October 20 Meeting: What Works, What Doesn’t

Whether you’re an author, a publisher, or an author/publisher, you’ve been told to tour blogs, fund via Kickstarter, set up book signings, get reviews on Amazon, go to conferences, provide ARCs, and more. Our October group of entrepreneurial authors have tried all of these things and now they’ll share their experiences in a evening of “Works, Doesn’t Work.”

As each topic is broached, they’ll respond “Works” or “Doesn’t Work.” Then they’ll elaborate on their answers. Look for a fun, fast-paced evening of discussion on how a dozen tactics or more play out in a real world writing life.  Figure out what could work for you and your book project.

This program begins at 6 pm on Oct. 20 at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. Look for us in Room 221, just inside the main entrance. This meeting is free and open to anyone interested in the business of books.

What Works, What Doesn’t Panel

CobaltCityBluesNathan Crowder: As an author, Crowder has written a dozen novels, including the super-hero novels Chanson Noir, Cobalt City Blues, Greetings from Buena Rosa, and Ride Like the Devil.  His short fiction has appeared in such places as Thuglit.com, Byzarium, Crossed Genres, Absent Willow Review, WilyWriters.com, and in such anthologies as Blood Rites: An Invitation to Horror, Coins of Chaos, Sword & Sorceress 27, Rigor Amortis, and Rock ‘N’ Roll is Dead, among others. His ghost story “None Left Behind” won the Hauntings competition at Hugo House in 2007, his urban/sci-fi story “Deacon Carter’s Last Dime” has appeared on the long-list for storySouth Notable Stories 2009, and “Frames of Reference” was an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Years Best Horror 2010. He founded the publishing imprint, Timid Pirate Productions, which has produced several well-received anthologies featuring writers from around the world, an award-winning podcast, novels, and online fiction. Crowder also writes the popular blog Fringe Candy. He claims his writing career is managed by his cat. His website can be found at www.nathancrowder.com.

Shadow-of-Winter-King-cover-2Erik Scott de Bie: A 30-something speculative fiction author and game designer, de Bie’s work includes eight novels to date, including novels in the storied Forgotten Realms fantasy setting, the famous Traveller universe (his forthcoming novel Priority: Hyperion), a stand-alone novel for Broken Eye Books (Scourge of the Realm), and the original World of Ruin epic fantasy setting (his recently released novel, Shadow of the Winter King, is the first in that series). His short stories and novellas have appeared in numerous anthologies and he is the author of the multimedia superhero project, Justice/Vengeance. In his work as a game designer, he has contributed to products from such companies as Wizards of the Coast and Privateer Press, and he is a lead creative consultant on Red Aegis from Vorpal Games. He lives with several cats and a large black dog. Check out his website at erikscottdebie.com

Chicks-Dig-Gaming-cover-webRosemary Jones (moderator): Author of six nonfiction books, two novels, one ebook serial adventure, and several novellas and short stories, Jones has been published by a variety of companies, ranging from corporations like Wizards of the Coast and Prima to small presses like Dark Quest and Timid Pirate. She won her first nonfiction writing award in high school and launched her fiction writing with a contest win (Phobos Science Fiction) and a contest loss (Wizards of the Coast Maiden of Pain). She’s also sold several hundred articles to newspapers, trade magazines, and websites. Her essay on the 19th century Nellie Bly board game appears in Chicks Dig Gaming (Mad Norwegian Press) in November. As a PR and social media specialist, she has worked for a variety of local nonprofits and publishers. She currently manages the website for Book Publishers Northwest and owns an oversized pottery cat. Her personal website is www.rosemaryjones.com.

QueenAndCommanderJanine A. Southard: The IPPY award-winning author of Queen & Commander (The Hive Queen Saga, #1) is currently funding her next novel–a half-contemporary, half-fantasy called Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story–on Kickstarter and hopes to release it in early 2015. Other titles include Hive & Heist, Maintaining A Free Mars, Prophesy Murder, These Convergent Stars, and The Robot Who Stole Herself. Her novel Queen & Commander was described as “like Joss Whedon’s Firefly but for teenagers” by the YA’s Nightstand. Her science fiction novella These Convergent Stars was selected as the short ebook recommendation of the week at Tungsten Hippo on 29 January 2014. Southard’s other writing and editing projects include writing lore, character dialog, and short stories for the MMORPG Aion Online: Assault on Balaurea; working with romance authors to get their novels ready for publication; and updating an Amazon Web Services site section. When not writing, she plays with a Celtic band and reads aloud to her cat. Her website can be found at www.janinesouthard.com.

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