Patreon Accounting Post

Here is the promised accountability post for the first completed Patreon month in support of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

By April 30 end-of-day, 203 kind people had pledged a total of $1,493

Six people pledged in May, and were not billed for April by Patreon, nor should they have been.  The system works!

Two pledges were denied — which is to say that the credit card company denied the charge, or the patron declined the opportunity to continue.

One pledge for $0.50 produced a $0 payout to the artists — the entirety of that pledge went to fees

Of the $1,493 pledged, Patreon collected a total of $1,467.50, deducted $80.86 in credit card fees, and deducted its own fee of $73.39

The artists will receive (on May 5, it says here):  $1,313.25

Once the artists receive their payout, they will deduct 33% or $434 and place it into the account from which they pay their taxes

$879.25 will then be available to buy cat food, people food, coffee!, to keep the lights on while we finish Alliance of Equals (due May 31!) and get ready for the Grand Northeast Book Tour, starting on June 2.

Thank you all so very much for your support, your good humor, and your continued presence in our lives.

Sharon and Steve
Scrabble, Trooper, and Sprite






Notice of Technical Glitch

Alert Walkers Along the Internets will perhaps have noticed that has vanished from the ether.  You may also have gotten a Notice of Permanent Failure on mail sent to a eddress.

This is the result of an oversight during the Crazy Times immediately following Steve’s heart operation and the subsequent closing down of SRM Publisher.  One of us somehow forgot to properly notify a registrar of an address change for the site.

Steve is working on fixing this.  In the meantime, we ask for your patience.


Looking for input: Foreign Language Editions

So, I’m packing some things, on the somewhat shaky theory that packing some stuff up will convince the hearth gods that we’re really serious about this moving thing.  Also because, having some things packed up ahead is bound to make things easier when it comes time to move, and, the way our luck runs — generally good, but tending to splash slightly outside the lines — we’ll get an offer for Exactly Our Asking Price, but! we’ll have to move in the shortest possible time.

The thing that I’m packing up at the moment is The Magic Closet in my office.  This is where we keep two or three copies of all of our books (that we’ve received.  For instance, we never *did* receive a copy of the Polish edition of Conflict of Honors, in which Shan is depicted in the cover art as a rifle-toting saber-toothed tiger.  (Here’s the art.  Yes, it is on Seasons of Plenty.  In English.  Then, presumably, the artist resold Polish rights.)  I really wanted a copy of that edition.  But I digress.)

So, I have some extra copies of a few Russian language Liaden books and also some German editions.  To wit:

In Russian, I have:
4 3  1 omnibus editions, including Agent of Change, Conflict of Honors, Carpe Diem (this would be the Russian edition of Partners in Necessity)
2 copies of Crystal Dragon
2 copies 1 copy of Conflict of Honors
1 copy of Balance of Trade

In German, I have:
5 copies of Flucht nach Lytaxin (Plan B)
2 copies of Showdown fur Clan Korval (the first half of I Dare)
1 set of 1 book each: Flucht nach Lytaxin, Showdown fur Clan Korval, Korvals Nemesis (the second half of I Dare, including short story “Moon on the Hill”)

Now, my question is:  Does anyone here want any of these volumes (note:  by “want” I mean “willing to pay for the book and the postage”)?  So, let’s start there, I guess:  If you want any, or all!, of these volumes, drop me a note at rolanniATkorvalDOTcom, and we’ll work out how best to go forward.


Who put the penny in the fuse box?

Thanks to everyone for their timely suggestions regarding timepieces!  I have Ebayed, and a new watch will be with me next Tuesday (Monday being, of course, a bank-and-post-office holiday.  Do you know where your Christopher Columbus costume is?)

A couple people asked if I just can’t have the crystal replaced — which was, in fact, my first thought, coming as I do from a generation where things that got broken were repaired.  The local jewelry repair shop, however, threw up its hands and claimed there was nothing to be done; and the Dakota warranty only covers the watch’s innards, not the band, clip, crystal, or stem.  Something to bear in mind the next time you buy a Dakota watch.

In the meantime, I’m moving forward with an Archers Beach short story, and will likely be posting an outtake from Carousel TIDES (that’s the first book in the trilogy) on Splinter Universe sometime later today, just to get us all in the mood for Carousel SEAS (that’s the third book in the trilogy.  For completists, Carousel SUN is the middle book.)

SPEAKING OF CAROUSEL SEAS:  Time’s running out to preorder your very own signed and/or personalized copy.  Here’s how to do that.

Everybody caught up?


I’m off to do some housekeeping, including the ever-popular left-handed vacuuming, since my right hand is still kicking up a fit.

What’re you doing that’s fun today?