|Kirk Irwin photo|
Yep, it’s official. We’re packing up, selling our house and moving about five miles east of here to the sleepy town of Santa Ynez. And somehow, Santa Ynez Sherrie doesn’t have the same ring as Solvang Sherrie. *sigh* I might actually have to start using my real name. Hmm…
While Solvang is known as the Danish Capital of America (you knew that, right? *grin*) Santa Ynez is known for its beautiful horse ranches, vineyards and wineries. It’s the heart of Santa Barbara County Wine Country. Of course, I don’t own a horse ranch and I don’t know much about wine. I’m just, you know, a struggling writer currently obsessed with throwing out as much as possible so I don’t have to move it.
But, just because I’m not paying as much attention, doesn’t mean things aren’t happening in the publishing world. Here are just a few of the things that caught my notice in the past week:
Everybody wants to get something for nothing and this website highlights some of the titles you can legally download every day (via Galley Cat). (Don’t get me started on the whole book pirating thing.) This week’s featured title: Hello Kitty Must Die by Angela Choi. Sounds interesting, no? Also still free (but only available for Kindle) Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman.
Best Book Deal Ever
Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, The Watsons, sold at auction for £993,250 (about 1.5 million). Note to whoever ponied up the cash: I’ve got several unfinished novels and I’m willing to cut a much less expensive deal.
Shelf Awareness for Readers
Speaking of good deals, I’m now a book reviewer for Shelf Awareness (getting paid to read books=awesome deal for me!) and they’re giving away a hardcover of The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman. Sign up here to enter the contest. Follow this link to read my review of Ripple by Mandy Hubbard.
Night of the Giving Dead
And just in case you were wondering, Carrie Harris raised more than $7000 with her book launch / fundraiser for the Mott Children’s Hospital. Yay Carrie! And yay for those of you who bid on items, donated items, and scored some sweet deals. I snagged a t-shirt and signed copy of Hold Me Closer Necromancer by Australian author Lish McBride. Woo-hoo!
And that’s about it from me. Some empty boxes are calling my name. Stupid things won’t shut up! Ugh. Hope you’re all having a more relaxing summer than we are…