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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

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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/


2013 Fall Book Tour Announced

I am pleased to announce that I will be appearing at several locations across Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio in the upcoming months.  Come out to one of these fine places for a day of fun and say ‘hello’ while you’re there.  Here’s the tour schedule so far…

  • Saturday, October 12, 2013

    Western Maryland Indie Lit Festival*
    Frostburg State University
    Center For Creative Writing
    Downtown Frostburg, MD
    www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter/indie-lit-festival/
    Note: I will be part of a sci-fi/horror writer’s panel at 1PM

  • Saturday, October 19, 2013

    Bradley’s Book Store at the Uniontown Mall*
    1368 Mall Run Rd.
    Uniontown, PA  15401
    2PM – 4PM

  • Saturday, November 23 –
    Sunday, November 24, 2013

    Eerie Frequency Expo

    Eerie Frequency Film, Toy, Comic, & Pop Culture Expo
    Eastwood Expo Center
    Niles, OH
    www.eeriefrequencyexpo.com

* Indicates an appearance with horror author Rich Bottles Jr.


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


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


2011 Bizarro Tour Officially Over!

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Author, John Russo, DARKENED HILLS Author Gary Lee Vincent, and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD MOVIE "Sheriff" George Kosanna pose at one of the Horror Cons. All have stories in THE BIG BOOK OF BIZARRO by Burning Bulb Publishing.

It has been a long and crazy year, but the BIZARRO TOUR is officially over!

Over the past eight weeks, we have sold close to 200 books and I wanted to take this moment to personally thank each of you who have came out to the various conventions (cons) and book stores along the way to show your support.

Whether you purchased one of my titles (Darkened Hills, Darkened Hollows, or Passageway), one of Rich Bottles Jr.’s titles (Lumberjacked or Hellhole West Virginia), or went balls-out and grabbed our mutually-infamous The Big Book of Bizarro, your patronage is most appreciated.

Work is underway on Darkened Hills III (official title Darkened Waters) and I’ll keep fans updated here an on the official blog at www.DarkenedHills.com.

Until our next tour… happy holidays and happy reading,
Gary


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