LibertyCon Draweth Nigh!

I have posted my schedule for this year’s LibertyCon on the Appearances page. If you’re one of the lucky ones who secured tickets before they sold out 6 1/2 hours after going on sale last year, and you were able to adjust to the unplanned schedule and venue change, please stop by and say hi …and buy a book or two!

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Episode 11 Cover Reveal

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Just uploaded Episode 11, Ghost Riders in the Sky to KDP. I expect it to go live within the next day or two. UPDATE! GHOST RIDERS IN THE SKY IS NOW LIVE ON KINDLE!

The first season of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe is drawing to a close, with only one episode remaining! I plan to start editing on episode 12, Castle in the Clouds, tonight and hope to have it uploaded in a couple of weeks.

Why the rush? I’d really like to have the season one print omnibus available for LibertyCon at the end of next month. First , because it is my favorite and my convention “home.” Second, my sales of this series are ABYSMAL. My sales reports don’t show a single sale since April 2nd; and that was only one copy of one episode. I know garnering fans and followers on a new series takes a while, and I haven’t really had much time available for self-promoting like I have in the past with the first story arc of Waves of Darkness. But, it does get a little disheartening when it seems like nobody is interested. Having copies available for purchase at the convention will help generate that interest.

With that in mind, I plan to title the season 1 omnibus The Girl Who Fell from the Sky. I’ll probably forgo my original plan of using the same cover art for the print omnibus and both half-season minis. I think the print book should have it’s own cover.

Oh, and I will also do a mini-omnibus of episodes 7-12 which will be available on Kindle. Look for it in June.

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Where do I start?

Work

First, I need you, dear readers, to know I’ve been managing to do all the following stuff despite pulling 12 + hour days at work for the past 2 weeks. (Last week I logged 60.25 hours on the clock.)

I still haven’t figured out how I’ve kept up any productivity on my site management or writing or publishing.

Maybe I’m a Time Lord and don’t know it.

Speaking of site management …

I’ve worked through all the business cards I’ve collected at conventions so far (LibertyCon is just around the corner), and I’m working through the book marks now. I’ve also gone back to some of the older postings in the Smugglers Cove & Hucksters Haven and added links I Googled as well as corrected out of date links for dealer who’ve changed their websites.

After I finish with the book marks, I plan to go through the post cards.

Dealers, authors, artists, and entertainers put their swag out to promote themselves. I figure it’s good form to give ’em a signal boost.

Writing and Publishing

My process for writing Hunting the Dragon (Waves of Darkness 8), which is experimental for me, is to write the rough draft, type each chapter on my phone as finish it, then upload and paste it into the manuscript document on my desktop for later editing. This seems to be working nicely.

I’m typing chapter 9 currently.

There are only two episodes to go on season one of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe.

I have them ready to edit. Hopefully I can get the covers done and get both published by early June. I need to start putting together the file for the Season 1 omnibus, which will be print only. It will have the original line art for the episode covers as coloring pages, a between the episodes bonus scene and a world building monograph as bonus material.

I do plan to do a Season 1 B mini omnibus with episodes 7 through 12 and the line art in ebook format as a companion to the one I did of episodes 1 through 6.

I am verifiably and functionally insane, as proven by the content of this post.

On that note, here’s something to enjoy.

That is all.

Moar Progress

For the fans of my Steampunk serial, The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe: episode 9 is edited, and the cover art is in process. Look for it on Kindle sometime this weekend or early next week.

One of my goals is to have the first 12 episodes out and a hard copy full season omnibus available by the time LibertyCon rolls around.

For those of you eagerly awaiting the next Waves of Darkness title, Hunting the Dragon: I typed up chapters 3, 4, and 5 on my phone and have uploaded them to my desktop. Going to start chapter 6 today.

I am considering starting a Patreon page. I need to talk to others I know who’ve had them for a few years to find out what effect it could have on my taxes first. I was one of the ones who still managed to get one this year. I’d like to keep it that way.

I saw Lydia Sherrer is still on the list of attending authors for LibertyCon. A few, including the original Literary GoH for this year, Patricia Briggs, have had to cancel since the convention was forced to change dates and venues. I hope Lydia is still able to attend. I have book shopping to do and also look forward to visiting with her. Perhaps she’ll even bring her little Dread Pirate in Training along.

