Good show, many questions, and industry thoughts.
A whirlwind trip to Saskatoon and a dissertation on the sales mindset.
Montreal! So, so hot with the July weather, but still a lot of fun!
I finally return to Winnipeg once more as a guest at FanQuest!
With the successful reception of my post-mortems, it’s clear that a LOT of other creatives are interested in how I go about my business. Here's the first of hopefully many monthly progress reports.
Ottawa Comiccon is a strong sales convention, especially for books. Third year is the decision point as to whether I go back!
A successful weekend, even with the bizarre blizzard and the "down" year. Also, a new book! And many life updates!
In which I share some advice about doing trade shows, craft fairs, and conventions!
A GREAT turnout from Moncton! Plus, a year-end wrap-up of my performance and things to improve.
This show broke all previous sales records. Also, I plan and execute a successful 10x10 display!
A strong fourth year at Edmonton Expo.
Saskatoon showed up in a big way this year! Also, I stayed in a cool house.
My biggest show of the year, done! But was it worth it? This is the first of three shows I’m doing with my group of friends!
Animethon - oh you know, just another day at the office...
First time to Montreal! Tasty food, good friends, but also thieves.
My last of 3 shows in 30 days, complete! First show in Toronto, second-ever anime show, and an unexpected neighbour experience.
I’ve never been busier. A really good year in Ottawa - also, new kitty friends :)
It’s nice to celebrate the end of the long winter with one of my biggest shows of the year!
This is my first show of 2018. It’s supposed to be spring, but no, it’s still winter here in Calgary. Also, the Emerald Cloth IS HERE!
I was lucky enough to get into the show and I’m happy to report that I ended the year on the high note - best sales of the year!
In which the crowd disappears once it gets dark, I make some new friends, and where I make the decision that I can only eat ramen now.
I never know how I'm going to fare at C4. But this will be my last year doing it, that's for sure.
A big name for a small event - I present to you my experience in Drumheller, Alberta.
Where did September go? I don’t think I’ve been busier than I have this past month. This is my third Edmonton Expo, and I’m pleased to report it went well for me!
From the tone I’ve struck here, you might think that this is not a good festival. You’re wrong. It’s perfectly fine...but after five years of doing the same thing over and over, I see through the cracks and I’m left feeling bitter.
It was a slow day. But I had my best friend to keep me company! Also there was a pet pig????
If you would have asked me a few years ago if I’d try outdoor farmers markets to sell my books, I would have said no way. Learn why I started - and how I did! Part 1 of 5.
This was my first anime convention and a risk for me - also, new displays and how to respond to "I have no money!"
How I turned my WORST NIGHTMARE into a roaring success.
Two down, one to go. Why did I think doing three cons in a row was a good idea? Oh yes. Good for business is why. Regina did okay by me, but I see where I can make improvements.
Phew. First con of the year, done! I had ridiculously high expectations for this convention. I thought that by changing my location, I’d be doubling my sales.
My first Christmas market! Everyone wanted to buy or at least look at books by a fellow Maritimer.
Year Four at Hal-Con - First time as a GUEST! YAY!
You can’t promote and promote and then just coast. There is no coasting. There is only the next thing. C4 Winnipeg 2016!
It has been a busy week! First Saskatoon Expo, now Edmonton, with barely enough time in between to do my client work.
First time in Saskatoon, did well at the Saskatoon Expo! Next year hopefully I’ll be comfortable enough to make the drive and then I can have my full display.
I've spent the past week recovering, and writing this post-mortem. It's long. Some of you won't like it.
My post-mortem of Vul-Con! In which I talk about my driving anxiety, Star Trek celebrities, and the WEIRDEST interaction I've had yet.
This was my first extended stay in Red Deer for the first-ever Red Deer Comic Expo!
There's nothing like being around your creative peers. A summary of my time in Winnipeg!
This is the biggest con of the year, and I made the most out of it! It was a strong start to 2016.
For me, the last ten percent of a project isn't just the hardest--it's an insurmountable wall.
I posted this on an old blog of mine, and the text document I copied this from is dated December 16, 2007 -- eight years ago! I think it's hilarious, and in the spirit of the season.
Creating a new website for FaeryInkPress.com has been on my to-do list for a while. With each incarnation, I improve. Faery Ink Press has had several looks over the years...
So, this Hal-Con was GREAT. I had a lot of fun this year, I sold lots, and everything is good.
Back from yet another con. Didn't I just write one of these? It's that time of year where all the cons are happening at once. If only this book were a time book and then I could be everywhere at once.
Different hotel. Better dealer's room. More opportunities.
Usually I come back from a convention rejuvenated or filled with creative energy, and although I have some of that, I'm mostly just filled with the overwhelming anxious sense of duty.
With every con I learn something new. Often lots of things. I always come back rejuvenated. It's not easy to keep the same level of discipline about a creative work, but going to conventions really makes me feel like what I'm doing matters.
A question I get a lot when I'm selling my books is, "How long have you been a writer?"
And here it is!!! Drumroll... I CAN'T STOP LOOKING AT IT. Ah, this has gotta be my new fav cover.
