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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Ok. So. My book was released last week. The next day the bookstore went down. And it's been down all week. Yes, I was upset.

The bookstore is back up today, but you can't use a credit card, you have to use PayPal.

I'm still a little upset.

IwishIwishIwish this had gone better, but I know that Crissy, the publisher and bookstore owner, is also unhappy with this process. This doesn't make me less upset, but it's comforting to know that I have company in my misery.

The upside is that my cover is still on the front page at Samhain. And it's still on sale.
8/22/2006 08:24:00 AM : : Sela Carsen : : 7 Comments

7 Comments:

It's been frustrating as a reader, too. I have been wanting to buy one of the new books and every day that I have been to the website, the bookstore has been down. It's good to know that it's back up now.

By Anonymous Jane, at 8:43 AM  

Hi Sela.
You'd be too busy and too legitimate in your publishing, but when I privately published my Black Icon, the same thing happened at a Ukrainian bookstore,Arka,here in Toronto, which went out of business.

I then filled my car trunk with books, hit every bookstore I could find on funky Queen Street West (like Greenwich Village)and did not rest till I had placed every last book at every last bookstore.

This was many years ago. You are probably dealing with Amazon or its like.
Interesting observation by bookstore owners: "Oh, are you the other Hungarian? Stephen Vinchensay started the same way, and look what happened with his 'In Praise of Older Women.'

Stephen Vincensay spent forty thousand dollars (400,000 today) to publish and personally distribute his books.
He ended up with a world-class bestseller; I had no such luck, though the reviews were very flattering.

I guess you'd be too busy, and would probably have too much of the elusive quality known as class to actually go door-to-door, bookstore-to- bookstore.

Ah well. S*it happens.

Break a leg out there.

By Blogger ivan, at 8:49 AM  

{{{hugs}}} A release day is suppossed to be the most exciting - although stressful - day for any writer. Having things go wrong, it just adds to the stress level - and in a negative way. Ugh! I really hope they can solve the problem (or problems) soon.

By Blogger Tempest Knight, at 9:59 AM  

There isn't anything that will make you feel much better. And this won't either, but don't blame me - I got it from a Chinese fortune cookie.

Without the sorrows of life, the joys would not exist.

Just remind the fates you're do for some joy now, okay?

By Blogger Sandra Ruttan, at 1:06 PM  

That stinks. *hugs*

But it's still for sale, though. And it will be for a long time. Here's to wishing you many many sales!

By Blogger Amanda Brice, at 4:51 PM  

Hugs, babe. But nothing will stop the fans getting your books. And I bought mine on the first day. ;-)

Hang on in there. All will be well.

By Blogger Anna Lucia, at 5:01 PM  

Awww, you guys! You've been so sweet! I was really down in the dumps when I posted this morning and I feel so much better now!

Thank you!

By Blogger Sela Carsen, at 9:23 PM  

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