August 17th, 2010

Another weird way for authors to make money

The LA Times looks at Open Sky, a website that gives authors the chance to make money by selling books, as well as their favorite products, directly to consumers.“A cookbook author, for example, not only sells books through OpenSky but also hawks a favorite barbecue sauce and grill. The author pockets 50% of the profit, with the rest going to OpenSky and others involved in the transaction.”

I’m not sure what I could sell. Tasers? Pepper spray? Plastic restraints?

Read more here. (And marvel at how the LA Times is trying to "monetize" its site: there are ads all over the place.)

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Going all fan girl about Patrick Ness and David Shannon

I'm going to be part of the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association's Author Feast in early October. In these type of events, luckily, you don't get eaten (although your brain might get sucked out). Instead, you go from table to table of booksellers and talk about yourself. It's kind of like speed-dating, only there's one of you and like nine of them.

When I've done it before, you got like five or ten minutes. But at this one, it's going to be 20 minutes apiece. I'm worried I don't have 20 minutes of anecdotes in me.

But then I took a look at the list of attendees and realized there are several authors I can talk up as well. Two I am giddy about:

Patrick Ness! Who wrote The Chaos Walking series. I have been counting the days until Monsters of Men: Chaos Walking: Book Three comes out. And now I'm going to be able to have my own signed copy! And maybe sit next to him at the author's dinner (we eat together before we start going table to table). I will try not to gush. Or at least not very much.

Another author I'm super excited about meeting at the Author Feast is David Shannon! Who wrote No, David!. Which is pretty much the cutest book ever!

And not only that, but when Teen was in second grade, she wrote her own book called "No, Grandma!" (a frank homage to No, David!) I made a photocopy of it and sent it to him care of his publisher. And he wrote back! Someone at his level! I'm going to have to see if I can find that again and bring it with me.

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Do you love realistic YA? Now there's a place to celebrate it!

Celebrate realistic YA with The Contemps!
I love a sexy werewolf or hating an evil dystopian government as much as the next girl, but there's another side to YA literature: and realistic contemporary fiction.

Now there's a new group dedication to celebrating it, and I'm thrilled to be a member! "The Contemps" are 21 authors, all of whom have contemporary realistic books coming out in the next year.

"The Contemps" can be found at our homebase, We're planning a bunch of activities, including giveaways, spotlighting other contemporary realistic authors, multi-author events and sharing experiences from our own teenage years. Look for stories about making out, hanging out, parents, best friends, sex and sexuality,homework, high school bloopers, bullies, parties, teachers, racism, hobbies, drug and alcohol use, pop culture--some odd and lively mash-ups!

So check us out - and check back often! We've got a great kick-off challenge--commit to reading a certain number of our books, and you could win all of our new releases!

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