I’ll be giving a bit of an update on The Merrimack Event below, but first I have a couple bits of news.
First of all, I’ve mentioned several times in the past few weeks that I’d been accepted at a guest at another convention. I haven’t said which convention that was, however, because it wasn’t posted to their website until recently. Well, if you’ve been keeping an eye on that convention’s website, you’ll have seen my name added several weeks ago, but I was FAR too busy getting The Merrimack Event out to talk about it here.
From January 12-14th, I will be appearing at Marscon in Williamsburg. As an interesting side-note, the editor for The Kitsune Stratagem, Keith R.A. Decandido (who has written more than a few books of his own), announced today that he would also be at Marscon. The panel list hasn’t been compiled yet (I’m not even sure the guest list is complete, yet), but I imagine we’ll be on a panel or two together. That will be interesting, to say the least.
I haven’t heard back, yet, from one other convention I’ve applied to be a guest for, and there are a few other book-related events I’m trying to get involved with in 2018… but I’m starting to feel like a “real” career author after these guest spots.
Another bit of news: As this blog goes live, so should a complete revamp of my Fennec Fox Press website, with a cleaner, less cluttered, more professional design. Originally, I’d hoped to merge this blog and that website into one site, but that’s proven to be technically unfeasible. At least this update will make updating that site a lot easier; the last straw for the old design was when I couldn’t add The Merrimack Event to my Book listing. While its mostly a re-design, there is a lot of new content if you dig through it enough.
Speaking of The Merrimack Event, you might be interested to know how things have gone in the (slightly less than) two weeks since it’s been released.
First of all, I’ve been working on getting the Print Edition out. It often feels like I have to relearn Adobe InDesign every time I put a new book out, but I’ve already finished the initial version of it. I’ve ordered a proof copy, and I’m already aware there are a few minor fixes I’ll have to make once I get it. Shipping is slow for proofs, so it will probably be a few weeks, still, before I get it ready.
As far as sales are concerned… well, it’s well into the top thousand best-selling books (on the overall list) at Amazon, and it has been in the top 100 sci-fi books on the Kindle, and it’s been in the top 10 in several of the smaller categories I have it listed in. So… sales have been fairly good, so far. It’s already broken even and is into profit. Now I just have to sit back and see how far it goes.
For my next blog, assuming I have no more pressing news, I’ll be going into some of the observations and adjustments I’ve had to make following my decision to put The Merrimack Event in the KDP Select program. And some day, maybe I’ll return to the “Ravencon Panels” blog series… (it’s been MONTHS; I don’t even remember what the next blog in that series is supposed to be)
Edit: Yep, super-aggressive spambots going progressively further back in my blogs history, forcing me to shut down all the comments sections just to avoid innundation. I dunno what’s going on.