Well, I was set up and ready for the first day at ALL-CON Thursday. I was looking forward to meeting with other sci-fi fans. Then Friday morning I found a note on my table stating by order of the City of Dallas all events with over 500 attendees will close by 11 a.m. March 13, 2020. Oh well, there’s next year.
Well, gang, this Wednesday I’m heading to Crown Plaza in Addison, TX, to get ready for ALL-CON. It starts on free admission Thursday at 3:00. You can check out the info at https://all-con.org/ and, if you attend, come over and say “Hi”. I’m at the booth B-12, the vitamin booth. My publisher name is Ink Slinger Enterprises.
Hope to see ya there.
Last week my wife and I watched a good movie called E.M.P. 333 Days, a story about surviving an E.M.P. blast which sends North America back to the pre-industrial age. It follows an 11 year old girl’s journey to reach a safe zone and finding her father.
We liked the movie and plan on purchasing a copy for our collection. But it gave my wife an idea. This weekend we’re going to party like it’s 1899. Basically, no electricity (except what’s still in our batteries), phones, TV, microwave, stove, etc. The experiment will be based on right after the blast. The food in the fridge will still be good for a couple or days or so, but anything we cook will be either on the outside grill (I really don’t grill unless you like charcoaled hot dogs) or in our fireplace (cooking pork and beans in the fireplace will be interesting).
Wish us luck.
A little something for my fellow authors (and other small businesses). I was just reading “The 10 Commandments of Author Branding” by Shayla Raquel about using social media. It has a good section on Facebook and she mentioned something I wanted to share. On page 50 she says… “Fact: according to Facebook’s policies, you’re not supposed to use your profile as a business.” If you do, Facebook can suspend your profile or shut it down. For authors, it’s best to create an author page on Facebook for your business (it’s still free).
I’ve had some people ask about my bookmarks so I decide to share them and give a little background on the races. They are all introduced in someway in my second book, Conflict: Earth!, available on Amazon at www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B081K8M5TB# , B&N, and other fine bookstores.
I’ve signed up to promote my books and attend events at the upcoming ALL-CON Dallas this March 2020. When I made my reservation at the hotel I learned there is also a Sci-Fi Con there as well. Don’t know if it’s part of ALL-CON or not. The guy at the hotel seemed to imply it’s a separate event. I haven’t seen anything about it online yet.
The theme at ALL-CON is Battlestar Galactica. Some actors from the originally series will be there.
If anyone is planning to attend look me up in the showroom. I’ll be at the booth, B-12 (unless I get moved again). My company name is Ink Slinger Enterprises. Hope to see some of you there.
I just started reading a book called “The 10 Commandments of Author Branding” by Shayla Raquel. I saw her last October at Writers in the Field speak on branding and bought a copy of her new book. So far I’m still in Commandment II, Thou Shalt Have a Local Writing Community. One thing I liked was she said you should start branding yourself before you publish your book. Now she tells me. I’ve already published my second book. Oops.
There are some other things she mentioned I liked as well. Be yourself on social media, not a businessman/woman. I spent right over 30 years running my DJ business before retiring and I find it hard to switch back when it comes to promoting my books. So, here goes nothing.
If you’re interested in checking out her book you can find it here.
Here’s a vital tip for my fellow authors. Don’t go cheap with editing your book. Plan your budget to include a reputable editor/proofreader. Don’t try to save money by doing it yourself. You won’t catch everything. In fact, you will be surprised by what you miss. Also, don’t ask family or friends to help.
I once bought a book for authors that stressed the importance of editing your work. The funny thing is the book was full of typos. Evidently, he didn’t practice what he preached.
I would also avoid most people of FivR, or whatever it’s called. I’ve seen proofreader ads with typos in them.
The best thing to do to find help is to ask other authors for recommendations. That’s how I discovered my proofreader/editor. She did a great job on book 2 (I wish I found her before book 1 went to the publisher), and I’m planning to use her for book 3. And she wasn’t expensive, which surprised me. I guess I got lucky.
Most importantly of all, have fun with your writing.