Going Public

Until recently, I hadn’t given much thought to attending trade shows and/or conventions. With only one book “in the wild” and a hosted website, it seemed a little presumptuous. I self-published Orchids Ablaze strictly as an ebook at first. Hardcopy printing brings in new levels of complexity and planning. Just getting the cover and content to display correctly is more challenging when you have to account for a rigid spine.

Kindle Direct Publishing

I put Orchids Ablaze out using Kindle Direct Publishing to get it out to the widest possible audience. That means I’m not allowed to sell a digital version anywhere outside of Amazon. I can create physical copies though. To exhibit at a convention or trade show, I decided I needed at least two out of three things:

  1. Business cards
  2. Poster-size version of the Orchids Ablaze cover
  3. Paperback copies of Orchids Ablaze

Since the exceptional S4 team built a logo for E3ink, I used it to build some sample business card designs to get the ball rolling. I’m still tweaking them, but early feedback is positive. They’ll be ready before I work out the logistics for a stand-up, rigid poster along with one that I can hang if need be. Obtaining paperback copies is going to take the longest of the three, I believe, so the cover poster is next. Then I’ll be ready for part of a table at a show. I’ll still have to talk myself into actually doing it, of course. I’m not one for public appearances, but it’s good to try something new occasionally.

Scouting First

So the first order of business (while obtaining #1-3 above) is to drop into a few shows in the immediate vicinity. I’ve been to many shows/conventions before, but never with an eye toward exhibiting. There’s a certain similarity to when I read for pleasure and when I read critically. I enjoy both, but you have to use a different perspective. Therefore, this first year of publishing I’ll be scouting and evaluating what and how I want to present at shows. I don’t know that I’ll have a second book on the streets before I try exhibiting (working on it!), but it will give me ideas on how to improve for when the next book is available.

You never know, I might even find out I like being part of the show rather than strictly a spectator. It could happen…




Written by D. D. Wolf

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I'm on my 5th or 6th career depending on how you count them, but ideally this one will be my last with the kind help of our readers. I've traveled to several states across the U.S., but the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina will always be where I'm most comfortable. I've been an avid reader of comics for more years than I'm going to mention, but I return time after time to the old pulps. Obviously the Doc Savage books have been a tremendous influence. There's just something about seeing and hearing those characters in your mind's eye, just the way YOU, as the reader, think they should be.. I've been writing poems, lyrics and stories of varying quality since I was in my teens, which means most of my archives are on paper in three-ring binders! I've been creating characters in various RPG systems for at least that long. I've always thought characters made the story: good characters can live on through story after story. It wasn't until the last 6 or 7 years that I felt I could write characters well enough to be engaging. You'll have to let me know how I'm doing.

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