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Posts Tagged ‘Joe Konrath’

Tess Gerritsen Raising $25,000 in War Against Alzheimer’s

Novelist Tess Gerritsen has declared war on Alzheimer’s, trying to raise $25,000 for The Scripps Research Institute.

The disease took her father’s life, so Gerritsen has a powerful stake in the future of this research. Readers can donate for a chance to star in an upcoming novel by the thriller novelist. Check it out:

I’m declaring war on Alzheimer’s. This war can be won, and our fiercest warriors are scientists. They’re tantalizingly close to understanding the mechanisms of this disease, and how it can be prevented … Join me in the battle — and win a chance at a unique prize: to name a character in a Rizzoli & Isles novel! Won’t it be fun to see yourself (or someone you love) chatting with Jane and Maura on the page? You might be a hero, or you might be a villain — you never know!

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Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland’s Impressive Sales

The professional novelist who writes under the pen name Melinda DuChamp self-published Fifty Shades of Alice in Wonderland on Amazon, making some serious money by chasing the erotica trend. In an interview at Joe Konrath‘s blog, she shared her sales statistics:

Alice has sold 3560 copies in the UK, and 2540 in the US (plus 1275 loans in the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library) priced at $2.99. Assuming the loans are $2 each, Alice has made close to $15,000 in the last 20 days. That’s more than many of my advances … Alice peaked at #194 in the US, and #56 in the UK. It is currently #643 and #208. At its peak, it was earning over $1,000 a day. Things have slowed down, but it is still outselling all of my other novels on Amazon.

This publishing success story prompted Konrath to add: “if you think you can write erotica, now seems to be the time to give it a shot.” Have you ever considered changing to a more lucrative genre? (Via Karen Woodward)