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John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

Merch

Apparently, I’m on a theme right now. Today’s post is about “stuff” aka “Merch” Two weeks ago I didn’t have any. I had my stickers, as part of my branding efforts and some shirts I’d quickly ordered for Nicole and me to wear to events, and that was it. Then I had a reader (Shoutout to Shawn Smith!) say he’d love stickers and a shirt. I threw a few of each sticker in the mail but had nothing to offer for shirts. I knew for sure I didn’t want to warehouse shirts at my house and fulfill orders. I mean in a perfect world I’d sell hundreds of shirts a month and it’d be a horrible money-making nightmare, but the reality is likely I’d sell a few and sit on…

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In Person Events

I decided around mid-year to start putting myself out there as an author, like in person, in front of other people, outside my house. On top of looking for opportunities, I said yes to any that came along. To date, I’ve had: A two-hour spot at MileHiCon (see here. They’re not written off, but close) A booth (two days) at Rocky Mtn Con Three 2 hour blocks at the CO Country Christmas Gift Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart. This was via CAL Who had a large co-op booth. A local Author happy hour at my local (and excellent) indie bookstore, BookBar. The Events It’s been a mixed bag to be sure. MileHiCon was a bust. But it was only for two hours. During Rocky Mtn Con, there were a…

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Branding

So I’ve made it through almost all of my in-person stuff. Rocky Mtn Con – Check MileHiCon – Check CO Country Christmas Gift Co-Op – Check Local Author Happy Hour – Check Barnes & Noble local author event – Coming soon.   As part of these activities, I’ve been working on branding over the last few months.  Stuff I can hand out, stuff I can have at my booth with me. Right now that includes; T-Shirts for Nicole and me, two banner signs, a table runner, business cards, and two versions of stickers (One is above). The table runner was a last-minute (and expensive rush shipping) idea but glad I got it. As you can see the provided linen at Rocky Mtn Con wasn’t very big. Overall I’m happy with…

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Meet the crew of the Ghost – Wil Calder

Saving the Captain for last, because, well, it’s Wil. I’ve had a mental image of the crew of the Ghost in my head pretty much from the start. It’s actually been a struggle because I know what everyone more or less looks like, so it’s easy for me to not mention it when writing, which makes it, you know, tough on readers to picture the characters. I’m working on it. Throwing in bits and pieces here and there. That said though, I’ve decided to start fleshing the crew out. I’ve commissioned an artist that I found on twitter to do some illustrations of the crew.   Dan has done an amazing job with the crew, I couldn’t be more happy with his work. Hopefully, no one is completely disillusioned with…

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