Updated to add:
Thank you so much for participating in the #GreatGreeneChallenge. For all participating bookstores, please email me at vcj (at) varianjohnson (dot) com
to let me know (1) that you participated in the challenge (if you're not listed below) and (2) the number of books sold (if you'd like to provide that information). Again, there will be two giveaways--one for the store that sold the most books and another as a random drawing from all the stores that participated. There will also be separate giveaways for the "one-on-one" challenges.
Thanks to many friends, there's been a lot of support for me and The Great Greene Heist
Author Kate Messner
issued the first challenge, stating
“Speaking up is one great way to ask for change. But buying books may be an even better way.
At the end of the day, publishing is a business that needs to make
money to survive. Given that reality, the best way for readers to ask
for more diversity in children’s literature is not with words and tweets
and blog posts alone but also with dollars."
She encouraged readers to purchase a copy of the book from their local indie, with the idea that enough pre-sales could help the book make the New York Times Best Seller list and send a message that diversity in books matters.
Many wonderful independent bookstores, including Eight Cousins, Inc
and Odyssey Bookshop
got involved, and then author Shannon Hale
upped the stakes, challenging other indies to join into the contest.
It's all very, very humbling.
It also happened really fast, so we didn't quite have the logistics in place for the contest. We're still working out a few details, but here's what you need to know:
The contest will run from now through June 30
. (Pre-sales count as first week sales!)
I'll be compiling a few sets of author goodies (signed books, swag, free Skype visits) contributed by many wonderful friends and authors.
1) One package will go to the bookstore that sells the most copies of The Great Greene Heist
2) The second package will be a random drawing of all the bookstores that have "signed up" for the challenge (no purchase necessary, just need to know who you are).
3) A separate set of goodies (provided by me) will go to the winners of each "one-on-one" challenge.
I'll update the list of giveaways as they come in, but so far:
1) Kate Messner
is offering a free hour-long Skype writing workshop
that the winning store can use for an in-store event or give away to a great teacher-librarian customer.
2) Grace Lin
is giving a copy of The Great Greene Heist
(along with artwork!!) away as part of the We Need Diverse Books Challenge and will give each participating bookstore a free print from her etsy store
3) John Green
is generously offering 10 signed copies of The Fault In Our Stars to any bookstore that can handsell 100 copies of The Great Greene Heist in the first month.
4) Skila Brown
is donating a signed copies and bookmarks of Caminar,
her debut novel-in-verse (which is a Junior Library Guild Selection and the recepient of starred reviews from Horn Book
and School Library Journal
5) Ally Condie
is donating a signed hardcover set of the New York Times bestselling Matched
6) Janet Fox
is donating signed copies of her historical YA Forgiven
7) Karen Sandler
is donating a signed set of her Tankborn
8) Author Bethany Hegedus
, owner of The Writing Barn
, has offered a 3 day/2 night writing retreat for two
to the bookstore that handsells the most copies of The Great Greene Heist
. The bookstore may gift the retreat to a deserving customer/writer/reader.
9) Signed books by author Donna Gephart
These are the indies that have taken the challenge so far (that I'm aware of--I'll update the list as I receive additional names):
Eight Cousins, Inc
(South Hadley, MA)
And the Rest of the Best:
While you can order the book from any retailer, PLEASE
consider ordering from your local independent bookstore or one of the ones listed here.
In addition, I'm happy to announce that my two local indies, BookPeople
and The Book Spot
, will be selling personalized
copies of The Great Greene Heist
will also provide a signed copy of The Kelsey Job
, a short prequel to TGGH
, with each book sold.
If you're an indie that would like to be included, either leave a comment here, email me at vcj (at) varianjohnson (dot) com, or send me a tweet at @varianjohnson.
And if you're an author that would like to participate, (1) I would be forever in your debt and (2) email or tweet at the address above and I'll give you additional details (or send a tweet to Shannon at @haleshannon, and she'll get the info to me).
I would love for this book to become a best seller, but even if it doesn't, I am so grateful for all the support is has received so far.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for taking part in the #GreatGreeneChallenge.
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