I'm always interested to see what the more entrepreneurial writers are up to. So when Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta's new Terra Incognita project dropped into my myspace page I checked it out. K and R are releasing a CD (they wrote the lyrics) to coincide with Kevin's new Orbit series 'Terra Incognita'. The CD is a professional cut, using established musicians. Good luck to them all. I hope it works out.
I then had a browse through the Anderzone online shop, which made me wonder ... do writers ever make any money from these kinds of set-ups, or is it simply another publicity strategy? Many writers now use Cafe Press. I've held off setting something like that up, that despite numerous requests for Parrish t-shirts etc.
I'd be interested to hear what people think of author 'shops'. I've always thought you needed to be Neil-Gaiman-popular to make something like that worthwhile.