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We are having a...difficult year here. And now there will be Vet Bills, because Ro-Pup appears to have destroyed his right eye.

Happened Monday when he took off (in friendly but headstrong fashion) after passing dog-walker. He came back with one eye pinched shut. I applied eyedrops, eye seemed to be improving, but when I was able to get a good look, it was not good. Pupil dilated. Cornea cloudy. There may be more going on: he's been low, and today he's acting lethargic and floppy. That may be his usual warm-afternoon sleepiness, but I don't like the subdued way he's been acting.

There are no funds for vet. At all. I just cleaned out the piggy bank to feed the horses for another four days.

So! It's virtual yard-sale time! Let's spread the tables out under the Party Tree, slap the price tags on, and open for business.

Ebooks: 1 for $5, 2 for $9, 3 for $12.50

Any ebooks sold on major sites this month will not pay out until the end of May, which is way too long for Ro to wait; it's not just the eye that worries me by this point, it's his whole demeanor.

But! I have Paypal, at capriole at that gmail thing, and I have ebooks, and they are DRM-free, which means you can load them on any device, and give them as gifts. If you buy multiple copies of one book, let me know in the notes on your Paypal payment; also let me know the email address to which I should send them, and the format desired (Kindle takes mobi; everything else will take epub).

Here's the list. Detailed blurbs and samples can be found on my Author Page at Book View Cafe. Books within series are in order of internal chronology.
The Hound and the Falcon (medieval historical fantasy):
The Dagger and the Cross
The Isle of Glass
The Golden Horn
The Hounds of God
Death and the Lady--novella/short work, price $3

The Avaryan Series (epic fantasy):
The Hall of the Mountain King
The Lady of Han-Gilen
A Fall of Princes
Arrows of the Sun
Spear of Heaven

The Epona Sequence (prehistoricals! with horses!)
Lady of Horses
White Mare's Daughter
Daughter of Lir

Various Single Titles and Odd Prices
Lord of the Two Lands (Alexander the Great in Egypt)
A Wind in Cairo (medieval historical fantasy with horses)
Nine White Horses: Nine Tales of Horses and Magic (short story collection, title story new/not published previously)
Writing Horses: The Fine Art of Getting It Right (nonfiction; horse basics for the writer)
Living in Threes (YA science fiction/fantasy)
His Majesty's Elephant (YA/middle grade medieval historical fantasy with Charlemagne)
Ars Magica (medieval historical fantasy): price $4

Mentoring and Editing Services

There's a summary of what I do here, along with the regular rate. Paypal as above, capriole at the gmail. For this sale, I'm offering two options:

1. The Quick Crit: $75

I will review 5-10 pages of your work. Can be anything--synopsis, plot musings, opening pages, query letter and pages, short section on which you're stuck. I can also answer your questions about how to write horses, up to 90 minutes (may add on to this as needed, at regular rate).

2. The Writing Mentor Is In: $250 (a $300 value)

Five hours of online teaching and mentoring, editing, copyediting, proofreading, plot R&D, even a very short class if so desired. Open to previous as well as new clients; for larger projects, the first five hours will be billed at the sale rate. I've had this shingle out since 2006; lots of repeat clients, and even a Nebula nominee.

Camp Lipizzan

A longtime favorite--Horse Camp for Writers. Now booking from October through March. May consider April through August (September is booked), but be prepared for Southern Arizona heat and, in July and August, monsoon. We're game if you are; just want to be sure you know what you're in for. The most popular option is four nights/five days, $500 includes room, board, and Lipizzans; riding or groundwork lessons additional.

So that's what's on the table. Anything else you think you'd like to see, just let me know. Ro-Pup and I both say Thankyouverymuch.

Date: 2015-03-21 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morning-glory.livejournal.com
I'm sorry to hear things are being so difficult. I hope everyone gets through the week alright.

Date: 2015-03-22 12:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arkessian.livejournal.com
Assuming the same Paypal address can be used for straight donations? I have most of the books you're offering already and am not sure I'm going to try to kickstart my writing career.


Date: 2015-03-22 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p-n-elrod.livejournal.com
This is the fastest way to raise money. You want to take him in to the vet ASAP. I've been there with dog eye problems, and they do not wait. Get him treatment now.

Edited Date: 2015-03-22 03:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Crowdfunding

Date: 2015-03-22 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Thank you! Unfortunately vets in this country want cash up front, and weekend emergency clinics are extremely expensive. Just walking the door will cost more than the $30 I have in the bank today. Tomorrow, I hope, the first of yesterday's transfers will show up. Then we'll get rolling.

