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Achieving Results

A great many things can happen from the beginning of a week through the end of one.  Coming off my last post, I thought it would be a good idea to write a “Thanksgiving” blog of sorts and let the folks out there know what all I have cooked up over the past five days.

For those who have been following my news, we had a rough patch over in Warren/Niles, but worked through it.  Although it was a holiday week for most people, I buckled down and decided to make it a productive one.

So, without further delay, here’s what happened this week:

A new Burning Bulb website –

burning_bulb_publishing_enhanced_logoI am very pleased to announce that we have a BRAND NEW Burning Bulb Publishing website, now hosted on WordPress!  That’s right!  When a person visits www.BurningBulbPublishing.com, they will now be looking at our new and improved publishing house page.  Hosting our cooperative of authors via a WordPress blog now lets us update more frequently and showcase our books in a more dynamic way.  I hope you like it and if you do, please let others know.  Look for a Facebook page to come soon.  🙂

A new book from Wol-vriey –

Boston PoshOver the past several weeks, Rich Bottles Jr. and I have been hard at work preparing for the release of a new Bizarro thriller from the ever-so-talented Wol-vriey!

In fact, we are just DAYS AWAY from the release of Wol-vriey’s newest book – BOSTON POSH – and believe me, folks, this one tops it all!  It was certainly one of my more favorite reads this year and we hope to have it available on amazon in early December.  You can read all about it here.

A new history of the Incan Empire textbook from Luis Morató Peña –

Los Inkas Hijos del Dios Sol en la Penumbra: Historia del Tawantinsuyu My father-in-law presented me with an idea for a South American history textbook back in February this year (2013).  This was a very challenging project, as it was to be a full color text book written entirely in Spanish for a targeted audience of college-level students.  It took SEVERAL months of work, but our final “FINAL” was released to amazon.com this week.  For those of you who are interested – and can understand Spanish – be sure to check out:  Los Inkas Hijos del Dios Sol en la Penumbra: Historia del Tawantinsuyu (Spanish Edition) by Luis Morató Peña

Completion of Darkened Hills IV – Darkened Souls

Darkened SoulsWhat’s that? You heard me right!  Last but not least, I am very, VERY excited to announce that I have just completed my first round DRAFT of Darkened Hills IV – Darkened Souls!

It still needs to go through some editing, of course, but I think fans of the series will really enjoy the direction this installment takes.

I don’t want to give too much away right now other than to tell you to watch this page or the series website – www.DarkenedHills.com – for a press release in the near future.

Closing thoughts…

In closing, I just wanted to say thank you to each and every one of you who read our books and follow our follies. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but it is a labor of love.  I also want to say that I am thankful for the people who I work with – the authors and editors (you know who you are) – who work very hard with little (if any) pay.  I recognize your efforts and appreciate your belief in Burning Bulb and in sticking it out with me as we launch some amazing stuff.

So, no real ‘down time’ for me during this particular holiday, but A LOT to show for it.   Until next time… CHEERS!

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Working through discouragement

Eerie Frequency Booth PicI am not a motivational speaker by trade, nor do I post a bunch of frivolous false impressions of how rosy life is.  For those who know me, I typically speak my mind.

I also do not like to dwell in the negative, which is why there are very few posts that I make that complain or put on the pretense of being a ‘victim of circumstance’.   I usually don’t think it’s worth the time to complain when I can be doing something more productive.

However, after the weekend I just went through, this might be a good time to pause and let my readers and friends know about some of the struggles an author goes though, as this is definitely newsworthy, educational, and in a way, entertaining.

I just came back from the Eerie Frequency Expo in Niles, OH.  Author and touring partner Rich Bottles Jr. accompanied me on the trip. Rich and I are both from West Virginia and the trip to Warren/Niles is over two hundred miles each way.

The Niles gig was the sixth and final stop on our Fall 2013 Tour.  There were actually supposed to be seven stops, but the West Virginia Book Festival (our crown jewel event) was cancelled this year (and may be cancelled permanently) by the promoter – the Kanawha Public Library due to funding.

Now of the six events, another was cancelled (a Uniontown show), and the three prior events – all conventions – had practically zero attendance.  Mind you, this was not just for our books, but zero attendance from the population in general.

I cannot begin to describe to you how discouraging it is to put your heart and soul into a product/book/etc. travel thousands of miles (over the course of a tour) and not have anyone show up. In all honesty, it screws with your head.

Broken glass in balcony doorAlthough these are downers, I believe the icing on the cake was this past event.  There were police raids at the event hotel on both nights of our stay, and last night ended with someone going through the balcony window in the room next to where I was staying.  (See broken glass in room on upper right of picture.)

During the ordeal, I quite expected to see some damage to my truck, as there was fighting and carrying on by all sorts of crazies.  This was, of course, at the hotel and not at the actual event venue.

