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.


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.)


The box, opened and packing paper removed.


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.


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!!!





Kickstart an artist and support your local zombie!

batton_lash_zombie_wifeBatton Lash, of Supernatural Law, is doing  Kickstarter campaign for his latest graphic novel, Zombie Wife (click for details). Batton is a very talented artist and writer. He drew the cover for Holly’s bad hair day, plus a little extra. He also writes well: Wolff and Byrd stories are fun to read, and the monsters they defend are very, very human. And Alanna is a strong, smart woman. (Click to see how’d she’d react to Holly.)

Anyway, Batton has a couple of weeks left in his Kickstarter campaign. Consider kicking a little $$$ his way, he has some nice rewards (like $30 gets you a signed book and some extras). I’ll do that myself, when I get to a secure WiFi connection (my apartment). (Okay, I just did.)

Previewing for Kindle: “YOU’RE SHRUNK!”

Don’t you remember John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn saying that quote to the lawyer J. Nobel Daggett?

I have been researching how to release Holly’s bad hair day short story. I finally opened one of the mobi files I generated in Kindle Previewer to see how it would look on several devices. The text is fine, and the art looks great, even in Kindle Paperwhite. I was worried about that one, how would Batton Lash’s wonderful art translate to grayscale? It looks fine.

But Kindle HDK and HDX 8.9? The cover art shrinks. It is still perfectly visible and nice looking, but there is a big white border. In every other mode, the art fills the screen, and with Batton Lash’s cover art, that is glorious. I tried other Kindle books on my Mac in Kindle Previewer, and the result was the same. Open in Kindle HDX, and … YOU’RE SHRUNK! I wonder why that is?

As for thumbnail art, I tried shrinking a copy down to 90 pixels wide, and the title is still visible and the art is still clear. But my name vanishes. Big deal. I’ll think about that next time.

P.S. Actually, I won’t be wondering. I emailed a few friends and relatives about the shrinking art, but this is not going to stop me pushing the story out. It really needs to go out so I have room for more stories, and so I can get the process down to push out more stories.

The final cover art

HOLLY COVER Reviz 3Batton Lash sent the final version of the Super Bad Hair Day cover art. See? A thing of beauty!

We went back and forth a bit. Lash was always helpful and patient. Like with Holly’s trunk line and her wonderful up-arrow chest logo, which I discussed in previous posts.

LETTERING. An ebook cover will often be shrunk to thumbnail size. The main titles show up fine. I had thought that “Super Holly Hansson” should be blue, but Lash said “red pops.” I had him blow up my AUTHOR NAME for smaller sizes. But the word ballon text? My FIENDISHLY CLEVER PLAN is that people will want to read it, and thus click on the thumbnail to expand it, and thus be one step closer to BUYING MY STORY, MOOOOO HAHAHAHAHAHA!

infantino-batgirlTHE PURSE. I have a couple other art pieces Lash did. He had pointed me to the old Carmine Infantino Batgirl costume with a handbag on her hip. THAT is what I wanted for Holly! How else is she gonna carry her stuff? (Holly would have a writer’s keyboard and display, and comic books, and later, maybe some makeup.) Lash felt Holly’s purse should be yellow, “better than mixing it up with blue.” I agreed. (In the cover, Holly took the bag off before sitting down. My barber would have her do that.)

There’s a minor issue with image size, but I should be able to adjust it. Smashwords likes 1600 pixels wide. I wonder about that, the cover is never going to be that big in an ebook. I think. (The size issue is fixed. We think our emails were shrinking the files, so we used Dropbox.)

Now I have to format the story for Smashwords and Amazon. And then put it on the market. And see if anyone notices. Marketing tricks, here I come.

P.S. Thanks again, Batton Lash.