March 18th, 2009

DIY Publicity

Fellow Portlander Patrick deWitt has having success promoting his first novel, Ablutions: Notes for a Novel.

He talked to GalleyCat about his DIY approach to publicity. “I've been surprised at how much an unknown like myself can accomplish just by reaching out to people and pleading my case.”

Read more here.



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Yeah! Film rights to The Hunger Games sold!

Publishers Weekly says, "Lionsgate has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film version of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Collins will adapt the screenplay, and Nina Jacobson will produce through Color Force."

When Nina Jacobson was the president of Buena Vista Motion Pictures, she was pitched my Learning to Fly. She didn't like the screenwriter's take, and it never got made into a movie, but still it was very exciting.

Anyone going to BEA in May? My offer still stands: If you get an ARC of Catching Fire, the next in the series, and loan it to me, I promise to read it in three days, not eat while reading it or otherwise risk befouling it, pay for shipping both ways, AND donate $25 to the charity of your choice. [Interested in joining me - reading the book after me under the terms? Let me know in the comments.]



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What I saw and how I cooked: Meyer Lemons, take one


Remember when I asked you about these?

This was step one in Meyer Lemon goodness: Shaker Pie. It's kind of like chewy lemon curd. I used the marble slab my friend gave me to roll out the dough, and it released it beautifully.

Meyer Lemon Shaker Pie
makes one 9" double crust pie
4 Meyer lemons
2 cups sugar
basic pie crust recipe for double-crusted pie
4 eggs
1 tablespoon milk
Sugar for top

Thinly slice three of the lemons (leave the peels on!), picking out any seeds as you go. Use a mandoline if you have one. Toss with the sugar, and half the juice of the remaining lemon and put in refrigerator for at least four hours, preferably 24.

Heat oven to 450°F. Grease a 9" pie dish or tart pan. Roll out half the dough into a circle and put in pan. Beat the eggs well and stir into the lemons mixture. Roll out remaining dough and top pie. Brush top with milk, sprinkle with sugar. Cut four vents for steam.

Bake for 15 minutes at 450°F. Turn the heat down to 350°F and bake for another 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden.

Let cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.



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