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Thoughts on Publishing – Hastings Book Signing – Magic’s Stealing

Author Book Signing - Stephanie Flint

Me at the table I shared with Christine Gilbert.

About a week ago, I took part in a multi-author book signing at the Hastings in Warrensburg, Missouri. It was an after-event for the Writers of Warrensburg’s first writing conference, in which we had around thirty writers (from beginning to published) attended panels led by published authors. The panels covered everything from characters to marketing, and we enjoyed the scenic Cena’s Nook (a local bed & breakfast). Had a great time and learned some interesting tidbits (I was hidden most of the event, since Isaac and I were organizing the critique group’s entries), and chatted with several local authors (a few we had met before at a local conventions while wandering the vendor halls).

After the writer’s conference, several of the authors who had published books went to Hastings for the signing. The event ran from 4-6 pm, and the Hastings staff set up several tables for us (two authors per table). Most of us had already brought a copy of our books into the store for them prior to the event, that way they could get the information into the system and make it easier for them to print barcode stickers on the actual day.

Author Book Signing - Writers of Warrensburg

Everyone getting setup for the multi-author signing.

For my half of the table, I included two business cards (shaped like playing cards–one had Magic’s Stealing info and the other had general publishing contact info). I had a bowl with cover-color-themed candy (the bowl is the same as the one on the cover), a newsletter signup sheet with QR code (no one signed up, though), a printed mount of the book cover, and a stand with the book (I used one of those receipt-spindle things with a plastic tip that I found at Office Depot when the local store had a closing sale). Behind the scenes, I brought a couple signing pens, regular pens, and a sticky notepad (in case I needed anyone to spell their name). I had extra books on hand, ready to have Hastings put a price sticker on if needed.

Author Book Signing - Stephanie FlintI went to the conference and signing in my pseudo-steampunk outfit (what I wore for my author photo), and brought Dragon (the stuffed dragon on my shoulder) along for the ride. (As a side note, Dragon sold me a book. It was at the end of the signing, and I had run out to the car to grab a couple things before I could pack up (I had carpooled with another author on my way to the signing, so we could get there early). On my way in, a Hastings customer asked what the dragon was for. I mentioned I was dressed up since I was selling my book at the signing that day. He asked about what I wrote, and I showed him the book (I was holding a proof copy of Magic’s Stealing at the time). He seemed interested and asked about having a copy, so I told him I could get him an actual copy inside. Signed him a book (with a tiny doodle of Dragon), and  I hope he enjoys it. 🙂

Yay for conversation starters!

Hastings Sign for Writers of Warrensburg Book Signing - Picture provided by Jason Meuschke

Hastings Sign for the Writers of Warrensburg Book Signing – Picture provided by Jason Meuschke

Overall, I sold six books. Three to people I knew, one to someone I met that day at the conference, and two to Hastings customers who happened to stop by that day. It was a lot of fun, and I’m hoping to do another signing once I have the next book available.

I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂

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Thoughts on Publishing – Infinitas Publishing Status Report

It’s that time again! Time for the monthly Infinitas Publishing status report. 😀

The Shadow War: I finished the first round of edits and I’m now in the process of smoothing out the story and polishing before sending it to beta-readers. Progress is definitely being made!

The Multiverse Chronicles: Trials of Blood and Steel: Slowed down a bit on releasing episodes (you can read why in this post) but we’re working our way through the second half of the first season. Isaac and I are debating taking a hiatus on releasing episodes so that we can get through edits on the rest of the season rather than trying to do a heavy round of edits each week, but we’ll see.

Battle Decks: Trials of Blood and Steel: Nothing new at the moment. Had to take a break from beta-testing since we were out of town for a few weekends.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Finished two formatting projects, finished a couple book cover projects, and have one more major formatting project to go. Progress made!

Beta-Reading: Finally got started on this! Still moving slowly, but I’m moving a lot faster than I was before summer started.

Distant Horizon: Waiting on beta-reader feedback. Isaac and I also noticed a few scenes we want to tweak before we release it into the wild, but I’m excited to start working on it as soon as we have all our notes. Also, we now have a blurb!

Video Blogging: Once I’m caught up with formatting and beta-reading, I plan to resume reading Magic’s Stealing in audio format.

Author Blog: I’ve been writing a lot more writing-based articles lately. Let me know if there’s any topics you want me to cover. 🙂

In other news, we’ve just about hit the one year anniversary of Infinitas Publishing, so I plan to do an annual report later this month. I plan to go over everything we released, what we had planned to release (and didn’t), as well as sales. And I also want to touch on how we’re adjusting our original plan and what you can expect to see next.

And if you want to stay up-to-date with our latest book releases and promotions, don’t forget to sign up for our new Infinitas Publishing Newsletter!

I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂

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Thoughts on Publishing – Infinitas Publishing Status Report

Well, guess what? It’s time for another Infinitas Publishing status report!

The Shadow War: This is slowly, slowly making progress. I did get a little more editing done. The good news is that this process should go faster now that summer is almost here.

The Multiverse Chronicles: Trials of Blood and Steel We recently released episode twelve, and we aren’t quite halfway through the season. There’s still a few more end scenes to write for the later episodes, and I’m about one episode away from having to edit episodes I haven’t yet touched. I’m hoping I can get these edited fast enough to give our beta-reader time to read them before Isaac and I do our final edit before publishing them, or there may be a few episodes spaced out a couple weeks apart rather than just one week.

Battle Decks: Trials of Blood and Steel Isaac and I are continuing to test expansion ideas with our group of beta-testers. However, we’re having to really evaluate where we want the game to go before we release anything. Initially we were talking about deck-building ideas, but then we realized that too many deck-building options would take away from the hero-focus of the game. Right now we’re looking at the idea of limiting the scope of deck-building, while still offering some deck customization within each faction, along with testing more hero card options.

Still very much a work in progress, though I am looking forward to revealing a few of the different faction deck expansions once we iron out the details. And new factions… though those will come later.

Phalanx: We debuted Phalanx at the Old Drum Days Festival, and while we only sold a couple games, we did get to play the game with a number of people who stopped by our booth, and we hope repeated exposure will entice more people to pick up a copy down the road.

SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Another book cover done, more proof covers made, one formatting project complete, another near-complete, and several more projects to go.

Beta-Reading: I’ve started reading the latest draft of the book I’m currently beta-reading. Seems I’m about as slow beta-reading as I am with editing The Shadow War, and as such, I’ve asked the author to send me weekly email reminders to get the chapters read so I can send her feedback in a timely manner.

Distant Horizon: We’ve got a couple people looking at the current manuscript for typos, and once we have feedback, we’ll be making the final edits and I’ll print out a copy to check for typos. I’ve also been working on a back-cover blurb, and hopefully I’ll have a polished version ready to reveal soon.

Video Blogging: Only a few chapters left of Magic’s Stealing to read, and then I’m not quite sure what to read next. I’ll be evaluating the video blogging project at the end of the readings to decide where I want to go from there and whether or not to continue with the video blogs.

We’ve got a lot of stuff planned for Infinitas Publishing, and I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂

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