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i'm only happy when it's complicated

All right, boys and girls and everybody else.

It's been a long, hard winter full of heating bills, doctor visits, delayed publications, un-picked-up option novels, Zombie Apocalypse of the Publishing Industry, and various other financial stressors leading to an uncomfortable amount of debt here at Chez Bear.

And the dog and cat need their checkups and chots.

Annnnd hey, it's tax time! Look, another giant bill! And one I, frankly, just don't have the money to pay right now, or in the immediate forseeable future.

Which means, well, it's time to get creative about funding. Since I am a writer, this means I have something to sell: the writing.

So. A few things.



  • In the next 72 hours, look for the latest iteration of the Semi-Annual Roving Book Sale. It's a little sooner after the last iteration than I usually like to run these things, but needs must when the devil drives. Also, in honor of my current straitened circumstances and in defiance of my usual custom, I will be offering books published this year.

 

  • I am offering critique/editorial services. At first, I was thinking that I would offer slightly easier terms that malkingrey is, in deference to her greater experience. And then I realized that that was tantamount to undercutting her, and that's not what friends do. So. The price is $1,000.00 for a book-length manuscript (by which I mean 80,000-100,000 words--that'd be closer to 80,000 word the way Microsoft counts them, and closer to 100,000 words the way page compositors count them: if you don't know the difference, check out the SFWA article on same.), payable in advance (check or paypal), pro-rated for longer or shorter works. 

For that price, I will do a line and structural edit of the manuscript in question, and provide it to you, the author, (along with an opinion on whether the manuscript is publishable or can be made publishable). This is critique only, not book doctoring, and I do not guarantee publication even if I think the book could sell.

I do fantasy and science fiction, pretty much all types.

email me at matociquala@gmail.com to enquire before sending any money, please.

  • I am selling postcards. But not just ANY postcard. For $50.00, I will send you a hand-made postcard. It will contain an original, otherwise-unpublished, and of necessity very short story. Handwritten. Just for you. Each one different and awesome! (I reserve the copyright to the stories, and the right someday to publish a collection of them and the images of the cards.) But you get the actual card with the original story. If I get really ambitious, all the cards may go together into a longer meta-story, and if that happens, I will also send along a copy of the complete story cycle.

To subscribe, you may comment here or at my facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/notes/elizabeth-bear/root-hog-or-die/193008114068166). After commenting (and sending money), email me at (you guessed it) matociquala@gmail.com with your mailing address, name, and so on.



  • E-story subscription! For a mere $12.00 for a year's subscription, you can have access to a closed group that I am starting. Twelve times a year (possibly even monthly) I will post to this group an unpublished or obscurely published short story, vignette, cut scene, poem, or random piece of pornography. That's a dollar a story. Pretty good going rate, all things considered. You also get a mailing list/message board on which to discuss those stories and anything else that takes your fancy.

To subscribe, you may comment here or at my facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/notes/elizabeth-bear/root-hog-or-die/193008114068166). After commenting (and sending money), email me at (you guessed it) matociquala@gmail.com with your email address, name, and so on. This will probably be a Google group, for convenience's sake.



And that's all I got. If that doesn't pay the bills, come visit me in jail, okay?

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Yes please, and drop me an email!
*checks bank balance*

*does the PayPal thing*

*sends email*

Do I hear 2 out of 3?

Will email...
Estory for me. Paypal and email on their way.
I'm on for a postcard and an e-story sub.

Will do all of them

Let me figure it all out.

Re: Will do all of them

Email me. We can talk.
I'll probably get the e-stories. :)
I have another question related to giving you money, however.
Currently, I own in paper pretty much all of your books. I've switched to reading primarily on my nook, lately, so I'm trying to figure out how best to acquire e-versions of books I own in paper. I try to avoid pirating (sometimes I can't resist out of print books...but I struggle with it..) but am having some difficulty talking myself into re-buying everything I want to reread.
Is there any way I could acquire ebooks straight from you, so that at least I could know that more than a tiny fraction of the money will get to you? Would slowly re-buying everything in ebook from B&N or whoever actually help your numbers and get you more book deals? How about, *ahem*, questionably acquiring the epubs and then paypal-ing you a chunk of money?
These are the things I lay awake pondering...
Well, buying them from the publishers is always best for me, of course--I get a royalty, and the publisher has an incentive to keep my books in print and buy more.

Given the fact that I have bought ZZ Top's Eliminator three separate times (vinyl, cassette, CD) I feel your pain on the cross-platforming issue. :-P There's not a good answer, I'm afraid.
Ooh, I want stories.


(For how long do you think you'll do the manuscript critiquing?)
Stories!

Subject to time constraints and other deadlines, indefinitely?
I would like to subscribe to the egroup, but I don't have Paypal. I could, um, mail you an actual paper check, if that is not too retrograde. pddb at demesne dot com, if that works for you and you want to send me a snail address.

P.
I have the same problem.
E-story subscription for me!

Graeme Williams
Commenting. :)
Estory subscription, please. Money sent. tanithk at gmail dot com.

Tanith Korravai
I have limited disposable income at this time, but I can't pass up the amazing subscription offer. Paypal and email will follow soon.
Sign me up -- subscription money sent and signal boosted. :D
Thank you! Starving artist support group!
I'm up for a postcard and the e-group. Thanks!
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