Arisia happened this past weekend, and as always I met lots of cool people and the panels were a blast. Sales, however…
Doing these shows is always a crap shoot. I know from helping out my wife back when she vended cons, you can do a great at a given show every year and suddenly, boom, bad sales year — for reasons you can almost never really pin down, so you don’t even know what to fix.
Had there not been so many extenuating circumstances that significantly increased my costs — namely not having a table partner to split the vending costs and moving to Boston Park Plaza, which was MUCH more expensive to park at — it still wouldn’t have been a fantastic show, but the financial hit I took would have been much smaller.
But I’m not here to complain. I post things like this to provide a glimpse into the world of life as a professional writer, which isn’t always as sunny as some indie authors make it sound. It’s work, and sometimes that work doesn’t always pay off as hoped, but all you can do is learn, adapt, and forge ahead.
Well-Behaved Women: The current drafts of books two and three are done. Book two is ready for my editor and book three is ready for test-reading.
The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a Lich: The audiobook is done and in final processing! It should be available by the end of the month!
The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress.
Action Figures – Issue Eight: Crawling from the Wreckage: Final draft in process. Tentatively scheduled for a February/March 2019 release.
Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.
Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.
APPEARANCES & EVENTS
Nothing currently scheduled, but I have a couple of things in the works I hope to announce soon.
The Final Summons is two weeks away! Pre-order your copy now and then go to TheFinalSummons.com to collect your free swag, including laptop wallpapers and a collection of short stories by the New England Speculative Writers group.
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