Can You Help The Bookcast?

April 13, 2015
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Hello, friends of The Bookcast!

“Where have you been, Bill?” is a question I hear a lot lately. I have not closed down The Bookcast, and my absence has not been by choice.

Last December there was a fire in our condominium building in suburban Baltimore, Maryland. Fortunately no one was injured, but smoke damage to the premises was considerable. In January my wife, cat, and I were forced to relocate to a hotel while workers completely gut our unit and replace our walls and ceilings. They tell us we may be able to return in May.

I was unable to bring my home recording studio to the hotel, and thus I cannot record fresh interviews for The Bookcast. I plan to resume when we go home again — hopefully in May.

We have also incurred a number of unexpected — and not insignicant — expenses, not all of which are covered by insurance. One casualty of this predicament was our internet service. Comcast ended our service because we were unable to continue paying for it. (They were unmoved when we pointed out that we haven’t even been able to use the service in months.)

Given The Bookcast’s obvious reliance on Skype, any sustained interruption of internet access is calamitous. We need the internet to be available to us when we return home — in May, with any luck.

We have set up a GoFundMe account with two aims: to bring our internet service provider (ISP) account current again, and to assure that we’ll have enough to cover monthly charges through next fall. That total is approximately $675.

(Our internet access is not bundled with expensive cable television service. We have an internet-only plan, but as a “perk” Comcast does provide us with our local over-the-air signals.)

No one knows better than I do how tight money is for most indie authors. I wish I did not have to make this appeal. But whatever amount you may be able to help with is — trust me — genuinely appreciated.

Thank you for your support!
Bill Thompson
Host / Creator, The Bookcast


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11 Responses to Can You Help The Bookcast?

  1. April 22, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Oh, no! Bill, I’m so sorry to hear about all this. Hope your campaign is successful!

  2. May 16, 2015 at 10:47 am

    What an ordeal for you and your family and a loss for your listeners. All good wishes as you get your life and The Bookcast back on track.

  3. James Grant Goldin
    May 17, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    What a nightmare. I tried to chip in a little to GoFundMe, but it said there was some problem with the site. I’ll check back soon. Our best wishes during this trying time!

    James and Charlotte

  4. Christine G
    October 21, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    So sorry to hear about the condo fire. Hope that by now you are settled back into the condo.

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