Book Signing May 13!

Mark your calendar. On May 13, 2017 10am-4pm, at Round Table Pizza, 37480 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA, authors from the Fremont Area Writers Group and I will eat pizza and sell books. My book is the Createspace printed version of my superheroine stories, Super Holly Hansson in Super Bad Hair Day! This book comes with a CD containing:

  • ebook files: Kindle, epub, PDF.
  • Super Holly artwork from Batton Lash and other artists.
  • Audio versions of my stories: hear me read with a musical score!

At Round Table on May 13, you can likely see me and the other writers do open mic readings! Eat pizza! Buy books! Have authors sign the books! Watch authors doing readings, or as I call it, open mic opera! And especially, meet local authors, storytellers, and poets.

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His Biggest Fan!

Holly and Angry BatmanI have written the 7th draft of a short story that I will submit to the California Writers Club, Redwood Branch for their Fan Fiction contest. A story I have always wanted to write: Super Holly is zapped into the DC Universe and meets her first big crush: Batman. I had to write tight to stuff it into 1500 words. Printing it a few times and crossing out and editing with pencil/pen helped me cut it down to size. Tomorrow I send it in, after I read it aloud to find last edits.

P.S. I had not expected the Joker to take over the villain role. He did. He can be pushy.

Angry Batman art by Chloe Dalquist of theangrybatman.tumblr.com.

I will perform “The Sinister Soul Surfer” tomorrow!

fault zone 2015Sunday August 28 at 2pm, at the Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA, the Peninsula branch of the California Writers Club is celebrating six years of the Fault Zone anthology. The authors in the latest Fault Zone (theme: Transform) will read their short stories and poems.

I will be reading/performing from my story, “The Sinister Soul Surfer!” My Batman-esque movie critic, Cal “The Intellectual” Critbert, must rescue Super Holly Hansson from the evil surfer-dude clutches of Bobby Breaker, who jumps into and possesses Holly’s superheroine body with a cry of, “I’m catching’ those curves!”

Can Cal free Holly without Bobby using Holly’s super-strength to smash him into an Intellecta-pancake? Drop by tomorrow at 2 and find out! Same Intellecta-time, same Intellecta-channel!

I will be at the Fremont Book Signing on Saturday!

FAW POSTER LIBRARY BOOK SIGNINGI believe one should announce events about a week before, then a day before. I am a little late on the day before. But I will be at the Fremont Area Writers book signing and sale from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 in the Fukaya Room of the Fremont Main Library at 2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont, California, at Stevenson Boulevard and Paseo Padre Parkway. In the photo, I am the guy at the top, in the middle.

There will be several writers there from the Fremont branch of the California Writers Club. We will sell books and do open mic readings. I intend to perform.

I hope I sell books. I spent this week making audio files of my three stories. I made a CD for each Createspace book I had printed, on which I burned ebooks (mobi, pub, PDF), some of Batton Lash’s cool Holly artwork, and my audio readings (with some nice royalty free music) of the short stories Super Bad Hair Day, The Poet and the Supersplainer, and a preview (Chapter Zero) of The Comic Book Code. Super Holly is pretty busy!

P.S. I might have to leave a little early to pick up my cousin at the airport. If you are coming, try to get there well before 3.

P.P.S. (August 7 edit): I sold 2 books. But I have more to learn about sales. Like right after I finish my INCREDIBLE open mic performance, I should make it REALLY clear that the CD included with the book includes three audio story files with neat musical scores. I also had to leave early to pick up my cousin at the airport, and that might have cut into sales. I’ll ask how the others did next time I see them.

My Createspace Unpacking, and the Aug 6 Fremont Book Signing!

I got a package of 20 Createspace copies of for my superheroine Super Holly Hansson’s Super Bad Hair Day! Here is my audience, Tucker and Wrigley, waiting for me to open the box. See how excited they are? Well, they would be if I said, “Walk,” and got out the leashes. (I am doggie-sitting them this evening.)

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The box, opened and packing paper removed.

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The book and I. My beard is scruffy, my hair is messy, but the book makes me happy. Thanks again to Batton Lash for the wonderful cover art.

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I did find one typo to fix, along with a couple minor format issues in one line of dialog. And the font and letter size could look nicer. I blew up the letter size to 14 to fill pages for this little book. The text looks slightly washed out. I will likely work on improving the text and upload that again later. The front and back cover have a nice indie look. I used Comic Sans font there. I am making audio files for each story, which I will burn to a CD and put into each copy I sell on Saturday. From the Fremont CWC newsletter:

The Fremont Area Writers are gearing up for a book signing and sale from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 in the Fukaya Room of the Fremont Main Library. About a dozen authors will participate. Some will read from their works, including children’s literature, nature, history, super heroes, and religion. The library is located at 2400 Stevenson Blvd., at Stevenson Boulevard and Paseo Padre Parkway.

And I will do an open mic reading! I shall PERFORM!!!

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My First Book Signing: How???

Fremont_book_sale_sign_2016 MayThis Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Fremont branch of the California Writers Club is having a sale and signing at Round Table Pizza, 37480 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont, CA. Come and get some pizza! And when you buy a book, you get a free drink!

Im my case, I will see how well I can sell my self-published eBook short story bundle: “Super Holly Hansson in Super Bad Hair Day, and The Poet and the Supersplainer!” How do I sell it when the other writers have nice, physical, papery books? To entice readers, I can:

  • Print a physical copy for readers to skim, with that wonderful Batton Lash cover of Super Holly in the barber chair, and my barber Lash breaking his scissors on Holly’s super-strong blonde hair.
  • Print a small poster of that wonderful Batton Last cover to entice readers.
  • Print postcards with that cover that I can sign for readers.
  • Do my open mic reading of Harry Headbutt hitting on Super Holly. I love doing that, Holly gets so MAD!

And when I have the reader DROOLING to buy my eBook:

  • The reader buys a copy on Amazon from their smart phone.
  • Or the reader gives me a dollar for a CD with a mobi, epub, and PDF copy of the story. (I will have to see how well that works.)
  • Or the reader gives me a dollar, and I will email him or her a mobi, epub, and PDF copy of the story. Either I bring my computer and email it there, or I take their email address and email them later.

Maybe I’ll become a few dollars richer, and be able to buy a drink with my profits.

P.S. Darn it, this book signing is the same day as Free Comic Book Day! Oh well. I have a few weeks of comic book backlog to read anyhow. And I like hanging with the Fremont writers.

I am published in Fault Zone!

fault zone 2015I blogged about this before, and now my short story, The Sinister Soul Surfer, is published in Fault Zone; you can buy one in paperback! (This edition of Fault Zone is not on Kindle yet.)

A funny thing. I usually state Holly’s Batman-esque boyfriend as Cal “The Intellectual” Critbert. But a glitch in this printing made it Cal “The Intellecta” Critbert. And you know what? I might run with that. Cal “Intellecta” Critbert has a ring to it. And it implies that Cal will not call himself by a superhero name. Just like Holly.

Thank you, Peninsula Writers Club, for doing Fault Zone. And thanks especially to Ann Foster for all her editing help.