Yep, indeed! For all three days.
Friday I’m just doing one panel at 5 pm, “It’s All About Soul: The Films of Alex Garland.” He’s the guy who directed Ex Machina. According to the panel description “The common thread amongst all the stories is the looming specter of Death.” Sounds like fun, huh? And I’m moderating!
Saturday, I get to talk about how to “Indie Pub Your Backlist” at 10 am. That’s followed by an autographing at noon (I’ll be bringing my new book along) and a reading of a very silly short story at 4 pm.
Sunday, I’m talking about “Abacadabra! Making Magic Real.” at noon and “:Why I Write Horror” at 3 pm. All these panels feature many worthy individuals whose names I’m too lazy to retype. But trust me, they’ll all be great.
Boskone happens next weekend, btw.
But didn’t somebody mention Indie Publishing? That’s enough of an excuse to show you Walter Velez’s initial sketch for A BAD DAY FOR ALI BABA, coming to e-book very, very soon.
Well, as the world slowly crumbles around us (I’m having a tough time watching TV news), I am slowly but surely releasing all my old books in e-format.
I always thought a good part of my initial success with my humorous fantasy novels were the wonderful covers provided by Walter Velez. I arranged to reuse his art on the Ebenezum and Cineverse books, with good results. My publisher at the time decided to go with a different artist on my next trilogy, but, now that I’m putting these books out myself, I decided I would hire Walter to do a brand new set of covers. And he’s done a wonderful job.
And what are these books? Well, showing you any one of Walter’s covers will give it away. And they will come with my personal guarantee that the books themselves will be much funnier than whatever’s happening in the real world.
So, I just got a new desktop computer, twice as fast and half the size of my last one. Which meant I had to once again bookmark all my favorite sites, not to mention trying to remember all those different passwords! Whew. So this is just a test post to make sure everything is working. Real, actual posts may follow. But, while I’m here, I might as well show off that brand now, spiffy cover one more time.
And I will be there on Saturday! The mysteries of Arisia are many, and while I volunteered to appear on a great number of panels, they only saw fit to give me one.It’s about current comic book marketing, and what’s up with Marvel and DC these days. I believe it starts at 4:20.
I may have nixed my appearance on other panels when I gently chided the programmers on the Extreme Political Correctness of many of their offerings (especially in topics relating to film and TV). Considering the possibility of having an opposing view, I was obviously not Proper Panel Material. They didn’t put me on anything to do with writing, or fantasy, or funny stuff. I do have a comic book connection, having managed a comic book store (where I still work on occasion) as well as writing three books having something to do with Batman.
But hey, I get to wander the art show and the dealer’s room, and to reacquaint myself with a few folks I see mostly at cons. I’m looking forward to having a good time. And I’ll have a copy or two of my new book, TEMPORARY MONSTERS, for all to see.
So I hope to see some of you this Saturday, or a month from now at Boskone (Where I will be on a whole bunch of panels!))
Well, it’s not ENTIRELY new. A version of this existed as an e-book from a major American publisher for a while. But this is the first time the book exists as a real, paper and ink and glossy cover actual honest-to-goodness you-can-hold-it-in-your-hands book!
I will ,actually be selling copies of this book tomorrow, Saturday December 10, at the Haverhill Christmas Bookfear. held at the Haverhill Library from 10 am to 4 pm. Be the first in your neighborhood to pick up a copy of TEMPORARY MONSTERS, first in the new series about the temporary employment agency that secretly controls the world.
I’ll post more about this book (and the series) later, but for now I’ll add the “proof” cover (the final cover is a bit different) so you can see the absolutely fantastic cover painting by Cortney Skinner.
So, among many other things in my busy schedule, I will be making an appearance next Saturday at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival along with about a zillion other writers. I’m moderating a panel in the afternoon and will be available to sign books or whatever. My new book, TEMPORARY MONSTERS, won’t be quite ready by then, so I made up some keen postcards. Come on by and see the cool Cortney Skinner painting and get me to sign other stuff that is actually available!
And now, for something completely different, I thought I’d post Cortney’s original concept sketch for the painting. The actual finished painting can be seen on both my Facebook page, and Cortney’s page as well!
You didn’t know I have an empire? Well, maybe I don’t. But I at least have a small but growing publishing neighborhood. Twelve of my books have come out as e-books from Crossroad Press, where you’ll find the Ebenezum trilogy, the Wanderings of Wuntvor, the Cineverse Cycle, and the Dragon Circle. An anthology of my horror fiction, A Cold Wind in July, is available from Necon Press. And soon, I’m dropping six more books (both in electronic form and some as actual paperbacks) on an unsuspecting world!
Sometime in the next few months, Crossroad will publish the last of my early funny fantasy trilogies, The Further Arabian Nights, with all new cover art by Walter Velez! Walter’s the wonderful artist who did all the original covers for my first nine novels. For those of you following along at home, the actual titles of these newly published books are THE OTHER SINBAD, A BAD DAY FOR ALI BABA and SCHEREZADE’S NIGHT OUT.
But wait, kids! There’s more!
A couple years ago, Penguin/Putnam started to publish a new bunch of funny books by me, the Temporary Magic series, about the temporary employment agency that secretly controls the world. Two of these books were published as e-book originals, but, for whatever reason (I have my theories) they didn’t sell well. So I bought back the rights, and I’m bringing them out again with all new covers by Cortney Skinner! Cortney’s painting the first of these covers even as I type, so we’re not quite ready to show them publicly. But soon!
In the meantime, I thought I’d show folks a picture Cortney took as a photo reference for a fantasy project he was painting a couple of decades ago. So here’s a younger (and skinnier) Craig Shaw Gardner, pretending to be a wizard. Whoohoo!