Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Special-Give us Hand if You Can

I'm blogging on Friday again, but this time it's to ask for writerly support for the WestSide Book authors. 

We're in a pickle.

WestSide is up for sale, but no one seems to know that, so all of our books are in limbo because no business is being conducted.
Can you put the word out? 
Can you purchase one of our books to enhance our visibility?
Can you send chocolates? (We have plenty of pickles, so don't send any of those.)
Buy Our Publisher & I'll Give You a Raccoon (This was Beth's idea, but I'll up the prize and make it TWO Racoons.)

I can't put Sliding on the Edge or The Princess of Las Pulgas out as eBooks. I can't do much of anything, but wait. The other authors are in the same situation.

Beth Fehlbaum took out an ad in Publisher's Marketplace for today to highlight what's going on. Hope you'll check out her post. Here's the list of all the WestSide authors.


A Kid from Southie by John Shea and Michael Harmon-- nominated for a 2012 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers

A Closer Look by Karen DelleCava

 Between Us Baxters by Bethany Hegedus-a 2010 Bank Street Best Book for Children, starred; Top 40 Fiction Books for YA by the Pennsylvania Library Association

Change Of Heart by Shari Maurer- named to the Pennsylvania School Library Association Top 40 books of 2010

Cracking the Ice by Dave Hendrickson

Dear Big V by Ellen W. Leroe

Hope In Patience by Beth Fehlbaum- 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers; Top Choice Award from Flamingnet

Hunted by Cheryl Rainfield

I Am Nuchu by Brenda Stanley

Listen by Nancy Coffelt

One Wish by Leigh Brescia

Open Wounds by Joseph Lunievicz--Starred Review in Publisher's Weekly; Book of the month in October at Treasured Tales for Young Adults

Orphan! by John R. Weber--selected a Top 40 YA novel for 2010 by the Pennsylvania School Librarian’s Association

Princess Of Las Pulgas by C. Lee McKenzie

Pull by B.A. Binns—nominated for a 2012 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers; 2010 National Readers Choice Award in the Young Adult category.

Running for My Life by Ann Gonzalez

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield- # 1, 2011 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, named to the 2011 ALA Rainbow List, a Governor General’s Literary Award finalist (Canada); ALA Stonewall Book Award Nominee; SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist; Independent Literary Awards (LGBT) shortlisted; Elliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award Nominee.

Saved By The Music by Selene Castrovilla

Seattle Blues by Michael Wenberg-selected a 2010 Bank Street Best Book for Children 9-12; Top Choice Award from Flamingnet

Shattered by Kathi Baron

Sliding On The Edge by C. Lee McKenzie

Something Terrible Happened on Kenmore by Marci Stillerman

Star in the Middle by Carol Larese Millward--Best YA Books of 2010: A Literary Mixtape - GalleyCat

Stepping Up by Mark Fink—winner of the Nevada State Book Award

Stringz by Michael Wenberg- selected a Top 40 YA novel for 2010 by the Pennsylvania School Librarian’s Association; Top Choice Award from Flamingnet

The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla--selected a Top 40 YA novel for 2010 by the Pennsylvania School Librarian’s Association; one of GalleyCat's Best YA Books of 2010

The Ring by Bobbie Pyron—Finalist, Utah State Book Award

The Summer I Got A Life by Mark Fink

Waiting to Score by J.E. MacLeod—A 2010 Bank Street Best Book for Children


  1. Oh no! This is terrible, Lee. I wish I had a bank full of money, I'd buy it up in a flash.

  2. I wonder how much a publishing house goes for these days?

  3. Lee, this must be so frustrating. I published my book during the William Morrow Harper Collins merger and ... the book was sort of lost in the shuffle ... the business end of publishing can be dreadful. Just keep going is all I can say ... keep writing ... keep getting the word out about what is going on. I hope good news develops soon! --Daisy

  4. What a frustrating situation! I hope someone with a lot more money than me helps you all out soon! In the meantime, I'm off to check out the books - I can do that much!

  5. Thanks for compiling this list. I WILL do what I can ^_^

  6. I really feel for all of you Westside authors. I hope a buyer comes forward very soon.

  7. That's so sad... I hope the situation gets resolved. Fingers crossed.

  8. Sending good vibes that this will have a happy ending.

  9. Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear this! I'll go tweet and get something... Wish I could buy it! LOL, I need some raccoons to shake things up around here. :D

  10. What an illustrious list of books and frustrating predicament! I hope the ad in Publisher's Marketplace gets some results. It doesn't seem fair that WestSide's authors should be left in the lurch like this.


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