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:
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):
Thank you, everyone.
[Edit: For folks who have asked about my direct PayPal address, it's: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you again. I'm utterly overwhelmed by the wave of support and kindness I've received.]
It really bothers me that you haven't received royalties from Norilana, especially considering her Kickstarting/constant shilling of books. There's nothing wrong with self-promotion, but she should have made at least an gesture towards paying what's owed.
I've not wanted to make a big deal about it because I know Vera's been in such dire financial straits for so long. I honestly don't think she's ever intended anything unscrupulous or I would've been more vocal a lot sooner. But yeah, it has and does bother me, particularly since right now I really need all the income I have due, er, incoming.
Hey, Eugie, I got a nudge to respond to you here. Last year I worked with Vera and set up my own Lightning Source account and Vera transferred all of my titles with Norilana directly to me. It's free to set up an account and the ISBN transfer is also free. It won't help recover those three years of royalties, of course, and you end up stuck with paying the annual fee to keep the book in distribution, but it's something to consider.
Hi Mike. Yeah, Vera and I are now in the process of doing just that with RMSF, which will hopefully take effect once I finish setting up my Lightning Source account. 'Course, I hadn't gotten to the "annual distribution fee" part yet. Sigh.