Convention News: Flying The Colors! a.k.a. Banners!

Mmm, sweet sweet promotional material!

So my first booth banners came in today!  Of course, the STANDS are still in the middle of shipping but you can still enjoy these impromptu pics framed by my sweet bed.  You’ll see these banners fly for the first time in public in May at Mobicon!

Monday Musings: Convention Con Carne a.k.a. Three Conventions? NO WAI!

Today’s Monday Musings will both be a bit of a quickie and also a bit of Convention News!

So I got the good news that I’ll be appearing (in the vendors room!) at Necronomicon 2016 in Tampa, FL!  Right before Halloween, I’m really looking forward to it.  Combine that with my appearances at Mobicon in May and Kansas City Comic-Con in August, we get a triple threat.  This will likely be it for this year, but I’m looking on getting an early start next year to get a huge convention schedule going.

If you’re in the area for any of these conventions, I hope you come by the table and see me!  I’d love to meet you!

Convention News: We Have A Table! a.k.a. On To Mobicon!

It’s time to stop being an observer and wanderer, and time to enter the trenches!

With that said, my first time in those trenches will be at Mobicon, the Mobile Comic Con, in May!  I’ll be right there at Booth #63 alongside a fellow author friend, Will Raspberry, who will be getting his first book out at the con.  Fantastic!

More information will be forthcoming as our preparations crank up.  There will be books, posters, and more!  Stay tuned!

Monday Musings: After Action Report! a.k.a. A Pensacon Post-mortem

Pensacon 2016 has come and gone.  It was a fantastic time for me.  I got to meet many interesting people, catch quite a few informative panels, and get some super smart advice from my fellow authors.  So what are the takeaways from this past weekend?

  • Interviews are actually pretty damn fun!  I sat down with three different podcast teams and, as those interviews come out, I’ll tell you about them, but it was enjoyable and interesting.  Will Do Again!
  • All of the folks from WordFire Press are great.  Dave Butler and Peter Wacks, in particular, were very supportive, fun, and full of advice for a Starving Author like myself.
  • I got to meet some great, legendary wrestlers, as well as the local promotion, Epic Championship Wrestling.  Fantastic chance to meet some inspirations for my work!
  • All the local authors were just as great.  Expect the next weeks to be a local author’s fest of reviews and interviews.  I bought a stack of them and each author deserves a moment in the sun!
  • I walked way too much on way too hard concrete for 30 some hours these past few days.  My feet hate me!
  • While I gave out a lot of business cards and got a lot of attention, that doesn’t turn into immediate sales.  Naturally, I wasn’t actually selling books, as I hadn’t managed to get a full vendor’s table, so that makes sense.  The week will tell if the attention turns into increased readership.
  • I *must* get tables at upcoming conventions.  I think that’s the last real hurdle to go.  People are interested in what I have to offer.  They will buy it, as many asked if they could from me, despite my lack of table.  If I can get them to read, I can get them to keep reading!

Convention News: Pensacon Day 1: A New Con Hope

Day one of Pensacon 2016 is a wrap for me!  I talked to a lot of great people (big props to the always delightful S. Usher Evans, the ever tall Dave Butler, and all the great local authors that didn’t have their business cards so my poor memory doesn’t remember by name), had my picture taken a lot, and fought my newly (and poorly) designed straps.

Needless to say, the sandwich board is under repairs as we speak to get ready for day 2!  There are still plenty of prizes left to hand out and the SPECIAL prize is still to be grabbed!

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Convention News: The Weapons of Convention War! a.k.a. The Pensacon Sandwich Boards!

Without further ado, in all of their sidewalk-stumbling, doomsday-saying, dive-bar-advertising glory are the new and improved (for 2016!) Pensacon sandwich boards:

Beautiful, right?  It is by these boards you will know me as I walk among the people and, by recognizing me and then approaching me with word of this blog, my reviews, or my books, you will be sown with the finest prizes a Starving Author can bestow.

Well, it sounded great until the end, right?

Seriously, though, I do have some nifty little things to give out and the first truly special soul who impresses me with their wit, charm, or slavish fanpersonism, will get something pretty nifty on top of the usual stuff.

Expect regular updates during the con and also at least one Starving Review on Thursday!

I hope to see you there!

Monday Musings: Countdown to Convention! a.k.a. Pensacon Rising!

So the materials have been bought and the grand sandwich board construction begins tomorrow.  For those of you who haven’t caught wind yet, Pensacon 2016 begins on Friday and you can find yours truly there for all three wonderful days.  There are tons of great guests, an expansive vendor floor, and everything you’d expect from a top-notch event.

Now, in the next day or so, I’ll post up a picture of the completed board and my planned outfit.  If you seek me out during Pensacon and bring up the Starving Author blog or any of my books, I’ve got some special gifts to hand out.  There’s even a small chance you could be the one to win a very special prize, so impress me with your knowledge, slavish devotion, or raw humor!

See you there!

Weekend Update: Sandwich Making a.k.a. Guerilla Marketing and You!

Just a quick update from Starving Author LLC headquarters, here in sunny (if cold) Pensacola:

  • I have a client and half (it makes sense to me!) book in the Starving Editor offices, but that leaves plenty more room for your fellow starving authors out there to engage my services!
  • There is a wealth of resources on the Internet for the making of wearable sandwich boards.  Gods bless the information superhighway!
  • Maybe this year I’ll be able to spring like a jaguar and actually GET A TABLE FOR PENSACON! … Seriously, I tried this year, but they sold out in, like, a month, well before I had the cash on hand.
  • If you’re an author in the same position (going to a con but unable to wrangle a table), you can still advance yourself.  Other authors and publishers are usually more than willing to talk shop.  If you make yourself identifiable in some way, you can still meet and engage with readers.  Or you can do what I do: all of the above, plus be a walking advert.  Your mileage may vary!
  • The Songstress Murders is still coming!  Editing is taking a bit of time to wrangle and the cover artist had a surgery to endure.  She’s okay and work is back on track, but it delayed the whole mess.  Still, I think it may be my best book yet, so it should be worth the wait.
  • You’re awesome!  If no one has told you that today, I’m your guy.

I think that about covers it.  Time to get back to the books I intend to review next Friday.  Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!