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Books By the Bay – Free book fair, signings, panels…

This weekend is a really cool local conference for authors sponsored by Chanticleer Reviews. This is a conference more focused on the how to of the business side of being an author/marketer or authorpreneur. The bonus for local readers is the Books By the Bay occurring Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 11:00am and 6:00pm.

Here’s the schedule of the the three day Book-fair. There are panels, giveaways, author signings and maybe a reading or two outside if the weather cooperates.

Here’s the schedule for the Books by the Bay events. Many of my author friends will have signings and books for sale. Including: Selah Tay-Song, Tom and Nance Wise, Christine Smith, Pamela Beason, Sara Stamey, Susan Collen Browne, James R. Wells, Bennet R. Coles, Jesikah Sundin.

My signing will take place at 3:30 on Sunday. I’m thinking I’ll try to do a reading outside near the Bellwether at 3 p.m. if I can arrange it. Then at 4:10 I’ll be paneling with Science Fiction Authors:  James R. Wells, Jesikah Sundin, Vijay Laksham, and Bennet R. Coles (Moderator.) Following the SF panel will be another signing at 5:15.

Hope to see you there.

Books by the Bay and the Chanticleer Authors’ Conference

Something for everyone who love’s books, authors and readers.

On September 26-29, 2015: Chanticleer’s Conference, Awards Banquet, and Books By the Bay Book Festival will take place at the beautiful Hotel Bellwether, in Bellingham, Washington.

There will be…

  • workshops for writing and marketing for authors serious about making good business decisions about their writing careers.
  • author panels including a Science Fiction Panel I get to be on with James Wells and others.
  • author readings
  • book signings
  • and a banquet and awards ceremony

This is the second annual event and I hope it continues to grow as we support literary endeavors in our community.

Thanks to Chanticleer and all the lovely supporting sponsors. For more info check out the website or ask me.


Whelmed, but not in Europe. What’s up?

As I power through the last month before release of my second novel, I realized that I hadn’t updated my events page. Since I had three to add I thought I would share it with you. If you meet me at these events there will always be special deals on my books and an opportunity to talk. See you out there.

  • August 19-23, 2015: Worldcon 2015 — “Sasquan” The 73rd World Science Fiction Convention. Spokane, Washington, USA – Attending.
    • Autograph Session: Sunday 10:00 – 10:45, Hall B (CC)
    • Possible Podcast. TBA
  • 28 August 2015: Novel Release Party Village Books, Bellingham, WA. 7pm. Reading, Q&A, Signing.
  • September 26-29, 2015: Chanticleer’s Conference, Awards Banquet, and Books By the Bay Book Festival. Science Fiction Panel with James Wells and others. Signing.
  • November 2015: [Date TBA] Local Authors. Barnes and Noble, Bellingham, WA. Reading. Signing.
  • April 3-6, 2016: Norwescon – Attending [Tantative]

If you have somewhere you would like me to speak, Convention, School, Library, please contact us at pr@rockettears.com.

Thanks, hope to see you all at one of these events!

The Doldrums, Rising Tide and Banned Books

The last month has been a hard one in terms of writing. Though I wrote 55,000 words this summer, probably more than I have ever written, it was not the 75,000 and the finished rough drafts of a novel and a novella. Instead, I have unfinished drafts of two novels and a novella. I also hit some walls in terms of writing everyday, one of the biggest was my day job as a teacher coming back into 45+ hours a week focus.

My sales also fell, despite being involved in two sales for e-books. My book is no longer new and no longer getting lots of attention. Now is the time to be gearing up for the next book, but the state of the next book is not where I want it to be which is also somewhat crippling.

I’ve had a steady increase of readers and reviews on GoodReads, followers and readers on WattPad and followers on Facebook. Twitter has stabilized at about 1000 followers and my e-mail list at about 130. I feel like I am in a good place, but the doubts of the doldrums decimate my desires. [Can you tell I’m teaching poetry and literary devices?]Hot#3WP

On the other hand, the good news is really good. On WattPad the number of people who read the first section and go has been trending steadily upward from approximately 3% to 4% and now over 5.64%. It’s broken the top hundred in Science Fiction and hit #3 on the SF/Teen Fiction list! At this rate I’ll hit 100,000 reads in April as I release book two, Straight Into Darkness.

This weekend I got to hang out with readers and writers at The Chanticleer Conference, Awards Banquet and Books By the Bay festival. I sold more books than in the previous month and got to network with some awesome authors.

I’ll be starting my PubSlush campaign October 17th to crowd-fund higher payments for cover art and editing on book two so that it is an even stronger book than All Is Silence was. Glad you’re along for the ride!

Oh, check out my Banned Books reading from Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. “I grok humans, Jill.”