Help Selling More Books – To Con or Not to Con? Conclusion (get it? CON-clusion…never mind)

So I’ve now written something like 6,000 words on the different types of conventions, which ones I find to be the most profitable, and how to pick the conventions to attend. There’s one con that I haven’t really addressed, and it’s the biggest one that I do every year, and it deserves its own post. Yup, Dragon Con. Dragon Con is the largest convention in the Southeast every year, and one of the largest in the country. With over 75,000 attendees spread out among five host hotels plus the Americas Mart in downtown Atlanta over Labor Day weekend, it boasts […]

Angel in the Dust – Chapter 5

Another chapter in the serial. No, I have no real idea where this whole thing is going. You’re all just along for the ride with me.  Chapter 6 I reckon it was a few minutes before noon when I followed Graves out to the courtyard of the inn, or bar, or whatever you want to call it. It was hot enough to melt the leather right off your shoes, and the dry desert heat made the concrete shimmer. “What are we gonna do?” I asked. “We ain’t gonna do nothing. I am gonna talk to the Sheriff, and maybe kill […]

Help Selling More Books – To Con or Not to Con? Part 5 – Autograph Cons

This will be the last of my deep-dive posts on the different types of conventions, and next week I’ll do a wrap-up overview kind of post and maybe go over everything I’ve booked for 2018. Spoiler – we’ve over 20 and it’s not even December 2017! And at some point Dragon Con will get its own post because it’s almost every type of con all rolled into one. This last type of event is my least favorite, and the type that I will frequently avoid. These are the Autograph Cons, or as I unpleasantly (and perhaps unfairly) call them, Starfucker […]

Angel in the Dust – Chapter 4

Another chapter in the ongoing serial. Sorry I missed posting this yesterday, I had a lot of other stuff going on and it slipped my mind.    Chapter 4 It was near to sundown when we rode into Carson City, and Graves looked over at me with a grim look on his face. “Keep your tone civil, boy. The Sheriff in these parts don’t take much to the Brotherhood.” “What does that even mean?” I asked. “It means that he don’t like nobody questioning his authority, and that goes double for people he thinks is likely to take the law into their […]

Semicolons and Shit Left Undone: A #HoldOnToTheLight Post

Yeah, that’s a picture of my wrist. Yeah, I have a semicolon tattoo. Yeah, I have lost friends to suicide. Yeah, I have had suicidal feelings at times. No, I’ve never attempted suicide. No, I don’t have suicidal thoughts anymore, nor have I for several years. No, this isn’t a “cry for help,” or any other random way of me looking for sympathy for my past, current, or future issues with depression, bipolar disorder, or anything else. This is me talking about my tattoo, who it’s for, why it’s there, and what wearing it has meant for me. This tattoo […]

Help Selling More Books – To Con or Not To Con? Part 4 – Pop Culture Cons

This is kind of a new phenomenon in the past decade or so since geek chic has been a thing. I know, several of the cons I’m going to talk about have been around much longer, but they morphed from comic cons into a Pop Culture Con. Many of them still bill themselves as Comic Cons, but only tangentially hold onto that premise. When I talk about a pop culture con, I’m talking Sand Diego Comicon, NY Comicon, AwesomeCon, Spooky Empire (although it’s a little more horror-centric, it’s still a big pop culture thing, just with a horror slant to […]