- A Nike coupon in the back of Jamie Freveletti's RUNNING FROM THE DEVIL
- A Bloomingdale's ad in the back of Sherrill Bodine's A BLACK TIE AFFAIR
- An ad for the Kindle, Sony Reader or Nook "You could have read this on a ___"
If the advertising fit, not only would the publishers earn some money off that space, it could increase sales for the author. Would people purchase an $8 book if they knew they would receive $15 off a Kindle? This could also apply to e-books, in the same way Hulu or online newspapers use ad space. Would readers care if, when they load their e-book for the first time, they see an advertisement?
These are just a couple ideas I came up with and I welcome additional suggestions. Ultimately, fiction is art, and selling art is far different than selling a commercial product. But if publishers are willing to adapt and think of creative ways to make their art profitable, they'll stay in business longer and authors can earn a better living.