The Gaslight Frontier Wiki

Lately I’ve decided to get back to work filling up the wiki I created a while back for the Gaslight Frontier. What is a wiki, you ask? A wiki is a website on which users collaboratively add and modify content and structure directly from the web browser. The most well-known example is the website Wikipedia.

Pertaining to my wiki for the Gaslight Frontier, it’s a website where you can find information on the characters, places, objects, etc in the Gaslight Frontier world. If you join the wiki as a member, you can also add and modify content! (If you’ve already read Grigory’s Gadget, please feel free to add details as you see fit!)

I’m still working on adding all of the pages to cover everything that happened in Grigory’s Gadget. Currently, you can find pages for the main characters and some secondary characters, the main places and ships, and a few notable objects. Beware of spoilers if you haven’t read the book yet!

I would really love any feedback you have for my wiki, in terms of both design and content. I’m still learning the ins-and-outs of the Wikia platform, and would also love suggestions as to what details you want fleshed-out next!

Grigory’s Gadget Dream Cast

Every author dreams, at least a little bit, that their book will some day get adapted to the big screen. Here is my dream cast for a Grigory’s Gadget movie!

Cara Delevingne

Zoya Orlova played by Cara Delevigne

Just have to dye that hair purple 😉

Aimee carrero

Anya Filipova played by Aimee Carrero

Summer Bishil

Lilia Alkaeva played by Summer Bishil

Ansel Elgort

Demyan Volkov played by Ansel Elgort

Jessie T Usher

Nikolai Polzin played by Jessie T. Usher

Bryan Cranston

Captain Edward Sokoll played by Bryan Cranston

Nicholas Hoult

Alexi Sokoll played by Nicholas Hoult

Lucy Lawless

Captain Snezhana Krupina played by Lucy Lawless

Naveen Andrews

Pavel played by Naveen Andrews

Keke Palmer

Tonya played by Keke Palmer

Oscar Isaac

Yeremiy Robertov played by Oscar Isaac

Neil Patrick Harris

Gotfrid played by Neil Patrick Harris

Daniel Dae Kim

Adam played by Daniel Dae Kim

David OHara

Igor played by David O’Hara

Isaac Hempstead Wright

Pyotr played by Isaac Hempstead Wright

What do you think of this cast? Are there any actors/actresses you think would be better for different characters? Let me know!

One Year After Publishing Grigory’s Gadget – What I’ve Learned

Sunday, March 12th, marks one year since Grigory’s Gadget was published!

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Since about a year has passed since publication (wow!), I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned in terms of writing, publishing, marketing, and more.

In terms of writing, I’ve discovered that it gets a lot harder after publishing a book! There’s an added pressure that simply doesn’t exist if you’re an unpublished author. Now I need to finish the next book – people are waiting! I can’t just push it aside for months or years, nor can I switch gears to work on a different project. Well, I could, I guess. But my personality won’t allow it!

One thing that surprised me about this process is which distribution channels sold the most books. Most information on the internet would suggest that eBooks are the way to go in this regard. However, as you can see on the chart below, I’ve sold almost a majority of my books through vending events and consignment.

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I have attended 8 vending events since publishing Grigory’s Gadget (and I have two more this month!). These events, combined with selling books by word-of-mouth, have proven to be the best way to get my book out there.

Smashwords was my second-most successful distribution channel, thanks in large part to their sale events they have multiples times per year. Amazon, via Kindle Direct Publishing for eBooks and CreateSpace for paperbacks, was also successful.  Books sold through Indiegogo and Amazon were pre-sale books. IngramSpark by far is the least successful distribution channel. I still suggest that self-publish authors utilize this channel, however, if you have any interest in getting your book into brick-and-mortar stores.

Another factor that contributes to the success, or lack-there-of, of each distribution channel is the fact that I haven’t done much in the way of advertising. I’ve dabbled a bit in Facebook and Amazon ads, but never saw an impressive return on either. I’ve done a couple interviews, and had my book reviewed on a few blogs. I’ve also started to utilize Newsletter Swap, which actually seems to have boosted my sales quite a bit. (By the way, if you haven’t already, you should join my email list!)

For now, I still won’t be putting a lot of money and effort into advertising, since writing is still a (passionate) hobby for me. For the time being, most of my writing-related efforts will be directed toward the actual act of writing. I need to finish the first draft of Serafima’s Stone!

Have you grabbed a copy of Grigory’s Gadget? In celebration of its anniversary, Grigory’s Gadget will be on sale throughout the month of March!


Find the eBook on Amazon and Smashwords!

Get the discounted paperback through my CreateSpace eStore using the code 8CAZ5J8X!

