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Gen Con 2019 blog post #1

Preliminary verdict on how I feel about Authors Avenue: I’m loving it (The picture on this post isn’t Authors Ave, I just love the image of gamers taking over the stadium floor.)

ANYway. I digress of course.

I’m having an absolute blast at Gen Con. Wonderful, welcoming table neighbors, visits from friends & friends of friends, and even a reader who bought Rough Passages at a con earlier this year. They wanted me to know how much they enjoyed it.

Yes, I did a total happy dance.

Special shout outs to Maria Turner & Hans Cummings, who have been steadfastly supportive & patient with my noob questions since long before I got my table this year, and to Matt Press, whose luggage & displays got lost by the airlines for the first day & 1/2, but who still put together a great display & who has a free book on Kindle just for this weekend.

So. Anyway. I’ve passed out loads of “Love Is Positive” stickers & ribbons, gotten to talk about the Restoration world and the incredible characters in Rough Passages, and a lot of people signed up to get my free email story.

All that AND I’ve sent books off to new homes too!

So. Yeah. It’s all the happy.

I’ve been recharging by hibernating in the room for a long while after the dealer’s area closes, then walking out to get some food before crashing. My throat is sore from talking over crowd noise, but so far, still feeling healthy.

Time to rest up & brace for the Saturday crowds!

Big thanks to everyone who stopped by and hello to all the new readers! (And a few extra exclamation points, just to make sure I use them up!!!!)

Until later, all.

I promised a character portrait post. Here it be.

This could also be titled My First Attempt At Photoshop. (see the end of the post for more on the how of it all) I’ll be using color copies of these as my Gen Con table backdrop, and if they aren’t a flop, I’ll do several more and get properly-printed versions or maybe even fabric-print them.

Art makes me happy.

First, I present to you the Rough Passages Gallery. I have enough art to do several more, but these are the only ones I’ve finished so far.

And below you can feast your eyes on the Restoration Gallery. I still need character art for Felicity, Pete, Neil and Dan to make this a complete set, but I’ll have to sell more books to justify it. Author goals!

Note: the images I used for these were all commissioned pieces I’ve collected over the years. The talent of all these artists never fails to amaze me. I credit them each individually on the character pages here on the website. I’ll try to add links in this post later this year when I have…ugh time and more brainpower to deal with website formatting.

Take a picture, get a free ebook

Hello, dear readers! I have a con coming up in a few weeks, so here’s a timely reminder about my add-on-the-ebook program.

Currently, when you purchase a paperback book from me–say, at a convention, or ordered from Your Favorite Local Book Place–then you can add the ebook edition to your collection too. All you have to do is post a shelfie of the book on social media.

Imaginary reader asks, “Golly, Karen, what’s a shelfie?”

“Glad you asked!” I reply. “A shelfie is a photograph of a book or books in your choice of setting. Standing on a shelf,  sitting on a table, in the middle of a stack of other books, whatever.”

You do NOT need to be in this picture yourself (although if you are, that’s extra awesome, of course.) For the pic to qualify as a shelfie, it needs only to be a photo of your purchased book somewhere in a setting of your choice. Some random options:

  • On one of your bookshelves between all its neighbors.
  • In your hand.
  • sitting in your To Be Read Stack.
  • resting on a table
  • Leaning against a houseplant.
  • next to a cat, dog, bird, or other pet.
  • Outside on the arm of a deck chair.

Really, the opportunities are endless. Once you have your photo, post it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter–and tag me so I don’t miss it! I’m @kmherkes on Facebook & Instagram, and @dawnrigger on Twitter.

When I see it, I’ll message you to find out your preferred ebook format & destination email.

I get a happy, you get a free ebook. SO SIMPLE.

There’s no set end date for this program. I’ll honor it as long as I can keep up with people sending me shelfies. So.

That’s all for now.

Ta until later!

important postscript:  I have things set up to give buyers access to a free Kindle edition automatically when they buy print books from The Website Named For A Big River.  This is my way of making sure no one gets left out.