Upcoming Events

I’ve got a few new events on my schedule! Check them out:

First up, I’ll be vending at the Leonard Oakes Steampunk Festival in Medina, New York. From the event description:

This year you will be welcomed into the Festival by Hala and Lalo, our duo of SteamPunk Stilt Walkers. Once you are in the event you now enter the world of inventors, creators, live artists, authors, chefs, musicians, side show performers, fermentation artists and those who pour the fermentation art!

General Admission tickets are $12 and VIP tickets are $25.

Next will be the second annual Indie Author Day! I’ll be presenting again at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. My topic this year will be “Tips and Tools to Keep Your Story Organized”.

Looking farther ahead, in April 2018 I’ll be vending at the Wings Falls Steamposium in Glens Falls, New York. From the event description:

A gathering of Cogs and Lace to celebrate the Alternative History of Glens Falls. Friday Night Meet and Greet Party at the Queensbury Hotel followed by 10:00 pubcrawl. Saturday 10 – 5 all day Free event with Marketplace, Entertainment, Panels, Walking Tours, Shirt Factory and Gallery Tour. Inventors Challenge (Making something from Repurposed Junk to benefit the Homeless Shelter), Kids activities, Steampunk Your Pet, Saturday Night Time Travelers Ball with Food and Entertainment and Fashion Show. Sunday Mid-Morning Mad Hatter Tea. Come as your favorite Alice in Wonderland Character. We are having a Tin Type Photographer!

Stay up to date on all my upcoming events on my website and Facebook page!

Year in Review: 2016

The year 2016 has been a roller-coaster-ride of a year. Between wars, crazy politics, and the huge number of celebrity deaths (on that note, I’m not a religious person, but isn’t there something in the bible about good people being sent to heaven right before the apocalypse, leaving only the sinners left on earth to suffer? Anyway…) a lot of us are ready to kiss 2016 goodbye.

But it wasn’t all bad! This year, I’m proud to say I became a published author, one of my life-long dreams. So below is my Year in Review for 2016, highlighting the milestones (some writing-related, some not) that have defined my personal journey this year.

I really encourage you all to sit down and make a similar list. What were the moments in 2016 you were proud of? No matter how big or small, try to remember every moment that made you happy. Did you reconnect with an old friend? Get acknowledged for your hard work? Meet a fitness goal? Find a new favorite movie?

Make the list, and if you still feel rotten about 2016, do what my friends and I are doing on New Year’s Eve: build a bonfire and burn 2016 calendars. I think it will be pretty cathartic.

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!

Connecting through Twitter Chats

As writers and readers, it can be difficult to connect with people that have similar interests. Both of those activities are generally solitary. If you want to talk to someone about a certain book or genre, or writing tips and tricks, how do you find them?

One great way to connect with like-minded people is through Twitter Chats. Twitter Chats are just that – chats that happen on Twitter. People tweet to the conversation using a designated hashtag about a wide range of topics. Many Twitter Chats are scheduled weekly or monthly, digitally bringing together a group of people to have a discussion.

Some of my favorite Twitter Chats for reading and writing are:

  • #BBChat, which brings in authors to talk about their process for writing
  • #StoryCrafter, which is a great resource for all sorts of writing advice
  • #k8Chat, another chat which brings in authors to talk about their process
  • #NaNoCoach, which is a chat specifically centered around the annual NaNoWriMo challenge

Sometimes it’s difficult to keep track of a Twitter Chat conversation on your regular Twitter newsfeed. That’s why Twitter has the TweetDeck. You can set up a column which shows all of the tweets using the designated hashtag – easy! There are also websites like Twubs available, which show the tweets in a format that’s more akin to a chat room.

Next Sunday, December 18th, I’ll be hosting a Twitter Chat as part of the Fantasy & Sci-Fi Network Christmas Sale. We’ll be discussing our favorite fantasy and science fiction novels and authors before diving in specifically to discuss steampunk. You can follow along using the hashtag #FSFNet between 12 and 1pm EST! My twitter handle is @EA_Hennessy. Hope to see you there!

Taking Publishing Into Your Own Hands – My Indie Author Day Presentation

“On October 8, 2016, nearly 300 libraries across North America invited thousands of local writers in their communities to join them for a day of celebration and inspiration devoted to indie authors. During the inaugural Indie Author Day, libraries big and small hosted events where local authors connected, networked, shared experiences and offered advice to one another, while also featuring locally-written books to library patrons in their communities.” – Indie Author Day

I attended Indie Author Day 2016 at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library downtown location. In addition to connecting with local authors and publishers, I also had the privilege of giving a presentation on the self-publishing process titled “Taking Publishing Into Your Own Hands”.

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I received a wonderful response from the attendees of Indie Author Day; everyone seemed to really like my presentation and some requested a copy of the presentation. So, I obliged!

A PDF of the slides is available here: taking-publishing-into-your-own-hands

In the presentation, I go over the differences between traditional and self/independent publishing, pros and cons, expected costs, and some lessons learned. I also included links to my favorite indie publishing resources:

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Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

In other news, I’m currently in the process of revamping my website by moving from Wix to Bluehost/Wordpress. The transfer will take a bit of time, as will setting up the new site. You can find updates regarding my website by following me on Facebook and Twitter, and I’ll try to keep you posted in my weekly blog posts as well!

The Enchanted City Preview

Tomorrow I will be attending an event that I’m VERY excited for: The Enchanted City III: A Brave New World. The Enchanted City is the annual steampunk festival in Troy, NY. Troy, being a city that was booming during the Victorian Era and has recently been going through a revival, is the perfect backdrop for this event.

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I’ll start the day off at Market Block Books, located near the Chamberlain’s Inventors’ Challenge, for a signing event for my novel, Grigory’s Gadget, from 11am to 1pm. During and after my signing, there will be a plethora of activities happening elsewhere in the Enchanted City! Check out the jam-packed schedule below:

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There’s something for everyone at this event! I’m particularly excited about the races, costume contests, cook-off, and the myriad of musical performances! Not to mention the vendors…alright, I admit, I’m excited for everything!

If you’re in the Capital District, I highly recommend you check out this awesome festival.