Fantasy & Sci-Fi Network Christmas Sale

This weekend, December 17th and 18th, the Fantasy & Sci-Fi Network is hosting their annual Christmas Sale!

All weekend, authors of fantasy and science fiction novels, novellas, and short stories will be having awesome deals. Books will be either discounted or free, and there will also be giveaways and chances to talk with the authors! The sales will be posted in the Facebook event and on the Fantasy & Sci-Fi Network website. Grigory’s Gadget is on sale for $0.99 until the end of the month on Amazon and Smashwords!

I’ll be hosting the event on Sunday December 18th from 12 to 1 pm EST. You’ll be able to find me on the Facebook event page, or on Twitter using the hashtag #FSFNet. Feel free to ask me any questions about Grigory’s Gadget, writing, reading, or anything else! I have some questions/prompts ready to go to get the conversation rolling, but feel free to chime in with whatever topic you want!

Machine Work by Hopie Chan

Meet the Characters: Zoya Orlova

(Image Credit: Machine Work by Hopie Chan)

For this series, I’m going to delve into the characters of Grigory’s Gadget in the style of those fun/silly surveys that pop-up on social media from time-to-time. I’ll also include name pronunciation, because I know a lot of people have been asking about that! (That being said, you can pronounce the names of my characters however you like, I’ll just be listing the “official” pronunciation) First off, the main character: Zoya Orlova.

WARNING: Mild spoilers for Grigory’s Gadget contained in this post!

Name: Zoya Orlova (ZOY-ah or-LOH-va, alternatively ZOY-ah OR-loh-va)

Name Meaning: Zoya – Russian form of Zoe, meaning “life”; Orlova – feminine form of Orlov meaning “son of Oryol”, oryol meaning “eagle”

Age: early 20s

Physical Appearance: Pale freckled skin, violet curly hair, gray eyes, thin but muscular

Hometown: Lodninsk, Morozhia (LOHD-ninsk, moh-ROHZH-ya)

Family: Only child and orphan; mother was murdered when Zoya was young, father committed suicide not long after; she was raised by her grandmother, who passed away from lung cancer while Zoya was in college

Relationship Status: in a relationship with Demyan Volkov

Education: studying engineering, with a focus on steam engines

Religion: None

Greatest Strengths: Loyal, quick-thinking

Greatest Weaknesses: Rash, quick to anger

Favorite Color: Teal

Hobbies: Tinkering, “dance lessons” (secret code which actually refers to sword fighting lessons)

Biggest Goal in Life: Settle down somewhere peaceful, warm, and free surrounded by friends

Grigory’s Gadget Book Launch in Review

Last Saturday (March 12) was the Launch for Grigory’s Gadget – Book 1 of the Gaslight Frontier Series! It was held at Mermaid & Weasel in Buffalo, NY, and it was a great success! I actually sold out of my books (oops!), but more on that below.

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Along with my book, I also sold my homemade Grigory’s Gadget candles (in the scent Mulled Cider and Chestnuts…mmmmm…) and my custom-blended Grigory’s Gadget teas from Adagio.
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I wound up doing two readings: one of the opening scene of the book, and one of the scene where my characters are first abducted by pirates!

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And, yes, I sold out of books. On the one hand, that’s great! On the other hand, I wouldn’t have sold out so quickly if 12% of the books I had ordered from IngramSpark didn’t have cover defects. 5 of the 50 books I had ordered were not cut properly, and so had a white line along the edge. A 6th book looked like it had been run over by a car: there were large black streaks across the cover!

I filed a claims with IngramSpark about these books, but did not hear back from them until after my Launch event. They will be replacing those 6 books, and I don’t have to return the defects (I’ll be selling those at a discount). It would have been nice to know that before Launch day…

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If you’re interested in grabbing a copy of Grigory’s Gadget, it’s available in paperback form from my eStore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, and in eBook form on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and iTunes.

Check out these reviews of Grigory’s Gadget:

I also did an interview with the Steampunk Cavaliers HERE.

Grigory’s Gadget Launch Day!

Tomorrow (March 12) is Launch Day for Grigory’s Gadget – Book 1 of the Gaslight Frontier Series! You’ll be able to find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Smashwords, and Kobo! You can also get the paperback through my CreateSpace eStore. It’s also on Goodreads!

If you’re in Western New York, stop by Mermaid & Weasel on Main Street in Buffalo for my book launch event (along with their store anniversary party!). I’ll have copies of Grigory’s Gadget to sign and sell, along with Grigory’s Gadget-themed tea, candles, and t-shirts!

Here are a couple reviews of Grigory’s Gadget:

I also did an interview with the Steampunk Cavaliers HERE!