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!

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!

Indie Author Day Update!

Next Saturday, October 8th, is the inaugural Indie Author Day! During the Inaugural Indie Author Day, libraries from all across North America will host their own local author events with the support of the Indie Author Day team. In addition to these local programs, each library’s indie community will come together for an hour-long digital gathering at 2 pm Eastern featuring Q&A with writers, agents and other industry leaders.

I will be vending at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Downtown Central Location that day from 10am to 3pm. In addition, I’ll be giving a presentation on the self-publishing process titled “Taking Publishing Into Your Own Hands”!

If you’re in the Buffalo area, come by and say hi! If you’re anywhere else, find out if your local library is holding their own Indie Author Day event! Go forth and support your local library and authors!

Indie Author Day!

I recently heard about a new event coming up this fall: Indie Author Day. From their website:

During the Inaugural Indie Author Day on October 8, 2016, libraries from all across North America will host their own local author events with the support of the Indie Author Day team. In addition to these local programs, each library’s indie community will come together for an hour-long digital gathering at 2 pm Eastern featuring Q&A with writers, agents and other industry leaders. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for libraries and authors to connect on both local and global levels!

I think this is a fantastic idea! I love the idea of indie authors and libraries boosting each other up. The book industry can be a pretty crazy place, and we all need to support each other.

I’m hoping to help organize a local event here in Buffalo. Curious to see if your library is hosting an event? You can find the list of participating libraries on the website. You can also reach out to the event organizers to try to get your library involved if you don’t already see it on the list.