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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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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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Space Rogues book 1

It’s NanoWriMo Time!

That’s right, November 1st. Time to write. Ok, sure every day is technically time to write, especially if you’re a writer. NaNoWriMo, in case you don’t know, is National Novel Writing Month. The idea is straight forward. Write 50k words, in 30 days. I saw a blog post about how NaNo launched a career and thought I’d share my own “How NaNoWriMo launched my career” post. I’ve participated in NaNo off and on for about a decade. I’ve only (so far) ‘won’ once. In 2016. That was Space Rogues. The idea is you write 1667 words a day. That’s great, then you miss a day, now you need to write 3334 words. It’s thanksgiving, you see family, etc, skip writing a few days, and now you have to write 6668…

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My First Con(vention) Experience

So this past weekend participated in MileHiCon. It was… Just ok. I don’t put any blame on the organizing team per se. It sounds like last year they went really big (50th Anniversary), and this year the programming chair took ill and ignored (Probably rightly if they were ill) email starting in April (Not sure why they didn’t say something sooner, shrug) I had a 2 hour slot in the Author Co-Op, a shared table space next to Author’s Row. I also had a seat on a panel. I ended up paying for an extra ticket (I bought a ticket for nicole and myself at the end of September) but that’s ok, it wasn’t a lot, and the volunteers didn’t seem to have a ton of information (even those assigned…

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