My First Live Event: Free Fur All, 2022

This past weekend, I attended my first ever live event as an author at Free Fur All in Glenpool, OK. And I must say, whatever may have been my expectations going in, they were quite pleasantly shattered. Now, I don’t know what other conventions are like, whether this measures up to them in size, scope, etc., and frankly I don’t care. Nor do I care about whatever petty quarrels people might have with the staff or other attendees there. Speaking as both a vendor and a visitor, I found it a thoroughly enjoyable experience.Continue reading “My First Live Event: Free Fur All, 2022”

Plans for August

Well, July was one busy month, culminating in one of the busiest, most exciting experiences of my whole career as an author or a furry at Free Fur All 2022. I could spend an entire post reviewing this (and probably will), but suffice it to say, it was excellent. I don’t know exactly what I expected going in, but those expectations were nevertheless shattered–both as a vendor and a participant. Needless to say, I will definitely be back next year.

August looks to be a pretty dull month by contrast. Once I’ve had a day or two to re-orient myself, I will continue my translation work, try and get my next book ready for publication, and finally see about finding a cover artist for it. I’ve also got my rough draft to continue and who knows what besides. Either way, it’ll be another full month I’m sure.

Mapmaking, Part III

My last two posts have been concerned with how to make a map–real or fantastical–with which to enhance your book. In them, I was concerned primarily with the basic structural and creative elements necessary. In this final post on the topic, I will briefly go over some final points to keep in mind when drawing maps, whether by hand or by software.Continue reading “Mapmaking, Part III”

Mapmaking, Part II

Last week, I made my first in a three-part series about mapmaking for your books. In that post, I talked about the basics: things every map should have regardless of style or genre. In this one, I shall talk more about the creative side of things, and three important things you should consider before making your final map to present to the public.Continue reading “Mapmaking, Part II”

Mapmaking, Part I

Mapmaking is 90% art and 10% science. There are certain things that are required, certain conventions to be followed, it’s true. But for the most part, the effectiveness of a map, like any graphic in your book, comes from its design.  While I cannot provide any definitive guide as to what your map ought to look like when it’s done, I can try to provide a few pointers so that it does not come out looking too unprofessional.

In this first installment, I’ll be going over the basic components that all maps should have regardless of their size or style.Continue reading “Mapmaking, Part I”

Plans for July

June was a very busy month, and very productive as well. While not all goals were met, nevertheless, things picked up from previous months. I oversaw the re-launch of my old titles under my new publisher, completed a novella revamp many months overdue, and completed a review of my main series, which I hope to release beginning this fall. In addition, I managed to churn out a couple more magazine articles and finish up most of my preparations for FFA.

This month, I hope to build on June’s progress by seeing several more projects through to completion, picking up where I left off on others, and perhaps even getting back into reading. And of course, at the end of July, I have my very first live appearance to look forward to at Free Fur All, 2022 in Tulsa, OK! If you are not already registered, you can still do so on the FFA website. If you are, then I look forward to seeing you there!

Marketing Matters: Direct Distribution

Today, I’ve compiled a list of marketplaces where self-published authors and small publishers can “cut out the middleman” in getting their books out there. These are places that can publish e- and sometimes print books directly from the files you upload and the metadata you input. This list is not exhaustive, and I welcome any additions you readers might wish to make, but it should be a good place to start at any rate. They are arranged alphabetically.Continue reading “Marketing Matters: Direct Distribution”

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