Saturday, December 25, 2010

Season's Greetings

Wishing everyone all the best over holidays general and specific -- Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and an Enjoyable Lengthening of Days. May you be accompanied through the winter by wonderful books.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Last weekend, this weekend, and bonus features

Getting caught up here, in a bit of a promotional whirlwind at the moment. Last weekend's book signing at Bucknucks Books in Cobble Hill was a fantastic experience all around -- the owners were wonderful hosts, providing me with a table right up front, plenty of food and coffee, and great conversation in the lulls between customers. I sat, I signed, I sold (Can I get that translated into Latin?). I chatted about the book with old friends and with people I'd never met before. There'd been a write-up in the local paper about the event, and I'd slipped a plug for it into a radio interview I did on the CBC a few days earlier, so a lot of people knew about the signing and stopped by. Bucknucks sold 28 copies out of the 30 they'd ordered, and everyone went away happy, me most of all.

Up next, in a few short hours, I'm flying over to Vancouver (by sea-plane, which excites me as much as anything else about the trip) to attend VCON. I'll be taking part in their multi-author book launch tonight at 7pm, and then roaming the rest of the weekend. The book dealer for the event, White Dwarf Books, will have Stuff of Legends for sale, and I'll have bookmarks to give away and a ready pen to sign any copies of the book that cross my path.

As a tangent, I'm really pleased with the bookmarks. Last week, after the realisation that I had no tangible self-promotion material to hand out, I spent a few frantic days designing bookmarks and business cards. I think the results are pretty spiffy, so I hope I can spread them around.

Lastly, the Stuff of Legends facebook page has recently passed 100 Likes, unlocking special bonus content! Pop on over and you'll find two deleted scenes, a character sketch of Kess and Eliott, and an early scribble of an outline for the first act. I'll add more as we go along.


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Upcoming Events

I'm stepping into new territory. I'm doing a book signing at Bucknucks Books, and going to a sf/fantasy convention in Vancouver (VCON) to promote Stuff of Legends. What exactly this means I'll be doing, I'm not sure. Okay, I can probably work out the basics involved in the book signing, but self-promotion in general comes about as easily to me as consistently posting blog-content. It's part of the business of being an author, much like auditioning is part of being an actor, but to steal from a bumper-sticker, I'd rather be writing, and if I am writing, I'd rather it be about imaginary places and people far more interesting than myself.

On the other hand, both of these events have the potential to bring me into contact with readers and fans of fantasy, who I've always considered to be some of the most interesting people out there. A voracious imagination is a wonderful thing, and listening to someone talk about what they love, what they hate, and how they are inspired by someone else's fantasies is like a drug to me. No, correct that: it's like a wintergreen candy to me, simultaneously refreshing and causing sparks.

So, come see me at one of these events, I'll do my best to convince you that you want to buy Stuff of Legends (It's funny! It's rollicking adventure! It's got these... words... and things...!), and we can chat about your favourite fantasy stories or whatever fires your imagination.

September 26, 1pm - 5pm
Book Signing at Bucknucks Books
47-1400 Cowichan Bay Rd, Cobble Hill
*Books available for purchase on site, or bring your own copy

October 1, 7pm
VCON Multi-Author Book Launch
Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel, 7571 Westminster Hwy, Richmond
*I'll be around the convention all weekend, if you miss me on Friday.