I hope you made plans to join us next weekend to find great Indie writers. It’s a myth that Indie writers are terrible writers or that they’re folks who couldn’t get published through traditional publishing. In fact, many are great writers who just wanted more control over their books and don’t feel they want to give the lion’s share of profits to the folks who often did little more than print off the books. Traditional publishers also sometimes ruin a book by trying to make it fit a pattern they feel is more commercial.
Traditionally published books are also much more expensive — so readers pay a penalty when writers decide to go the traditional route.
How Cycon works
If you’ve ever been to Comicon or other fan conventions, then you’re familiar with the format. Fans show up to see their heros in person, to get autographs, to learn more about the characters they love, and interact with other fans.
Those Cons cost hundreds of dollars, between admission tickets, hotel and airfare, and costumes. Not to mention all the stuff for sale at the Con — from autographs to artifacts to paraphernalia. But, folks stand in long lines because they enjoy the rewards — both psychic and tangible in terms of the swag they pick up from booths throughout the fairgrounds.
Well, Cycon is a cyber convention bringing together readers and Indie writers. Just like other Cons, there will be workshops and sessions, like Storytime, where readers can hear snippets from authors’ books read aloud. There are costume wars and lots of places to interact with Indie writers.
Booths run by Indie writers
And, just like other Cons, Cycon has a fairground devoted to booths from various authors and authors will engage readers at their booths. Drop by to chat with an author about
- their book
- what they’re working on next
- their characters
- or even dig deep into the story with the author
Authors will give away free stuff at their booths, just like other cons. At my booth, I’m trying something unique and different. I’ve partnered with some other great Indie writers who let me give away their books at my booth, in addition to my own. The image above shows just a handful of the more than 20 books I’ll give away. Plus, there are postcards, book marks, and other stuff available for readers who drop by.
Drop by my booth between 9 and 5 (EST) and let’s chat — and get some free stuff. Maybe I’ll even name one of the characters in my next book after you!
I’m in the Mystery/ Thriller Showcase!
In conjunction with Cycon, Buried Ladies on Amazon will be $.99 (that’s 67% off!)
What else is there to do?
Check out the events. Some go on continuously, others are scheduled as specific times.
And, get some rest. You’re gonna need it.
Latest news from Buried Ladies
So, things are moving at a brisk pace. In addition to attending the Brain to Books Cyber Convention, we have lots of exciting things going on.
- I’m finishing up Book 2, Scars of the Past. You’ll get to see many of your old friends from Book 1 and some quirky (and sinister) new ones. I’d love to get more Beta readers for this book, which should be ready by the end of February for comments. Sign up here.
- If you’ve already purchased (or received a gifted copy) Buried Ladies, please consider writing an honest review (use the link below). And, if you didn’t like it, please send me specific comments so I can improve the next book. If you don’t have a copy yet, enter the giveaway or get it on Amazon (FREE on Kindle Unlimited, $2.99 Kindle, $9.99 paperback).