- WANT!! >> Grammar Grumble Mugs – Set of all 6 http://t.co/eWWqQpRL3G 12:37:53, 2013-10-06
- Decided some mindless entertainment was called for today. (Re-)seeing Despicable Me 2 at our local second run theater with @MatthewMFoster 12:59:35, 2013-10-05
- [Blog] "C" is also for Coping http://t.co/xX8sqRDYpP 10:59:25, 2013-10-04
- [Blog] Thank You and Why I Am Not Naming My Tumor "Toomie" http://t.co/BBXUtvyH9t 08:50:56, 2013-10-03
- Surprisingly life-affirming activities from today: putting on sunscreen to go see the doctor & buying a new pair of shoes. #CopingWithCancer 18:03:37, 2013-10-02
- So I was mistaken; appointment with oncologist isn't THIS Fri but next (11th). I'm going to go utterly & completely mad-frenzied-insane. Yup 16:24:00, 2013-10-01
- [Blog] The C-Word or "C" is for Cancer http://t.co/YijKDYZtLm 13:22:41, 2013-10-01
Now that I’ve had a few days to deal with the first round of this c-word emotional roller coaster ride, I’ve started to dwell on other, more pragmatic, issues. Like OMG, how much is it going to cost to pay for my treatment and how the hell are we going to afford it?
Thankfully, we do have health insurance through my day job. But as I’ve commented upon occasion, it’s been steadily decreasing in quality, flexibility, and comprehensiveness of coverage while exponentially increasing in cost over the last several years. Likewise, due to state budget issues and the horrible economy, I haven’t received a cost of living increase–although I have been furloughed!–in the last four years. Bottom line is, the out-of-pocket cost is going to be quite steep, and we were already in pretty desperate financial straits before this happened.
So here’s the uncomfortable squirmy part. I really don’t like shilling myself, but as a writer, I’ve had do it on multiple occasions, and I hope you’ll forgive me for doing it now.
Folks have asked how they can help, and honestly, right now, the best and most appreciated way would be to encourage people to buy my ebooks or write a review on Amazon if they already have.
My Short Story Collections:
- Mortal Clay, Stone Heart and Other Stories in Shades of Black and White
- Returning My Sister’s Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice
- A Vampire Quintet: Five Sinister and Seductive Vampire Stories
- The King of Moon Lake and Other Tales of Magic and Mischief
For folks who’ve bought print copies of Returning My Sister’s Face, thank you. However, something I haven’t mentioned publicly before is that I haven’t received royalties owed from Norilana, the publisher, for the last three years. Norilana is a small, indie publisher, and I know Vera has gone through a very rough time, which is why I haven’t felt it necessary to bring this information to light. Also, I did get ebook rights reverted, so I have been earning royalties on ebook sales of RMSF. But at this time, sales of either the hardbound or trade paperback versions won’t help my financial circumstances.
I have enrolled RMSF in the “Kindle Bookmatch” program so anyone who purchases or has previously purchased it as a print book from Amazon.com will be able to get the Kindle version for $2.99, which is $4.00 less than the normal list price of $6.99.
[Edit (11/2/2013): I've now acquired all print rights back from Norilana for my Returning My Sister's Face collection, so in addition to ebook royalties, I'm now receiving royalties for trade paperback and hardbound sales, too.]
Individual Short Story ebooks ($0.99 each):
- Beautiful Winter
- Beauty’s Folly
- Biba Jibun
- Body and Soul Art
- Nothing of Me
- Requiem Duet, Concerto for Flute and Voodoo
- Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast
- The Storyteller’s Wife
- The Wish of the Demon Achtromagk
Thank you, everyone.
[Edit: For folks who have asked about my direct PayPal address, it's: email@example.com. Thank you again. I'm utterly overwhelmed by the wave of support and kindness I've received.]