10 Things I Know About Cons As A Vendor


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Reblog: 10 Things I Know About Cons As A Vendor

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Guest post by Armand Rosamilia

Cthulhu and MeI’ve been to a few conventions in my time. Over the years I’ve been a vendor, a guest and a Regular Joe who paid to get in with the rest of the commoners.

My favorite conventions are the ones where I can not only be a panelist, but a vendor as well. Earn back a few bucks while chatting with other panelists and audience members and be able to afford a drive-thru fast food lunch on the long ride home after the con.

So, in no particular order… here are 10 Things I Know About Cons As A Vendor

  1. I like a full table.

At conventions I often see authors setting up to sell their two releases, and they spread them across the table. Three feet for one book and the other half of the table for the other, with nothing fancy to get me…

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Spotlight On Sean Taylor #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Sean Taylor

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

I’ve known Zim for years. And he was nice enough to extend a vacati—I mean an opportunity to attend to a hack like me.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest work is from Moonstone Books, and it’s called OF MONSTERS AND MEN. I have a short pulp story inside featuring a team-up between the pulp heroine the Golden Amazon and Quasimodo himself, the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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Something unique about it.

The whole book is about team ups between pulp heroes and classic monsters. What’s not to love?

 

Links for people to buy it.

For more info, visit http://moonstonebooks.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=1066

 

Your promo links.

http://www.taylorverse.com

http://seanhtaylor.blogspot.com

http://facebook.com/seanhtaylor

http://twitter.com/seanhtaylor

 

Your short Bio.

Sean Taylor is an award-winning writer of stories. He grew up telling lies, and he got pretty good at it, so now he writes them into full-blown adventures for comic books, graphic novels, magazines, book anthologies and novels. He makes stuff up for money, and he writes it down for fun. He’s a lucky fellow that way.

He’s best known for his work on the best-selling Gene Simmons Dominatrix comic book series from IDW Publishing and Simmons Comics Group. He has also written comics for TV properties such as the top-rated Oxygen Network series The Bad Girls Club. His other forays into fiction include such realms as steampunk, pulp, young adult, fantasy, super heroes, sci-fi, and even samurai frogs on horseback (seriously, don’t laugh). However, his favorite contribution to the world will be as the writer/editor who invented the genre and coined the term “Hookerpunk.”

 

For more information (and mug shots) visit www.taylorverse.com and his writer’s blog at seanhtaylor.blogspot.com

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On Glenn Porzig #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Glenn Porzig

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

I ran into Stephen Zimmer when I was appearing at the Destroyer Books booth at Fandom Fest. He told me about it and I wanted to support his convention and meet other creative people.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Darkness Unbound: Lady in Black is an occult horror novella, I am currently at work on the second in the series.

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Quick description of it.

When a family of four is murdered in their sleep the entire city is on edge. Police investigate the occult connections between these murders and similar murders thirteen years ago. One detective knows the truth. Something dark from Sister Marian’s past has returned. Now innocent lives are being lost. Will she have the faith to face her greatest fear?

 

Something unique about it.

There are many tales of exorcism, but I wondered what happens after the exorcism to those that survive.

 

Links for people to buy it.

Darkness Unbound

 

Your promo links.

http://twitter.com/GlennPorzig

Glenn Porzig- Author’s Facebook page

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Your short Bio.

Glenn Porzig is best known as the creator of the comic book heroine Ace of Diamonds. Glenn grew up reading comics, pulp novels, and watching too much TV. Glenn and his wife Carly have written three screenplays together. They live in Indiana with a menagerie of both furry and scaly pets. Since 2005 he has been the co-host of a weekly fandom podcast at PodCulture.com.

He has worked over twenty years in the television industry including two highly rated specials for SCI FI Channel: The Roswell Crash: Startling New Evidence, and The New Roswell: Kecksburg Exposed. He currently, literally, has his head in the clouds as a videographer on a TV news helicopter.  Recently he has turned his attention to writing short stories and novellas. His occult horror novella Darkness Unbound: Lady in Black was released this summer. Glenn’s first short story, Master of the Dead, is due to be published by Destroyer Books in the More Blood anthology this fall.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On Annie Jones #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Annie Jones

How did you get involved with Imaginarium Convention?
Serendipity. Friends mentioned they were going. I followed the page on Facebook, asked some questions and Stephen Zimmer invited me to take part. It pretty much had to go that way as am of the “I write to avoid real people” ilk. Not to worry, I’ve done a LOT of panels and presentations at conferences, seminars and workshops over the years, so I won’t be huddled under a table, sending my answers out scrawled on paper airplanes.
What’s your latest release and what genre is it?
Put Annie Jones in the search bar of Amazon, most of the stuff that shows up is me. My bestselling self pub/re-issue is The Christmas Sisters for All Seasons series. They list as Christian fiction, as most of my books do, even though they really aren’t religious. They make me wish there was a “Hallmark Movie meets Grit Lit” genre because that’s where I’d put most of my work right now. (The more mainstream books were written under Luanne Jones and the rights have not reverted on those).
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Bio
My former agent would take me to task if I did not mention that I’m an awarding winning, internationally bestselling author of some 38 books with 8 publishers and 4 names (some pen names, some variations on my real name). Am now publishing independently from a small part of that backlist along with new material. 