So, now for the lesson…

I am not going to say that 2013 was a fantastic  year for book sales or conventions – no it blew, in fact.  It was disappointing for me, my touring friends, and our published authors at Burning Bulb Publishing.  We are a small press, but one who believes in each other and in putting out the very best, most interesting books we can, for the best price we can.  Ones that are edited nicely, typeset well, and have killer covers.  We do that well.

As for the conventions (cons)… that’s a different story.  I believe that the cons we have attended all had a couple things in common (and promoters, pay attention):

  1. They were marketed well to the VENDORS and not to the general public
  2. They CHARGED the general public (in addition to the vendors) for admission to the venue
  3. They were in locations that people WHO READ were not

For this, I take 100% responsibility for making poor choices in the cons I picked.  I chose locations within a three-hour drive versus biting the bullet and going to where the cons are properly marketed and draw in huge crowds.

It would be very easy to throw in the towel, especially after this last run, where we had lower-then-average sales at the past four of six con-stops, however… despite the discouragement and the hardship, Burning Bulb will:

  • Release Boston Posh by Wol-vriey in December 2013
  • Release Darkened Hills 4 (official title Darkened Souls) by your’s truly in December 2013
  • Release St. Albans Fire (a new erotic thriller) by your’s truly in Spring 2014
  • Release The Tailsman comic by your’s truly, Rich Bottles Jr., and Stuart Brown in Summer 2014
  • Only attend cons that have a track record of decent attendance and customer/fan interaction

This is my commitment to Burning Bulb’s future and to our writers and fans.  You deserve the best and we will deliver.

Never let bad venues or low turnout destroy your dreams.  Adjust and come back to the ring swinging!

Cheers!

Gary's Autograph


BOOK SIGNING: Eerie Frequency Expo / Ohio Pop Culture Con, November 23-24, 2013

eerie_frequency_flyer

Come join Burning Bulb Publishing authors Gary Lee Vincent and Rich Bottles Jr. at the Eerie Frequency Expo in Niles, OH, Saturday and Sunday, November 23-24, 2013.

Darkened Hills By Gary Lee VincentDarkened Hollows by Gary Lee VincentDarkened Waters by Gary Lee Vincent

Gary will be signing copies of books from his hit vampire series DARKENED.  Novels from the series include  –Darkened HillsDarkened Hollows, and Darkened Waters.

He will also be signing copies of his H.P. Lovecraft tribute / Bizarro / adventure novel Passageway.

Rich will be signing copies of his latest release – The Manacled – along with Lumberjacked and Hellhole West Virginia.

The Manacled by Rich Bottles Jr.

Both will be talking about and signing their collaborative projects:

The Big Book of Bizarro   and Westward Hoes

Where

The Eerie Frequency Expo is held at the Eastwood Expo Center in Niles Ohio on November 23rd and 24th, 2013.

Contact Info:

Event website:  http://www.eeriefrequencyexpo.com/


BOOK SIGNING: WV Pop Culture Con, August 24-25, 2013

 WV Pop Culture Con

Come join Burning Bulb Publishing authors Gary Lee Vincent and Rich Bottles Jr. at the West Virginia Pop Culture Con in Morgantown, WV, Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25, 2013.

Darkened Hills By Gary Lee VincentDarkened Hollows by Gary Lee VincentDarkened Waters by Gary Lee Vincent

Gary will be signing copies of books from his hit vampire series DARKENED.  Novels from the series include  –Darkened HillsDarkened Hollows, and Darkened Waters.

He will also be signing copies of his H.P. Lovecraft tribute / Bizarro / adventure novel Passageway.

Rich will be signing copies of his latest release – The Manacled – along with Lumberjacked and Hellhole West Virginia.

The Manacled by Rich Bottles Jr.

Both will be talking about and signing their collaborative projects:

The Big Book of Bizarro   and Westward Hoes

Where

The West Virginia Popular Culture Convention is held at the Mylan Park Expo Center located at 500 Mylan Park Lane in Morgantown,WV. Click the links just prior for more info and a map or see the event’s Travel page for directions and more information.

Contact Info:

Event website:  www.wvpopcon.com


BOOK SIGNING: HorrorRealm Pittsburgh, March 15-17, 2013

HorrorRealm Pittsburgh

Come join Burning Bulb Publishing authors Gary Lee Vincent and Rich Bottles Jr. at HorrorRealm Pittsburgh, Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Darkened Waters by Gary Lee Vincent

Gary will be signing copies of Darkened Waters – the third installment in his DARKENED Series, along with Darkened HillsDarkened Hollows, and Passageway.

Rich will be signing copies of his latest release – The Manacled – along with Lumberjacked and Hellhole West Virginia.

The Manacled by Rich Bottles Jr.

