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March 2015



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Toil, Hamar, Trouble

OMG! I just sold a character for $1,000!

First, I have to say thank you to cloister27. Jason joined me for NaNoWriMo in 2005 under the condition that we had to do something good with our books. We were joined by Nina tharyn and published our 2005 NaNos in an anthology that we sold during the Microsoft Giving Campaign. We raised over $5,000 that year that we donated to the Office of Letters and Light, suddenly vaulting Seattle to the top of the giving ladder.

Over the years, we've continued to contribute all or a portion of the revenue from our books to charity. In 2006, we raised nearly $5,000 which we donated directly to Room to Read. The next year, Jason came up with the idea of auctioning off a character in his upcoming novel to the Microsoft charity auction and between the two of us, our characters netted several hundred dollars for United Way. When my 2011 book, "Steven George & The Dragon" came out, I contributed half of my presales to Room to Read. 10% of my royalties for "The Gutenberg Rubric" go to the Seattle Center for Book Arts. So this year when Studio East asked for donations of things "made in Washington," I suggested that I'd donate a character in my 20011 NaNoWriMo book for the auction, which was held tonight.

I was blown away when the bidding rocketed up to $1,000, a sum I've committed to match out of royalties for the book when it is published in September 2012. I guess now I have to finish the book and follow through on publishing it next year!

The winning bidder elected to furnish their daughter Alex as my new character and I interviewed her after the auction this evening. The 17-year-old is 5'2", has red hair, and wears black rimmed glasses with silver bows. Her parents bought the character for her because she wants to study Forensic Science in college next year. She is going to make a great character in my new novel!

The family will also be guests of honor at the release party to be held at the Studio in September next year. I'll be reading the passage that features Alex at the party. They (and you) can read along and comment on the first draft of "For Toil and Trouble" at http://daghamar.blogspot.com where I'm posting a chapter or so a day all through November. This was all very exciting and I'm looking forward to having $5,000 in profits from the book so I can match the $1,000 bid!


Totally awesome! Congratulations.