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16 October 2005 @ 10:26 am
Who gets royalties from you?  
I'm curious. Whose books will you snap up without waiting for used copies?

I'm not consistent. It depends on whether conditions are right; if I'm desperate for something that I can rely on to be just what I need, if I'm about to get on a plane for five hours, etc. I'd definitely count paying $14+ for a new trade paperback, or $8.99 for mass-market too. Authors who've made the list at least once in the last few years: Lee Child, Lawrence Block, Reginald Hill, Minette Walters, Val McDermid, Peter Robinson, Giles Blunt, Denise Mina, Ruth Rendell, J.K. Rowling, John Morgan Wilson, Ann Rule. Short list, really. I'll bet some of you have long ones. *pokes*


After waking myself and my upstairs neighbors at four a.m. by sitting up and yelling "Mom!" in pathetic desperation, I retired to the couch. Things got weird again after I drifted back off, but I've pretty much blocked it out. This continues a recent trend of nightmares and disturbances.

I also continue to inhabit an emotional dead zone. Or I'm skating close to the edge. Sometimes lately when it comes to taking my pills I find myself indifferently missing a day, like yesterday. I guess I'm just unconvinced they're doing anything for me right now. Everything's back to being flat and dull, clouded by bad thoughts and fatalism. Some days are worse than others. Sometimes, lately, I can barely move myself around or out of the apartment. Other days I put on a more convincing show of life. But I'm not doing so well. Weekends I retreat under the furniture. If you stick your hand down there, a paw will swipe out at you blindly.

I know it's time to see the doctor again before things get worse. But it's like the very air gets sticky around me and holds me inert and stupid when I feel like this. I have to try and make an appointment though.
Kreskres on October 16th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
Re books: Ballard and Pratchett.

Re meanwhile: the wind outside is howling and my room is dark. Let's hang on. {{hugs}}
WesleysGirlwesleysgirl on October 16th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
*Hugs you*

I used to love Ann Rule. Haven't read anything of hers for a long time, though. I should check out the library.

The only hardcovers I've bought in the past 5-7 years are a couple by Maeve Binchy, and I only bought those because I know from experience that my paperback copies of her books end up in tatters as I tend to re-read them over and over. They're lovely emotional stories and because she tends to change POV fairly often (per chapter or per section) it's easy to put the books down and come back to them later without losing track of where I was, something that's been an issue since the boy was born.
Rosa Westphalen: cheese mouserosawestphalen on October 16th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
{{{{hugs you}}}}}

Kage Baker and Connie Willis both get royalties from me. Laurie King used to but I fell behind. It's possibe that Kim Stanley Robinson is going to make the list, soon.
Anna S.eliade on October 16th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
You! You are cute and your rat is looking at me! Cutely! :) *hugs*

I used to have Laurie King on my list too, but she fell off. If only she'd kept her balance and not worn those three-inch heels....
Anaxila / Babblesanaxila on October 16th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
We have exactly one author in common: Lee Child (yay!). Others on my list are Michael Chabon, Jeffrey Eugenides, Nick Hornby, Susan Isaacs, Guy Gavriel Kay, Jonathan Kellerman, Dennis Lehane, and John Sandford. They're what I call the "sight unseen" list; the folks I will buy at full price and generally enjoy no matter what they're selling. In most cases, I won't even wait for paperback. I guess I should put JKR on that list as well, but I mainly just by her stuff because it's culturally required. :)
Moral Whiplashbkwyrm on October 16th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC)
Terry Pratchett and Andrew Vachss. Also Stephen Brust and Jane Haddam. And, you know, JK Rowling.
Raven: Gromit readingraveninthewind on October 16th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
*waves to a fellow Vachss fan*
in search of a clever byline: Lucy Van Pelt10zlaine on October 16th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I wish I remembered my dreams. I don't really nightmare; I think it has to do with not being scared of much but myself--I'm my worst enemy and impediment...generally I can make myself stop any dream/nightmare I'm not digging muchly. However, my dreams really are more often than not very realistic and lame. Like, this morning? I dreamt I went to walmart to buy insulin for my cat. The pharmacist gave me a used bottle with an inordinately long expiration date. I was all, WTF??!. Then I awoke. See, lame.

I tried to start the exercise thing last week. 3x. whee. Have you been going? the seretonin will help what the meds can't, if you can overcome the inertia (I know, not easy...)

But... I buy Rowling, even in hardcover and on tape/cd. George R.R. Martin I got into late enough for paperback (new), and have since purchased audio, as well. The newest next month I'll buy audio first since I've not time to read it.

