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Thu, Feb. 23rd, 2012, 03:58 pm
Signal Boost: Seanan Is Having A Time

Our dear friend seanan_mcguire is having a small nightmare right now.

Short form, some book sellers, including Amazon and B&N, have released her book early. It's scheduled for March 6, and the e-book versions will not be available till then... but the print books can be bought now, and besides the fact that it'll likely screw up the all-important first week sales, people are blaming Seanan for this mess and calling her the nastiest names. jimhines and janetmiles say everything that needs to be said on their most recent LJ entries.

Except this, which has to be reemphasized: Don't buy Seanan McGuire's Discount Armageddon until the release date of March 6.

And, if you get the chance, go to that thread at the top and give the dear girl a little love and support. She needs it, and FSM knows she deserves it.

This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1491850.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.

Thu, Feb. 23rd, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)

She's the reason I get books by my favorite author the first week they're released, I didn't know how important those numbers are, til she took the time to explain it on her LJ.

Also have to get Caitlin Kiernan's new novel that same day. Yay for new books.

Thu, Feb. 23rd, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)

I agree, and have boosted signal on my LJ and have asked my local bookstore to reserve a copy for me, and explained politely that it was very important to me to buy it between March 6 and March 13.

Thu, Feb. 23rd, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)

Some days I don't 'get' fandom; it's like, "I enjoy this stuff so much I'm going to pour poison on it."


Fri, Feb. 24th, 2012 07:48 am (UTC)

Far too often, people who are fans of an author or performer will begin to feel as if they have a personal relationship with the individual. If something happens that makes them feel as if the celebrity has somehow betrayed them, or not lived up to their expectations, the love can turn to hate in an eyeblink. (I saw something very similar happen here in New Jersey last week, regarding the funeral of Whitney Houston. Fans in the street were expressing anger that they were being deprived of the "right" to attend her funeral. They obviously felt that their fan status somehow entitled them to the same privileges at the poor woman's family.)

Fri, Feb. 24th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)

Sometimes it can be tough to draw the line. Fans may also be more forgiving of mistakes because it's easier to forgive friends. What's happening with Seanan definitely crosses the line. The fan-friend would say "oops, no big deal not your fault" but the fan-neutral could be more upset. (And as I understand this situation, Amazon did goof up so any resentment should be directed at them.)

I could also point out the obvious feelings people have for George Lucas as another extreme example of how the line is blurred. Someone (I forget who, maybe Wil Wheaton) wrote a list of "fan rights" and boundries with a "performer's/author's obligations". Things like "a performer is obligated to perform at the best of their ability regardless of audience size and not slack off because only a few people showed up" and "buying a CD does not mean you get to barge up to a performer when they're busy and demand an autograph".

We need to be reminded of that every now and then.

Sat, Feb. 25th, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)


Thu, Feb. 23rd, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)

Never heard of her but in honor of her plight I will go see if I can find one of her other books at Hastings this afternoon.

Fri, Feb. 24th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)

Oh, you're in for a treat. Excellent writer, excellent singer/songwriter, excellent lady.

Fri, Feb. 24th, 2012 08:00 am (UTC)

Good stuff! I'm glad I saw this.

Fri, Feb. 24th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)

I gotta tell this.

So I go to the bookstore last night and buy a couple Seanan McGuire books. I stop at my favorite Applebees on the way home. I take A Local Habitation in with me. I sit at the bar order a Sprite (Sierra Myst, bleh) and start reading the book. Drink comes. I take a sip. I say hello to the guy sitting next to me who happens to be an old acquaintance from this very bar. I go back to reading my book. The bartender comes to get my order and when he says my name I startle and jump a foot. My acquaintance (whose name escapes me) starts teasing me about jumping and always having my head in a book. Then two more friends come in and sit next to us. And the story goes around about how bad I startled and how I always have my nose in a book. (This is the first time I have ever taken a book ito Applebees.) And the teasing goes on and its all friendly. And the bartender gets into it. And its all friendly and I'm playing into it. And the guy that started the teasing talks to the bartender and tries to buy me a drink. But he can't because I don't drink. So he buys me dinner. And the book looks good too.

Fri, Feb. 24th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)

For what it's worth, I just came across this on the Amazon page for the physical book:
"While this item is available from other marketplace sellers on this page, it is not currently offered by Amazon.com because customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it's described here. (Thanks for the tip!)

We're working to fix the problem as quickly as possible."

Fri, Feb. 24th, 2012 07:16 am (UTC)

Passing this on!

Fri, Feb. 24th, 2012 11:57 pm (UTC)

People simply do not understand how things work. I've had customers complain to me that a particular author was now being published in hardcover because s/he was greedy! When I've explained that authors don't get to decide what format the book is published in or what the cost is, the customers are *always* shocked -- they literally believe that books are published according to authors wishes!

I've had this exact same exchange over sales tax -- there are apparently hundreds, if not thousands, of adults who believe that sales tax goes directly to the store!