Re: Crowdfunding

Date: 2015-03-22 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] p-n-elrod.livejournal.com
Open a crowd-funding anyway. David Gerrold was able to raise 5 figures to pay for his son's operation. There are fans who are happy to help you with your poor dog as they have helped with mine. Pimp it on Facebook and we'll get the word out with a link.

There's also Care Credit. You have 6 months interest-free to pay off the bill. After that the high interest kicks in, but it's good for emergencies.

I have been through this and found the people who buy the books already have their copies, and those who have writing to critique are few in number and often broke.

This opens things to a wider audience. Five bucks here and there adds up fast for your pooch.

IndieGoGo gives you immediate access to the funds as they come in and you don't have to reach a funding goal first (like with Kickstarter).

You can certainly offer thank you gifts like signed books to upper level donations. A signed bookmark is treasure to a fan! <3
Edited Date: 2015-03-22 05:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Crowdfunding

Date: 2015-03-22 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I will ponder. I've done Kickstarters, where it takes weeks to pay. Indiegogo uses Paypal, so more like days, but it's still not instant. So I'd be waiting another day or two anyway.

Will hopefully get him in at vet tomorrow. Definitely in the next couple of days.

As for crits and books, yes, that's been my experience. I expected to get a couple of edits and a half-dozen ebook sales. Hoped for enough to get him in for the first visit. The response, instead, has blown me away. LOTS of new readers wanting books. As you said--it adds up.

Date: 2015-03-22 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kalluna.livejournal.com
How much for the whole catalog of books?

Date: 2015-03-22 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
About US$90, give or take a bit.

Date: 2015-03-22 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catsittingstill.livejournal.com
Just bought the three epona books. I will boost the signal also. Good luck!

Date: 2015-03-23 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the books.

Date: 2015-03-22 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pdlloyd.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry about Ro's eye, and wish I were in the position to help fiscally. Things have been tight for several years now, but this has been a year of one disaster after another. We've had very good luck with Broadway Animal Hospital. Dr. Mueller, whose practice it is, is not a people person, but her rapport and concern for animals is extraordinary. Several years ago, she saved the life of one of our kitties for a small fraction of what we would have payed anywhere else, and she has since shown over and over again that she values the health and safety of the animals over other considerations.

Date: 2015-03-23 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Thank you, and many sympathies. I hope everyone is OK.

Date: 2015-03-23 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pdlloyd.livejournal.com
Thanks. We're healthy, now that the winter illnesses are past. It's only been car troubles, water heater dying the death, more car troubles, an unexpected bill that I'm not sure I even owed from the water company (and which I wound up paying because the water company cuts your water off when you try to negotiate), and all the other miscellanea that come with living on a very, very tight budget.

Date: 2015-03-22 11:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chryssalys
So very sorry your dog hurt himself. Certainly you don't want to wait around, but as a veterinarian, I will say that there are lots of things it could be that hopefully won't end up with him losing the eye.

Just sent money for the Epona books and the Hound and the Falcon series. Rounded up...

Delighted to do so, by the way - my copies of the Hound and the Falcon are falling apart from being read so many times. :)

Date: 2015-03-23 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! I'm happy that you like the books so well.


Date: 2015-03-23 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cailleuch.livejournal.com
Just ordered the Hound and Falcon series which I have in paper but it is always convenient to carry them with me. I rounded up. Let us know how things go because I can just make a donation as well.

Re: Ro

Date: 2015-03-23 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Thank you! Enjoy!

Date: 2015-03-23 12:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] clarentine
I can't make it to one of the in-person courses like Viable Paradise (or Camp Lippizan), abut I need fresh eyes on this ms. Writing mentorship it is. (And happy to help.)
Edited Date: 2015-03-23 12:50 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-03-23 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! Email and let me know what you'd like to do, what you've got for me to look at, etc., and we'll get things rolling.

Date: 2015-03-23 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hippoiathanatoi.livejournal.com
Is there a time limit on when the mentoring/editing services have to be used after purchase? I've been trying to work up the courage to do something with a few ideas I have lying around, but we've been dealing with our own dog's illness for several months now so creativity has been limited and I haven't yet put anything into a critiqueable format.

Date: 2015-03-23 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancinghorse.livejournal.com
No time limit. Especially for you, I'd be happy to bank hours for a while. :)

Date: 2015-03-23 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hippoiathanatoi.livejournal.com
Great, thank you. :)


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