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STILL UNDER THE GUN TO NOT BE EVICTED …

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 …

https://www.youcaring.com/nancy-hanger-star-cat-books-425592

NEWS ON THE NEIL GAIMAN FRONT …

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.

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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)

All you followers: All you Neil Gaiman fans...

Please, please, please reblog the post about the Neil Gaiman Signed (and Doodled!) Books Auction:

http://starcatbooks.tumblr.com/post/134528518001/neil-gaiman-signed-book-auction-is-live-you

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?

Right.

reblog reblog reblog … !

Make my coughyness go away. (Yes, that’s a word. I say it’s so.)


NEIL GAIMAN SIGNED  BOOK AUCTION IS LIVE !!

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 amounts.

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 site.)

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 this winter.


THE BOOKS

Trigger Warning

The Sleeper and the Spindle

The Graveyard Book

Odd and the Frost Giants

Neverwhere: Author’s Preferred Text

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, vol. 1

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, vol. 2

Fortunately, the Milk

Coraline

American Gods: Author’s Preferred Text

PLEASE REBLOG THIS LIKE CRAZYPANTS …