My bookstore’s finances right now (summer was not such a good one for us—tourism is way down and now the Summer People went home) are such that I need at least another $500 in the YouCaring site to not be evicted at the end of the next week—I have to buy books for customers, which means what’s in my bank account ($300) is already used up, so to speak.
The YouCaring site has so far raised $220 of the $2250 I need to get the rent paid up fully. I know you guys can spread the word: Indie Bookstores are so, so, so important!
I DO have irons in the fire to get money myself from cashing out some of the accrued life insurance money in my account, but this is a one-trick pony. It’s the last “savings” I have. Everything, everything is in the store. I’m trying to be a responsible adult here and not just rely on the kindness of strangers.
Please think about donating, and please please please encourage reblogging. I don’t get many notes on this and I’m despairing. I know people followed me re the Neil Gaiman auction, so there must be some people reading me! I hope …
Neil will be getting 9 of the books from me in about a week or less, which hopefully be before Amanda gives birth. Otherwise, he will sign them as soon as possible (there are only 10, after all) and get them back to me. Then the online auction can begin.
There is 1 more ( The Sleeper and the Spindle) which he’ll get in another two weeks (see below about pub dates and release dates that we have to comply with).
NOTE: Because The Sleeper and the Spindle isn’t officially released until Sept 22, we can’t start the auction until after then, due to publication dates by the publisher and such. My distributor won’t send me the book, in fact, until after Sept 22—I have to rely on Baker & Taylor to send it to me fast, but sometimes I get the books a week or more after pub date.
PLEASE REBLOG THIS SO PEOPLE KNOW THE AUCTION WILL BE IN SEPTEMBER, IF THE CREEKS DON’T RISE.
LIST OF BOOKS IN THE AUCTION:
The Graveyard Book vol. 1, graphic novel (hardcover) The Graveyard Book vol. 2, graphic novel (hardcover) Coraline (hardcover) The Graveyard Book (hardcover) American Gods (trade paperback) Fortunately, the Milk (hardcover) Odd and the Frost Giants (hardcover) Neverwhere: Author’s Preferred Text (hardcover) Trigger Warning (hardcover) The Sleeper and the Spindle (hardcover)
Neil hasn’t had a chance to reblog it yet from his own Tumblr or Twitter, so I’m getting very few bids, and what with being down sick with bronchitis, it’s making me anxious and coughy. And coughy is bad right now (I sound like a dirty phone call — weeeelll, maybe that’s a okay thing, but it doesn’t feel very good). Make a sick girl happy: REBLOG, PLEASE.
The more people who know about the auction, the more likely we’ll get people actually bidding on it. It only runs for 2 weeks. Two short weeks! You (or others you know) will want to get those yummy auctioned books as a Christmas (or as a late Chanukah) present, right?
reblog reblog reblog … !
Make my coughyness go away. (Yes, that’s a word. I say it’s so.)
You can access the auction via the www.starcatbooks.com website, where I will have a sticky post up top, plus a link at the top of the blog’s menu (top of page). I also have links in this post, right here, at the bottom of my post for each individual book.
There are 10 signed (and doodled!) books for auction, all of
which are going to keep Star Cat Books, a
small independent bookstore in Vermont, running and in
good shape, especially as we were hit very hard with last
winter’s sub-zero temperatures and therefore lower sales
than we expected. This winter has been mild so far, but this
is Vermont & people have a tendency to hibernate in the
winter rather than go shopping. Independent stores all over
New England have this issue: we’re not the only ones. But we
are the only one that has Neil as a friend helping us out
with this cool auction!
We need to raise as much money as possible
to get us in good shape, and we’re depending on you,
Neil’s fans and followers, to help us get us to our needed
We need to raise about $3,000 US: there are 10
books for sale, starting at $60-50 each. This means you
guys need to bid and bid high! The auction will run
for 2 weeks so everyone can get in their bids. If you are
out-bid on an item, you get an email notification of it, so
you can rebid and retain the auction item you want (just
like eBay). Monies are handled by PayPal, which can
accommodate not just PayPal funds but also all major credit
cards & e-checks via your own checking account. (I
apologize that we can’t accommodate personal checking, but
we had to make that hard decision when we set up the auction
The auction runs for 2 weeks, to give everyone a chance to bid as much as they’d like to.
Shipping will commence after the auctions
are over, via Media Mail in the US and International
Priority for international bids. If you live overseas,
please be aware that we will be paying much high
shipping charges ($30 or more) because the Post Office in
the US doesn’t have book rate anymore for international
customers. Please pad your bid out accordingly, to be kind
to us. Thank you for that ahead of time.
Please pass the word along about this auction
on social media, your own blogs, write it on dirty trucks.
Anywhere and everywhere! We need to get as many people
bidding as high as possible to make our goal to get through