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May Write Day: Little Writing, Much Awesome

I did not write very much in April. I honestly cannot tell you what I was doing instead of writing.

I applied for a bunch of jobs. We road tripped around Lake Michigan for 10 days, and then… Awesome Con. Writing was completely lost in that mix, but it was still a great month overall.

Continue reading May Write Day: Little Writing, Much Awesome

Quarterly Sales Report: Awesome Con was Awesome

Awesome Con was fantastic. I talked to a ton of cool people, connected with a couple authors, and sold some freaking books.

I wish I had the budget right now to do more conventions, but I’ll just have to be patient. At the very least, I can plan to be at Awesome Con again next year. For now, let’s have a look at how well my first novel actually sold at my first convention. Continue reading Quarterly Sales Report: Awesome Con was Awesome

Awesome Con is Here!

The day of reckoning has finally arrived. In just a few minutes, I’ll be heading down to DC for Awesome Con!

I have parking spots reserved for each of the next three days, and I got my books on time! These are the boxes I have to haul down there.

And here’s my actual merch, my newly printed matte-finish books and bookmarks!

I think the matte finish came out really well, even though it’s not as dark as the bookmarks–that was sort of the idea.

I have 35 books with me, which is probably way too many, but I wanted to have some extra anyway for whatever my next chance to meet readers will be.

I forewent buying flyers for “The Grand Mythos” or a banner, due to budget and time constraints (a.k.a., I’m unemployed, and I did not give myself enough time to prepare), so I printed some promo text on the back of these bookmarks.

I included a blurb for Aston and Jaed, a promo for “The Grand Mythos”, and some info on where people can find me. It’s not fancy, but it was easy to do and it gets the point across.

I’ll be posting pictures from the convention on my Imgur account: WardeOfEverfeld.

And I’m sure I’ll have tons to recap after the event. Today is an 8+ hour day, so I might be a wee bit tired. We’ll see.

Okay, no more delaying! I’m nervous and excited as hell. To Awesome Con!

Steve D

Awesome Con 2019 Prep!

Well, this week came up a lot faster than I had anticipated. We were off on our first road trip with Nugget for the last 10 days, visiting family in Michigan and Milwaukee. We had a great time, but now we’re back in the swing of normal life

Awesome Con begins on Friday, and I still have some logistics to work out. The countdown begins! Continue reading Awesome Con 2019 Prep!

How Bad Headlines Ruin Your Book Marketing Efforts

Way back in 2017, I wrote about the four basic elements of a good press release. In that post, I discussed how the headline and sub-headline should be used to hook a potential reader into actually reading the rest of your press release.

But I don’t think I emphasized enough one simple truth about press releases:

If your headline and/or sub-headline are not eye-catching, no one will read your release. Continue reading How Bad Headlines Ruin Your Book Marketing Efforts

Awesome Con 2019: We Have a Table!

It’s official. We’ve gotten our table assignment for Awesome Con 2019! So, who’s going to be around DC on April 26-28 to visit M.L.S. Weech, Jessie, and me?

I guess it’s time to start laying out my con plans. Continue reading Awesome Con 2019: We Have a Table!

A Writing Routine Requires A Life Routine

February has been an up-an-down month, if you hadn’t already guessed, and it’s this kind of sudden change (“Life Events”, as your friendly HR department refers to them) that can throw any decent writing routine completely off course.

Finally, however, I think I’ve found a way to keep writing during this vaguely temporary period of unemployment. Continue reading A Writing Routine Requires A Life Routine

Book Review: Caught by MLS Weech

I picked up Caught directly from MLS Weech at his book launch in Glen Burnie, MD. I think that was back in early 2017, so I’m sorry to say it took me a while to get to this one.

So, yeah, in case it’s not clear enough, here’s my disclosure: Weech is a friend. He’s also an imaginative and vivid writer. Spoiler-free review follows. Continue reading Book Review: Caught by MLS Weech

Shameless Plug: “The Warden of Everfeld: Memento”

This is a friendly reminder that I recently wrote and published a fantasy adventure called The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.

This novel is available for purchase on Amazon.com:

  • $4.99 on Kindle
  • $12.99 in paperback
  • I will also be selling paperbacks at Awesome Con in DC, April 26-28, for just $10. So come visit my table! (More details coming)

Here is the full synopsis:

The Second Redskael War left many communities in Everfeld in mourning, and now they have united in mutual protection. Aston dreams of fighting for his home as his father did, but Jaed only wants to find the home she never had.

When a long-buried secret is revealed, Jaed and Aston must flee those who would stamp out any threat to the fledgling Felding Alliance. Now they must each make a choice: run away and condemn the society they were raised in, or fight back to protect those they love.

The Warden of Everfeld: Memento follows their adventure as they struggle to reconcile their pasts and discover the true meanings of identity, honor, loyalty, and love. Their choices will change their lives and Everfeld forever.

Aaaand some additional information for good measure…

Genre: fantasy, adventure, coming-of-age, new adult

Character Bios:

Happy 2019! I promise to limit my shameless plugs to once per month or less.

Steve D