‘Tis the Season (for Asking for Money)

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I had my Fuck It Moment™ in Taco Bell.

After the first consult with the specialist doctor–where she repeated my least favourite phrase “You’re doing all the right things, but…” (which I equate with “You can’t fix this on your own”, the thing I abhor more than anything) and it was clear that this autoimmune health thing is actually pretty serious and I have drugs and MRIs and weekly blood tests ahead of me now–I went for dinner with Mum at Taco Bell and had a bean and cheese burrito and glorious cheesy fries that nearly made me weep.

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VAT, EU Customers & Changes

So there’s all this stuff going on with VAT and I have only half-listened because it makes my head hurt. Essentially, laws are changing to better go after big companies like Amazon to ensure governments are getting their taxes when international shoppers buy elsewhere; now VAT has to be paid based on where the buyer is, not the supplier. Unfortunately, it’s kind of screwing over smaller shops as well as there’s no minimum threshold. This includes digital goods like ebooks, which I sell. (Also, feel free to explain this to me better if I’ve missed something.)

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Baby Steps

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photo credit: BoredWithACamera via photopin cc

I’ve reached the point where a lot of days I forget that I’m sick.

You’d think weekly blood tests and the constant rattle of pill bottles would remind me, but now they’re just this background thing I do without thinking.  My puffy steroid moonface is part of the scenery–my poor body has been through so many physical changes, I don’t get too comfortable with how I look anymore–and all the hair falling out just gets swept up with the plentiful cat fur without thought.

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Krista D. Ball’s Spirit Caller Series

A heads-up for those of you with excellent reading taste: writer friend Krista D. Ball has a new novella coming out and the boxset of the first three in the series are on for just 99c for a limited time (Amazon, Nook, Kobo).

The Spirit Caller Series is rural fantasy/paranormal, following a young woman who sees spirits (and so much more). Here’s the blurb for the first, Spirits Rising:

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25% Off eBooks (and $10 Off Covers)

So the big A has fubared something on their end and not sent me most of my royalty payments this month (this is actually a first–whatever issues I have with Amazon, they are much more consistent about paying me on time than I ever experienced in publishing). Which I was kind of counting on*, as one does when this is how one makes one’s living and one has just spent a month’s worth of rent/bill money at the vet. *cough*

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The Rescheduled Birthday

I cancelled my birthday in September this year.

I was so ill at that point stuck in bed 24/7, I just didn’t want any celebrations/presents/etc. I couldn’t eat anything, I was deeply depressed not knowing what was wrong with me, struggling to pay bills when I could barely work, and it was MY birthday, after all. I didn’t want to feel worse than I already did. So, cancellation. (I do this periodically.)

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The Call Is Coming from Inside the House (On Side Effects & Perspective)

I am not an anti-medicine/science person. I’m staunchly pro-vaccine. I greet a lot of “alternative” treatment ideas with a raised brow without studies to back them up. Anecdotal “cayenne pepper cured my cancer” stories will drastically drop my estimation of your intelligence.

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A Man-Wolf, Hellhound, and Quest for Something Shiny

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Because fanservice short stories are awesome…

Bite Me: A Stranger Things Story

It’s hard not to be resentful when someone comes along and takes everything over, and Billy has had enough. Just because someone saved your life doesn’t mean they own it.

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Not Dead Yet

AKA “When’s that book coming?” Fall ’14 Edition and “Why the hell aren’t you online anymore, Skyla?”

 

So I’m not dead yet, despite recent appearances to the contrary.

I’m sick and I can’t be fixed, though. Which wasn’t really the outcome I was hoping for, since I already have a chronic illness called being bipolar that takes up a lot of my energy.

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Signed Print Books

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ETA: You can now purchase signed print copies of River in my shop right here.

 

Signed River print books are $10 + shipping (which varies depending on your location). If you want them signed to someone in particular, please make a note of it in the PayPal note box, otherwise it’ll just include my signature.* If it’s for a gift, like a birthday, please make a note of that as well (and double check name spelling). Ensure your correct address is listed with PayPal because that’s where the book will be shipped.

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Shiny Pretties

These arrived yesterday.

Any concern about Createspace’s quality is nonexistent–they came out lovely.

The books are 5×8, 272 pages. It looks quite a bit thicker than the original River paperback at that size.

In reality, the novel is only a touch longer than the original version–River 1.0 was about 71K, River 2.0 is about 76K. Nothing added, some scenes trimmed, and still a little on the long end for a YA novel.

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Print, Compromise, Gratitude

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RIVER is now in print*, a few days later than expected. You’ll find it on Amazon here.

I ended up making some compromises on things I didn’t think I would. I was adamant, initially, that if I was going to put out a book in print, I’d use LSI. Their print books are excellent quality. That was the intention with RIVER. But besides LSI’s set up fees that require them to have a credit card on hand, there’s a fee to keep a book in print year to year. The yearly fee isn’t much per title but my print sales tend to be extremely low and RIVER in ebook has barely sold at all, so the odds of me making enough to justify keeping the book at LSI year to year seemed unlikely to me. I figured I’d eventually move it to Createspace anyway, which is free–and I already have an account there, so the more books, the sooner I get a cheque–and I might as well do it now.

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New(ish) Release: RIVER

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Today’s the day. River’s been resurrected from my harddrive and is now once again available for purchase.

Kindle people: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MV6TJFI
iBookstore shoppers: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/river/id911131898?mt=11
ARe/OmniLit (multi-formats): https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-river-1601109-142.html
Smashwords (multi-formats): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/468771
Buy Direct (multi-formats): http://www.skyladawncameron.com/product/river/

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Early RIVER Tour Kickoff & Pre-order

Although the official tour start is next Monday with the release of River, the first stop is actually today at Coffee Thoughts. I talk a little about the history of the book and the crowdfunding campaign here. There’s also a link to the Rafflecopter Giveaway, a River Swag Pack featuring a tote bag, poster, wolf charm bookmark, wolf pendant, the pocket version of Animal Speak by Ted Andrews, and a DVD/Blu-Ray combo of Ginger Snaps (my favourite werewolf movie).

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One Week Until River’s Resurrection

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Just one week to go.

Egads.

I admit, I set the release date and tour date to coincide with my initial promises made during the funding campaign, which was planned before I realized I’d be chronically ill with no help for three months now, so I’m kind of FREAKING THE FUCK OUT at the moment. I’m exhausted, not everything’s done yet, and I’m pushed well beyond my limits right now, but so it goes.

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