Both will be talking about and signing their collaborative projects:

The Big Book of Bizarro   and Westward Hoes

 

 Convention hours:

Friday 4 PM to 10 PM

Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM

Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM

Where

Location/Contact Info:

Crowne Plaza Pittsburgh South
164 Fort Couch Road
Pittsburgh, PA  15241412-833-5300

Event website:  www.horrorrealmcon.com


BOOK SIGNING: Shocka-Con Horror Sci-Fi Convention, September 29, 2012, South Charleston, WV

WV Shocka-Con

Come join Burning Bulb Publishing authors Gary Lee Vincent and Rich Bottles Jr. at the WV Shocka-Con Horror and Sci-Fi Convention on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

Darkened Waters by Gary Lee Vincent

Gary will be signing copies of Darkened Waters – the third installment in his DARKENED Series, along with Darkened HillsDarkened Hollows, and Passageway.

Rich will be signing copies of his latest release – The Manacled – along with Lumberjacked and Hellhole West Virginia.

The Manacled by Rich Bottles Jr.

Both will be talking about and signing their collaborative project:
The Big Book of Bizarro.

For a full lineup of celebrity guests and special appearances, visit http://wvshockacon.com/.

This is a great opportunity for EVERYONE, as admission to the concerts, monster parade, vendor/guest areas are FREE!

When

Saturday, September 29, 2012.

Where

Location/Contact Info:

South Charleston, WV
By the Mound

Event website:  http://wvshockacon.com/


BOOK SIGNING: Horrorfind Weekend, August 31 – September 2, 2012, Gettysburg, PA

Horrorfind Weekend

Come join Burning Bulb Publishing authors Gary Lee Vincent and Rich Bottles Jr. at Horrorfind Weekend Friday through Sunday, August 31 – September 2, 2012.

Darkened Waters by Gary Lee Vincent

Gary will be signing copies of Darkened Waters – the third installment in his DARKENED Series, along with Darkened HillsDarkened Hollows, and Passageway.

Rich will be signing copies of his latest release – The Manacled – along with Lumberjacked and Hellhole West Virginia.

The Manacled by Rich Bottles Jr.

Both will be talking about and signing their collaborative project:
The Big Book of Bizarro.

Also appearing at the event will be actors Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Ray Wise, Denise Crosby, and many others.  Other celebrity guests are listed here.

When

Friday through Sunday, August 31 – September 2, 2012.

Celebrity Room Hours:

  • Friday 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where

Location/Contact Info:

Wyndham Gettysburg
95 Presidential Circle
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Hotel phone:  (717) 339-0020
Event website:  www.horrorfindweekend.com


Darkened Hills III: Darkened Waters is now available!

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When the world goes to hell, the chosen must arise.

As Talman Cane orchestrates a flood of epic proportions in this third installment of the Darkened series the towns of Melas and Tarklin are caught completely off guard by the deluge.

Hellbent on finishing what they started, the evil brothers return to the lunatic asylum to take care of the witnesses and add to the ever-growing army of the undead.

Aided by Lucifer himself and the insane vampire demon Legion, the stage is set to channel all of the forces of hell to come forth through the obelisk.

In an all out race to survive, Jonathan, William, and Amanda soon discover they are up against impossible odds as Lucifer opens the Gateway to Hell, ushering in the zombie apocalypse and the End Times.

Find out who will survive this cosmic battle of the ages in Darkened Waters!

This is Book III of Darkened: The West Virginia Vampire Series by Gary Lee Vincent.

Buy it TODAY at amazon.com!


BOOK SIGNING: Sci-Fi in the Valley Con, May 18-20, 2012, Ebensburg, PA (Johntown/Altoona Area)

Sci-Fi in the Valley Con

Come join Burning Bulb Publishing authors Gary Lee Vincent and Rich Bottles Jr. at the SCI-FI IN THE VALLEY CON (Ebensburg, PA) Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, 2012.

Gary will be signing copies of Darkened Hills, Darkened Hollows, and Passageway.

Rich will be signing copies of Lumberjacked and Hellhole West Virginia.

Both will be talking about and signing their collaborative project:
The Big Book of Bizarro.

When

Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, 2012.
SHOW HOURS:
FRI 2 – 8pm,  SAT 10am – 8pm,   SUN 9am – 6pm

Where

Location/Contact Info:

North Central Recreation Center
186 Schoolhouse Road
Ebensburg, PA 15931


BOOK SIGNING: Steel City Con, December 2-4, 2011, Monroeville, PA (Pittsburgh Area)


Come join Burning Bulb Publishing authors Gary Lee Vincent and Rich Bottles Jr. at the STEEL CITY CON (Pittsburgh/Monroeville, PA) Friday through Sunday, December 2-4, 2011.

Gary will be signing copies of Darkened Hills, Darkened Hollows, and Passageway.

Rich will be signing copies of Lumberjacked and Hellhole West Virginia.

Both will be talking about and signing their collaborative project:
The Big Book of Bizarro.

When

Friday through Sunday, December 2-4, 2011.
SHOW HOURS:
FRI 2 – 8pm,  SAT 10am – 6pm,   SUN 10am – 4pm

Where

Location/Contact Info:

209 Mall Boulevard
Monroeville, Pennsylvania 15146

WWW.STEELCITYCON.COM