Friday, June 09, 2006

Personalized erotica - bid on eBay

M.J. Rose, whose new erotic novel, Lying in Bed (Spice, $13.95, 0373605080), features a woman who writes love letters for clients, reports that in the interest of charity, she is auctioning off her services--writing services. Rose will write a 2,000-word custom erotic love letter for the highest bidder and donate her 90% share of the proceeds to Reading Is Fundamental.

Sage Vivant of Custom Erotic Source, which writes custom erotic stories for customers, is doing the auction on eBay. Sage Vivant commented: "Opportunities like this are rare indeed. You can actually get a tax write-off for getting turned on!"

Bidding has begun and ends on June 16.

What's in store for chick-lit lovers? Authors

Posted 6/7/2006 9:57 PM ET
By Carol Memmott, USA TODAY

Fiction is in fashion at DKNY — and at Chanel, Saks and other high-end stores that are hosting signings by chick-lit novelists.
More and more, publishers are finding retail store partners where authors — particularly novelists who write about fashion-conscious young women — can mingle with the kinds of people who publishers think will buy their books.

"For me, it's great exposure, because the kind of woman who wears DKNY clothes is the kind of woman who's going to like my book," says author Deborah Schoeneman, whose novel, 4% Famous (Shaye Areheart, $21.95), is about the world of gossip columnists in New York. She has been appearing at DKNY stores across the country.

DKNY spokeswoman Aliza Licht says Schoeneman was a perfect partner for DKNY because of the book's content and because "people love a happening. It's nice for customers already there, and it's a vehicle to get new customers."

It's happening elsewhere:

•Saks stores across the country hosted book signings for authors Jill Kargman and Carrie Karasyov for their novel, Wolves in Chic Clothing.

•Ellyn Spragins did events at Eileen Fisher stores in New York and New Jersey for her book, What I Know Now.

•Bergdorf Blondes author Plum Sykes appeared at Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Frederic Fekkai, Ferragamo, Neiman Marcus and Oscar de la Renta stores for The Debutante DivorcĂ©e.

It's paying off.

Cheryl McDowell of Los Angeles was shopping for a black party dress at DKNY at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles where Schoeneman was signing books.

"I came in to shop," McDowell says, "but I'm buying the book. I belong to a book club, and we're always looking for good books to read."

For publishers, McDowell is a dream come true.

"It's tough these days, especially in the major markets, to get a big turnout for bookstore events," says Joanna Pinsker of Broadway Books, which published Wolves in Chic Clothing.

"There are so many competing events, and unless you are a famous author, it's very hard to draw a lot of people to bookstore events," she says. "At these parties, there's a built-in list of people."

Many of these events send invitations to VIP customers.

"It hits our target market," says Marleah Stout of Harlequin. "They like hip clothes, cosmetics and shoes, and they may not go to bookstores."

Harlequin has had success with such events and plans to do more. Last fall, Leeanne Banks, author of Feet First and Underfoot, did an event at the DSW shoe store in New York. This fall, Harlequin plans to hold an event for her new book, Footloose, during Fashion Week. - What's in store for chick-lit lovers? Authors

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