It’s kinda always the same booth picture, at this point; only the number of books I have on display changes. I decided not to bring Searching for Malumba with me for this one, because despite the fact that every kid mentioned in the book is college-aged now (and I don’t use anyone’s real name) I still feel like keeping it from spreading too far out in the town I live and work in isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And I sold more than enough books to make a nice little profit on 3 hours of sitting in my free booth.
I can stand to do more free author events, frankly.
An interesting fact: after a couple of years of doing sci-fi and comic book cons, my last two events have both been specifically author events, and at both of them I’ve had more titles available than anyone in the room. It was especially apparent at this one– there was no one else there who I saw who had more than three, and most people there had only one or two books. The really weird part to me was the number of people who, upon being told that my first book came out in 2014, expressed surprise at how I’d been able to write so fast as to have all those books out already.
And it’s like, damn, folks, I am slow. I regularly go weeks without writing a word of fiction, because for whatever reason shit has to be straight in my head before it gets set down on paper. How long have I been saying that the Skylights sequel is my next book, for God’s sake? Hell, how many entire other books have I written while telling people that the Skylights sequel was next? And yet I’m sitting there with twice as many books in front of me as anyone in the room, and I’m visibly one of the younger authors there, too.
Things I need to do before my next show: I need some sort of thick cardstock-printed price placards to put in each of the front-facing books, preferably with some sort of “Like Lovecraft? You’ll love Balremesh!” or “Like Scalzi? You’ll love Skylights!” text on them. I also need a new banner or two, preferably something that folds down into its own stand, because my Skylights banner is starting to lean in a way that I don’t understand and can’t fix. And my front-of-table banner (not used at this show) can probably stand to be updated, too. No one knows what Prostetnic Publications is anyway so I need something other than just the logo. I’m gonna have a lot to do over winter break, I think.
I’ve got some time to worry about it, because right now I’m not signed up for anything else until next summer. I tried to get into ConFusion, which is in January in Detroit, which was a communication clusterfuck so bad that by the time they told me I hadn’t passed the jury stage of things I didn’t even want to go any longer, and I found out about the Northwest Indiana Comic-Con, which is a one-day thing in February, but they were closed by the time I got to them too. So if you hear about anything in the next couple of months, let me know, ‘k? I don’t wanna wait six months until my next show.
I’ve picked up three new Patrons over the last week or so, and just added a $100 goal to the site. I’m getting close enough to the $50/month target that I can sorta see it from where we are, so I feel like a little more pushing and we might hit that, especially since I seem to be on a bit of a roll lately. Remember, anyone pledging more than $2/month gets a new novel immediately, and I’m adding new content all the time– I’ve been working on a new short story over there, The Caretaker, that I ought to be finishing this weekend sometime. It’s becoming a better deal all the time! Join us!