For the English classes I'm taking this semester, I bought new. I like new, but I will buy used. I guess it boils down to my extreme laziness (Amazon). However, I've been known to buy my hardcovers at Sam's club to cut down on cost. go figger
Vickijacardie on October 16th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
Pretty much everyone I read since we don't have any good used bookstores around here. Besides, even though I'm on a limited budget I want to make sure they keep putting out books, so I figure they need the sell-through. :)

Sandrine: bookssandrine on October 16th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
I generally don't like used books and only buy them when the book I want is out of print and I can't get hold of a new copy, so the list would be very, very long.
Ravenraveninthewind on October 16th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
Vachss, Lois McMaster Bujold, Lee Child, Greg Rucka, JKR, a few others that I can't recall before my morning tea or coffee.
Melycoffeeandink on October 16th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
Snatching up books. Um. It's more who's still on the buy new in hardcover list than buy new, because my will is weak and my desires strong and ... I buy a lot of books in paperback, yeah. I'm trying to cut down on the hardcovers. Automatic new: Patricia McKillip, Diana Wynne Jone, Terry Pratchett (whose work I don't really like as much as the others here, but he always cheers me up, you know?), Geoff Ryman when he publishes once in a blue moon, Greer Gilman if she published more, A.S. Byatt despite the horrible misstep of The Biographer's Tale, John Crowley ... a lot of the rest depends on mood and finances. New hardcovers I'm planning to buy in the next few months are by Patricia McKillip and Megan Whalen Turner.
Anna S.eliade on October 16th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
Snatching up books. Um. It's more who's still on the buy new in hardcover list than buy new, because my will is weak and my desires strong and ...

Hee. For this post, I at first almost wrote,

"I'll bet some of you have long ones. *pokes* coffeeandink."

*nibbles you like a mouse nibbles a croissant*

(whose work I don't really like as much as the others here, but he always cheers me up, you know?)

I think it's actually the cheeringist ones who are the most deserving of royalties. I'd have added Stephen Fry to my list if he published more.
Melycoffeeandink on October 17th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
Mice. *sighs*

So it wasn't monstrously egotistical for me to suspect you might be thinking of me?

The problem is, when I have money, it gets ... sort of random. I mean, the last books I bought new were Girl Sleuth: The Women Behind Nancy Drew (hardcover, almost done), a forgettable fantasy novel with a forgettable name by Patricia Briggs because sometimes she writes slightly better than she needs to (mass market, no idea when I'll get to it), Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (trade paperback), a big John McPhee book (trade paperback), and two books of poetry (trade paperbacks). And then I went to the Strand yesterday to pick up two cookbooks and ended up dropping sixty dollars on other things besides, but none of that makes it to the authors.
Pet: Angel's Spikeapetslife on October 16th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
Oooh books.

My royalties list (incomplete):

Lois McMaster Bujold
Tanya Huff
Neal Stephenson
Jennifer Crusie
Judith Tarr (but only sometimes)

Hang in there.
cimness on October 16th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
lois mcmaster bujold, diana wynne jones, and cj cherryh's "foreigner" series are the things my mom and i used to conspire to buy in hardback (which my dad considered a waste). i am poor now so i wait for the paperbacks or for her to mail me her copies.

my recent paperback purchases have been pg wodehouse (though it's his estate which gets the money), steven gould, diana wynne jones, and neil gaiman.

but being science fiction fans in the deep south and not in a big city, my parents almost exclusively bought new books; only with the advent of internet used bookstores did they start switching over to buying used ones regularly. before that they had to order through bookstores or wait around for sf conventions. personally, i'll buy anyone up through my favourite authors used; the only books i care specially for the quality of are the ones belonging to my very favourite series.
sophia: Potter Freedom by miggysaraslash on October 16th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)

As for books, JK Rowling for sure. Orson Scott Card, I'm sad to say--I really dislike the man, but it is very hard to resist his books, especially the Ender ones that I've been following since middle school or something ridiculous like that. Robert J. Sawyer.
Viridian5: Read (Anna Karina)viridian5 on October 16th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
C.J. Cherryh and Patricia McKillip
Alizarin_NYC: qaf brian oyveyalizarin_nyc on October 16th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
I generally only buy new books, as I have this thing about being the first one to crack the spine.

This continues a recent trend of nightmares and disturbances.

It must be a planetary thing, because I've had the same. Apocalypse nightmares, wherein I am desperately trying to pack my things and cats and get out of town. And I only know strangers - I have no friends, husband or family.

And I wake up and cling to the underside of the couch for the rest of the day, sneezing at the dust bunnies.

*hugs you*

The air is very sticky around me, too. I call it "flatlining," because everything seems flat.