Since crowdfunding for the Silver Spear will begin on September 13, 2014, it's only appropriate that The Violet Fox has
It's time again for my con wrap-up posts! This is my second time at Keycon in Winnipeg. For those unfamiliar
Hurray! Today is a big day, it's the release of my fourth book, DREAMS IN HER HEAD, the second book in the Sparkstone Saga.
Science fiction writers are, and can be, ambassadors for science.
Hi Everyone! Time to get rolling on another blog tour. It's a little bit after the book release this time
It's finally here...the cover, that is! The second book in the Sparkstone Saga, Dreams In Her Head... Book Description Open
Book #2: Dreams In Her Head Open the door. Step quickly, step through. Breathe in the darkness, Until you are
I've been in the publishing business longer than two years. Really I've been preparing for a lot of my adult life to publish my own books.
Just finished a fun but exhausting weekend at Hal-Con in Halifax. Here's the low-down.
You'd think that because comics are half writing that this would mean people at comic cons would be interested in buying books. This is not the case.
I promised everyone I'd have a big announcement on The Violet Fox's birthday. So here it is. First of all,
When Words Collide in Calgary was my second convention I attended as Faery Ink Press, and I feel like I improved on my table presentation from last time, as well as learned some new things!
This month at Faery Ink Press I've tried to be more conscious about my online marketing efforts. Ever since I announced my publishing schedule for next year, I've been hyper sensitive to what really needs to get done.
An overview of uncommon supernatural creatures in young adult fiction.
Photo by ByPolar-Bear on DeviantArt Young adult fiction is not an easy sell. These days, because there’s so much
This giveaway is unlike any giveaway I've done before! But I'm pretty much willing to try anything here at Faery Ink Press. The rules are explained in detail below the infographic!
Three Lesser-Known Fairy Tales: The Buried Moon, the Dragon and the Prince, and the Pig King.
In young adult fiction, if you don’t have a superpower, you’re kind of out of the loop. Here are some cool superpowers you wish you could have!
Did I completely forget that I promised everyone a scavenger hunt? Maaaybe! But never fear, it's here now, short and sweet!
Here it is: the 2014 Publishing Schedule for Faery Ink Press!! The first two books have pretty strict deadlines. The third is like a bonus--if I'm not dead, then I'm going to do my best to publish on time.
Keycon 30 wasn't my first convention ever, but it was my first convention attending as Faery Ink Press. It was
Hey everyone! So, as I've been facebooking and twittering about for the last little bit, I'm in Winnipeg, Manitoba for KeyCon 30! Super excited because not only am I promoting my books in a city I've never been to before, but I get to see a bunch of my friends! YAY!
Hurray! ^_^ Stars In Her Eyes is in YOUR eyes today! Buy Links: Faery Ink Press (Print & eBooks) Amazon
Hi everyone! Since Stars In Her Eyes has entered production and we're almost a month away from release, it's time
Yay! I've been waiting forever to show everyone, and here it is, the cover for my next book, Stars In
Stars In Her Eyes will be released on May 13, and even though that seems like a far-off time, it's
A simple realization dawned on me this morning while I was working. Why I've been having such a hard time
Who is Robin Hood? Only the sexiest man in literature! The legend of Robin Hood has been captured and recaptured, interpreted again and again with Robin Hood films, TV shows, games, and other media.
Not every Cinderella fairy tale involves a glass slipper and singing mice. There have been several variations of the
Book #1: Stars In Her Eyes Burn hot and cold. Read minds. Disappear at will. Dream your own death. Welcome
4. The first draft of WITHIN was written in three days. It’s true! As part of the 3 Day Novel
In most of my works, there’s a shadow character. She’s the “other” girl. The one who is completely jealous of
Once upon a time, the original title for Within was Buried. This title makes a lot more sense with this
I hope you are all enjoying the Within Anniversary Tour so far! Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY, where you
Within just had its book birthday on November 13, so that means it's time to host an anniversary blog tour!
The Violet Fox Blog Tour was a HUGE success! Thank you to all the bloggers who participated and helped to
I sat in front of my computer screen, staring at the open Word document. The Silver Spear. The sequel to
After writing my post yesterday about what novellas I'd like to publish next, I sat down to write on Two-Spirit.
Greetings, ladies & lords around the realm. Prince Keegan only socializes with the most elite of the nobles, and being
Yesterday, The Violet Fox launched in MonkeyShines Children's Bookstore in Marda Loop, Calgary. It was a beautiful sunny day and
As part of The Violet Fox blog tour, I'm doing a HUGE giveaway, my biggest yet in fact. One lucky
Look at the pretty, pretty pictures!! The Violet Fox arrived tonight in 16 boxes, weighing down Dave's car with awesome.
Only a few days left until The Violet Fox comes out! I'm anxiously waiting for the books to arrive from
Hey everyone! Time for a super cool giveaway. Faery Ink Press is partnering with DeniseZilla designs to bring you cool
Click on the picture to pre-order. :) This took a little longer than I wanted to make, but it was
One of my Twitter friends is running this blog hop--where authors confess their dirty writing secrets. I was super intrigued
If you've been following on Facebook, you'll have noticed that I met with a Friesens sales rep on Friday. Friesens