A Little Help From My Friends

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: eugie@eugiefoster.com. Thank you again. I'm utterly overwhelmed by the wave of support and kindness I've received.]

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59 Responses to A Little Help From My Friends

  1. I will be buying the ones I don’t already have. Do you know if I can write a review of RMSF on Amazon, since my copy was a gift? I adore that book.

  2. Eugie Foster says:

    Thank you so much, Anne. And I do believe you still can write a review on Amazon for things not directly purchased through your account. There should be a link-button to “Create your own review” if you click on the “See all customer reviews” link. <3

  3. Will do. We had many illnesses and injuries during our girls’ young years with no insurance at all. We thought we’d never be done with paying it. At that time, the entities we owed would let us pay as little as $5 a month, so it didn’t affect our credit rating. But such hard times. I hate debt, but sometimes it’s unavoidable.

  4. Okay, Eugie Foster, I reviewed RMSF. Over the next couple of days I will review the stories I’ve read. <3

  5. Eugie Foster says:

    Thank you, Anne. I greatly appreciate the kind words and the support. *hug*

  6. I have to wait until Wednesday and payday, but when that rolls around I’ll be picking up your books and writing reviews. I’m so sorry you’re going through this, Eugie. Cancer sucks rancid donkey balls.

  7. Eugie, I just bought Mortal Clay, Stone Heart and Other Stories in Shades of Black and White. Looking forward to reading it (and I am way behind with reading your stories).

    –Eric

  8. Hello Eugie – I’d be happy to review one of your most recent short story collections. Regards, Mark,
    The Pan Review.

  9. Tina Pierce says:

    I’m shopping as soon as I finish this. Great writing is easy to want to buy, helping kick C in the butt only sweetens the deal.
    Mega Hugs.

  10. Laura Eilers says:

    I’m afraid I had never heard of you until I read John Scalzi’s post, but I’ve just purchased all of your books and short stories and can’t wait to read them. Good luck to you and your family!

  11. Kara says:

    I just want to be clear – if I buy a Kindle version of RMSF from Amazon, will you get income from that? I suspect I’ll buy both, but I’d prefer to make sure some income gets to you at some point!

    Good luck and many warm wishes from a fellow ATL-ean.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Yep, I do receive royalties from all the Kindle versions of my books I’ve got linked to up there. I’m actually looking into getting print version revenue reverted to me for RMSF as well, so hopefully that will work out too before too long.

  12. I was sent over here from John Scalzi’s post. I’ll be picking up some of your work pronto. Please kick cancer’s ass and keep on writing!

  13. /phill says:

    Returning My Sister’s Face looked like fun. Down loaded from ITunes. I will say a payer for you. /phill

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  16. jay gallivan says:

    Also here via Scalzi. Bought both story collections via nook. intriguing titles. Looking forward to more.

  17. Joanie says:

    I bought a Kindle version of Returning. Will also keep you in my prayers. I am a cancer survivor myself.

  18. Ontogenesis says:

    From Scalzi — I’m so pleased to see that you write stories based on Asian mythology. I enjoy stories about foxes and tanuki and oni, etc. so I purchased the Kindle version of “Returning My Sister’s Face.”

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  19. MadLogician says:

    Also here from Scalzi. I’ve bought both ebooks from Smashwords.

  20. Standback says:

    Eugie, in addition to my best wishes, also a suggestion: if you’re receiving PayPal donations, you should check about setting up a DONATE button. It shouldn’t be difficult, IIRC PayPal’s fee is lower, and it’s likely to help avoid PayPal worrying over a sudden spike in transactions and freezing your account, or some such.

  21. Jaye says:

    John Scalzi sent me here, too.
    I’m heading over to Amazon right now to purchase both books, though I warn you, I’m pretty crap at writing reviews.

  22. Don says:

    I wish you well. Dollars and hugs your way :)

  23. alala says:

    Hi, Scalzi sent me too! I’ve had to buy the e-books from amazon.de (Germany), I hope that still counts. I hadn’t heard of you before, so yay new author! Your writing “voice” is really beautiful.

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  26. Jaya says:

    Hi Eugie,

    I just bought RMSF over at smashwords…you’re getting the royalties from them, yes?
    I hope so… picked up on you through Jay Lake’s blog.
    Thinking of you.

  27. Wishing you much love and support, both financial and emotional, Eugie. And signal boosts.

  28. KjM says:

    Happy to help – I’m always on the lookout for good short story collections, so I bought both.

    Lily Mulholland pointed me in this direction. I’m glad she did.

    I wish you well.

  29. Joerg Mosthaf says:

    Yay – Amazon.de also has them as kindle books – I bought the collections and am really looking forward to reading them.
    Also got here from Scalzis Whatever, btw :)

  30. Hi Eugie, found my way here via Stephanie Burgis. Bought your Mortal Clay, Stone Heart and Other Stories in Shades of Black and White collection, and loving it already.

    Keep strong.

    All my best wishes.

  31. Barb Moermond says:

    Just picked up the collections and one of the short stories. Came here via Hines and Scalzi :)
    Fuck cancer.

  32. They found a brain cancer in an inoperable location in my head in 1988, and behold, I remain, which is to say, be of good cheer and count your blessings, and never give up. God bless you.

    I think I’ll try the Story Teller’s Wife, which is an intriguing title.

  33. Kristin says:

    Here from BoingBoing … I’ve enjoyed listening to a few of your stories via podcasts. Just got Kindle version of RMSF and am loving it, especially the Tanuki Teakettle.

    Also love that you have a pet skunk. My dad was a vet, and one of his stories of his early career was of descenting a skunk .. an operation done most delicately … and outdoors.

  34. Deborah Eddy says:

    Hi Eugie

    I’ve just picked up ‘Returning My Sister’s Face’ via Kindle on Amazon uk.

    Best wishes on kicking cancer’s butt.

    Deborah

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  36. Paul Record says:

    Hi Eugie, I picked up your two short story collections as well as tried boosting the signal. My thoughts with you!

  37. Paul Kienitz says:

    Ebooks buyed.

    Time to sic the Pandas of Dread on that tumor.

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  39. Jeremy Carter says:

    I heard “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast” read on the Tales to Terrify podcast. Great work!
    I heard about your illness from Lawrence Santoro on Tales to Terrify. So sorry to hear your news, I wish you good health soon. After hearing one of your stories, I’m happy to buy both of your short story collections on Kindle.

  40. Simone says:

    Ilona Andrews recommended your books so I bought the kindle version of Returning Your Sister’s Face. Sorry to hear that you are going through this. Best wishes for a your treatment and recovery.

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