Today, I have some bad news to share with you all. I've decided to scrap my blog series. That's right, the upcoming horror blog series Chiller Chronicles will not be premiering in October as previously promised because I am no longer working on the blog. If you were excited for the blog, I am sorry. However, I do have a good news to share with you so keep reading.
The reason I've scrapped the blog series is because I've got something much better in the works. While writing the stories for my blog series, I began to realize it wasn't suited for a blog. It was better suited for a podcast! That's right, Chiller Chronicles is going to be a podcast instead of a blog series!
It's going to be a fun show. You're going to love it. Here's how it's going to work. You will be fully immersed into the story as I narrate you around an old mansion in the middle of the woods. As you explore the old, creaky house, you will find doors which beg to be opened. Once inside the room, you will be greeted with memorabilia and items foreshadowing the story to come. Each room will contain an audio device which will play the stories called Chiller Chronicles. And when the story is done, I will narrate you out of the room and on to your next room and story. So, you see, it's a story within a story. I'm very excited about this concept and if you like unexplained mysteries, unsolved murders, terrifying encounters, and audio dramas then this podcast is perfect for you. Each season will feature a new location to explore. Season 1 is The House. I don't have a release date for you yet. I'm currently writing and producing episode one as a tester. A pilot episode, if you will. I have a couple people I will be sharing the first episode with for feedback. If you're interested, let me know. Either comment below of email me at BooksbyBond@gmail.com.
Of course, producing a podcast can be a lot of work and there's a little money involved so insert obligatory Patreon promotion here. You can help support the show and get it off the ground faster by supporting me over on Patreon. And if that's not enough to sign up, how about this? Chiller Chronicles will still be posted as a blog series exclusively on my Patreon page! When the podcast episode airs, the text version will be posted to Patreon as well. But I have one more surprise. I will also be adapting Chiller Chronicles as a book series. And, supporters on Patreon will get that book free. Each new book which comes out in the series will be free to Patrons of all tiers! This is my biggest project yet and I am very excited for it. I would be thankful for any help you can give.
Look forward to the Chiller Chronicles Podcast, coming soon! I'll give you more details as I get them. Until then, keep wandering. Just not alone.
Over the weekend, I got a bit of sad news. Due to Hurricane Dorian, the Space Coast Comic Con was cancelled. As you can imagine, I was pretty bummed about this. I've been looking forward to this con all year. I was excited to use what I learned a couple of weeks ago.
The good news is, the convention will be giving vendors a table at their next convention in 2020 so I at least have time to make any changes to my strategy and set up. Plus, if you think about it, it might be for the best. Even if Dorian doesn't hit the state, a lot of people may have cancelled their plans to travel to the convention because of the storm. Which means, there may have been a lot less people. So, it might work out for the best.
I'm not going to waste this trip, however. Since I already booked a hotel, which can't be cancelled now, I'm going to take my family on a vacation. My son will be excited to check out the Kennedy Space Center. Now, we just have to hope the hurricane doesn't decide to ruin more of our plans!
The 5th annual on point book fair is still happening on September 21st at 10AM. That one is in Tampa so if you're local, come check it out. It will be a Westshore Plaza in Tampa. Hope to see you there!
This past weekend, I worked my first comic convention. I met a lot of awesome people and had a lot of fun. Above all, I learned a lot. So, today I thought I would share with you what I learned in case there are other authors out there reading this and wanting to attempt to work a convention as well. Or, maybe you're just interested in what I learned. Either way, here are the 5 things I learned working my first convention.
5. Get to know your neighbors
A lot of authors are introverts and that's okay. I'm one of them. I'm not really a fan of public speaking or talking to strangers. However, conventions are long. This particular convention was only 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, but some can go from Thursday through Sunday. That's a long time to work around other people and not get talking to them. You never know what you might learn from those around you. Maybe you'll end up next to a seasoned veteran and they can give you tips to better your chances at making a sale. Plus, it's a lot more fun to chit chat with your neighbors when the con gets slow, and it will. When they did a costume contest, almost everyone cleared out and left the vendors alone. It was the perfect time to sit back and have a fun conversation with your fellow con workers.
4. Spend extra care on your booth/sales pitch
Like I mentioned above, a lot of authors are introverted. In order to sell books, you need to talk to people. You can't expect your book to sell itself, regardless of how good it might be. And I don't mean attack everyone who walks by and throw your speech at them. Not everyone is going to stop at your booth. But greet everyone who walks by. Say "Hi" or ask how they're doing. And when you do reel someone in, know what you're going to say to them. If you're selling multiple books in different genres, start by telling them what genres you write in and which one is their favorite. For example, I write mostly thriller, suspense, and horror. When someone responded that they loved thriller books, I would pick up Death Can Wait and hand it to them, explaining what the story is about. At the same time, it isn't just your sales pitch that's going to draw the crowd. You want them to notice you. Have a display that catches the eye, something different from the norm. I have the ammo crate I built and used it as the display case for my books. I received a few compliments on it saying the set up was original. If you can, go all out. Get a nice table cloth and a runner with your name on it. Get a large banner with original artwork behind you and plaster your name and website on it. You want people to see you from across the room.