Hmm, since Liberty doesn’t have a replacement for Ms. Briggs yet, maybe I’ll hint to Brandy and Rich to see if Sherrilyn Kenyon is available. Haven’t had a chance to see her in person since a book signing she did in Orlando back in 2005 or 2006. I wasn’t able to attend the last Chattacon she was a guest at back in 2010.

Moar Progress

For the fans of my Steampunk serial, The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe: episode 9 is edited, and the cover art is in process. Look for it on Kindle sometime this weekend or early next week.

One of my goals is to have the first 12 episodes out and a hard copy full season omnibus available by the time LibertyCon rolls around.

For those of you eagerly awaiting the next Waves of Darkness title, Hunting the Dragon: I typed up chapters 3, 4, and 5 on my phone and have uploaded them to my desktop. Going to start chapter 6 today.

I am considering starting a Patreon page. I need to talk to others I know who’ve had them for a few years to find out what effect it could have on my taxes first. I was one of the ones who still managed to get one this year. I’d like to keep it that way.

I saw Lydia Sherrer is still on the list of attending authors for LibertyCon. A few, including the original Literary GoH for this year, Patricia Briggs, have had to cancel since the convention was forced to change dates and venues. I hope Lydia is still able to attend. I have book shopping to do and also look forward to visiting with her. Perhaps she’ll even bring her little Dread Pirate in Training along.

Hmm, since Liberty doesn’t have a replacement for Ms. Briggs yet, maybe I’ll hint to Brandy and Rich to see if Sherrilyn Kenyon is available. Haven’t had a chance to see her in person since a book signing she did in Orlando back in 2005 or 2006. I wasn’t able to attend the last Chattacon she was a guest at back in 2010.

Moar Progress

For the fans of my Steampunk serial, The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe: episode 9 is edited, and the cover art is in process. Look for it on Kindle sometime this weekend or early next week.

One of my goals is to have the first 12 episodes out and a hard copy full season omnibus available by the time LibertyCon rolls around.

For those of you eagerly awaiting the next Waves of Darkness title, Hunting the Dragon: I typed up chapters 3, 4, and 5 on my phone and have uploaded them to my desktop. Going to start chapter 6 today.

I am considering starting a Patreon page. I need to talk to others I know who’ve had them for a few years to find out what effect it could have on my taxes first. I was one of the ones who still managed to get one this year. I’d like to keep it that way.

I saw Lydia Sherrer is still on the list of attending authors for LibertyCon. A few, including the original Literary GoH for this year, Patricia Briggs, have had to cancel since the convention was forced to change dates and venues. I hope Lydia is still able to attend. I have book shopping to do and also look forward to visiting with her. Perhaps she’ll even bring her little Dread Pirate in Training along.

Hmm, since Liberty doesn’t have a replacement for Ms. Briggs yet, maybe I’ll hint to Brandy and Rich to see if Sherrilyn Kenyon is available. Haven’t had a chance to see her in person since a book signing she did in Orlando back in 2005 or 2006. I wasn’t able to attend the last Chattacon she was a guest at back in 2010.

Captain’s Log: ConNooga 12

Bubba Venom was probably the most entertaining cosplay I saw over the weekend. He even had a six-pack of PBR.

Had a great time at ConNooga this year. The author track definitely seems to be getting back to the full, diverse, and informative programming schedule it had when Robbie still ran the track. I’m very glad about this. For a couple of years it felt like authors were falling to the wayside.

I didn’t attend all the author panels over the weekend, but I went to most of them …and took notes.

I’ll be honest, it has the impatient side of me wanting to say screw finding an agent and go ahead and commit to the indie/self-pub route for Waves of Darkness. We’ll see. I have a few ideas jumping around in my head like a flea circus. Just have to pin the buggers down and decide what to do with them before I post anything definite here.

Friday, I ran a little later than I’d meant to and missed most of the 1 pm panel. There was a little confusion on where registration was (inside exhibit hall C instead of the main hallway). The new setup is a bit easier to keep organized, however: less confusion on whether people were in line or just hanging out.

The panel I missed most of was Plotting Your Book to Make the Best Story Possible with Dan Jolley, Gil Hough, Keith Robinson, and Kenyon T. Henry (you have to put the “T” in there or you wind up with some guy obsessed with cats instead of the author).

The 2 pm panel, in the same room, was Authors Talking About Their Books with Daniel Peyton, David Joel Stevenson, and Kenyon T. Henry (the author, not the cat guy).

