Gen Con 2019 post #2

So many good things happened today. I want to write about all of them, but I am bleary-eyed tired & sleepy & full of good food from Bazbeaux Pizza and cannot possibly process it all.

I am also full of contentment after the long, busy Gen Con Saturday experience, what with all the meeting & chatting & connecting & sharing. And new ideas are firing up, sparked by great conversations with new friends.

Thanks to all who stopped by my table to chat, from Greg, who let me show him all my “baby house’ pictures, to Very Vocal Viking Troy who swung by for a return visit (!) and brought his wonderful friend Chandra, who bought the big book bundle and let me give her the free pins that went with it. And special glittery internet hugs for Shell who wanted me to know exactly how much she loves my characters.

Cheers to Patricia the artist with gorgeous line drawings (whose card I still need to grab) for letting me moon over all her beautiful art, all hail my many, wonderful aisle-mates on Authors Avenue for making me feel welcome, and big gratitude to all the passers-by who let me babble excitedly at them about my wonderful fictional worlds.

AND HAVE I MENTIONED SHANNON EICHORN? My table mate, my rock of stability, my holder of ipads and issuer of gentle reminders to hydrate?

Yeah. This con would not have been a success without her staunch support. Just saying.

ANYway. I could go on and on, but there’s still Sunday to go, and it’s late, and I have ideas to ponder & dream on before tomorrow arrives.

Until later.

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.

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.