3. Bring someone with you
Now, I know I told you to talk to your neighbors but you can't always rely on them. Maybe they're getting a lot of traffic and you're not. Maybe they've stepped away for a few minutes to use the bathroom and get a bite to eat. Either way, you'll want someone to talk to. If the con gets slow, it's easy to get bored. And on top of that, it's nice to have someone there to help you. Maybe you want to run around the convention hall and check out the vendors. If you leave your booth, how will you make money? What if a potential customer stops by? Will they move on and not come back? Having someone there, who has read your books and can pitch it, is essential. Make sure it's someone you can trust to help you. If your partner lets you down, it's going to be hard to recover. Especially if sales aren't going the way you planned. Which brings me to my next point.
2. Be prepared to fail
You might sell nothing the entire convention. You might sell out. There's no way to know for sure until after it's all over. But be prepared to fail and sell nothing. I won't lie, Sunday was brutal. The convention was quiet and there were hardly any patrons there. I didn't make a single sale on Sunday. The vendors around me didn't fare much better. The day was dead. And it was tough. It's too easy to give up and go home, upset that you wasted a whole day. Especially when you paid to be there. Trust me, I know because that's how I felt most of Sunday. It's heart wrenching. But you can't focus on that. You have to focus on what you learned from the experience. There's always something new to learn and things you could do better. And remember, selling might be important but so is networking. If you're not selling, hand out business cards or bookmarks or push your newsletter signup (which you should definitely have out on your table). You might not make a sale that day but someone may go home and buy your book on Nook or Kindle. And that's still a win.
1. Wear comfortable shoes
This might be obvious but wear something comfortable. Especially the shoes. You should be spending most of the day on your feet. Trust me, it helps. People find you more approachable if you're on your feet and engaging. If you're sitting there, looking bored, people won't approach you. Most conventions centers have concrete floors. So there's not a lot of support there. Your feet and your back will hurt by the end of the day. So, think carefully about what you're going to wear. I do recommend wearing cosplay which either matches the convention theme or your writing theme. It will bring people in to your booth. For example, I decked myself out with Agents of Shield items since this was a Marvel themed convention. But make sure you'll be comfortable. It's going to be a long day.
There were so many more things I learned than just these five but these are the ones most worth noting. Maybe if this blog post is well received, I'll write another one. And if you're an author who wants to sell at a convention and haven't, you should try. You won't know what will happen until you do. And if you have any questions or want any advice, feel free to reach out. I'm always happy to share whatever knowledge I have and help someone out!
A short post for you today. I wanted to let you know that I've dropped a small teaser segment of a story from my upcoming blog series Chiller Chronicles over on Patreon. The only way to read it first is to become a patron. If you want to read things like this before anyone else, please consider supporting me on Patreon. Not only do you get first looks such as this teaser but you also get free ebooks, signed copies, handwritten letters, and so much more! Be the first to read my Chiller Chronicles, coming this October. Click here to become a patron!
There's been a major update to my Patreon page and the rewards are better than ever. Not only have I changed the name of the tiers, to clever titles I might add, but I've added some rewards you're really not going to want to miss out on.
Why support me on Patreon, you might ask? Well, besides the cool rewards and exclusive content you get access to, you'll also be helping me pay for marketing, cover designs, formatting, editing, and other services. That way, I have more time to focus on writing! But what are these rewards I keep speaking of?
There's a lot going on over on Patreon and you can be a part of it! Don't miss out on these cool perks and support me in the process. Your support means the world to me and I can't do it without you. Thanks for reading and, if you do decide to become a patron, a special thank you to you!
See the gallery below for the reward tier names. I'm proud of them and the design!
As you may be aware of by now, I have a new blog series coming out this year titled Chiller Chronicles. If not, here's a quick recap. Unsolved murders, unexplained mysteries, and true encounters. Told in a fiction style, these stories are anything but. Basically, fictionalized short stories based on true life events and encounters. It's going to be a lot of fun.
But let's get to the update bit. I don't have an exact release date for you just yet. However, I do know about when it will be coming out. And it couldn't be more appropriate. Any guesses? If you guessed October, you're correct.
That's right, the month dedicated to all things spooky will be the time my horror series is released. Seems fitting, if I do say so myself. As I get more details, I will let you know a more specific time. Until then, I hope you're looking forward to the new series!
Happy President's Day, everyone.
While everyone is out taking advantage of those sweet, sweet mattress sales today, I thought it would be a good time to outline some of the projects I currently have my hands in. So, as you plop down on another mattress and wait for the pushy salesman to leave you alone, have something to read!
First off, let me give you some news on my upcoming novel. If I haven't already broken the news, allow me to do it now. It has a title! It will be called Deserted. I've outlined the plot a few times but here it is again. A YouTube channel known as Living Legends showcase abandoned places and urban exploration. After getting a tip on an entire abandoned town, they decide to go for it. Once there, they realize it's not exactly what they thought it would be. Something terrible lives in the town and they can't seem to escape.