Beth H: Booksbooksbooks (bethbethbeth)bethbethbeth on October 16th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC)
{{hugs}} - and yes, make an appointment! {{more hugs}}

As for books, well, as far as fiction goes...J.K.Rowling, obviously (or my f'list will spoil me immediately). Guy Gavriel Kay. Salman Rushdie. Donald Harington. Neil Gaiman. Terry Pratchett. There used to be women on the list, but with Dorothy Dunnett's death, the last of my must-read-immediately living female authors are gone.

Non-fiction's another matter, since a lot of those books never quite make it to paperback. With that, it's either hardcover or the library (and since I'm an impatient sort, the former usually wins)
cindershadow on October 16th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
Ursula K. LeGuin and Connie Willis. Hardback, immediately.

Did the doctor indicate that there should be some time lag before the meds actually feel like they are helping? (I know that my`sister had to endure various awful breaking in periods till she found what worked for her.) If not, hard as it is to make yourself make an appointment (I'm overdue on all my routine maintenance, from eyes to uterus), you might want to force yourself. (You really seemed happier on the earlier meds, despite the high blood pressure issues--how high was "high" and could it be addressed through diet/exercise/other meds?)

My nightmares are extremely boring and very literal, no doubt a sign of a not-very-creative subconscious. Sometimes the only thing that gets me through a week is the prospect of going to the barn to see the horses . . . so, naturally, at the end of this rough week, I dreamed that my trainer announced she was selling her new place and leaving the area, and I'd have to go through the trauma of finding a new place and moving, just two months after doing so to be with her. Boring . . . and terrifying.
Dittostretfordditto on October 16th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
Donald E. Westlake and Steven King. Also Monica Dickens except she's dead now and at one time Ms Rice. And Robert Westall but he's dead an'all. Damn it, all my fave authors have mostly snuffed it. :( I needed cheering up yesterday so read 'Your Horoscope For Today' and it's as good as anything I could pay to read.
namastenancynamastenancy on October 16th, 2005 11:02 pm (UTC)
I buy art, women's history and astrology books; if I see a new one, I will buy it. That's because those books go out of print so fast and are almost never reprinted -- or the second hand copies are so banged up that it bothers me.
Otherwise - I belong to the Mechanic's Institute here in SF and they have a huge library of almost anything that I would want to read. I pay $95 a year to belong and it saves me at least $1000 a year on my book budget.

Otherwise, I mainline books at an impossible speed - science fiction, mystery, some current fiction, history, biography, political science. Just about everything but math and hard core science.
the upper echelons of mediocrity: Iristhe_star_fish on October 17th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
Would it help to have someone else make the call for the appointment? I mean, would you feel compelled to go to the office if it was all set up? If that initial phone call is the stumbling block, you might look into getting someone to do that for you. (I have a friend who put off paying her bills indefinitely, even though she had the money to do so. She just couldn't face opening the envelopes. So she started having someone do that part for her, and making her a lst of how much to whom, and it worked pretty well. It's all about figuring out how to cope. But you prolly already knew that. I'm babbling 'cos I want to help.)

Also, authors who get my royalty money in harcover are few and far between -- if I can't tuck a book into my purse, it don't get read. *g* But Terry Pratchett is a must-have, and I'm prolly going to spring for Diana Gabaldon's new one, too.
abi zazephirin on October 17th, 2005 05:10 am (UTC)
Though I don't know you, I hope things get better soon.

New book list: I work at a Giant Publishing House and in general refuse to pay for fiction, so my list is pretty much J. K. Rowling and Michael Chabon. And Isabel Allende as presents for my mom-type.
ex_dovil323 on October 17th, 2005 05:56 am (UTC)
I am making mental waving motions so you pick up the phone and make that appointment. I'm doing the Willow resolve face, with less of the homocidal tendancies with a shovel. I'm more of an axe kind of a gal.
vi, miss vylit if you're nastyvylit on October 17th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
I think the only writers on my list at the moment would be T.C. Boyle and Christopher Moore.
ruthless1ruthless1 on October 17th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
Books to buy in hardcover
Charles deLint, Neil Gaiman, Wesley Stace - Misfortune is his first book and it's so good that it's going to be the xmas prezzie for a few people, Terry Windling (she writes very rarely anymore - she mostly edits. Otherwise - it's the libary for me. I worked at a such a huge bookstore for so long that collecting books is not so attractive to me anymore. So when I want them to have the royalties I'll go out and get the book.
I'll ditto everyone else - try to make that appt. You seem to be swinging pretty hard these days and that can't be any fun. I wish all of our great book rec's could cure your mood but unfortunately - it's not quite enough.
*dials the phone for you in the virtual 'verse*