Thursday, March 24, 2011

SF For Kids

Hey folks,

For the educators out there, I've been sent a link to an article, The 80 Greatest Sceience Fiction Books For Kids. Makes for interesting reading if you're searching for age-appropriate SF stuff.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Award Finalist

Hey folks,

Just a quick note. Shadow's Son is a finalist for the Compton Crook Award, given out at Balticon each year. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Steel City Con Report

Last weekend I was a guest at the Steel City Con in Monroeville, PA. The coordinator, Dominic Alessandria, and his staff put on a very impressive event. There were scores of booths selling all sorts of collectibles, comics, old movie posters, and original artwork. I was, I think, the only author there.

My table was right across from Adam West, the original Batman, and a replica of the show's Batmobile--the biggest draws at the con. So I got a lot of traffic past my table. Unfortunately, this wasn't the right crowd for a fantasy novelist. I signed a few copies of Shadow's Son, but not a lot. Still, it was a cool experience. Lots of toys and people in costumes.

The highlight for me was meeting Melissa from "My words and pages," who has been very supportive of my book in her blog. She lives near Pittsburgh and made the drive out, which was completely awesome.

My next convention is the Pittsburgh ComiCon (April 15-17).

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March Update

Hey folks,

It feels like I haven't touched base in a while.

The manuscript for Shadow's Lure (book 2 of the Shadow Saga) has passed the copyedit phase and should be in the final production phase, which is the actual printing. I've been told that we're shooting for a mid-June release. I have some plans for the time around release, but I'll wait until closer to June to reveal just what they are.

The manuscript for Shadow's Master, book 3, is progressing well. I figure I'm about halfway through the first draft. Lots of ideas flowing (good ones, I hope).

As far as conventions, my strategy this year is to hit a lot of local ones, rather than one big con. This weekend I'm headed to Pittsbugh for the Steel City Con (with special guest Adam West). And next month I'll be attending the Pittsburgh ComiCon. My website ( has the full list. Hope to see some of you.