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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!
Because I’m in “throw stuff at the wall and see if it sticks” mode…
Anyone joining my Patreon at $2/month or above or any current Patron increasing their pledge by literally any amount will be sent a free, signed print copy of Click. This deal is good through bedtime– mine, not yours– Monday night.
C’mon. You know you want in.
Mike Schafer, a grad student and aspiring writer, finds himself immersed in a strange world of barbarians and monsters after buying a metal puzzle in a local antique store. But are Midrodhel and Gunnbjorn the Bold of his own creation, or is something else going on? As this new world begins to terrifyingly intersect with his own, Mike and his girlfriend Ali must find a way to help Gunnbjorn and his niece Graeslyn the Mighty thwart the Sorceress-Queen Montega in her quest to own all of Midrodhel’s magic and conquer the worlds beyond.
I killed my Clark Kent personal account over there several months ago and haven’t missed it, and I keep side-eyeing Luther Siler’s account and in particular Luther Siler’s page, which has 245 Likes at the moment. I don’t really do anything with the page other than use it as a reblogger for posts, and I discovered to my extreme displeasure over the weekend that that hasn’t been actually happening for several months now. There are no relevant Help documents on either WordPress or Facebook that are actually useful; I found some dark mutterings on the WP site about how Facebook won’t allow auto-publication to a profile any longer, only a page, but the page is what I’ve been trying to post to and what every visible indicator tells me I have been posting to.
My big knock against dumping Facebook lately has been not wanting to lose the traffic. Apparently I’m not actually losing any, though, since I’m not posting anything over there and therefore any clickthroughs that are happening are not happening from my posts. The new problem is the number of conventions and events who seem to organize most of everything through FB. It would be nice to be able to still keep an eye on those things, y’know? I hate the site and I’ve literally hated it since the first time I ever heard about it, but I think I’m still stuck with it and its shitty design and its shitty everything.
It would be nice if the shit just worked at least a little bit like it’s supposed to.