The 3 pm panel was Sticking to One Genre or Following Your Creativity with Dan Jolley, Gil Hough, Jim Hodgson, and Kenyon T. Henry (poor guy barely got time to spend at his own table to sell his books on Friday). Most of the discussion in this one was about whether readers get put off an author if they switch to another genre. the jury is still out on if this is done for unrelated books, but all agree an author should never switch genres (not to be mistaken for combining genres) mid-book or mid-series.

The 4 pm panel almost ended up being held in the hallway. It got double booked in the same room during the second hour of a 2-hour retro gaming console free play session. The solution the programming director came up with was to ask the gamers to mute the sound on their consoles, which were positioned around the perimeter of the room, and the author panel took place in the corner where a table and chairs were set up for panels. Apparently the lights were controlled from the switches in the conference space on the other side of the retractable divider wall. Someone kept playing with them. Still, this was a very informative panel: Marketing Your Book to Increase Readership with David Joel Stevenson and Keith Robinson. I picked up some good ideas and advice I intend to look into. One example given of an author who’s doing it right turned out to be an author I already follow, Lydia Sherrer.

I would love to pick her brain on how to get a good street crew going. (Not that I don’t already have the beginnings of a good crew; I just want to learn how to expand it.)

While I would’ve loved to attend Radio Cult’s and Atlanta Radio Theatre Company’s performances, they were held at the Chattanoogan Hotel, behind and across the street from the Convention center. The rain kind of put a damper on that for me. (Heck, we had so much rain this past weekend up through late Saturday night, I half expected to see squirrels shooting the rapids on the stream in my backyard.)

The 8 pm panel was Rules of Writing with Daniel Peyton, David Joel Stevenson, and Gil Hough. For some odd reason, the app described this panel as an autograph session.

From 9-11 pm I played an adaption of D&D for the first time in my life, role-playing as an adapted version of Viktor Brandewyne in a sci-fi setting. The panel was called Authors Build a World and Play in It! D&D Live! Author and publisher, Joseph Cadotte acted as DM/GM and was delighted to finally get his wife to willingly play. I will say Vik doesn’t fare so well when the roll of a 20-side die decides his success or failure. It was a fun world-building exercise. Daniel Peyton was the other author involved in this game, portraying his Winter wizard character, although the DM changed the character’s name to “Tim” from “Dan.” (Kudos to those who get the joke and reference.)

The first panel I attended Saturday was Independent Publishing 101 at 11 am with Gil Hough, Keith Robinson, and Kenyon T. Henry. It was pointed out during this panel that most traditionally published authors never sell enough copies to start earning royalties past what they got as an advance; so the only way they can really make a living as an author is to keep cranking out books, provided publishers keep accepting them.

The next panel I attended was Channel Your Book: Secrets from a Professional Intuitive at 4 pm with Angela Anderson. Channeling, as she explained it, is an intriguing approach to writing, but this session seemed more about how to get past writers’ block, something I really don’t have a problem with. (Besides, I’ve got enough voices in my head without inviting anymore aboard.)I attended the 7 pm Authors Talking About Their Books session with Braxton A. Cosby, Clay Gilbert, and Joseph Cadotte. I have been invited by Mr. Cadotte to re-release my Waves of Darkness books as ebooks, provided they meet with his co-op’s standards regarding violent or sexual content. I know the later books in the series won’t fit, but he’d like to review Blood Curse, at least.

I only attended one of the panels on Sunday: Pimp Your Book at 11 am with Charles Collins and Sandy Gianportone. This was part of the deep thought track. Everyone attending talked about books they recommended. I took the opportunity to plug my books and read a snippet from the Vampire Meets Siren excerpt of Blood Curse. I garnered some interest but no immediate sales.

When not attending panels (I wasn’t actually ON any panels as a panelist), I spent time hanging out with Sandra “Con Mommy” ward at the info table. I also babysat the AB tales booth to allow the owner to have a bathroom and smoke break.

I didn’t do as much shopping as I did at Chattacon. I bought a copy of The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky and Steven Brown, a t-shirt with some mermaids who look like they mean business on it, and donated $5 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation to have my photo taken in front of Toothless and his mate.

To wrap things up, I caught an impromptu furry dance party in the main hallway on video shortly before I went home. This was a great way to end the con on a “Happy” note.