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Martha Wells

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Except for the Deeper Than Swords event, the last few weeks have been kind of really crappy in a lot of little ways. I won't go into all of it, but I mentioned here that my credit card payment for this month apparently didn't arrive, so the company canceled my credit card (even though I have never had a late payment in the entire time I've been using this credit card) and I had to make an online payment immediately to get them to take off the fees and give me back the card. Well, Friday, I found out my original payment had arrived, the credit card company had cashed the check, thus making me do a double payment and removing all the money from my bank account. They apologized and are giving back, eventually, sometime this week, when they get around to it.

But Emilie and the Hollow World will be out next Tuesday:
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Stephanie Burgis: Caught in the Middle - Hard Publishing News A dispute between Barnes and Noble and Simon and Schuster is really hurting a lot of authors:
Well, I'm an S&S writer (and not a big name or a bestseller)...so I looked last night (it took me a day to work up my courage) at B&N online, to see how many B&Ns were stocking the paperback of Renegade Magic (which came out this month). For context, about half the B&Ns in the country, from what I could tell last year, stocked the paperback of Kat, Incorrigible and the hardcover of Renegade Magic. I think it might be normal to expect those numbers to go down a bit this time round, but I was hoping that at least 1/4 of the B&Ns I looked at would stock Renegade Magic.

Instead, I found...zero. Absolutely zero B&Ns, in any of the zipcode areas I looked up (and I looked up a LOT) were carrying the paperback of Renegade Magic - even stores that had always carried high stocks of the Kat, Incorrigible paperback and the Renegade Magic hardcover.

You would think that when it comes time to for the publisher to decide whether or not they want to publish more books by Stephanie, they would know the low sales numbers were a result of people not being able to purchase the book because they never saw it in B&N and didn't know it was out. I can tell you for a fact, that is not how the publisher will react. Low sales are always, always considered the author's fault, even when the low sales are directly attributable to a distributor failing to get the books into stores, or the publisher's dispute with B&N or Amazon, or a publisher not sending the book out for reviews resulting in low library sales.

I've read Stephanie's books, Kat, Incorrigible and Renegade Magic and enjoyed them a huge amount. They're the kind of MG/YA that kids and adults can both enjoy, and I think Kat, the main character, is an awesome, forceful, adventurous protagonist, the kind I really wanted to read when I was her age, and couldn't find enough of.

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* Elaine Cunningham: A Property of Light Elaine talks a bit about whitewashing covers, and asks for recs of SF/F with POC characters.
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I have pre-ordered Emilie, and it looks like reading it will get to be my reward for handing in my first dissertation draft :D

Yay, and congrats on handing in your draft!

Getting double-billed because of a temporarily missing payment sucks. Verizon's frequent claims of payments not arriving are why I started paying almost all my bills on line years ago. I'm pretty sure that the real issue was Verizon not processing their mail rather than the checks not arriving but they wouldn't admit that. With online payments, I get an immediate receipt that I can save and print out as needed to prove when I paid. I eventually got rid of Verizon altogether when Frontier offered me DSL service.

Yeah, I think I'm going to have to break down and go over to online payments for everything.

That's partly why we switched to Virgin Mobile.

Your cat seems to be giving me a "you know you want this book" stare. And it's working quite well. Still deciding whether I want to get it in paperback or e-book.

He's a good cat. :) Both the paperback and ebook are coming out on April 2.

You would think that when it comes time to for the publisher to decide whether or not they want to publish more books by Stephanie, they would know the low sales numbers were a result of people not being able to purchase the book because they never saw it in B&N

I went to buy a book for my oldest today, and when the local indy bookstore didn't have it, I went to B & N. Guess what? They didn't have it, either. It's a fairly recent YA title (The Unfailing Light by Robin Bridges), but they didn't have it or the first book out of her series. What they did have? Lots of empty shelf space in the teen section. :(

Now I wish I had just ordered it from Amazon in the first place - it would have been here by now, and I wouldn't have wasted an hour trying to find it (and also trying to find an employee - there weren't ANY except at the cash registers.)

Yeah, they seem to be throwing out their old methods and doing everything Borders did right before they went out of business.