 2008, by Jeff Kleinman at Folio Literary Management. Foreign rights are handled by Anna Stein; film rights are with Howard Sanders at UTA.

I loved How Evan Broke His Head. And this was the first “adult” book my kid ever read (we were in Europe with a dearth of books in English, and I had just finished it, so I knew there wasn’t too much I that would be bad for an 11 yo who read above grade level.

So now Garth has hit the daily double: The Art of Racing in the Rain is the top Booksense Pick for June (perhaps you've heard of another top pick, a little book called Water for Elephants) AND his book has been picked to be featured in Starbucks.

Maybe I should write something about dogs! Only, I must confess, I have never owned one. And my husband's allergy issues are so bad that isn't gong to change. [Full disclosure: I hope my dogless state does not make you think less of me.]

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