Each year my parish hosts a charity fundraiser with a silence auction for gift baskets of goods and services donated by members and neighbors. This year I donated a "Mystery Lovers" basket with a signed copy of my book and four other mysteries written by people I know--novels that people would not find in a bookstore. The basket received four bids (one woman bid twice) for a winning bid was $48. The winner was excited that she won and I said I would personalize the book for her if she wanted. I don't get any of the money BTW--all of it goes to the church, the local food pantry and the homeless center.
OTP authors may want to consider donating your books to local service clubs for charity raffles or fundraisers. It's a great way to help a worthy cause, generate good will in your community, and promote your work. And for anyone making a gift basket of books, why not ask OTP authors for a contribution?
"The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper"