Meet Henry and Winthrop: friends since forever, manga and anime fans, and dead sick of the daily grind. Henry's girlfriend of four years just walked out on him after a dumb argument about salad dressing and Cowboy Bebop. Winthrop's burned out on his comic store -- paradise when you're nineteen, but maybe not when you're thirty-six.
What's left but to rent a car and a hotel room, gather some friends together, get dressed up as video-game characters and head south to drink in the biggest fan convention this side of the Missouri? That's the plan for the four-day weekend, anyway -- but every time they've tried to "get away from it all", they've wound up taking most of it with them.
And life has a funny way of happening when you've got plans, or even just a schedule. Into both of their lives comes crashing Diane, who's never seen an episode of Dragonball Z in her life and neither reads nor can spell Shonen Jump. A "mundane". And as it turns out, she might need someone like them just as much as they need someone like her.
After some date-wrangling, number-crunching and budget-scrunching, it looks like I have my convention schedule for the rest of the year. I'm going to be busier than I thought. AnimeNext (June 18-20, central NJ). Otakon (July 30-August 1, Baltimore, MD). AnimeFest!...By Serdar Yegulalp on 2010/05/06 23:49
After some date-wrangling, number-crunching and budget-scrunching, it looks like I have my convention schedule for the rest of the year.
I'm going to be busier than I thought.
I'm working on setting up sales tables for each event under the Genji Press banner. No guarantees of anything except perhaps the first two, but Otakon by itself would be a massive step in the right direction. NYAF, a nice cherry on top of an already-tasty cake.
I'm also hoping to have CreateSpace / Amazon.com editions of all my books by the second half of the year. I've seen plenty of good reasons to go with them, and to wind down my involvement with Lulu. The purchasing links on the site should not change anytime soon; there will be plenty of advanced warning before that happens.
I'll have more word on each event as the dates draw closer.
Right now I'm auctioning one copy of each of my books currently in print -- Tokyo Inferno, Summerworld, The Four-Day Weekend -- for Deb's Liver Lovers. If you want a shot at helping someone out, and a shot at getting...By Serdar Yegulalp on 2010/05/01 17:55
Right now I'm auctioning one copy of each of my books currently in print — Tokyo Inferno, Summerworld, The Four-Day Weekend — for Deb's Liver Lovers. If you want a shot at helping someone out, and a shot at getting my books for a fair percentage off the normal price, go check it out.
Additional notes about the auction:
...a fandom auction to benefit Deb Mensinger and her wife, Laurie J. Marks (author of the Elemental Logic series, the Children of the Triad series, The Watcher's Mask, and Dancing Jack, and guest of honor at WisCon 31). This auction is to raise money for the medical and incidental expenses related to Deb Mensinger's liver transplant. Deb and Laurie will have a number of expenses that are not covered by insurance, including the costs related to getting the potential live donor to Massachusetts for testing and, if all goes well, the surgery.
As of RIGHT NOW, all my books are back in stock! Tokyo Inferno, The Four-Day Weekend and Summerworld all have signed copies and are immediately available. All books are $20 + $3 domestic S/H. Due to a screwup on my part,...By Serdar Yegulalp on 2009/11/02 12:27
Due to a screwup on my part, the PayPal "Buy Now" buttons that I had on this site were not rendering correctly. I've re-implemented how they show up, so they should appear correctly now. Click on any of the above links to go to a page where the proper "Buy Now" button appears.
(If you still have trouble finding anything or making it work, holler at me in the comments and I'll fix it.)
Oh, and I'm back from AnimeNext! (Photos here.)For all of those who came by my table and bought Summerworld and Four-Day Weekend: Thank you. I hope you enjoy both of them immensely. I'll be back next year with more books...By Serdar Yegulalp on 2009/06/15 12:56
For all of those who came by my table and bought Summerworld and Four-Day Weekend: Thank you. I hope you enjoy both of them immensely. I'll be back next year with more books (like the still-in-progress Tokyo Inferno) ... and a bigger table, to boot.
What, more good news!? Yes. As of right now, thanks to the good graces of the folks at Lulu.com, I now have all of my books currently in print available on Amazon.com. Summerworld, The Four-Day Weekend and the older...By Serdar Yegulalp on 2009/05/26 21:11
&linkCode=as2&tag=thegline" target="_blank"> (paid link)What, more good news!? Yes.
As of right now, thanks to the good graces of the folks at Lulu.com, I now have all of my books currently in print available on Amazon.com. Summerworld (paid link), The Four-Day Weekend (paid link) and the older works Another Worldly Device (paid link) and Casual Users (paid link) are all available directly from Amazon.com via the above links!
How did this happen? Apparently, Lulu.com periodically offers Amazon.com placement for certain select authors and books. I'm still trying to find out if this means future books from me will also be automatically eligible for Amazon distribution, but I intend to make that possible even if they don't give it to me as an automatic option. (I also plan to fine-tune the prices as best I can to make sure I can offer the Amazon books at costs that are commensurate with the other distribution channels.)
Obviously, I'm thrilled. I now have the chance to connect directly with a massive number of people without having to go through a publisher.
It also means I need your help, dear fans, more than ever.
Here's what you can do.
1. Order some of my books. If you've been going back and forth about picking up a copy, and have only hesitated because you trust Amazon.com more than Lulu (or me), or because you have credit with Amazon that you can't use anywhere else, then go buy one of the books at Amazon and make me happy.
2. If you've already bought my books, write a review. Log onto Amazon.com, go to one of the above listings, and contribute a review so that other people will know that this thing was actually read and (gasp, shock) enjoyed by others.
3. Promote within Amazon. Add the book to your Wish Lists, your So You'd Like To ... guides and your Listmania! lists.
4. Promote outside of Amazon. Link back to my site, link back to my books (use the direct links above, they're the shortest), and just go nuts getting the word out.
A reminder: I'm going to be at WickedFaire this coming weekend, with books for sale and at least one panel discussion appearance. Everything I have will be available signed at the cover price ($12), as opposed to the $20 I...By Serdar Yegulalp on 2009/02/17 11:16
A reminder: I'm going to be at WickedFaire this coming weekend, with books for sale and at least one panel discussion appearance. Everything I have will be available signed at the cover price ($12), as opposed to the $20 I normally charge for Internet sales. If you can make it out there, this is a great way to pick up everything I have in stock, cheap!
My next convention appearance (where I'm actually in a selling capacity) won't be until the end of August, when I turn up at AnimeFest with Tokyo Inferno in tow. There is also the chance I'll be selling at NYAF, but that has not yet been nailed down, and the cost may simply be too prohibitive right now for that. I'm also considering I-CON, although I haven't been there in ages and my experiences with it were, to put it mildly, not positive. I hope things have improved since.
Turns out the product IDs that I linked to for both Summerworld and The Four-Day Weekend were wrong. I've since fixed the issue. My apologies to anyone who was cross-directed. (I also didn't need to create entirely new versions of the...By Serdar Yegulalp on 2009/02/13 13:41
Turns out the product IDs that I linked to for both Summerworld and The Four-Day Weekend were wrong. I've since fixed the issue. My apologies to anyone who was cross-directed. (I also didn't need to create entirely new versions of the products anyway, just revise the existing ones.)
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