Canadian spending Stephen King's cash after 'Joyland' mixup

Wallaceburg's Emily Schultz, shown here in an appearance at the Wallaceburg Libary in October of...

Wallaceburg's Emily Schultz, shown here in an appearance at the Wallaceburg Libary in October of 2012, had her book The Blondes, short-listed for the 2013 annual Trillium Book Award. The winner of the award will be announced at an award ceremony on June 18. DAVID GOUGH/QMI AGENCY

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Getting mixed up with Stephen King has brought in an unexpected windfall for Canadian writer Emily Schultz.

Schultz wrote a book titled Joyland eight years ago. It was her first book. International best-selling author Stephen King also wrote a book called Joyland last year. Readers searching for King's Joyland, which was only available in print until last month, were accidentally buying the eBook version of Schultz's Joyland on Amazon.

Schultz said her publisher knew something was up when she sold 200 eBooks in 2013.

"That told me that they were not people buying the book trying to buy Emily Schultz's book," the Wallaceburg, Ont., writer says.

While Schultz said she was excited with the sales renewal for her Joyland, which came out in 2006, she also knew that there would be repercussions.

A lot of the book's buyers left negative and confused reviews on Amazon, while others thought that King had gone in a different direction.

"You can return eBooks on Amazon, but I guess people didn't," Schultz says.

The entire King mix-up experience has been strange, she says. And the adventure has given her a lot of media attention over the past few weeks.

"It's strange how Internet-land gets on these things and runs these things," she says.

Due to the confusion over the titles, Schultz received an unexpected royalty cheque in the mail last week. Schultz is documenting how she is spending the money – and musing on whether Stephen King would approve – on her blog, Spending the Stephen King Money.

Among her indulgences so far: various Ikea purchases, a “fancy dinner,” fixing a dent on her car and King’s very own Joyland.

Schultz says she is going to continue to blog her spending until the money is all gone.

"I could make blog posts for the next few weeks still. Depends if I wind up buying a big ticket item ... I have my eye on a new laptop."

While Schultz has not heard directly from King, he did tell Entertainment Weekly, "I'm delighted for her, and I'm going to order her book."

Joyland was Schultz's first book, a coming-of-age story that was set in a small town in the 1980s. It takes its title from a Wallaceburg, Ont., arcade.


The two covers of Joyland: Schultz's (right) and King's.


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