Sam Knight is an author from the Colorado Front Range, and he experiments with all sorts of genres, from SF to horror to weird tales to children’s books. I met Sam soon after I moved to the Denver area myself, and found an incredibly rich community of working professional fiction writers at various stages of their careers, from a few early sales to established pros. The number of areas that rival the Colorado Front Range in sheer number of writers could probably be counted on one hand. Sam is an active, friendly part of that community.
It’s going to be a crazy weekend, as I’ll be appearing at the 2nd Annual Denver Comic Con, to be held at the Denver Convention Center.
I’ll be appearing on panels with the likes of Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Carrie Vaughn, Mario Acevedo, Lee Collins, Daniel Abraham, Stephen Graham Jones, Betsy Dornbusch, Guy Anthony DeMarco, David Boop, Warren Hammond, and others.
Friday, 5:00-6:00 pm — Steam and Gears
Saturday, 12:00-1:00 pm — Fans vs. Writers
Saturday, 2:00-3:00 pm — Creating an Indie Publishing Co-op
Saturday, 6:00-7:00 pm — Writing Outside the Lines
Sunday, 2:00-3:00 pm — Character Building
Sunday, 4:00-5:00 pm — Fairy Tales Retold, the New Trend
All that, and a couple of people you might have heard of will be around — Stan Lee and George Takei.
I’m definitely looking forward to a great weekend.
The next few months are going to be busy on the promotion front.
Book Signing – Tradesmart, Littleton, CO, May 18, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Reading, Signing, Panels – OSFEST 6, Omaha, NE, July 26-28
Vendor Table – DragonCon – Atlanta, GA, August 30-Sept. 2 (this promises to be huge)
I’m also planning on Bubonicon in Albuquerque, NM, but it doesn’t look like I’ll be able to do anything except hang out.
Work on the next Ronin novel is coming along on schedule. The text is entering the final phases. Within a couple of weeks we’ll have a complete design, inside and out. All the artwork is also finished.
I’d like to give you a little taste of that. Here is Alan M. Clark’s awesome cover painting.
Here is Drew Baker’s painting. This will appear on the back cover of the hardcover edition.
Thanks to the great success of the Kickstarter campaign, this book will also have interior illustrations by Drew Baker.
I’m really pleased thus far with how the project is working out.
More to come!
Like everyone, I’ve been hearing about digital publishing, e-books, self-publishing, etc., for some years now. This week marks the first that I step into this realm. I’ll be putting out a short story called Legs as a standalone across all e-reader formats, with even a chapbook-style print edition. This is a little scary, because it’s all new territory, and there’s somewhat of a learning curve.
Thanks to fellow writer friends jim pinto, Guy Anthony DeMarco, and Quincy J. Allen, who helped grease the tracks on this little train, Legs will be available any minute now across all e-reader formats. I’ll put up official announcements once all the books formats have gone through the distribution channels successfully.
Of course, I expect the sales to come rolllllllling in.
Well, not really. The average e-book, most likely published by Joe Inexperienced Writer, with cover design by Little Sister on her high school’s copy of Photoshop, sells about three copies, according to statistics I have seen.
The key for me is to just keep putting work out there and letting the marketplace do as it will.
This venture is also scary because Legs could be somewhat of a controversial story. It’s dark, sexy, and twisted. It was actually sold to an erotic horror anthology a couple of years ago, but the publisher pulled the plug on the project before it could be completed. So this story is ready to lurch into the world.
I also felt this step was necessary because after the success of my Kickstarter campaign for Sword of the Ronin, I needed to jump into the self-publishing arena to prepare for that project (which is still in the editorial phase). I entered this project as a learning experience, and if I sell some copies of Legs along the way, I got paid to learn the ropes.
Another impetus was some experiences and conversations I had with Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch at their Anthology workshop in Oregon a few weeks ago. I had the opportunity to visit the offices of their own publishing enclave, and learn a lot the business of publishing and the bottom line for all of us: how to make money in an extremely difficult career choice. (Who am I kidding? I didn’t choose to be a writer at all. It chose me.)