Next project I'm working on is my YouTube channel. I've got one video up there now where I open a mystery bag of books from my local library. It was a lot of fun. I've been getting over a cold so I haven't been able to upload anymore. Now that my cold is gone, expect many more videos. Next, I'll be doing a book review for Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. You can look for book reviews and other fun videos to come. Might even start taking you along with me on trips and vacations. There's a lot to look forward to on my YouTube channel so head over there and subscribe! Click here.
Let's see, I also have a collaborative book in the works with a writer friend of mine. He's currently unpublished but we're changing that. The progress has been a little slow going as I've been writing other books in the process but we should be getting back on track with that soon. And, I should tell you, the book will feature my character Ethan McCormick once again! If you haven't read an Ethan McCormick book, you can check it them out over on Amazon or wherever you like to pick up your books.
I'm still over on Patreon and dropping exclusive short stories and flash fictions pieces. If you want to read stories you can't find anywhere else, head over there and consider becoming a patron. There's a lot of cool rewards for doing so and I'm going to be writing more short stories and more flash fiction pieces which actually segues perfectly into my next project.
I'm currently in the planning stages of a short story/flash fiction compilation. I got the idea from a friend of mine. Her name is Roxie Prince. She's the author of Ealanta and her upcoming sequel Ealanta: The Golden City. Let me just say real quick, her writing is fantastic. If you haven't read her books, you need to go check them out right now! Roxie is awesome and has been a great friend. Back to the topic, I plan to make a collection of several short stories and flash fiction pieces and turn it into a book for everyone to enjoy. This project is a ways off because I don't have nearly enough content to fill it but that can be changed! Oh, and if you want to check out Roxie's work, click here. You better be clicking! I can monitor them you know!
Well, I think that about covers it. I'll be doing a cover reveal in the next few months for my upcoming book. In the meantime, feel free to read my newest release Echoes of the Past. It's a horror book about a woman escaping an abusive past with her daughter only to be caught in the middle of a literal witch hunt in the small town she moved to. It's a great book full of suspense and horror. I think you'll love it! Thanks for reading and as always remember to keep wandering, just not alone...
I'm giving you a reason to Fear the End of Year. My upcoming horror novel is now available for pre-order and its release date is 12-31-2018. That's right, New Year's Eve. You can bring in the new year right, with a good book. And there's a special promotion going on as well. The pre-order price is only .99. If pre-ordering isn't your thing, then pick it up the first week of January, the 1st thru the 7th, and you'll only pay $1.99! After that, the regular price will be $2.99. How can you pass up those deals? Pre-order now while you still can!
If you need help remembering what this book is about, check out the description below:
For Sasha, leaving her abusive husband was almost as hard as living with him. He drinks, beats, and apologizes every day. She was stuck in an endless loop of abuse and regret. Some days she thought about giving up and ending her own life. Though, she couldn’t leave her daughter with that monster.
One day, she left and took her daughter Tara to a small town in Maine called Carlisle. The locals seemed cherry, friendly, and helpful. A typical New England small town. The fresh air and change of environment would be exactly what she and her daughter would need to start a new life. That is until a murderer begins claiming lives and the town becomes suspicious of Sasha. Consumed with fear, the town takes matters into their own hands and Sasha finds herself in a struggle for her life and the life of her daughter. Welcome to Carlisle, Maine. Our Lands Whisper with the Echoes of the Past.
Just in time for the holidays, I now have autographed copies available for purchase straight from my website. How cool is that? If you're looking for a great gift for the reader in your life, or maybe for yourself, click here and pick yourself up a copy. And guess what? You can even personalize it! Cool, right? I know!
The paperbacks are priced at $18 (except for Getaway which is only $12) which includes the autograph and shipping. Not a bad deal! Get your Christmas shipping done early this year and check out my store!
Seeing as how this book is coming out later this year, I figure it's time to share the book cover with you. Before I do, let me give you a quick synopsis on the story:
Sasha and her daughter Tara move to the small town of Carlisle, Maine. It's a small and quaint little place where everyone knows everybody. Being from the city, Sasha feels out of place but knows the change is good. Escaping an abusive relationship, she thinks the small town life will be good for her and her daughter. The change is short lived, however, when people in town start dying and all fingers point to Sasha. Fear consumes the town of Carlisle and Sasha finds herself being accused of murder and, of all things, witchcraft. Have the echoes of the past come back to consume Sasha or is there something more sinister happening within its borders?
Now that you know the plot, I think you might be ready for the cover. What do you think? Yes? I thought you might say that. Alright. Let's not delay this any further. I give you, the book cover for my upcoming horror novella Echoes of the Past.
There you have it. What do you think? Love it or hate it, let me know in the comments below and I hope you will pick up your copy when it's released. The pre-order will be available soon and I'll be sure to let everyone know when it is. Until then, keep wandering. Just not alone.
I am a self-published horror/thriller author. I love reading, writing, and taking long walks through scary parts of the forest. I'm learning new tricks everyday to become a better author and occasionally will share those tips with you. Otherwise, you can read book reviews, info about my writing, and personal stories about my adventures in nature.