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.

Grab a few awesome ebooks for the long weekend!

Ready for a nice long weekend full of airborne explosions and grilling? Why not grab a few awesome ebooks to read by the pool while you digest all that fantastic picnic food? I’m part of a cool giveaway with a bunch of other indie authors, take a look, grab some books! Giveaways like this are a great way for indie authors to build up their email list and find new fans. I like to participate in them from time to time, for that exact reason. You never know when the freebie book you download will be one of your all-time favorites. So, take a look, worst case you delete those books you don’t enjoy, best case you find your latest favorite!

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Space Rogues 4 Release Date!

So, I sent out the newsletter, but here’s the super official, 100% public announcement. More official right? shrug. Space Rogues 4: Stay Warm, Don’t Die releases July 26th. I was hoping for sooner, like April, but you know, life, lemons, lemonade all that. I’m actually¬†doing final proofreading now having received the edited copy from my editor, and it’s funny, I finished SR4 moths ago, this is actually the longest gap between finishing the 1st draft and releasing the book. I’d already started to forget things, and in the re-read am laughing to myself as I watch the crew go about this latest adventure.   So, that said, please head over to the store of your choice (They’re all listed here) and pre-order so you can enjoy this latest adventure of…

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An Update on being ‘Wide’

I should be writing. Space Rogues 4 is almost done with the editor and Space Rogues 5 is about 2/3 written. But I was sitting in my office thinking about sales. I put SR4 up for Pre-Order today (Friday the 14th), so that I’d have a target. July 26th is the day. So I was uploading placeholder files to those stores that require them and thinking about my sales across the ebook ecosystem. Things have continue to change. While Amazon is still crushing the competition, they’re collectively nipping at Bezo’s heels more and more each week (I calculate this chart every Monday). Individually none are even close to 10% yet, but together they’re Voltron’ing their way into that Amazon pie. Given Barnes & Noble’s cut, I’m very curious to see…

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Curious what the Ghost looks like on the inside?

I’m a visual person. When it comes to space ships or buildings, I love, LOVE, knowing the details. “What’s down that corridor?”“Where’s the bathroom?” “How big is the shuttle bay?” Don’t get me started on scifi movies and TV playing fast and loose with size and scale. So I sat down and made a quick set of blueprints for the Ghost. I’ve always known the Ghostsbridge was in the forward section, and that that portion of the ship was two decks tall. I’ve mentioned the armory and the airlocks, so knew they were there. There are a few references to guest berths, and the the crew bunks. I figured they’d be at the “top” of the hump on the primary hull. Above and away from engineering and other spaces. Since…

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