The publishing world is changing so quickly, no one knows what things will look like two years from now. Traditional publishing is not going to die, but it behooves writers to get their work in front of the public, to put the ball into play, as my agent once told me.
I’m excited to be making my first appearance at COSine this weekend. Here’s my schedule. I’m really delighted to be appearing on panels with the likes of Kevin J. Anderson, Connie Willis, S.M. Stirling, Marie DesJardin, Peter Wacks, Guy Anthony DeMarco, David Boop, and Quincy Allen, among others. Looks like it will be a great time, so come and get your con on!
4 – 5pm – “The Future of our Favorite Vices”
with Marie DesJardin, S M Stirling, Peter Wacks, Connie Willis
12 – 1pm – “Ebooks, podcasts, and online publishing – the effects of technology on SF publishing”
with Kevin J. Anderson, David Boop, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Daniel Willis
5 – 6pm – “Author Reception, Raffle, and Mass Autographing”
Quincy Allen, Kevin Anderson, Dana Bell, David Boop, Ed Bryant, Marie DesJardin, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Travis Heermann, Carol Hightshoe, Lynda Hilburn, Nikki Hohl, Sarah Hoyt, Paul Lell, Rebecca Lickiss, Nathan Lowell, Wil McCarthy, Rebecca Moesta, Pamela Nihiser, Christopher Salas, John Stith, S M Stirling, Peter Wacks, Connie Willis, Daniel Willis,Shelly Goodman Wright
7 – 8pm – READING
8 – 9pm – “Lovecraft: A Retrospective”
with Ed Bryant, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Nikki Hohl, Pamela Nihiser, Chris Salas
11 – noon – “Where Worlds Collide – The Art of Writing Parallel & Alternative Timelines”
with Marie DesJardin, S M Stirling, and Connie Willis
I have some great news to report. The Kickstarter campaign to fund Sword of the Ronin has been successfully funded. Thank you to all the friends, colleagues, podcast listeners, and readers who have backed the project thus far. That’s the good news.
Now, the better news. There’s still two weeks to go! Stretch goals are now in place to raise this project to a higher level. I have brought artist Drew Baker onto the project now to produce additional artwork. If you’re familiar with the Legend of the Five Rings universe (a personal favorite of mine since 1996), you’ve likely seen Drew’s work. It is gorgeous. If the funding goes far enough, there might even be interior illustrations.
If you’ve haven’t gotten on board, there’s still time.
Furthermore, I’m grateful for any help spreading the word to anyone else who might like to get on board. People who love history, folklore, fantasy novels, samurai films, Akira Kurosawa, Japanese culture, or just plain ol’ adventure stories, perhaps even other people who enjoy supporting independent artists.
Thank you again for you support. This journey is just getting started and it’s going to be exciting.
For a long time I have been steadfastly against self-publishing my work. I have seen far too many self-published books that look like amateurish crap on the outside, and then when I open them up and read a few pages I find that it is sadly true on the inside, too. As much as writers often resent what we perceive to be the gatekeepers in the way of our dreams, traditional publishers and literary agents do provide a value. They filter much of the good stuff from the chaff, add value to the product with professional editing (at least in theory) and copyediting (not the same thing as editing), put a cool cover on it (again, in theory), use the power of their brands and established business platforms to help sell more books (again, in theory).
Come one, come all to help me celebrate the month of the release of my new YA horror-thriller, The Wild Boys.
The Wild Boys tells the story of 16-year-old girl who finds herself at the forefront of a rash of strange murders in suburban Omaha, and she soon discovers that the disappearances are just the beginning of something far more sinister.
Come out and support your favorite starving writer!
I have it on good authority from the proprietor of Bean Fosters that there will be someone there giving away free drinks from 10:00-11:00 a.m., so that’s an added bonus!
When: December 29, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Bean Foster’s, Golden, Colorado
Why: Because you must have books to LIVE!
How: By pirate ship, bullet train, UFO, skateboard, donkey, or teleportation device.