June 26th, 2007

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Pick up here and chase the ride.

The weather is quite a bit cooler today than on Sunday, which is a relief. We had rain yesterday, and might have rain again today.

By now, all subscribers should have Sirenia Digest #19 in their inboxes, as Spooky mailed it out last night. I do hope to see some feedback here, about "The Steam Dancer" and "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles." Don't be shy.

There was a question asked in the comments section of yesterday's entry, which I thought I would answer here. humming_along asked:

I have a question that's entirely unrelated to this post. I've found that some of your titles are available through some of the overstock websites at crazy-low prices, and I wanted to know if you still make royalties off those sales, or benefit from them in any way other than knowing that they're being read.

This might seem like a simple, straightforward question, but it isn't. On the one hand, books are expensive, and I love used bookstores, and, in theory, I have no problem with people buying my books from used bookstores. However, I have a rather old-fashioned idea of what constitutes a used bookstore. A true used bookstore sells used books, not overstock and/or remaindered titles that are, for all intents and purposes, new books. In the latter case, when the books in question are clearly remaindered (usually, there's a red mark that identifies remaindered books, but not always), I have to say that no, I would prefer you buy my books new, because I will see no royalties from those sales and they will in no way benefit my standing with my publisher. Worse still, if we're talking about the trade paperback editions of Threshold, Low Red Moon, and Murder of Angels, please be aware that the books that are showing up in "overstock websites at crazy-low prices" are the direct result of my former editor's incompetence. I refer you to entries I made while in Rhode Island early last August. There is an explicit provision in my contracts with Penguin that allows me an opportunity to buy, at a significant discount, an unlimited number of any remaindered print run before stock is moved out of the warehouses and sold off to places like Chapter 11. In the case of these three books, I was not notified until after the fact (and then only because I asked) and so had no opportunity to purchase copies of the books, which I could have offered for a profit via eBay or distributed free (I have done both with remaindered copies of the tpb edition of Silk). So...please, I do ask that you wait and buy these three books new as they are released in mass-market paperback format over the next ten months or so. The new edition of Threshold is already available, and you can now pre-order Low Red Moon. Silk (4th ed.) will be released in December 2007, and Murder of Angels will be released in April 2008. These are inexpensive paperbacks, only $6.99-$7.99 via Amazon.com. Sorry that was such a long-winded answer, but there you go.

Yesterday evening, we managed to solve the router problem, and Spooky and I are now the proud owners of a PC frankenpooter that will allow her to better manage eBay and Sirenia Digest, and which allows us to enter Second Life simultaneously. My thanks to Jim and Jennifer, who supplied most of the hardware, and to Byron who went to all the trouble to haul it over here and get it up and running. I will say, however, that having a PC in my house only strengthens my twenty-year long conviction that Macs are far superior machines. I think we are naming this new beast Victor. Or maybe Moreau.

A good walk last night, after the rain had cooled things off, and we stood in the twilight spotting bats. Later, we watched Roger Michell's Venus (2006), which I found a beautiful, bittersweet film. I read "Plaeoenvironment and paleoecology of Majungasaurus crenatissimus (Theropoda: Abelisauridae) from the Late Creatceous of Madagascar" (the second portion of JVP Memoir 8). Later still, we met for the first time in Second Life, which was more than a little surreal. By the way, I suppose there's no reason not to share my inworld blog, "Parallax: The Journal of Professor Nareth E. Nishi."

Right. Time to make the bloody doughnuts.