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.
“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:
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.
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 trilogy.
6) Janet Fox is donating signed copies of her historical YA Forgiven.
7) Karen Sandler is donating a signed set of her Tankborn trilogy.
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):
Brookline Booksmith (MA)
Porter Square Books (MA)
Children’s Book Seller (ME)
The Book Beat (MI)
Flyleaf Books (NC)
Oblong Books (NY)
The Bookstore Plus (NY)
Big Blue Marble Bookstore (PA)
Bear Pond Books (VT)
University Bookstore (WA)
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. BookPeople will also provide a signed copy of The Kelsey Job, a short prequel to TGGH, with each book sold.