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Monday Musings: It’s Almost Time! a.k.a. Mobicon This Weekend

Right, so it’s almost time.  Now, I’ve been to conventions before, even been to conventions for ‘business’ reasons.  The last two Pensacons I’ve attended have been more for promotion and networking than just for the fun of it.  Mobicon, though, will be the first time I’ll be sitting at a table, trying to get you to buy my books.

It’s a step forward, but it’s a step on uncertain ground.  At least psychologically, this could be a make-or-break moment.  It’s one thing to sit back, behind the shield of the internet, and excuse away any lack of success or moments of failure as there’s a certain distance involved.  This, though, will be personal, face-to-face, nitty-gritty.  Basically, this is where I either grow up or drop out.

Well, not so dramatic as that, of course!  While this is a stressful moment, it would also be short sighted to lay everything on one convention, especially my first!  No, while this will remain a big step, it’s entirely a step forward, a step in the right direction.  At worst, it will be a learning experience, letting me know what I need to do for future conventions.  At best, I’ll come home with empty book boxes and the knowledge that I’m doing things the right way.  Either way, it’ll be fun!

In other quick news, my free promotion for Indomitable went like gangbusters.  Just a reminder, though, that all of The Push Chronicles are available for free through Kindle Unlimited.  If you have that, swing by my Released Books list and start reading!  Also, don’t forget that The Songstress Murders will be released at the start of Mobicon!  You can still pre-order your Kindle copy from Amazon.  Physical copies will be available for order around the time of the e-book release.

Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

Monday Musings: Much Nervous! So Excite! Wow! a.k.a. The Joy and Fear of Stepping Up

It’s great to have a chance to shine, it really is.  Getting published is a source of pride and joy for me.  At the same time, though, it’s not all peaches and cream.  It’s a similar feeling to any other time in my life where I’ve stood at the cusp of a new opportunity.

It’s frightening in a way.  Just because you’ve been chosen to take a shot at something (a shot you’ve earned) doesn’t mean you will succeed.  You could misstep, you could fall short, or maybe the fates won’t be with you, even if you do everything right.  That fear, that anxiety, can be crippling if you dwell on it.

So there you are, walking a tightrope between intoxicating pride and crippling anxiety.  Fall into the abyss of fear and you won’t get anything done.  Let pride go to your head and you won’t have the presence of mind to adjust your approach to this new opportunity.  Both lead to the same end-state: Failure!

So don’t squander your opportunities!  Keep a cool head, but never lose your confidence!

Speaking of my own new opportunity, take a moment and check out my first published book, The Opening Bell!  Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!