Category “Convention”

September Book Review

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 18:02
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Here’s my September book review, which includes lots of stuff from my trip to Indianapolis for Gen Con:


Back Home

Monday, August 8, 2011 18:29
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I met a lot of great fans at Gen Con; Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, even stopped by to say hello and get a book signed from me. I also went to a special live action role playing event with my fellow authors, and we defeated the dragon – which was not easy! (Most of the other parties were dying.) But now I’m back home in Wisconsin.

Funny note: in September of 2009 I was on a business trip in Lousiana when the stock market crashed. And here I was the last week on another business trip when the same thing happened again. I guess I can’t go on business trips anymore.

Here’s the latest Hobbit news from Rebekah Platt:

Gen Con Authors Part 4

Saturday, August 6, 2011 10:00
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It’s the weekend, and Gen Con is sure bustling!

One of the pleasures of returning to Gen Con this year is seeing author Kimber Grey again. Here she is with her assistant (and co-author on later novels), Monica Caples. Monica is left and Kimber is right:

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Gen Con Authors Part 3

Friday, August 5, 2011 10:00
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I’m back at my table signing books at Gen Con! And just to my left is a gentleman named R. Dennis Baird, who was located right next to me at Gen Con 2010, also. That turned out to be good, because I learned more from him than anyone else at the convention.

Baird, a quiet spoken man, knows how to charm the fantasy fans and get them interested in his books, politely offering bookmarks to anyone interested. He’s the author of Talon of Light and The Caduceus, the first of which I’ve already read and thoroughly enjoyed. It’s sort of like a movie – fast paced with lots of action and surprises.


Baird

Baird (right), roping ’em in

Baird’s books are part of The Brazen Serpent Chronicles. Here’s the official description of the first book:

“For years Vandria had hidden herself and her son from her past, but the scry basin revealed they had been found. When an ancient evil returns to the world and abducts Vandria to drain her spiritual essence, can her son Widseth learn the principles of light that will enable him to face evil and save his mother?

Choices face not only Widseth, but society. Will they choose light and truth, or slavery and death? Will powers of light surface to challenge the darkness?

Light reveals the evil hidden by darkness, and darkness manipulates light to deceive individuals if they stray from their principles.

The door opens. Which will emerge…a dragon of light or a dragon of darkness?”

Talon of Light and The Caduceus are those sort books I feel fortunate to have discovered. I’m not knocking “Harry Potter” or “Twilight” and books like that, because I’m happy for their success, but these sorts of books are easy to hear about because of their marketing budgets. It’s books like Talon of Light, Raven’s Heart, Quietus, and the others that were available at Gen Con that I probably would never have heard about had I not taken the time to meet the authors and find out more about their works. These books take more effort to discover and therefore are more rewarding to read. That’s one reason I love Gen Con.

Gen Con Authors Part 2

Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:00
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Well, I’m here at Gen Con in Indianapolis, and I’m signing books. And I’ve got Collector Sets with lots of bonus goodies, so come on down and get one!

“First four chapters free! Read the first four chapters of an award-winning book free!”

As you can probably imagine, the various authors at Gen Con have different marketing approaches. Some of the authors sit back and wait for people to come to them. Others attempt to accost anybody who walks by. Certainly Maxwell Alexander Drake, who likes to be called simply “Drake”, fits into the latter category. He’s just to my right, and anyone who comes near this area will likely meet the friendly, chatty Drake attempting to stop them and give them a card with his website address where the attendee/accostee can “read the first four chapters free” of Farmers & Mercenaries the first book in Drake’s Genesis of Oblivion Saga. Below is a photo of him at his table. (He’s the one on the right in the “Han Shot First” shirt.)

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Gen Con Preparation

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 17:15
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I’m in Indianapolis at the Gen Con Exhibit Hall getting ready. It’s really madness down here the day before the convention begins, but it’s exciting!

Gen Con Authors Part 1

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 9:00
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It’s just about time for Gen Con! I’m traveling to Indiana to attend right now.

My favorite thing about the convention is meeting the other authors. Four days of signing can be rather grueling, but meeting the other talented scribes, who go out of their way to be both courteous and helpful, makes the experience a joy. I’ll be talking about some of the authors the next few days, but first I’d like to mention Stefanie and Matthew Verish, who attended in 2009 and 2010 but couldn’t make it back this year.

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Gen Con Authors Part 5

Tuesday, August 24, 2010 16:50

R. Dennis Baird was an author located right next to me at Gen Con 2010, and that turned out to be good, because I learned more from him than anyone else at the convention.

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Gen Con Authors Part 4

Monday, August 23, 2010 9:00

“First four chapters free! Read the first four chapters of an award-winning book free!”

As you can probably imagine, the various authors at Gen Con 2010 had different marketing approaches. Some of the authors sat back and waited for people to come to them. Others attempted to accost anybody who walked by. Certainly Maxwell Alexander Drake, who likes to be called simply “Drake”, fit into the latter category. Anyone who came near Author’s Avenue this year likely remembers the friendly, chatty Drake attempting to stop them and give them a card with his website address where the attendee/accostee could “read the first four chapters free” of Farmers & Mercenaries the first (and, as of now, only available) book in Drake’s Genesis of Oblivion Saga. Below is a photo of him at his table. (He’s the one on the right in the “Han Shot First” shirt.)

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Gen Con Authors Part 3

Sunday, August 22, 2010 9:00

One of the pleasures of attending Gen Con this year was meeting author Kimber Grey, originally from California. (If you want her take on Gen Con, here’s her blog post). Sadly, I didn’t get a photo of her Saturday when she wore an outfit that, to quote her, “may have made some wonder of my questionable moral character”. (She included a photo of her Saturday outfit in the aforementioned blog entry, and actually it’s rather tame by Gen Con standards.) But I did get this Sunday photo of her and her assistant (and co-author on later novels), Monica Caples. Monica is left and Kimber is right:

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