CURATOR – A keeper or custodian of a collection (from Latin: curare meaning “take care”).
Ripley Patton is an award-winning short story writer and author of the acclaimed, Amazon best-selling, YA paranormal thriller series, The PSS Chronicles. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She and her son started Ripley’s Booklist in March 2015 to share their love of quality YA fiction and to support the amazing authors who create it.
Soren Patton is Ripley’s 19-year-old son. He is a computer geek, an aspiring musician, and lover of all things nerdy (including books). In his spare time he is a volunteer at Free Geek in downtown Portland. Through helping curate Ripley’s Booklist, he hopes to learn some valuable business skills and earn enough money to start his own computer refurbishing business.
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WHAT MAKES RIPLEY’S BOOKLIST UNIQUE?
Cheap and Free e-book lists are a dime a dozen, There are hundreds of them, and you’re probably subscribed (and then unsubscribed) to some already. So, why add Ripley’s Booklist or submit your book to us? First, Ripley’s Booklist will focus on young adult fiction ONLY. We read YA. We write YA. We breathe YA. We’re honing in on what we know and love to curate the best YA fiction under $5 we can find.
Second, most e-book subscriptions lists accept any book or author who pays their listing fee. That isn’t curating. It’s business. Ripley’s Booklist will ONLY feature books we ourselves would want to read, own, and spend our hard earned money on. We are going to be VERY selective, seeking quality and limiting the quantity of books we send out to our valuable subscribers. And we’re going to tell you exactly why we selected the books we did. That is where the “take care” part of curating comes in.
Finally, we want to cultivate our list into a vibrant YA reading and writing community. In the future, we hope to not only list books but to develop such features as Themed Lists (Example: YA books featuring autism), Monthly Reading Challenges, Book Clubs, Book Discussions, Guest Authors, Giveaways, and more. And we’ll be polling you, our subscribers and writers, to determine exactly what you want us to develop next.