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On Cam Crowder #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Cam Crowder

 

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

My friend Bobby Nash told me about the convention.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My latest book is called Legacies. It’s the second in the Broken Bloodline trilogy, and I’d consider it to be somewhere between Dark Fantasy and Horror.

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Quick description of it.

At the end of the first book, the group eradicated their ancient nemesis, the Hunters, and everything seemed to be looking up, but now something on a more apocalyptic scale is coming, and they’re not really sure how to stop it. All hell is, quite literally, about to break loose, and the only thing standing in the way is a Werewolf, three Vampires and a schizophrenic Sorcerer.

 

Something unique about it.

How about a 12 year old sociopath with a gift for magic that captures and tortures Faeries?

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Legacies-Broken-Bloodline-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00M8JIISM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409690252&sr=8-1&keywords=legacies+Cam+Crowder

 

 

Your promo links.

A link to the first book, Electus:

http://www.amazon.com/Electus-Broken-Bloodline-Book-1/dp/1461078156/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409690266&sr=8-1&keywords=electus+cam+crowder

 

 

My facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCamCrowder

 

Your short Bio.

When not furiously tapping away at the computer keys, Cam Crowder enjoy playing Ultra Street Fighter 4, as well as playing guitar and writing music. He currently resides in Starkville, Mississippi with his wife Anna.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On Jean-Philipe Chapleau #Imaginarium


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SPOTLIGHT ON: Jean-Philipe Chapleau, but I go by “JP” to everyone: something about people not being able to saying my name correctly. Plus, only my mother uses my first name when I used to get in trouble

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

I posted on my blog (http://jpchapleau.blogspot.com/2014/07/open-letters-to-con-organizers-tabletop.html) about how I was dissatisfied that local cons were dropping table-top gaming in favor of sales events only. It seems I was not the only one who shared that opinion. And through the magic of social networking, I got in touch with Stephen Zimmer one of the masterminds of the con. We talked, and I offered to help with the con. So I offered to be a guest to help with gaming-related workshops and panels. From there to here!

I am a big proponent and supporter of local events as… well events! Make them big, make them memorable. And that is the contribution I wish to bring, make this new con bigger and better than all the others.

I remember when I started writing – in 1999-2000 – having a con like this might have helped me greatly instead of having of having to discover what works and what doesn’t by myself.

So I filled the guest form on the site and offered my name! I was quite pleased when they said yes!

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

For the past year, I have been publishing tabletop RPG. I am the campaign director for the NeoExodus Legacies organized play campaign using the Pathfinder RPG.

Our last release was an adventure that was part of our campaign. NeoExodus is “a traditional fantasy setting where we deal with theme usually found in Sci-Fi, political thriller and horror.”

I am myself a fan of all three of these genres and bringing these influences together is something that really inspires me. The “major villains” draw upon classic, villainous drow with a good measure of cenobites (from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser universe). These “First Ones” are bad to the core and definitely major forces of evil. Yes, we took our name from the villains of the setting! First Ones Entertainment – or FOE for short!

We also publish GOSTOR (a Grumpy Old-Schooler’s Take On Rules) products

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Quick description of it.

We publish adventures under license from LPJ Design who published the setting originally (www.rpgnow.com/product/97023/NeoExodus-Starter-Kit-PFRPG-BUNDLE?affiliate_id=316083).

It is a setting that is clearly different than most in that it’s not “elves and dwarves.” Rather, it has psionic rat-men, simian-minotaur mutants, plant-people, arcane crystalline entities, cannibals, and humans!

 

Something unique about it.

The adventures form a whole campaign players can play in and tell us what happened in their games. We then tabulate all of the tables to see what players have chosen, overall.

For example, in our recent events, one of our major non-player characters (NPCs) was assassinated by the villains because the players opted to do something else instead. They opted to glory.

Our campaign has not only a collection of adventure, but we also publish a few short narratives to keep our fans aware of what the villains are doing. It allows us a chance to write short fiction pieces.

The biggest thing is that we give our players is a way that they get a chance to influence the world and the storyline. We gladly sponsor and support new adventure writers to break into the industry.

 

Links for people to buy it.

First Ones Entertainment RPGNow: http://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?manufacturers_id=5904

NeoExodus Starter Bundle (an awesome deal, mostly written by me, but with a number of collaborations) www.rpgnow.com/product/97023/NeoExodus-Starter-Kit-PFRPG-BUNDLE?affiliate_id=316083

Gostor: Our mostly system-agnostics products for any fantasy system http://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?cPath=19285_19707

Quick Deaths: Our Miniature rule set http://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?cPath=19285_20781

 

Your promo links.

My Personal Blog: JP on Gaming http://jpchapleau.blogspot.com/

First Ones Entertainment: http://foelegacies.com 

 

Your short Bio.

I am a Montrealer born and raised. Graduated as a computer engineer and have since then traveled the world (Canada, France, Ireland, Japan and now the US). I wrote over 50 adventures for the RPGA. Since 2012, I have been dedicating myself to NeoExodus.

I am married to a French Canadian woman and we have three children currently living in the Louisville area.

My other interests include history and miniature war-gaming.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”